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DRIVERLESS CARS: So Blaise Tapp is excited about driverless cars coming (Life on Tapp) Sussex Express, February 12. Like Blaise I’m not one to embrace technology either, but I find the thought of driverless cars exciting. As he says perhaps in the no-so-distant future the roads may be free of idiots because we will be driven everywhere by microchip. Hopefully driverless cars will cut out the bad driving of human beings which, to many people, will be their main selling point. Of course those who are car worshippers, giving their cars a home of their own (garages) when human beings are homeless and spending hours cleaning them, will probably object, but many of us as Blaise says, will probably opt to be driven around by a clever Sat Nav. I doubt also that the petrol-heads among us would enjoy the experience of going out of your house in the morning getting into a car that is a standard issue and saying work, school, shops James – well you would have to give it a name wouldn’t you? To me it would be a dream and I would travel a lot more.

C7: Please, whilst on the subject of cars, could people slow down on the C7. A friend’s daughter had her car written off when she was pulling out of our junction to go to work on Friday February 12. Fortunately she was not hurt. As this is a blind junction, people need to slow down to the 30mph limit and that way people trying to get out have a chance of not getting hit. I live on this junction so do know what I’m talking about.

NEWSPAPERS: So the Independent newspaper is to be no longer printed. If they can’t make print on paper pay I suppose it has to be, but yet again the older generation and those who do not like technology are being penalised and isolated. I love reading the newspaper and the whole procedure of picking it up from the box, feeling it in my hands, hearing the rustle of paper and looking forward to reading it is one of life’s experiences. However, no matter where or how you read it these days still brings on depression at the depth of greed, depravity and war mongering that the human race sinks to. No wonder some of the happiest people are the people that don’t buy or read papers or watch TV. I wonder, do the young think they will never be the old of tomorrow?

QUIZ: On a happier note there are those people who give their all to help others and Lewes Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre are to be thanked for their efforts. We have a Quiz Evening on Wednesday (wrong date went in last week) at the Abergavenny pub at 7pm. £10 per head, four to six people per team. Price includes a two course hot buffet. For tickets contact Maureen on 01273 474980 or maureenford1943@btinternet.com. The proceeds will go to the hospice.

WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had an interesting talk by June Selstead with Mollie, on Sussex Search and Rescue Dogs in our village hall on Tuesday February 16.

TALK: For those that missed Ian Everest’s lecture in November. Ian is returning to Rodmell to give the same fascinating talks, Tales From the Riverbank and A Sussex Farm During the 1950’s on Saturday March 19 in the village hall. Tickets £7.50 from Christine Isitt and Davis Smart.

QUIZ EVENING: On Saturday March 5 in Rodmell Village Hall there is a Southease Church Quiz Evening, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Six to eight people per team, £10 per head. Price includes Kim’s Curry and dessert. Please bring own drink, cutlery, china and glasses. Entrance by ticket only, in advance from Sue Brickell, Itford House, Beddingham (01273 858628).

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