Sussex comes first
Sussex triumphed at the Brit awards earlier this week, did you notice that? Our very own Royal Blood, so to speak - currently based in Brighton but originally from Rustington and Worthing - picked up the Best British Group gong and were nominated in two other categories. This hard-working duo also did well at the NME awards the previous week and have a tour lined up supporting the Foo Fighters across the pond this summer, so they won't be getting a holiday any time soon. Alas, no cosy Sussex cottages for them!
Speaking of fame and (perhaps) fortune, having been glued to Wolf Hall while it ran I'm quite sad that Sussex missed out on being used as a location, although neighbouring Kent and Hampshire got in there. Penshurst Place and Dover Castle were used as doubles for Whitehall and the Tower of London respectively, whilst Winchester Cathedral and the Hospital of St Cross also appeared - they're all within an easy day trip from Sussex, though, if you'd like to visit, and are fascinating and beautiful in their own right. I'm sure the producers could have fitted in a bit of Sussex coast as well but hey, we can't have everything. After all, Rye's had a lot of film action lately and it's lovely to see the Landgate Arch looking so glorious after its marathon clean-up. Rye also has its cinema back, which is good news. Click here to view our cottages in Rye.
Another Sussex award-winner is the self-styled Mrs Whippy, aka Katy Alston - no, not what you're thinking and there is no grey involved: it's a pink ice-cream van that's become a frequent and welcome sight around Bognor and Chichester. The ice cream she sells is made in Hampshire and she's been voted top mobile seller by the Ice Cream Alliance. Which is, of course, a trade body but wouldn't it be a great idea for a political party? I know people who'd vote for that.