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<strong>Issue</strong> <strong>34</strong>. Dec <strong>2015</strong><br />

editorial<br />

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Interviewing this month’s My <strong>Brighton</strong> subject, Andy Winter, got<br />

the office talking about misattributed quotes. Andy, the CEO of<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Housing Trust, revealed that he’d never learnt to drive,<br />

and thus tended to travel by bus. This led to him quoting Margaret<br />

Thatcher: “Any man seen riding on a bus after the age of 30 should<br />

consider himself a failure.” Wondering, later, when Thatcher said<br />

this, I dug a bit deeper, and found that there is actually no record<br />

of her ever saying such a thing. She almost certainly never did:<br />

but the sentence has been attributed to her so many times, it is as if she had. It certainly sounds<br />

like something she might say. We mean no criticism of Andy here: misattribution of quotes is<br />

so endemic, a rigorous website called The Quote Investigator has been set up to look into the<br />

phenomenon. Our favourite, after a little delve, is ‘sometimes a cigar is just a cigar’, attributed<br />

to Sigmund Freud, but almost certainly never uttered by the great psychoanalyst. Or Churchill’s<br />

put down to the woman who accused him of being drunk: “you’re right, Madam, but you are<br />

ugly and I shall be sober in the morning” which, if he did say, certainly wasn’t original. So many<br />

quotes, in fact, have been misattributed to the wartime PM, a term has been invented for it:<br />

Churchill drift. Enough said: there’s plenty more to read in #<strong>34</strong>, which we’ve dubbed, yulishly<br />

enough, the ‘Comfort and Joy’ issue. Enjoy it... and season’s greetings.<br />

The Team<br />

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EDITOR: Alex Leith alex@vivabrighton.com<br />

DEPUTY EDITOR: Steve Ramsey steveramsey@vivabrighton.com<br />

ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman katie@vivabrighton.com<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER AT LARGE: Adam Bronkhorst<br />

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CONTRIBUTORS: Amy Holtz, Andrew Darling, Ben Bailey, Chloë King, Di Coke, Holly Fitzgerald, Jay Collins,<br />

Jim Stephenson, JJ Waller, Joda, Joe Decie, John Helmer, Lizzie Enfield, Martin Skelton and Yoram Allon<br />

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Bits and bobs.<br />

9-23. JJ Waller captures a winter murmuration,<br />

Joe Decie comes bearing<br />

disappointing gifts, Alexandra Loske<br />

explores the blues of the Royal Pavilion<br />

and our toilet graffiti correspondent<br />

loses track.<br />

Photography.<br />

25-31. <strong>Brighton</strong> Calendar curator<br />

Finn Hopson speaks to Miniclick<br />

about capturing the city’s best bits.<br />

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Columns.<br />

33-37. Amy Holtz snow brags, John<br />

Helmer watches his old band perform<br />

without him, and Lizzie Enfield<br />

reveals a dark secret.<br />

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My <strong>Brighton</strong>.<br />

38-39. <strong>Brighton</strong> Housing Trust’s Andy<br />

Winter talks about moving to <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

and why plenty of people shouldn’t.<br />

In Town This Month.<br />

40-55. Converted Joni Mitchell fan<br />

Joanna Eden on why she saw the light,<br />

mathematician-turned-comedian Paul<br />

Foot on staying power, and South<br />

London poet and pianist Benjamin<br />

Clementine on taking the smooth with<br />

the rough. Plus theatre company 1927<br />

bring their popular show Golem to<br />

The Old Market, the indescribable Sam<br />

Walker comes to the Dome, and we<br />

round up some events to get you in the<br />

Christmas spirit. Oh, and Yoram Allon<br />

avoids Christmas films at all costs.<br />

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Art and design.<br />

57-67. Oil painter (and flower arranger)<br />

Chris Kettle, design and branding<br />

agency Studio Makgill and the <strong>Viva</strong><br />

guide to locally made Christmas gift<br />

ideas.<br />

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Food and drink.<br />

69-87. We meet the Real Junk Food<br />

Project, turning rubbish into lunch,<br />

then visit healthy pizza joint Purezza,<br />

88<br />

76<br />

the caketastic CoffeeTsar, and Hove’s<br />

new wine bar and delicatessen Fourth<br />

and Church. To wash all this down, Scandinavian<br />

bar Northern Lights share their<br />

recipe for Finnish mulled wine, and we<br />

enjoy a (half) pint with Wreckless Eric.<br />

Family and health.<br />

88-93. Same Sky’s annual lantern parade<br />

Burning the Clocks, what to buy for<br />

someone who has everything (and loves<br />

cycling) and <strong>Brighton</strong> and Hove Albion’s<br />

chief scout Mark Hendon.<br />

98<br />

Bricks and Mortar<br />

95. St Nicholas’ Church, <strong>Brighton</strong>’s oldest<br />

building. Probably.<br />

97 95<br />

Inside Left.<br />

98. The Christmas lights go up on<br />

Western Road, 1955.<br />

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immigration,” Joda explains.<br />

From the mid-70s to the early<br />

80s, filete was forbidden under<br />

the dictatorship in Argentina,<br />

and because it was a popular art<br />

form which was all around, there<br />

is very little actual documentation<br />

about it. “It basically disappeared<br />

until the end of the 90s,<br />

when a new generation started<br />

doing it again.” This year filete<br />

has been nominated to become<br />

a part of Unesco’s Intangible<br />

Cultural Heritage of the world.<br />

In Argentina you’ll find filete painting decorating<br />

anything from public transport to advertisthis<br />

month’s cover artist<br />

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This month’s cover was<br />

designed by one of <strong>Viva</strong>’s<br />

regular contributing artists,<br />

Joda. You’ll spot his cartoons<br />

illustrating Lizzie Enfield’s<br />

adventures on page 37 and<br />

our On the Buses slot on page<br />

9, as well as his black-andwhite<br />

portrait of John Helmer<br />

on page 35. This month he<br />

impressed us with another of<br />

his talents: the ‘filete’ style of<br />

painting.<br />

“Filete was born in Buenos<br />

Aires at the beginning of the 20th century as<br />

a decorative practice and is strongly linked to<br />

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joda<br />

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ing to shop fronts. “Still today if you take<br />

a bus in Argentina you’ll see lyrics and<br />

quotes linked to tango, and usually saying<br />

something a bit funny.” The straight-edged<br />

font of the ‘<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Brighton</strong>’ masthead is<br />

reminiscent of the more traditional filete<br />

fonts, which were quite block-shaped and<br />

square. “That’s changed now,” Joda explains,<br />

“nowadays you see more curvy writing.<br />

“The two main tooles are the little finger<br />

and the brush; in England you use the same<br />

kind of paint for a shop sign, but you use a<br />

stick” – at a right angle to the surface – “to<br />

lean your wrist on. In filete it’s the little<br />

finger.” Sticking the little finger out and<br />

resting it on the sign surface gives the<br />

painter stability and a point to pivot around<br />

to achieve the curved shapes of the leaves<br />

and lettering. “The brush has long hairs to<br />

hold a lot of paint for the long lines.”<br />

Filete is all about layers, the highlights and<br />

lowlights which make the designs appear<br />

three-dimensional. “Traditionally it’s done<br />

using enamel paint, which takes about four<br />

hours to dry. You paint the base colour, wait<br />

for that to dry, then you add shadows and<br />

light – some people say filete never stops<br />

because you can always keep adding more.”<br />

Just at the end, artists add something called<br />

‘yapan’ - a kind of translucent varnish with<br />

a little bit of brown or black in it – to create<br />

subtle shadows which make it look like<br />

everything is floating.<br />

See more of Joda’s work, including his signwriting<br />

portfolio, at jonydaga.weebly.com<br />

or in the Dynamite Gallery on Trafalgar<br />

Street. Interview by Rebecca Cunningham<br />

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cup heroes whitehawk<br />

on the buses<br />

#8 eleanor marx (Routes 12A, 25)<br />

Whitehawk FC, who only a few years ago were<br />

playing in the depths of the Sussex County League,<br />

are only 90 minutes away from being in the Third<br />

Round draw of the FA Cup, which could mean a<br />

mouth-watering tie against the likes of Manchester<br />

United, Chelsea, or indeed local ‘rivals’ <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

and Hove Albion.<br />

The Hawks, who are as we go to press fourth in the<br />

Conference South (in effect the southern section<br />

of the sixth tier), beat Lincoln City 5-3 in an absolute<br />

thriller at the Enclosed Ground in the First<br />

Round on November 8th, having battled their way<br />

through the qualifying rounds earlier in the season.<br />

They drew Dagenham and Redbridge away<br />

in the Second Round, in a game to be played on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 6th. ‘The Daggers’ are in League Two,<br />

two tiers above Whitehawk, but are there for the<br />

taking as they lie bottom of the table.<br />

Photo by JJ Waller, himself a proud Whitehawk Ultra<br />

Illustration by Joda, jonydaga.weebly.com<br />

Is there a Christmas-related<br />

name on <strong>Brighton</strong>’s<br />

buses? They used to have<br />

Santa, but their website<br />

says ‘name no longer displayed’,<br />

and he doesn’t<br />

have much of a <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

connection anyway. The<br />

best I could do was Eleanor Marx, whose father,<br />

Karl, looked a bit like Santa. Our editor thought we<br />

could get away with this, if we did a fourth-wallbreaking<br />

intro about how dumb an idea it was.<br />

Eleanor Marx was an important activist and writer<br />

in her own right, but her <strong>Brighton</strong> connection<br />

doesn’t sound very promising, at first. She spent<br />

six months here, in 1873. Then again, it was evidently<br />

an important six months.<br />

In 1871, there’d been an unsuccessful uprising in<br />

France, the ‘Paris Commune’. Eleanor, who was<br />

still a teenager, got involved with helping Communard<br />

refugees in Britain. Then she started<br />

dating one of them, Hippolyte Lissagaray, to her<br />

family’s disapproval. This sparked ‘a phase of long<br />

struggle’ against Karl’s dominance, her biographer<br />

Rachel Holmes writes. In early 1873, ‘in an attempt<br />

to quell the tension, Marx took Eleanor to<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> for a fortnight.’<br />

This attempt failed: Eleanor decided to stay here,<br />

and Karl went home furious. She got a teaching<br />

job, worked hard, and hung out with Lissagaray<br />

when he visited on weekends. Eventually, under<br />

pressure from her parents, she returned to the<br />

family home, having ‘lost the battle in her first war<br />

of independence’. But this headstrong bid for freedom,<br />

at that time, at her age, and ‘without her own<br />

money or formal education’, Holmes argues, ‘was<br />

no small thing’. SR<br />

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jj waller’s brighton<br />

“The Starling murmuration is probably the best free show in town during the<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> winter,” writes JJ, who’s managed to get this flock to create a central<br />

gap to frame the West Pier. “It’s a sight that never fails to amaze. I tried unsuccessfully<br />

for years to make an image that reflects the beauty and enormity of<br />

the daily event. I finally achieved a picture I was happy with, which once again<br />

proves the point that if at first you don’t succeed…”<br />


Joe decie<br />

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Painting by Jay Collins<br />

Pub: king and queen<br />

People have been queueing for a drink at the King<br />

and Queen bar since 1779, when the owners of<br />

the farmhouse there were granted a licence to<br />

sell alcohol to the local agricultural workers, and<br />

the cricket fans watching the Prince of Wales and<br />

other gentry play the ‘noble game’ [Sussex Agricultural<br />

Gazette] on the Level, in front of the pub. A<br />

barracks-full of soldiers, billeted in Church Street<br />

in 1791, further increased the viability of the business;<br />

they were served through a hatch between<br />

the inn and their quarters.<br />

Cricket wasn’t the only activity on the Level to<br />

draw the crowds. In 1807 a sparring match was arranged<br />

in front of the pub between prize-fighters<br />

Tom Cribb – later to become World Champion –<br />

and John Gully; a reported 500 turned up four years<br />

later to see the pillorying of fraudster John Fuller.<br />

Fuller was held in the inn overnight before being<br />

subjected to an hour of ridicule in the stocks. His<br />

crime? Trying to pass off a 2d note for a £2 note.<br />

The building didn’t achieve its current mock-<br />

Tudor look until 1931, when the brewery that<br />

owned the pub, Edlins, spent thousands of pounds<br />

creating its extravagant half-timbered façade, and<br />

refurbing its interior, adding Tudor-style fireplaces,<br />

curving staircases and minstrels’ galleries.<br />

The <strong>Brighton</strong> Herald called it ‘a glorious flight of<br />

architectural imagination.’ In 1967 the three-room<br />

space downstairs was knocked into one, in order to<br />

make it seem even more like a medieval banqueting<br />

hall, a look which still exists today.<br />

In 1968 then landlord Ken Cook, mainly catering<br />

for students at the Poly over the road, pioneered the<br />

idea of serving hot food to his customers, setting up<br />

a barbecue in the courtyard. Another innovation introduced<br />

to pull the crowds was ‘Prinny’s Wine Bar’<br />

set up on the first floor in the early 80s, where you<br />

could buy cocktails and ‘beers of the world’.<br />

I revisit on the last Friday lunchtime in October<br />

(having not been since the mid-nineties, vainly trying<br />

to pull Spanish girls) and see that ‘foods from<br />

around the world’ are included on the menu. I decide<br />

to try the ‘lamb rogan josh’. It’s halfway decent,<br />

though I suspect it may not have been made<br />

from scratch in the kitchen that day. I wash it down<br />

with a bottle of Newcastle Brown, earmarking a return<br />

if I ever feel like watching a televised football<br />

match in amongst a big crowd. AL<br />


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di coke’s<br />

competition<br />

corner<br />

This month we’re<br />

giving one reader<br />

the chance to take<br />

their loved one on a<br />

rather unusual date to<br />

the Black Lion pub,<br />

where they will enjoy the immersive Handmade<br />

Mysteries experience ‘Lady Chastity’s<br />

Reserve’ (handmademysteries.com). Spend a<br />

fun and spooky hour with your host Gabriel,<br />

solving clues to unravel the sticky story of Lady<br />

Chastity. If you succeed, a bottle of wine is<br />

yours. To win this special night out, first you’ll<br />

need to solve our puzzle!<br />

You hear a mirror smash and rush into your<br />

lounge - inside are four friends. Dave says ‘It<br />

wasn’t me!’, Jo says ‘It was Sam!’, Sam responds<br />

‘Jo’s a liar!’ and Mike shouts ‘No, it was Jo!’.<br />

Only one friend is telling the truth. Who broke<br />

your mirror?<br />

Answers to competitions@vivamagazines.com.<br />

Entries must be received before 31st Dec. Full<br />

terms and conditions at vivabrighton.com<br />

competition winner<br />

In the October issue we asked readers to tell us about<br />

their dream dinner date. Jim Radford won tickets to<br />

see Holiday on Ice PASSION, plus dinner for two<br />

at the Skyline Restaurant with this thinking person’s<br />

entry: “I’d invite Erwin Schrödinger. What did I cook?<br />

Is it good, is it bad, is it both? Only he would know.”<br />

Holiday on Ice: PASSION runs from 5th-10th January<br />

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inspiration and creative competitions, check out her<br />

blog at superlucky.me.

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Book Review: DRINKING FOR CHAPS<br />

Two prominent locals - Gustav Temple and Olly Smith - have<br />

got together and written a smart and witty users’ guide for booze.<br />

Gustav, being the editor of The Chap magazine, is an expert on the<br />

etiquette of drinking; Olly, as wine critic for the Daily Mail, knows<br />

a thing or two about the booze itself. The book takes you through<br />

the wherewithal of different cocktails, spirits, wines, beers and<br />

ciders, giving hints as to what to wear when you’re drinking them,<br />

what to stock in your drinks cabinet, and how to cure a hangover.<br />

Every now and again there’s a chapter devoted to a ‘Legend of<br />

Libation’, a chap (inevitably) who was particularly dedicated to<br />

booze (take a bow Kingsley Amis, Oliver Reed, etc). Oh, and there<br />

are also a series of pictures of the two authors looking dandily<br />

sombre in various local drinking holes. The drinking man’s Bible?<br />

I wouldn’t go that far, but a fine Christmas present for the tippler<br />

in your life. £14.99. AL

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viva valentine<br />

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Remember the little social experiment we began<br />

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reckoned on making some love matches based<br />

on our readers’ inclination (or not) towards<br />

horror films, independent travel and life<br />

aboard a sailing boat? Plus - most crucially -<br />

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If we find a match for you, we’ll fix you up on<br />

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shaky formula for choosing a life partner but<br />

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Secrets of the pavilion: The Pavilion Blues<br />

Contemporary view of the South Galleries on the upper floor, looking south. © Royal Pavilion & Museums, <strong>Brighton</strong> & Hove<br />

In the 1820s Richard Sicklemore described the newly<br />

finished Royal Pavilion interiors as ‘a splendour of<br />

light and colour’. George IV’s eccentric tastes and<br />

spending habits help explain the particularly exuberant<br />

use of highly saturated colours. Pigments found<br />

in the Royal Pavilion tend to be of high quality and<br />

George embraced the use of new colours, no matter<br />

how expensive.<br />

Apart from reds and pinks the most dominant colours<br />

in the Pavilion are various shades of blue. Two<br />

types of blue pigment have so far been identified:<br />

Prussian Blue and Blue Verditer.<br />

Prussian Blue, also known as Berlin Blue or German<br />

Blue, was used for both opaque and transparent<br />

blue finishes all over the Royal Pavilion. It is an<br />

iron compound and was probably invented by the<br />

German chemist and colourman Heinrich Diesbach<br />

in Berlin in 1706 (hence the name). At the time he<br />

was working and experimenting with the alchemist<br />

Johann Konrad Dippel. An intense, deep colour,<br />

Prussian Blue is often considered the first ‘modern’<br />

colour. It was a good alternative to the expensive<br />

mineral pigment ultramarine, which was created<br />

from lapis lazuli which had to be sourced from<br />

remote caves in deepest Afghanistan. Later, in the<br />

19th century, a synthetic form of ultramarine was<br />

invented in France.<br />

The earliest example of Prussian Blue used in oil<br />

painting is believed to be The Entombment of Christ,<br />

painted by Adriaen or Pieter van der Werff in 1709.<br />

Other early users were Canaletto and Watteau.<br />

By the 1720s the pigment was widely available in<br />


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Fragment of the original wallpaper from the Banqueting Room, 1817-20.<br />

© Royal Pavilion & Museums, <strong>Brighton</strong> & Hove<br />

Europe and was mentioned by the English chemist<br />

John Woodward in 1726. From then on it was<br />

used in painting as well as in the production of<br />

block-printed wallpaper. In the Pavilion we see<br />

much Prussian Blue on the wallpaper of the Banqueting<br />

Room, block printed on a blue ground in a<br />

darker shade of blue and decorated with silver leaf.<br />

What you see now is a reproduction but fragments<br />

of the original paper survive in the archives.<br />

Prussian Blue is also found on the bases of<br />

columns in the galleries of the upper floors, and<br />

was probably also mixed with yellow pigments to<br />

produce greens.<br />

Blue Verditer, also known as mountain blue,<br />

copper blue or lime blue, was another pigment<br />

first manufactured in the 18th century. This<br />

luminous sky blue is based on copper and is much<br />

brighter than Prussian Blue. It was produced as a<br />

by-product during silver refining and is no longer<br />

available as a commercial pigment. In the Pavilion<br />

it was used lavishly on the walls of the North and<br />

South Galleries on the upper floor, perhaps meant<br />

to resemble the sky, as these areas were frequently<br />

used at breakfast time.<br />

Alexandra Loske, Art historian and curator at the<br />

Royal Pavilion Estate<br />

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magazine of thE month: the rookie annual<br />

It’s late November. I’m writing this<br />

on a day when the temperature is<br />

16 degrees. Once upon a time the<br />

weather was cold, we wore scarves<br />

from bonfire night onwards, rubbed<br />

our hands together, drank mulled<br />

wine in warm rooms and our breath<br />

came out as steam in the night air<br />

as we said goodnight to our friends.<br />

Most corporately produced magazines<br />

are faking those times this<br />

month with gloves-and-scarves<br />

photoshoots taken in July. Most indie<br />

mags aren’t. Partly because they don’t need to<br />

produce a ‘Christmas’ special.<br />

This month’s indie mag highlight is a tinsel-free,<br />

annual magazine that nevertheless brings huge<br />

amounts of comfort and joy, especially to young<br />

women who are somewhere between 13 and 25. It’s<br />

called the Rookie Annual.<br />

It’s edited by Tavi Gevinson, who started a blog called<br />

Style Rookie when she was twelve (yes, really). A few<br />

years later (she may have been 15)<br />

she created the Rookie website to<br />

offer advice and guidance to teenage<br />

girls, written mostly by teenage<br />

girls. It’s sensible, lively, witty, challenging,<br />

supportive and brilliant.<br />

(She’s been named one of the 20<br />

most influential teens in the world;<br />

she turns twenty next April.)<br />

Each <strong>December</strong>, the Rookie Annual<br />

brings the best of the previous<br />

year’s website into one big, 360-<br />

page bumper book/mag. It covers<br />

the waterfront of everything teenage girls will be<br />

concerned about – relationships, self-esteem, fashion,<br />

talking to parents, crushes, college, trust and<br />

more. You can guarantee that it will be looked at<br />

until next year’s annual arrives. It’s nicely designed,<br />

colourful, serious and light-hearted. Being a teenage<br />

girl can be tough. When it is, the Rookie Annual is<br />

here to provide comfort and joy, and it works.<br />

Martin Skelton<br />

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<strong>Brighton</strong> Calendar<br />

Curator Finn Hopson<br />

It’s that time of year again and<br />

for many in <strong>Brighton</strong>, high on<br />

the lists of stocking fillers to buy<br />

is the <strong>Brighton</strong> Calendar - a<br />

showcase for some of the great<br />

photography created in the city<br />

over the last year. In our final<br />

column of <strong>2015</strong>, Miniclick<br />

spoke to the calendar’s curator,<br />

Finn Hopson…<br />

Tell us a bit about the<br />

history of this calendar?<br />

The calendar was started by Nigel Swallow in<br />

1999. He did a small print run of a calendar with<br />

his own photographs and sold it from a fly pitch<br />

by the West Pier at Christmas. No one was doing<br />

anything like that in <strong>Brighton</strong> at the time and<br />

it was a huge hit. Each year it grew and grew in<br />

popularity. He started selling from a stall outside<br />

Snoopers Paradise where he eventually opened the<br />

much loved North Laine Photography Gallery,<br />

the home of the calendar for seven years until<br />

2011. During that time it gained a reputation for<br />

capturing the essence of life in <strong>Brighton</strong> & Hove,<br />

featuring the work of a huge number of local photographers.<br />

When the gallery closed in 2011 there<br />

was some doubt that the calendar would continue,<br />

but its huge popularity made it very hard to stop.<br />

In May 2014 I had the opportunity to open a new<br />

gallery on the beach, and having worked with<br />

Nigel on the calendar for the last few years it<br />

seemed like the right time for him to pass on the<br />

job of curating it to me - I hope to be able to keep<br />

it going for many years to come.<br />

How did you go about curating the selection<br />

of images? The images are collected throughout<br />

the year. I get loads<br />

of submissions emailed in<br />

and keep a close eye on the<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Flickr group and<br />

social media, as well as taking<br />

the occasional photograph<br />

myself. From summer<br />

onwards I start to assemble<br />

these into little collections<br />

and layouts, getting feedback<br />

from friends, photographers<br />

and people who visit the gallery.<br />

The tricky part is to try and find the right balance<br />

of interesting, fun photos that really capture<br />

something that feels recognisably ‘<strong>Brighton</strong>’ to<br />

anyone who knows the place. Of course there are<br />

photos of familiar places in there but the calendar<br />

is really about what a fun place this is to live and<br />

a reflection of the weird and wonderful things we<br />

all get up to.<br />

What do you think makes <strong>Brighton</strong> such a<br />

popular place for photographers? You can take<br />

a walk though <strong>Brighton</strong> at any time of the day<br />

or night and you will find something interesting<br />

going on. It’s a fabulous, diverse, and endlessly<br />

surprising city to live in and I think that’s a huge<br />

inspiration to photographers, no matter what kind<br />

of subject they’re interested in. Even the photographic<br />

clichés can inspire people to come up with<br />

new ways to photograph the same subject in an<br />

original way. Jim Stephenson<br />

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Amy Holtz<br />

The truth is, I’m a Minnesotan<br />

El Niño, the enfant terrible of<br />

the meteorological world - is<br />

predicting a winter similar to<br />

that of 2009. Remember 2009?<br />

Cancelled trains, confused<br />

seagulls - everyone unified by<br />

an inability to walk across two<br />

centimetres of snow to get<br />

into work and the subsequent<br />

halcyon hours spent sliding into<br />

bunkers on binbags at Hollingbury<br />

Golf Course.<br />

I thought it was lovely. Of<br />

course, Minnesotans are dogmatic<br />

braggarts when it comes to snow; we’re its<br />

conquerors and winter is a six-month showcase of<br />

our very best qualities - stubbornness and thick-asmaple-syrup<br />

skin. One of my Grandpa’s stories, for<br />

example, used to go like this:<br />

“Now listen, Talullah,” (what he called me when<br />

I was being ‘smart’). He’s chewing on a toothpick<br />

and dead-eyeing me like Eastwood.<br />

“When I was a kid, I used to hafta walk to school.<br />

Every day. And my shoes had thin soles, not like<br />

those clodhoppers you got on.” I look at my feet.<br />

I’m pretty sure this is an insult.<br />

“And when the drifts were yea high,” here he puts<br />

his hand towards the ceiling “there were no ‘rides’”<br />

- this he says with a jazzy gravel in his voice - the<br />

same way he’d say ‘computers’ or ‘aeroplanes’.<br />

Then, he’d look pointedly outside, through the<br />

big sliding glass doors that led to the three-season<br />

porch he built one summer, like it was nothing.<br />

The snow swept in waves against its foundations.<br />

<strong>December</strong> to April, you’d be lucky to find the<br />

steps, then spend an hour<br />

cracking ice off the handle to<br />

get in the screen door.<br />

“I used to walk three miles<br />

in the snow. There and back.<br />

And it was uphill, both ways.”<br />

“Both ways.” Grandma jabs<br />

her spatula in the air.<br />

“How could it be uphill both<br />

ways?” I’d say in my smart<br />

voice. But it wouldn’t matter.<br />

Somehow I believed, and<br />

still do, there’s a kernel of<br />

truth in ‘both ways’. If you’ve<br />

ever seen teenagers make a giant snow turtle, just<br />

because, ‘both ways’ isn’t that far-fetched.<br />

The fact that I’ve since partially turned into<br />

Grandpa is not lost on my partner. If the stars<br />

align and <strong>Brighton</strong> gets a smattering of anaemic<br />

snow, I am the first to point out its deficiencies -<br />

along with my partner’s lack of know-how in the<br />

area of winter.<br />

“This,” I say, pointing at the tarmac on London<br />

Road, which we can just see under a delicate pattern<br />

of white, “is NOTHING. When I was a kid,<br />

I used to hafta wear my boots to school because<br />

we had to walk through drifts six feet high. And<br />

sometimes I forgot my shoes - then I’d be that kid<br />

that wore their boots all day - and you’d drip slush<br />

under your desk like a puddle of pee. Everyone<br />

makes fun of that kid, even if it was you the day<br />

before.” We skirt around a woman braving heels.<br />

It’s going to be a long walk.<br />

‘It’s not a competition,’ he says, frowning. He’s<br />

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John Helmer<br />

I was Johnny Piranha<br />

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“Does it feel weird?” says Linda, a Hanoverian<br />

who has come down the Hill to watch ‘<strong>Brighton</strong><br />

punk/ska legends’ The Piranhas bashing it out at<br />

the Green Door Store.<br />

“Not really.”<br />

What’s weird about 200 pissed-up people shouting<br />

the lyrics to a song you wrote 37 years ago?<br />

Nothing. It’s pure joy. And all the purer when<br />

you haven’t had to endure the pre-gig nerves, the<br />

humping of gear in and out of vans, the vile subterranean<br />

toilet that passes for a rehearsal room…<br />

No, experiencing a Piranhas gig from the back<br />

of the crowd rather than from up there on stage<br />

doesn’t feel weird. Certainly, not as weird as some<br />

of the things that happened when I was actually<br />

in the band – which I founded along with Boring<br />

Bob Grover (who has never quite forgiven me for<br />

giving him that nickname) back in 1977.<br />

Probably the weirdest thing was having a hit single<br />

and going on Top of the Pops, ushering in a period of<br />

Bizzaro-world fuckwittedness that peaked with us<br />

miming on French TV dressed as pierrot clowns,<br />

and being restyled by one of the Conrans.<br />

Or splitting up not long afterwards –<br />

because while four years of transit vans,<br />

poverty and cult obscurity had only stiffened<br />

our resolve, actual success proved<br />

a bridge too far.<br />

There have been four versions of the<br />

Piranhas, and I was in one and three.<br />

Getting sacked from Piranhas Mark<br />

III for not putting in enough time<br />

was quite weird – especially as Bob had<br />

prepared a spreadsheet, with pie charts<br />

and everything, to underline my dismal<br />

attendance rate. That we are, despite<br />

this, still very good friends, is in itself a bit weird.<br />

“Let me shake your hand, sir,” says a stocky fan on<br />

his way to the bar. He shakes it again on his way<br />

back. Then again, four times more that evening,<br />

seeming each time a little more reluctant to let go.<br />

Though my fame is quite tiny, even a tiny piece of<br />

fame is weird.<br />

“—And here’s another Johnny Piranha composition,”<br />

says Bob from the stage. They play Getting<br />

Beaten Up Is Part of Growing Up followed by the<br />

hit (not one of mine) and then the gig is over.<br />

Time to catch up with my fellow piranhas.<br />

“Bumhole”, says Owen (bass player in line-ups<br />

three and four) – recalling the weirdish moment<br />

backstage at a Blackpool 3,000-seater when Annabella<br />

Lwin of Bow Wow Wow – making the<br />

difficult transition from jailbait to MILF – thrust<br />

her radio mike in my hand as she was coming<br />

offstage for a mid-set towel-down. The band<br />

continued with that famous beat: Bah-dum, derum,<br />

der-um der-um deh, DAH DAH! Dumper<br />

da DUM ... and Owen and I began improvising<br />

stupid lyrics over it (we had just done our support<br />

set, and were a bit slap happy). These made liberal<br />

use of the word ‘bumhole’, surprisingly satisfying<br />

to say after six bottles of backstage beer. Actually<br />

‘bumhole’ was the lyrics. Eventually a curtain<br />

twitched back (we were standing in the wings) to<br />

reveal the onstage soundman: “You do know that<br />

microphone is live ..?”<br />

How we laughed. As I share further bants with<br />

Owen, an offer is floated for me to join Piranhas<br />

Four on stage at a future gig. “You’ll have to follow<br />

the dress code. It’s going to be a ‘Piranhas in<br />

Pyjamas’ gig …”<br />

That might feel weird.<br />


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Lizzie Enfield<br />

Notes from North Village<br />

“What’s that on your arm?” my son asks.<br />

“Nothing,” I say, rolling my sleeve down hurriedly.<br />

“There is. I saw it. You can’t cover it up.”<br />

I stand accused.<br />

“It’s not what you think.” I wonder how I can get<br />

out of this, if I can come up with an alternative<br />

explanation for what my son has already caught<br />

sight of or if it’s time to come clean and admit<br />

that I’ve been indulging my addiction in secret<br />

during the day.<br />

“What’s going on?” My daughter appears, ready<br />

to gang up on me, whatever the reason.<br />

“Ok. I admit it,” I push my sleeves up so the evidence<br />

is there for all to see.<br />

“Oh my god! I thought you seemed very up when<br />

I got home,” says daughter. “That explains it.”<br />

“Ok. Time to confess. My name’s Lizzie,” I treat<br />

my children as if they are fellow members of addicts<br />

anonymous. “And for the past ten months I<br />

haven’t had a single…<br />

…turn on the ice.”<br />

That’s it. I’m a closet ice skater. That’s the dirty<br />

secret I’ve been trying to keep from my children<br />

and would have done, had I not forgotten to cut<br />

off the wristband you must wear to enter the<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> rink.<br />

When I say ice skater, I’m not brilliant. I can’t do<br />

turns or skate backwards or any of that strictlycome-dancing-on-ice<br />

malarkey but I can stay on<br />

my feet and I do love it, so much that while I also<br />

take my children, I sometimes sneak off during<br />

the day, when the rink is empty, and I can glide<br />

around without anyone else to worry about.<br />

I do worry about breaking a limb or two, because<br />

plaster casts are harder to explain away than paper<br />

wristbands. And I worry about the children<br />

finding out, because they too love ice skating and<br />

resent my going without them.<br />

“How long has this been going on?” my son<br />

says, sitting down, weary with the weight of my<br />

deception.<br />

“This was the first time this year,” I lie but only<br />

to protect them.<br />

“That’s funny,” son says. “Because Billy went to<br />

the optician during school time last week and he<br />

told me he’d seen you going into the rink.”<br />

“Maybe it was my doppelganger?” I suggest.<br />

“I think Billy knows what you look like, Mum,”<br />

he says. “And also it was the day you asked if you<br />

could borrow twenty quid from me. You said you<br />

needed petrol but you used it to go ice skating<br />

didn’t you?”<br />

“Well, maybe,” I squirm. “But I paid you back.”<br />

“That’s not the point,” he says. “You’ve been taking<br />

our money, lying to us and doing it when you<br />

should have been at work.”<br />

I know.<br />

It sounds bad.<br />

But the rink’s only there for a<br />

limited amount of time and I<br />

don’t have that much work<br />

just now and it’s cheaper<br />

to go off peak and I<br />

could stop if I<br />

wanted to…<br />

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Photo by Adam Bronkhorst<br />


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mybrighton: Andy Winter<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Housing Trust CEO<br />

Are you local? I’ve been living here for 36 years<br />

now, nearly 37. I had to leave South Africa in a<br />

hurry: I was a conscientious objector, having refused<br />

to serve in the apartheid army. I’d never heard of<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>, but I knew someone who lived here, so<br />

that’s where I went. To this day I’m grateful they<br />

didn’t live in Hull or Swindon.<br />

Did you immediately like it here? For a year I<br />

hated it. I thought that I would never be allowed<br />

to return home again; I was lonely and depressed,<br />

I had no qualifications, and I had no idea what the<br />

future held. Then I decided my lot was much better<br />

than that of most black South Africans, and started<br />

involving myself in various political activities.<br />

What sort of stuff? After a while I realised I was in<br />

danger of becoming just another embittered South<br />

African ex-pat so I decided to get involved in local<br />

politics. I joined Labour, and stood for election in<br />

the third safest Tory ward. On my third attempt – a<br />

by-election in 1985 - I won a seat. I was a councillor<br />

for seven years, ending up as an independent.<br />

How did you get involved with BHT? First I got<br />

a job as a hostel worker. Within a few years I had<br />

become the manager of BHT’s Alcohol, Drug and<br />

Mental Health Services. I was poorly qualified to<br />

run alcohol and drug services as I am teetotal and<br />

have never tried recreational drugs. But over the<br />

years I’ve listened to countless courageous and generous<br />

former alcoholics and addicts who’ve achieved<br />

abstinence and rebuilt their lives. They’ve been very<br />

patient with me and I’ve learnt the impact drugs and<br />

alcohol have had on them and their families.<br />

And you’ve made a difference? <strong>Brighton</strong> is no<br />

longer the ‘drug death capital of Britain’ but I still<br />

think we’ll be failing until we’re considered the<br />

‘recovery capital of Britain’.<br />

Why does <strong>Brighton</strong> appeal to so many people<br />

with substance problems? First there was the<br />

Prince Regent using his Palace as a party house,<br />

then there was the reputation of <strong>Brighton</strong> being the<br />

place to come for dirty weekends. It’s always been<br />

seen as being a place where people can overindulge.<br />

Is <strong>Brighton</strong> a magnet for homeless people? The<br />

average rent for a one-bedroom flat here is £850 a<br />

month; the maximum housing benefit on offer is<br />

£612 a month. A lot of people who arrive here, because<br />

they think it’s an attractive place, simply can’t<br />

afford to live here. We engage with many newcomers<br />

in this situation as soon as they arrive, and we<br />

often encourage them to leave as soon as possible<br />

because there are other places in the country where<br />

they could afford to live. This is a controversial<br />

approach. You might find this hypocritical of me,<br />

after all I arrived here without a penny and was<br />

for a time a classic ‘benefit scrounger’. But times<br />

have changed. If I was arriving now I’d be looking<br />

at somewhere more affordable, like Hastings or St<br />

Leonards… even Hull or Swindon.<br />

Recommend us a good restaurant. LangeLees,<br />

near our offices. Good quality food, efficient service,<br />

and good value. I take my 91-year-old dad there.<br />

When did you last swim in the sea? I used to<br />

all the time 25 years ago, but I’m ashamed to say I<br />

don’t anymore, not in England, anyway.<br />

How do you get about the place? I’ve never learnt<br />

to drive so I generally travel by bus. It’s a great leveller.<br />

Thatcher famously said ‘any man seen riding<br />

on a bus after the age of 30 should consider himself<br />

a failure’. When I’m travelling on the number 26,<br />

I’m proud to wear that badge. AL<br />


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The Cravats<br />

Left-field Peel faves<br />

Though they were loud and weird and started in 1977,<br />

The Cravats were never a straightforward punk band.<br />

For one they had a saxophone, for another they came<br />

from Redditch. After a string of oddball singles and<br />

several Peel sessions the band split in ‘82. Thirty years<br />

later they re-emerged, as baffling and brilliant as ever.<br />

We speak to singer, actor (and brick shithouse) The<br />

Shend ahead of the band’s gig in <strong>Brighton</strong> this month.<br />

What made The Cravats different? We really<br />

had no idea how to play in the beginning and our<br />

‘punk’ aesthetic was bolstered by humour and our<br />

eccentric country ways. We never liked the bludgeoning<br />

‘smash the system’ doctrine, preferring to<br />

employ our love of Dada and Peter Cook to make<br />

something unique. It all came out a bit warped.<br />

How did you end up playing again after 30<br />

years? Someone offered us more than I’ve ever<br />

paid for a car to play at Rebellion punk festival<br />

back in 2009. Some of us wanted to and some of<br />

us didn’t. The ones that did, did.<br />

What’s it like being in a band now? Everyone<br />

in <strong>Brighton</strong> is in a ruddy band. Tractor drivers<br />

were two a penny in Redditch, but band members?<br />

Nah, they were targets for ridicule. We were very<br />

good targets back in the day.<br />

You’re also an actor, right? Acting is a great way<br />

of making a living without ever having to work, if<br />

you’re the size of a brick shithouse which, thankfully,<br />

I am. I’ve been in Red Dwarf, Torchwood and<br />

Merlin, but more importantly, a Walkers Crisps<br />

advert with Lemmy.<br />

I hear you’re working with Toby Amies... Toby<br />

is a great chum and probably the most talented<br />

man I know. Ever since his programmes on MTV’s<br />

Alternative Nation I’ve been a fan and he loved<br />

The Very Things, another of my combos, so when<br />

he asked me to play a multiple killer in Killing’s My<br />

Living I was there.<br />

What’s the difference between acting and singing?<br />

Acting pays better but music is the hideous<br />

gargoyle that nestles in your soul.<br />

You re-released The Cravats’ debut album a<br />

few years ago – any plans to record new stuff?<br />

Funnily enough, we’ve got two vinyl 7”s and an<br />

LP coming out in the new year. This was never on<br />

the cards as we’d done it all years ago but when<br />

you have a band stuffed with members as good as<br />

Rampton Garstang, Joe 91 and Viscount Biscuits,<br />

new material was and is inevitable. We’ll be playing<br />

some of it on the 5th.<br />

Who else is on the bill? We’ve got Vi Subversa,<br />

who was the singer of The Poison Girls, an<br />

awesomely influential punk band on the Crass<br />

and Small Wonder labels at the same time as we<br />

weren’t. She sang songs that changed thousands of<br />

people’s lives. She is now in her eighties and still<br />

has one of the best voices I have ever heard. It’ll be<br />

very special to hear her sing again.<br />

Interview by Ben Bailey<br />

Green Door Store, Sat 5 Dec, 7.30pm, £10/8<br />


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Ben Bailey rounds up the <strong>Brighton</strong> music scene<br />


Sat 5, Otherplace @ The Basement, 8pm, £10/7<br />

If there’s such a thing as a fan of minimalist<br />

and off-centre folk music, this is for them. Five<br />

performers for a tenner, all playing with zero<br />

amplification – which we guess is what ‘acoustic’<br />

meant before MTV convinced everyone otherwise.<br />

Multi-instrumentalist Fiddes Smith hosts<br />

the night, and will no doubt be airing some of his<br />

recently released Seascapes for solo banjo (from<br />

what we’ve heard, it’s almost classical guitar). His<br />

guests include Vanessa Thomas, the sax ‘n’ guitar<br />

storytelling duo Crack*a*Jack*Crow, captivating<br />

behatted bluesman Nik Barrell and sultry singer<br />

songwriter Sharon Lewis. Should be pretty interesting,<br />

actually.<br />


Mon 7, The Old Market, 7.30pm, £8<br />

Long term<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong><br />

gig goers<br />

will probably<br />

know<br />

at least<br />

half the<br />

members of<br />

this band already. Max Erle and Eleanor Whittle,<br />

formerly of Restlesslist, then of Milk And Biscuits,<br />

now of Prince Vaseline, have been playing together<br />

a good while in various guises. Their latest incarnation<br />

manages to mix the strutting rock’n’roll of<br />

The Modern Lovers with the cerebral sounds of<br />

Stereolab via a mutual love of The Velvet Underground.<br />

With grasshopper and Lutine in support,<br />

this gig is a bit of a showcase for a band who have<br />

really upped their game this year.<br />



Thu 17, The Brunswick,<br />

8pm, £12/10<br />

This seasonal shindig<br />

sees Chris T-T doing<br />

his first hometown<br />

solo show since 2013.<br />

Not that he’s been<br />

slacking – in recent years the singer songwriter has<br />

written a regular column for The Morning Star, set<br />

AA Milne’s children’s poems to music for an Edinburgh<br />

show, launched an arts consultancy company<br />

and hosted a weekly show on Juice FM. He’s also<br />

just about to put out his 10th studio album which,<br />

if it’s anything like the others, will be a mix of<br />

quirky story-songs and polemical indie folk. Here,<br />

he’s invited Capt. Lovelace and Swan Steps along.<br />


Sat 19, The Old Market,<br />

3.30pm & 7.30pm,<br />

£12/10<br />

What would you do if<br />

you were mugged and<br />

left for dead and found<br />

yourself being quizzed by<br />

a sarcastic angel about the<br />

paltry contribution you’d made to the world? This<br />

is the situation faced by the titular character in<br />

this existentialist rock opera which somehow also<br />

manages to find time to take a swipe at austerity<br />

politics and the failings of the education system.<br />

A surprise hit at this year’s <strong>Brighton</strong> Fringe, Trim<br />

Tab Jim is performed by a full band with a kind of<br />

alt-rock take on the musical theatre format.<br />


‘Skin-tinglingly good’<br />

Time Out êêêê<br />

‘Exquisite moments of<br />

beauty… brilliantly athletic’<br />

The Guardian êêêê<br />

This Christmas,<br />

join us for big,<br />

beautiful and<br />

bonkers circus<br />

Flown<br />

Pirates of the Carabina<br />

Pirates of the Carabina<br />

Sat 19 – Sun 27 Dec<br />

For all ages<br />

brightondome.org 01273 709709

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Joni and me<br />

‘I was very drawn to her honesty’<br />

I spent many years sort of avoiding her music.<br />

It was mainly because, when I first moved to<br />

London, Time Out started describing me as ‘Joni<br />

Mitchell-ish singer Joanna Eden’, and in a very<br />

arrogant way, my nose was slightly put out of joint.<br />

I thought ‘how dare they liken me to this Joni<br />

Mitchell person?’ I didn’t really know about her,<br />

it’s not my era. Anyway, years and years later, I<br />

couldn’t put it off any longer - I heard River on the<br />

radio, and just fell in love, immediately.<br />

I was very drawn to her honesty. She’s very<br />

fickle. She seems to sum up all the things I love<br />

about being female. She’s very natural, she kind<br />

of listens to her instincts, she’s honest when she<br />

makes mistakes, she tells it like it is, she’s strong,<br />

and her voice conveys all those parts, from the<br />

whimsical to the completely rigid.<br />

She’s so original. I don’t know how she got the<br />

phrasing she gets. The chord shapes she’d have on<br />

a guitar didn’t exist before her. So much about her<br />

music is breaking ground; I don’t know how she<br />

arrived at it, growing up in the middle of Canada.<br />

It’s almost like somebody had pulled her to<br />

one side and said: ‘Look, you can say anything you<br />

like.’ I think it’s rare enough now for somebody to<br />

feel empowered to do that completely, but back<br />

then it must have been almost unheard of… almost<br />

as if she grew up with no sense of what the rules<br />

were for women in her generation.<br />

When she got into the jazz scene, although jazz<br />

musicians loved playing with her, she came into<br />

flak for it not being totally jazzy, and then came<br />

into flak from people who weren’t into jazz at all,<br />

because she’d gone off on a tangent.<br />

I struggle with her later work a little bit more; I<br />

find it a bit meandering. I think she’s exploring the<br />

very extremes of what constitutes popular music.<br />

I would much rather listen to Blue, where she’s<br />

still completely following that pop format, and the<br />

melodies are so fresh and warm.<br />

I’m moved to tears by something like Little Green,<br />

which is all about her giving her daughter away,<br />

I’m laughing about Raised on Robbery, where she<br />

basically plays the character of a slutty woman in a<br />

bar, and there’s another song called In France they<br />

Kiss on Main Street, where it’s like she’s trying to<br />

make sense of her growing up in North America<br />

and hearing rock and roll. I just feel like I’m drawn<br />

into her life, really. I suppose that’s what any artist<br />

would want.<br />

Jazz players certainly love her music, and I’ve<br />

never had more interest than now, in terms of<br />

other musicians wanting to play with me. All my<br />

friends have said: ‘Have you got a band yet for Joni<br />

Mitchell?’ As told to Steve Ramsey<br />

Joni and Me, featuring Joni Mitchell interpretations<br />

and some of Joanna Eden’s own songs. Rialto<br />

Theatre, Thurs 10 Dec, 8pm, £12/£9<br />


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Melvyn Bragg<br />

The peasants are revolting<br />

What’s Melvyn Bragg<br />

interested in, apart from<br />

everything? His Thursday<br />

morning Radio 4 series<br />

In Our Time has recently<br />

covered the 1571 Battle<br />

of Lepanto, the P vs NP<br />

problem in maths, Simone<br />

de Beauvoir, perpetual motion...<br />

Sure, he’s a polymath,<br />

but what’s he really keen on?<br />

Well, I’d seen his reverential documentary about<br />

William Tyndale - the 16th-century martyr whose<br />

efforts to translate the Bible into English, so<br />

normal people could read it, threatened the power<br />

of the church. And I’d been reading Bragg’s new<br />

novel, about the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt. And I had<br />

a theory. Well, a guess.<br />

Aren’t you particularly interested in how power<br />

gradually shifted from kings and aristocrats<br />

towards normal people? Yes, I think that’s absolutely<br />

true. It’s one of the great strands of English<br />

history, from the barons onwards. The barons took<br />

some power from the king, who snatched it back<br />

again, of course, and then the gentry took power<br />

from the barons and formed parliament. It’s had<br />

to be fought for, every step of the way. People do<br />

not like to give away power. That’s one of the rules<br />

of life. Whether it’s power over the Bible – [the<br />

church] wanted to keep it in Latin, because it was<br />

their preserve. Or power over law, or taxation, or<br />

armaments. They do not want to give away power;<br />

it’s had to be pulled away from them.<br />

I’m intrigued by the title of your book, Now<br />

is the Time. The rebels in 1381 had plenty to<br />

complain about, but was there also an element<br />

of opportunism – the king was just a boy, and<br />

this was a good moment<br />

to make their grievances<br />

felt? No. ‘Now is the Time’<br />

comes from one of [leading<br />

rebel] John Ball’s sermons.<br />

Between the years 1300<br />

and 1400 the population<br />

of this country halved,<br />

because of the Black Death,<br />

something they could not<br />

explain. John Ball, being<br />

a Christian, and most people, thought this was<br />

punishment for the wickedness of the way the<br />

country was behaving, and the wickedness he saw<br />

in the king’s councillors. They always thought the<br />

king was sacred and on their side, and they went to<br />

rescue him from his councillors.<br />

Was doubting the king too big a step at the<br />

time, even for these revolutionaries? They<br />

couldn’t do it. You live inside the circumference<br />

of knowledge that you inherit. It’s very difficult<br />

for you to dispute the power of physics, isn’t it?<br />

The big bang came about because of physics.<br />

Not much you or I can do about that. Now, these<br />

things happened in the 14th century because of<br />

the power of God, and cleverer people than both<br />

of us lived inside that system and did amazing<br />

things, but God had anointed this boy when he<br />

was 10 years old; he was a sacred king.<br />

How much does this period of British history<br />

resemble Game of Thrones? It is pretty savage.<br />

In its savagery, yes, when it gets going. But I think<br />

for Game of Thrones you’ve got to go back to the<br />

seventh, eighth centuries, really. Steve Ramsey<br />

Melvyn Bragg discusses Now is the Time for Lewes<br />

Speakers Winter Festival, Fri 4th Dec, The White<br />

Hart, Lewes, 1pm, lewesspeakersfestival.com<br />






12th <strong>December</strong> 7pm<br />

St John Sub Castro Church, Lewes<br />

Featuring the Eusebius Quartet<br />

music by Beethoven, Haydn and Debussy<br />

Charity No 1151928<br />

TICKETS: £14 || FREE for U26<br />

www.leweschambermusicfestival.com<br />

01273 479865 and at Lewes Travel

Christmas<br />

Fri 11 Dec<br />

Sat 12 Dec<br />

Sat 12 Dec<br />

Sat 12 Dec<br />

Tue 15 - Sun 20 Dec<br />

Sat 19 – Sun 27 Dec<br />

Tue 22 Dec<br />

Sun 27 – Thu 31 Dec<br />

Sat 2 – Sun 3 Jan<br />

Kate Rusby<br />

The Panto Game<br />

Crafty Christmas<br />

BFC Christmas<br />

Concert<br />

A Christmas<br />

Carol<br />

Flown<br />

Midwinter<br />

Ceilidh<br />

The Treason<br />

Show<br />

The Snow<br />

Queen<br />

01273 709709<br />

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27 DEC- 31 DECEMBER 8PM (NYE 7PM)<br />

TICKETS 16.50 & 13.50 CONCS (NYE 22.50)<br />

BOX OFFICE 01273 709709<br />


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Benjamin Clementine<br />

Down and up in Paris and London<br />

Photo by Micky Clement<br />

“The Parisian story? Yeah, I understand why<br />

journalists want me to talk about it,” says Benjamin<br />

Clementine. He’s a 26-year-old singer-songwriter<br />

noted for his thoughtful lyrics, pleasingly unconventional<br />

singing style, general handsomeness, and<br />

dramatic back-story, which journalists just find<br />

fascinating. Me included.<br />

In brief: there was some kind of difficult situation<br />

with his parents, so he escaped, first to another<br />

part of London, and then to Paris. He was effectively<br />

homeless for some time, sleeping on people’s<br />

floors, in hostels, etc. He started busking because<br />

he needed money for food. He got noticed. He<br />

now has a major-label contract, a Mercury nomination,<br />

and a multinational tour schedule.<br />

Apparently a shy, solitary kid, aged about 13 he<br />

started bunking off school. “I just wanted to get<br />

out of the classroom, and get myself into a quiet<br />

place, that I couldn’t get into trouble, or have a<br />

banter with any students or anything,” he says. “So<br />

I just started going to the library. And it’s quite<br />

warm, as well.”<br />

There, he would read philosophy and poetry. He<br />

largely didn’t understand it at the time. But, as<br />

the cliché goes, it was an escape. “I wasn’t doing<br />

it intentionally, but actually that’s what happened,<br />

I sort of created a world for my own self, and I’ve<br />

never left that world since.”<br />

He’s said he ‘fell in love with the piano when I<br />

was six’. And before he went to Paris, he’d taken<br />

up writing, in a minor way. “You buy a little book,<br />

and you just write whatever’s on your mind…” But<br />

when he started out as a busker, he says, “my goal<br />

was to get some food and then eat tomorrow. I really<br />

had no clue whatsoever, I didn’t have a dream.<br />

Seriously, I didn’t.<br />

“Eventually, when I began singing my own<br />

songs… the thing is, singing them on the streets,<br />

people didn’t give me that much attention. So I<br />

would sing Bob Dylan or Nina Simone or whatever,<br />

and then they would recognise the song and<br />

give me some change.<br />

“Eventually it came together. But I wasn’t really<br />

expecting it, no way. Later, after actually recording<br />

my music and playing it on stage, you start to<br />

expect more, you start to expect things from the<br />

world, so I started expecting.<br />

“At the moment I’m getting noticed - I could get<br />

in that place where I’d adore myself or be very<br />

amazed, but I think I’ve learnt, with my little bit<br />

of experience from Paris and London, I’ve learnt<br />

that these things could just disappear in a minute.<br />

So I’m focused on respecting people, people that<br />

come along, because if you respect them and give<br />

them trust, they’ll trust you back.<br />

“This is what I’m learning: it’s very important to<br />

just keep my head, to remember, as I often say in<br />

my songs, to be humble and remember that you<br />

came from nothing. I’m sure within myself that I<br />

won’t get lost.” Steve Ramsey<br />

Thurs 3 Dec, St George’s Church, 7pm,<br />

meltingvinyl.co.uk<br />


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Golem<br />

Live-action-cum-animation act<br />

“Paul would happily say that the early days were<br />

very ramshackle indeed,” says Lillian Henley, from<br />

the theatre group 1927. Originally it was just two<br />

people, gigging in pubs; even then they were doing<br />

their live-action-in-front-of-an-animation thing.<br />

Suzanne Andrade would be “reading out stories<br />

or performance poetry”, while Paul Barritt ran his<br />

stuff through a projector, “balancing it on his arm<br />

or what have you, on a table.”<br />

Their first Edinburgh show, in 2007, was still “very<br />

simple vignettes, where one person stood still and<br />

they hardly moved at all,” Henley says. It was such<br />

a hit that ‘producers from all over the world’ started<br />

phoning with offers, Andrade told the Guardian.<br />

‘We were used to doing odd gigs for £50.’<br />

Their third show, Golem, a highly praised dystopian<br />

satire, sounds much more technically sophisticated,<br />

and demanding to stage, than their pub-duo stuff.<br />

The animation involves a stop-motion clay figure,<br />

and the live action involves performers “running<br />

all over the place” to fit in with what’s happening<br />

on screen.<br />

‘People ask how we can possibly be in rehearsal<br />

for nine or ten months,’ their producer told the<br />

Telegraph. ‘But if you think about it, we’re making<br />

a handmade feature film at the same time as a live<br />

theatre show with a full score – and the creations<br />

are being woven together.’<br />

Henley calls it “slow cooking”, and is relentlessly<br />

upbeat about the whole thing – “it’s a really fun<br />

process,” apparently. But it does sound like hard<br />

work. For example, they can’t just knock together<br />

a scene to try out, because animation is time-consuming;<br />

they have to be selective. When animating,<br />

Paul has to guess how long a performer will<br />

need to do a particular action, like walking across<br />

the stage, and animate at that length – but if he<br />

guessed wrong, he’ll have to go back and change it.<br />

And while they’re developing the show, if something<br />

in the animation gets modified, the actors<br />

may need to change what they’re doing – and vice<br />

versa. And this is a company of perfectionists, a<br />

company which is “very open to change.”<br />

As for the actors, they have to interact with animations<br />

that are awkwardly positioned behind them,<br />

and “have to make the audience believe that we<br />

live in the same world, which is important. It’s definitely<br />

a weird skill, a strange form of physicality.”<br />

And they have to be careful to stand in the right<br />

spot at all times, or “the illusion of the animation<br />

completely fails.<br />

“Clearly we always try and get that perfection,<br />

much to sending us mad, having worked with<br />

something for months and months. I think it’s that<br />

high level of detail which is why the work seems<br />

to be well received; I think people appreciate that<br />

time. And it’s certainly fun. It’s one of those weird<br />

things as a performer, you get a buzz out of making<br />

sure you’re in the right spot at the right time, for<br />

one second of an image. It’s a very thrilling experience.”<br />

Steve Ramsey<br />

The Old Market, Dec 29 – Jan 16<br />


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Paul Foot<br />

Professionally amateurish<br />

“It’s a sort of competent incompetence, a professional<br />

amateurishness, an organised shambolicness,”<br />

says the cult comedian Paul Foot. On stage he’s an<br />

excitable, bizarrely-dressed eccentric, talking about<br />

“ludicrous things” in an “utterly childish” way.<br />

In real life, he has a slow, measured voice and an<br />

Oxford maths degree and lots of sensible and wellorganised<br />

thoughts about comedy.<br />

He says the style “still comes directly from me; it’s<br />

not contrived in any way,” though it is a style, an<br />

act. Sometimes punters, meeting him after a gig, are<br />

surprised at how he’s “actually quite sensible. But I<br />

think I have to be quite sensible, because a lot of the<br />

comedy I do is so strange and weird, I have to have<br />

a sensible side to anchor myself, or else I’d probably<br />

float on, disappear into my own crazy thoughts.”<br />

An index of Foot’s routines, on his website, includes:<br />

‘Rushed spaceship docking’; ‘Pineapple-themed<br />

shop’; ‘Barry Goose, apprentice undertaker’; ‘Melancholy<br />

Beekeeper’; and ‘Shoes – shiny or scuffed’.<br />

It’s not that he thinks serious issues can’t be funny.<br />

Just that generally, he likes “to have those issues<br />

just subtly make themselves apparent… I tend to<br />

come up with surreal thoughts that are very silly and<br />

childish, and then later realise that there was a serious<br />

issue behind them. So I think the serious bit of<br />

my brain just sort of works in the background.<br />

“There’s a piece in the current series of retrospectives,<br />

about taking revenge against a bed-andbreakfast<br />

landlady. It’s very silly, and it’s funny all the<br />

way through, but I suppose if one were to analyse<br />

it, it’s about how human beings cause pain to other<br />

humans, and how no one really understands other<br />

humans’ pain, and how we trivialise the pain of others,<br />

and only think about ourselves.”<br />

His style, he says, involves making people “sort of<br />

think you don’t know what you’re doing, in a good<br />

way, where they deep down know that you do, and<br />

have faith in you. And that took about 13 years to<br />

get right.”<br />

Foot’s act went largely unappreciated for those 13<br />

years, and “the only reason I carried on, really, was<br />

that I couldn’t think of anything else to do. Also, I<br />

always felt it was one show too early to give up. I<br />

always thought: ‘Well, I’ll do one more’.”<br />

So he carried on doing this weird act, in clubs which<br />

were “sometimes quite stymying, because they did<br />

want to hear conventional comedy. I somehow<br />

managed to remain quite unaffected really, carried<br />

on doing what I was doing, on my own terms. Until<br />

eventually people just came round to it.<br />

“There were tough, hard times. I don’t really think<br />

about them now; I can’t really remember them<br />

much, or even relate to them. It feels like someone<br />

else did that, a long time ago. I’m just happy doing<br />

what I’m doing now, performing to people who’ve<br />

come to see me and know what they’re coming to<br />

see; it’s an absolute joy.” Steve Ramsey<br />

Paul Foot: A Retrospective, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Dec, <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

Dome Studio Theatre<br />


“Anyone interested in the theatre should<br />

see this company now”<br />

The Observer<br />

What’s on:<br />

the old market<br />

presents:<br />

prince vaseline /<br />

grasshopper / lutine<br />

mon 7 dec<br />

club click sat 12 dec<br />

the ugly duckling<br />

27 Dec - 3 jan<br />

the ugly duckling<br />

workshops<br />

28 - 29 dec<br />

golem 29 dec - 16 jan<br />

Hove’s Independent, High Quality<br />

Live Theatre and Venue<br />

29 Dec - 16 jan<br />

golem<br />


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Sam Walker<br />

Gentleman of the road<br />

In 2013 I went to Lewes for the Gentlemen of<br />

the Road tour, and watched the likes of The<br />

Vaccines, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes<br />

and Vampire Weekend. But none of those bands<br />

came close to offering the best performance I<br />

witnessed that weekend. That came from Sam<br />

Walker, playing live, for free, in the Lansdown<br />

Arms, on Sunday afternoon, after the crowds had<br />

gone home. His performance of Bubble brought a<br />

lump to my throat.<br />

“I’ve got a huge range of influences from the<br />

whistling of my kettle to Shostakovich… to<br />

whatever,” he tells me, over a cappuccino in the<br />

Cyclist, when I ask him where the hell he gets his<br />

ideas. We’ve met up to talk about his forthcoming<br />

show at the Dome, The Sweetness of the Gathering<br />

Night, the culmination of a good deal of ‘distillation’<br />

of his repertoire he’s been working on, having<br />

been chosen as the latest Spectrum artist in<br />

residence. This quiet spoken multi-instrumentalist<br />

calls his idiosyncratic music ‘eclectic pop’ and, as<br />

something of a fan, I can’t think of a more succinct<br />

way of describing his wide-ranging output of<br />

imaginative sounds.<br />

I first saw Sam play (drums) in the same Lewes<br />

pub in 2006, back in the days he was the drummer<br />

in Turning Green. It was the first time I’d witnessed<br />

crowd-surfing in a one-room pub. Turning<br />

Green folded in 2007, and Sam went solo, after<br />

briefly forming a second band, The Muel. “It<br />

ended up as a twelve-piece,” he tells me, “it took<br />

me half my time getting everybody together just<br />

to play. I wanted more mobility.”<br />

Mobility is the right word for it. You might have<br />

seen him play some time in the last couple of<br />

years, if you happened to be in Hamburg, or Oslo,<br />

or Melbourne, or Montreal, or Buenos Aires (or<br />

East Grinstead, or Swanage). “I’ve been on a bit<br />

of a world tour,” he says, “either playing on my<br />

own, or as a drummer with bigger bands.” He’s<br />

been using gigs with the likes of Fischer Z, Arthur<br />

Brown and Charlie Winston as a conduit to setting<br />

up his own gigs, no space too small.<br />

I realise I haven’t come close to describing Sam’s<br />

style of music. He’s not much help. “Sing-along<br />

melodies,” he tries. “Rocky tunes… big riffs.”<br />

Surely, I joke, that could describe Status Quo? He<br />

gives up. “It’s not for me to describe,” he says. “I’ll<br />

send you some links.” If your interest is piqued<br />

listen to him on Soundcloud. Bubble wouldn’t be<br />

a bad start.<br />

Sam promises some ‘surprises’ at<br />

the show, and (obviously)<br />

won’t divulge what he<br />

means. He sees the gig<br />

as a launch pad for the<br />

next part of his career. “I<br />

haven’t a clue where it will<br />

launch me,” he says. “I’m<br />

just going to work my arse<br />

off and see where I end<br />

up.” Alex Leith<br />

The Sweetness of the Gathering<br />

Night, Dome Studio,<br />

Dec 2nd<br />


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Christmas markets<br />

Yule never shop alone<br />

We are spoilt for choice<br />

on the Christmasmarket<br />

front this year,<br />

beginning at Stoneham<br />

Park on the 5th.<br />

There will be local stalls<br />

including community<br />

bakery Stoneham<br />

Bakehouse, Cheesology<br />

and Hannahmakescakes,<br />

as well as a raffle with<br />

prizes from local companies. The Hive cafe will be<br />

serving their popular Boozy Hot Chocolate and they<br />

will also be running a late night Christmas Shopping<br />

event on the 3rd.<br />

The first weekend of the month continues to be a<br />

busy one, especially at the Open Market. On Saturday<br />

5th local-business champions Goodmoney will<br />

be holding #SwitchLocal - a Christmas market with<br />

a difference. Organised together with the <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

Peace and Environment Centre the stalls will offer<br />

local, ethical gifts and a chance to support <strong>Brighton</strong>’s<br />

independent businesses. goodmoney.co.uk<br />

Just down the road at the University of <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

Grand Parade campus is the Big <strong>Brighton</strong> Christmas<br />

Fair, a festive edition of the indoor marketplace<br />

which is held at the end of each semester. Big<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> is run in conjunction with <strong>Brighton</strong> Spark,<br />

which supports new makers and designers from all<br />

backgrounds to launch their ideas. As ever there will<br />

be an eclectic mix of stands, from tech developers<br />

selling mobile apps to foragers producing local jams<br />

and innovators coming up with alternative sources of<br />

food. brightonsu.com/bigbrighton<br />

Then on Sunday 6th the <strong>Brighton</strong> Etsy Team will<br />

be taking over the Open Market for the second year<br />

running, bringing their quirky, handmade wares out<br />

of the virtual marketplace<br />

and into the<br />

real-life one. Meet the<br />

makers, pick up some<br />

locally-made gifts and<br />

some festive treats –<br />

you’ll find some of<br />

them featured in our<br />

gift guide on page 66.<br />

brightonetsyteam.<br />

wordpress.com<br />

The <strong>Brighton</strong> and Hove Food and Drink Festival<br />

will be hosting the Big Sussex Christmas Market<br />

on New Road on the 5th and 6th. Pick up some<br />

Christmas goodies and foodie gifts – or build your<br />

own festive hamper filled with locally-made produce.<br />

There’ll also be hot food and mulled drinks while<br />

you’re browsing. brightonfoodfestival.com<br />

On to the second weekend, and on the 12th the<br />

Fairy Tale Fair will be sprinkling its magic over the<br />

Open Market, bringing craft and vintage stalls selling<br />

handmade gifts and creations, jewellery, prints, cards,<br />

knitted items, decorations… and plenty more besides.<br />

Meanwhile at the Hope and Ruin, Go! Craft<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> will be holding a Christmas special. More<br />

than just encouraging shoppers to buy handmade,<br />

Go! Craft want to inspire us all to get making, so<br />

expect demonstrations from the local crafters and<br />

creative supplies available on site. If you miss it this<br />

week, they’ll be at the same place at the same time on<br />

the 19th. gocraftbrighton.co.uk<br />

Rounding off the Christmas markets, on the 13th<br />

is the Handmade, Craft and Vintage Fair run<br />

by <strong>Brighton</strong> Craft Alliance at the Open Market.<br />

It’ll be filled with stylish, contemporary products<br />

hand-made by locals; you will find everything from<br />

furniture to illustrations. RC<br />


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Christmas events<br />

Yule not want to miss these<br />

Across the first two weekends of the month, some of<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>’s artists will be (re)opening their doors for<br />

Christmas Artists’ Open Houses. Mooch around<br />

the homes of some creative folk, sip mulled wine, pick<br />

up a hand-painted decoration or two and maybe even<br />

that work of art your living room wall has been missing.<br />

aoh.org.uk<br />

On Sunday 6th, the Sussex Symphony Orchestra<br />

present an evening of Christmas classics, including<br />

The Nutcracker Suite as well as Philip Lane’s heartwarming<br />

setting of the famous poem The Night Before<br />

Christmas. Narrated by Cash in the Attic’s Alistair<br />

Appleton, the concert will take place at All Saints<br />

Church in Hove from 5pm. For tickets, call 01273<br />

415 384 or visit ssomusic.co.uk<br />

From the 10th to the 12th, the many artists, makers<br />

and designers tucked away in the studios of New<br />

England House will be opening up their work<br />

spaces for you to have a look (and a buy) in time for<br />

Christmas. From art and illustration to clothing and<br />

accessories, there’s a real mix this year, and a lovely<br />

opportunity to have a chat with the makers themselves.<br />

nehopenstudios.co.uk<br />

All of the festive excitement over the coming weeks<br />

means you’ll rarely be far from a mince pie, so it does<br />

seem like an unusual time to take part in a charity run,<br />

but the Santa Dash is a little different. It costs £17.50<br />

to take part, you’ll be given your own Santa costume<br />

and everybody gets a medal at the end. Proceeds to<br />

Rockinghorse. Sign up at santadashbrighton.co.uk<br />

On Sunday 13th, Lorraine Bowen will be leading a<br />

Big Christmas Sing-along at the De La Warr Pavilion<br />

in Bexhill, accompanied by one of the UK’s leading<br />

handbell ringers, Sandra Winter. Together they<br />

will be performing Christmas classics, like Simply<br />

Having a Wonderful Christmas Time and Have Yourself<br />

a Merry Little Christmas, before settling down to a<br />

screening of Meet Me in St. Louis (probably with a bit<br />

more singing). Tickets at dlwp.com<br />

The Jam Tarts are a choir of an unusual sort. This<br />

60-piece indie, pop and rock choir will be putting<br />

on their own version of a Christmas carol concert<br />

at St. George’s Church in Kemp Town on the 19th,<br />

performing songs by The Pogues, Goldfrapp, Bon<br />

Iver, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen and many more.<br />

Tickets are on sale at Resident Music in<br />

Kensington Gardens or at eventbrite.<br />

co.uk, £7.70/£11. facebook.com/<br />

JamTartsChoir<br />

The Painting Pottery Café<br />

on North Road will be staying<br />

open late on Thursdays this<br />

month – apart from Christmas<br />

Eve – so bring a bottle and spend<br />

an evening painting your own<br />

Christmas decorations and<br />

gifts. Groups of any size are<br />

welcome although you must<br />

book ahead - book individually<br />

or choose from<br />

their Christmas party<br />

packages. They are running<br />

a Make a Wish<br />

on a Star competition<br />

throughout <strong>December</strong>: pop<br />

in and write your name and<br />

details on a star, then post<br />

it through their Christmas<br />

letterbox. Each<br />

week one child will win<br />

a moneybox and one adult<br />

wins a £30 gift voucher. First<br />

draw is on 1st <strong>December</strong>.<br />

paintingpotterycafe.co.uk. RC<br />


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Sunset Song<br />

“we return with the light of the evening…”<br />

Now that our ‘adventures in world cinema’, as<br />

presented by the glorious Cinecity Film Festival,<br />

are over for another year, there’s not much to do,<br />

cinematically speaking, other than embrace the<br />

animated world of speaking chipmunks and a whole<br />

host of overweight, white-bearded elderly gentlemen<br />

in red onesies. Or, for those still in denial<br />

that Christmas is well and truly upon us, to seek<br />

out quality cinema in the hope that our minds and<br />

hearts may yet be lifted above the commercial fray.<br />

Regrettably, given the immovable object that is<br />

Christmas in contemporary Western societies,<br />

there’s not much else that gets a look in, as distributors<br />

of credible world cinema are forced to bypass<br />

<strong>December</strong>, and most of January, and re-start their<br />

theatrical and home entertainment releases from<br />

early February. However, those good people at<br />

Metrodome have thrown us a lifeline, and are set to<br />

release the fine new film from one of the UK’s most<br />

distinctive and uncompromising directors, Terence<br />

Davies. His adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s<br />

novel, Sunset Song, opens at the Duke of York’s on<br />

4th <strong>December</strong>, and although it includes scenes of a<br />

marriage over a snowy New Year’s Eve, there’s not a<br />

sniff of mistletoe or jingle bells anywhere…<br />

The film is Davies’s touching tale of love, hope<br />

and tragedy at the dawn of the Great War, as the<br />

daughter of a rural Scottish family, played with<br />

impressive range and passion by the former ‘next<br />

Kate Moss’, Agyness Deyn, comes of age through<br />

weathering the storms of life and loss. As a study in<br />

hardship, brutalizing family life and romantic failure,<br />

Sunset Song is a deeply felt return to territory<br />

with which the director is intimately familiar. While<br />

it moves from the more explicitly autobiographical<br />

works of Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), one of the<br />

most striking films in all of British cinema, and Of<br />

Time and the City (2008), a unique documentary<br />

mediation upon place and nostalgia, Davies’s new<br />

film ranks with his most celebrated commercial and<br />

critical success, The House of Mirth (2000) and The<br />

Deep Blue Sea (2011).<br />

Indeed, this filmography now firmly establishes<br />

Davies as one of the UK’s foremost directors, and<br />

the filmmaker most concerned with chronicling the<br />

emotional history of these fair isles. While Michael<br />

Winterbottom may lay claim to being the most<br />

prolific and wide-ranging contemporary British<br />

director, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan<br />

continue to fly the flag in Hollywood, and Ken<br />

Loach and Mike Leigh remain truthful, in the most<br />

part, to hardscrabble social realism, Davies seems<br />

to be mining a rich vein all of his own, one that<br />

insists on exploring the aesthetic possibilities of the<br />

cinematic medium to throw up a mirror to the British<br />

themselves, creating invitations for empathy and<br />

reflection upon internal traumas and national myth.<br />

Unashamedly epic in tone and intention, even<br />

old-fashioned in its rebuttal of any easy recourse<br />

to postmodern irony, with brave and challenging<br />

performances throughout, Sunset Song is a heart-felt<br />

paean for a time of innocence, before the horrors of<br />

the twentieth century changed our world forever.<br />

Yoram Allon<br />


literature<br />

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High Dive<br />

Jonathan Lee ‘intuits gaps’<br />

Jonathan Lee, the acclaimed<br />

author of Joy – A Novel, has<br />

written a new book, High Dive,<br />

based around the bombing of<br />

The Grand Hotel, and set in<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> and Belfast. I catch<br />

up with the author, who now<br />

lives in New York, via e-mail.<br />

The main protagonist of High<br />

Dive is Dan, a young Irishman<br />

who becomes entangled with<br />

the IRA as a volunteer and<br />

finds comfort in what Jonathan<br />

calls the “simplicity of a single<br />

perspective, conviction and<br />

faith” offered by the group.<br />

Having spent many formative<br />

years living in <strong>Brighton</strong> and then visiting Belfast<br />

frequently for work, Jonathan often found himself<br />

“sparked by memories about what had happened<br />

in <strong>Brighton</strong>”. In addition to this, unpublicised<br />

evidence revealed “that there was a second bomber<br />

involved in the operation, a younger man who’d<br />

never been found… an IRA apprentice of sorts…<br />

who became Dan.”<br />

The appropriation of this unknown character<br />

allowed Jonathan to add a fictional element to<br />

an event which already holds a place in history.<br />

He explains that very early on into his research<br />

“the facts began to run out” which, with Dan’s<br />

character in mind left him “intuiting myself into<br />

the gaps in the historical record, aiming at an<br />

emotional truth rather than a slavish devotion to<br />

the facts.” As such, the creation of Dan and a cast<br />

of other fictional characters, most notably Deputy<br />

General Manager of the Grand, ‘Moose’ and his<br />

daughter Freya, offered Jonathan the opportunity<br />

to spin a fiction within what is<br />

regarded as fact to tell a tale<br />

of “almost-actual events and<br />

almost-actual places”.<br />

These characters work<br />

wonderfully within the loose<br />

framework of events we think<br />

we already know. “Drawn to<br />

characters who exist on the<br />

periphery”, Dan, Moose and<br />

Freya are “the people that<br />

posterity forgets” and their<br />

day-to-day troubles and lives<br />

take centre stage in a way they<br />

might not in other novels<br />

which concentrate on political<br />

or historical events.<br />

This sense of the importance of the mundane and<br />

the everyday permeate the book and these moments<br />

are much more the focus than the politics<br />

going on around the characters. Of this Jonathan<br />

says “I was interested in trying to dramatise a kind<br />

of myopia – they are, like most of us, more interested<br />

in their day-to-day battles at school or work,<br />

in love or family, than they are in the politics of<br />

the day.” The mundane comes into play most powerfully<br />

when Dan plants the bomb; rather than<br />

overwrought descriptions and an overwhelming<br />

build Jonathan wanted to create a “subtle suspense<br />

that grows out of a deep investment in the lives of<br />

the characters that populate the story.”<br />

By concentrating on characters on the periphery<br />

of the story we normally hear about the <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

bombing, Jonathan creates a tale in which he goes<br />

about “digging beneath the surface drama and…<br />

discovering the day-to-day human elements that<br />

history rarely records.” Holly Fitzgerald<br />



the art of christmas<br />

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focus on: Chris Kettle<br />

Terrarium II, Oil on canvas, 130 x 130 cms, £7,000<br />

Is this a Still Life? Broadly speaking, it is. All<br />

my work is. But it’s not a traditional Still Life…<br />

I’m very interested in ways of pushing the genre.<br />

I’ve been doing this for 20 years so I want it to be<br />

exciting. In a way it’s more like an art installation<br />

which you can’t walk around.<br />

The flowers are magnificent… Thank you. In<br />

one sense I’m a flower arranger, just the slowest<br />

flower arranger in Hove. For this piece I took<br />

pictures of lots of flowers and then painted them,<br />

one by one, until there’s a great display of them.<br />

There’s no previous sketch, or anything. It’s all<br />

built up, flower by flower, leaf by leaf.<br />

The room is fairly dark, in more ways than<br />

one. I find a room, and then I edit it down until<br />

I’ve got what I need from it. When I’ve worked it<br />

out I find a way of ‘putting the lights out’ by applying<br />

dark washes over the top. I want the area<br />

around the flowers to be eerie, like a scene from a<br />

film where someone’s just stepped out the room.<br />

Who would be the director of that film?<br />

Stanley Kubrick, maybe.<br />

There’s a loneliness about the painting. Are<br />

you a lonely person? Not at all. I live with my<br />

wife and young daughter and my life is fairly hectic.<br />

So it’s good to spend time with myself, and<br />

my paintings in the studio. Perhaps the loneliness<br />

in the picture reflects the fact that art gives<br />

me time to spend on my own, when I think much<br />

more clearly.<br />

And there’s a darkness, too. The darker side<br />

of the soul and emotions interest me more than<br />

the ‘happy’ stuff. But this is about what shines<br />

through the darkness, not the darkness itself.<br />

The power of the painting is all about light. So<br />

it’s an optimistic painting.<br />

What reaction do you want from people? I<br />

would like people to feel that they sort of understand<br />

the painting, but they don’t know why.<br />

What painting would you hang from your<br />

desert-island palm tree? Probably False Forest,<br />

by Nicola Samori.<br />

As told to Alex Leith<br />

Terrarium II will be displayed at the Naked Eye<br />

Gallery, Farm Mews, Hove, in the exhibition Dada<br />

+ 8, Dec 11th-24th , <strong>2015</strong> , alongside Alex Binnie,<br />

Simon Dixon, David Levine, Paul Ostrer, Joseph<br />

Rossi, Jim Sanders and Sarah Shaw.<br />


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StudioMakgill<br />

‘We say a little bit less’<br />

You won’t find much of esteemed creative director<br />

Hamish Makgill’s portfolio with a Google search.<br />

“I see a lot of agencies spending all their time promoting<br />

themselves,” he tells me. At StudioMakgill,<br />

“what we do is, we say a little bit less.”<br />

It may seem strange that a branding agency might<br />

choose to go light on communications, but for<br />

Hamish, whose manifesto is to produce “beautifully<br />

simple design”, it fits. It’s not about minimalism, he<br />

says, more about subtraction.<br />

“My mother’s a painter,” says Hamish. “I saw it in<br />

her work when I was quite young, she would describe<br />

something - a shape, a body, whatever it was<br />

- by drawing what was round it.” From early on,<br />

it seems Hamish learnt the approach he has been<br />

playing with throughout his career. “You don’t always<br />

have to draw exactly what’s in front of you:<br />

sometimes you can do it through negative space.”<br />

You can see these games in StudioMakgill’s diecut<br />

‘Applied’ series for the luxury paper company<br />

GF Smith, and in their identity for The Lollipop<br />

Shoppe in <strong>Brighton</strong>, whose sleek logo appears cut<br />

from a stencil. Their design for the 2014 It’s Nice<br />

That Annual also shows how StudioMakgill deals<br />

with a complex issue simply: using postcards to create<br />

50 unique covers for a book featuring a plethora<br />

of creative talent.<br />

Hamish set up his first studio Red Design in<br />


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<strong>Brighton</strong> over twenty years ago. Fresh out of college,<br />

he and his business partner focused on music<br />

packaging design. “It was a really lovely organic<br />

business,” he says, “we’d go out clubbing and come<br />

back on Monday with a load more clients.” After<br />

nine years however, Hamish decided he wanted to<br />

get away from the music industry. It “seemed punishingly<br />

commercial for something that protests to<br />

be so creative”.<br />

Hamish spent a few years working for top London<br />

branding agency BB Saunders, working to an ethos<br />

he respects, “that everyone deserves great design”<br />

for clients like Tate, UBS and Heart FM. It was,<br />

however, always going to be “a short period of industrial<br />

espionage” before he set up independently<br />

again in 2007.<br />

“I was lecturing at <strong>Brighton</strong> so I had a small income<br />

coming in but it was absolutely nail-biting. And<br />

then the recession happened within eight months<br />

of setting up. I lost a load of money with a client<br />

who went bankrupt overnight, and it proceeded,<br />

three or four years of really uphill work. But we<br />

managed. The quality of our work shone through<br />

and we ended up growing, ever so slowly, in a really<br />

tough climate.”<br />

StudioMakgill specialises in design for print, something<br />

often said to be dead in the face of digital,<br />

but Hamish disagrees. “Until they do something to<br />

screens that entertains the sense of touch, we’re fine.<br />

“Even though there are some quality digital experiences<br />

that are absolutely mindblowingly clever, we<br />

are hooked on reality. Nature is becoming increasingly<br />

important in conversations at the moment. I<br />

see print like that: there’s a need to touch and smell<br />

and believe in real things.” Chloë King<br />

studiomakgill.com<br />


talking shop<br />

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Little Beach Boutique<br />

Every object tells a story<br />

How long have you been<br />

running Little Beach Boutique?<br />

The shop began in a<br />

fisherman’s arch in the Artists’<br />

Quarter in 2011 and after<br />

three years there I moved<br />

to a larger space in North<br />

Laine where I could expand<br />

the range of what I sell and<br />

start making my glass onsite.<br />

Glass-making was a hobby at<br />

first - I was working as a support<br />

worker for a charity and<br />

teaching myself in my spare<br />

time. The seafront shop was a<br />

great place to learn the principles<br />

of selling my own work<br />

and running a small business,<br />

so last year I decided to take<br />

the plunge and throw myself in<br />

full time.<br />

Is everything you sell here<br />

made locally? I stock as many local makers as<br />

possible – lampshades made by Joanna Corney in<br />

Hove, and Bee Cosmetics which are made by local<br />

bee keepers – but a few of the items are made<br />

further away. The felted slippers I design here, but<br />

they are made by a co-operative in Kathmandu. I<br />

go out there every January to volunteer in an orphanage<br />

and I met someone who was already making<br />

felt slippers, so we came up with this idea that<br />

I would design some and he would get them made.<br />

He employs 12 women, he pays them a good wage<br />

and pays for their education too.<br />

How do you choose new products to stock? I<br />

look for as much of a story as possible. The concept<br />

I had for the shop before I opened it was that it<br />

would be a warm and friendly place<br />

that people would come and have a<br />

wander around and read the stories<br />

behind each product. And I try to<br />

find things which you wouldn’t<br />

find anywhere else. I think that’s<br />

why people come to North Laine<br />

to shop, because you’ll find things<br />

here that you wouldn’t see anywhere<br />

else.<br />

Tell us about your glass-making<br />

courses. I teach them once<br />

a month in the workshop downstairs,<br />

but I’m planning on doing<br />

much more in the New Year. Lots<br />

of people like to learn something<br />

new in January. Usually the people<br />

who come along are into craft,<br />

or they might have done a bit of<br />

stained glass, but it’s generally the<br />

first time they’ve tried fused glass.<br />

With stained glass you have to<br />

be very precise, but with fused glass, people find<br />

it surprising that they can produce something so<br />

beautiful in such a short time.<br />

What does fused glass involve? It’s almost like<br />

doing a collage, assembling glass in layers and then<br />

firing the pieces up to 770°. The glass melts a bit<br />

like treacle in the kiln and cools to form a solid tile.<br />

I can add colour and texture using metals, like copper,<br />

or enamels. Bicarbonate of soda makes lovely<br />

bubbles! For some of my more detailed designs<br />

I’ll draw the illustration by hand to start with and<br />

use it to make a silk screen. Then I’ll print it with<br />

enamel onto one of the layers of glass... but that’s a<br />

bit complex for a beginners’ course! RC<br />

74 North Rd, littlebeachboutique.com<br />

Photos by Rebecca Cunningham<br />


Design and manufacture of<br />

special fitted storage solutions.<br />

Shelving, cupboards, kitchens<br />

and one-off pieces of furniture,<br />

in a modern style.<br />

Commissions taken in London<br />

and the South East.<br />

Call Patrick on 01273551839 or<br />

07501767170 for a free quote.<br />

Or you can email me on<br />

patrick@upfunt.com<br />


talking shop<br />

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Baroque Jewellery<br />

Sapphires, diamonds... and dinosaur bones<br />

How did you get into<br />

jewellery-making? Jason:<br />

I started as an apprentice in<br />

London and went to do a<br />

jewellery course at Sir John<br />

Cass. Then I started at Graff<br />

Diamonds and I was there for<br />

about 20 years - I still make<br />

pieces for them now.<br />

Pippa: I went to art college<br />

and worked for a jeweller in<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> before I decided<br />

to design and make my own<br />

range from a studio in New<br />

England House. Then Jason<br />

came along and we started to<br />

work together. We thought,<br />

why not try setting up a shop<br />

ourselves? We now have two<br />

more jewellers working with<br />

us and two sales consultants who help customers turn<br />

their ideas into jewellery.<br />

With so many jewellery makers, how do you split<br />

the workload? J: Most of our work goes through<br />

all of us; first a customer will have a chat with Aaron<br />

at the front, and talk about what they’re looking for;<br />

then we’ll talk about what kind of stones they want,<br />

sapphires, rubies, diamonds; Pippa will help them to<br />

choose the stones they want and order them in. We<br />

can do drawings for them and make up some silver<br />

models if they want to see what the finished piece<br />

will look like. I’m the mounter so I make the metal<br />

parts, then Andy sets the stones. Finally the piece<br />

goes to Rosie who does the finishing and polishing.<br />

How much of the work you do is bespoke?<br />

J: Most of our pieces are bespoke, at least three<br />

quarters. Most people want<br />

to tweak something, whether<br />

it’s the price or the style or the<br />

stone. Sometimes people come<br />

in with a sketch or pictures that<br />

they like. Pinterest boards can<br />

be really useful for giving an<br />

idea of the types of styles people<br />

prefer. I like to get an idea of<br />

where the customer is coming<br />

from, style-wise – if they like<br />

vintage jewellery or something<br />

more contemporary.<br />

P: We get a lot of guys looking<br />

for engagement rings, who’ve<br />

been given a few hints. It’s really<br />

nice guiding them through that<br />

process. More often than not<br />

they know their partner better<br />

than they think they do.<br />

When is the busiest time of year for engagements?<br />

P: It’s quite evenly spread throughout the<br />

year. Once or twice, people have bought a ring in<br />

advance and then Aaron will build a window display<br />

around it, with rose petals… that’s always lovely.<br />

What’s the most unusual commission you’ve<br />

had? J: Once a guy brought in a real shark’s jaw and<br />

asked me to make a ring modelled on it. I had to sit<br />

with this huge thing on my lap carving a miniature<br />

version out of wax. And we’ve worked with some<br />

unusual materials, like dinosaur bone. Different compounds<br />

in the earth change the colour of the bone so<br />

it comes in really bright colours.<br />

P: Generally, the more unusual the commission, the<br />

more unusual the customer! Rebecca Cunningham<br />

baroquejewellery.com<br />

Photos by Rebecca Cunningham<br />


Made in<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong><br />

Gifts for the (BN) one you love...<br />

Top to bottom:<br />

Christmas cards<br />

designed by Naomi<br />

Sloman, £8 for pack of<br />

4, naomisloman.co.uk.<br />

Reindeer snowflake stamp,<br />

£16.50, noolibird.com. Gift<br />

tags by Lola Hoad, £5.50<br />

for 6, lolahoaddesign.<br />

co.uk.<br />

Organic cotton poncho<br />

with personalised patch, £39,<br />

cubbkids.co.uk. Letterbox craft<br />

kits, £13.95, LetterboxKits on Etsy.<br />

com. Paper Play by Lydia Crook, £9.99,<br />

available at the Book Nook in Hove.<br />


Top to<br />

bottom: Star<br />

Wars retro<br />

travel posters, from<br />

£4.50, TeacupPiranha<br />

on Etsy.com. Advent<br />

candle made by Ellie Ellie,<br />

£15 each, ellieellie.<br />

co.uk. Fox canvas bag<br />

by Nell Harper,<br />

£65, nellharper.<br />

co.uk. 12<br />

(Sussex) beers<br />

of Christmas by<br />

Bison Beer, £40 per<br />

case, 7 East Street,<br />

delivery available.<br />

Hanging organiser, £38, witshop.co.uk.<br />

Personalised leather bracelet, from £24,<br />

tamanarodesjewellery.co.uk. <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

desktop calendar by Martha Mitchell, £12,<br />

marthamdesign.com.<br />






iscount valid until 8/01/16

community<br />

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The Real Junk Food Project<br />

Waste not want not<br />

It’s 12.30 on a Friday and One<br />

Church on Gloucester Place<br />

is a hive of activity. People in<br />

‘feed bellies not bins’ t-shirts<br />

are busily transforming the<br />

church hall into a pop-up café.<br />

Imogen Richmond-Bishop, one<br />

of the directors of the Real Junk<br />

Food Project, is filling glasses<br />

of freshly squeezed orange<br />

juice, from jugs. We roll up our<br />

sleeves and start pouring, too.<br />

This is the Real Junk Food<br />

Project’s ‘pay as you feel’<br />

Friday café. Part of a global, organic<br />

network, the project was created to divert food<br />

destined for waste and use it to create healthy meals.<br />

The <strong>Brighton</strong> project was set up in November 2014<br />

by Adam Buckingham and four other like-minded<br />

directors and, along with a team of volunteers,<br />

they’re providing around 350 meals a week.<br />

One of the volunteer cooks tells us “it’s like Ready,<br />

Steady, Cook! every day… you have to get creative<br />

with ingredients.” Today it’s aubergines but<br />

another day it will be carrots. “That’s how it goes,”<br />

he tells us, clearly relishing the challenge.<br />

The challenge is well met and the counter fills<br />

with delicious-looking dishes. Imogen explains<br />

that, whilst it’s called the Real Junk Food Project,<br />

they don’t serve junk. Today’s menu: chilli & rice,<br />

tortellini, lentil & pumpkin soup, tortilla, aubergine<br />

tuna fish roll-up, roasted veg, guacamole,<br />

salads and baked bananas with chocolate sauce.<br />

There are cakes and doughnuts too and in-house<br />

trained baristas serve proper coffees for a pound.<br />

At one o’clock the doors open and an orderly and<br />

eclectic queue of diners moves along the counter,<br />

plates piling high with wholesome<br />

fresh food, bowls of steaming<br />

soup and crusty bread. It’s a<br />

very <strong>Brighton</strong> crowd. Students,<br />

young mums, bearded hipsters,<br />

some older people, some<br />

homeless individuals, friends<br />

meeting for lunch. Soon the hall<br />

is buzzing.<br />

The ingredients come from<br />

supermarkets, from wholesalers,<br />

shops and restaurants and would<br />

otherwise be destined for landfill.<br />

They have intercepted 18,500kg<br />

of food since February alone.<br />

The surplus that hasn’t been used by the kitchen<br />

is available for the diners to take, again leaving a<br />

donation in the bucket. Today there are a thousand<br />

eggs, trays of onions and potatoes, bags of radishes<br />

and dozens and dozens of tins of beans.<br />

Funds raised go towards keeping the project<br />

running: maintaining the collection vehicles and<br />

kitchen equipment, and buying the few ingredients<br />

they need to pay for (some cooking oil and spices<br />

but not much else). The project is a marriage of<br />

simple but compelling ideas; that food waste is<br />

fundamentally wrong and that many people are<br />

hungry for healthy food. It all leaves me wondering<br />

why there isn’t a pay-as-you-feel café in every<br />

neighbourhood. Lizzie Lower<br />

One Church, Gloucester Place, Fri 1-2.30pm. There<br />

are also cafes at Hollingdean Community Centre<br />

(every Thurs) and at The Hive, Stoneham Road,<br />

Hove (1st Wed of each month) both from 1-2.30pm.<br />

The project desperately needs more storage facilities.<br />

If you want to get involved, or have surplus<br />

food please visit realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk<br />


the way we work<br />

The Real Junk Food Project have been cooking up a feast, using food which was<br />

otherwise destined to end up in the bin. We sent Adam Bronkhorst to meet a few<br />

of the team, busily peeling and chopping to get ready for their lunchtime café at<br />

One Church on Gloucester Place, asking each of them:<br />

What’s your favourite comfort food?<br />

adambronkhorst.com | 07879 401 333<br />

Adam Buckingham<br />

Butternut squash risotto.

the way we work<br />

Minna Lukkarinen<br />

Roasted cassava with guacamole.

the way we work<br />

Imogen Richmond-Bishop<br />

Mixed vegetable satay with brown rice.

the way we work<br />

Sam Redfern<br />

Trifle (with just a little bit of sherry).

the way we work<br />

Chris Undrell<br />

Shepherd’s pie.

the way we work<br />

George Beard<br />

Toast with chocolate spread.

Food & Drink directory<br />

Twenty One Wines<br />

We are a small family run independent wine merchant based in the Lanes,<br />

providing a comprehensive selection of quality wines, spirits and beers from<br />

around the world. We distinguish ourselves by having tasted and chosen<br />

each wine in the shop, so we are really well placed to suggest wines meeting<br />

the needs of our clients, or even something completely different to what<br />

they would normally drink. Independent wine shops should be a place for<br />

people to learn and share their great experiences with wine and that is why<br />

we also offer fun and relaxed informative tastings in store through the year.<br />

21 Prince Albert Street, 01273 776096, twentyonewines.com<br />

No.32<br />

No.32 has it all and<br />

more in this all-in-one<br />

venue. A restaurant, bar<br />

and club in the heart of<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>, serving freshly<br />

made food and drink<br />

seven days a week. From traditional grills to<br />

fashionable burgers to freshly made cocktails.<br />

With the sound of great music from local DJs<br />

you can eat, drink and dance at this all-encompassing<br />

modern setting, so come and visit us for<br />

an evening to remember!<br />

Burgers, grills, bites, platters, sandwiches, salads.<br />

Modern & classic cocktails. Craft & draught<br />

beers. Happy hour Sundays - Fridays 5-7pm.<br />

No.32 is a restaurant, bar and exclusive late<br />

night venue in <strong>Brighton</strong> with regular live<br />

music and special events.<br />

32 Duke Street, 01273 773388, no32dukestreet.com<br />

Terre à Terre<br />

The Terre à<br />

Terre Christmas<br />

Menu is<br />

renowned for its<br />

cheeky puns as<br />

well as its delicious<br />

flavours.<br />

No difference<br />

this year with<br />

dishes like Santa Soubise, KFC - Korean fried<br />

cauliflower, Blewits and Baubles, Tart the Herald<br />

Angels Swing, alongside many more great<br />

choices. Set menu and party menu available<br />

throughout the season and don’t forget their<br />

fabulous chef-made truffles, chutneys and<br />

hampers and off licence organic wines – a one<br />

stop solution for all foodies this Christmas!<br />

71 East Street, 01273 729051, terreaterre.co.uk<br />

Hotel Chocolat<br />

Nestled in the centre of <strong>Brighton</strong>’s vibrant Lanes is<br />

a seaside treasure waiting to be discovered. We’re<br />

just a short stroll down from Churchill Square<br />

shopping centre, so if you’d like to experience the hedonism of pure<br />

and indulgent chocolate like you’ve never experienced it before, then<br />

our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to introduce you to<br />

a wide variety of unique flavours - whether you’re looking for the<br />

perfect gift, or a special treat. We’ve got everything you need to make<br />

it a truly magical Christmas from our luxury boxed chocolates to our<br />

large festive wreaths.<br />

11 Duke Street, <strong>Brighton</strong>, BN1 1AH

advertorial<br />

Boho Gelato<br />

6 Pool Valley, 01273 727205, bohogelato.co.uk<br />

Ranging from Vanilla to Violet, Mango to Mojito and Apple<br />

to Avocado, Boho’s flavours are made daily on the premises<br />

using locally produced milk and cream and fresh ingredients.<br />

24 flavours are available at any time (taken from their<br />

list of now over 400) and, for vegans, Boho Gelato always<br />

stock at least five non-dairy flavours. Gelato and sorbet<br />

is served in cups or cones or take-away boxes.They were<br />

recently included in the Telegraph’s top 10 ice creams in the<br />

UK and last summer were featured in Waitrose Magazine.<br />

bohogelato.co.uk<br />

Saint Andrew’s Lane, Lewes, 01273 488600<br />

1 Hove Place, Hove, 01273 737869, thebetterhalfpub.co.uk<br />

Pelham House, Lewes<br />

A beautiful 16th-century four-star town house<br />

hotel that has been exquisitely restored to create<br />

an elegant venue. With beautiful gardens, a<br />

stylish restaurant and plenty of private dining<br />

and meeting rooms it is the perfect venue for<br />

both small and larger parties.<br />

pelhamhouse.com<br />

Facebook: Pelham.house<br />

Twitter: @pelhamlewes<br />

The Better Half<br />

The Better Half pub has put the heart and soul<br />

back into one of the oldest public houses in the city<br />

just off Hove seafront. There’s a superb wine and<br />

spirits list and some great ales and ciders on offer,<br />

as well as a hearty and wholesome menu to enjoy,<br />

making the best of local ingredients. The Better<br />

Half is relaxed, friendly and easy-going, making all<br />

feel welcome and comfortable when you visit.<br />

“We’re just around the corner.”<br />

Ten Green Bottles<br />

Wine shop or bar? Both, actually... wine to take away<br />

or drink in, nibbles and food available. Many wines<br />

imported direct from artisan producers. We also offer<br />

relaxed, fun, informal private wine-tasting sessions from<br />

just two people up to 30 and for any level of wine knowledge - we encourage you<br />

to ask questions and set the pace. We also offer tastings in your home or office,<br />

and will come to you with everything you’ll need for a fun, informative and even<br />

competitive evening. The best-value destination for great wine in <strong>Brighton</strong>!<br />

9 Jubilee Street, 01273 567176, tengreenbottles.com

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Coffeetzar<br />

Cuban coffee and honey dough balls<br />

“Have you got any cakes,” I ask the girl behind<br />

the counter at Coffeetzar, in Trafalgar Street. I’ve<br />

seen the upmarket savoury snacks piled up in<br />

front of her – all spinach & ricotta pies and richly<br />

filled sandwiches – but have somehow missed the three-tier shelf of cakes sitting in the window to her right.<br />

She alerts me to its existence and patiently embarks on what sounds like a well versed litany: “We have spiced<br />

latte and pumpkin cake, vegan chocolate cake, carrot cake with cream cheese and orange zest, gluten-free<br />

organic lavender & goji berry cake, pear and plum Victoria sponge, honey-coated dough balls…<br />

Seeing that there are at least ten more cakes to list, each of which is likely to have several adjectives, I stop her<br />

there, opting for the dough balls, and a large Americano, and take a stool by the window. The coffee comes<br />

first; Santiago coffee, from Cuba, she tells me, and better than any coffee I tasted while I was in that country.<br />

The doughballs, when they arrive, have been sprinkled with cinnamon and walnut crumbs, and the drink and<br />

food complement one another perfectly, all that bitterness and chewiness and sweetness and crunchiness.<br />

It’s not packed, but there’s a steady stream of people, and I can see why: those cakes are going to pull a lot of<br />

passers-by into the café’s minimalist, white-painted interior. As I’m about to leave two ladies arrive, asking<br />

about them. The girl takes a deep breath... “We have spiced latte and pumpkin cake, vegan chocolate…” AL

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Fourth & Church<br />

Wine and cheese (and wine…)<br />

Who would want to<br />

open a restaurant or<br />

wine bar these days?<br />

It’s tough.<br />

Just look at the number<br />

that open and close<br />

quicker than you can<br />

make your way from<br />

starter through to a<br />

dessert. Unless you<br />

have a really strong<br />

niche (Silo comes to<br />

mind here) you have<br />

to find your people.<br />

Probably, you have to<br />

find more than one<br />

group of people – the office meeters and the daters;<br />

the ladies who lunch and the tourists; the over-<br />

50-pounders and the under-15-pounders. Jeez.<br />

Hello, then, to Fourth and Church, at the time of<br />

writing the newest place in which to eat and drink<br />

along Church Road in Hove.<br />

I went with Lizzie, who publishes <strong>Viva</strong>. We’ve<br />

known each other about a year and wanted to catch<br />

up while having a glass of wine and some food that<br />

surprised us a little at least. (Meaning that it was<br />

more than ‘we could do this at home’ stuff.)<br />

We bring good news. We liked it. We decided that<br />

Fourth and Church is a wine shop that sells wine<br />

to take home or to drink in house with some food.<br />

But it could be the other way round. Whatever, it<br />

works. The room is nice, the owners and staff know<br />

what they are talking about and really seem to like<br />

what they are doing. We asked for advice and they<br />

were right on the button. What more could you<br />

want on a Wednesday lunchtime?<br />

We had three recommended glasses of wine (Lizzie<br />

one, me two.) Lizzie<br />

had a refreshing,<br />

crisp, apple-y white<br />

from over the hill at<br />

Plumpton. I’d never<br />

heard of it but it was<br />

a perfect lunchtime<br />

recommendation. I<br />

had a Monastrell red<br />

(deep colour and long<br />

lasting) and a Drink<br />

Me red from Portugal.<br />

With a name like that<br />

I wouldn’t normally go<br />

within a mile of it but<br />

it was delicious. More<br />

fool me. Moral? Ask for help.<br />

To eat, we had a series of small plates of ‘sort of<br />

but not quite’ tapas. The caramelized onion tart<br />

was what it said but very, very good. The roasted<br />

spice squash and aubergine was lemony and creamy<br />

at the same time. The two salads – Cannellini bean<br />

with chilli, lemon, fennel and orange and the roast<br />

root vegetable, were dead simple, delicious and<br />

much better than I could have done at home. The<br />

cheeses – Mrs. Kirkham’s famous Lancashire and<br />

the Stichelton English blue with piccalilli – were<br />

delicious partly because they were room-warm and<br />

had been allowed to be real cheese and partly because<br />

I realised Lizzie likes anything with piccalilli.<br />

Fourth and Church isn’t trying to change the<br />

world. With a little luck, though, it is going to give<br />

a lot of people a very pleasurable time with good<br />

food, good wine and good service. We’re going<br />

back for sure. Martin Skelton<br />

Fourth & Church, 84 Church Road<br />

01273 724709, fourthandchurch.com<br />


Photo by Lisa Devlin, cakefordinner.co.uk<br />


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Glögi<br />

There are very few things more Christmassy than a glass of hot mulled wine,<br />

or for Northern Lights’ Finnish co-owner, Pauliina Talvensaari,<br />

a glass of Glögi… best enjoyed with some homemade gingerbread.<br />

Christmas Eve is the main event in Finland; you all<br />

sit down to a big meal and the kids know that once<br />

dinner is finished, that’s when Santa Claus is coming.<br />

Except he’s not called Santa Claus, he’s called<br />

Joulupukki, which translates as ‘Yule Goat’. He<br />

looks the same as Santa Claus here nowadays, but<br />

traditionally he used to be an old man with these<br />

big horns coming out of his head. He was a bit<br />

nastier then – not like the man in the Coca Cola<br />

advert. So the kids will all be eating their dinner as<br />

fast as they can, while the adults are relaxing and<br />

enjoying the food and the atmosphere. Then there<br />

is a loud knock at the door. The children are so<br />

excited and a little bit scared. Santa comes in with<br />

this great big sack full of presents. Usually he asks<br />

the kids to sing to him first, and then he asks each<br />

of them, ‘have you been good or bad?’<br />

The traditional Christmas dinner would be a big<br />

ham – a Christmas ham. Then we have root vegetable<br />

casseroles, like carrot casserole, potato casserole,<br />

swede casserole. Then there’s gravlax. The<br />

pudding we would have is a sort of rice pudding,<br />

and into the pot you put one almond. Whoever<br />

gets the almond will have good luck for the next<br />

year. It all sounds a bit strange and pagan, but even<br />

the adults will be eating the porridge like crazy<br />

trying to find the almond. I’ve never seen people<br />

eating so much porridge!<br />

One bit I forgot to mention is that it’s traditional<br />

before the dinner to go to the sauna. I think the<br />

idea is to be relaxed and refreshed, and clean and<br />

ready to enjoy your meal. Nearly everybody has<br />

their own sauna. It sounds a bit unusual but, it’s<br />

Finland. It’s got probably more saunas than houses.<br />

The thing I like most about Christmas is having all<br />

of the children round, even though my kids aren’t<br />

really children anymore, they’re both grown up –<br />

but they’re always children for their mum. After<br />

the excitement of Santa is over and the children<br />

chill out, you don’t have to rush anywhere, you can<br />

enjoy spending time with your family and friends.<br />

After all of the food, we drink the Glögi. People<br />

enjoy it all around Norway and Sweden and Finland.<br />

Traditionally it’s a Christmas drink, but at the<br />

Northern Lights we serve it all winter – it’s really<br />

popular when it starts to get a little bit colder. It’s<br />

different to mulled wine; it’s more berry-based, we<br />

don’t use any citrus ingredients.<br />

You need a good quality blackcurrant cordial, and<br />

you add cinnamon sticks, cloves – you can add<br />

ginger if you like, or cardamom – stick it all in a<br />

pan and boil it for at least half an hour to give the<br />

flavours of the spices time to soak into the cordial.<br />

Then sieve the spices out.<br />

You need about one fifth of the cordial to four<br />

fifths of red wine, because the blackcurrant has<br />

boiled down and reduced, so the flavour is quite<br />

intense. Depending on the wine you use, you<br />

might want to add sugar – I use a little bit of soft<br />

dark brown sugar – but you just have to taste it and<br />

see. Then the drink is ready. We serve it Nordicstyle,<br />

with flaked almonds and raisins sprinkled in<br />

just before drinking. As told to Rebecca Cunningham<br />

northernlightsbrighton.co.uk<br />


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Purezza<br />

Gluten-free, vegan pizza<br />

I try out Purezza, the new pizza joint on St James Street, on<br />

the first day it’s open. It’s a mid-November Monday lunchtime,<br />

and it’s empty, apart from another couple, who’ve just<br />

arrived too. The name of the place means ‘purity’ in Italian,<br />

and it’s so named because the restaurant strives to produce food with, in their words, ‘maximum nutritional<br />

value and minimal environmental impact’. All the food they sell is vegan, most of it is gluten free, too.<br />

I opt for a Margherita (£7.50), the classic pizza, thinking that it’s the best choice if I want to see what difference<br />

having vegan cheese instead of mozzarella will make. Theirs, I’ve found out, is coconut based and ‘melts beautifully<br />

in our stonebaked oven’. “You want gluten free?” asks the waitress, who, from her accent and simplicity of<br />

syntax, is 100% authentic Italian. “In for a penny,” I think, and say yes.<br />

The pizza arrives five minutes later, laid neatly on a red chopping board, a pizza slicer tucked underneath one<br />

side of its crust. It certainly looks like a pizza…. And when I tuck into a slice, I realise it tastes like one, too. The<br />

base hasn’t quite got that crunch… the ‘cheese’ isn’t quite as creamy as good mozzarella but…<br />

“Dairy free… and gluten free?” says a guy who’s walked in, wearing some sort of smock. “Wow, I haven’t had<br />

a pizza in years.” I don’t catch what flavour he goes for, but I do catch the look of excitement on his face as he<br />

sits down and waits for it. Being a gluten-tolerant carnivore, I doubt I’ll be frequenting Purezza that much; I’m<br />

sure he’ll be back. AL<br />






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Edible Updates<br />

If you haven’t been to the Martha Gunn for a bit you might be<br />

surprised to hear its name in this column: it long had the reputation of<br />

being one of the roughest boozers in town. Well things have changed,<br />

and then some, and now The Pickled Kitchen, who cut their culinary<br />

teeth at the Park Crescent, have moved their operation lock, stock and<br />

barrel to Upper Lewes Road. Anya, founder of TPK, has a menu of classic pub fare – burgers with tasty<br />

extras, fish and chips, sirloin steak, roasts on a Sunday – supplemented with Polish fare, like pierogi dumplings,<br />

vodka-marinated herring, and goblaki cabbage parcels. ‘Palce lizac!’ as they say in Krakow.<br />

Meanwhile, Hove is soon to get yet another new eatery – Kiki and Flowers – serving from their Holland<br />

Road base, if their Facebook page is anything to go by, an imaginative menu of tasty-healthy food. Panroasted<br />

salmon, pomegranates, garlic, shallot and coriander, red and white quinoa mixed with a touch of<br />

fish sauce and lemon, finished with rocket, Greek barrel-aged feta and basil, anyone? Yes please. They’ll<br />

also be selling flowers, it seems.<br />

Finally a couple of seafront announcements: looks like Patterns, at 10 Marine Parade, will be opening<br />

their kitchen some time this month. And, just a few hundred yards to the west, a big <strong>Viva</strong> welcome to the<br />

city’s latest American-style food joint, Stock Burger Co, opening at 137 Kings Road on <strong>December</strong> 12th,<br />

and throwing together that now-classic combination of gourmet burgers and craft beers. It’s one of those<br />

places that looks from its publicity to be part of a chain, but which turns out to be an indie. Yee-hah.<br />

Photo courtesy of Kiki’s<br />


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Wreckless Eric<br />

Homespun pop god<br />

“I made these home-made records and people<br />

said ‘you can’t do that’ and I’d say ‘well I just<br />

did.’” Eric Boulden, aka Wreckless Eric, takes<br />

a sip of his soda water, and, in that nasal Sussexy<br />

voice of his, carries on his rant. “I mean,<br />

what’s going to happen, are the you-can’t-dothat<br />

police going to come and arrest me in the<br />

middle of the night?”<br />

We’re in the Prince Albert, on Trafalgar<br />

Street. Eric’s over from upstate New York,<br />

back in his home patch for a bit, before<br />

embarking on a European tour. He looks like<br />

he feels at home, and well he might: he was<br />

brought up in Newhaven and went to school<br />

in Lewes; he lived in <strong>Brighton</strong> for a spell<br />

in the nineties; his mum and sister still live<br />

either side of the city.<br />

Eric is something of a musician’s musician.<br />

Back in 1976, he was signed by the maverick<br />

independent label Stiff Records, alongside<br />

other emerging artists like Ian Dury and<br />

Elvis Costello. The first single he made for<br />

Stiff, Whole Wide World, was a big hit in the<br />

indie chart and remains a classic, much loved<br />

by John Peel at the time, and since covered<br />

by the likes of The Proclaimers and The<br />

Monkees.<br />

I’ve spent much of the afternoon listening to<br />

Eric’s latest album, amERICa, which has just<br />

been released by Fire Records, and much of<br />

the week preceding the interview humming<br />

Whole Wide World in my head. It’s a hell of a<br />

catchy song, but the new stuff’s pretty good<br />

too: it’s refreshing to see a bloke in his sixties<br />

still creating viable music. “I don’t [just] want<br />

to play all my old songs,” he says, when I put<br />

this to him, in so many words. “They all turn<br />

into old songs eventually, and you wouldn’t<br />

have any room for any new ones, and basically<br />

you become a nostalgia act. You become<br />

creatively stuck if you do that. I know there<br />

are bands who are my age, and when they play<br />

they try to sneak a couple of new ones in. But<br />

I think it’s much more viable to play new stuff<br />


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and pop a couple of old ones in. I prefer it to<br />

be… relevant.”<br />

I wonder if he ever plays a gig without doing<br />

his biggest hit. Does he not get sick of it? “I<br />

have done gigs where I haven’t played it, but<br />

I generally do. Like, always, now. Because it’s<br />

every kid’s dream… it’s a fucking hit record!<br />

Sometimes I feel like a bogus pop star but<br />

having a hit record is something that touches<br />

people. I mean it’s fucking great. You just<br />

watch the effect that it has on people. I mean<br />

they love that song. And I wrote it. It’s mine.”<br />

After making a couple of LPs with Stiff, Eric<br />

became disillusioned with the record label<br />

– “a few people decided they could make<br />

money out of it, and the wit and the art went<br />

out of it” - and pretty soon with record labels<br />

in general. He decided to go underground,<br />

and record his own music, which he has been<br />

doing throughout the intervening period, in<br />

Sussex, then France, then upstate New York,<br />

where he now lives with his singer-songwriter<br />

wife, Amy Rigby; their house doubles<br />

up as a recording studio. “I haven’t made a<br />

record in a proper studio since 1984. You<br />

should never let anyone else be your editor.<br />

Because they don’t know how the trick<br />

works. You’re the magician, you know how<br />

the trick works. That’s the whole point. I just<br />

think doing things yourself is a lot more of<br />

an adventure. There’s a lot more danger in it,<br />

there’s more interesting risk in it.”<br />

Having said that, he admits that if he had<br />

his days again, he wouldn’t do anything<br />

differently, a sentiment he expresses in the<br />

opening single of the new album, Several<br />

Shades of Green. “I feel I probably would have<br />

fucked up the things that I fucked up and not<br />

fucked up the things that I didn’t fuck up,”<br />

he says. Another track on the new album,<br />

Days of My Life, further explores this idea of<br />

banishing regret. “You waste all these days<br />

and you know, you get to the point when<br />

you realise ‘that’s no fucking good’. You’ve<br />

only got one set of days so you’d better try<br />

and make them good. Enjoy them. And live<br />

in the moment. And not be looking into the<br />

past and not be looking at the future the<br />

whole time.”<br />

As a parting shot, I ask Eric if, after all these<br />

years, he has started to feel like a genuine<br />

pop star, and the defiant look drops from his<br />

eyes. “I knew I was going to be a pop star<br />

from age nine,” he says. “But by the time I<br />

left school… I wanted to be an artist. And I<br />

think that’s what I was. I mean I think that’s<br />

what I am. I mean I’ve never really done<br />

anything else. And I write and I paint and I<br />

make music. So I think that… I dunno… I<br />

think that after all this time I can describe<br />

myself as an artist.” And I say “I’ll drink to<br />

that,” and I sink the remains of my Harveys,<br />

and we wander out to take pictures. AL<br />

Wreckless Eric plays at Komedia, Dec 2nd,<br />

7.30pm (£12)<br />


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Photo by Antony Mayfield<br />

Burning the Clocks<br />

Make your own lantern<br />

On the 21st of this month, the shortest day of<br />

the year, the streets will be filled with a lanternlit<br />

procession celebrating the passing of time.<br />

Burning the Clocks is in its 22nd year – give or<br />

take the occasional cancellation due to extreme<br />

weather – and there are expected to be over<br />

20,000 spectators at this year’s event.<br />

The parade is run by Same Sky, a community arts<br />

charity that holds events across the South East of<br />

England, including the popular Children’s Parade<br />

in May. Last month they held Adur Sea of Lights<br />

just down the road in Lancing, and in October<br />

they organised a day of spectacular Diwali celebrations<br />

further afield in Watford.<br />

Their aim is to involve everybody in arts and<br />

community events, whatever their background.<br />

In the lead up to an event, they hold workshops,<br />

teaching young people how to build their own<br />

willow lanterns so that they can take part in the<br />

procession. Students at local colleges are invited<br />

to come along to their studio space in Belmont<br />

Street and with the help of a team of freelance<br />

artists and sculptors, work on their own lanterns.<br />

This annual event receives a contribution from<br />

the council, but Same Sky rely on the support of<br />

local people and businesses to be able to keep it<br />

going. They are running a kickstarter campaign<br />

until the 17th, aiming to raise a total of £3,000 for<br />

this year. Rewards for backers range from entry<br />

into the fire site, where you can help place the<br />

lanterns into the bonfire, to a limited edition print<br />

by local artist Graham Carter.<br />

You can get involved and make your own lantern,<br />

even if you’ve never made one before, using one<br />

of their lantern-making kits. Pick one up from<br />

The Wood Store at their new home in Preston<br />

Barracks, from the Royal Pavilion shop or from<br />

The Book Nook in Hove. The kit contains all the<br />

materials you’ll need to make two of your own<br />

star lanterns, with full instructions included. You’ll<br />

also get four wrist bands so that you can join in<br />

with the parade and have access to the viewing<br />

area on Madeira Drive where you can watch the<br />

Fire Show. Each kit costs £22.<br />

This year’s theme is ‘The Cosmos’. Use this as<br />

inspiration for you own unique lantern design,<br />

and find out more at samesky.co.uk<br />

Rebecca Cunningham<br />


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Jingle bells<br />

Gift ideas for the cyclist in your life<br />

Looking for a Christmas gift for your cycling-mad<br />

partner or friend? We asked Richard Lambert from<br />

ubyk on Sydney Street for some tips, starting with a<br />

stocking filler and going up in price from there. All the<br />

items are stocked in ubyk but, obviously, you can get<br />

similar items in other bike shops.<br />

Let’s start with a stocking filler. Every cyclist<br />

needs to carry a puncture repair kit around…<br />

here’s one in a nicely designed box, from Lezyne.<br />

Said box can also be used to carry other essential<br />

spares, like spare chain links or even disc brake<br />

pads. £6.99.<br />

Here’s a practical gift for the practical cyclist. A<br />

bundle of cleaning stuff worth £27, which we’re<br />

selling for £20 the lot. There’s 11 litres-worth of<br />

general bike cleaner, some foam degreaser, some<br />

multi-purpose lubricant and some good old chain<br />

lube. If you’re feeling extra generous, you could<br />

do the cleaning, too.<br />

Next up, a Cinelli casual t-shirt, featuring an owl<br />

on some handlebars. Cinelli have a lot of heritage;<br />

they’ve been doing road racing equipment and<br />

gear for years and years. This isn’t for riding in,<br />

it’s for wearing round the place, but you can’t go<br />

wrong with a t-shirt. £21.99.<br />

There are locks, and then there are Hiploks,<br />

which you can wear as a belt so you don’t have to<br />

hang it on your bike. It’s a steel chain, given a solid<br />

bronze rating by Sold Secure. £39.99.<br />

The better your bike is lit up, the safer you’ll be,<br />

when you’re riding at night. The USB-rechargeable<br />

front lights in this Lezyne Hecto & Strip<br />

Drive Set are also bright enough to light up the<br />

road in front of you if you find yourself in a place<br />

with no street lights, like the Undercliff or the<br />

A27 cycle path to Lewes. These cost a cool £55,<br />

but it the sort of thing many cyclists will skimp on,<br />

and thus a good present. And we’re offering 10%<br />

off lights at the moment.<br />

Talking safety, having a good helmet is essential.<br />

This 7idp M2 (£59.99) is for mountain-biking,<br />

but could equally be used by a street cyclist. It’s<br />

an interesting design and an eye-catching colour:<br />

fluorescent stuff is in fashion at the moment, and<br />

if you’re on the road it’ll make you more visible.<br />

Any mountain biker will thank you for a new set<br />

of pedals. These are DMR Vaults (£69.99, down<br />

from £99.99). DMR were one of the first companies<br />

to come up with the modern gripping flat<br />

pedals for mountain bikes, which’ll fit just about<br />

any model. Furthermore the company’s based in<br />

Sussex, so you’ll be buying local.<br />

Finally, if you’re feeling flush, why not buy him<br />

or her a frame? Here we’ve got a Yeti SB4.5c<br />

(£3,000), which is a good all-round mountain bike<br />

frame. Suitable for 29”-inch wheels this frame<br />

constitutes a good mix of efficiency and handling,<br />

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Kurt Hoyte<br />

Run runner<br />

Kurt Hoyte came to<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> in 1981, aged 18, to<br />

study Illustration at the Poly,<br />

and to train in Steve Ovett’s<br />

running group, a bunch of<br />

whippet-lean athletes based<br />

at Withdean. Three-anda-half<br />

decades on, and still<br />

dipping below 10½ stones,<br />

he owns Run, the go to store<br />

in Hove and Worthing for<br />

runners of every stripe. It’s as<br />

far removed from the Sports Direct pile-‘em-highsell-‘em-cheap<br />

ethos as it gets, with customers jogging<br />

along Blatchington Road in mismatched shoes<br />

so the staff can fully analyse their gait and ascertain<br />

precisely what they need for optimal on-and-off<br />

road perambulation.<br />

“Nostalgia tells me that the early 80s was its<br />

heyday, but running was very niche back then,<br />

there was a hardcore club faction, mainly young<br />

blokes, and we revelled in being seen as an oddity,<br />

as quirky. Running at night, especially a Saturday<br />

night, was seen as taboo! Becoming mainstream<br />

has opened it up, normalized it, there’s a far better<br />

gender split, a broader spectrum, and as a retailer<br />

and runner I’m really pleased. There are far more<br />

subsets of runners now – those who do it as a<br />

purely meditative activity through to others who<br />

are solely interested in their performance, and all<br />

shades between.”<br />

The subsets often intersect at 9am on Saturday<br />

mornings at Hove Park and Preston Park, for the<br />

Parkrun phenomenon. Around 700 people, and<br />

a few canines, take part in the 5k runs each week,<br />

with the results, including percentage age-gradings,<br />

posted online later in the day.<br />

The experience is social and<br />

it’s quick, unlike the longdistance<br />

days of yore, when<br />

seasons would seem to change<br />

during single training runs.<br />

“Parkrun has been amazing at<br />

sucking people into the sport.<br />

Prior to that, it had been easy<br />

to simply look through the<br />

lens of how we used to run.<br />

The old-school attitude was<br />

that if you were a runner you ran marathons, or<br />

rather, you raced marathons, and you’d see the hollow<br />

look in people’s eyes as they contemplated the<br />

next one. My attitude is that they’re best enjoyed<br />

as a journey, because you learn the most about<br />

yourself that way, rather than doing them on such a<br />

regular basis that they start to harm your body. I’d<br />

actually lobby pretty hard to make the marathon<br />

distance shorter!”<br />

Fitness apps and gadgets are seen as prerequisites for<br />

many a sports participant these days, with heart rate<br />

and distance turned into graphs. Kurt’s not keen.<br />

“We stock some, but we’re not huge fans, partly to<br />

be a little bit contrary, but also because I prefer to<br />

go on feel. I’ve a drawerful of gizmos, but when I<br />

do a hard interval session, which is my way of feeling<br />

fully alive, then I don’t want to have a gadget<br />

tell me the quality wasn’t great. I don’t use a GPS<br />

because I don’t want to know that I haven’t gone<br />

very far! Headtorches, though, I love. Headlights<br />

for the head! A whole new world opens up.”<br />

Andy Darling<br />

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The Albion: behind the scenes<br />

Mark Hendon: Academy Player Recruitment Coordinator<br />

How long have you been working for the Albion?<br />

I’ve worked in recruitment for ten years now. My<br />

focus is to make sure that all the top football talent<br />

within Sussex comes to our academy. We still have<br />

a bit of competition from bigger clubs like Chelsea<br />

and Arsenal, and you can never expect to keep everyone<br />

in the area but we try our best, and now that we<br />

have top-class facilities it’s a lot easier than before.<br />

I’ve recently read an article that said <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

& Hove Albion was the place to go for young<br />

English footballers. What’s so special about this<br />

club? I think mainly the fact that there’s a great<br />

chance of making it into the first team. If you go to<br />

Arsenal or Chelsea that’s almost impossible, whereas<br />

here we’re working towards the ambitious goal of<br />

having 30% of the first team squad homegrown<br />

through our academy.<br />

How does the scouting process work?<br />

We have some regional centres dedicated<br />

to five-to-eight-year olds where we assess<br />

players over a year or two. We try to get<br />

them into our system early, so we don’t lose<br />

them to other clubs: by introducing them to<br />

the Albion culture (with the aid of the<br />

occasional ticket to the game)<br />

we help them develop an<br />

emotional bond so they<br />

decide to stay here.<br />

About the club’s<br />

philosophy, what<br />

does it mean to<br />

be a member<br />

of the Albion<br />

academy? As<br />

a club, we<br />

want to develop intelligent players both on and off<br />

the pitch. We value their education very highly, so<br />

all the players are advised from early on that they<br />

need to work as hard on their education as they do<br />

on their football, so they have a ‘plan B’ in case they<br />

don’t make it as professional footballers. We’re also<br />

focused on their wellbeing: we try to set up a safe<br />

and happy environment for them to thrive in.<br />

Do you think it’s very important to have some<br />

coaching experience in order to be a good scout?<br />

We try to base our scouting process on our coaching<br />

staff guidelines, so it definitely helps if you know<br />

what to look for. But to be honest, some of our best<br />

scouts over the years have been simple fans: they<br />

don’t do it for the money but because they’re passionate<br />

about the club.<br />

Is scouting more of a science or an art?<br />

Everything’s a lot more modern now<br />

compared to the old days, when you<br />

used to hide behind a tree and write<br />

reports on the back of a cigarette pack.<br />

Now there’s a lot of technology involved:<br />

we record videos, we use spreadsheets,<br />

etc. But in the end the type of<br />

scouting that we’re doing<br />

for young footballers is<br />

still very much going out<br />

on the field watching<br />

games, and that’s it. And<br />

personally, I still enjoy<br />

this old-fashioned way<br />

very much.<br />

Interview by Giacomo<br />

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St Nicholas Church<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>’s oldest building?<br />

Here’s the mystery about St<br />

Nicholas’ Church. Well, one<br />

of the mysteries. Writing<br />

in 1795, the historian Paul<br />

Dunvan claimed the view<br />

from the site ‘would make<br />

a church-goer even of an<br />

infidel’. Dunvan could see<br />

the sea and the countryside<br />

so well because there weren’t<br />

buildings in the way – the<br />

town itself was ‘about two<br />

hundred yards’ down the hill.<br />

St Nick’s was built in the<br />

late 14th century, when the<br />

church would have been<br />

“very much central” to life in the fishing village of<br />

Brighthelmstone, I’m told. So why the awkward<br />

location? It’s speculated that it had previously<br />

been a holy place for pagans; that it offered a good<br />

landmark for fishermen returning to shore; and/or<br />

that it was a good place to light a warning beacon,<br />

or take refuge, in case of invasion.<br />

There had been a local church named after St<br />

Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen, since 1091.<br />

But was it on the same site? What happened to it?<br />

When exactly was this one built? And is it really<br />

the city’s oldest building?<br />

No-one really seems sure, though I think the answer<br />

to the latter question is pretty clear. One night<br />

in 1514, French raiders descended on the village,<br />

and set it on fire. Clifford Musgrave writes that<br />

‘<strong>Brighton</strong> was almost completely destroyed, except<br />

for the church on the hill’.<br />

It was the only church in <strong>Brighton</strong> for many years,<br />

I’m told, but from the 18th century, as the population<br />

rose, other churches and chapels were built,<br />

as well as a ‘gallery’ in St Nick’s, to cram more<br />

people in.<br />

By 1852, the church was in<br />

real need of renovation. It<br />

had a ‘dark, overcrowded and<br />

generally “cluttered up” appearance,<br />

more appropriate<br />

to the hold of a ship than to a<br />

medieval church,’ according<br />

to AF Day’s guidebook. This<br />

was ‘anathema indeed to<br />

the people of “quality” now<br />

being attracted to the new<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>, but greatly loved,<br />

for all its untidiness, by the<br />

ordinary townsfolk.’<br />

The vicar at the time, Henry<br />

Wagner, was a divisive figure - either an energetic<br />

and generous doer of good deeds, or ‘ambitious,<br />

tyrannical, overbearing and selfish’, depending<br />

on who you spoke to. His renovation plans faced<br />

‘determined opposition,’ one guidebook notes.<br />

But with typical wilfulness, he stuck at it, eventually<br />

getting his way ‘by a skilful manoeuvre.’ He<br />

used the fact that the Duke of Wellington, who’d<br />

worshipped at St Nick’s in his youth, had just died.<br />

Why not make the renovation <strong>Brighton</strong>’s tribute to<br />

the heroic Duke? How could people refuse?<br />

With donations from the public, and a decent sum<br />

of Wagner’s own money, a contractor was hired.<br />

‘Like so many Victorian architects,’ Antony Dale<br />

writes, ‘he lacked the feeling that medieval work<br />

was better than anything he could do in his own<br />

time. His restoration of St Nicholas was therefore<br />

very little short of a complete rebuilding’. Pevsner’s<br />

Architectural Guide agrees with this, but notes that<br />

the place still retains ‘the character of a medieval<br />

village church’. Though, alas, not quite such a good<br />

view. Steve Ramsey<br />




#<strong>Brighton</strong>Summit@brightonchamber Photo Credit: www.simoncallaghanphotography.com

ighton business news<br />

.............................................................<br />

In the name of all that’s fiercely independent, the<br />

boys at Bison Beer are leading plans to revive<br />

the derelict lower floors of the Grade II-listed<br />

Clarendon Mansions, at the seaside end of East<br />

Street. Formerly a pub, the building fell vacant<br />

four years ago. In a bid to hold back the arrival of<br />

Burger King on this listed corner of the Lanes - a<br />

bid supported by 11,500 city residents who registered<br />

their concerns in an online petition - they’ve<br />

formed a collective of small local business owners.<br />

Their plan is to open The Bison Arms, a pub that<br />

would champion everything about <strong>Brighton</strong> and<br />

Sussex, with locally sourced craft beers and real<br />

ales served from the tap room, collaborations with<br />

local chefs in the kitchen, local artists designing<br />

the interiors, and exhibitions of work, books and<br />

photographs by local artists and writers. They’re<br />

also looking to fund the project locally and have<br />

started a crowdfunder campaign to help pay for<br />

phase one of the project; reviving the ground<br />

floor and opening the pub doors. Phase two, the<br />

reopening of the lower ground floor, would follow<br />

when the pub is up and running. So they’re inviting<br />

investors, large and small, to become involved<br />

in the project. In return for your contribution<br />

you’ll have a stake in the business as it grows and<br />

enjoy benefits including discounts, events and gifts<br />

– as well as the warm feeling of being there at the<br />

beginning. The Bison Arms will be a pub funded,<br />

built, staffed, supplied and frequented by the<br />

people of <strong>Brighton</strong> and Sussex. A truly local local.<br />

[thebisonarms.co.uk]<br />

There’s more crowdfunding afoot in Shoreham,<br />

where Alice Maplesden and Katy Harris need<br />

help kitting out their pottery workshop in Tarmount<br />

Studios, so that they can offer affordable<br />

classes regardless of age and ability. [crowdfunder.<br />

co.uk/shoreham-pottery]<br />

Don’t forget to shop local and support our<br />

independent traders this Christmas. Stop by<br />

IndieMart at the bottom of North Street for a<br />

whole load of them under one roof. Up the hill in<br />

Hanover, MacMan has been helping <strong>Brighton</strong>’s<br />

Mac users for many years. Their <strong>Brighton</strong> shop, at<br />

46 Quebec Street, has recently been refurbished,<br />

making more room for preowned and new Macs<br />

as well as Apple accessories and Sonos sound systems<br />

(definitely on our Christmas list). They still<br />

offer repairs, upgrades and visits to your home or<br />

business too. 01273 806 939. [themac-man.co.uk]<br />

If your business is thinking of sharing a bit of<br />

good will this Christmas, Chestnut Tree House,<br />

the children’s hospice for Sussex needs your help.<br />

Whether it’s competitive mince-pie eating, musical<br />

Christmas jumper day, or enforced reindeer<br />

antlers and Santa suits (both available from the<br />

hospice’s Fundraising Team), do it to raise a smile<br />

– and a bit of cash – for Chestnut Tree House.<br />

Call 01903 871820 or sign up at chestnut-treehouse.org.uk/getfestive<br />

for a free fundraising pack.<br />


inside left: Western Road, <strong>December</strong> 1955<br />

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This slot is once again filled by a fine picture from the James Gray Collection, of Western Road,<br />

looking east, in <strong>December</strong> 1955. As you can see, a rather regal set of Christmas lights are illuminating<br />

the inky sky as shoppers (mostly women, it seems) wander the streets in search of presents.<br />

This area was all rather grander in those days. On the left you can see British Home Stores, which<br />

then inhabited the lower floors of what is now known as the Primark building (purpose built in<br />

the art-deco style for BHS in 1931). Beyond that are the similarly grand premises of Johnson<br />

Bros furniture store and Woolworth (where the modern building now housing Deichmann and<br />

Topshop now stands). On the right, on the corner of Castle Street, you can see the very voguish<br />

symbol for ILA (which stands for the much less snazzy-sounding Irish Linen and Hosiery<br />

Association, now Vodaphone) beyond which lies Swears and Wells Furriers (now Sony Centre). A<br />

Plymouth-style automobile approaches the camera as shoppers hop on and off the classic Routemaster<br />

bus (the number 6, taking you then, as now, to the Station). Rationing was finally over, Bill<br />

Haley was number 1 in the charts with Rock around the Clock, and the Albion were riding high in<br />

Division 3 (South) with Albert Mundy banging in the goals. Churchill Square wasn’t yet a twinkle<br />

in a property developer’s eye. <strong>Brighton</strong>ians had never had it so good.<br />

Thanks, as ever, to the Regency Society for the use of this picture. You can find the whole James Gray<br />

Collection online at regencysociety-jamesgray.com.<br />


eeze up<br />

to the Downs...<br />

kids go<br />

free!<br />

See ‘Breeze’<br />

leaflets for details<br />

These<br />

buses run on<br />

Boxing Day<br />

& New Year’s<br />

Day too!<br />

You can now breeze up to Stanmer Park and<br />

Devil’s Dyke by bus seven days a week,<br />

and up to Ditchling Beacon at weekends.<br />

For times, fares, leaflets and walk ideas, go to<br />

www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/breezebuses<br />

or call 01273 292480<br />

Or visit www.traveline.info/se<br />

to plan all your journeys.<br />


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