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Hello there, I am Andy Brook, the webmaster here at northlancing.org. The website was set up in 2004 to promote Lancing and Sompting but like most things has developed into other areas! The focus is still on the local area but I also cover Sussex, UK and the whole wide world. Each day the site gets about 250 visits with 50% from outside the original target area. All links and items included here in good faith - if you feel that an item on the website infringes your copyright or you would like to have your say in reply to an item, please contact webmaster andy  and I will be pleased to amend/credit/correct accordingly. The views expressed within the website do not reflect the personal views of the webmaster and are published in the desire to generate reasoned debate, enlightenment and understanding.



Brenda writes "Hi Andy, Just to say thankyou for letting me put my meanderings on your website for all the years that have gone by. Sara and I have decided to close the puppy training classes.  After 25 plus years of puppy training it is time to retire and let Sara have her weekends back. bg!! We have had a fantastic time meeting people from all walks of life and all the lovely pups that we have helped the owners train over the years. We made the hard decison after lots of thought. Could you put this on your website to say that we have closed our doors. Well the Lions hall doors. I will of course be around on emails to help people if they want to get in touch with any problems. Very many thanks. Brenda and Sara and of course Tyto who is still with me after 11 years Visit Lancing Canine Obedience website 

Graham writes “The reason for contacting you is that I wonder if you may consider posting an appeal for me. I have written six books on local history and I am now researching my seventh. I've been gathering information on the business William Weller, once located at the site of Wheelwrights Lodge in West Street, Sompting. In fact, as you may know, HD Tribe occupy one of Weller's original buildings since buying the business back in 1989. Formed in 1900 and originally a wheelwright, which later became William Weller and Son when his son George joined the business, they later went on to build portable buildings, kennels, chicken runs, etc. They did odd jobbing, painting, carpentry, upholstery, in fact you name it, they probably did it. They even supplied timber, creosote, polish, locks, hinges, etc. As if all this wasn't enough, they also became funeral directors, which is why the business was sold to HD Tribe much later on when all other roles of the business stopped leaving just the funeral director side. I am very keen on hearing from anyone who may have used Weller's, or purchased something from them, such as a garden shed, which incidentally some still survive in situ today! I also wonder if any photographs may survive of their workshop and lovely flint built office. There was a fire on the site on 18th November 1987 where the workshop and garage was destroyed by fire and I wonder if anyone may have remembered this or taken any photographs  .... "  Kindest regards Graham Lelliott 3 Busticle Lane Sompting Lancing West Sussex BN15 0DH 07793 435428


Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Marcus Tullius Cicero


I post this each Friday on my Facebook Page Here is the most recent 

Friday Chill session ... A damp foggy evening ... We need to have a warm glow ... Fairly sure these random faves of mine will do that ... Effect boosted by low lights, open fires, headphones, glasses of your cup of joy to hand .....

1. Laura Cantrell " The Way It Is " https://youtu.be/mqBTVsbfiWo
2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers " I Won't Back Down " https://youtu.be/ZeNA4R3Xh9E
3. John Hiatt " Master of Disaster " https://youtu.be/RF3RpDBCKlo
4. Joni Mitchell " The Circle Game " https://youtu.be/V9VoLCO-d6U
5. The Incredible String Band " Log Cabin Home in the Sky " https://youtu.be/IBVb39rtVbU
6. Ry Cooder " Vigilante Man " https://youtu.be/x4KmbUCwkyE
7. Procol Harum " A Salty Dog " https://youtu.be/mOj3kJKy-_U
8. Elvis Presley " Suspicious Minds " https://youtu.be/RxOBOhRECoo

Bonus Track .... George Michael " Faith " https://youtu.be/6Cs3Pvmmv0E

Extra Bonus Track for Lesley H .... Lindisfarne " Fog On The Tyne " https://youtu.be/ZVuYd_uzGYA

We have a theme next week .. Time ... requests taken

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Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken – Psalm 55:22



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Section 40: Penalising the free Press undermines democracy and offends against justice. The philosopher Albert Camus said that “a free Press can be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the Press will never be anything but bad.” Proposals to bludgeon the media into accepting state-approved regulation should be rejected when the Government’s consultation ends next week. This hangover from the Leveson Report, published four years ago, casts a dark shadow over a radically changed media environment. The print press is struggling to survive in the brave new world of online journalism. We’ve already lost two national titles from print, The Independent and its Sunday sister. Some others are struggling to find a sustainable funding model. Many local papers have already gone under. At the same time, the rules of the game have shifted dramatically since the appalling phone-hacking scandal, which put the News of the World out of business and gave rise to two new self-regulating bodies for newspapers. The rules governing the contact politicians and advisers have with journalists have been overhauled, introducing greater transparency more

 In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name and tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a small town in Mississippi. The movie changes various details found in the book from relatively minor ones (in the book Tibbs is an police officer in California) to more major (basic details of the murder, including the victim, are different). It stars Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, and was produced by Walter Mirisch. The screenplay was by Stirling Silliphant. The film won five Academy Awards, including the 1967 awards for Best Picture and Rod Steiger for Best Actor. The film was followed by two sequels, They Call Me Mister Tibbs! in 1970, and The Organization in 1971. In 1988, it also became the basis of a television series adaptation of the same name. Although the film was set in the fictional Mississippi town of Sparta (with supposedly no connection to the real Sparta, Mississippi), part of the movie was filmed in Sparta, Illinois, where many of the film's landmarks can still be seen. The quote "They call me Mister Tibbs!" was listed as number 16 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes, a list of top film quotes. In 2002, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" more

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Kublai Khan  September 23, 1215 – February 18, 1294),born Kublai was the fifth Khagan (Great Khan) of the Mongol Empire (Ikh Mongol Uls), reigning from 1260 to 1294 (although due to the division of the empire this was a nominal position). He also founded the Yuan dynasty in China as a conquest dynasty in 1271, and ruled as the first Yuan emperor until his death in 1294. Kublai was the fourth son of Tolui (his second son with Sorghaghtani Beki) and a grandson of Genghis Khan. He succeeded his older brother Möngke as Khagan in 1260, but had to defeat his younger brother Ariq Böke in the Toluid Civil War lasting until 1264. This episode marked the beginning of disunity in the empire.Kublai's real power was limited to China and Mongolia, though as Khagan he still had influence in the Ilkhanate and, to a significantly lesser degree, in the Golden Horde. If one counts the Mongol Empire at that time as a whole, his realm reached from the Pacific Ocean to the Black Sea, from Siberia to what is now Afghanistan – one fifth of the world's inhabited land area more 

Put your questions to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Have you got a question you’d like to ask Sussex’s Police and Crime Commissioner? Sussex Police and Crime Panel is inviting residents to put their written questions to Katy Bourne ahead of the next meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel on Friday 20 January. Questions can be about any strategic issue relating to policing in Sussex (but not related to an operational issue, or a live case). The deadline for receiving questions is noon on Thursday 12 January more

Guilty verdict for ‘scrap yard’ garden couple John Mallows, 66, and his wife June, 65, allowed scrap metal, other waste and cars to be deposited and stored at the rear of their property in London Road, Hailsham. The pair denied breaching the requirements of an official planning notice issued by East Sussex County Council prohibiting them from using the property to store waste materials. However, in a trial at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday, December 9 2016 they were both found guilty and sentenced to a joint fine of £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,250 in costs and a £200 victim surcharge more 

Allied review: Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard's swanky, sexy spy thriller cranks up the glamour From Fargo, North Dakota to the Montana Badlands, some places have become so fused to the films named after them, they’ve come to stand for something more than a spot on a map – where moods, even worldviews, seem baked into the architecture and landscape. First among them is Casablanca, a city synonymous with the necessity of taking a stand in love and war alike, thanks to Bogart, Bergman, La Marseillaise and headlamps in the fog. It would take some nerve to use that Moroccan port as the backdrop for another early 1940s cloak-and-dagger romance: what was left to be done with the place after Bogie was finished with it? Yet that’s exactly what Robert Zemeckis has done in his swankily entertaining 18th feature, a romantic thriller that’s head-over-heels besotted with itself, and with good reason more 

Medical Marijuana Is Legal in California. Except When It’s Not California’s multibillion dollar marijuana industry, by far the nation’s largest, is crawling out from the underbrush after voters opted to legalize cannabis in this month’s election. In Sonoma County alone, an estimated 9,000 marijuana cultivation businesses are operating in a provisional gray market, and are now looking to follow the path of the wine industry, which emerged from its own prohibition eight decades ago and rose to the global prominence it enjoys today. But the bruising ordeals of one of the state’s largest cannabis companies, CannaCraft, have made many in the marijuana industry fearful, and they also suggest a long and bumpy road from marijuana’s approval at the ballot box to the same on-the-ground acceptance enjoyed by wine and beer businesses more 

Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice 'unrealistic', says new GPs head When it comes to fruit and vegetables, two-a-day, rather than five, might be more realistic advice to give families, says one of the UK's leading doctors. The new chair of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, says lots of people struggle to afford the recommended amount of daily portions. Public Health England insists five-a-day is affordable and achievable. Dr Stokes-Lampard wants doctors to take a pragmatic approach and offer patients tailored goals. She also rejects the idea that smokers should always be told to give up. Dr Stokes-Lampard claims many children are being brought up with a culture of not having any fresh fruit and vegetables at all. And she told BBC Breakfast News: "In the consultation with patients it's vital that GPs sometimes need to tailor the advice to the family in front of them. That may be starting with one or two portions a day and building up to the five portions a day." more

Still tied together where they were shot 80 years ago: Mallorca moves to return lost victims of Spanish Civil War to families They were the lost victims of Spain’s vicious civil war - men and women taken out in the middle of the night, put against a churchyard wall and shot in the back head before being dumped in unmarked mass-graves. Now, 80 years after more than 1,700 summary executions were conducted on the Balearic island of Mallorca, families of the forgotten are finally being allowed to bury their dead. In a churchyard in the small rural town of Porreres, those searching for their loved ones queued up to give DNA samples in the hope that one the twisted corpses being painstakingly removed from the ground may belong to their family more

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is the organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the National Park and the interests of the people who live and work within it. There are 15 National Parks in the UK. Known as Britain’s Breathing Spaces, National Parks are areas of spectacular landscape that include mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods, coasts and wetlands. Mostly farmed landscapes supporting living, working communities, National Parks are areas of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy more
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Offshore detainees' mental illness among highest of any surveyed population: study Refugees and asylum seekers held on Manus Island are battling some of the highest rates of depressive and anxiety disorders recorded and this is overwhelmingly the result of their detention experience, a study has found. The disclosure is included in a submission by the United Nations refugee agency that also reveals refugees and asylum seekers continued to be held in prison-like conditions, well after Papua New Guinea's highest court ruled that the detention was unconstitutional more

Here are 2016's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation. A small influx of Painted Lady butterflies has arrived during the very mild recent weather and an early Speckled Wood has emerged. If you have seen a butterfly in 2016 that is not yet listed below, and you are confident that you have identified it correctly, please email our Surveys Manager with details of your sighting. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen more

The Sky at Night 2016 This page, updated monthly, will let you know some of the things that you can look out for in the night sky.  It lists the phases of the Moon, where you will see the naked-eye planets and describes some of the prominent constellations in the night sky during the month more

Making primary schools into academies does not boost results, says report Pupils at early converters to academy status did not outperform children at schools that converted later, according to LSE research. Converting primary schools into academies has failed to improve their results, according to a study by the London School of Economics – calling into question government policy that all state schools in England should be pushed towards academy status. The authors of the report looked at the results of primary schools that changed from being maintained by local authorities to being academies run by autonomous trusts, and found no improvement compared with similar schools that converted later. The researchers also found that the more generous funding given to academies – to replace the services provided by local authorities – was largely diverted into administration costs rather than being spent in the classroom or on frontline services. “The results cast doubt on whether further expansion of the academies programme will be beneficial to English education,” said Andrew Eyles of the LSE’s centre for economic performance and one of the report’s authors more

From marrying for love to settling for looks: The most common mistakes people make when choosing a spouse Maybe love isn't actually all you need How do you know when you’ve found “the one”? Whether you believe in soulmates or not, this is arguably one of life’s biggest questions, and one that most people have asked themselves at one point in their lives. Committing to spend your life with one person isn’t a decision most people make lightly, so understandably want to make sure they’re not making a mistake. With 42% of marriages ending in divorce, it would appear lots of us may make the wrong choice of spouse, but what are the most common reasons? more

The 2 Big Beliefs Linked to Depression Two beliefs that put you at risk for depression, and how to rethink them In our psychological backpack, we all carry around beliefs that shape how we move through our days. They may be about the world, with positive beliefs like “People are generally trustworthy” or not-so-positive ones like “Life isn’t fair.” We also carry around beliefs about the future. Again, they may be good, like “Things usually work out for me” or not so much, like “Things will never get better.” But the heaviest weight in our backpack is the beliefs about ourselves. And when it comes to setting the stage for depression, a 2009 study in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research found there are two biggies that are particularly devious. This week, here are the terrible two, plus, how to empty that backpack and refill it with beliefs that not only are more accurate, but fit you and your life a whole lot better more

'Mavis has realised she's invisible at work': Mills and Boon launch spoof feminist guides to 21st century life First Ladybird became the surprise bestseller last Christmas with spoof titles like the Book of the Hipster and the Book of the Hangover. Then there was the Famous Five series, featuring a modernised Anne, George, Dick and Julian who share a flat, take Ubers rather than riding bikes, and wash their gluten free picnics down with lashings of alcoholic ginger beer. This Christmas, a new series of pocket books is set to hit the shelves. Enter Mills and Boon's Modern Girl Guides more

4 January 1967 Campbell killed during record attempt Donald Campbell has been killed a split second before breaking his own water speed record in his jet-powered boat, the Bluebird K7. He was travelling at more than 300mph (483 km/h) on Coniston Water when the boat was catapulted 50ft (15m) into the air after its nose lifted. Forty-six-year-old Mr Campbell was killed instantly as the boat hit the water and immediately disintegrated more

The art critic, essayist and novelist John Berger threw down his challenge early in his television series Ways of Seeing. This came in 1972, the year when Berger, who has died aged 90, broke through to real fame from his niche celebrity on the arts pages of the New Statesman. Ways of Seeing, made on the cheap for the BBC as four half-hour programmes, was the first series of its kind since Civilisation (1969), 13 one-hour episodes for which Kenneth Clark, its writer and presenter, and a BBC production team had travelled 80,000 miles through 13 countries exploring 2,000 years of the visual culture of the western world. Berger travelled as far as the hut in Ealing, west London where his programmes were filmed, and no farther. What he said in his characteristic tone of sweet reasonableness was:  “In his book on the nude, Kenneth Clark says that being naked is simply being without clothes. The nude, according to him, is a form of art. I would put it differently: to be naked is to be oneself; to be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognised for oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be a nude.” more

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