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Battle Gunpowder Run

We had a great time yesterday (23rd February) even though the weather wasn't fully on our side.

Battle Attack 5K Rescheduled

Unfortunately due to Storm Dennis last weekend St Michael's Hospice Battle Attack 5K was postponed, but there ...

Battle's Christmas Festivities

On Saturday 30th November, Battle rang in the beginning of the Christmas festivities, with Santa riding down t...

Battle Christmas Lights Switch On

The festive period is upon us with just 6 weeks left before the big day. We are looking forward to lighting up...

Battle Road Closure to Remember The Fallen

Due to the parade on Sunday the High Street will be shut between 10am and 1pm, disruptions maybe likely betwee...

Battle is Getting it's Own Radio Station

Battle FM are bringing Battle its very own radio station for the re-enactment weekend in 2019.

What Can I Expect from a Toastmasters Meeting?

Battle speakers meetings are centred around active participation in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Meeting ...

Company recovers from brink of collapse to win national award

There are few corporate stories more staggering than that of Sussex Beds. The high street business was, just ...

Concorde 1066

What is happening on the day that commemorates the bloody event of Friday 14th October 1066

Hastings Day!

Inline with Hastings Week. What is happening in Battle to celebrate?

Jempson's Battle Cafe' Re-opens

Local independent family owned company Jempson's has re-opened the doors of its Café opposite Battle Abbey fol...

Smartphones are changing the way we are eating.

Until recently using a phone at the dinner table was frowned upon.

Cut & Grill Christmas Party Menu Now Here!

Cut & Grill's Christmas party menu is now out so book your seat quickly

Hottest September day in 55 years possible

Britain is likely to see the highest September temperature for more than 50 years according to the Met Office....

New!! 50 things to do before your 11 3/4

National Trust has released a list of things to do before you turn 11 3/4

Promoting your Business and Lifestyle Financial Planning through Social Media.

Promotion. Marketing. Public Relations. These words don't always resonate with small businesses

Got your A-level results today? Nando's is giving away free chicken!

What better way to mark your A-level results than with free chicken?

Is hosting the Olympics worth it?

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games kicked off at the beginning of the month (5th August)

Eastbourne Annual Event is well under way

Tourism Event of the Year 2015/16 at the Beautiful South Awards, Highly Commended in the 2016 VisitEngland Awa...

He has done us proud with his Bronze

Local man in Battle is shooting for gold in Rio Olympics

Enter into the world's highest tower

Journey up Brighton's i360 thin tower

New Cellars Opening Soon!

New Cellars Opening Soon!

Opening Tonight!!!!

Out with the old and in with the new!

Clare Balding Launches #WeAreBetterWithPets

Would you like to make the world a better place for people and pets?

Army of scarecrows come to Battle to commemorate 1066

With the annual Scarecrow Festival well underway, can you spot the numerous Normans, Saxons, and monks hidden ...

The Average Brit Spends A YEAR or their Live... Waiting

Long-suffering Brits spend over a YEAR of their life waiting for things, according to new research.

Real Life Brienne of Tarth Competes in Jousting Tournament

This is the dramatic moment a woman competed against men for the first time ever in a JOUSTING tournament – an...

Former Police Driver Ordered To Retake Test After DVLA Loses His License

A grandfather and former police driver with almost 40 years experience behind the wheel has been ordered to re...

3 BILLION Spent on Replacing Broken Gadgets in the Last 5 Years

A staggering 3.1 BILLION has been spent on fixing or replacing broken gadgets in the last five years, a new UK...

Brits Work 38 Working Days A Year Above Their Paid Contract

British employees work an average of 38 WORKING DAYS above their paid contract every year, according to a new ...

We will Lose Over 3,000 ITEMS in our Lifetime

The average person loses more than 3,000 items in their lifetime – including 192 items of clothing and 64 umbr...

Disabled Man Sails Halfway Around The World Single-handedly

A disabled man has become the first to sail halfway around the world – literally SINGLE HANDED.

Largest Diamond Discovered In More Than 100 Years On Display

The largest diamond discovered in more than a century went on display in London on Tuesday 14th June 2016 ahea...

Brits Spend The Most But Do The Least On Holiday

A unique survey looking at the habits and preferences of 5,000 parents across the UK, France, Germany, Italy a...

Dads in Half as Many Photos as Mums

This Father’s Day, PhotoBox puts Dad back in the frame with first ever photo studio run by children

Rescued Magpie Becomes Best Friends With Shop Owner

A man has become best friends with a magpie after rescuing the garden bird from the clutches of a cat at just ...

International Working Animals Day

TV star Paul O’Grady wants working animals to get the compassion they deserve

Celebrate Pestalozzi's Success at their International Celebration Day!

On Saturday 9th March, Pestalozzi International Childrens Village are once again opening their doors for a fab...

Award winning Opera comes to 1066 country

The White Rock Theatre in Hastings is set to showcase the award winning grand opera of belarus' production of ...

Celtic Dream is the true gem of the Emerald Isle!

The Celtic Dream show is coming to WHITE ROCK on sat Feb 11th!

1066 Relay back for 2012

Sunday 6th May 2012 will see the second staging of the 1066 Relay, with circa 60 teams of runners from all ove...

Claverham Community College Christmas Market

Claverham Community College Christmas Market - always well attended with lots of varying stalls.

Rehoming with Brown Bread Horse Rescue

Brownbread Horse Rescue has always run two very successful schemes in tandem to help people either with a hors...

The 1066 Country walk

For the first time the historic 32 mile Walk is broken down into 6 separate stages going from Pevensey in East...

Cycle Path to link Bexhill and Hastings

Cycle path linking Bexhill-on-sea and Hastings.

1-million Lido Scheme for West St.Leonards

1-million Lido Scheme has been announced to revitalise the West St.Leonards area.

Celebrate 150 years of Firefighting in Hastings!

In 1861, the first Hastings Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed. 150 years, and several names later, Firefighte...

Skinners Sheds - Property takeover

Skinners Sheds, has taken over the former Hygrade Food Factory on the A269 Bexhill Road, at Ninfield. ...

Police WARNING over dangers of poached meat.

Restaurants, hotels, pubs and the public are being advised not to purchase illegally killed game,

Brownbread Horse Rescue charity

Lord Brett MacLean, opened the day and stayed on to chat with visitors and later judge some of the dog show cl...

Flog It! comes to Bexhill

On Wednesday 24th August 2011. The De La Warr Pavilion will be hosting the Flog It Valuation Day.

Brittle support from Hastings Pier owners

Ravensclaw, the owners of Hastings pier, have been issued with an urgent works notice.

Youth Cabinet highlight transport and environment issues

East Sussex Youth Cabinet have pinpointed certain issues that need targeting

Day tickets now available for Big Green Festival

Organisers of 1066 Country's newest festival, The Big Green Cardigan, have now made day tickets available to p...

Beautiful Battle: Diamond Jubilee Garden Update

Beautiful Battle vice-chair, Margaret Emeleus, gives an update on the group's work on the Diamond Jubilee Gard...

Battle Art Fair could be a 'vintage year'

Organisers of the Battle Air Fair anticipate 2011 to be the finest year and set a standard for the future....

Nobles Restaurant scoops Arrow FM 'Restaurant of the Year'

Highly acclaimed Battle diner, Nobles Restaurant, picks up yet more accolades and recognition.

And the 'Design a Deckchair' competition winners are...

Hastings Borough Council have narrowed down over 1000 entries to just 20 winners for the Design a Deckchair co...

The Boat Project sets sail in Bexhill

Pop down to the De La Warr Pavilion this weekend and donate your old wood to a unique London 2012 Olympics pro...

Inspire Mark for Active Hastings

Olympic legend Seb Coe congratulates Active Hastings for securing the London 2012 Olympic Inspire Mark....

Design a badge for Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi are inviting those of all ages to design a new badge for 2012.

Do you have the best business in Sussex?

This year sees the 23rd Sussex Business Awards and eleven highly acclaimed awards to pick up.

Battle Memorial Hall Film Club: Limitless

This month Battle Memorial Hall Cinema Club features 'Limitless', starring Robert De Niro.

Work starts to 'Turn Battle Upside Down'

Local students create striking pieces for major visual art project

Schools close over public sector pension strikes

More than 300 schools, including two in Battle, closed in Sussex yesterday due to strikes over proposed change...

New primary school opens in Hurst Green

Hurst Green officially opens their new environmentally sustainable primary school.

Young competition in Battle Art Fair

Two Battle Abbey pupils have been invited to exhibit their work at the second Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fai...

Battle Abbey textile pupils are sew good

Two battle Abbey pupils will line up in the finals of the Young Fashion Designer Competition.

From Glastonbury to Battle

American singer-songwriter, Melanie, brings the mud of Glastonbury and her Summer of '71 tour to Battle....

Battle Memorial Hall Film Club: Another Year

This month Battle Memorial Hall Cinema Club features Mike Leigh's 2010 drama 'Another Year'

Fat Face opens in Battle

A positive step for business in 1066 Country as Battle welcomes a big brand to the High Street.

Harrison wins East Sussex Children's Book Award

School pupils from Battle, Bexhill and St Leonards attended the East Sussex Children's Book Awards.

Barraclough & Stiles launch new website

Customers and clients now have access to a number of new features on the local optician's website.

1066 Business Awards

Celebrate the success and accomplishments of companies and business people, throughout 1066 Country, at this y...

Battle Light Opera Group present: ‘The Gondoliers’

Penned in for 10th, 11th and 12th November, Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Gondoliers' is BLOG's winter operett...

New homes proposed from Rother’s Core Strategy

Plans for between 3700 and 4100 homes have been outlined in Rother District Council's Core Strategy.

Big Green Cardigan covers Black Horse

In the wake of the highly acclaimed Black Horse Festival rides The Big Green Cardigan.

Teall's celebrate 2 year anniversary

Battle greengrocers, Teall's Fruit & Veg, are still going strong after two years of business in the High S...

Battle Mediaeval Fayre

The bunting is up; the maypole is erect; the chainmail is on; the hog has been skewered...

Duke of Edinburgh Gold for Battle Abbey pupil

Battle Abbey pupil, Nick Taylor, has been awarded the school's first ever Duke of Edinburgh Gold award....

Full scholarship for Battle Abbey performing artist

A Battle Abbey School performing artist has been granted a full scholarship at the prestigious Guildford Schoo...

Battle Abbey pupil to go to St. Martins

A budding young textile artist from Battle Abbey School has been given an unconditional offer to complete her ...

Successful prosecution of care home rat infestation

Owners of 'The Firs' care home, in Crowhurst, has been fined more than £ 24,000 after an environmental health ...

1066 Country set to welcome Olympic torch

Get your diaries out and boldly pen in 'Olympic Torch in Hastings' on July 17 next year.

Hastings Runners praised by Relay good 1066 race

Teams from all over the South East, as well as overseas, competed in the 33 mile inaugural 1066 Relay....

Battle Abbey school appoint new Head of Prep

Battle Abbey school have announced their new Head of the Prep school, starting in the 2011-2012 academic year....

AV Referendum and Local Election Results

The local election and AV referendum votes, from across Rother and Wealden, are in and have been counted and v...

Forty teams raring for 1066 Relay this Sunday

With less than three days until starting orders, the line up for the inaugural 1066 Relay is a promising forty...

Rother and Weladen take to the polls

Polling stations throughout Rother and Wealden will be open for electors to vote district council candidates i...

Business Feature: Battle Mowers

Support local traders and businesses by shopping in your High Street.

Don't lose your Marbles

Roll up! Roll up! It's the infamous Battle Marbles competition.

Rother changing to save £1.7 million

Rother District Council set 46 projects to make financial savings.

Sussex Marathon - a great success for Battle

With some great feedback, this year's competitors are already pumping for the 2012 Sussex Marathon.

Rother launches Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Consumers can now see online which restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and takeaways are the most hygienic before...

County Council awarded extra pothole fund

The freezing weather throughout December last year subsequently caused some of the worst potholes in recent ye...

Bus Pass changes

Good news for those eligible for a bus pass - East Sussex County Council have taken over the issuing responsib...

Battle's Big Event Q&A

Discover Battle reporter, Rob McDonald, spoke to Chairman of Battle's Big Event, Margaret Leicester, to find o...

Hastings Day - the next National bank holiday?

Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch, starts an ambitious battle to create a new bank holiday, kno...

A Yardy short of World Cup quarter-final

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Battle to host first Sussex Marathon

On Mother's Day 500 runners are expected to take part in the first ever Sussex Marathon, staged in Battle....

Keith Datchler & Beech Estate

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Is hosting the Olympics worth it?

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games kicked off at the beginning of the month (5th August)
16th Aug 16 4:33 pm
By Discover Battle Team
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games kicked off at the beginning of the month (5th August) with the usual spectacular opening ceremony that we have come accustomed too. For the next week, we will see the best athletes from around the world compete for glory and national pride. Nevertheless, once all the gold medals are handed out, and the torch has been passed on, the question on everyone's mind will be "Was it worth the money?"

At present, the cost of Rio is estimated to be around $4.6 billion (£3.5 billion). That's without including another $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) expected to be over their budget. That total is still a lot lower than the cost of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Compared to London 2012

It is somewhat difficult to measure the effects of a mega-event like the Olympics. The London Summer Games cost around $15 billion (£11.6 billion), including the infrastructure costs. While being less than Sochi, the London Games ended up running far over budget.

It does not necessarily mean the Olympics were bad for London. British athletes won a stunning 29 gold medals and 65 in total - which is the best tally since 1908.

One of London's biggest success stories has been its use of Olympic facilities. The Government announced in March 2013 that the Olympic Stadium would be turned into a state-of-the-art 60,000 seat football stadium, which will now host Premier League football team West Ham United. However, British athletics are also included in the primary tenancy agreement to carry out the 2017 World Athletics and IPC Athletics World Championships.

Let's jump back on the plane to Brazil

A sports economist, who has studied the Olympics extensively, said there just isn't much data to support the idea that the Olympics are made up over time. Another reporter said the cost of the games could end up being closer to $20 billion (£15.5 billion) because of the muddled arithmetic used by city officials and Olympics organisers.

So, how do we understand what the real cost is? Firstly, there are essentially three buckets of money that are used to host the Olympics: operations costs, including security; venue construction or renovation costs; and infrastructure costs.

Unlike London, Brazil has struggled much more obviously from the start. The nation's economic woes and infamous Governmental corruption aside, the games have been a plague of bad publicity. A string of major athletes refused to go to Rio due to fears of the Zika virus. Guanabara Bay where the sailing events will take place in is full of sewage. Also, there is a potential strike by police over unpaid wages which has led to security concerns.

How much would it cost to go to the Olympics?

Despite the hundreds of thousands of people and the hefty price tag, you may love the opportunity to be able to go to the Olympics, to witness world history in the making. We've been thinking how much does it cost to go to the Olympics?

Firstly, flights skyrocketed with prices starting from £1,000+ compared to £640+ a month later. Secondly, hotel prices in Rio have dramatically spiked compared to this time last year. Thirdly, tickets to get in to watch the events could have cost you up to £..... Alternatively, if you can't get in, then you could watch the events on some of the big screens that have been set up around Rio.

According to the events website there were 7.5 million tickets available to watch the events. If you were to go to the opening ceremony or a high-profile event, and other smaller events like fencing or archery, you may be able to keep the costs down slightly. However, if you go all out, then the tickets could be the most expensive part of the trip.

Lastly, how are you going to get around? Are you wanting to take souvenirs home with you? Reports have said that you could spend another couple of hundred pounds on transport, food, tips and other costs. Forbes reports suggest carrying no more than R$100 (Brazilian currency) (£24) with you at any one time as pick pocketing is fairly common.

Would you have liked to have gone to the Rio Olympics? Would your company have allowed you the time off to go to the Olympics? Is going to the 2020 Olympics one of your Lifestyle goals?

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