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This is the first published Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England

     10 September 2001: Volume 3  Issue 29

Local News

The Public Enquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Application on behalf of SEEDA for the land they want at Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea will take place at the Adur Civic Centre on Tuesday 27 November 2001.
Land Ownership Plan

The Shoreham Herald of 6 September 2001 included some interesting letters on the Ropetackle Plan. 

Round the World in 20 Days

4 September 2001
Simon Oliphant-Hope on an Eastern Atlantic Helicopter leaves from Shoreham Airport on a round the world trip. The route travels over Russia and will cross the Bering Strait.

South Downs National Park : Proposed Area

Click on the URL for the complete map

West Sussex County Council announce most paths are now open, unless they are inhabited or used by farm livestock, or farm animals are nearby. 

The cycle path from Old Shoreham is officially open.

Weather Forecast

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

Wildlife Notes

7 September 2001
Ray Hamblett captures the sunset at Lancing

Sunset by Ray Hamblett

Wheatears fly between the dock plants and beach huts on Shoreham beach prior to migration. There were Red Admiral Butterflies (4+) and hundreds of Small White Butterflies around the shingle plants and flying strongly in the breeze. 

4 September 2001
The first signs of autumn are apparent as birds in the Adur valley are on the move. On an overcast day the obvious example was influx of black and white birds slightly larger than a sparrow in the hedgerows (TQ 205 073) on the Beeding cycle path. The first signs of autumn are apparent as birds in the Adur valley are on the move. On an overcast day the obvious example was influx of black and white birds slightly larger than a sparrow in the hedgerows (TQ 205 073) on the Beeding cycle path. The bird looks familiar and it is probably a Great Tit. I would have managed a photograph if the bicycle traffic was not so heavy on path.
On these pages I have neglected the local freshwater habitats because of flooding and overgrown vegetation has made the routes difficult or impassable. However, every autumn the waterside vegetation is cut down and the route over private land in the streams I visited as a child were accessible between the Steyning road (A 283) just north of the Flyover and the Waterworks Road. However, the route does not connect up nowadays so the access is over a gate from the Steyning Road (TQ 208 068). 
Resident Moorhens make an awful lot of commotion as they run across the water at the first inking of danger, or show off their white rear ends as they scuttle amongst the reeds. A Grey Heron and three Mallards shoot rapidly skywards and fly off rapidly, the ducks quicker than the lumbering Heron.
After five days of rain, everywhere the Small White Butterflies were common everywhere, but on this waterside area there were Red Admirals (5+), a Small Tortoiseshell (one) and a smaller than normal Meadow Brown (2) with the orange wing upperside of the female strongly veined with black. 

Lancing Nature & History - August 2001 Newsletter
Lancing Ring Photographic Gallery for July

Poem or Literature

Chapter 20 (Chapter V of Volume II):

Catherine Morland: 
" must be so fond of the abbey! After being used to such a home as the abbey, an ordinary parsonage-house must be very disagreeable." 
Henry Tilney: 
He smiled, and said, "You have formed a very favourable idea of the abbey." 
Catherine Morland: 
"To be sure, I have. Is not it a fine old place, just like what one reads about?" 
Henry Tilney: 
"And are you prepared to encounter all the horrors that a building such as "what one reads about'' may produce? -- Have you a stout heart? -- Nerves fit for sliding panels and tapestry?" 
Catherine Morland: 
"Oh! yes -- I do not think I should be easily frightened, because there would be so many people in the house -- and besides, it has never been uninhabited and left deserted for years, and then the family come back to it unawares, without giving any notice, as generally happens." 
Henry Tilney: 
"No, certainly. -- We shall not have to explore our way into a hall dimly lighted by the expiring embers of a wood fire -- nor be obliged to spread our beds on the floor of a room without windows, doors, or furniture. But you must be aware that when a young lady is (by whatever means) introduced into a dwelling of this kind, she is always lodged apart from the rest of the family. While they snugly repair to their own end of the house, she is formally conducted by Dorothy, the ancient housekeeper, up a different staircase, and along many gloomy passages, into an apartment never used since some cousin or kin died in it about twenty years before. Can you stand such a ceremony as this? Will not your mind misgive you when you find yourself in this gloomy chamber -- too lofty and extensive for you, with only the feeble rays of a single lamp to take in its size -- its walls hung with tapestry exhibiting figures as large as life, and the bed, of dark green stuff or purple velvet, presenting even a funereal appearance? Will not your heart sink within you?" 
Catherine Morland: 
"Oh! But this will not happen to me, I am sure." 
Henry Tilney:
"How fearfully will you examine the furniture of your apartment! -- And what will you discern? -- Not tables, toilettes, wardrobes, or drawers, but on one side perhaps the remains of a broken lute, on the other a ponderous chest which no efforts can open, and over the fireplace the portrait of some handsome warrior, whose features will so incomprehensibly strike you, that you will not be able to withdraw your eyes from it. Dorothy, meanwhile, no less struck by your appearance, gazes on you in great agitation, and drops a few unintelligible hints. To raise your spirits, moreover, she gives you reason to suppose that the part of the abbey you inhabit is undoubtedly haunted, and informs you that you will not have a single domestic within call. With this parting cordial she curtsies off -- you listen to the sound of her receding footsteps as long as the last echo can reach you -- and when, with fainting spirits, you attempt to fasten your door, you discover, with increased alarm, that it has no lock." 
Catherine Morland: 
"Oh! Mr. Tilney, how frightful! -- This is just like a book! -- But it cannot really happen to me. I am sure your housekeeper is not really Dorothy. -- Well, what then?" 
Henry Tilney: 
"Nothing further to alarm perhaps may occur the first night. After surmounting your unconquerable horror of the bed, you will retire to rest, and get a few hours' unquiet slumber. But on the second, or at farthest the third night after your arrival, you will probably have a violent storm. Peals of thunder so loud as to seem to shake the edifice to its foundation will roll round the neighbouring mountains -- and during the frightful gusts of wind which accompany it, you will probably think you discern (for your lamp is not extinguished) one part of the hanging more violently agitated than the rest. Unable of course to repress your curiosity in so favourable a moment for indulging it, you will instantly arise, and throwing your dressing-gown around you, proceed to examine this mystery. After a very short search, you will discover a division in the tapestry so artfully constructed as to defy the minutest inspection, and on opening it, a door will immediately appear -- which door, being only secured by massy bars and a padlock, you will, after a few efforts, succeed in opening -- and, with your lamp in your hand, will pass through it into a small vaulted room." 
Catherine Morland: 
"No, indeed; I should be too much frightened to do any such thing." 
Henry Tilney:
"What! Not when Dorothy has given you to understand that there is a secret subterraneous communication between your apartment and the chapel of St. Anthony, scarcely two miles off? Could you shrink from so simple an adventure? No, no, you will proceed into this small vaulted room, and through this into several others, without perceiving anything very remarkable in either. In one perhaps there may be a dagger, in another a few drops of blood, and in a third the remains of some instrument of torture; but there being nothing in all this out of the common way, and your lamp being nearly exhausted, you will return towards your own apartment. In repassing through the small vaulted room, however, your eyes will be attracted towards a large, old-fashioned cabinet of ebony and gold, which, though narrowly examining the furniture before, you had passed unnoticed. Impelled by an irresistible presentiment, you will eagerly advance to it, unlock its folding doors, and search into every drawer; -- but for some time without discovering anything of importance -- perhaps nothing but a considerable hoard of diamonds. At last, however, by touching a secret spring, an inner compartment will open -- a roll of paper appears: you seize it -- it contains many sheets of manuscript -- you hasten with the precious treasure into your own chamber, but scarcely have you been able to decipher "Oh! Thou -- whomsoever thou mayst be -- into whose hands these memoirs of the wretched Matilda may fall'' -- when your lamp suddenly expires in the socket, and leaves you in total darkness." 
Catherine Morland: 
"Oh! no, no -- do not say so. Well, go on." 

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    Historical Snippets

    350 years ago on  3 September 1651, the Battle of Worcester took place.

    King Charles II ws on the run before finally escaping from near Shoreham on 15 October 1651.

    There was a reward of £1,000 for the capture of Charles after Worcester, proclaimed on 10th September. The apprehending of this "Malicious and Dangerous Traytor to the Peace of the Commonwealth" was a priority and "if any person shall knowingly Conceal the said Charles Stuart, or any his Abettors or Adherents, or shall not reveal the Places of their Abode or Being, if it be in their power to do so, The Parliament doth declare, That they will hold them as partakers and Abettors of their Trayterous and Wicked Practices and Designs." 

    King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1649 to 1685 may never have worn the Crown but for the loyal, self sacrificing and clever services of Lady Jane Lane, daughter of Col. John Lane, who had the future monarch pose as her servant in 1651 when Lt. General Oliver Cromwell put a high ransom on the head of the former Prince of Wales. One of the greatest manhunts ever conducted in England was foiled because Jane Lane, with the guidance of her father and others loyal to King Charles I, changed the young King's appearance to that of a poverty stricken farm lad and servant. As a result Charles II was gotten safely out of England. (This extract from the page below contains inaccuracies.)

    Lady Jane - Historic (link)

    History of Shoreham

    Words of the Week

    Gothic novel, a story of terror and suspense, usually set in a gloomy old castle or monastery (hence 'Gothic'). The heyday of the Gothic novel in Britain lasted from the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1765) to the 1820s. The leading Gothic novelist was Ann Radcliffe, whose Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) had many imitators. She was careful to explain away the apparently supernatural occurrences in her stories, but other writers, like M. G. Lewis in The Monk (1796), made free use of ghosts and demons. The fashion for such novels, ridiculed by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey (1818), gave way to a vogue for historical novels, but it contributed to the new emotional climate of Romanticism. The claustrophobic, sinister atmosphere of later 19th-century fiction is often based on Gothic novels, which can also claim to have inspired modern science fiction through Mary Shelley's partly Gothic Frankenstein (1818).
    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.

    Computer Tips
    The has been an abundance of viruses arriving by EMail in the last two months including the following. Users of Microsoft Outlook Express and Netscape are advised to update their anti-virus software.

    Discovered on: 13 March 2001 
    Last Updated on: 17 August 2001 at 08:20:25 PM PDT 

    Due to the increased number of submissions, SARC has updated the threat level of this virus from 3 to 4. 

    W32.Magistr.24876@mm is a virus that has email worm capability. It is also network aware. It infects Windows Portable Executable (PE) files, with the exception of .dll system files, and sends email messages to addresses that it gathers from the Outlook/Outlook Express mail folders (.dbx, .mbx), the sent items file from Netscape, and Windows address books (.wab), which are used by mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express,. The email message may have up to two attachments, and it has a randomly generated subject line and message body.

    NOTE: In many cases this virus will "touch" files and send them out as email attachments. Such files do not contain viral code and should be considered clean. In such cases it is safe to delete the file and it would be prudent to inform the sender that their system has been infected by the virus.

    Also Known As: I-Worm.Magistr, PE_MAGISTR.A, W32.Magistr@mm,, W32/Disemboweler, W32.Magistr.corrupt, W32/Magistr-A 

    Type: Virus, Worm 

    Infection Length: varies 


    Large scale e-mailing: Uses email addresses from the Windows Address Book files and Outlook Express Sent Items folder. 
    Causes system instability: Overwrites hard drives, erases CMOS, flashes the BIOS. 
    Releases confidential info: It could send confidential Microsoft Word documents to others. 


    Subject of email: Randomly generated text that can be up to 60 characters long. 
    Name of attachment: One randomly named infected executable and several randomly selected text or document files 
    Target of infection: All Windows PE files that are not .dll files. 

    from Symantec, USA

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