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Sussex monopoly

Posted 1 May 2015 by Andrew Gardner

Rural Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Fact: Ho Chi Minh used to work on the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry. Yes, that Ho Chi Minh. After World War One, apparently. Surprised? You're not alone. Anyway, this comes courtesy of the organisers of a local competition to design a monument to him, which you should be able to see displayed at Newhaven's West Quay later this year. So it might be a rather hastily-built monument, then... but still, you must admit it's not your average piece of Sussex news.

And now to something completely different: how many of you have found Monopoly on the games shelf at your Sussex holiday cottage? I only ask this because according to a recent survey it's the most popular board game in South-East England, so there's every chance that the owners of your holiday accommodation have left a set for you to enjoy. The runners-up were Scrabble and Cluedo, but Monopoly was a runaway winner.

I wonder what this taste says about us, though - and whether we could introduce a local version, with the funny old Shoreham cement works as one of the utilities and a special colour for Sussex holiday properties? Or even a special version just for holiday lets, with rural hideaways, luxury apartments, quirky cottages and Sussex seaside properties as the four categories. I think this one has mileage...

Sussex being such a wonderful place for the outdoor life (when we're not indoors playing board games) and learning about rural history and traditions, I'm hoping to get along to the wonderfully-named 'Three Acres and a Cow' show at Forest Row on 9th May, a history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. Quite apart from the name - a reason to visit in itself - it's an event that could become very important in a rural area like the Ashdown Forest, highlighting the issues faced by families and very small business trying to make a living from the land. Buying local produce and crafts is one way you can help when you're on a self catering holiday in Sussex- if everyone plays even a small part we can really help our region to thrive. Because we're worth it!

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