Author: Maria Bligh


  • Maria Bligh

    Maria Bligh is a journalist, published author, professional speaker, singer and artist now settled in Sussex, UK, having previously travelled extensively throughout the UK and overseas, including a period living in Geneva. Married to a successful musician and with a background that encompasses working in the music industry, finance, sales and presentations training, she maintains a diverse existence. Her interests encompass travel, nature, animals and the arts: music, theatre, painting, writing and philosophy. Maria now writes for online and print magazines. Having once maintained a regular full page in “A Place In The Sun” magazine, travel is an obvious interest, but her articles also cover a wide variety of subjects. She bills herself as “an observer of the human condition and all that sail in her.” Maria has frequently appeared on radio & TV as well as in print. Her humorous style has seen her travel the world addressing audiences throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia and as a cruise-ship speaker with P&O and Fred Olsen.

Celebrity, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Kent

Visit Ashford’s Food & Drink Festival in July

For some people, Ashford is still synonymous with the International Terminal built to accommodate the Eurostar, so it’s looked on as little more than a pl... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Art, Charity, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, Sussex

Beautiful Sussex Open Gardens

  Throughout Spring and Summer owners of some of Sussex’s most stunning private gardens open them up for the public to visit.  This is often done to... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Sussex, Uncategorized

Blues & Americana Live in Sussex

I was pleased to see two super bands playing in our local Civic Centre earlier this month.  They were BAD INFLUENCE, who have been one of the leading acts on... Read more.
Charity, Entertainment, History, Sussex

Meet the Man in the Moon

If you, like me, are a sucker for an interesting life story, I think you’ll enjoy this one… David Eyles – for it is he – like many now living&hellip... Read more.
Art, Celebrity, Entertainment, Kent

The Next Agenda: A Band with Attitude & a Hugely Talented Leader

  Last week you came with me to the Rotosound strings factory where we met Jason How, Chairman and son of the original founder, the late James How.  This ... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, History, Kent

Rotosound Strings: The Iconic Pride of Kent with a Fascinating Story

It was a fairly nondescript – some might even say dull – early spring day and Hub and I were pretty excited because we were off to worship at one…... Read more.
Art, History, Uncategorized

Thoughts for Thursday: A Poem Inspired by Some of the Scandals of Our Time

  NO JUSTICE Crouched in darkness ‘neath the counter’s friendly face Who could know the turmoil and the panic and disgrace Taking care of business, for... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Sussex, Uncategorized

Benita Johnson: A Talented Songbird Worth Catching

We’re blessed to have an abundance of live music in our counties ranging from visiting high-profile acts at cost to free pub gigs by professional, semi-profes... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, History, Sussex, Villages

Wicked Little Letters: Historic Intrigue, Scandal & Celebrity in West Sussex

In cinemas right now you can see the film Wicked Little Letters (2023) starring one of our greatest actresses, Olivia Coleman (who spends a lot of time with her... Read more.
Art, Coastal, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Kent

The Creative Isle of Thanet: Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs & a COMPETITION!

I’ve written previously about how much I enjoy a visit to Margate and I mentioned in my previous article about the amount of art that exists in the town. ... Read more.
Art, Historic Buildings, History, Uncategorized

Hopped on the Train for a Visit to London’s British Museum

Following on from my article last week about my trip to London, I promised to dedicate this week’s article to the afternoon I spent that day at the Britis... Read more.

Unfairness for a Friday

Dedicated to all victims of injustice and corporate bullying:   INJUSTICE Crouched in darkness ‘neath the counter’s friendly face Who could know the tu... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, Sussex

A Trip to London by Train

I’d booked tickets to see what sounded like a rather intriguing musical experience for the evening.  You’ll remember, from my previous writings, how much I... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

My Favourite Price… FREE! Pizza, That Is.

As you’ll know, here at UKS we like to review and promote local, owner-run businesses where possible. So how does a franchise fit it? Well, it’s still owne... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

The Six Bells – billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World

Following on from our walk around Chiddingly, we suggested a visit to the Six Bells pub would be an appropriate landing place, so let’s tell you a little ... Read more.
Art, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Villages

Incredible Engineering & a Stunning Piece of Art

I’m referring to the Ouse Valley Viaduct, also known as the Balcombe Viaduct, carrying the London-Brighton line in West Sussex.  In order to carry the li... Read more.
Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, Sussex, Villages

Visiting a 12th Century Village Church

A couple of miles from Uckfield in East Sussex lies the small village of Framfield.  You’ve come across it in a previous article enthusing about its fabulous... Read more.
Art, Celebrity, Eastbourne, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex

Putting the Last First in Eastbourne: the Fascinating World of Handmade Shoe Manufacture

On 19 February, six highly skilled artisans will travel to Eastbourne from as far away as Germany, Switzerland, Finland and even the USA.  They’ll walk down ... Read more.
Charity, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Sussex

Ethical Roadhouse Diner in Sussex: Quirky Custom Café’s Quality Cuisine

I like quirky places with lots of interesting paraphernalia to catch the eye.  You’ll notice as much in my reviews of the Upper Dicker Village Shop and the H... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Food and Drink

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri Outshine the London Christmas Lights

Although we have so much on offer throughout our two counties, another thing going for us here in Kent and Sussex is the ease with which we can get to…... Read more.
Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Villages

The Perfect Village Pub: Hare and Hounds, Framfield, East Sussex

Throughout Sussex and Kent we’re blessed with an abundance of village pubs but if I were to select the perfect specimen I would choose our local, the Hare and... Read more.
Entertainment, Food and Drink, Kent, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

Sussex & Kent vs Bruges – No Contest!

At this time of year I see lots of advertisements for trips to enjoy Christmas markets in Europe.  From Kent and Sussex, places that are known for providing go... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Sussex

Saying a Final Goodbye to a Very Fine Cat

The following article was first published in another magazine in July 2022.  Last week, we said our final goodbye to Oliver when he succumbed to kidney disease... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Art, Celebrity, Sussex

Artistry Resurrected after Sight Loss

Imagine this… You passed your driving test, first time, aged 17 years and 4 months. You’ve been driving for 44 years. You’ve run your own business for 21 ... Read more.
Eastbourne, Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

The Viceroy – Pride of Polegate Curry House

Hub and I prefer to dine out on a school night – Monday to Wednesday – when the tables tend to be much quieter, the service quicker and the restaurant&helli... Read more.
History, Kent

The Crazy Lexicon of Kent – the Garden of England

Well last week I looked at old Sussex words so it seemed only right to take a look at what Kentish folks were spouting in days of yore. Being in…... Read more.
History, Sussex, Uncategorized

Exploring Colourful Old Sussex Words and their Meaning

As well as being mixed species (man and woman – whoever thought that would work as a combination?!), Hub and I cross the divide – the north/south di... Read more.
Celebrity, Charity, Eastbourne, Entertainment, Sussex, Uncategorized

Going Underground: Rockin’ Around the Clock in Eastbourne

It’s 11.15 on a Saturday morning and I’m sitting watching a live music performance with a cuppa and a biscuit in my hands.  Not very rock’n’roll, you m... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Celebrity, Sussex

Alvin the Celebrity Squirrel of Hailsham, Sussex

Appearing fairly high on a list of “words you’re unlikely to hear in a Sussex town” is the phrase “Look – a squirrel on a lead.” It’s a normal... Read more.
Charity, Coastal, Sussex

Dangling from Brighton’s i360 – for a Great Cause

Brighton, that melange of oddities nestled between the English Channel’s chilly tides and the rolling South Downs, does not do normal. Nor does my friend ... Read more.
Coastal, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, History, Kent

Margate: Fun, History, Music, Art, Delicious Food & Fresh Sea Air – Part 2

Welcome back!  Let’s pick up where we left off in Part 1 of my review of the eclectic seaside town of Margate on the Kent coast.  Come with me now…... Read more.
Coastal, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, History, Kent, Uncategorized

Margate: Fun, History, Music, Art, Delicious Food & Fresh Sea Air – Part 1

It seems you can’t open a paper or magazine these days without reading about the gentrification of Margate and the corresponding increase in its house prices.... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Art, Celebrity, Sussex, Uncategorized

On the Sussex Art Trail & Meeting Wildlife Artist, Nick Day

If you had any doubt about the number of artists based in the county of Sussex, the annual Art Wave Festival instantly dispels that myth. Art Wave has been runn... Read more.
Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, Sussex, Villages

A Gem of a Cafe and Shop in Upper Dicker, East Sussex

Mostly, Unknown Kent and Sussex aims to bring interesting places, events and people to our readers’ (yes, there is more than one of you) attention, but it’s... Read more.
Celebrity, Coastal, Historic Buildings, Kent

So Much More Than a Hotel: Walpole Bay Hotel, Living Museum & Napery

The moment you pull up outside the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate’s Cliftonville area you know you’re about to enter somewhere special.  We’re only at the ... Read more.
Coastal, Food and Drink, Kent

Would You Drive 82 Miles Each Way for a Pizza?

If you answered in the negative, you’ve obviously never eaten at GB Pizza in Margate.  If you answered “YES,” then I’m guessing you’ve already had th... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex

Curry & Chuckles at Rajdutt Restaurant, Near Uckfield, East Sussex

We arrived at 8.30pm.  I guess it’s quite late for a Thursday evening so we were the only customers seated.  However, during our visit the “Just Eat” ph... Read more.
Celebrity, Eastbourne, Entertainment, Sussex, Uncategorized

Awestruck by a Blues-Guitar Playing 21 Year-Old Horse-Whisperer – A Must See

  Having worked at the heart of the music business for years, I tend not to be “blown away” very often by performers, especially those you hear at open... Read more.
Eastbourne, Entertainment, Sussex

Grab Your Rhythm Sticks: Experience Pentacle Drummers (Outrageous Outfit & Face Paint Optional)

Attending the Weald On The Field annual festival in Uckfield, I was quite prepared for the usual boring wait between bands (“one two one two” over the PA) b... Read more.
Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Uncategorized

What the Heck’s a Vachery? Answer: a Historical Property in the Heart of Ashdown Forest, Sussex

Driving along the A22 between Nutley and Forest Row, a little south of Wych Cross, there’s a sign at the end of a driveway that reads “Chelwood Vachery.”... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Sussex

Goodbye to Jane: The Fascinating Story of Rag’n’Bone Man’s Incredible Mum

It’s a cool and pleasant evening and I’m in the Artistes’ Village backstage at Ardingly Showground – Access All Areas pass dangling from the lanyard... Read more.
Coastal, Eastbourne, Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, Sussex, Villages

The Pride of Susssex: Beachy Head, Birling Gap & the Seven Sisters

My hips ache… My knees ache… My back aches…. But I’m exhilarated, having just completed a 12km walk with some of the most stunning views in ... Read more.
Entertainment, Food and Drink, Kent, Sussex

A Peculiar British Phenomenon – The Car Boot Sale

These incredible events – car boot sales – occur all over the British Isles every Sunday morning throughout the summer months – and we have a ... Read more.
Charity, Entertainment, Sussex

Visit Raystede – One of Sussex’s Best Loved Animal Charities

I love animals. When I was younger – much younger – I adopted a rhino from Africa.  I spent weeks waiting for it to arrive, content to give it a…... Read more.