Herstmonceux Medieval Festival - August Bank Holiday 2017

Herstmonceux Medieval Festival 2017Things to do - August Bank Holiday Weekend 2017

At Expert Skip Hire we're passionate about supporting local events so if you've never been before or are looking for something to do towards the end of August, why not check out the Herstmonceux Medieval Festival which runs for 3 days from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2017 (Bank Holiday weekend).

It's one of the last summery things to do before people begin to turn their attention to the new school term and the fast approaching Autumn weather.

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Brighton's Three Piers - Their history and some fascinating facts

Brighton Palace PierBrighton's Famous Palace Pier

Probably Brighton’s most famous and loved attraction, the Brighton Palace Pier is visited by millions of sightseers, day trippers and holiday makers every year and has been since it was first opened, nearly 120 years ago!

In August 2015, VisitEngland released figures showing that Brighton Palace Pier was the 5th most visited free attraction in the UK, having had 4.5 million visitors the previous year.

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Brighton Zip - New zip line wire ride opens to the public

Article updated 27th July 2017 

***Please note - We are not affiliated with the Zip Wire in any way so we are unable to answer any phone or email questions you may have about it.

To book tickets please visit the official booking page.

The Brighton Zip Wire has finally opened for a few test runs and also for a few lucky friends of the owners of the attraction. The official launch is due to take place on 1st August 2017, with the new zip ride being open to those who have already booked in advance. At the moment, staff are familiarising themselves with the ride, which should be in full swing once the summer holiday season is underway. 

How much does the zip line ride cost? 

If you're prepared to clamber up the 90 steps to reach the launching platform, you'll have to cough up £16 if you're on your own, or £30 for a dual ride (the ride consists of two parallel lines). If you're looking for a cheaper option, the ride also has a second attraction called the Drop Zone. If you want to experience both the Zip Wire ride and the Drop Zone, you can buy both for £22.

Drop Zone

The Drop Zone allows to you plunge straight down from the upper platform, which will give the feeling of weightlessness for around a second. This freefall experience will set you back £8.50

A 140 cover restaurant which was also part of the project will now be built over the winter months and is expected to open some time in 2018.

How can I book?

If you're seeking the thrill of riding this new attraction, you can book your space by visiting the ride's official booking page.

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Science Week - Brighton To Host The British Science Festival 2017

British Science Festival Brighton 2017We're going a bit geeky with today's article and talking about sciency stuff happening soon in Brighton...

Coming this September 2017 is a chance to discover the historic and beautiful city of Brighton and at the same time explore our universe and our own consciousness.

British Science Week

This year’s British Science Festival will be taking place in Brighton. Taking place over 5 days, from 5th September to the 9th of September and organised by The British Science Association (BSA) the festival will be co-hosted by The University of Brighton and The University of Sussex.

There will be over 100 events open to the public covering the entire spectrum of scientific research, theory and achievement. Covering engineering, technology and the social sciences.

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The latest addition to our 2017 fleet

New RoRo hook lift addition to our Sussex fleetThis is the latest beauty added to our fleet for 2017. As you can see, it's lovely and shiny now and we wish it would stay looking this pristine forever.

However, the reality is that this DAF RoRo (or hooklift) truck is already out on the Sussex roads earning its keep and is doing the job it's intended for. Bumps and bruises are par for the course but we hope it won't pick up too many of those in the coming months and years.

A pretty penny

Investing in new vehicles like the one you see in the picture is always a difficult decision to make. The cost of putting a brand new DAF HGV on the road isn't cheap but a critical part of our business is being able to offer a responsive and reliable service to all of our clients, all of the time.

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Summer in Hastings 1964 with the Mods and Rockers

We thought we'd share this fabulous video again this summer as it's an interesting trip down memory lane from the 1960s titled "Hastings Rocks Mods" talking about how around 5000 Mods and Rockers planned to invade the town and create a second 'Battle of Hastings'.

It's a fascinating snapshot of one 1964 summer Bank Holiday weekend in Hastings, mirroring the same story of several south coast seaside resorts in the '60s.

Apparently, Sussex Police had organised to fly in a plane full of London 'Bobbies' from RAF Northolt to keep the Mods and Rockers apart.

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Hydro and Solar Water wheel collects river rubbish for recycling

A brilliant, yet simple invention is keeping the harbour in Baltimore USA cleaner than ever before by slowly hoovering up any trash that strays into its path.

The inventors of the solar and water powered device, Daniel Chase and John Kellett, say their aim is to eventually put themselves out of business. Daniel says:

"Ultimately though, our aim is to put the water wheel out of business, We know that it's an end-of-pipe solution, it's great because it's immediate and innovative but the real solution is that people need to change their behaviour".

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Environment: Wall Lizard spotters needed in East Sussex

Wall Lizard spotters needed in Sussex

Have you seen a critter like the one in the picture above? If so, university researchers want to hear from you.

The wall lizard (Latin name - Podarcis muralis) is a type of lizard that's already common in Europe and parts of North America.

For better or worse, the population has now begun to increase in the south of the UK as well. The wall lizard is easy to spot as it can grow up to about 20cm in length and, as the name suggests, can often be seen basking on walls and rocks during sunny, summer days in Sussex.

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New Skip Hire Apps to make booking even easier

As technology marches on, it's important to stay up to date with the latest tools the internet can offer us. To this end, we're rolling out a couple of apps to make it even easier and more convenient to use our skip and RoRo hire service.  We now have an app for both Apple and Android users.

Get our skip App  Get our skip App

The apps allow you to book a skip and also provide information about how much it will cost for each size of skip from our smallest 2 yarders right up to our 16 yard skips.

You'll also be able to read our FAQs, get more information about skip permits or enquire about our caged lorry rubbish clearance service.

Skip hire app for Apple and Android devices

Book Review of Touch The Earth by Julian Lennon

Touch The Earth Book By Julian LennonJulian Lennon creates children’s book highlighting ecological issues around the world.

Julian Lennon, the son of legendary Beatles band member John Lennon, has co-written and released the first of a planned trilogy of children’s books highlighting the damage that pollution is causing to our planet.

Julian is a keen environmentalist, a talented musician, a writer and a photographer and his new book creates an entertaining, interactive and easy way of approaching environmental issues affecting people all around the world.

As anyone who shares time with children will know, this combination is a great way for them to learn.

Touch the Earth is a beautifully illustrated book, bringing together an interactive story of the problems facing the planet due to pollution, and most importantly shows children solutions to those problems.

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Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow 2017

***Please note - We are not affiliated with the Eastbourne Airshow in any way so we are unable to answer any phone or email questions you may have about it.

Avro Lancaster Bomber at the Eastbourne Air ShowAvro Lancaster By Kogo - Own work, GFDL, LinkAs summer spreads its wings and soars into full-flight, it's around this time of year that we to turn our attention to the 2017 Eastbourne Airshow. This year's 25th anniversary event takes place over a four-day period from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th August.

You can watch the air display completely free from the prime location of Eastbourne Seafront and as always, this event is extremely popular so expect to be part of a large crowd!

If you don't want to be in the thick of it, there are plenty of opportunities to view from further afield - The air display line stretches a colossal 2 miles so anywhere within a mile radius of Eastbourne's seafront will still give you a great vantage point.

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Greatest sights in Britain - Seven Sisters, Eastbourne

Seven Sisters Eastbourne

As Eastbourne is one the areas where we provide our skip hire and rubbish clearance service, we thought we'd mention a recent bit of local news about the iconic Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The well known local landmark has popped back on the radar again by managing to make it into a poll of the top 20 most stunning views in the UK.

As you'd imagine, the cliffs share their prestigious rating with some of Britain's (and indeed the world's) most well know landmarks such as Stonehenge, Loch Ness and Snowdonia.

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Germany pays people to use electricity

Electricity power lines

Although we missed reporting this story when it broke last year, it's still worth a mention today due to its implications for the future of the world's energy consumption.

Despite 40% of the country's electricity being generated by burning fossil fuels, Germany hit the headlines back in 2016 when it emerged that, for a short time, some consumers were actually PAID to use electricity.

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Scotland sets new records for renewable, wind turbine energy

Scotland's wind turbines set new records

Wind turbines can be a bit like Marmite - People either tend to love them or hate them. Whether you're in favour of more electricity being produced by them or not, one thing is clear; they're a clean source of renewable energy.

Back in December of last year, Scotland’s wind turbines generated more electricity than the entire country used for four consecutive days. Wind powered turbines provided a record amount of energy over the Christmas period between the 23rd of December and Boxing Day included. Not only that, the total amount of wind energy produced on Christmas Eve alone set a new record with more than 74,000MWh produced, which was enough to power over 6 million homes.

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Can my TV be powered by banana skins?

Banana skins can be used to create electricity

The UK produces around 7.3 millions tonnes of food waste each year.

What most of us are not aware of is that around 240 thousand tonnes of this is made up of banana skins - That's over 3% of all food waste in total.

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Indonesia - Bali's plastic rubbish problem

This guest post has been submitted by Daniel Brooks who is currently in Bali whilst filming a fly on the wall documentary for UK Television. It highlights the huge problem of plastic waste not just in Bali, but throughout Indonesia.

Plastic rubbish in Bali

Daniel's Story

Myself, my wife Deborah and our three children, Oliver 9, Hazel nearly 5, and Heather Blue nearly 2 have moved to Bali for an experimental six month period to see if we want to live in south east Asia. A UK TV crew are following our story and have given us a camera to film as we go for a new documentary series about families going to live more sustainable lives in the wild.

We arrived during a spell of the very worst weather Bali has seen in years. The most rain I have EVER experienced in all my worldly adventures! Torrential rain, gales, electrical storms, floods and landslides! What had we gotten ourselves into?! This was not what we had imagined.

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Plastic bricks made from used water bottles

 Plastic Bricks

We often write articles about plastic waste - The reason for this is that plastic is the biggest culprit when it comes to waste production; we throw away more plastic than any other material. Not only this, it also accounts for around 90% of all the waste that bobs around in our seas and oceans. The 3rd worrying factor is that it can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, making it a serious problem for future generations to deal with as well.

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How to reduce food waste... by drinking beer

Beer made from breadWho'd have thought that you can help save the planet just by having a few beers? Well, as odd as that sounds, it's actually true.

A UK brewer is now producing a refreshing ale called Toast and, as the name implies, it's made from surplus bread that would otherwise have been thrown in the bin.

In the UK, bread is by far the most 'chucked-away' food. An astonishing 44% of all bread made never even reaches our mouths - That's not too far away from almost half of it that's baked every single day.

All round bright spark and entrepreneur Tristram Stuart decided to do something about this mountain of discarded bread by founding the first bread to beer ale. His aim is to reduce global food waste by turning as much bread as he can get his hands on into a tasty craft beer.

Tristram says:

"We aim to put ourselves out of business. The day there’s no waste bread is the day Toast Pale Ale can no longer exist."

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The history and origin of the Rag and Bone Man

A Parisian rag and bone man in 1899Many of today's younger generation have never heard the term 'rag-and-bone man' as these enigmatic figures have largely all but disappeared from our modern streets. 

It was extremely common back in the 1970s to hear a rag and bone man calling to householders as he travelled slowly down our roads, shouting 'old lumber', 'rag-and-bone' or something similar. As some will also no doubt remember, the profession even spawned a hit TV show in the 1970s in the guise of Steptoe and Son.

What's a rag-and-bone man?

If you're new to the term, a rag and bone man (sometimes referred to as a 'totter') was a person who either travelled by horse (or pony) and cart or in a van at a snail's pace down every neighbourhood street, looking to collect a wide range of materials to sell for a profit.

On hearing their call, residents with items they thought the rag and bone man might want would go outside into the street and stop them. The rag and bone man would then tell them if he wanted to take their scrap or not.

History of the rag and bone man

Whilst scavenging for anything of value is by no means a new idea (we've been doing it since the dawn of time), the term - or variations of it, seems to have been commonly used in the early to mid-1800s.

Rag and bone men would travel through city streets on foot, usually carrying a large bag over their shoulder. They rarely had any form of transport and were generally very poor people trying to eek out a living from collecting anything that they thought might have a resale value such as old rags, cloth, bones and metal.

They were typically referred to by names such as bone grubbers, bone pickers or rag gatherers.

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Vertical Forests - Garden trees planted on tower blocks

Vertical forest - tree planted in high-rise flats and officesImproving quality of life and providing wildlife habitats in urban areas.

Green open spaces in cities help improve the quality of life for human residents and also provide habitats for many different species of wildlife. Trees and plants produce oxygen and remove pollutants from our atmosphere.

Unfortunately, space in modern cities is at a premium and while everyone agrees that it is more pleasant and healthy, both physically and mentally, to live amongst green spaces there is not much incentive to build urban parks and conservation areas as they are not profitable.

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is leading the way with an innovative solution: Vertical Forests.

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Warning for dog walkers on Sussex beaches

Palm oil found on Sussex beachAs we're based very close to the beach in Seaford, we thought we'd post a brief article today to warn local dog walkers to keep an eye on their pets if they decide to take a stroll by the sea anywhere along the Sussex coastline.

Back in November of 2015, a white, waxy substance that was thought to be palm oil was found on the beach in Seaford.

A similar story has hit the papers again recently, but this time the same substance has been found along the coast between Newhaven and Brighton.

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