Bex Bastable

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Content editor at the Brighton & Hove Independent. Contributor to etc magazine and the i paper.

Review: Enjoy a three-course meal under the stars, looking out over the city

There's something magical about dining in the sky, looking out over Brighton and Hove at night, with a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine in hand. British Airways i360 held the first of its public Sky Dining events last Thursday, and happily it's set to become a regular feature.

Breaking barriers: Inspiring girls in our city to achieve

Women working as doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs are being called upon to inspire and guide underprivileged girls in Brighton and Hove to follow their dreams. The Girls' Network sees professional women mentor girls from low-income families to break barriers and succeed in their chosen career.

Review: Save the Royal Pavilion from demolition in new escape room game

Sorry, we're having problems with our video player at the moment, but are working to fix it as soon as we can Waiting for Video... Pier Pressure one of the latest companies to set up shop in the city has brought a unique offering, by creating games related to the Brighton's history.

From junk food to raw veganism

When I was asked if I wanted to try raw veganism I wasn't worried, until I thought about what I couldn't eat. No more crisps, veggie sausage bagels or pasta; it was all about salad, fruit and nuts. Organisers of vegan festival Vegfest set me the challenge after encouraging me to go vegan for a month last year.

Critical incident declared at Royal Sussex

Wrist injuries and 'seriously ill patients' in the aftermath of the cold weather last week led the Royal Sussex County Hospital to declare a 'critical incident' on Monday (March 5). The hospital said it had seen an increase in patients after the cold snap which meant it had an 'extremely bus weekend' and all its beds were full.

Review: Charmed by boutique hotel in Kemptown

Nestled in one of the liveliest parts of Brighton, The Charm is a sanctuary of calm a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The luxury boutique hotel on New Steine offers a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, and you're immediately put at ease when walking through the door.

Thousands back campaign against 'anti-homeless' benches in Brighton

More than 3000 people have signed a petition to remove "anti-homeless benches" from a street in Brighton in just 24 hours. The calls to to get rid of the benches, which feature a series of armrests along the seat, were initiated by housing campaigner Daniel Harris.

Thousands take on Brighton Half Marathon

Sorry, we're having problems with our video player at the moment, but are working to fix it as soon as we can Waiting for Video... Thousands of charity runners joined elite racers taking on the 13.1-mile race at 9am this morning (February 25), as spectators lined the course cheering them on.

Countdown to bankruptcy? Council leader's warning over city's finances

The leader of the council has warned that the local authority could go bust in a few years if government cuts continue. As Brighton and Hove City Council prepares to agree its budget for 2018/19 next week, Cllr Warren Morgan warned of the consequences of funding cuts, coupled with the burden of rising adult social care costs.

Ethical pampering: A vegan and chemical-free beauty salon

With more than half a million vegans in the UK, and counting, it's no wonder there's an increasing demand for 'cruelty-free' cosmetics. And that's why a vegan has opened in East Sussex, offering natural beauty treatments free of chemicals and animal products.

Mind what you eat: Brighton psychotherapist on beating overeating

If you've tried every fad diet going but can't seem to shed the pounds for good, a Sussex psychotherapist may have the answer with her holistic approach to curing emotional overeating. Georgina Tasker lives in Brighton with her husband and two children, and has worked as a psychotherapist specialising in overeating for seven years.

Beauty Review: 'I'd never seen my skin look so clear'

The HydraFacial, which is offered by A New You in Brighton, has become a firm favourite with celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Suki Waterhouse, Sophie Anderton and even award-winning business woman Karren Brady. I went along to A New You at Trafalgar Street, which offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments, not really knowing what to expect.

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I ditched dairy products and said no to all things carnivore

When the organiser of a Vegfest challenged me to try going vegan I was at first dubious. But if you're going to do it anywhere, it's got to be Brighton. If you throw a Linda McCartney sausage in this city you'll hit a vegan.

Review of the year: What hit the headlines in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look at the big news stories in Brighton and Hove over the past year. With rail strikes, council cuts and Albion within an inch of Premier League promotion, alongside huge Pride celebrations and a packed programme for the Brighton Festival and Fringe, it's been a busy year for the city.

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Frustrated commuters protest at Brighton station - Brighton & Hove Independent.

Protesters chanted 'get Southern out' at a rally inside Brighton station this evening (June 14). The protest was organised in response to delays and cancellations on Southern services in the last month, caused by a dispute between the rail operator and the RMT union over conductors' roles.

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Unity after '28 jihadists' leak sparks fear of terror in Brighton and Hove - Brighton & Hove...

Council officials, police officers, and members of the city's Muslim forum stood together in unity to reassure the community that Brighton and Hove is 'as safe, tolerant and supportive as ever'. This comes after reports in national and local media, that a group of young jihadists are 'intent on plotting and carrying out terror attacks in Brighton and Hove'.

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Revealed: A new vision for Shoreham Cement Works - Brighton & Hove Independent.

A group of architects have published a £1.3 billion plan for a disused quarry at Shoreham Cement Works, with 2,200 homes, zero-carbon transport, and the creation of 4,400 jobs. The site covers around 100 acres, and could be the home of a new eco-village called Erringham - an old Sussex name - if The South Down Project gets its way.

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Will Brighton and Hove catchment area shake-up cause a 'middle class explosion'? - Brighton &...

Three options for the city's secondary school catchment areas have been unveiled, but it could cause a 'middle-class explosion' according to a parent governor who sits on the council's children's committee. The council is redrawing its catchment areas for September 2018, in response to rising numbers of students, and a new secondary school set to open in the east of the city.

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City and Colour: Green's aching melodies draw in the crowds - Brighton & Hove Independent.

Given the number of check shirts, bushy beards and heavy denim, Canadian Dallas Green (aka City and Colour) may have been forgiven for thinking he was closer to home, albeit eighty years ago. The sheer number of bright young beardy hipsters showed just how high Green's stock is right now, but his memorable soul-infused folk is likely to outlive the current vagaries of fashion.

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The cuts that will shape our city's future - Brighton & Hove Independent

The Labour administration running Brighton and Hove City Council has set out its plans for significant cuts to vital services across the local authority in the next four years. Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of the council admitted that by 2020, we could be looking at a very different local authority.

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The moment the sun went out over Shoreham - Brighton & Hove Independent

The sun was shining brightly as people made their way to the annual Shoreham Airshow, but it would turn out to be the darkest of days in Sussex. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion. But Shoreham Airshow, the town's most popular event, had barely begun when disaster struck.

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Thirst for success

Bex Bastable looks at how one East Sussex wine estate is picking its first batch of grapes.

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Secret Linen Store

Bex Bastable meets two Selsey sisters keen to give you a good night’s sleep.

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Vine and dine

Bex Bastable heads to Spain to learn more about Castillan’s true treasure - wine.

Bronze Age and medieval finds at Medmerry

ARCHAEOLOGISTS at Medmerry have found evidence of a Bronze Age settlement - giving historians a rare glimpse into life and culture 3,000 years ago. The Environment Agency said work to create the Medmerry sea defence had unearthed 'fascinating' finds, which was 'radically changing' our understanding of how people lived along the Sussex coast 3,000 years ago.

Woman saved 58 years ago returns to thank Selsey RNLI lifeboat rescuers

A woman whose life was saved by Selsey RNLI lifeboat crew when she was 11 has made an emotional return to the lifeboat station on her 70th birthday. Nicki Constant, 70, from Reigate, visited Selsey RNLI recently with her son Giles, daughter Erica, son-in-law Ali and grandchildren Eloise, four, and Isla, two.

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Fab at 50

A massive 92% of women in their 50s say they’re happier than they’ve ever been and four in five feel just as sexy as in their 20s.

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