Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, the two most beautiful words, according to Henry James, in the English language. Wimbledon’s started, the sun’s out and the hosepipe ban is in full flow. To draw issue 26 to a cheerful close we would like to thank the following people for making this issue possible: Jane Zara (sorry about the Daily Mail incident), John Marshall, Sarah O’Kane, Jim Bainbridge, Col Prescott, Ann Prior, Sarah Sinclair, Polly Toynbee, Joanna Stephens, Anne Spruce, Hannah Weller, Serena Costello, Ric Graebner, Hugh Harris from the Kooks, David Beckham and Kevin Scott.

This week’s contributors are: Jess Wood, Emma Robertson, Sophie Clarke, Christian Thompson, Karen Anderson, Katie Moorman, William Leith, Karen Anderson, Richard Vogler, Owen Postgate, Antonia Gabassi, Miriam Darlington, Hattie Ellis, Nick Williams, Dave Wilson and Alex Leith.

Next week’s highlights include:
Fri 7th: Evening Bash at the Pells with late swimming, a barn dance and music from The Splash
Sat 8th and Sun 9th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Al fresco Shakespeare at Lewes New School
Sat 8th: Carolyn Genders Exhibition at the HQ Gallery
Mon 10th: Tom Paine Festival talk. George IV – Cad or Catalyst, by Lord Baker of Dorking

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