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Lewes in The Guardian

On 9 May 2009 at 12:26pm Rozzer wrote:
I see it finally appeared. What made me laugh was seeing 'Viva Lewes' described as 'radical'. I think gushing middle-class shopping mag' is nearer the truth.
On 9 May 2009 at 4:47pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
It was the biggest load of old pony I've seen since I last opened a copy of Viva Lewes!
On 9 May 2009 at 5:31pm MacDonald wrote:
I see they didn't mention Bill's - he must be going out of fashion at last.
On 9 May 2009 at 5:34pm alf wrote:
Alex Leith (of Viva Lewes) has a brother called William who used to work for the Guardian. Maybe he still does!
On 9 May 2009 at 5:41pm Beardy Wierdy wrote:
The Guardian seems to have confused being 'nimbeyed to death' with being lucky enough to live with people who worry that no one l properly considered fire access to a block of flats lawfully, and that a turning circle which is required by law, cannot be used, because it has p cars legally parked in the middle of it.
I pressume Guardian journalists are unfit, as Lewes may be hilly, but its not exactly Matlock.
Oh well. Todays news, is tomorrows bio-organic composting matter.
On 9 May 2009 at 6:18pm Geoff wrote:
They can publicise Viva Lewes as much as they like, but apart from its attractive 1930's style covers, and the occasional glimmer of interest it is thin copy ofor people interested in style over content. Lewes News is much better, and more welcome in this house and would never become involved in publishing the insane ramblings of Marina 'where is she now?' Pepper.
On 9 May 2009 at 6:50pm artful dodger wrote:
I like Viva Lewes
On 9 May 2009 at 7:55pm Rozzer wrote:
You're right Geoff but the Guardian Magazine is the kind of magazine that would like Viva Lewes and would like to encourage the kind of people who would like Viva Lewes to move to Lewes.
On 9 May 2009 at 9:55pm Winterbourne Wanderer wrote:
I like Viva Lewes too, there are some funny bits in it. And in that Guardian feature though I think the humour might have been unintentional
On 10 May 2009 at 10:29am Dave wrote:
I used to like Viva Lewes but its getting harder and harder to find the interesting content among the ads
On 10 May 2009 at 12:56pm Long Distance Whelk Fisherman wrote:
Yes - what happened to Marina Pepper? The last I saw of her was a month or two ago when she was interviewed on TV about some peaceful demonstration that resulted in anti-social behaviour
On 11 May 2009 at 1:01pm artful dodger wrote:
Aren't the Guardian readership and Lewes-folk cut from a fairly similar cloth?
On 11 May 2009 at 4:06pm Rozzer wrote:
Dave wrote: 'I used to like Viva Lewes but its getting harder and harder to find the interesting content among the ads.'
That's what it exists for - to make money for the people who own it. Nothing wrong with that - though everyone will stop reading it in the end because ad sheets are boring. That's why calling it 'radical' made me laugh.
On 12 May 2009 at 1:33pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Will Leith is a freelance journalist I believe but has had stuff published in the Guardian. There are quite a few Guardian and Observer contributors living in and around the town though so it appears fairly often.
I remember when canabis was first down-graded to a class C drug there was an article in the Guardian where they sent someone to buy some. He described the smell as being "Familiar to parents of teenagers in Lewes" or something along those lines.
Marina Pepper was quoted on the Argus website a few times during the protest/riot in Brighton the other weekend although in her defence it was mainly before the fights kicked off.
I like Viva Lewes and the web-mag has a much, much better content to ads ratio. Given that it's free anyway, you can't really complain about it and it's a vast improvement on the old free thing they bought and replaced. I'd rather read the free Viva Lewes than pay for the Sussex Express certainly.
On 12 May 2009 at 2:24pm not from around here wrote:
Personally I'm not that keen on Viva Lewes mainly because it intentionally gives a distorted view of Lewes. As far as it's 'What's On' credentials are concerned (more so on the online version) they do only cover events that they 'like'. That's from the editors mouth, not mine. There are other events that they simply choose not to cover as they don't fit in with their views of what Lewes should be. They perpetuate the worst arty-snobby attitudes in the town and specifically cater for the DFL's at the expense of others.
One thing though - we always have really good laugh at the unintentionally funny pretentiousness of it all - so at least it gives us an unintended laugh.
On 18 May 2009 at 8:29am moi wrote:
If you really want to know what the Viva Lewes team are like - meet them, some preconceptions might be blown away. They are due to be gathering at the John Harvey Tavern on Wednesday night as part of the Cliffe Independence goings on...

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