Posted 4 March 2016 by Andrew Gardner
Have you been glued to the Six Nations rugby? If so you'll have seen the mixed fortunes of our Sussex representatives on the squad - Joe Launchbury, who's been playing so well, has missed out a lot due to hamstring trouble; while Sussex resident (and former Worthing Raiders prop) Joe Marler grafted his way back in after a stint on the bench. Despite the excitement of last year's World Cup (remember Brighton in Sussex was the scene of a massive upset, when Japan beat South Africa?) I still love the Six Nations best.
Is your household united over rugby (love it or hate it) or, like us, divided - some glued to every game possible while others pointedly leave the room? If you're staying in one of our Sussex holiday cottages or luxury apartments right now I trust you're well catered-for - a large-screen TV for those who watch the game and some beautiful scenery or excellent shopping for those who don't.
Speaking of derring-do, I'm sorry to see that the wonderful Worthing Birdman competition has been cancelled for the foreseeable future, inevitably due to lack of funding. It's always been such brilliant, quirky fun and a wonderful spectacle. Let's hope it gets rescued. But if you fancy seeing some fund-raising madness, pop down to Churchill Square in Brighton on 19th March and watch Hove firefighters aim for a world record pole-drop. They set the record back in 2009 but lost it a couple of years back, so this time it's personal!
And while intrepid (mad? brave?) Eddie Izzard goes for another marathon marathon, so to speak, don't forget our Sussex astronaut Tim Peake is in training on the International Space Station, with the aim of doing a zero-gravity marathon at the same time as the London one. While neither of these runners will be in the Brighton Marathon next month I know that some of you might well be, or be cheering the runners on. Our Sussex holiday cottages are the perfect base for both - click here to view the selection.