Hastings’ 1919 U-Boat Wreck: Dark Omen, Harbinger of Chaos, Agent of Eris

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WORDS: Gareth E Rees MUSIC: Wave Seer (Gareth E. Rees and James Weaver) In May 1919, the decommissioned U-boat 118 was on tow from France to be scrapped at Scapa Flow. But in a storm it broke loose and rolled

The Stone Tide – Psychedelic Visions at the World’s End

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FILM: Martin Fuller ‘The Stone Tide’, a short film by Martin Fuller, follows Unofficial Britain’s founder Gareth E. Rees, author of The Stone Tide [Influx Press, 2018] as he walks through Hastings with his dog Hendrix. “Winter by winter, the

Brexit, Landslip, Divorce & a Very Sussex Apocalypse

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex The Stone Tide: Adventures at the End of the World is an apocalyptic black comedy set in Hastings, written by Unofficial Britain founder Gareth E. Rees, featuring Aleister Crowley, the Piltdown Man

Pier Pressure: Matchbook etiquette and Dizzee Rascal’s Birthday Cake

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LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex WORDS: Ben Thompson Piers are by definition irrational structures – temporary institutions, neither sea, nor land, living on borrowed time until the inevitable conflagration. But then, which of us hasn’t felt that way at one time

Salvation Army Soundclash

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LOCATION: East Sussex WORDS: Ben Thompson I first saw the flyer for the Salvation Army Soundclash in a Clive Vale launderette. It was on the table next to an old copy of Now magazine. What caught my eye was the way

The Unofficial Queen of England

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LOCATION: Hastings WORDS: Gareth E. Rees I came across this story in the book Hastings of Bygone Days – and the Present [1920] by Henry Cousins…. On the day Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

The Ape Dreams of Charles Dawson & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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LOCATION: East Sussex WORDS: Gareth E Rees Charles Dawson was the Uckfield solicitor who discovered Piltdown Man in East Sussex in 1912 – a broken skull buried in million-year-old gravel deposits alongside a carved elephant femur and other fragments.  Proclaimed

A Sussex Atlantis


LOCATION: East Sussex WORDS: Gareth E. Rees The train stops at a level crossing in an East Sussex field. As the train pulls away I’m left on a tiny platform beside a sign which reads: Winchelsea Ancient Town, Cinque Port

Life Among the Concrete: A Harbour Wall Dérive

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LOCATION: Hastings Words: Gareth E. Rees The Stade is a shingle beach from where fishermen launch their boats. At low tide the shingle is strung with fish heads and crab claws. A harbour wall protects the beach. Herring gulls stand