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For some of you, picking up this magazine will be the first time for
ages you haven’t absorbed the information you’re seeking online;
others – a dwindling band – will have never sent an email, received
a WhatsApp message, or used an Xbox.
For those of you in the latter bracket, I apologise in advance for this month’s theme,
‘digital’, because I know it’s likely to be a turn off. But I ask you, nevertheless, to read on, and
we’ll try to pique your interest: we’ll tell you how the use of computer technology can enhance
your experience of the lightbox photography show that Reeves are putting on throughout the
town, on the subject of Lewesians during the First World War. We’ll examine how the world’s
first opera-singing robots are being developed at the University of Sussex. We’ll discuss why
you need a football-pitch-sized space to build a supercomputer. And much more.
Of course, if you want to skip all that technical stuff, there’s plenty more material in the
mag that doesn’t cover the digital world: but do bear in mind that the words you’re now
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hasn’t been type-set onto the page. Enjoy the issue…
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THE 'DIGITAL' ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
Dino Bishop’s Lewes (13) Zest’s car valeting
service (19) John Agard’s latest poetry
collection (21) our station’s aberrant-butmuch-missed
clock (25) Carlotta Luke’s
skeletal Quakers (27) our readers’ far-flung
adventures with the magazine (29) and
much more besides.
Mark Bridge mourns the demise of Rupert
the cat (31) David Jarman examines the
British concept of Greater Slavia (33) and
Chloë King takes on the Lewes Forum
trolls (gulp, 35).
On this month.
What a lot we’ve got for you. Kelly
Newton, Rookettes long-serving skipper
(37) September movie round-up (39) the
Fading Sun Festival at the Dorset (41)
supercomputers and musical machines at
the University of Sussex (43 & 45) Mark
Haddon’s Bloomsbury obsession (47) Cuban
film director Fernando Perez (49) and
Reeves’ latest lightbox trail (50-53) now
enhanced with an audiovisual online tour.
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Rachael Adams takes over Martyrs' Gallery
all month (55) Neo-Romantic John Minton
at Pallant House (57) Cornwall-based
ceramicist Paul Jackson’s rocking jug (59)
an interview with legendary artist/illustrator
Quentin Blake (61-63) and a round-up
of what else is on in what is a busy, busy
month in the art world (65-71).
Laser light synths, BDF
THE 'DIGITAL' ISSUE
© Develop Images
Listings and Free Time.
Gig guide (81-83): Idlewild’s Roddy
Woomble and The Wonder Stuff’s Mike
& Erica at the Con Club! And much more
besides! Hurrah!; Classical round-up (85)
what’s on for the U16s (87) this month’s
young photographer Henry Clews (89) a
trip to Herstmonceux Castle (91) and the
latest Starfish album (93).
A mighty pie at the Blacksmiths in Offham
(95) spicy chicken from Nathalie Mulvan
and Jade Flynn (98-99) a pre-movie burger
at Depot Café (101) and a ‘proper’ fish
finger sandwich at the Rights of Man
(103). Plus food news with Chloë King
(105) and an interview with Chilli Fayre
founder Adrian Orchard (108-109).
The way we work.
Lewes area digital creatives, taken by a Lewesarea
digital creative (111-117). Develop
Images' Luke Taylor is behind the lens.
Exciting new plans for that perennial teenage
hangout, the Magic Circle (121); a robot
opera at University of Sussex (122-123); we
try out a FitBit monitor (125); Todd sniffs
out the Long Man (127); Michael Blencowe
on the amazing radar system of pipistrelle
bats (129); John Henty’s digital memories
(131) and business news (132).
Lewes High Street: 1865 and 2017 in the
same shot. The amazing photographic world
of Isaac Reeves, and his forebears (146).
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST: LEE WOODGATE
This month’s cover was designed by local
illustrator Lee Woodgate. We pitched
him our theme - ‘digital’ - which, he says,
led him to think about “the way that people’s
lives have become more and more
integrated with the digital world. Before,
a computer was just something you used
to do your work – now they’re becoming
more and more woven into our lives, and
there’s kind of a blurring of the person
and the digital world.”
Lee’s multi-layered style is influenced by
his background as a printmaker. “When I
first started illustrating, in the 90s, I did
a lot of printmaking,” he says. “You’d do
your work and send it off - the physical
piece of artwork - on a dispatch bike,
which meant I had to have a studio in
the centre of London. And then obviously
when people needed changes, there
wasn’t much leeway there.
“No one really has a lot of time to do that
now and so I kind of developed a digital
printmaking style: I use loads of textures
and overlay them with found imagery, or
photos I’ve taken, and I create an image
which looks almost like it’s been printed.”
Lee has used this collage technique
to create illustrated maps for publications
including National Geographic Traveller,
and he was recently commissioned
to work on a book about Australia, which
comes out later this year. “I’ll draw a
map,” he explains, “using Google Earth
as a reference point, and then I’ll put
in points of interest using collage, adding
texture, and trees and things. I try to
keep it quite loose and rough-looking, so
it looks almost like printmaking.”
Lee also works under the pseudonym Son of
Alan. “It’s kind of a separate entity. My Son
of Alan style has quite a drily humorous, instructional
style, but then I get quite a lot of
fairly straight briefs as well. At the moment
I’m doing some exercise illustrations for a
book by a TV personality doctor, and I’m creating
some animations for a film about diabetes.
Then I’m also working on something for
Scandinavian Airlines, a ‘how to travel’ page,
where I recreate the aircraft crash cards but
with a humorous edge… sort of instructional
with a quirky twist.” RC
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MY LEWES: DINO BISHOP, DEPOT CINEMA MARKETING MANAGER
Are you local? I was born in Gloucester and came
here after three years’ university in Durham and
five years working in London – though I refuse the
title ‘DFL’ because I was only passing through. I
came here in 1996, which means I’ve spent almost
half my life here. I got a job in Uckfield and asked
where was nice to live nearby and everyone said
‘Lewes’. I haven’t regretted it for a moment.
Until recently you commuted in and out of
London… Then I had a little malfunction. A bit
of a heart attack. Now I’m working at the Depot in
the same field as I was before – marketing and PR
– but just five minutes’ walk from my house. That’s
much less stressful! And, thanks to a lot of work at
Christine Ash’s wonderful gym in the Phoenix – I
do all the classes from Zumba to combat – I’m fit as
a fiddle now. Fitter, in fact.
Is it a dream job? It’s fantastic. It’s such a beautifully
designed environment and all the people
working there are as excited as everybody else
about the place. You usually ask ‘what does Lewes
lack’ in this space: well after 46 years it doesn’t
lack a bespoke cinema any more. Carmen’s programme
is just right for Lewes, with something
for everyone, and so many people come just to
have a coffee or eat.
What does Lewes lack? If I suddenly became a
multi-millionaire I would bequeath the town a similarly
state-of-the-art performance space for amateur
theatre and musicals. I was on the committee
for LOS Musical Theatre (the ‘Operatic’) for years,
and while part of the pleasure of the operation is
turning the Town Hall into a theatre twice a year,
it would be nice to have a dedicated space. And a
year-round radio station, too. Rocket FM is brilliant
[Dino presents the breakfast show with Ruth
O’Keeffe] and it would be great to have more.
Favourite pub? The Lewes Arms. I’m in the LADS
panto every March so I spend a lot of time there
rehearsing and having a drink afterwards in the first
quarter of the year. It feels like home, though I’m
not ready for the front bar yet.
Are you Bonfire? I’m in Commercial Square. I report
live on the processions for Rocket FM till 9pm
then I scoot off in my smuggler’s costume to the
firesite. Then we get people reporting from each
site on the fireworks. Only in Lewes do fireworks
work on the radio.
Do you often leave Lewes? After all that commuting
I go to London as little as possible. There’s
rarely a reason to leave Lewes, actually, though my
partner Alex and I have a little place we’ve been doing
up in Alicante that we visit when we can. But I
wouldn’t live anywhere else in the UK than Lewes:
they’ll have to take me out of here in a box… they
nearly did a couple of years ago! Alex Leith
Photo by Alex Leith
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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
“I got up early to go to our allotment in Landport
one morning,” says Anne Bostwick, the
author of this beautifully painterly shot. “It was
in the golden hour before 8 o’clock, and no-one
else was there, so I had time to snoop around,
looking at other people’s plots, without worrying
about seeming nosey. When I saw these sunflower
heads laid out to dry on a wooden board,
I was stopped in my tracks. I got out the camera
I take everywhere, just in case, a little Panasonic
Lumix TZ60. I didn’t move the flowers at all,
and I don’t really know how to manipulate
colours on my computer. I rely on taking what’s
there; I knew this would make a lovely image.
When I left for home I felt very satisfied in the
knowledge I’d achieved something.”
She took the picture on July 17th, but one
reason it suits the September issue is that it’s
got a real ‘end-of-summer’ look to it, something
Anne recognises. “The seeds and petals were
dry, and the leaves were curving over the wood,”
she says, “which gives the image a feeling of
decay”. She also knew that the weathered look
of the board would make the shot more interesting;
“and the colours on it, making it look
like a painter’s palette.” As a pièce de résistance,
she’s achieved a shallow depth of field (“I can’t
remember if I did it on purpose or not”), blurring
the grass and flowers in the background, to
further accentuate the details of the sunflowers.
All in all, worth getting up early for!
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BITS AND BOBS
TOWN PLAQUE #30
The links of Lewes with towns in Europe are announced at the roadside at
each main entry point to the town and also with a bronze plaque set in the
pavement between Boots and Fitzroy House in the pedestrian precinct. It
marks the distance and direction of Blois in France and Waldshut-Tiengen in
Germany. Lewes has been twinned with Blois, in the Loire valley, since 1963,
though links between the two towns were begun by Mr Auld of the boys’
grammar school in 1947. Waldshut-Tiengen lies at the edge of the southern
Black Forest, right on the river Rhine, along which runs the German-Swiss
border. It has been twinned with Lewes since 1974, largely as a result of prior links it had with Blois. Twinning
had great impetus after the Second World War as a sign of commonality and understanding and it still generates
exchange visits and cultural links. Marcus Taylor
LEWES IN NUMBERS: INTERNET USAGE
National figures for 2016 show that 82% of adults use the internet daily or almost daily, compared with 35%
in 2006. And 89% of households have internet access, compared to 57% in 2006. 7 in 10 users access the
internet ‘on the go’ from a mobile phone or smartphone.
Internet access varies by household type and age. 99% of households with children, those with 2 adults aged
16-64, and those with 3 or more adults have internet access. But only 53% of single pensioner households
are on-line, and 87% of younger single adults. Those households without internet access mainly reported
that they didn’t require it, though a small proportion were excluded by cost or lack of skills. Sarah Boughton
GHOST PUB #35: THE SWAN INN, 15 MALLING STREET
There have been at least four pubs in Lewes called the Swan
over the centuries. This particular one was originally the King &
Queen, and was named after William & Mary when they came
to the throne in 1694. However, in the late 1700s it became the
White Swan, and shortly after that, the Swan Inn. With ample
stables, this was an important stopping point for the Lewes and
Brighton Coaches, which were then pulled up the hill to the Star
Inn. William and Harriet Thorpe took over the Swan in 1848, and
were great hosts for many years. They organised an annual pigeon
shoot, providing supper, after which the guests ‘then directed their
attention to the contents of the well stored cellar.’ On William’s death in 1856, at just 38, Harriet placed a
notice in the Sussex Advertiser to thank the town for their support over the years, and to say that she would
continue to run the Swan by herself. In 1907 there were suspicions of gambling at the Swan, and Detective
Sparks was called in from Brighton to investigate. He and PC Ware went undercover and managed to place
multiple bets on horses with the bar staff. A lengthy trial ensued, and the landlady, Martha Keep, was fined
heavily, but successfully appealed. The Swan Inn closed its doors in 1919. This beautiful old building still
stands, and is now home to Pastorale Antiques. Mat Homewood
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CHARITY BOX #18: ZEST
Zest Sussex is a local project that supports adults
with autism and learning disabilities by teaching
them work skills. They do this via their professional
valet service, based in the car park at County Hall.
The aim is to increase the confidence, self-worth and
work skills of the people they work with, in order to
support them to go on to enter the job market. Director
Kerry Joyce tells us more about what they do:
“We’re funded and supported by East Sussex County
Council, and we’re open for business Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday in the councillors’ car park
at County Hall. We also operate a mobile valeting
service from St Mary’s House in Eastbourne.
We take car valet bookings in advance for both
locations. We’re eco-friendly, virtually waterless,
competitively priced and our work is carried
out to an extremely high standard. It’s a complete
toothbrush finish, with each car taking three to four
hours. Our aim is to have it looking as if it just left
We promote personal development skills, encourage
decision making and independence, and support
transition into paid employment.”
Vivien Halas’ daughter Sophie has benefitted a
great deal from her placement at Zest, so Vivien
approached filmmaker Rosie Baldwin (who made We
Rise about Delta Seven, a pop group with learning
disabilities) to make a short film about a typical
working day for the valeting team. “When Sophie
first joined she was painfully shy, as were the rest of
the team. Some were hardly able to express themselves
or travel on their own. Zest has given them a
purpose in life, as you can see in the film. Keeping
the project funded is always tough, so I wanted
to raise awareness of its importance”. The sevenminute
documentary, which Robert Senior’s Chalk
Cliff Trust helped fund, is being premiered at Depot
Cinema on Sunday the 17th.
As part of some playful scheduling, which very much
reflects creative director Carmen’s approach, this
will be followed by a screening of the 1976 comedy
Car Wash. There is no frothier, camper California
sunshine film than Car Wash. Just a mention of it
and you get an ear worm from the Rose Royce title
track – the score won a Grammy. It’s about a day in
the life of a multiracial team of car wash workers in
Los Angeles. There are cameos from Richard Pryor,
Danny DeVito, and even Huggy Bear from Starsky
and Hutch, (Antonio Fargas, playing the militant
gay character Lindy). Some critics were sniffy, but
Roger Ebert called it a ‘wash-and-wax M*A*S*H’.
The Depot audience will be encouraged to dress up
in their best 70s platforms and flares. Expect funky
music and American diner food.
For Zest car valet booking in Lewes, call Martin 07703
517564. For Eastbourne, call Kerry on 07783 626655.
For more info about the project, or if you know someone
who might benefit, see zestsussex.org.uk
Car Wash, Sunday 17th at Depot, Pinwell Road, 3pm,
£9/6/4, preceded by the Zest team introducing their
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A Rosary for Anna is a collection of poetry by John
Agard, concerning the last twenty-some years of
his mother’s life, which she spent in Lewes, having
emigrated from Guyana to live with her son, his
wife Grace Nichols, and latterly her grand-daughter
Kalera Nichols-Agard (who designed the publication).
The poems, always engaging, shimmy deftly between
moods; there is humour as well as poignancy;
most of them are flavoured with pinches of Guyanese
patois. Together they paint a vibrant portrait of Anna,
coming to terms with her new life among we Brits.
Here’s an example; entitled Trusting in Feet. If you
know John, recite it in your head in his accent. ‘Too
cautious / to catch a bus / on her own. / Preferring to
walk / till she drop / than miss her stop. / Besides, bus
drivers / don’t put you off / at every charity shop.’
Two Stories, published by Hogarth Press, is just that,
and more. It’s a reworking of the first book published
by Hogarth, featuring two short stories, one by
Virginia Woolf, the other by her husband Leonard.
Virginia’s story – The Mark
on the Wall, an interior
monologue that represented
a significant step in her
stylistic development – is
reproduced in this edition;
Leonard’s story (Three
Jews) has been replaced. Instead we have St Brides
Bay, by Mark Haddon, a long-time Bloomsbury fan,
which is a kind of modern-day response to Woolf’s
story. Both tales are prefaced with an essay about different
elements of the history of Hogarth Press. It’s a
lovely tome… more on pg 47.
Finally, many readers will have had riding lessons
with Lucy Postgate, who runs a riding school in
Houndean Bottom. She has written a book, aimed
at ‘teenagers and adults who have not yet outgrown
their pony stage’ about her much loved, but extremely
troublesome 15-year old mare Storm. The book is
called Storm’s Story: more at lucypostgate.co.uk.
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SMALL WONDER COMPETITION
Charleston’s annual short story festival, Small
Wonder, takes place at the end of September, and
the organisers have given us three pairs of tickets
for the opening evening’s events to give away as
competition prizes (each worth £20).
There are two events scheduled on Wednesday
the 27th of September; both will include readings
from the authors and a Q&A afterwards. From
6-7pm Arifa Akbar chairs a session entitled Let
Me Count the Ways with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
and Gwendoline Riley on the subject of ‘Love’;
from 7.45-8.45pm Cathy Galvin introduces David
Constantine and Kit de Waal (right), in a session
entitled Protest: Stories of Resistance.
The festival takes place from Weds 27th till
Sunday October 1st, and as usual there are a host
of star names included in the programme, from
Mark Haddon (see pg 47) to David Szalay; as well
as Q&A sessions
and readings, there
are two creative
a reading salon and
a reading group.
There is, of course,
food and drink, and
a shuttle service
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to answer this question: what is the name of Mark
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CLOCKS OF LEWES #10: THE RAILWAY STATION
Passing Lewes railway station,
you may find yourself
looking up for a clock. There
isn't one on the building’s
façade. Nor is there a station
clock on the concourse. Nor
in the booking office. There
was one in the latter, but it's
recently been removed. Its
future is uncertain.
I'm bemused by the lack of
a façade clock, but then I grew up at the other
end of the Downs, in Winchester, where the 1839
station has a very prominent clock. From old
photos, it looks like this 1889 station never had a
station clock per se. Nor did its 1857 predecessor
at approximately the same location. Nor did the
first station, opened in 1846 on Friars Walk. Its
siting was never satisfactory:
it was a terminus, and
trains had to "effect sundry
convulsive fits or starts",
according to one report,
reversing back onto the
So the only clocks we have
now are digital – suitably
enough, as that's this issue's
theme. As well as the digital
information displays on the platforms, the Arrivals
screen in the booking office has the time in
modest yellow figures. At least it seems to be more
accurate than the old clock-shaped clock, that
used to be positioned above the ticket window,
and always ran a few panic-inducing minutes fast.
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Carlotta was called in at short notice to record
a spectacular but rather gruesome find by the
builders who are redeveloping the Corn Exchange
in Brighton: a Quaker burial site, probably
from the 18th century. She shot the team from
Archaeology South-East carefully exhuming
15 complete skeletons. It is known that before
the Royal Pavilion Estate was built, the site was
known as ‘Quakers’ Croft’. The skeletons will be
studied by the ASE team before a decision is made
as to what to do with them. More on this and all
Carlotta’s pictures at carlottaluke.com
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BITS AND BOBS
SPREAD THE WORD
Lewes resident John Hinitt
took his Viva to Sandy Lake,
in the Prince Albert Regional
Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
He reports; ‘whilst trying to set
up the magazine with suitable
background I was joined by two
curious locals from the nearby
Cree First Nations Reserve...
forget the background, include
these guys in the foreground
and I had all the local flavour I
needed.’ Excellent art direction.
And here’s Robin Bath, who
took his Viva all the way to
Mount Kailash on a trip of a
lifetime to Western Tibet. It’s
a popular Buddhist pilgrimage,
with its mythical status as a holy
mountain at the axis of the world.
He tells us, ‘on my return to the
capital, Lhasa, I remembered
my copy of Viva, and the photo
shows the Jokhang Temple, the
most revered religious structure
And finally Vera Gajic took her
Viva Lewes on a different kind
of pilgrimage; to the Edinburgh
festival in August. Keep taking
us with you on your travels
and keep spreading the word.
Send your photos to hello@
East of Earwig
Photo by Chrissy Bridge
My wife's flicking through photos of Rupert
the cat on her phone. One shows him almost
seventeen years ago, a tiny saucer-eyed creature
with exactly the same symmetrical black-andwhite
markings as the adult cat I came to know.
"I miss my little kitten", she says. I miss him too,
although he was never my little kitten. Instead, he
chose to adopt me in middle age. (His, obviously.
I'm still in denial about mine.) Sadly, Rupert's
not been himself for several weeks, which is why
we're consoling ourselves by looking through old
photos. At the moment he's sitting on the bedroom
windowsill, although we only know it's him
because his name's written on the label attached
to a little wicker wallet. The preceding words on
the label are 'In Loving Memory Of'.
Rupert had been forgetting things for a few
months. He'd forgotten where his outdoor toilet
was. Then he forgot to eat. Eventually he forgot
to keep breathing, too. One Friday morning, we
woke up but he didn't. We found him lying in his
bed with his offside front leg stretched forwards,
looking about as relaxed as he ever did. Frozen in
the perfect taxidermy of death.
We couldn't bury him under his favourite tree
because we were moving house and didn't want
to leave him behind. So we had him cremated
at Raystede's Peaceways crematorium, where we
bid a sad farewell to him in his feline form and
retrieved him a few days later in a disconcertingly
gritty pocket-sized packet. And we wept, not
just for the cat we'd lost but also for the love we
weren't able to give him any more, for the extra
love he'd never know.
Of course, he's haunting our new home. Bad
ghosts haunt with a malevolent presence. They
put white sheets over their heads and say "woo".
A cat poltergeist might yowl mysteriously from
the wardrobe at midnight or nibble their initials
into an unwary mouse. Rupert haunts us with his
absence. We know the shadow by the window
isn't his. There's a cat-sized gap on the sofa
between me and Mrs B. The buttery crumpet
crumbs remain on our breakfast plates.
We'd expected to lose something when we moved.
A picture frame was dropped. A self-assembly
cupboard started disassembling itself. We spent
a week with only a single cereal bowl between us
before the rest of the mismatched set emerged.
But we'd not expected to leave some of our happy
Fortunately, plenty remain. We have hundreds of
Rupert photos, all copied to secure online storage
in some Californian bunker. Most importantly, we
still have Harry, the backup cat. He's very fond of
his new home... and of sitting in the extra space
that's now available on the sofa. It almost looks
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Summertime, and in
The Archers Adam’s
polytunnels are once
again the backdrop
for romantic mischief,
occasioned by the
presence of East
European fruit pickers.
Aeons ago, in prepolytunnel
Kirsty had a fling with
some hunky Hungarian
heartbreaker. In 2012, it
was Adam himself who was venturing well beyond
the customary Europleasantries, with Polish
Pavel. This year, it’s hapless Roy Tucker and
Lexie. Their discovery of a shared enthusiasm for
the novels of Stephen King has led to some lessthan-Empsonian
critical analysis from Roy (“he’s
a master storyteller!”) Alas, their friendship is
unlikely to survive Roy’s opening conversational
gambit: “you must be missing Romania.” Lexie is,
as she points out, very patiently, Bulgarian.
I suspect that most Bulgarians, indeed most
Eastern Europeans, would recognise the
exchange with a weary resignation. Tom
Stoppard’s play, Travesties, is set in Zurich in
1917/18, a time when Lenin, James Joyce and
the Romanian Dadaist Tristan Tzara were all
living in the city. Here’s a conversation between
characters whose Wildean raison d’être in the
play it would be otiose to explain.
‘Cecily: You are not a bit like your brother. You
are more English.
Carr: I assure you I am as Bulgarian as he is.
Cecily: He is Romanian.
Carr: They are the same place. Some call it one,
some call it the other.
Cecily: I didn’t know that, though I always
In her memoir,
the Serbian writer
rather alarmingly, as
‘two-thirds Simone de
Born in Belgrade in
1961, she describes
the many confusions
attendant upon her national identity when she
came to this country and took a job in an office
above the Natural History Museum.
‘Occasionally I spoke to an entomologist with an
interest in Russian coleoptera, who told me that
many of his colleagues in the museum believed I
was Russian because I once helped him translate
a Russian index card. There was also an occasion
when some botanists invited me to meet “a
compatriot of mine”, a visiting professor from
Budapest, and didn’t seem at all puzzled when
we started conversing in French.' I imagine that
it probably didn't help that her place of birth on
her Natural History Museum security pass was
printed as not Belgrade, but Belgravia.
I may be overly sensitive to this sort of cultural
confusion as I once, due to a lamentable lack
of close reading, took the first lines of Sir John
Denham’s poem entitled To Sir John Mennis, Being
Invited from Calais to Boulogne to Eat a Pig to be:
‘All on a weeping Monday / With a fat Bulgarian
Slovene.’ I gave an inordinate amount of thought
to the possible origins of this intriguing Slavic
hybrid before eventually noticing that the poet
was in fact talking about a ‘fat Bulgarian sloven’. A
very arresting opening to a not very good poem.
Illustration by Alex Leith
I posed my first ever question
on the Lewes Forum this week.
I asked people to tell me what
their favourite posts on the site
are and why.
It was not popular. I attracted
fewer replies than a subsequent
thread defaming an antiques
dealer and another, slagging off
a commenter with poor spelling
who was slagging off old people who were slagging
off young people.
In fact, in two hours I gleaned just two down-votes
and one reply chastising anti-cyclist rants.
“We get attacked for not having bells, not using
cycle paths, emissions...” they wrote.
One must never let it be said that we aren’t
incredibly nice in Lewes.
You see, the Lewes Forum is SIMPLY NOT
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GENERAL
POPULATION OF OUR OPEN AND
FRIENDLY COUNTY TOWN.
By mid-afternoon, I scored my first troll.
“The threads I hate most are those from DFL's
pretending to do research,” they wrote. “Utter
My parents moved here from London when I
was two, the wankers. They didn’t even have the
decency to stay in London where I might have
had a Labour MP. Instead, they brought me to
Lewes which is too nice to leave and too awful
to not contain a load of bigots hiding behind IP
I’m really going to incite some hatred on the
Lewes Forum now. In fact, someone has already
brought up that David James Smith article on my
thread. I’ll quote: ‘some London t**t’ and his ‘illraised
urchins’. Oh boy, not that.
So I ask the warm fluffy community of my
personal Facebook page what their favourite, most
loathed or most remembered
Lewes Forum posts are, and
the stats are as follows.
Of seven to respond, two have
received direct personal abuse.
Two recall groups they are
associated with being smeared.
One remembers reading
threats of violence towards
homeless people and another
recalls a poster making ‘sexual comments’ about
her pre-teen daughter.
It’s not all bad. Over on the forum, someone likes
“threads where people lose things and others try to
help them find them.” Funny that. One friend got
five down-votes for trying to help locate a lost cat.
For the sake of balance, I ask friends that live
outside Lewes whether their local communities
have online forums, and if so, what the overall
tone tends to be.
The jury’s out on East Dulwich Forum. One says
it's “a godawful cesspool of trolls with occasionally
good local trade recommendations,” another
declares it friendly and loveable.
The ‘Penge Tourist Board’ is “fantastic,” the
Catford version “supportive,” and Herne Hill:
“useful”. ‘Haslemere Rants’, on the other hand,
“is abominable,” but it’s “nothing compared to the
Obviously my research is grossly limited, but
having made a quick comparison of these various
platforms, a few things spring to mind.
Anonymous forums are more likely to attract
embittered, obnoxious, abusive arseholes.
It’s possible to mitigate this by implementing
some form of moderation, by publishing clear
guidelines, and by categorising threads into subgenres
so users can find stuff that’s relevant. For
example: ‘parents and tots’, ‘stuff for sale’, and ‘the
swirling, whirling, fiery gate to hell’.
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ON THIS MONTH: FOOTBALL
The Rookettes’ long-serving skipper
In the pre-season
friendly against Chelsea’s
U23 team, Lewes
Ladies were cruising
at 3-0 early in the
second half, and it was
time for manager John
Donoghue to give a few
subs a chance. Off came
captain Kelly Newton,
who’d been anchoring
the midfield in the
assured manner that
regulars have become
used to over the last 14
years she’s been playing
“Before long,” she tells
me, a couple of days later,
sitting on the steps of the Philcox Stand before
Tuesday-night training, “it was three-all!” She’s got
a glint in her eye to show she’s not bigging herself
up, but I was there and Lewes certainly lost shape
without her positional sense, ball-winning skills
and passing ability. Thankfully, for the third year
running, she’s put off her long-planned retirement,
and we’ll see her for at least another season at the
Pan. “I wouldn’t miss this season for the world,”
she says. “And I’m not talking about the money.”
This term, of course, Lewes FC are giving the
same budget to the women’s team as to the men’s
– an unprecedented move in global football – and
this suggests that the Rookettes, who won a national
trophy last season and more than held their
own in the (third tier) Womens’ Premier League,
will step up their game a couple of notches. “There
are five new players, all of whom have strengthened
the squad,” she says. “For the first time since
I’ve been here I’m looking over my shoulder, worried
about my place in the team.”
Kelly’s long spell at
Lewes FC has included
eight trophies and four
promotions, and promotion
this year – to the
Women’s Super League
– would be the icing on
a very rich cake. Though
Kelly thinks it’s too
soon to think about such
a possibility. “What’s
happened is historical
and has struck a blow
for gender equality in
football and beyond,” she
says. “But it’d be wrong
to expect automatic promotion
as a given. I’d say
a top three finish would
be a massive achievement.”
Kelly is now 37, she tells me (I’ve been too polite
to ask) and if retirement doesn’t come at the end
of the season, it will surely come soon after. Whatever
happens, she won’t be hanging up her boots
entirely. “Both John and Jacquie [Agnew, Director
of Women’s Football] have asked me if I’ll stay on
in a coaching capacity after I stop playing,” she
says… “I’m already studying for my FA coaching
In the meantime, let’s be thankful we’ve got her on
the pitch. Rolling subs were allowed in the friendly
against Chelsea, and at 3-3 she came back on to
play for the last few minutes. Out of the blue,
against the run of play, the Rookettes scored a
dramatic winner. “The goal was absolutely nothing
to do with me,” she admits. But she’s not taking
into account her talismanic presence in the centre
of the pitch. Interview by Alex Leith
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by Disney, this is an
of what happens when the
lives of fairy-tale characters
dramatically and humorously come
together. Cinderella, Jack (of bean-stalk
fame), Little Red Ridinghood, and the
Baker and his Wife set out for the forest
on a quest to find “happily ever after”.
Along the way they meet Rapunzel,
a Wicked Witch, a lascivious Wolf,
vengeful Giants, a couple of charming
Princes, and their own destiny. With wit
and wisdom, Sondheim and Lapine’s
parable about the loss of innocence, the
joys and sorrows of adulthood, and the
price paid for getting the things you
really want, are all wrapped up in a
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ON THIS MONTH: CINEMA
Dexter Lee’s movie round-up
You might well have seen the 2009 movie A Single
Man, directed by Tom Ford, set in the early sixties,
and starring Colin Firth, as a bereaved and
depressed homosexual academic. But have you read
the book it was based on, of the same name, by
Christopher Isherwood? Or, for that matter, have
you read the book but not seen the film?
Depot Cinema are starting up a read-then-watch
strand on September 6th, encouraging viewers of
Ford’s movie – if they want to – to read the book
beforehand, then join a discussion about the niceties
of the adaptation process after a screening of
the movie. Future filmed books to feature include
Room, Rust & Bone and The Remains of the Day, and
the organisers are open to anyone making any
Depot are aiming to fit movies around all the
town’s major festivals and celebrations, and to mark
the Fossil Festival they are going to show Jurassic
Park on the 16th. And Octoberfeast has given rise
to some other interesting extra-curricular films. On
the 20th the Lebanese drama Tramontane, by firsttime
director Vatche Boulghourjian, will be shown
as part of ‘an evening of Arab food, film and live
music’; the film is a road movie of sorts, telling of
a blind musician finding out some uncomfortable
truths about his origins as he seeks to obtain a visa
to leave the country.
And on the 24th, also as part of the OF celebrations,
there’s a ‘Spaghetti Western’ double bill,
where you can eat stringy pasta before or after
watching two classic chaps-in-chaps shoot-‘em-ups,
Shane (6pm, nothing ‘spaghetti’ about that, but
never mind) and A Fistful of Dollars, 8pm, the first
of Sergio Leone’s super-influential Morriconescored
trilogy starring ‘man with no name’ Clint
Eastwood – that’s one not to be missed.
But that’s not all. On the 30th, to wrap up the
Gin & Fizz Festival (within a festival) there’s a
screening of Robert Altman’s 2001 period-piece
ensemble movie, Gosford Park, starring Maggie
Smith, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and many
more. This 30s-set upstairs-downstairs whodunnit
ended up being Altman’s second highest-grossing
film (after M*A*S*H) and was the inspiration
behind an even more successful TV series: Downton
Abbey. Hopefully, after an afternoon of downing
Prosecco and G&Ts in the Grange, punters will be
in a fit state to get to grips with the many nuances
of the plot.
All this and much more, of course: Depot announce
their full programming around a week in
advance on their website, and there are plenty of
new first-and-second run releases to look forward
to. Meanwhile bear it in mind that Film at All
Saints is still running, though there is only one
movie to report on in September. On the 29th
(8pm) they are showing Gurinder ‘Bend it like
Beckham’ Chadha’s ambitious period piece Viceroy’s
House, starring Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten,
sent to India to preside over its independence
from Britain, and all the chaos that entailed.
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
40 Shillings on the Drum
Fading Sun Festival
Some bands are
happy to follow musical
are determined to
set themselves apart
from the crowd. 40
Shillings On The
Drum is very much
in the latter category,
player Seb Cole
explains. “We want
to take a new stance on rock music or folk music
and give it a new direction.”
The band is heading into Lewes – familiar
territory for former Sussex Downs College
student Seb – as part of the Fading Sun festival at
The Dorset Inn on 8th, 9th and 10th September.
It’s the fourth year for the free festival, which
aims to raise money for the St Peter & St James
Hospice, the Starfish Youth Music project and
Cliffe Bonfire Society.
Although the band’s music is available online, with
its latest video receiving more than 25,000 views
on Facebook, it’s recently produced a physical
EP as well. “I think people prefer something a bit
more tangible, something you can hold, look at
and put in your car”, Seb says. “There's something
nicer about having CDs and vinyl, even
though it's less convenient.”
I ask Seb about the way the band recorded its
songs. “Nothing's put in or created afterwards”,
he reveals. “It's all been people in the studio,
recording take after take to get the right one. I'm
very much one for ‘if you're not able to play it live
to an audience then you shouldn't be adding it in
to your music’.”
As well as playing
keyboards and singing
Seb also co-writes
songs for the band
with vocalist Daniel
Dan will have
written a set of
lyrics but he’ll also
have in mind the
way that the song
would go and the melody of his vocal”. This, Seb
tells me, is unusual for a lyricist who doesn’t play
an instrument. “It means that you can write song
after song very quickly. And every now and then,
I'll send Dan a piece of music that I've written
specifically for the group and he will put words to
it in a more conventional manner.”
“We write about where we live, people we know,
the experiences that we've had as a group, both
good and bad. A lot of the time it's inspiration
from the normal day-to-day of what young
musicians and bands are going through. Always
fighting an uphill battle.”
There’s even a hint of battle in the band’s name.
Dan borrowed it from a version of the folk song
Over the Hills and Far Away, which was rewritten
by John Tams for the TV drama series Sharpe.
“Before my time”, admits Seb. “Dan suggested it -
and we were all perfectly happy with that as soon
as it was mentioned. It really stands out as being
something different.” As does the band.
40 Shillings On The Drum play at The Dorset Inn
on Saturday 9th (evening).
40shillingsonthedrum.uk / thedorsetlewes.co.uk
Photo by Natassia Kaschevsky
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ON THIS MONTH: BRITISH SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Building a quantum computer
‘We’ve looked at a few football-pitch-sized areas’
“We don’t want to just beat
IBM by 2 Qubits. ‘They
have 15 right now so we’ve
got to go to 17’, or something,”
says Professor Winfried
just boring. You’re never
going to solve interesting
problems like that.”
Hensinger and his colleagues,
at the University of Sussex’s Ion Quantum
Technology Group, have much bigger ambitions. In
February, they published what he calls “a construction
plan - how to build a billion-Qubit quantum
computer.” In a room on campus, behind two sets
of security doors, they’re already working on a
smaller prototype. And Hensinger has “talked to
our VC, and we’ve looked at a few football-pitchsized
areas” on which the real thing could be built.
One major reason why building a quantum
computer is “unbelievably hard”, Hensinger says,
is that quantum states are fragile. Because “any
interaction destroys quantum effects”, each Qubit
– quantum bit – needs to be kept isolated from
other atoms, etc.
This can be done using superconducting circuits
cooled to nearly absolute zero. However, to make
a billion-Qubit quantum computer like that, you’d
need a huge, impractical amount of cooling power.
Instead Sussex’s preferred method is to trap charged
atoms – ions – in a vacuum.
Hensinger says that the University of Sussex were
pioneers of the trapped-ion approach, and that, in
their blueprint, they’ve introduced two other key
innovations. The first relates to quantum logic
gates. Previously, to make each gate, you needed
two precisely focused lasers. Like the use of superconducting
circuits, this isn’t practical at the scale
they’re aspiring to. But Sussex have found a very
engineering-efficient way to achieve the same effect
– “by applying voltages to a
The second innovation is a
way for different processors
within the quantum computer
to communicate with
each other quickly. “The
[previous] approach was
to send information by an
optical fibre, via photons.
But that is unbelievably hard; people have been
working for the last 10-15 years, and the maximum
speed they’ve managed is seven per second: a very,
very slow speed. Nowadays conventional computers
work at gigahertz, and this works at hertz.” Sussex’s
solution involves connecting the parts “using
“These innovations take away the fundamental barriers
to building a large-scale quantum computer.
And so we put all of these ingredients together,
and wrote this blueprint paper, where we then
calculated all the relevant quantities, like power dissipation.
We gave construction diagrams of how to
make the electrodes of the quantum computer, and
so on, to show that it’s actually possible, not just to
go to 50 Qubits, but to millions or billions…
“We made sure that we included all the engineering
details, so this is not just like the crazy
vision of a madman, but it’s really based in solid
engineering. That doesn’t make it easy. We’re
not saying at all that this can be done in a year’s
time, or something like that. It’s still a tremendous
Hensinger is clearly optimistic, though. When he
tells me that Sussex will be building a large-scale
quantum computer, he notably doesn’t say “maybe”.
‘Quantum leap: building the world’s fastest computer’
(a talk by Prof Hensinger), Tues 5th, 2.30pm,
Sussex University campus. britishsciencefestival.org
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ON THIS MONTH: SCIENCE
Felix and the Machine
‘Bad-ass’ machine musician
Brighton artist Felix Thorn designs and builds
acoustic machines that create their own music. He
talks to Viva ahead of his forthcoming show with
electronica duo Plaid at the Attenborough Centre.
I grew up in Ditchling where I have a workshop
now. But my machines were developed in
London when I was studying Sound Art at the
London College of Communication. My final year
project involved me experimenting with mechanisms
and synching them with light.
It was my love of electronica that was the
driving force when I was starting out. I listened
to music by artists like Aphex Twin and Plaid
and tried to make my own physical version. Back
then a lot of live performances would just involve
someone on a laptop. I was interested in making
the genre more accessible.
What I ended up building became more of a
gallery exhibit and something anyone could enjoy
whatever type of music they were into. By 2007
I had a miniature ensemble of machines. That
same set-up has developed over the years. I still
have some of the original mechanisms but I’ve
since learned how to engineer better and how to
incorporate new technologies. The machines are
more bad-ass now.
Initially I would use things I found lying
around to make them. The ready-made parts
that found their way into the machines directed
their visual appearance and the sound. It was quite
an organic, sculptural process. As I’ve progressed
I’ve got more into design work.
These natural, acoustic instruments produce
sounds that can be perfectly timed again and
again, whereas those produced by humans cannot.
You can create some really interesting rhythms
that would be very hard for a person to play.
I’ve taken the machines into cavernous, marble
spaces in Rome, a room shaped like a trumpet in
Norway and The Tate a couple of years back. They
sound completely different in each space.
Plaid are my musical heroes. I was listening to
their music long before I started making machines.
So it was flattering when they approached me to
collaborate with them. We’ve done a number of
intimate shows together and now we’re developing
the experience for bigger audiences with larger
structures, more lights and a louder sound.
We’re planning on putting the machines in the
centre of the room rather than on the stage at
ACCA [the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts
at the University of Sussex] so audiences can move
around them and look at them properly. Plaid and
I will be performing like sound engineers off to
the side. The spectacle is the machines, not us.
It’s going to be an intense show. I like the
machines to be able to do gentle, delicate stuff
but in this case I want it to be quite techno-heavy.
Every sound will have a light associated with it,
no matter how minor. I want audiences to really
lose themselves in the experience of the music, the
lights and the machines. Nione Meakin
Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex, Tues
Sept 19th, as part of Brighton Digital Festival
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Written and directed
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ON THIS MONTH:
The Hogarth Press celebrates its centenary this
year. The Press had a significant impact, in terms
of who it published (TS Eliot, translations including
Freud, plus Virginia Woolf’s work, of course),
and the look of what they printed (illustrations
were commissioned by Dora Carrington and dust
cover designs by Vanessa Bell).
In honour of the centenary, Chatto & Windus
(who eventually took over the Hogarth Press after
Leonard Woolf died) have published a beautifully
illustrated collection called Two Stories, comprising
Woolf’s The Mark on the Wall, and a short story by
Mark Haddon (best known for writing The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) called St Brides
Bay. We talk to him about his new work ahead of
his appearance later this month at the Small Wonder
festival at Charleston. He’ll be in conversation
with Alison MacLeod and Catherine Taylor in an
event entitled Strange Offsprings. The ‘strange offspring’
being what Virginia Woolf called the titles
she and Leonard produced on the letterpress they
set up in their Richmond dining room,
When did you discover Virginia Woolf? I remember
reading To the Lighthouse for the first time
as a teenager, and not understanding why anyone
would be swept away by a novel which contains so
little event. Jacob’s Room converted me some years
later. Woolf is innovative and experimental in her
use of the narrative voice, and that is a large part
of what draws me to her work. The suppleness and
speed with which she switches between idioms,
points of view, registers, is breathtaking. One of
the joys of The Mark on the Wall is seeing that innovation
and experiment being given full rein for
the first time.
Do you think that the absorbing, hands-on
nature of printing might have helped her
mental-health challenges? It certainly could be
the case, but to say any more would, I think, be
speculation. I do think, however, that the way a
serious mood disorder affected her life and work is
Why did you call your story St Brides Bay? I
need to set every story in a physical place I can see
and smell and hear, and I happen to know and like
St Brides Bay very much. Also, ‘Brides’ has a nice
There feels to be a political ruefulness about
the times we live in. ‘Ruefulness’ would be an
understatement. Fascism resurgent on the far side
of the Atlantic, Brexit and the rise of Trump are
the most terrifying political events of my life so far
(and, worryingly, linked intimately together). The
Brexit referendum was a monumental folly won
with a combination of lies, xenophobic dog-whistle
politics and foreign money. And as for Trump...
The world’s most powerful country is being run
by a raging narcissist with a severe cognitive
deficit who wouldn’t pass an interview for a job
at a corner shop. I pray that Robert Mueller has
bombshells lined up.
Charleston’s short story festival, Small Wonder
28th Sept - 1st Oct. Strange Offsprings Thurs 28th,
7.45pm. £10/12, charleston.org.uk/small-wonder
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ON THIS MONTH: FILM
Cuban film maker
Fidel Castro famously
said: ‘Within the
against the revolution,
his death made a difference
to the stories
tell? I can’t speak for all
of us, but from my point
of view the attitude
hasn’t changed. And
that attitude attempts to
reflect our country with all its light and shade; all its
successes and contradictions.
This film is called ‘Last Days in Havana’. Does
it reflect the end of an era? Maybe, but not
necessarily. Last Days in Havana means to reflect the
complexity of the current situation, the reality of
Cuba today. And the film doesn’t reflect the whole
reality, just a part of it. In 2003 I tried to express
the same themes in the documentary Suite Habana,
which I consider my most representative film,
because it’s the one which is most popular. It’s just
that today in 2017 the conditions for survival have
got more difficult and people are behaving in a way
that reflects a very different, more contradictory
Can you tell us about the two main characters
in ‘Last Days’? Are they typically Cuban
characters? Diego and Miguel are both Cuban, but
borders don’t come into it because their conflicts
are human, and therefore universal. What distinguishes
them as Cubans is their capacity to live
their daily life without dramatizing it, facing each
day with positivity.
What do you think of the state of Cuban
cinema in this period? What could be done to
improve the climate for film making? Cuban
cinema is recovering
its dynamism thanks
to a push from a new
generation of filmmakers,
guarantees an unstoppable
production line. We
trust that this production
line will be legally
rather than later.
I notice this film
was produced by [Spanish company] Wandavision?
How come? José María Morales, director of
Wandavision, has been the co-producer of my films
for the last 20 years. He’s very creative and doesn’t
think of cinema in terms of how much money there
is to be made. He’s more interested in the artistic
results... He’s got a lot of spirit, just like Ann Cross,
tilting against windmills for a Quixotic dream.
Have you ever considered making a film outside
Cuba? What problems would you anticipate if
you did? I can’t imagine I ever will. I’ve received
offers, but I’ve always ended up making my films in
Cuba. Perhaps it’s because I feel more creative in
my own country…
What offering can we expect next from Fernando
Perez? This very day I’ve been filming IN-
SUMISA, a film which tells the story of Enriqueta
Faber, a Swiss woman who posed as a man in order
to be able to practice medicine at the beginning of
the 19th century in Baracoa, in the extreme east of
Cuba. It’s a new challenge and I don’t know how it
will end, but I’m having a great time finding out.
Last Days in Havana, Duke of York’s Brighton,
September 10th, 1pm, screening organised by Lewes
legend and Cuban film enthusiast Ann Cross.
Home Front truths
Reeves exhibition goes digital
Throughout Artwave, and until 24th September,
you’ll be able to catch Reeves' latest lightbox exhibition
– with more than 80 images, including many
previously unseen ones – in the windows of shops,
other businesses and private houses throughout the
centre of town. Entitled Stories Seen through a Glass
Plate 1914-18: Lewes Remembers, and chronicling
the Lewes Home Front during the WW1 period,
it is an upgraded version of the exhibition Reeves
put on last November, with a majority of the shots
originally taken in or near the same building it is
displayed from. The map that follows this spread
(pgs 52-53) is a useful guide to all the lightboxes
on show, you can also pick up a loose-leaf copy in
Tourist Information and at Reeves’ Shop at 159
But there’s much more to it than that. For this exhibition
they have, pertinently enough for our digital
edition, added the chance for those interested to do
an ‘audio/visual online tour’, either on their home
computers or on their phones as they walk from
lightbox to lightbox.
A tremendous amount of research has been done
about each picture (by a team headed by Brigitte
Lardinois) and various volunteers have been
recorded relating information (gleaned from contemporary
records and newspapers) which can be
listened to while looking at the pictures, rather like
the information you get from the headphones you
can rent at an upmarket art gallery.
What’s more, in many occasions, other pictures
relating to the one on show, or blow-ups showing
important details you might otherwise miss, are
visible at the press of a button. Details can be found
at reeveslewes.com. Have a taster at home, but next
time you’re taking a stroll in the centre of town…
don’t forget your earbuds.
Above is one of the most striking shots in the
exhibition, obviously posed (though we imagine
the curious-looking young lady in the background
wasn’t scripted). It was taken (it’s obvious if you look
closely) in that space near the castle, in front of the
Maltings, and features a pair of Royal Engineers
despatch riders, who would have been training near
Lewes, and possibly billeted in town. To the right
we’re showing another picture, taken outside St Michael’s
Church in 1915, with the script of the audio
information you can hear when viewing it.
ON THIS MONTH: PHOTOGRAPHY
Cyclists outside St Michael’s Church, 1915
Reeves caption: Each member of the Cyclists’ Battalion was equipped with a sturdy iron bicycle with a lamp and bell. A
toolkit hung from the crossbar, a kitbag on the back held a groundsheet, personal items and rations. The cyclists were
used mainly for reconnaissance and carrying messages.
(Viva note: This picture was taken at the funeral of Lance Corporal John Roderick Hards, killed in a bicycle accident
near the prison. Under the clock you can see the hearse his coffin was carried in).
Audio text: “There was a verdict of accidental
death at the inquest on Lance Corporal John
Roderick Hards, 25th Cyclist Battalion of the
County on London Regiment, who was found
lying on the Brighton Road near Lewes Prison on
Monday. Deceased who was 36 years of age was
carrying despatches from Pevensey to Lancing,
when, at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, he appears
to have skidded. At all events he was found
lying in the road way and had sustained such
injuries that he died shortly after admission to the
Second Eastern General Hospital at Brighton,
where he was conveyed in a motor ambulance.
Death was due to a fracture of the base of the
skull and lacerations of the brain. The deceased
had also fractured his collar bone and several ribs
were broken. The fatality cast quite a gloom over
the Regiment, Lance Corporal Hards being very
popular with his comrades.”
(From an inquest report in the Sussex Express, 16th
April 1915, related in the audio/visual programme
by historian Dr Graham Mayhew).
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2 - Cliffe Osteopathy
3 & 4 - Emporium Antiques Centre
5 - Lansdown Health Foods
6 - Intersport
7 - Harvey’s Brewery Shop
8 - No. 1 Antiques
9 - Continental
10 - Wilson, Wilson & Hancock
11 - Bake Out
12 & 13 - Alexis Dove
14 - Steamer Trading
15 - Clifford Dann
16 - Strutt and Parker
17 - School Hill Surgery
18 - Closet and Botts
19 - Barbican Carpets
20 - Crew Clothing
21 - Fox and Sons
22 & 23 - Coopers
24 - H.A. Baker Ltd.
25, 26 & 27 - Lewes Town Hall
28 - The Shoe Gallery
29 - Axtell Hairdressers
30 - PJ’s@Thirty
31 & 32 - White Hart Hotel
33 - Paul Clark Ladieswear
34 - Bow Windows Bookshop
35 - Beckworths
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36, 37 - Castlegate House
38 - Darcy Clothing, The Maltings
39 - Guild of Master Craftsmen
40 - Jonathan Swan
41 & 42 - Shanaz
43 - Edward Reeves Photography
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45 - Tina’s Food Works
46 - The Little Natural Co.
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54 - The Pelham Arms
55 - A. S. Apothecary
56 - St Anne’s Dental Practice
57 - 18 Keere Street
58 & 59 - The Sussex Guild
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68 - Chaula’s
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73 - Lewes Little Theatre
74 - 41 Sun Street
75 - 1 Sun Street
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Focus on: Prospect of Arcadia
by Rachael Adams, acrylic on canvas
152 x 90cm, centre panel of triptych
I live in front of a spinney on the
edge of Woodingdean and every day
I scramble through it and go for a
walk. The wonderful thing about having
a dog is that you are forced to get
out there every day, in all elements.
I walk to think. I have no idea what
I think about – it’s too random to
remember clearly – but it works its
way into my paintings. I paint these
in the studio without reference to
anything but my memories. So they
are invented landscapes as well as
My house has no great history, but
the spinney used to mark the boundary
of the old manor of Wooden Dean,
so it dates back to ancient times. It’s
full of ash trees and fly tipping and
empty beer bottles.
I spent my childhood in a smallholding
on the edge of a village, near
the railway tracks; there was a bottle
dump at the end of the road. It was
what I’ve come to term an Arcadian
landscape, it was very ‘edgelandy’.
I used to play in the spinney
near that house and essentially you
become invisible to your parents,
even though they’re still in earshot
when they call you for dinner. Most
children have experiences in similar
spaces where they are freed from the
authority of surveillance, where they
learn a lot of life’s big lessons.
I got an Arts Council award last
year to research the idea of ‘landscapes
of the edgeland’, and this
exhibition – of paintings as well as
photographs and other relevant objects – is part of that project.
I’ve done a lot of research in The Keep and other libraries
about the history of the local area.
Influences? I love the work of Neo Rauch, but it is film-makers
and writers who influence my work most. Patrick Keiller
makes these films that are ostensibly about landscape but with
an underlying narrative of ‘I’ve spent my lifetime looking for
the solution to a problem, without ever knowing what that
problem is.’ I feel the same way, and I’ve come to the conclusion
it’s necessary that I never arrive.
If I were to take you to a gallery? The Berlinische Galerie,
Berlin. I’ve been there twice and both times I was the only
person there, and I loved it. As told to Alex Leith
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Time was away
Asked once to reflect upon
his experience as a student at
Camberwell School of Arts and
Crafts, the jazz trumpeter and
unorthodox radio quiz game
compère Humphrey Lyttelton
replied: “Camberwell can be
summed up in two words –
Johnny Minton”. Pallant House
Gallery in Chichester has put
on a comprehensive show devoted
to this charismatic artist
and teacher, which runs until
1st October. It not only marks
the centenary of Minton’s birth
but also the sixtieth anniversary of his taking his
own life at the age of thirty-nine.
For a long time all seemed to be going swimmingly.
Minton was a popular teacher, at Camberwell
and later at the Royal College of Art. His work,
very much in the British Neo-Romantic tradition,
sold well – Minton had eight one-man shows
between 1945 and 1956. He was the life and soul
of every party. With his great pal and fellow artist
Susan Einzig (best known for her illustrations
for Tom’s Midnight Garden) Minton jived and
jitterbugged to Humphrey Lyttelton’s band every
Monday evening. Spontaneously generous, he
kept the London taxi trade afloat ferrying his gay
entourage, known as ‘Johnny’s Circus’ round the
high spots and low spots of London.
Perhaps it was all a bit too frenetic. Keith
Vaughan, who once shared a studio with Minton,
wrote in his journal entry for 25 December, 1948:
‘I thought last night that Johnny’s use of life might
be compared to a Tibetan use of a prayer wheel.
A circuit of activity is revolved with monotonous
persistence in the simple belief that disaster can
thereby be avoided and some
lasting gain acquired. Almost
every kind of experience can
be tasted, but the revolutions
are so quick that nothing can
be grasped or savoured.’
It’s the desperate side that is
reflected in the superb self
portrait of 1953 and the even
better portrait of Minton by
Lucian Freud that opens the
Pallant House show. It’s shown
in Rodrigo Moynihan’s painting
of The Teaching Staff of the
Painting School, Royal College of
Art. Carel Weight, Rodney Burn, Ruskin Spear
and others are grouped together. But Minton sits,
gloomy and brooding, to one side.
What of the work? There’s a great deal to enjoy
here, but to my mind Minton is an artist who
shows to best advantage when working on a small
scale. There’s a generous selection of his book designs,
and two cabinets, one devoted to his lovely
work on Elizabeth David’s French Country Cooking,
the other to the dust jacket and eight full-page,
four-colour illustrations Minton provided for Alan
Ross’ Corsican travelogue, Time Was Away.
The exhibition’s broadly chronological approach
does Minton no favours. Early paintings, some
inspired by bomb damage in the East End, are
striking but, perhaps, a little too like stage sets.
Later, larger, oils are sometimes rather stiff, the
compositions uninteresting. The final room has
his massive The Death of James Dean and The
Death of Nelson, a reinterpretation of Daniel
Maclise’s mural in the House of Lords. Frankly,
they’re both pretty terrible.
Portrait of John Minton by John Deakin, 1952, courtesy of Michael
Hoppen Gallery © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
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ON THIS MONTH: ART
Focus on: Madrugada jug
by Paul Jackson, 40x40cm, £1500
Madrugada means ‘early morning’ in Spanish,
doesn’t it? Yes, it’s the early morning light you get
as dawn breaks. I adopted the name for a fresh new
body of work I started three years ago. I think the
word has a lovely sound to it. People ask about it
and it helps lead me into talking about my work.
Is there a Spanish look to it? Can I see Picasso
in there? Of course I’m aware of the free energetic,
lively nature of Picasso’s work, though funnily
enough he didn’t use such vibrant colours in his
ceramics. And I’m happy for people to make whatever
connections they like about my work. But the
abstract designs are influenced more by what I see
around me in Cornwall [where he lives]: the sea,
the boat hulls, the sails. Even the form – it’s a rocking
jug – suggests the movement of a boat.
You don’t see many rocking jugs. How did it
come about? Everything starts on the wheel as a
thrown pot. This was just a shape that emerged,
almost by happenstance. It’s become somewhat
iconic: the rocking jug has begun to take on a life
of its own, and people associate the form with me.
Has it got a practical purpose? It’s still hard for
me to dispense with the sense of containership
that pottery necessarily embraces. But after that, it
becomes a piece of whimsy. To be honest, the practical
use of my work isn’t my paramount concern.
I’m more concerned in creating something that is
fun, vibrant and exciting, with a happy, energetic
feel to it. Quite a lot of sculpting goes into it.
Are there any artists that have directly influenced
this work? I’m sure a lot of people’s work
has crept in. When I first saw Sonia Delaunay’s
work, or Russian revolutionary posters of 1917, the
skill and energy sparked a need to try myself and
I strove to assimilate the techniques into my repertoire.
The St Ives School has been an influence;
the simplicity of Terry Frost’s forms. Art is, after
all, other people’s work, recycled. I’ve seen my
ideas in other people’s work, too: it’s very flattering
when that happens.
Take me to a gallery… I’ve been to so many I
can’t remember them all. Let’s go to the V&A. Or
to Tate Britain, which always makes me feel right
at home. Alex Leith
Paul’s Madrugada series will be shown as a solo
show at St Anne’s Galleries, open weekends from
16th Sept - 6th Oct, or by appointment
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Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
ON THIS MONTH: ART
The Only Way to Travel
“I hate travelling,” laughs Sir Quentin Blake, when
I ask him what his favourite mode of transport is.
“But if I have to, I prefer to go by train.” Does he
prefer the travels in his imagination to the ones in
real life? “You have it exactly.”
I’ve asked the question because his latest exhibition,
The Only Way to Travel, is full of drawings
of people travelling via fantastical machines and
precarious contraptions. Around one hundred
works fill most of the ground floor of the Jerwood
Gallery in Hastings, a town where Sir Quentin
has had a home for the past forty years. All of the
pieces, remarkably, have been made this year. “A
lot of exhibitions are collections of work that people
have done over a period of time” he explains
“but this has all been done especially for the show,
over a period of three months or so.”
It’s quite a body of work for any artist, let alone
one who - at the age of 84 - might justifiably be
taking things easy. Was he always so prolific?
“Well not at that scale,” he remarks. “I do get a
lot of drawings done but not at that size. It was
a bit of a special effort.” He’s referring to several
billboard-sized ink drawings created in situ in the
first gallery you come to, with Sir Quentin working
from a cherry picker. “That’s what’s so good
about [Jerwood Gallery director] Liz Gilmore. She
gets you to do things that you’ve never thought
of... she has a very good instinct for theatre, as well
as for art, and that was her idea. She has a driving
licence for a cherry picker.”
The further galleries depict more journeys.
“What was interesting was that one drawing led to
another. I thought the title would give me a chance
to invent things, and travel is a subject that you
can relate to, even if it’s only going on the train
It’s apparent from the drawings that he’s been
in contemplative mood. Many of the travelling
machines are typical works of whimsy, but they
navigate over dark and forbidding landscapes. One
depicts people adrift on a raft on a turbulent sea;
menacing sea creatures circle beneath. In another,
an old man on a towering wheelchair rolls forlornly
into a desert. Vultures wait nearby. “Some
of them got quite gloomy. I didn’t expect them
to do that, but they did. It started as comedy and
then it got rather more serious, and then there are
two or three pictures which say, ‘actually, we know
people are having to do this and that’s not fun at
all’. I didn’t set out with the intention of giving a
message. I set out with the intention of fantasising,
but when you start drawing you discover things.”
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ART & ABOUT
In town this month
Be quick and you’ll catch the last knockings of this
year’s Artwave Festival on the 2nd and 3rd. Brighton
Bus Company have a floral bus in Cliffe Precinct
on the 2nd and it’s the last weekend to visit some
of the 140+ venues around the district. Don’t miss
the open studio of Lewesian potter-extraordinaire,
Tanya Gomez (venue 76), and The Many Vesseled
Women; hand-thrown pots by painter-turned-potter
Philomena Harmsworth at 7 Baker Street in Uckfield
(venue 14). [artwavefestival.org] The ceramics theme
continues with a solo show by potter Paul Jackson at
St Anne’s Galleries from the 16th (more on pg 59).
The exhibition of works by Susan Lynch, Peter Bushell, Samantha
Tuffnell and Polly Finch continues at Pelham House until the 19th when
it’s followed from the 20th by an exhibition of photographs from Farleys
House and Gallery. Lee Miller and A Tale of Two Houses is an exhibition
in two parts: photographs by Lee Miller showing a cross-section of her
fashion shots, friends’ portraits and Sussex-inspired photographic work,
shown alongside an exhibition of photographs taken by Brighton-based
photographer, Tony Tree, of both Charleston and Farleys House.
of that on pg
9th, 16th, 23rd
& 30th, 12 noon–5pm). Congratulations to another resident
of the Star Brewery building: Rachel Ward-Sale, of
Bookbinders of Lewes, who has been awarded 2nd prize in
the Designer Bookbinders 3rd international competition for
her binding of Aphrodite. [designerbookbinders.org.uk]
Aphrodite by Rachel Ward Sale. Photo by Leigh Simpson
After the excitement of Artwave,
the calm returns to Chalk Gallery;
the artist-run gallery refreshes
its exhibition of works by its 21
member artists every six weeks and
this month the spotlight is on the
half-imagined but familiar coastal
landscapes of Leila Godden.
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Out of town
After a little wrangling over planning permission, local
landscape artist Grant Dejonge has been given the goahead
to paint a listed Victorian junction box at Plumpton
railway station. The work has been commissioned
by Network Rail as part of a ‘spruce up’ of the station
and by way of an apology for inconvenience caused by a
recent upgrade of the crossing. Dejonge plans to depict
scenes from the local landscape, from all points of the
compass, on the junction box which will be visible to
passengers on passing trains.
Dusk by Carol Farrow
At the Jointure Studios in Ditchling from the
22nd of September until the 8th of October
you’ll find Crossing Boundaries; a commemorative
exhibition of artwork by Carol Farrow,
who died in 2012. See her wall-hung works in
handmade-paper and delicate sculptural objects
in paperclay (a material she invented in 1981).
All works will be for sale. [jointurestudios.co.uk]
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Rachael Adams: The Spinney
Saturdays 9, 16, 23, 30 September, 12–5pm
A commemorative exhibition of innovative
wall-hung paperwork and sculptural paperclay.
22nd Sept - 8th Oct 2017, Fri, Sat, Sun, 11.00-17.30
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Out of town (cont.)
The High Street 'Haberdashery' by asintended
With Brighton’s Corn Exchange temporarily out
of action due to refurbishment, Tutton & Young
are taking a break from organising the Brighton
Art Fair and instead have brought together a
huge posse of the inky-fingered for the inaugural
Brighton Print Fair. It will be at Phoenix
Brighton from the 15th until the 24th; a huge
number of prints by more than 60 printmakers
are for sale, and there’s a programme of talks,
workshops and activities giving visitors the chance
to get their own hands dirty. Free entry with a
charge for workshops. [brightonartfair.co.uk]
'A Fine Fleeced Flock' Jane Ormes
Out of town (cont.)
Over in Hove (as a matter of fact) the
Regency Town House hosts a programme
of Autumn Exhibitions. With
one venue playing host to three exhibitions
and five artists you’ll find work by
Rachel Cohen, Yvonne J Foster, Deborah
Petch, Rachel Redfern and Jim
Sanders over two floors of the townhouse
and the basement annexe. From
the 16th to the 24th. (Free admission)
La Verita Dance Company at Coastal Currents
Brighton Digital Festival starts from
the 14th with a programme of technical
wizardry and genre-defying creativity
[brightondigitalfestival.co.uk] and, from
the 30th the reinvented contemporary
visual arts festival HOUSE Biennial
takes place in a new, later, slot in the
Super Everything, BDF
Laser light synths, BDF
The Lindfield Arts Festival has a full programme
of theatre, dance, live music of all genres,
literary events, film, visual arts and photography
to entertain you from the 8th to the 10th [lindfieldartsfestival.com]
and there are more big
names in little places at the Chiddingly Festival
from the 16th. [chiddinglyfestival.co.uk] Coastal
Currents Festival first took place in Hastings 18
years ago and it’s back this month with the biggest
programme yet. International performers and local
artists, musicians, dancers and film-makers will
be in town and there are open studios in Hastings
and beyond. Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva (who
represented the Vatican at the Venice Biennale)
will showcase a new work at the Shipwreck
Museum in Rock-a-Nore and there’s loads more
besides. Many of the events are free, including the
opening night party at St Mary in the Castle, on
September 1st from 8 to 11pm.
Finally, there’s just a
couple of weeks left
to see the unmissable
Pattern of Friendship, at
Towner, which closes
on the 17th. Whatever
you think you think
about Ravilious, this
show sheds a whole new light on his work, his
relationships and the surrounding landscape.
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FRIDAY 1 – SUNDAY 3
The Wind in the Willows & The Dream Fairies.
Double bill of plays staged by the Australian
Shakespeare Company. Wakehurst, for details see
of Colour. Outdoor
fundraising event, including
local crafts and
the village horticultural
and produce show.
Bishopstone Village, 1pm-6pm, free.
Does 2017 mean Labour can win next time?
Alex Nunns, author of The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's
Improbable Rise to Power joins newly elected
Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd
Russell-Moyle, for a Lewes Labour Party discussion.
All welcome. Phoenix Centre, 7.30pm, free.
TUESDAY 5 – SATURDAY 9
British Science Festival. Series of science-related
events throughout the week at various venues.
THURSDAY 7 – SUNDAY 10
Lewes Heritage Open Days. A programme
of free events and listings celebrating the rich
heritage of the town. See heritageopendays.org.
uk for details, or pick up a leaflet from the Tourist
Headstrong Club. Discussion on the subject
‘Fisheries and the Marine Environment’ with
speaker Chris Williams. Elly, 8pm-£10, £3.
FRIDAY 8 – SUNDAY 10
Lindfield Arts Festival. Three-day showcase
of the arts, including theatre, dance, music and
cinema. See lindfieldartsfestival.com.
Open day at The Keep. Meet the staff, behind
the scenes tours, talks and displays of rarely seen
original archive material. The Keep, 10.30am-
Martlet’s KAPOW race. Superhero themed, inflatable
race raising funds for the charity. Preston
Park, Brighton, 11am, £10/£25 place fee.
South Downs Storytellers Monthly Open Mic
Night. For people who enjoy storytelling, whether
you are new, experienced, or just like listening
to stories. Lewes Arms, 7.30-9.30pm, free.
My RHS Chelsea Garden. Juliet Sargeant
describes the concept
and delivery of her
2016 Gold Medalwinning
Church Hall, 7.30pm,
£3 for visitors.
St Peter & St James Star Walk. 4km sponsored
walk through Wakehurst’s botanic gardens, and
add a lantern of your own to remember and celebrate
loved ones. Wakehurst, 7pm (arrive from
5.30pm onwards), entry £18/£5 for under 16s.
Four Quartets in Berwick Church. Master storytellers
Ashley Ramsden and Flora Pethybridge
recite TS Eliot, organised by the Charleston
Trust. Berwick Church, 7.30pm, £18.
SEPTEMBER 16TH - OCTOBER 1ST 2017
COMEDY • LIVE MUSIC • FILM • THEATRE • WORKSHOPS
ANDY HAMILTON • GUY PRATT
ALI SMITH • SAM LEE • PETER EDWARDS
BEER FESTIVAL • ART & CRAFT EXHIBITION
THE SOLDIERS TALE • EVERY WILD BEAST • A COMMON MAN
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FESTIVAL FIESTA • SINGING & DJ WORKSHOPS • OPEN STUDIOS
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Friday 29th Sept 8pm
Historical drama about Lord Mountbatten's
period as the final Viceroy of India. Lord
Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the
transition of British India to independence,
but meets with conflict as different sides clash
in the face of monumental change.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Starring Gillian Anderson, Michael
Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal,
Simon Callow & Om Puri.
COMING SOON *
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE
THE GLASS CASTLE
*October screenings TBC
at The Depot
Fun for all the
family £3 per child,
grown ups free
SEPT listings (cont)
SATURDAY 9 & SUNDAY 10
Medieval Weekend. Living
history camps and displays,
archery competition, medieval
traders, BBQ and bar. Michelham
Priory, 10.30am-4pm, see
Glyndebourne Open Gardens Day. Usually only
open to opera ticket holders, the gardens are open
for all to enjoy. Glyndebourne, 11am-4pm, £10.
Lewes History Group Talk. Joanna Wilkins.
King’s Church building, 7 for 7.30pm, £2/£3.
Lewes U3A Open Day. Find out about the
activities and courses on offer, talk to the people
who run them and join up. Free refreshments
available. Corn Exchange, 10am-12pm, free.
Go with the Flow: Art
Nouveau 1890-1920. Lecture
exploring key forms and motifs
of Art Nouveau, their intellectual
origins and manifestations of the
style around the world. Uckfield
Civic Centre, 2pm, £7 (free for
FRIDAY 15 – SUNDAY 17
Bentley Woodfair. Celebration
forestry, timber and
woodcrafts. With stalls,
displays and activities,
as well as local food and
a beer tent. See bentley.
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SEPT listings (cont)
FRIDAY 15 – SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER
SATURDAY 16 & SUNDAY 17
Lewes OctoberFeast. Events throughout Lewes,
ICE Film Festival.
Filmspot and Isfield
will be screening
three short films by
British film makers,
followed by the main
feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (please note all
films 12A rating). ICE Field behind Laughing
Fish Pub, doors 7pm, £5.
Wilderness Wonder. Fundraising ball for Sussex
Wildlife Trust, with drinks reception, locally
sourced three-course meal, and music from soul
legends Hot Chocolate. Folkington Manor, £95,
Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival. Food,
drink, live music and entertainment. The Stade,
Hastings, 11am-6pm (music until 7pm), £2/£3.
SATURDAY 16 – SUNDAY 1 OCT
Chiddingly Festival. Festival of the arts with
comedy, live music, film, theatre and much more.
Various venues, see chiddinglyfestival.co.uk for
30 SEPT & 1 OCT
30 SEP & 1 OCT Join us for a fun-packed line-up of countryside
displays and activities at this year’s Autumn Show
& Game Fair.
Jonathan Marshall’s Falconry on Horseback display ·
Have-a-go at fly fishing, archery & clay pigeon
shooting · Dog agility competitions, gundog scurries
& terrier racing · Donkey Show (Sunday) · Countryside
skills displays · Children’s entertainment & fairground ·
Food court & 100s of retails stands · Celebration
of the autumn harvest … and much more!
Visit www.seas.org for full details on this unmissable
countryside day out. Dogs welcome!
Adults £11; Seniors/Students £9; Under 16’s FREE*
South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL
*when accompanied by a paying adult
Celebrating award winning sparkling wine and gin
Saturday 30 September
Southover Grange Gardens, Lewes
11am – 6pm
Buy direct from producers Live music
Free samples Artisan food stalls
under 14 yrs - Free
15 - 17 yrs - £3
Travel in style...
Brighton - Lewes Vintage Routemaster Bus
Free return trip for advanced festival
ticket holders limited numbers
Buy your festival tickets online or from Lewes
or Seaford Tourist Information Centres
SEPT listings (cont)
Field Names and Places in Sussex. Illustrated
talk by Kevin Gordon, author of several books on
Eastbourne and Seaford history. Cliffe Church
Hall, 7.30pm, free.
Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. Talk by author
Alison Weir. Anne of Cleves House, 7.30pm,
£5, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
event with street
food, from mild
Three bars and
music from Fruitful
Soundsystem. The Paddock, 12pm-6pm, free.
The Lewes District Green Party’s September
Ceilidh. Live band, dancing and bar. All Saints,
Ryoji Ikeda: Supercodex. Audiovisual concert,
part of Brighton Science Festival. ACCA, 8pm,
SATURDAY 23 & SUNDAY 24
Steam Through the Ages. Train journey through
the 1880s-1980s, each station a different time
theme, with activities, entertainment and food. See
bluebell-railway.com for more details.
Baldwins Travel Group Holiday Inspirations
Show. Salomons Estate, Southborough, 10am-
Lewes Eco Open Houses. Two houses open to
show new eco features including rainwater harvesting,
LED lighting, wildflower roof and more.
8 Wille Cottages, South Street, and 2 Warren
Close, 11am-3.30pm, free.
Lewes Death Café. Conversations about death
and dying. Ram Inn, Firle, 7pm-9pm, free.
Section 28: Promoting Prejudice. Talk with
broadcaster and activist Melita Dennett on the
campaign in Brighton in the late 1980s to oppose
the notorious ‘Section 28’, a law which prevented
the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ by local authorities
and in schools. The Keep, 5.30pm-6.30pm, £3.
WEDNESDAY 27 – SUNDAY 1 OCT
Small Wonder Short Story Festival. Gathering
of writers, readers and performers celebrating
short stories. With readings, talks and open mic
sessions. Charleston, times and prices vary see
A Taste of Quaker Silence. Some time for the
curious to hear more and practise some quietness.
Friends Meeting House, 10am-11am, free.
Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival.
Buy direct from producers, live
music from Union and artisan
food. Grange, 11am-6pm, £10.
Half Hour Hits. A day festival of live literature
events all no longer than 30 minutes in duration,
from rough performances of new work to polished
half-hour performances and contemporary revisitings
of modernist classics. Performances every
hour throughout the afternoon. All Saints, from
12pm, see leweslivelit.co.uk.
SATURDAY 30 & SUNDAY 1 OCT
Autumn Show & Game Fair. Countryside
displays and activities, including
and dog agility. South of
£9/£11 (under 16s free).
T H E D O R S E T , L E W E S P R E S E N T S
The Fading Sun
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friday 8th sept
The Skarlets, 8pm
Awesome and energetic
7-piece ska band from
Reading, playing classic ska
and 2tone hits from
the 70’s and 80’s.
Yacht Rock Paradiso, 10pm
Brighton based DJs, serving
up smooth 70s floorfillers
and sexy 80s club classics.
Friday’s theme is Caribbean
cruising, coconuts, cocktails,
Hawaiian shirts, pineapples, sunglasses
and sand beneath your feet.
Saturday 9th Sept
Throughout the day in the garden
we'll be showcasing local buskers
and youth bands. Why not
come down and do a turn.
The Dead Sea Scouts, 7pm
modern folk band.
40 Shillings on the Drum,
Folk, punk, rock from
Newhaven with over 25,000
hits on Facebook
sunday 10th sept
The Dulcetones, 1pm
Brighton and Hove acappella
superchoir. Run by the amazing
Bongo Franklin & The
Soul Shakers, 2.15pm
Funky horn led grooves from
the guys at Starfish.
Just Like Fruit, 3.30 pm
Up and coming young Brighton
based blues band
The Reform Club, 7pm
Featuring Norman Baker.
Popular Politician turned muso
or muso turned politician ?
22 Malling Street, Lewes, BN7 2RD
GIG GUIDE // SEPT
GIG OF THE MONTH: RODDY WOOMBLE
Scottish Indie-rock giants Idlewild have enjoyed
much cult success since their conception in the midnineties,
likened by NME to ‘the sound of a flight of
stairs falling down a flight of stairs’. But some recent
years of the band sitting on the backburner have
afforded front man Roddy Woomble time to explore
his solo work, which is quite a departure from the
band’s frantic rock. He says ‘Sometimes in Idlewild
I let the music take the centre stage, but with my
own albums the words are where the spotlight falls’.
The release of his eagerly awaited new studio album
The Deluder promises Woomble’s trademark poetic
vocals and gift for a tune. This gig is part of an
extensive tour of the UK. Kelly Hill
Sun 10th, Con Club, £16.50, from 7.30pm
Mike Newsham. Folk/Americana/indie. Con
Club, 8pm, free
Suspiciously Elvis. Charity concert raising
funds for Young Adult Carers of Sussex and Starfish
Music. Con Club, 7.30pm, £10/£15
Hatful of Rain. Folk/Americana. Con Club,
7.30pm, from £10
Dave Brown. Jazz vocals. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Band of Horses. American indie rock. De La
Warr, 7pm, £22.50
English dance tunes session - bring instruments.
JHT, 8pm-11pm, free
Alligator Swing (below). Vintage hot swing.
Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free
Watergrain Band. Folk (British trad) featuring
Ben Paley and Martin Young. Elly, 8pm-11pm, £7
Kit Trigg. Hendrix-fuelled blues. He loves pizza.
Lansdown, 8pm, free
English dance tunes session - bring instruments.
Folk. Lamb, 12pm-2.30pm, free
2 SUSPICIOUSLY ELVIS
3 HATFUL OF RAIN
8 GOOFER DUST
9 LOOSE CABOOSE NIGHT
10 RODDY WOOMBLE
15 BAD BAD WHISKEY
22 THE DEAD REDS
24 JIMMY LEE MORRIS
28 MILES & ERICA OF THE WONDER STUFF
SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS AND ENTRY
GIG GUIDE // SEPT (CONT)
Purcell’s Polyphonic Party. Folk/classical fusion.
Elly, 8pm-11pm, £8
Aurora Chanson. French jazz. The Snowdrop,
The Fading Sun Festival day one: The Skarlets
(above) - 70s/80s ska (8pm), Yacht Rock Paradiso -
70s/80s DJ set (10pm). The Dorset, free.
Goofer Dust. Brighton-based blues/folk/hip-hop.
Con Club, 9pm, free
The Fading Sun Festival day two: Local buskers
and youth bands throughout the day, The Dead
Sea Scouts - Folk (7pm), 40 Shillings on the Drum
- Folk/punk (8.30pm). The Dorset, free
Loose Caboose Night. 60s DJ night. Con Club,
Lewes Saturday Folk Club Harvest Supper.
Bring songs, tunes, verses & readings for harvest
time, with home-made loaves and cheeses. Elly,
The Fading Sun Festival day three: The Dulcetones
(below, right) - acapella choir (1pm), Just
Like Fruit - Blues (3.30pm), Norman Baker's The
Reform Club (7pm). The Dorset, free
Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and performance.
Elly, 7.30pm, free
Roddy Woomble. Indie-rock/folk. Con Club,
7.30pm, £16.50, see Gig of the Month
Dan Cartwright. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
The Dead Reds. Leftist blues/rock, with beards.
Con Club, 8pm, free
Mike Nicholson. Folk singer. Elly, 8pm-11pm, £6
Jimmy Lee Morris. Solo acoustic. Con Club,
Roy Hilton Piano Trio. Jazz. The Snowdrop,
Lewes Favourites tunes practice session – bring
instruments. Folk (English trad). Elly, 8pm, free
Miles & Erica of The Wonder Stuff. Acoustic
duo. Con Club, 7.30pm, £13.50
Feral Fiddles (practice session). Folk & misc.
Royal Oak, 8pm-11pm, free
Fixer. Rock/pop covers. Con Club, 8pm, free
‘Sing A Song of Sussex’. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £4
Concertinas Anonymous practice session. Folk
& misc. Elly, 8pm-11pm, free
Bad Bad Whiskey. Skiffle. Con Club, 8pm, free
‘the operatic event of the year’
The Sunday Times
‘brilliant music, rapturously received’
The Daily Telegraph
‘don’t miss it’
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Three performances only: 21, 24 & 27 October
Book tickets at glyndebourne.com/tour2017
SAT 2 ND , 5.30PM
John Bruzon, piano. Liszt and Liszt's arrangements
of JS Bach. St Laurence Church, Falmer. Free/
SAT 16 TH , 5.30PM
Jasmine Selby, Karen Rash and Paul Dorrell,
flutes. Baroque to contemporary works including
the Celtic Trio Knotwork and Honami, by Will
Owens. St Laurence Church, Falmer. Free/donations
SAT 16 TH , 8PM
Brighton Film Quartet (right). Piano, clarinet,
cello and violin ensemble. ‘A hint of classical with a
modern twist’. Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, £12/6 (U18)
SAT 23 RD , 7.45PM
Musicians of All Saints. Pieces by Mozart, Holst,
Elgar and Peter Copley. Solo violins from Jenny
Sacha and Laura Stanford. Directed by Andrew
Sherwood. Southover Church, £12/9/U18 free
SAT 30 TH , 7PM
Offham Gala Weekend. Pippa Dames-Long
directs 15 singers in an evening of opera. St Peter’s
Church, Offham, £10 (£15 for whole weekend)
SUN 1 ST OCTOBER, 4PM
Offham Gala Weekend. John Leggett on organ,
Jan Barger Cohen on flute and soprano Rachael
Brown. St Peter’s Church, Offham, £10 (£15 for whole
Through The Ages
at The Bluebell Railway
Come along to the Bluebell Railway, take a steam train journey
through the ages, Victorian, 1940s War Time, 1960s and 1980s.
Sheffield Park Station
Music Hall Entertainers
Victorian Tea Room
Pop up Restaurant & Milk Bar
Vintage Bus Run
Horsted Keynes Station
Children's Craft Activities
Street Market with Jiving Jim Dandy
The Real Dads Army
Vehicle & Military Displays
East Grinstead Station
Play your Engines Right
Photos with ‘stars’ of the 80s
FREETIME UNDER 16 êêêê
Wave Fun Fest. Family fun day with stalls,
exercise demos, food and drink, sports day races
and more. Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford,
Look Think Make. Drop in to explore the
exhibitions, and test ideas and materials through
fun making activities. Suitable for all ages. De
La Warr, 2pm, £1 suggested donation.
SATURDAY 9 & SUNDAY 10
Film: Jurassic Park (PG) Screening as part of
Lewes Fossil Fest. Depot, 4pm, lewesdepot.org.
Raystede Stargazing Evening. Includes BBQ
and a chance to gaze at the stars through various
telescopes provided. Also a bar and music
throughout the evening as well as a talk on the
'Solar System' by Melanie Davies, and face
painting or a glitter tattoo from Ellie's Events.
Into the Trees. A family festival, back for its
second year, encouraging people to explore and
enjoy the outdoors. Pippingford Park, 10am-
5pm (no camping), see into-the-trees.co.uk for
purchase of tickets.
Tales for Toddlers. Activities nurturing
creativity, communication and confidence in
children aged 18 months to 5 years. De La Warr,
10.15am-11am & 11.15am-12pm, £1.
FRIDAY 15 – SUNDAY 17
Bentley Woodfair. See Diary Dates.
Mantell’s connection with the town, with lots
of hands-on activities, and a chance to meet the
Giant Dinosaur. Linklater, 10am-4pm, £3 per
child (adults free).
FRIDAY 22 – SUNDAY 24 &
FRIDAY 29 – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
Annie. Classic musical performed by Seaford
Musical Theatre. The Barn Theatre, Seaford,
evening performances 7.30pm, Saturday and
Sunday matinees at 2.30pm, £7/£10.
FREETIME UNDER 16
OF THE MONTH
This month’s winning picture comes from
Henry Clews, aged 7, and thus (we believe) our
youngest-ever winner! “I took this picture of a
dragonfly in the Railway Land while we were
picking blackberries,” he tells us. “Normally
their wings are really hard to see but this one
was sitting on the blackberry bush so I could
see them.” Indeed you can: and the photo
inspired us into the Viva back yard to do some
blackberrying ourselves! Harry: pop into Bags
of Books with a copy of the mag and some sort
of proof of who you are (your mum will do),
and they’ll give you your £10 prize token!
16 or under? Send in your pictures to email@example.com, and you, too, could appear on this page!
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SHOES ON NOW: AN OUTSIDER'S
VIEW OF HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE
Having not visited a castle in over two years, we were looking forward
to spending an afternoon together at Herstmonceux Castle. Nestled in
a 300-acre estate and surrounded by its own moat, this fifteenth century
castle was sure to be popular with my boys.
Unfortunately, however, I hadn’t realised that the castle multi-tasks as an
international study centre and a venue for weddings. This means that if
you want to explore the inside you need to plan ahead and visit on days when there are guided tours.
There were no such tours on the day we visited, but, nonetheless, we decided to make the best of our
visit. I’m not sure if it was the fact that we bonded over the disappointment of not being allowed inside, or
whether the boys felt liberated by having the freedom to romp around the spacious gardens, but, ironically,
we had one of our best days out as a family. A fierce game of hide and seek in the Elizabethan Garden was
followed by the boys spooking their parents by jumping out of the sides of enormous yew hedges, giggling
together at our alarm.
After visiting the Butterfly Garden, we picnicked in the shadow of the castle admiring the moat and
imagining ourselves as soldiers in the fifteenth century leaning out of the narrow windows firing arrows
at assailants. A sudden burst of rain sent us into the modest visitor centre and our visit was topped off by a
cream tea in the café. Jacky Adams
This is your
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For a private tour please call our registrar on 01444 483528.
The latest compilation album from Starfish Youth Music is
now out, boasting a collection of 21 original tracks recorded
over the past 18 months. Starfish is a fantastic local project that
encourages young people to get involved in making, playing
and recording music, and is funded entirely by membership
fees, donations and fundraising events. In addition to putting
on several local gigs throughout the year, they also record their own albums showcasing original songs
and music written by the young musicians. This new offering is aptly named Snapshot, with each track
giving us a glimpse into the individual performer’s style and sound. Expect a mash up of a wide variety
of genres, incorporating rock, punk, folk, ska and even a little techno too, with influences from the likes
of Arctic Monkeys, Kate Bush, Laura Marling and The Clash to be heard. The just-over-an-hour of
listening time had me feeling soothed and unwound one moment and ready to get up and headbang the
next. Instruments are played expertly and there are some fantastically put together harmonies on the
slower acoustic tracks. Catchy tunes, compelling vocals and an unmistakable sense of fun makes for a very
enjoyable listen indeed. Our favourite track in the Viva office? Lewis and Rose’s Trapped: it’s got a lovely
three-part harmony. Kelly Hill ‘Snapshot’ can be purchased for £10 at Starfish Youth Music, 1a Phoenix
Works, or online at starfishyouthmusic.bandcamp.com
With its excellent and imaginative approach, the Steiner Waldorf curriculum
has gained ever-widening recognition as a creative and compassionate
alternative to traditional avenues of education.
But just how does it feel to be a child in this environment,
soaking up this stimulating and
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Blacksmiths Arms, Offham
'A traditional menu with interesting twists'
I’ve arranged a
lunch with an old
school friend. It’s
early August but
the torrential rain
sheeting out of the
lurid sky makes
it feel more like
the bitter end of
October. Al fresco
options are clearly
off the menu.
Settareh’s got a car,
though, and the
Blacksmiths Arms in Offham is on my list of places
to review. It was taken over by new people just over
a year ago, and I’ve heard good things. Locally
sourced food, a traditional menu with interesting
twists, reasonable prices, that sort of thing.
We arrive at 12.30; no-one else is there. We get an
effusive welcome, a choice of tables, and a pint of
Crafty Blonde IPA.
I haven’t been there for over a decade and the place
hasn’t changed much, and at the same time it has
changed a lot. There’s a mix of the old, and the new,
and the in-between: a large photograph of Virginia
Woolf; glass light shades you’d associate more with
an eatery in Shoreditch than an old pub in Offham;
a framed cover of Vogue featuring Kate Moss. That
big ancient fireplace, interesting pink-and-white
wallpaper, Tristan Prettyman singing quietly
through the speakers.
Sometimes you need to hurry a lunch but we’re
playing catch-up and the next two-and-a-half hours
are punctuated by pleasant surprises. The succulent
goats’ cheese arancini balls we both choose as a
‘light bite’ start things off extremely well: you get
four on a plate, each in a little bed of tart sauce
with a garnish
of parsley and
By now three
or four other
tables have filled
up and there’s
big table by the
door is taken up
by a nine-strong
from seven-ish to seventy-ish, and they’re
clearly having a good time.
I have steak and ale pie for my main, which I plod
though very nicely, taking my time over each hunk
of juicy meat: it comes with new potatoes and a
mix of greens. Settareh is pleased with her grilled
chicken salad which the waiter describes as “Caesar
salad deconstructed”: I have a taste and the chicken
is nicely charred.
We wait half an hour (I get a second pint) and
decide we can fit in a ‘Sussex cheese board’: a hard
and a soft from cow’s milk, a ‘Sister Sarah’ goat’s
cheese, and, best of all, a ‘Barkham Blue’, with a
bowl of home-made chutney, and crackers, and
slices of beer bread, and a small bunch of grapes.
We talk of old school friends, and the disastrous denouement
of a wake we both recently attended, and
our plans for the future, then we each have a coffee,
which comes with an Elizabeth Shaw mint. I pay
the bill (£59) and we head back into the grimness
outside. On a normal August day we’d have been
very happy on one of the tables in the yard, but
it’s a good place, we decide, for bad weather. Next
time, I hope they have the fire on. Alex Leith
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Quick spicy chicken & roti wraps
By mother and daughter duo
Nathalie Mulvan and Jade Flynn
Jade: I was interested in cooking from a really
young age. I used to watch my mum cooking all
the time. We moved to Spain together when I was
six, so it was just her and me, in a different country,
but still cooking familiar food. At first she was like,
‘no, this is my kitchen, you can only observe’ – the
same way as she had to learn cooking, watching my
Nathalie: I don’t know if it’s the sort of forbidden
fruit element – being banned from the kitchen
– that made me so determined. I began cooking
Guyanese food by reproducing what I had seen
my mum cooking when I was young. I sort of
memorised ingredients, timings, and so on. This is
something I like to cook when I don’t fancy doing
a whole curry. The dish is almost a dry curry, but I
add a couple of tablespoons of water to make just a
little bit of sauce. This recipe serves six.
Ingredients: 6-8 medium chicken thighs
(deboned), 1tbsp pure ghee (or melted butter
would do), ½ cup water, extra salt and pepper to
taste, fresh chillies (optional), 6 roti (buy readymade
or make your own*), salad (to serve).
For the seasoning: 1 medium brown onion (roughly
chopped), 1 garlic clove (crushed), 1 handful of
fresh thyme (or 1tsp dried thyme), 3 bay leaves,
1tsp madras curry powder (hot, medium or mild, to
suit your taste), 1tsp turmeric powder, 1tsp cumin
powder, 1tsp garam masala, ½tsp ginger powder,
1tbsp tomato ketchup, 1tsp Caribbean hot pepper
sauce, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground white pepper, 1tbsp
olive, vegetable or sunflower oil.
Method: Trim the chicken thighs to remove any
excess fat and veins. Cut each thigh into three or
four strips and place in a plastic sealable container.
Add the seasoning ingredients and massage into
the meat. Drizzle with a little oil, cover and place in
the fridge. For maximum flavour, I would leave the
seasoning to infuse overnight, but if you haven’t
got that long, leave it to sit for at least an hour.
Heat the ghee in a large saucepan over a medium
heat, making sure it doesn’t burn. You can test the
heat by dropping in a bay leaf from your chicken
seasoning; if it sizzles immediately, your pan is
ready. Add the meat to the pan and turn up the
heat; seal the chicken strips on all sides.
Cook the chicken for a few minutes, turning frequently,
then add the water to make a little sauce,
so the curry isn’t completely dry. Taste the sauce
and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper
or hot pepper sauce to taste. Throw in some
chillies if you want more heat. If the curry tastes a
little sharp or bitter, add more ketchup to temper
it. After 15-20 minutes your curry will be ready;
remember to take the bay leaves out before serving.
Layer roti wraps with green salad leaves; I like to
use shredded rocket or baby spinach leaves. Add
slivers of thinly sliced red onion and your favourite
dressing, and top with the chicken.
As told to Rebecca Cunningham
*For Nathalie’s roti recipe go to vivamagazines.com
As part of OctoberFeast, Nathalie and Jade are holding
a pop-up supper in Ringmer on the 15th and
they’ll be taking part in the Cook-Up Cabaret at All
Saints on the 24th. lewesoctoberfeast.com
This month they will also be opening their first café,
Irma’s Kitchen, in Brighton and appearing on Channel
4’s My Kitchen Rules UK
Seafood & Wine
Stade Open Space, Old Town
11am - 6pm music until 7pm
Admission by wristband: £2 in advance, £3 on the gate
The Pelham arms
A Great British pub,
a warm welcome,
wonderful food & ambience
Photo by Rowena Easton
Normally when you watch a movie that starts at
7pm you can have dinner afterwards, but The Tree
of Wooden Clogs runs for 185 minutes, so I arrange
to meet my date (wife Rowena) an hour before, so
we can eat.
Over the summer this has become my favourite
space in Lewes for a coffee, or (more often) a pint,
but I’ve yet to try their food. Happily, there’s a
table free in the evening sun. I ask for a ‘rare breed
beef burger’ with sweet potato fries (£11.50); Ro
goes for the halo-headed option of tofu and asparagus
with mushrooms, green beans and cashew nuts
(£10.50). I’ve acquired a taste for Harvey’s Wharf
IPA, she opts for a white wine spritzer.
My burger is slim but tasty, with a dash of mustard
and a squirt of chipotle mayo, and some red onion
relish and a couple of slices of tomato and a soft
brioche-style bun. It’s over in about six bites, each
one a joy; the chips are sweet but not too sweet.
Ro’s report on the salad is positive, too.
I reflect that a massive half-pound burger would
have caused me to fall asleep during a three-hour
film, anyway, especially as we’re comfy front row,
our feet on the pouffes provided. But Ermanno
Olmi’s epic is a masterpiece, and we leave the
screening room as alert as we entered it, and fully
sated, intellectually and emotionally speaking. In
the autumn I’ll endeavour to watch a shorter film,
and eat at more length afterwards, in good company,
discussing it. Alex Leith
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One of the Rights of Man
“Everybody’s raving about the Rights of Man,” says
Viva’s Sarah, who keeps her ear to the food-news grapevine.
It’s a Thursday afternoon in August and I’m forced
out of the office because I can’t get the heating to work.
The Rights of Man – now under the stewardship of Ed,
who used to run the Rainbow in Cooksbridge – seems to fit the bill. It’s nearby, for a start.
I wander into the front bar, which is pleasingly full, and open one of the posh magnetic menus, and
something jumps out, in the ‘sandwich’ section. ‘Proper fish fingers and tartare, £7’. Now there’s an
offer I can’t refuse.
Not ‘posh fingers’, note. Not ‘cod goujons’. ‘Proper’ fish fingers. I order a pint of Moretti and go and
sit down, with a sense of anticipation.
I’m not disappointed. The sauce-smeared fish fingers come in slices of sourdough bread and are accompanied
by a little bowl of slaw and a little pile of rocket, sprinkled with some sort of sauce. They
achieve their fish finger magic: they are crunchy, and at the same time chewy, and at the same time soft.
They are reassuring. The breadcrumbs contain real fish fillet. The only thing? They aren’t rectangular.
No matter. Fish finger sandwiches just 150 yards from the office is a new discovery, and one which
will not be ignored in the future, on days when I need a little succour from the trials of office life. The
Rights of Man are holding a seafood festival from September the 15th to October the 8th. I wonder if
this little dish will be included on the menu? Alex Leith
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Let’s cut to it: lots on this month so head to lewesoctoberfeast.com and book
yourself a spot at one of 14 pop-up suppers or something else equally tasty...
This year’s signature event is the Big Food & Drink Quiz at All Saints on Sept 19th:
a chance to laugh, show off, eat and drink heartily in aid of the festival.
Other highlights include Tea & Tripe, a celebration of George Orwell’s food and drink writing and Cookup
Cabaret: an evening of Caribbean and South American-themed words and music, with Guyanese cuisine.
From 19th-21st, a series of tastings form the Harvey’s Whisky Festival. The new Gin & Fizz Festival at
Grange Gardens will end summer in style (30th) and The Snowdrop Great Beer Exposition VI promises
an unbeatable list (29th-31st).
Lewes Depot host a Spaghetti Western double bill with real spaghetti (24th) and an evening of Arabic
food, live music and film (20th).
There’ll be workshops from Seven Sisters Spices and Community Chef; a supper with ‘women in beer’
group Dea Latis; and of course the Apple Press, at Linklater Pavilion (24-25th, 10-4pm).
A few more notices. On Sept 10th, get entries in for the Lewes Arms Harvest Festival (I’m judging!). On
Sept 16th-17th, try the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival and on Sept 23rd, the Chilli Fayre will liven
up the Paddock.
Final tips: you can now get lovely, local, Mamoosh pittas at May’s Farm Cart. Hook & Son will be on C4
Superfoods on Sept 11th, 8.30pm, and Lewes Friday Food Market are looking for enthusiastic volunteers
to join their board – could it be you? Chloë King
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Some like it hot
“It rained on my first Parade, in 2006” remembers
Adrian Orchard. “I’d taken up growing chillies,
after seeing how beautiful the plants looked
on TV, and they did rather well, and I thought
I’d sell some pods and some plants, standing
under my umbrella on the village green. I called
it the ‘Southease Chilli Parade’.”
I’m sitting in Adrian’s Southease kitchen with
Nick Carling, talking about how very far the
event has moved on. Current organiser Nick
is again expecting a good turnout to the latest
edition of what Adrian’s ‘parade’ has morphed
into – The Lewes Chilli Fayre, now held every
September in the Paddock Fields.
“From that first event in 2006 the attendance
doubled year on year,” remembers Adrian,
who significantly stepped up his chilli-growing
game. Pretty soon another Southease-based
chilli grower, Ian Barugh, “a lovely man,” joined
Adrian, which upped the ante. The name was
changed to the ‘Southease Chilli Day’, a pop-up
bar was set up, dishes of ‘Southease sizzler’ chilli
sauce were dished out, DJ Nick started spinning
tunes, and before long it had become one of the
social events on the Lewes calendar, the village
green jammed with punters enjoying the chillirich
fare and the last of the summer sun.
It became, however, a victim of its own success,
and by the end the village green simply wasn’t
big enough for all the people who wanted to
participate. “In the last year (2013) we ran out
of booze halfway through the afternoon,” says
Adrian. “We knew that it had gone too far.”
In stepped Nick, who decided that a move to
Lewes would be better for all concerned, and
the event continued to grow. “It’s not like all
those other chilli events you might have been to,
though,” says Nick. “There are no macho chilli
eating competitions, and we’ve turned away
loads of bands, and bouncy castles, and suchlike.
We want to keep it as a real chilled-out community
event, for local people, and families, helping
raise money for local charities.”
As ever Nick will be providing the musical
ON THIS MONTH: CHILLI
Portrait by Alex Leith
entertainment from his Fruitful Soundsystem,
and various stall-holders, each offering food
with chilli in it (from mild to hot) have been
invited, many of them making a return to the
Festival, including some “boys from Brixton”
making jerk chicken (be prepared to queue) and
the girls from the restaurant Abyssinia, selling
Adrian will be there selling chilli pods, jams
and scones from a stall in the Pavilion, raising
money for Southease village. This year he’s
grown some Carolina Reapers, “the hottest
variety of pepper in the game,” and rest assured
his chilli scones will sell out fast, though expect
to get quite a hit off them: “I’m not going to let
people off easily.”
But will the Festival carry on growing, year on
year? “I bloody hope not,” says Nick. “We don’t
want it to get too big for the Paddock: that
would be a logistical nightmare. This year we’re
not publicising it outside Lewes.” Alex Leith
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THE WAY WE WORK
We asked Luke Taylor, from Develop Images, to find a selection of
new-media savvy businesses in and around Lewes and take portraits
of ‘digital creatives’. While he was there, he asked them: ‘what do
you like doing best when you’re not on-screen?’
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Ruby Turbett, Digital Marketing Manager at iSos
"In my spare time I like to do boxing to keep fit.
It's a great way to unwind from a busy day!"
THE WAY WE WORK
Lauren Foley, Product Support Manager at EYFS
"Trying to coax animals out of zoos and thinking about nachos."
THE WAY WE WORK
Matt Lewis, Partnerships & Customer Success Manager at Mohara
"Training or competing in triathlons and obstacle course races."
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Programme Manager for IT at Sussex Downs College
The government is
planning to introduce
T Levels – or Technical
Levels – in 2019. These
will be equal to and held in
the same regard as A Levels,
but we’re already starting to
get there now with our new
technical courses. It’s about
offering a range of options
that lead to the same result
- a highly skilled workforce
with the ability to apply
their knowledge in a variety
of challenging situations.
They’re very fast-moving fields – digital
industries – and very nuanced. It changes on
an almost daily basis. It’s my job to manage the
whole curriculum area and the performance of
the courses, but also to keep our offer current
and up to date. The systems that we have in
education are slower to change, so it’s about designing
flexible courses that can take into account
upcoming developments. The skill sets that we
give our students have to be current when they
leave us in two years' time.
I spend hours reading about the industry and
taking our students to different international
conferences. For me they’re like a candy shop,
but you can’t know it all, and it’s part of my role
to put together the right team with a range of
skills and expertise. We have teachers who are
programmers, front-end designers and developers.
Some are full-time, and others are still
working in industry. That’s invaluable because it
brings real-world application into the classroom.
Once the students have learnt technical skills,
they need to apply them, so we’re always looking
to work in partnership with local businesses;
we develop something for them, but they also
bring something to the classroom. That interchange
of knowledge and
experience is precious.
We offer Computer Science
A Level, and that has
taken on a new meaning in
recent years. All students of
the core sciences – Chemistry,
Biology, Physics – need
to understand computer
science as there aren’t
off-the-shelf programs to
run their experiments. The
same is true of all types of
engineering. You have to
create your own software
to explore your area of research. We also offer
Application and Web Development, Software
and Games Development and, next year, we’ll
offer Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner,
which is all about how artificial intelligence and
virtual reality are being used in a business setting.
We’ll also offer a course in Data Analytics, which
is of growing importance in a modern business
Roles in industry are becoming very distinct.
You’ll have a front-end designer for an application,
but then another developer who codes it, so
it’s very much about building teams and splitting
roles, and we bring that model into the classroom.
All the young people we teach are digital
natives. They come in fluent with computer technology
and operating systems, but we’re aiming
to send them out of here fully equipped as critical
thinkers with great communication skills; the
ability to talk to people, to put a report together,
to do research and analysis and to take a lead or a
specific role within a team. As told to Lizzie Lower
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students at Sussex Downs, or could offer work
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A peace garden for Lewes
In last January’s
edition of Viva
Lewes, (#124) Alex
Leith wrote on the
Inside Left page
about the history of
the area, known to
many as the Magic
Circle, behind the
bowling green in
the castle precincts.
A classical feature
in the large gardens of Castlegate House,
created in 1920, over time it came back into
public use and for decades has been on the
short-cut down the steps and back into Castle
Ditch Lane. It became an overgrown and thus
hidden area where youngsters could gather to
do whatever would be most disapproved of by
their parents’ generation. The water feature
was removed and vandalism damaged the parts
of the original structures that remained. Alex’s
article ended by accurately calling its present
state one of ‘scandalous disrepair’.
For some years the Friends of Lewes Society
has been planning to do something about this
area, believing it can be reinstated with a nod
to its first purpose as a place to pause and reflect
in pleasant surroundings. Rebuilding the
classical stonework is not realistic, but it can
still be a feature on a key tourist route from
the castle precincts back to the High Street.
Long delays were caused by the need to establish
it as a Right of Way and then by matters of
ownership, as the Maltings building and its car
park alongside this area were transferred from
County to District Council. These bureaucratic
processes are now complete and it is time to
share the plan and seek support.
The original circle will be repaved and the
wooden slab seating
of a robust nature
will be provided,
the shrubbery will
be reduced and
replanted and, alongside,
facing the car
park, another area
with a more open
of seating will
be created, with associated landscaping of the
surrounding slopes. It is planned to have this
work completed by the centenary of the peace
after World War I and for the whole area to
be known as a Peace Garden, echoing the title
of the book describing its creation by Frank
Frankfort Moore – A Garden of Peace.
At present informal consultations are taking
place with the various authorities concerned
with the site and an archaeological survey has
been commissioned as a result of this. This
should pave the way for a formal planning application
to be made shortly. Full details of the
project will be available at the meeting in the
Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm
on September 14th, when it is intended to
launch a campaign to raise funds for the
project to meet the difference between the
cost and what the Town and District Councils
and any grant making trusts are likely to
This presentation is open to all who are interested
and for those who would like to view the
site first there is a chance to do so immediately
beforehand at 7pm prompt. This article thus
ends on a distinctly more optimistic note than
Alex’s in January.
Not over till the small android sings
The lights dimmed, the musicians played the
opening bars and two robot singers came to life
- with a little help from printed cue cards flashed
before their eyes.
Would there be the sweeping emotions, tragedy,
high drama, perhaps even comedy? Would we feel
blown away by the sheer power of their voices?
Not quite. But the two toddler-sized Nao robots
gave faultless performances of two arias composed
by University of Sussex academics – and the audience
was filled with wonderment.
The opera was part of a mini symposium at the
University, organised by the Centre for Research
in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) and the
Centre for Research in the Creative and Performing
Arts, to explore the philosophy and potential
impact of artificial intelligence on the arts.
Surrounding the stage were musicians, philosophers,
computer scientists and composers all curious
to understand whether what they were watching
constituted singing, or opera, or indeed art.
Questions were raised. What do we mean by singing?
Can singers ever be truly autonomous? And
who is it who's experiencing the emotions – the
robots, or us?
Dr Evelyn Ficarra, music lecturer and assistant
director of CROMT, wanted performance to be
part of the symposium because, as she explained:
“Creative interaction is a good way to explore
ideas. Robots are increasingly part of our lives and
we have to figure out what that relationship will
be. Working with them on a creative project is
And why opera? “In contemporary music these days
everyone wants to write an opera! It's part of the
current zeitgeist. It’s also a highly stylised medium,
and robots are stylised too. The central thing for
us is that it allows us to explore different issues
of performance in relation to embodiment and
vocality. What do robots sound like when they are
performing like robots, rather than being made to
be more human?”
The answer is they sound like synthesised speaking
voices, as the robots demonstrated when they
launched into Dr Ficarra’s five-minute aria O,
One, which was partly written in binary code – the
language of love for automatons – with a cellist accompaniment
by digital humanities research fellow
Dr Alice Eldridge.
Next came Professor Ed Hughes' lyrical and
haunting piece, Opposite of Familiarity, with librettist
Eleanor Knight capturing their childlike innocence
through lines such as: “I see a shape that is familiar.”
But while the performers looked into each other’s
flashing eyes, shuffled forward and raised their
mechanical arms in a gesture of hope, or despair,
or perhaps even love, it seems the emotions were
Dr Ron Chrisley, director of the Centre for Cognitive
Science (COGS) at Sussex who was tasked with
programming the robots, pointed out: “It’s amazing
how little you need in a robot for us to react to
them as if they did have feelings.”
As he discovered, the robots have a limited vocal
range and have no sense of rhythm other than
the one they are given. And the programs he
wrote don’t allow them to listen to each other
or to adapt their performance should something
“You won’t get improvisation,” he said. “If part of
the stage scenery fell down, you wouldn’t get the
robot changing their lines in order to sing to the
And yet a big part of a live audience’s enjoyment
of a performance is, bizarrely, the risk that it
could go wrong. As one member of the audience
remarked: “You don’t want it all to sound like
Android Lloyd Webber.”
But in the sense that they have learned a score and
are following it, and are making the sounds in real
time, does it make them so vastly different to humans
who must follow the wishes of the composer
Professor Hughes, Head of Music at Sussex, thinks
not. His experience was “similar to working with
musicians and singers”.
He said: “You find out what they can do and then
work that into the language of the piece. You
realise there are boundaries. Theatre is partly
about projecting an illusion and that’s what you
work with, even though you know they don’t have
Dr Ficarra pointed out that this research is still in
its infancy and that one of the aims is to explore the
social possibilities for robots, for example in roles in
the future that might involve caring for humans.
“Listening and teamwork - that's what makes a
good musician, and a good human being too. In
time we might be more appreciative of the robots’
virtuosity in these areas.”
However, Dr Eldridge, whose research involves
exploring how music and artificial intelligence connect,
advised those present not to get too fearful for
the future of humanity.
“Rapid advances in robotics and AI are having huge
social and cultural impacts, but we should remember
that we design and build these technologies,
and it is up to us how we use them - opera singers
aren’t going to lose their jobs just yet.”
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Let’s get digital
It started gradually. A few sporty types began wearing
chunky black gadgets on their wrists, while the
rest of us looked on in bemusement. Now, fitness
trackers are everywhere, with market intelligence
firm IDC predicting that 47.6 million of the techie
wristbands will be sold worldwide this year, rising to
52.2 million in 2021.
According to a survey carried out by Tata Consultancy
Services last year, 82 per cent of ‘recreational
athletes’ in the UK were using fitness tracking
devices in 2015, with 93 per cent of them claiming
the tools improved their fitness behaviour, and
three-quarters saying they were exercising more.
Impressive figures, but can wearing a plastic wristband
really make you fitter? There was only one
way to find out…
I went to the nice people at local Fitbit stockist,
Lewes Mobile, who kindly provided me with a
Fitbit Surge. Tracking steps, stairs climbed, heart
rate, calories, distance, sleep, and a variety of
workouts, it was one of the latest launches from the
market leader. But it looked outsized and clunky
on my (admittedly small) wrist, resembling an oldfashioned
digital watch more than a state-of-the-art
Despite its unpromising appearance, though, the
Fitbit Surge lived up to its hype, and I found I quite
enjoyed monitoring my activity levels. Allowing
the user to set daily and weekly goals, the tracker
records data then syncs with a laptop or smartphone
to provide statistics. Although some functions were
too advanced for me, I am a little embarrassed
to admit how much I liked being awarded with a
starburst each time I reached 10,000 steps!
“Motivation is the main thing,” agrees Debbie
McLean, Group Exercise and Gym Co-Ordinator
for Wave. “In my experience, people are three
times more likely to reach their goals if they are
tracking them. If something can show you your
progress, then it’s far easier to keep on track. It
provides accountability and shows a picture that
isn’t otherwise there.”
It’s also about customisation, she adds. “You need
to know what you want to achieve. If you’re already
active, you might want a tracker that does more
than count steps. But if you’re looking for something
to get you off the couch, then a more basic
tracker might be perfect for you.”
Taking things a stage further, Wave operates a
system called Fit Connect, whereby gym-goers
can collate data from different fitness devices and
apps.“It holds all of a person’s data in one place, and
sends out suggested workouts to suit the individual,”
McLean explains. “Life generally is moving more
and more towards technology, and tracking fitness is
an important part of that.”
So am I fitter after my Fitbit fortnight? I’d say I’m
more aware. Aware of my current activity levels, and
also what I could be doing to improve them. And
that can only be a good thing. Six-thousand-andsixty-one
steps and counting… Anita Hall
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#7 Long Man of Wilmington
All too soon, sweet summer has once more tipped
beyond her zenith but despite the recent monsoon
weather, Sarah, Todd, and I have chosen a cloudfree,
rain-free afternoon to visit our friendly local
giant, the Long Man of Wilmington.
We’re old friends now but since our first acquaintance
around 20 years ago, he’s morphed from being
a Neolithic Green Man to a political cartoon from
the 17th Century along the lines of Dorset’s Cerne
Abbas giant (Oliver Cromwell apparently!) but minus
the priapic accoutrements. Archaeologists eh!
Even if it was a 1600s invention, personally I prefer
his more spiritual identity gently parting the sliding
doors between different worlds. It’s a persona
depicted as the Two of Wands in the powerful
DruidCraft Tarot created by Chief Druid and local
Downs man, Philip Carr-Gomm.
Todd, though, is having none of this fanciful claptrap
and, while happy to pose for his publicity pic
with Sarah, is much more interested in sniffing out
the local wildlife and greeting other exotic canines
on the footpaths around the Long Man which
today, rather wonderfully, include both an Icelandic
Sheepdog and an Alaskan Malamute.
The recent rains have cleared the air and the views
from the Long Barrow high above the Long Man’s
head reach beyond Mt Caburn to Black Cap above
Plumpton. From here the towering bulk of the
Downs looks like a slow-motion green tsunami
rolling inwards from the sea.
It’s a fancy which, in geological terms, is not so far
from the truth as these hills were formed by Africa
and India colliding with Europe, pushing up firstly
the Alps and in their wake the chalk downlands of
the south of England.
As we head on south towards Jevington, the gentle
hum of the cooling breeze is fractured by the deafening
roar of a Vulcan bomber, in training for the
Eastbourne airshow, which suddenly breaks cover
through a fold in the hills, scattering a nearby herd
of nervy bullocks in all directions.
“That noise is absolutely terrifying!” whispers Sarah
as peace descends once more. “Beware! Beware!
Oh ye who break his ancient, dreamless, uninvaded
sleep,” I reply, pretentiously. All the same, I’m still
rather chuffed with my mish-mash misquote of
Coleridge and Tennyson.
Map: OS Explorer: OL25. Distance: 6 miles. Terrain:
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open grassland and woodland paths. Directions: Park
in Wilmington car park and follow footpath to base
of Long Man. Take the path first west and then up
onto the Downs to the Long Barrow above the Long
Man’s head. Follow the South Downs Way to Jevington.
Return along the Wealdway through Folkington
to Wilmington. Watering Hole: Eight Bells Pub
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Like a bat out of Pells
Illustration by Mark Greco
I spend way too much time in graveyards (especially
considering that I’m going to spend an awful lot
of time in one in the future). But in September St
John sub Castro churchyard - and down the hill at
The Pells - are great places to look for pipistrelle
bats. During September adult pipistrelles are joined
by their pups who are taking their maiden flights.
Above Lewes the night sky is a battlefield of deafening
cries as pipistrelles swoop and swirl, plummet
and pounce on their insect prey.
The acrobatic anarchy overhead goes unnoticed
by us humans. Our hearing is limited and when it
comes to night vision we’re as blind as, well, something
with really bad eyesight… in fact anything but
a bat. Bats have excellent vision. But it certainly isn’t
their best sense.
Echolocation is one of the animal world’s most
incredible superpowers. A pipistrelle shouts, the
shout hits something and bounces back. This echo
is instantly analysed in an amazing brain and tells
the bat how far away the object is and whether
it’s a mosquito, a moth or a mansion. To get the
maximum information from their echo, pipistrelles
yell at high frequencies (45 kHz, we can only hear
up to 20 kHz). And these shouts are loud; pneumatic
drill/jet fighter loud. Up to 110 decibels in some
species. A bat would deafen itself if it heard its own
shout. So pipistrelles have to disengage their ears,
then shout, turn their hearing back on, listen for the
echo, analyse, then start all over again. All at the rate
of 10-15 times a second. This gives bats an amazing,
multi-layered awareness of their surroundings.
Imagine driving down the A27 and not just being
aware of the cars in front but also every bee and fly
that hurtles past. It’s tricky (and impolite) to shout
when you’re eating and once a moth is in the mouth
the bat has to chew-shout-listen-chew-shout-listen
to avoid a collision.
There are 17 species of bat in Sussex. Our smallest
– the common pipistrelle – is also the one you’re
most likely to see around your homes. Back in the
80s there were just four TV channels, two types of
videocassette and one species of pipistrelle in Britain.
But in the 90s scientists discovered that some
pipistrelles were echolocating at higher frequencies
(55 kHz); a Montserrat Caballé to the common
pipistrelle’s Freddie Mercury. These are the
soprano pipistrelles. There’s now a third: Nathusius'
pipistrelle. By affixing lightweight metal rings to
this species’ wings, researchers have discovered that
these bats are migrating to Sussex from as far away
We’ll be using bat detectors to listen for pipistrelles
as well as Daubenton’s bats, noctules and serotines
on a special bat night walk on September 15th.
Meet in St John sub Castro churchyard in Abinger
Place at 8pm. Everyone welcome.
Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust
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Plenty more Henty
Fifty years ago this month,
broadcasting in the United
Kingdom changed irrevocably
with the arrival
of Radios One, Two, Three
and Four on our airwaves.
Local radio followed
almost immediately and
I was in London, across
the road from Broadcasting
House, to witness this
sound revolution. There
have been many exciting
developments since then, of course, the most
innovative being the transition from analogue
broadcasting to digital.
Unashamedly, I have always been an ‘analogue person’.
My twenty exciting years in radio were what I
called the days of tape and razors as opposed to wine
and roses. You recorded everything onto tape and
edited with a razor blade. It worked.
Digital then was the future which I now find myself
embracing with a wide-eyed sense of incredulity.
For the past year, Lewes friend, Kevin Cramer, and
I have been working on an ambitious audio project,
supported by Senior Archivist, Christopher Whittick,
at The Keep, to digitize 176 hours of hospital
radio programmes. That represents over seven days
of un-interrupted broadcasting, 24 hours a day.
10,560 minutes in all.
The programmes, entitled Nice ‘n’ Easy, were sponsored
by British Telecom, recorded in my Lewes
garage studio and distributed on audio cassette to
every UK hospital radio station for over six years,
between 1987 and 1994.
Some were featured on BBC Radio Two and
contained, amongst many other things, conversations
with famous celebrities from actor Charlton
Heston to Rt. Hon. Denis Healey. We interviewed
Denis at his home just
outside Alfriston and it
featured in a Christmas
Special programme on
December 24, 1989.
Now that interview, and
all the others in digital
format, is to be retained
at The Keep and will
soon be made available
to visitors. David Myers,
systems officer, archives
and records, told me
“We are currently developing a digital delivery and
discovery system for The Keep. At this moment we
do not have methods to access sound archive over
the internet via our website.”
However, David has assured me that he and his
colleagues are working towards this ultimate goal
and in the meantime, Viva readers can now listen
exclusively to the full Denis Healey programme by
It was a very jolly encounter!
Rather like the chaos I caused in HA Baker, the
chemist close by the war memorial, a few weeks
back. Of all things, I wanted a new battery for our
front door bell. Helpfully, Emma (on cameras)
offered to remove the old for re-cycling purposes
and then… probably regretted it. The item simply
would not budge and soon, amidst much hilarity, we
had Gaynor, Linda and Rachel all lending a hand, or
at least finger nails. There was almost applause from
other bemused customers when out popped the old
battery. Ding dong indeed.
Similar mayhem in WH Smith later where I had
difficulties with one of the two automatic check-out
machines. “We call ’em Deirdre and Doris”, real
check-out person Angela told me, disdainfully. I’ll
go to her next time! John Henty
We were delighted to have been of service at
the Lewes District Business Awards dinner by
introducing Carole Richmond, from Brighton
Buses, to Kevin Miller, Business Affairs Officer
of Lewes FC. When we told Carole about the
Rooks’ historic move to spend as much money on
the women’s team as the men’s, she requested an
introduction, the eventual result of which was a
shirt sponsorship deal. Both the women’s and the
men’s team will wear ‘Equality FC’ on the front
of their shirt, with ‘The Regency Route’ on the
Another hurrah… It seems like no.74 High
Street - for so long inhabited by the gents’
outfitter Hugh Rae – has been taken over by Abi
and Thomas Petit, of Abigail’s Drapery and Gossypium.
Looks like there’ll be a bit of rag-trade
continuity there, then, and that’s one hell of a
big gap in the High Street’s front teeth filled up.
It’s good news all round, actually, for the top
of town’s empty spaces, with The Foundation
Stage Forum, a platform for Early Years Foundation
Stage practitioners, taking over the former
Post Office and Côte finally opening up on September
4th in what was Lloyds Bank. We’re told,
too, that Shanaz are likely to expand into the bit
that used to be Lloyds’ cashpoint.
And a few doors down, it looks like we’re in the
middle of a chain reaction, with swish ladies’
clothing outlet Jigsaw taking the space so
recently emptied by jewellery-and-bags franchise
Accessorize (and previous to that, Monsoon).
Last month we reported on the closure of Ooh
Art! at the top of School Hill. That building
didn’t stay empty long: it’s been filled by the third
charity shop (the others are in Newhaven and
Hailsham) run by the Sussex Community Development
Association (SCDA is much easier on
the ear). Our first visit resulted in the purchase of
three books, including JG Ballard’s autobiography,
Miracles of Life – for £3. Bargain.
A couple of closures to report at the Needlemakers,
with Skull and Feathers gone (Lou’s moving
to a stall in the Flea Market) and Cuv Cuv (near
the top of the stairs) moving on; Tracy from
Gallery will expand into that space. We popped
downstairs to find that Matt Irwin had turned
the back room of Skylark into something of an
art gallery: it’s well worth a visit.
And a new venture down Eastgate way – the Sunday
morning car boot sale held behind Waitrose
has been taken over by Gordon and Jax: expect
the usual stalls plus more upmarket antiques, too.
Same place, same time (10am). Finally, anyone
thinking that a new company called The Beez
Neez is taking over what used to be Famiglia/
Lazzati is betraying their new-in-towniness: the
building is being turned into flats and the renovations
revealed the rather cool sign of the old café
that traded from there in the 80s. Alex Leith
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How long have you been in business? Thirteen
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HIGH STREET, 1865 & 2017
To fit in with our ‘digital’ theme, we’ve chosen one of Isaac Reeves’ marvellous photo montages for
this month’s Inside Left. Isaac’s modus operandi is to choose an interesting photo from the Reeves
archive, find the exact spot from where one of his antecedents shot the image, and take a modern day
version. Then he goes on Photoshop and blends the two pictures, creating a ghostly ‘now and then’
image in which long-dead Lewesians share pavement space with their modern-day equivalents.
In this case the original photo was taken by Isaac’s great great grandfather, Edward Reeves, on Lewes
High Street, c1865. “I had to position myself between two boxes of books outside Bow Windows
Bookshop to stand where he stood for the shot,” he says, and the idea of him following so literally in
his forebear’s footsteps, 152 years later, adds even more poignancy to the exercise. The two Reeves
were confronted by very similar views, though in that period the building until recently used as our
Post Office was a private house, and what is now British Heart Foundation had an extra two storeys
and housed Hardwick’s Drapery and Boot Warehouse.
The Victorians inhabiting the picture include a bowler-hatted chap in the foreground, presumably
tipping the wink to Edward, a line of schoolkids posing for the shot, and what looks like an old lady
exiting no. 68, now Beckworths. She’s nearly bumping into a modern-day Lewesian (the girl in the
blue shirt). On the left of the picture a couple look at house prices (modern-day ones, sadly) in the
window of Rowland Gorringe.
The most intriguing figure is the chap in the waistcoat crossing the entrance to Watergate Lane. At
first sight he looks like he belongs to the Victorian-era picture. “He is wearing an old-fashioned suit
and is in black and white,” says Isaac, “but look closely and the ear buds he’s listening to music through
put him firmly in the current century.”
You probably won’t pick up that detail from this small rendition of the image, which makes this a good
point to plug the fact that throughout Artwave Isaac is showing a whole exhibition of his ‘then and
now’ pictures in their full-sized glory in the Gallery at Reeves (159 High Street), entitled Untimely
Images (until Sunday Sept 3rd).
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