In Search of England: Why living in Eastbourne ruined me

Eastbourne Pier Fire

The pier in flames on 30 July 2014, which I walked down to and witnessed

In the spirit of the ‘ruins you for life’ series on Buzzfeed, and in response to the report about the unhealthiness of our high street, here are 10 reasons why living in Eastbourne ruined me, in the form of activities I can do for under £10 (and mostly for free) on a day out, setting off on foot from my doorstep. Continue reading


In Search of England: Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre

Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux

The working centre of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG) from 1958 to 1990.

It helps to live near an observatory at certain points in one’s life. When my elation over the impending solar eclipse on 20 March had faded, I realised on Wednesday that I had no glasses with which to view the sun through, and Herstmonceux, a place that I vaguely remembered existed close by in East Sussex, became my solution. Continue reading