Viva Brighton Issue #76 June 2019




#76. JUNE 2019




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I’ve never really been one for sport. There

was a brief moment when I was a reasonably

enthusiastic gymnast, and I was fairly useful

on a netball court at school, but that’s about

the extent of my sporting prowess. So, when

we decided on ‘sport’ for our June theme, I

knew I wasn’t going to be drawing on personal


Luckily the city is full of suitably sporty types,

brimming with enthusiasm and encouragement.

In these pages we meet a sea swimmer who’s

been in the Channel most days for 30 years

(except for Sundays, when he goes for a

bike ride); a runner who's found fitness and

friendship among the hundreds (of thousands)

of parkrun devotees; and the wheelchair dancers

performing in town this month. There’s a

Brighton University professor who’s bringing

some scientific rigour to the debate around the

integration of transgender athletes in elite sport;

a Sussex Uni Physics student who’s hoping to

become an astronaut, once she’s done defending

her world powerlifting record; and a worldfamous

ice hockey ace who made his name in

Brighton (naturally).

It’s enough to bring me out in a sweat just

thinking about it. Perhaps I’d be better cheering

them on from the side lines. Although – if the

Whitehawk Ultras and the ladies of Brighton

Races’ Ladies Day are anything to go by – I’ll be

needing to up my game there, too.

There’s definitely room for improvement. My

personal best (I like to think) is yet to come.

Rachael Stirling

Rory Keenan


By David Hare

In a post-war land of plenty Susan Traherne,

former secret agent, battles for her own body

and mind, as Britain loses its role in the world.




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CONTRIBUTORS: Alex Hood, Alex Leith, Alexandra Loske,

Amy Holtz, Ben Bailey, Charlotte Gann, Chris Riddell,

Donough O’Malley, JJ Waller, Jacqui Bealing, Jay Collins, Joda,

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Bits & Bobs.

12-29. Donough O’Malley and his

smashing cover design; ice hockey ace

Bobby Lee is on the buses; Alexandra

Loske has been buffing up the Brighton

Cup and Joe Decie shares the contents

of his trophy cabinet. Elsewhere, JJ

Waller is amongst the ladies at the

races, Alex Leith watches a monumental

match at the Monty, we share news

about Global Sharing Week and much

more besides.

My Brighton.

30-31. We meet Brighton Swimming

Club president Jasper Stevens after his

morning dip in the Channel.


33-39. JJ Waller is embedded with the

Whitehawk Ultras.



Photo by JJ Waller

8 33


41-45. John Helmer is a good sport,

Lizzie Enfield takes a lap of the Berlin

Wall, and Amy Holtz is on a winning


On this month.

47-57. Ben Bailey rounds up his pick

of the gigs; there’s Wheelchair Tango

and a Charleston-inspired Ceilidh in

store at Our City Dances, and a chance

to try circus skills, capoeira, handball

(and much more) at TAKEPART 2019.

Rachael Stirling takes the lead in David

Hare’s Plenty, at Chichester Festival

Theatre; Brighton Comedy Garden

at Preston Park puts the city back on

the comedy festival circuit, and Billy

Bragg is at the Black Deer Americana

and Country Music Festival. Plus Gill

Sims relives the realities of parenting at

Komedia, and The Zap takes a curtain

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Art & design.

59-71. Lothar Götz is transforming the

Towner; Sir Peter Blake takes a Day

Trip to Farleys; Same Sky turns 30; Lois

O’Hara on her colourful courts, and just

some of what’s on, art wise, this month


The way we work.

73-77. Adam Bronkhorst gets in front of

an American Footballer (and four other

fastmoving folk).


79-83. Rose Dykins is schooled in the

art of eating artichokes at The Paradiso

Social; Brass Monkey share their recipe

for cardamom ice cream; we discover

The Flour Pot’s pear piccalilli in

Portland Road, and just a taster of this

month’s food news.


85-95. Amy Holtz sweats it out at

Brighton’s beach sauna; we get to grips

with Boulder Brighton and meet a

professor who is carrying out research

into the contentious issue of transgender

athletes in elite sport. Plus we find

out what keeps the masses coming back

Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

to parkrun and speak to Poppy Joshi –

Sussex Uni Physics student and world

powerlifting champion.


97. Heavyweights of the insect world:

Michael Blencowe is in search of the

stag beetle.

Inside left.

98. SS Brighton, circa 1959.



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“From Crutches to Triathlon”

Thanks to studying at the College of Naturopathic Medicine

Angela MacRitchie, CNM Graduate in Naturopathic

Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and Naturopathy

From the age of seven I loved doing ballet

and gymnastics and represented my county

in gymnastics. But at the age of nineteen my

knee swelled up to a huge size and no-one

was sure why. It was incredibly painful and

I could only walk with crutches. Over the

next twenty years I had six operations, from

investigating ‘foreign bodies’ to moving the

knee cap.

My knee was painful, often excruciatingly

so, and left me bed-ridden for whole days. I

was on heavy painkillers which became less

effective the longer I took them.

After the sixth operation, which did not

bring relief, the consultant said, ‘No

more operations, I’m referring you to the

Rheumatology Clinic’. The Rheumatologist

gave me hope for the first time in years. I

was prescribed a cocktail of powerful antiinflammatory

drugs which, for the first three

months, left me feeling very unwell. I was

persuaded to persist with them and after

the three months the change in my knee

was noticeable. The swelling went down

dramatically for the first time and soon

afterwards I was able to dispense with the

crutches. The drugs had worked and I was

able to walk further than I had done in years.

Two years after going on the anti-inflammatory

drugs, which I was told I was likely to have to

take for life, I went on holiday and realised I

had left them all at home by mistake. The fact

that neither my mobility nor my pain levels

changed without drugs during that short

period encouraged me to consider reducing

the medication and investigate other, natural

methods, which I began to do. The pain didn’t


was making to my lifestyle and diet, he was

unimpressed. I told him that I had challenged

myself to do a triathlon in two years’ time, to

which he replied, ‘No chance’.

But my body increasingly began to wake up

again and respond. Two years later, at the

age of 46 I successfully completed my first


I’m now 50. It’s been six years since I’ve taken

any medication. My knee is fine. I’m pain-free

and enjoy more mobility than since I was a

teenager. The only reason I haven’t done

more triathlons is because I’ve completed my

studies for three Diplomas at CNM: Nutrition,

Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine.

I learnt amazing facts at CNM which really

helped my health. It turned out my blood

had no Rheumatoid factor markers, so

Rheumatoid Arthritis was never the problem.

worsen, and I could still get about, so I didn’t

take any more drugs.

At my next check-up the Rheumatologist

explained why it was extremely unhelpful

to reduce the drugs so quickly and

to reduce them below a certain level.

I understood, and it’s definitely not

something I would ever advise anyone else

to do. No responsible practitioner would

do so, as stopping medication can have

dangerous repercussions. When I told the

Rheumatologist that I was detoxing, which

herbs I was taking and what other changes I

It was tough studying for three Diplomas

and working full time, but everyone at CNM

helped me. I now have three clinics offering

my clients complete wellbeing packages.

As a Naturopath I know the importance of

giving the body what it needs for healing and

returning to balance and inspiring people to

make positive

change in their


I don’t have

the words to

express how

much studying

at CNM has

changed my life.

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You’ve probably seen illustrator and

designer Donough O’Malley’s work

before: he created the red octopus of

Brighton Fringe’s 2018 brochure cover.

Having grown up in a “small, quiet, rural

place” in Ireland, Donough moved to the

UK to study an illustration foundational

degree in Bristol.

After graduating from University of

Brighton’s Narrative and Sequential

Design Masters course, Donough initially

focused on illustrating fiction, such as the

World of Norm series of children’s books.

He mainly works in editorial, advertising,

and branding commissions that now

include non-fiction books.

“Fiction is a little bit whimsical: you’ve

got a lot of space to create things but in

the non-fiction area you have to have

things factually right. One book I’ve

finished recently is a lift-the-flap book

on Chemistry: they need to know what a

chemical molecule looks like and I don’t

want to be screwing that up.”

Donough has also studied Graphic Design

in London, which has steered him to “a

simpler graphical style. Looking for that

simplicity in paring down what you need

to get a message across. Normally when I

start off with a brief it’s draw, draw, draw,

lots of drawing, if time allows for it. Once

I have an idea or an essence, I boil it down

into the simplest form that I possibly can

that gets the message across clearly, and

hopefully in a fun and humorous way”.

Once the flurry of drawing has subsided

and he has settled on a final idea,

Donough will “work it up larger, in pencil.

Then move things around: I like to have

things align and be connected in some

way, so there’s a form and a grid to it.

Once I’m happy with those drawings, I can




add more detail. I scan it, then I draw out

all the elements again on my computer,

using vector tools. Each little shape will

be its own object so I can move them and

change the colour however I want.”

Although Donough takes inspiration from

a wide range of illustrators – including

Brighton-based artists Leon Edler, Leigh

Pearce and Ryan Gillet – he looks to

designers now, “for a sense of styles, shapes,

colours and patterns. Anything from the

mid-20th century, such as Dutch designer

Wim Crouwel. His work has graphic

patterns and geometric shapes. I see

something in the shapes and the colours

and think ‘maybe I can create a character or

scene from his work’.

“With the sport theme, I thought great, I

can have some fun here, I can do whatever

I want. After just spending Easter weekend

in Brighton (lots of beach walks with

the dog) I watched the volleyball players

down there. It struck me that there are

a lot of elements here, a lot of action

and dynamism so I thought, OK this

could work.” It certainly does! Let’s hope

that summer plays ball, so we can all try

emulating such dynamism on the beach


Joe Fuller





Robert James Lee, known as Bobby Lee, was a huge name in

Brighton and a superstar in the world of ice hockey in the 50s. He

was born in 1911 in Montreal and grew up using the frozen lakes

and rivers to practise, skating as well as he could walk from a young

age. After breaking into the Canadian league in his early twenties,

Bobby was invited to England by the head coach of the Brighton

Tigers, who signed him in 1936. He was an incredibly talented

player, first breaking the record for scoring over two hundred goals,

and then going on to create the four hundred goal record, playing

well into his forties.

He married Billie, a local woman, in 1939, and, with the outbreak

of WW2, they moved to Canada where Bobby joined the air force.

Following the war, they returned to Brighton, raising their family

in Mile Oak. Bobby took on the triple role of player, coach and manager of the Brighton Tigers

and the team enjoyed great success. Thousands of supporters packed out Brighton Sports Stadium,

known locally as ‘SS Brighton’ every Thursday to watch them play (see pg 98). When the Brighton

Tigers played their last game in 1965, due to the council’s decision to demolish the stadium, Bobby

Lee was the last man on the ice. He died on New Year’s Eve in 1974, and is remembered as a true

gentleman of the sport. Alex Hood

Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)




Here’s Steve

Crump with

his copy of

Viva at the

Indus Hospital

in Karachi,


Steve is the

founder and Chief Executive of Brighton-based

charity DeafKidz International, who work to

ensure the safeguarding and protection of deaf

children at risk of abuse and exploitation. As well

as Pakistan, Steve’s work takes him to South Africa,

Jamaica, Iraq and India. “All countries where

I leave my copies of Viva in guest houses, hotel

common rooms or NGO meeting places,” he

tells us. “It’s like carrying a little piece of Brighton

with you, wherever you

go and whatever you’re

doing! Love it.” []

And here is Elly Babe, with

her copy of the April issue,

in Budapest. On a city

break to the Hungarian

capital, Elly and boyfriend

Alex stopped by Heroes Square, which serves

as a memorial for soldiers and historical figures,

hosts many political events and makes a popular

photo opp for tourists!

Keep taking us with you and keep spreading

the word. Send your photos and a few words

about you and your trip to

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made at


Within Nymans' yew sheltered Rose Garden, the subtle

perfume of roses punctuate the air, particularly on a

warm summer's day. Visit throughout June to see over

115 varieties in flower, with their scent carrying

throughout the garden.

These are the places that make us.

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All images: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

After Charles Thomas Cracklow: View of the Pavilion and Steyne at Brighton. After 1806



It is well known that George IV was a connoisseur

of all things bling and beautiful. The Royal

Pavilion boasts one of the most spectacular and

valuable collections of silver-gilt in the country,

most of it displayed in and next to the Banqueting

Room. One piece, the ‘Brighton Cup’, has

a very special connection with George, and has

been moved to the Prints & Drawings Gallery

in Brighton Museum for the exhibition All the

King’s Horses, which explores George’s obsession

with all things equestrian. This is a rare opportunity

to see this magnificent object up-close, from

a different angle, newly cleaned, and without the

distraction of all the other exciting objects in the

Pavilion. It also gives us an opportunity to tell

its story.

Racing at Brighton began in 1783, the same year

George first visited Brighton, as a young prince

of 21. Although well known, the Brighton track

initially struggled to make money. A small group

of wealthy supporters including the Earl of Egremont

and the Duke of Richmond supported it




were won by George’s own horse Orville, a

famous racehorse which he had bought less

than a year earlier from Christopher Wilson.

George could hardly present the cup to

himself and was so grateful to Wilson that he

decided to give it to him instead, as a mark of

his pleasure at the success of Orville. He duly

inscribed it ‘The Gift of His Royal Highness

the Prince of Wales to Chris. Wilson’. The

cup remained in the Wilson family until 1952,

when it was acquired by the Royal Pavilion

with the help of the Art Fund. Even its original

After James Sayers: Prince of Wales. 1788

financially. The first grandstand, seen in a print

by Thomas Rowlandson, was built in 1788, and

it is likely that the races were one of the main

reasons George was attracted to the area.

The large vase-shaped lidded Brighton Cup is

made from solid silver covered with a thin layer

of gold (‘silver-gilt’). It was commissioned by

George (when Prince of Wales) in 1804 as a

trophy for the Brighton Races of 30 July 1805.

case survives, which was too large to include in

the exhibition.

There is another extraordinary object in

our collection that relates to the cup, and it

is currently displayed next to it: A letter to

Christopher Wilson at Newmarket, written by

George himself, at the Royal Pavilion on 28

October 1804, complete with the royal seal. In

it a grateful George thanks Wilson for selling

him Orville: ‘I can not help writing you a line,

to thank you for letting me

become the [purchaser] of

Orville. I assure You I am

most sensible of your kind

attention to me on this as

well as on all other [occasions?].’

He adds

John Emes/Rundell, Bridge & Rundell: The Brighton Cup. 1804

Fittingly, it is topped by the Prince of Wales’

‘that there

feathers, which we also see on the East front

is always [a]

of the Pavilion and in many other locations in

good cheer

the building. Made by John Emes for the Royal

at the Pavilion,

goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, the

& that there is

cup cost George more than £157. On one side

always a hearty

a plaque depicts a view of the Royal Pavilion in

welcome ready for

its early stage, a neo-classical building designed

you there or at Carl-

by Henry Holland; on the other the figure of

ton House’. Alexandra

Victory presents a laurel wreath to the winner

Loske, Art Historian and

of a classical horse race (with nude riders!).

Curator, The Royal

As luck would have it, the 1805 Brighton Races






Having a Will is certainly better

than not having one, but as

Camilla Bishop explains, less

isn’t always more.

Making a Will to pass your assets to your loved

ones is crucial – but have you got the right one?

You may need to consider more sophisticated

asset protection or tax planning to ensure that

your assets aren’t exposed unnecessarily to

tax, care costs, divorce settlements or even the

remarriage of your spouse or partner.

A nil rate band trust on first death – If you are

married or in a civil partnership, a nil rate band

trust can ring-fence £325,000 from the possible

bankruptcy, remarriage or care costs of your

surviving spouse or partner; it offers both asset

protection and potential inheritance tax savings,

and usually ends on second death.

Discretionary trust of residue – If any of

your family members are vulnerable or you’re

concerned about your children’s relationships, a

trust that provides your executors with discretion

as to how and when to distribute your estate

could be beneficial.

Life interest trust for your spouse or civil

partner – If you are part of a ‘blended’ family

and in a second relationship, you may wish to

ultimately pass your assets to your own children

on second death; a trust for your new spouse

or partner can provide the security they need,

whilst ensuring the underlying capital passes to

your children in a tax efficient manner.

Whether your estate is above the threshold

for inheritance tax or you are simply looking

to protect your assets, you should consider

including appropriate trusts in your Will to

achieve your aims. Given the changes in

legislation in recent years, you should certainly

be considering reviewing your Will.

Camilla Bishop is a partner at

DMH Stallard’s Brighton office.

You can contact her on

03333 231580.






“Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse is like a mini Ascot, with fabulous

hats and gowns,” writes JJ Waller. “But it is the large numbers from the

transgender community who go to enjoy the day that make it a uniquely

fabulous Brighton occasion. I love going.”


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“Yeah, sure, where do you

want to sit?”

The manager of the Montpelier

Inn, who I later learn is

called ‘Ash’, is moving chairs

and tables around for my wife

and I so we can have a good

place to eat and watch the

football – the second leg of the

Champions League semi-final

between Liverpool and Barcelona

– at the same time.

It’s not the sort of gracious

welcome I’d expected. The last

time I came here, a few years

back, I felt I had to be careful

not to accidentally bump into

anyone or look people directly

in the eye. Good news: The

Monty isn’t ‘rough’ any more.

That’s good news for sports

fans – the place is full of

screens so you can watch

the cricket or the football

from any of its nooks. And

good news, it turns out, for

anyone who likes Indian food.

Chicken biryani is on the

menu today, and it turns out to

be very decent.

There’s no hand-pump bitter,

so after spluttering through a

pint of lager I move onto the

Guinness: I don’t even need to

get up and go to the bar, as Ash

keeps an eye out for our glasses

emptying and brings a fresh

round when we need one.

The match turns out to be

one of the best I’ve ever seen,

with Liverpool overcoming

50/1 odds to win 4-0 on the

night, and 4-3 on aggregate.

Too bad the ‘Brighton Kop’

weren’t here, as they had been

the week before: The Monty

is on the roster of pubs visited

by Liverpool’s South Coast fan

club, all red shirts and You’ll

Never Walk Alone choruses.

Still, the atmosphere is electric.

The place goes mental

when Liverpool’s goals go in.

I have a chat with Ash after

the game. He’s bought us a

complimentary round, without

knowing the ulterior, journalistic,

motive for our visit. He

tells us The Monty – which

has been trading under the

same name since 1854 – used

to inhabit only half the current

site; the Western half of the

elegant bay-windowed building

used to be a bakery, and

if you go to the toilets you can

see the old oven, which he has

lit up behind a glass panel.

It’s that sort of attention to

detail that shows that the place

is run with the sort of care that

counts. With the cricket World

Cup coming up this summer,

I’m sure to be back.

Alex Leith

7-8 Montpelier Place, Hove

Illustration by Jay Collins


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Nicole Carman,

spokeswoman for

The Starr Trust,

talks to Viva about

how the trust is

helping young

people in the city to

get started in arts,

education and sport.

The Starr Trust

is now in its tenth

Photo by Graham Franks

year; can you tell us a little about how it began?

The charity was founded by our CEO Rob

Starr in memory of his dad, Ed, and was originally

called The Edward Starr Trust. Rob wanted to

help young people achieve their ambitions – as he

felt his dad had always supported him and his sister

Tracy to achieve theirs – by giving out grants

to help them on their way. Rob was once an actor,

and his wife Sharon is a singer, so initially the

trust offered grants to young people from low

income families who wanted help to progress in

the arts. Since then we’ve expanded to offer grants

for sport and education as well.

How does the application process work? We

advise people to go to our website, where there’s

an application form on the homepage. The grants

are for children aged between 10 and 18 and

range from £100 up to £5,000. There are a few

criteria: applicants usually need to be from a low

income family, and there has to be something

specific they want to do, or something they need.

Recent examples include a racing wheelchair

that we bought for a young man with cerebral

palsy; he’s since gone on to compete in and win

various competitions, and now hopes to enter

the Paralympics. Another was a girl who was very

anxious and was being

badly bullied at

school. She got into

rowing and then

kayaking and asked

for help in buying

her own kayak.

She’s since joined

TeamGB and won a

gold medal. We have

a funding team of

trustees who go through all the applications and

then have to make the difficult decision of where

to allocate the money, which is distributed in two

rounds. The next is around October time.

How is the trust funded? Most of our income

comes from fundraising events we run; donations

from generous individuals; and, predominantly,

from businesses in Brighton and Hove that

donate prizes for our events, bid on prizes at these

events, fundraise for us and support us financially.

Many of the businesses also offer mentoring to

the young people we work with.

How many people do you estimate that you’ve

helped over the past decade? We reckon it’s at

least 4,000. In recent years we’ve offered grants

that run over three or four years, so although

we’re helping fewer applicants – we work with

about 15 to 20 people a year now – we know our

support is making a lasting impact. We stay in

touch with all the young people we help and they

come to the celebration night we hold once a

year. It’s amazing to see them all mixing with the

businesses who have helped them get closer to

their dreams.

Interview by Nione Meakin




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At first glance, independent

magazines seem to be

a perfect fit for creatives,

coffee-shop laptop ponderers,

solo travellers, beardy types,

and generally left-field kinds

of people. And so, in the early

days, they were.

But, like all things, the model

morphed and changed a little.

The themes started to broaden

out, more conventional

subjects were approached

from more obscure (and interesting) angles and,

all of a sudden the availability of different magazines

grew and the audience ranged from young

to old and back again.

Some things remained similar. Magazines and

sport meant surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding

and pretty much anything where ‘Dude’ was

in the conversation somewhere. But now, even

that has changed; there are some really good

independent magazines about soccer, American

football, tennis and, yes, even golf.

But… rugby? I mean. Come on. That’s never

going to work as an independent

magazine is it? Actually, yes it is

and yes it does, even though we

were amongst the sceptics when

it first came into the shop.

We’ve just received Issue 6

of Rugby magazine. It’s really,

really good on many levels. For

a start, it treats women’s rugby

and men’s rugby pretty equally.

Check out two great articles

in this issue. It looks at rugby

across the world but, in true

indie spirit, differently. Check the article on the

professional Rugby Union club that is gaining a

foothold in New Orleans. It looks at the underside

of rugby and not just the glamour. Check

those articles on Mat Tait and Henry Slade. The

writing is good and the photography outstanding.

It’s great to look at.

If you are a rugby fan, sports fan or magazine

fan, check it out. There’s a good chance you’ll

love it. Rugby and independent magazines? Who

would have thought it?

Martin Skelton, Magazine Brighton


Our toilet graffiti correspondent spotted this bathroom

blackboard on a trip over the Downs.

Sporty or not, this is one race that we’re all in together.

It’s more fun if you remember that it’s less about the

winning and more about the taking part.

But where is it?

Last month’s answer: The Great Eastern





It’s that time of the year again, only this year the

Brighton Naked Bike Ride is teaming up with

Extinction Rebellion in their shared mission to

alert the world to the worsening climate crisis.

“We’re not just campaigning about the extinction

of global animal and plant species,” says Alice

Doyle from Extinction Rebellion Brighton, “but

about the potential extinction of human beings

due to man-made pollution and climate change…

We’re joining this ride, and supporting the event,

as a powerful symbol of both our vulnerability to

pollution and our power to change it.”

Around 1000 riders are expected to join the

pedal-powered ‘protestival’, all riding under the

banner ‘We Are Nature!’

“World Naked Bike Ride demonstrates that less

can be more”, explains ride organiser Duncan

Blinkhorn. “Less consumption, less pollution, less

clothes even! With just bikes and body power, we

are campaigning

for better

road safety, a

more stable

climate, cleaner

air and...

more fun!”

Join them as they ride through the streets on

Sunday the 9th of June. Participation is free and

you’re invited to be “as bare as you dare”. Assemble

in Preston Park from 11am for bike and body

decorating, before the ride sets off at 1.30pm.

If you’d rather cheer from the side lines, the ride

will travel along the seafront via the Palace Pier,

back down Western Road, through the Lanes,

North Laine and Kemp Town, before finishing at

Black Rock naturist beach.

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June 16th-22nd sees the

fifth Global Sharing Week

– an annual celebration

of the Sharing Economy,

which reaches 100 million

people worldwide. We

spoke to Brighton-based

Benita Matofska, who set it up.

What is the sharing economy? A system to

live by, where we care for people and planet, and

share available resources in any way we can. That

includes tangible things – goods, homes, food – and

also intangibles: skills, time, knowledge.

How did you get involved? After sharing a platform

with Desmond Tutu at the One Young World

Congress, I wanted to do something to tackle

poverty and climate change. I saw a shortage of

sharing – so, I set up The People Who Share.

What do you do? We run Global Sharing Week

and help unleash everyone’s sharing potential.

On June 17th, we are launching Generation Share

– a beautifully photographed book of inspiring

stories about change makers, from the woman

transforming the lives of slum girls in India, to the

UK entrepreneur who has started a food sharing

revolution. Generation Share is a collaboration

with local photographer Sophie Sheinwald and is

made of waste materials; proceeds go to educate

slum-based girls in India and to plant trees, and it

is available to order from Policy Press.

How can we find out more? Come to The

Big Share – an event on Hove Lawns on the

22nd of June. It’s free, but ticketed so sign up at

Eventbrite. There’ll be a clothes swap, pop-up

picnic, kindness mob, a sharing hub so you can

find out about local sharing initiatives and more.




Photo by Adam Bronkhorst,




MYbrighton: Jasper Stevens

Chairman of Brighton Swimming Club

Are you local? Yes, I’ve lived here all my

life. I live in Southwick but come into

Brighton every day to swim by the Palace

Pier. I’m the current Chairman of Brighton

Swimming Club, which is rather more

than our arch on the beach. We’ve got

sections for sea swimming, competitive

swimming, synchronised swimming, water

polo, a growing youth section (we’re one

of the largest youth clubs in the city) and

swim masters for older people wanting to

keep fit. We’ve got around 500 members

and we’re the oldest swimming club in the

country, founded in 1860.

When did you start swimming in the

sea? Whilst I was still at the Shiverers

Swimming Club in my twenties, we decided

to do the Pier to Pier swimming race. To

my great surprise, I won it. The next year

I won it too, so I thought ‘there might be

something in this’. Later, I joined Brighton

SC and I was interested to meet the old

boys who swam year-round. The sea always

felt so cold to me, but they took it in their

stride. I had a bet with one of my water

polo team to see who could stay in the

sea the latest in the year. That was over

30 years ago. I swim every day, except for

Sundays when I go cycling.

What are the benefits of sea swimming?

It works on a number of different levels.

In summer, I’ll do a mile swim, so that

keeps me fit. When it’s colder, I don’t stay

in the water too long, but I get a distinct

buzz from doing it. Two mornings a week

I’ll go straight on to the gym and, instead

of feeling ‘here we go again’, it kick starts

you for a workout and makes you feel a bit

superior. It’s also a wonderful way to warm

yourself up.

How has the beach changed over the 30

years? The biggest change I’ve noticed is

the huge numbers of foreign students who

suddenly congregate on the beach and then,

disappear just as quickly. And there’s tons

more litter and plastic. People just leave it

behind and don’t think twice about it. It’s


What do you like most about living here?

It’s got a lot of get up and go about it. One

thing that’s going the right way is restricting

the number of cars and parking spaces.

When you’re trapped between the South

Downs and the sea, there is only so much

space for cars, and the city has got a very

good bus service. I organise the Pier to Pier

race, which brings people from all over the

South East, and I always recommend that

they park out of town and get the bus in.

What would you like to change about

the place? Deciding to build things takes

forever. Take the Sea Lanes pool, which

has finally got the go ahead. As a city, we’re

under-resourced for swimming pools – we

should have far more than we do at the


When did you last swim in the sea?

About 15 minutes ago.

Interview by Lizzie Lower




JJ Waller

Fan photographer

How did you get involved

with Whitehawk FC? In 2014

I was asked to photograph their

first season in the Conference

South, the highest level

they’d ever played at. I soon

became a fan, and I’ve been

going ever since. While I care

passionately about the results,

I’m still there to take pictures,

and unlike most other football

photographers, I’m more

interested in the fans than the

action. Other teams’ fans, too.

Now I go to most of the away games, as well.

So it’s got you about the place? Because

of the nature of Whitehawk’s fixture

list, I’m beginning to know Essex and

Kent much more. Seaside resorts are my

favourite, like Margate, Canvey, Folkestone

and Brightlingsea. After years of street

photography in Brighton, I love looking at

somewhere I’ve never been before, through

fresh eyes. Somewhere where everything I see

and everyone I meet is completely new.

Tell us about the ‘Whitehawk Ultras’. They

are the fans who congregate in a certain part

of the ground, singing their large repertoire

of songs for the entire 90 minutes. The name

‘Ultras’ is ironic, as it was what they called

themselves when there were only ten or twelve

of them, ten years ago, and it usually refers to

the fan groups of big continental clubs. Now

there are between 100-300 of them.

What makes them different from other

fans? They’re not entirely different. Most

fan groups are passionate, and generate great

excitement, and love winning, and hate losing.

But it’s the manner in which they do this.

They create a remarkably

tolerant and fun ambience

you wouldn’t expect in a

football ground. There is a

lot of laughter and not much

swearing on the terraces. The

Ultras are far from ‘identikit’:

they wave rainbow flags and

sing ‘no’ to homophobia,

racism and sexism. The

chants are very creative.

What do you use to shoot

with? Nowadays I just use

a 50mm lens in virtually all

my work, which means I have to get in very

close to get a good shot. In a way it’s like being

embedded: people know me so well, they don’t

notice me. This creates opportunities to make

less clichéd images. And remember: they’re not

looking at me, which is in my favour. They’re

looking at the football.

Where is all this leading? I don’t really

know where it’s all going. It’s an ongoing body

of work not restricted by any preconceived

parameters: it’s just really enjoyable to do. I

would like, eventually, to produce a book that

has international appeal, as the pictures tell

a universal story of the emotions of being a

football fan.

How do you feel about Whitehawk’s

recent relegation? As a fan, of course, I’m

disappointed. But I don’t think it will dampen

the enthusiasm of the Ultras at all. And it’ll

give me a whole new set of towns to visit…

we even get an international fixture, playing

against Guernsey!

Interview by Alex Leith

JJ Waller’s Brighton Pride is published in June.







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Photos by JJ Waller







Photos by JJ Waller










John Helmer


“Will you be nude?” says Finn.

It’s the question everybody asks when you tell

them you’re going to be in a calendar. (Along

with, “WTF?”, and “why you?”)

I tell Finn, the airline steward who is one of

the friends I am having lunch with, that it’s a

work thing; that I’ll be in the (hopefully far)

background of a group shot, and that I will in

fact be clothed, having ticked the box to decline

taking part in any kit-off action. The theme

is movie posters, and I am helping to portray

Mamma Mia 2.

“So which one are you going to be?”

“Pierce Brosnan,” I say, explaining that when I

was in the line-up on Never Mind the Buzzcocks,

one of the people they had selected to look

slightly like me was a professional Pierce

Brosnan looky-likey.

“Miranda Hart says that everybody has a good

looky-likey and a bad looky-likey,” chips in

Finn’s friend Tom.

Finn looks at me and screws up his eyes so that

they go out of focus. “I’d believe Pierce Brosnan

could be your good looky-likey,” he says kindly.

“Who’s your bad looky-likey?” asks Tom.

“That would be Michael Gove,” I say ruefully.

I’ve no idea why a 30-mile bike ride followed by

a long boozy lunch with Tom, Finn et al seemed

like appropriate preparation for a Monday

morning photoshoot. But the result is that I turn

up the next day at the swanky London hotel

where it’s being held in fairly urgent need of


“Maximum slap please,” I ask as they seat me in

the hotel’s salon; “I’m going for over-the-hill

smoothie: I need to get tangoed”.

“Foundation, bronzer,” orders a smiling woman

with a clipboard, then, turning to me: “do you

know who you are?”

“Pierce Brosnan?”

“No. We’ve already got a Pierce. You’re him.”

She points to a picture of the Mamma Mia

poster on her clipboard.

“But that guy’s a lot younger than me.”

“You should be flattered.”

“And he’s got different-coloured hair. And a


“It’s for charity.”

The charity is Dreamflight, who provide

holidays for kids with a serious illness or

disability. Later, in the hotel’s basement

nightclub, where the shoot is taking place, I

meet its head, a very nice woman who looks

a bit like Prue Leith only with more sensible

glasses. I tell her about my conversation with

Finn and she tells me that

she used to be cabin crew

with the same airline.

“He wouldn’t know me

though, I retired 15

years ago.”

“You must have retired

very young,” I smile, deep

in my role of over-the-hill


On the way out I bump

into my friend Carl, who

is getting ready for the

Calendar Girls poster shot.

“Will you be nude?” I ask.

He nods nervously.

The main thing about

charity is that you have to be

a very good sport.

Illustration by Chris Riddell




Lizzie Enfield

Notes from North Village

I grew up labelled unsporty, due for the most

part to the prevalence of ball sports and my

total lack of hand eye coordination. I was so un

hand eye coordinated that I used to call it eye

hand coordination, provoking further taunts

from school mates already having a field day

over my inability to catch, or hit, or kick, or do

anything else that people do with balls.

“It’s not eye hand, it’s hand eye,” they would say

gleefully, as if my mistake was tantamount to a

mysterious condition.

This provoked further speculation about

whether I said ‘chips and fish’ or ‘pepper and

salt,’ or the one that everybody loved best ‘fork

and knife.’ Try saying that in a Belfast accent in

a school playground where swearing got you a

detention and you’ll see why.

So I was never sporty, but I was pretty active:

cycling around the village where I lived,

walking in the countryside and swimming in

anything I could swim in.

In later life that became tantamount to ‘sporty’

and coupled with a spirit of adventure and a

writer’s tag, it led to travel writing.

I’m writing this column from a hotel in

Potsdam. Not the one Churchill stayed in when

he attended the eponymous conference, but a

nice one on the shores of the lakes, 40km from

the centre of Berlin from where I have just


This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the

fall of the Berlin Wall and, where once it

surrounded the entire West of the city, the wall

itself has – apart from a few sections on the

tourist trail – been pulverised and used for road


Its route is now a 160km cycle path, which takes

you through the centre of the once divided city

and right around its western periphery.

Forests overlooked by watchtowers are now

peaceful spots for joggers and dog walkers, and

patrol roads through open countryside are now

car-free bike routes.

It’s a brilliant way of seeing Berlin, which is

green and spacious, criss-crossed with rivers

and canals and surrounded by lakes. I’ve been

a couple of times by train to the city centre but

cycling through the outskirts has changed my

perception. Not just of the place as a whole, but

of names familiar only through history lessons.

Spandau turns out to be a spacious suburb

surrounded by parkland, with interesting canalside

housing developments – not just a prison

and a ballet! Wannsee, where the Nazis planned

the final solution, is a pretty town on the shores

of a vast lake. And Potsdam is another elegant

lakeside town with its own Brandenburg Gate,

Russian settlement and Dutch quarter.

It took three days to cycle the 160km Berlin

Wall Trail, a journey that made me appreciate

the sheer scale of the border construction and

how many communities were cut off from one


And… how sporty it turns out I am.

Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)


"Never doubt that a

small group of

thoughtful, committed

citizens can change the

world; indeed, it's the

only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Own it:



Amy Holtz

The truth is, I’m a Minnesotan

One of the funniest things to

me is a person who says, “Me?

I’m just not that competitive...”

Because we’re all products

of competition, despite some

fighting their hard-wiring at

every turn – especially when

they really, really want to

win. For example, I witnessed

a challenge between British

people over the last can of diet

G&T in the fridge at M&S,

which went something like:

Person A: “You have it...”

Person B: “No, you. I insist!”

Person A: “I’ll just take this Piña Colada here

instead. Honestly, it’s fine.”

Person B: “Oh Piña Colada, lovely. I’ll take one

of those too.”

Insert me in the scenario, however, and this

would have happened:

Person A: “You have it...”

Amy: “Ok.” *grabs can, dances to till*

Which doesn’t prove that British people aren’t

competitive. They just don’t want to seem like

they are. It’s a pretty hard instinct to turn off

though, always trying to prove we’re not just

animals. So, really, it’s nice I’ve come to terms

with my true nature. Because us Holtzes are


Take Christmas, the epicentre of familial

warfare; at Holtz HQ the whole day is built

around competition. My dad buys lottery tickets

and pits us against each other with the worst

kind of pub quiz (alcohol-less) to win them.

Then we spend an hour scratching them off and

crowing about each dollar we’ve won. And then,

inevitably, board games.

We used to spend hours

over Blokus, Guitar Hero,

Bananagrams, Smash Up; my

partner and I fought so much

over Scrabble that someone

gave us the official dictionary

(and then backed away, quickly).

Spoons was dangerous: there

were multiple hand-biting

incidents that year. Not that

I’m averse to biting, it’s just

not my MO. But this year’s

battleground was 7 Wonders, just the kind of

mercenary, merciless world-conquering game

my family enjoys. I made the rookie error of

winning on my first try (yes, I’m bragging, we’re

also all show-offs), which means no one will rest

until I play again. But I don’t want to play again,

because I don’t want to lose. I hem and haw,

pretend to nap, lock myself in the bathroom.

Finally, I throw the only thing that’ll stop the

taunting and posturing – another challenge.

“Let’s go outside – and play volleyball!”

It takes but a few moments to get people out

into the freezing air, slapping their hands

together and jumping. My brother and I

quibble over imaginary lines so much my dad

finally gets a rake from the garage to put on

the ground – which is about as effective at

regulation as placing a toothpick on the floor of

the Colosseum. There’s lots of shouting and at

one point, someone storms off. Then reappears,

eating a cinnamon roll, turbocharged.

Finally my dad says, “Let’s play 7 Wonders!”

and everyone runs inside. I grab my ball and do

my lucky winner’s dance through the door. Not

sure why I doubted myself; I’m sensing another

victory in my near future.





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Fri 7th, Rose Hill, 7.30pm, £6

Brighton band Resonators have been making joyous

dub and reggae for about ten years, although

they don’t seem to play so much these days. One

of the group’s joint lead singers, Faye Houston,

has now started up a sideline with bandmate

Mike Shirley. Faye’s uniquely deep and soulful

voice has made her a popular choice as a guest

vocalist for numerous local acts, but it’s good to

see her striking out with material of her own.

This gig is a launch party for her debut solo EP,

and she’ll be performing stripped-back versions

of her tunes, alongside Mike’s intricate and bluesy

guitar. The Rose Hill is the perfect venue to

catch this sort of intimate show.


Fri 14th, Hope & Ruin, 7pm, £5

It’s always a good

sign when you

listen to a duo for

the first time and

imagine you’re

hearing a full

band. Frank &

Beans comprises two friends from Northern Ireland

who have somehow wound up in Brighton

playing artful, groove-based ‘thunder punk’ on

drums and guitar. Frontman Milo Dunn-Clarke

sings with the aloof style of Jonathan Richman

or the guy from Parquet Courts, though vocals

don’t really play a big part here. Instead the

emphasis is on the driving guitar lines and the

tight, irregular rhythms. Promoters Fresh Lenins

often have a hook to their line-ups and this

gig features two duos and two solo acts, with

Ghosts of Men, Grand Guru and Young Francis

fleshing out the bill.


Wed 26th, Prince Albert, 8pm, £4

Although frontman

Javi Fedrick only

turned 20 a few

months ago, his band

already has an impressive

bio of notable

shows. They supported Brix & the Extricated last

year, they’ve toured with Fujiya & Miyagi and

opened for the Charlatans at Worthing Pavilion.

Their 2018 EP was produced by David M

Allen (The Cure/The Sisters of Mercy), so it’s

no surprise that grasshopper’s take on post punk

has gothic overtones, with Javi’s baritone vocals

playing a commanding role in the unfolding

drama of the band’s urgent and atmospheric

music. Comparisons to Interpol can’t be avoided,

especially as the New York trio are playing at the

Brighton Dome the same night.



Thu 27th, Hope & Ruin, 7.30pm, £12

Since 1983 Damo Suzuki has been on a permanent

world tour, playing countless shows around

the globe with backing bands made up of local

musicians. The three years he spent as the vocalist

of krautrock pioneers Can in the early 70s has

ensured there is no shortage of bands willing to

take part in this bizarre ongoing series of improvised

concerts. On previous visits to Brighton,

Damo has performed with AK/DK, the Willkommen

Collective and Zofff. This time round he’s

playing with The Academy of Sun, an avant-pop

outfit led by composer and artist Nick Hudson.

The support bands are worth catching too. Both

Big Slammu and Soft Walls probably spent a few

formative years in thrall to the man from Can.



New Sussex Opera Chorus presents

Verdi’s favourite opera

Fully staged · live · sung in English

professional soloists & orchestra

All Saints Centre


Saturday June 1 7pm

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Our City Dances

Pop up performances

One element of the ongoing Circus Street

redevelopment is creation of The Dance Space,

a community venue that will be South East

Dance’s new home once it launches next year.

In the meantime, we can all enjoy the second

iteration of Our City Dances, an annual free

festival designed to ‘whet the city’s appetite’

for the kind of work one can expect from The

Dance Space.

Brighton-based dancer and choreographer

Anna Alvarez is involved in two shows in

the two-day festival. Wheelchair Tango, an

Argentinian tango duet – featuring music from

Hofesh Shechter Company composer Sabio

Janiak – came about after Anna met Mehmet

Arik from the Wheelchair Dance Project

in Turkey. A workshop and performance by

Alvarez and Arik will take place at Brooke

Mead (30th, 3pm), a council housing scheme

which enables people with dementia to carry on

living independently. “Anybody can go to the

workshop and performance, they’re completely

open. I’m a standing dancer and Mehmet is a

seated dancer. The workshops cater for both,

and we will be making the workshop very

accessible to the residents there.”

Alvarez is also arranging Romeo and Juliet,

which is inspired by a few scenes from the first

act, when the lovers meet at a masquerade ball.

“It’s about feuding families and a disparity

between generations, the elders deciding what

the young people should be doing. I wanted to

use that echo of what’s going on in the country

now, so the project is very much a collaboration

with the young people at Brighton Youth

Centre (BYC).” Alvarez hopes that she can

surprise audiences with a modern twist on the

classic romance that explores the rebellious

nature of youth – “about what people want

to do and what they’re told to do” – through

working with young people from BYC directly.

The final piece will be performed in both

Jubilee Square (30th, 12pm) and Tarner Park

(30th, 1pm), and is also supported by Mandinga

Arts, who will be facilitating workshops with

Brighton Youth Centre on making masks for

the show. “We don’t want to use the aesthetic

of Elizabethan masks because that has a set

type, we want to see the more Latin American

side. They’re going to be a little bit mythical,

probably brightly coloured and quite large.”

Elsewhere at Our City Dances, there will be

over 15 workshops and events to take part in

(ranging from hula hooping to a Charlestoninspired

Ceilidh) at Tarner Park on Sat 29th.

On Sun 30th, professional dance commissions

will be performed around the city, including

Without Touch at BYC, where audiences are

asked to close their eyes and to experience

the dance through their other senses (2.15pm

& 4.30pm). Zoo Humans at Jubilee Square

meanwhile, features parkour dance in an

alternate reality in which humans have

forgotten to move, inspired by the fact that a

third of the UK’s young people spend less time

outdoors than its prisoners (1.15pm & 5pm).

Joe Fuller

June 29-30,




Brighton Comedy Garden

Larks in Preston Park

After the success stories

of the Greenwich Comedy

Garden and the Bristol

Comedy Garden, the

producers of these festivals

have turned their attention to

Brighton with the arrival of

the Brighton Comedy Garden

for its very first residency.

It’s been felt in some quarters

that the suspension of the

Brighton Comedy Festival a

few years ago created a gap

in the market. Siblings Will

Briggs and Cass Randolph

explained: “Brighton is

famous for its vibrant arts and

festivals scene, and we hope to add even more

quality to that. Perhaps now, more than ever,

it’s good to be reminded of the absurdity and

humour in life, and our acts have some of the

most brilliantly absurd minds in the country.”

Which they have: filling their Big Top tent are

a mixture of already long established names

from the world of comedy like Alan Davies,

Sara Pascoe, Sean Lock, Adam Hills and Zoe

Lyons. Alongside are comedians currently

riding their own wave of award nominations

and fresh faces on TV panel shows, podcasts

and Comedy Central new twists like Kiri

Pritchard-McLean (The Guilty Feminist), Phil

Wang (Taskmaster), Rachel Parris (The Mash

Report) and Rose Matafeo – 2018’s Edinburgh

Best Newcomer Award winner.

Unlike many comedy festivals which offer

individual tickets to individual comics’ shows,

the Brighton Comedy Garden presents its

shows as a series of mixed bills, meaning that

each ticket gets you four to five comedians in

one go, with a different

line-up featured in each

performance. It does keep

the festival vibe going

however, as you’ll also find

craft beers, street-food

traders and summerinspired

cocktails at the

bars surrounding the

comedy main event.

In keeping with their

appearances at a Garden

for comedy, I asked a few

of the featured comedians

what their favourite

outdoor activities might be.

Suzi Ruffell, recently seen

on Comedy Central’s The Comedy Bus, was brief

but set the scene: “rosé in the garden.”

Ivo Graham set a different but equally clear

landscape with his reply: “a long walk on the

Wiltshire Downs with my father, discussing

my career and the things he thinks I could be

doing to improve it.”

Edinburgh Comedy award winner and

podcaster John Robins was happy to enlighten:

“Golf, golf, golf, golf, golf golf, golf... You can

watch me play golf – badly – with Alex Horne

via our YouTube Channel ‘BadGolf’.”

And finally – not everyone is as big a fan of

fresh air. Comedian and podcaster Ed Gamble

told me his favourite outdoor activity is “going

outside, realising I have a fridge in my flat,

and then going back indoors.” Turning that

midnight hungry wander to the ice box on its al

fresco head. Victoria Nangle

Brighton Comedy Garden, Preston Park, June

19-23, 7.30pm, June 22 3.45pm, £20-25

Pictured: Ed Gamble





One of the great female roles

Actor Rachael Stirling talks to Viva about

taking on the role of a lifetime in David Hare’s

Plenty, which explores post-war Britain via its

female protagonist, Susan Traherne, who was a

WWII Special Operations Executive in Nazioccupied

France and is struggling to return to

civilian life.

The part of Susan Traherne has been played

by actors from Cate Blanchett to Meryl

Streep and, most recently, Rachel Weisz;

have you seen any of their versions? I saw

Cate Blanchett do it in the West End when I

was 18 or 19 and it had a lasting effect on me.

I was die-hard in love with Cate and I hadn’t

seen her on stage before and was so enamoured

of her and of the play. I remember feeling, oh

God I’d like to give that a go.

What did you find exciting about the part?

It’s one of the great female roles. There’s

Hedda Gabler, Blanche in Streetcar and then

this character, Susan Traherne in Plenty.

She’s a kind of behemoth, an encyclopaedia of

womanhood. You do want to spend three hours

with her, you want to go to a party with her –

she’s brilliant company. But at the same time

she’s very destructive. It’s about every woman

that knows her full potential and is frustrated

at being unable to find an outlet for it.

When Plenty first opened at the National

Theatre in 1978 it was reported to have

caused an uproar. Why do you think that

was? I know exactly why! There was this

stunning, wild, articulate, intelligent, sexually

free woman railing against the machine and it

was presented at the National Theatre to the

‘machine’ – or the Establishment. David was

definitely preaching to the non-converted. He

said he has never experienced such an appalling

sense of loathing coming from the audience as

he did on that first night.

How have you prepared? I’ve read loads of

stuff. The SOE Manual [How To Be An Agent

in Occupied Europe] is amazing – you can read

exactly what they were expected to do, how

they dressed, what they ate. Then there’s a

wonderful book called Flames in the Field about

four SOE operatives who were captured and

taken to a concentration camp where they were

killed. I’ve also been watching Now It Can Be

Told, which is a 1944 drama about two British

agents being dropped into occupied France

and their setting up of a cell. The acting is

terrible but it’s been very useful. I really enjoy

researching a part and tend to put as much

legwork in as possible before I get into the

rehearsal room.

Is this your first time at Chichester?

I went as a child, aged seven, to see my mother

[Dame Diana Rigg] doing Cleopatra. I would

arrive and go to her dressing room and put

on all her jewellery – which was quite a lot

given that she was playing Cleopatra – and

clunk around backstage. So I’ve been there as a

visitor but not as a performer. I love how much

affection there is for the place. Nione Meakin

Chichester Festival Theatre, June 7-29




Billy Bragg


It’s hard to think of a performer who is as quintessentially

English as Billy Bragg, that singer of

Jerusalem, and vociferous purveyor of ‘progressive

patriotism’. So what, I ask him down the

phone, is he doing performing at the Black Deer

Americana and Country Music Festival?

“Americana is country music for Smiths fans,”

he quips. “It’s what we used to call singer-songwriting.

But singer-songwriters in cowboy

boots, and shirts with pearl-snap buttons. I fit

in because I made an album of Woody Guthrie

songs, with [American band] Wilco, who had a

role in founding the thing. I qualify

as an in-law, if you like.”

He even changed his accent, for the part. “With

the Woody Guthrie songs I found it was impossible

to sing his songs in my accent, so I kind of

leaned over a little bit more to that mid-Atlantic

twang and I’ve found since then that I go in and

out of it depending on what song it is and what

the nature of it is.

“Americana isn’t something that is geo-specific,”

he adds. “You can be an Americana artist anywhere

if you were influenced by the roots music

of America. Think about the first Beatles album:

what would that have sounded like if they’d only

played English music and only worn English

clothes? It would have been pretty boring,

wouldn’t it? Everyone knew they were inspired

by the music of black America.”

Like Woody Guthrie, Bragg has been labelled

a ‘protest singer’, a term he’s not entirely

comfortable with, as he finds it ‘pigeon-holing’.

Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

“I’d rather you put me down as a dissenter,” he

says. “In fact I would argue that dissent is the

tradition that defines the English.”

Tom Paine comes up in the conversation. Bragg

cites the 18th-century English activist in the

pamphlet he’s recently written for Faber &

Faber, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, describing

him as ‘the greatest revolutionary England

ever produced’. “I wish he’d been born 150 years

before so he could have written his pamphlet

and given it to the New Model Army at Naseby:

then we may have had a republic that lasted,” he

says. Instead, of course, he helped the United

States of America to become one.

Bragg’s sets have always been punctuated by

political diatribes, and he’s going to make no

exception to this practice, he says, at the Black

Deer Festival. He’ll not decide on his set until

the day of the performance. “When I arrive at a

festival I have a long walk around the site. I try

and suss out the audience… are they soaking

wet, are they pissed off, are they chilled out?

Then I decide how I pitch the set to them.”

So will he ‘countrify’ himself up, I wonder, to

fit in with the likes of Kris Kristofferson and

Hayseed Dixie, also on the line-up? “I won’t be

wearing cowboy boots,” he says, “but I will undoubtedly

have a shirt with pearl-snap buttons

on it.” Alex Leith

Black Deer Festival, Eridge Park, June 21-23


Takepart Festival

Give it a go

Mark 22nd June in your diary if you’d like to

explore a wide range of opportunities to get

active in Brighton and Hove. People of all

ages will be able to try out over 70 different

activities, including yoga, skateboarding,

martial arts, funk exercise sessions and many

more. We spoke to Ryan Edwards, Healthy

Lifestyles Manager at Brighton & Hove City

Council, ahead of Takepart 2019 at The Level.

There are so many different clubs and

groups out there, often run by volunteers.

They don’t have big marketing budgets, but

provide a fantastic role in the community. We

want to help promote those opportunities and

help people become more aware of what goes on

in Brighton and Hove. For example, there are

26 dance organisations at Takepart that provide

a whole host of different dance opportunities in

the city, ranging from capoeira to street dance,

such as Outta Puff Daddys, which is an older

male street dance crew.

The Circus Project, who are based in

Hangleton, are running circus workshops

and performances throughout the day.

There will be free yoga sessions with Brighton

Yoga Foundation, and activities from Albion

in the Community. We’re also working with

ESAB VIABLE, who provide opportunities

for people who are visually impaired, including

sound tennis, where the ball has a bell in it.

Brighton Handball Club will be there too:

handball is a sport that is massive in Europe but

developing in England. The club was started

by Europeans living in Brighton and are now

working with local schools and teachers and the

community to help people give it a go.

Takepart is one of a range of ‘Active for Life’

initiatives that the council runs, which are

low-cost and local, to provide opportunities

for people to lead active lifestyles. These also

include group exercise sessions and volunteerled

health walks taking place across the city,

which can help people to build up fitness levels,

bring people together and reduce isolation.

Our Healthy Lifestyle Zone is a go-to point

on the day, if anyone has any interest in

becoming more active, or if they need any

particular support and want to find out what’s

available in the city. Takepart showcases a

significant amount of that but there's still lots

more: we have around 200 organisations that

are registered with our team, plus there’s lots of

other support services.

The emphasis of the day is on participation:

it’s not about being good at something,

it’s about giving it a go, joining in, trying

something different. The best outcome would

be for someone to find something they love

doing at Takepart, get really involved in it

throughout the year, make friends, and find a

new passion for leading an active lifestyle in the

city. As told to Joe Fuller

The Level, June 22, 12-5pm. To enquire about

opportunities to get active in the city, contact

01273 294589 or,




Gill Sims

Doesn’t give a ****

Gill Sims’ name may

not be immediately

familiar, but her

work probably is –

at least if you’re a

parent. Her scrawled

cartoons and posts,

published on her

hugely successful

Peter and Jane

blog, document the

reality of raising

small children with

painful accuracy,

from the fights over odd plastic toys to the

guilty breakfast cereal ‘dinners’. She was one

of the first parent bloggers to swerve what she

describes as the ‘#SoBlessed’ approach to social

media in favour of the honest, sweary, messy

reality – and mums and dads tend to relish her

work like an end-of-day gin.

Her popularity came as something of a shock

to Sims, a former software engineer who only

started the blog because a friend told her she

was funny. She says she was “actually quite

terrified” when one of her early posts went

viral. “Every time I looked another 5,000

people had liked the page and I thought, oh

no, I’m going to delete it. Then the Daily Mail

picked up on it and I had to break it to my

husband that there I was in the paper, with

a glass of wine, and they had captioned it, in

their helpful way, with ‘I’m getting sh**faced’.”

Sims has been praised for her ‘bravery’ in

sharing the less picturesque side of parenting.

She’s not sure it’s especially ‘brave’, however.

She was simply weary of parenthood being

portrayed as a series of magical moments to

treasure. “I remember a particular, very warm

day, when I had

vomit dripping

down both my back

and my cleavage

and thinking, I’m

not treasuring this

moment. I’m never

going to look back

and think, do you

know what I wish

was happening now?

This. But I was just

letting off steam


On the back of the blog, Sims was

commissioned by Harper Collins to write a

series of humorous novels about the titular

‘Mummy’, her husband, their two ‘precious

moppets’ Peter and Jane and ‘Judgy Dog’ (who

is so adored by her readers that he now has his

own Facebook page).The third – Why Mummy

Doesn’t Give A ****! – has just come out and

while Sims doesn’t want to give too much away,

she says readers can expect a slightly different

version of family life as the ‘precious moppets’

enter their teenage years. “Things have moved

on a bit for her… she’s in a new chapter of her

life and she is adjusting to that.” Sims’ real-life

children are also becoming teenagers; has she

found parenting becoming any easier? She

laughs, slightly bitterly: “I was just having this

conversation with a friend yesterday. There’s

less wiping of bodily fluids, certainly, but then

there’s a lot more arguing and answering back.

We both agreed they don’t really get better,

they just annoy you in different ways…”

Nione Meakin

Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A **** – An Evening

With Gill Sims, Komedia, June 12

Photo by Toby Madden


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Marisa Carnesky

And the last ever Zap cabaret

Brighton’s The Zap is most remembered for

the raucous club nights at its long-term venue

at 189-192 Kings Road Arches, where some

of Britain’s most finger-on-the-pulse DJs

championed acid house and other late 80s/

early 90s music trends in front of those punters

who looked the part enough to get past the

discerning bouncers.

But there was much more to The Zap than

just rave music. The club was founded as

early as 1982, by Neil and Patricia Butler and

Amanda Scott, as a showcase for cutting-edge

performance art, and it has been running, in

one form or another, in many different venues,

ever since.

Which is why the last-ever Zap show – at The

Old Market on the 22nd June – is such a big

deal, as you might expect from its grandiose

title: The Final Programme and the Future of

Art. Organised by Neil Butler, it features a

cast of artists and performers who have been

Zap regulars over the years, including Marisa

Carnesky, Liz Aggiss and Stella Starr.

I catch up with Olivier Award-winner Carnesky

in her Kemp Town flat, as she digs through

early 90s Zap flyers and remembers the days

when the club was pioneering, among other

genres, the ‘new cabaret’ scene and the very

early days of British burlesque.

Carnesky, then performing as Marisa Carr,

was introduced to the club in 1991 by her

teacher and mentor Liz Aggiss, of Wild

Wigglers fame. For several years she became a

regular. “I presented my first ever full-length

show there,” she remembers. “I showed the

piece Duchess V Dentata, in the 1991 Brighton

Festival. It was quite a big stepping-stone for

my burgeoning career.” And a fairly radical

feminist performance, by the sound of things.

“The ceiling was draped with pairs of knickers,

through which boiled strawberry jam was

dripped onto the heads of the crowd.” She also

performed for the late Roger Ely, in The Devil’s

Chauffeur “wearing multiple latex breasts, in

my early work Enter the Dragon Lady.”

“Everything at The Zap felt very exciting and

forbidden,” she says. “I used to go there once

or twice a week. It was a great place to meet

and watch other artists. A lot of collaborations

were hatched. A lot of careers, too. In the days

before the internet it was an important physical

hub for building artistic communities and


Carnesky’s career has since seen her

performing as a resident of New York, LA,

Mexico City and London, before moving

back to Brighton two years ago. Having

over the last three years toured her show Dr

Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman over three

continents, she’s delighted to be able to join

a number of old friends and colleagues at the

Old Market, all performing a short set. “I’m

looking forward to showcasing part of my work

in progress,” she says, “called Showwoman.

Ritual. Action, where spectacular entertainment

traditions, women, and esoteric activism

collide.” Which all sounds aptly cutting edge.

Alex Leith

The Old Market, June 22, £10/12.50




Lothar Götz, in front of his installation at the MAC Belfast. Photo by Jordan Hutchins

Lothar Götz

Transforming the Towner

“I like the Bauhaus idea of Gesamtkunstwerk”

says the artist Lothar Götz when I ask him

how he describes his large, site-specific wall

paintings. “An artwork where different areas

– architecture, design, painting, colour – meet

without a clear border. I was always interested

in that cross-over.”

Citing influences as diverse as the aweinspiring

painted interiors of Baroque

churches, to the pared-back modernist

aesthetic of the Bauhaus, Lothar creates

bright, geometric abstract artworks on an epic

scale. This month sees the unveiling of his

largest painting to date: the transformation

of the entire exterior of the Towner Gallery

in Eastbourne. Commissioned to celebrate

the gallery’s tenth anniversary in its current

building, the painted façade will remain in situ

until May 2020.

As we chat on Skype, Lothar holds up a sketch

for Dance Diagonal, which, by the time you

read this, will wrap the gallery’s huge walls in

converging, technicolour diagonals. His design

responds to different architectural details

on the building: the curved window alcoves,

the jutting balcony and the unpredictable

movement that will be created by the curved

gallery walls. “The exciting thing with these

wall paintings and site-specific works on this

scale is that you can plan them – and you have

to plan them quite precisely so that you know

where to start – but there is still this element of

surprise, where you don’t know exactly what it

will look like.”




Crash: Acrylic and Emulsion on wall, Küstlerhaus / Kunstverein Hanover, 2012. Photo by Raimund Zakowski




Lothar is well used to creating largescale works

– previous commissions include the Southbank

Centre in London, and Leeds Art Gallery – but

the Towner will be a first for the artist. “What

is very unusual about this project is that I’m

painting the whole of the outside, which will

turn the building itself into a giant public art

sculpture. It crosses over from architecture or

painting and becomes part of the topography of

the town. It’s not like going into a gallery and

saying, ‘there are the paintings’. People will

walk along the street, not necessarily expecting

to look at art, but then suddenly there it is.

It will create quite a landmark in the town

centre and that’s very special. It doesn’t happen

very often, to have an opportunity to do

something which is so visible to the public.”

The installation is set to take three weeks

and, when we speak in early May, Lothar isn’t

sure how much paint he will need for each of

the 15 colours, each needing four coats. But,

with Brewers Decorator Centres sponsoring

the commission, he is guaranteed a sufficient

supply. Nor does he know how much tape it

will take to mask the crisp diagonal lines across

such distances (one of the walls is more than 30

metres wide and 15 metres high), but he’ll be

working with an expert team from the London

Mural Company to manage the process. What

is certain is that the Towner – always a striking

building – is about to become an artwork in its

own right. And an eye-catching centrepiece for

Eastbourne’s new Devonshire Quarter.

Towner’s celebratory summer season launches

on the 15th of June.

Lizzie Lower

Xanadu: Acrylic on wall, Victorian Staircase, Leeds Art Gallery, 2017. Photos by Jerry Hardman Jones

Double-Take: Acrylic and emulsion on wall, MAC Belfast, 2013. Photo by Jordan Hutchins




© Peter Blake, 2019. All rights reserved

Peter Blake

Joseph Cornell’s imaginary Sussex day-trip

At the age of 75, Sir Peter Blake, ‘the

godfather of British Pop Art’ announced

that he had entered his ‘late period’, a term

usually used by critics after painters have

died. “Artists go a bit crazy, so I gave myself

the licence to do that,” he says.

Now he’s 90, so you might say he’s in his

‘late, late’ period: his most recent body of

work, some of which is being shown for the

first time over the summer at Farleys House

and Gallery, sounds like he’s getting good

value from that licence.

“It’s called Joseph Cornell’s Holiday,” he tells

me, revealing that the idea came to him

after attending an exhibition about the

American ‘shadow-box’ artist, Wanderlust, at

the Royal Academy, in 2015.

There were two elements of Cornell’s life

that Blake wanted to change, for the better.

The first was that “he loved the idea of

travelling, and Europe, but never ventured

far from his home on Long Island” (the

artist was devoted to his mother and had to

take care of his disabled brother). And then

“he fell in love constantly with women…

but never consummated a relationship. He




died a virgin.”

So Blake is posthumously

treating Cornell, in this

series of paintings, to

everything he missed while

alive: “he meets lots of

women all the time, and has

lots of affairs, all around


Back in the sixties, the

British surrealist Roland

Penrose, the co-founder

of the Institute of

Contemporary Arts, acted as

something of a ‘mentor’ to

Blake and the generation of

young artists involved in the

British pop art movement. “I

went to their [Penrose and

his photographer wife Lee

Miller’s] flat in Kensington

a number of times,” he says,

“and saw their amazing

collection of Picassos and

Dalis, wonderful pictures.

I’d say he was a friend.”

Blake didn’t, however, visit

the couple’s Sussex residence

in Chiddingly until recently,

and it was after that visit

he decided, with the

collaboration of Roland’s

son Antony Penrose, to

make part of the Joseph

Cornell series site-specific

to Farley Farm, which now

has an exhibition space. “A

lot of the surrealists visited

Roland and Lee in Sussex,

as did Picasso, and were

photographed by Lee Miller,

and what I’ve done is a kind

of sub story imagining

Cornell visiting Farley Farm,

and meeting them.”

Cornell, it so happens,

already knew Lee Miller,

who also hailed from New

York State, and, among

the twenty or so paintings

in the exhibition, “there’s

an image of him, at Farley

Farm, holding a collage with

the image that Lee Miller

took of him when he was a

young man.”

Had the artist ever made it

to Europe, Blake reckons

Cornell would have jumped

at the chance to make a

real visit to Farley Farm.

“Lee was very beautiful,” he

concludes. “I’m absolutely

convinced she was one of

the many women he fell in

love with.”

Alex Leith

Day Trip to Farley Farm,

Sundays 9th June to 4th

August. Farleys House and

Gallery, Muddles Green,


Portrait by Catherine Hyland.


Summer 2019 Towner Art Gallery


Towner curates

the collection

Phoebe Unwin


Lothar Götz

Dance Diagonal

Image: courtesy Lothar Götz

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Sedibeng, it comes with the rain @ townergallery

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ




In town this month...

Lyn Holly Coorg

Grand Piano by Jeb Haward

Moving Still: Urban Landscapes is at 35 North.

This is the first solo exhibition by the Brightonbased

photographer Lyn Holly Coorg, whose

extraordinary images of ordinary urban scenes

capture the constant presence of movement and

transition in everything around us; even when

captured as a still. Open Wednesday-Saturday,

June 8-30.

The Dog Rehoming Society, at Phoenix Brighton

this month, is an exhibition of paintings by Sophie

Barber, Jeb Haward and Kath Thompson. Kath

taught at the Tunbridge Wells summer school run

by Roy Oxlade and Rose Wylie in the 90s, where

Jeb was a student, who then became Sophie’s

teacher in Hastings. Three generations of painters,

born decades

apart, but

united by their

shared belief

in the value of

painting. June

1-July 7, with

an exhibition

tour on

Saturday June

1 at 4 pm.

Just So – an exhibition of paintings by Robert

Littleford – is at the Fishing Quarter

Gallery this month. Named after the series

of stories that Rudyard Kipling wrote for his

daughter, Robert’s paintings reflect modern

folklore about animals and hint at larger,

more ominous truths. ‘The paintings betray

an unease with nature,’ he explains, ‘a fear

that nature will one day seek its revenge for

our casual disregard, that we are on the edge

of a precipice, and the kraken is about to rise

up from the deep.’ Visit the exhibition at 203

Kings Road Arches, June 18-30.

See the city’s latest wave of creative talent as

the University of Brighton opens its doors

for the Graduate Show 2019. From June 1-9,

the Grand Parade and Edward Street galleries

host final year shows for graduates in Fine

Art, Design, Illustration, Fashion, Textiles,

History of Art and Design, Photography,

Film, and Media. Then, from June 8-14 at

Mithras House, Moulsecoomb, it’s the turn

of Architecture, Interior Architecture and

Product Design graduates.

Robert Littleford




In town continued...

Kate Sherman

Photography, childhood innocence and natural

human curiosity are the subjects of a new series of

oil paintings by the Ditchling-based artist Kate

Sherman, showing at ONCA this month. The

works in Coast depict the urban landscape along the

Sussex coast as it might be captured from a moving

car. Slightly out of focus

and capturing the unique

bleached light of the

region, these paintings

have an uncomfortable

voyeuristic quality.

June 22-30.

There’s a last chance to see Chinoiserie-on-Sea – the extraordinary exhibition of Stephen Jones’ hats at

the Royal Pavilion. Hat-maker to the stars, Stephen has created headwear for a cornucopia of A-listers,

as well as collaborating with designers including Dior and Comme des Garçons. More than 160 of his

whimsical creations are on display throughout the royal palace until June 9.

Night Bloomer by Julian Brown

Out of town...

Over three

weekends this

month, Fitzroy

House in

Lewes hosts

Moon Gazing

– an exhibition

celebrating the

moon and some

of its many manifestations in art, culture

and science. Planned to coincide with the

50th anniversary year of the first manned

moon landing, a series of lunar-related

events accompanies the exhibition. Visit for more details of the

events. Fitzroy House, 10 High Street,

Lewes. Open 10am-5pm, Saturdays and

Sundays only, June 8-23.

Inspired by Burne-

Jones – an exhibition of

contemporary stained

glass – is at the Grange

Museum and Gallery in

Rottingdean, from June

6-14. Featuring work by

25 glass artists from all

over the country (and

one from Chicago), the

exhibition is part of a

two-year programme of

events relating to Edward

Burne-Jones, one of

Rottingdean’s most famous

residents. For more

information, and a full

list of exhibiting artists,


Juliet Forrest




Out of town continued...

Also in Lewes, Katie Whitbread is the featured

artist at Chalk Gallery until June 9, swiftly followed

by Sue Collins, whose exhibition opens on the 10th.

Sue is based in Hassocks, and many of her stylised

linocuts are inspired by the downland views she can

see from her studio window. Sue will be at the gallery

for a ‘meet the artist’ event at 2pm on June 11, where

she will be giving a short demonstration of her

reduction printmaking process.

Sue Collins

Harold Mockford

Towner gallery are celebrating their tenth anniversary in their ‘new’, Rick

Mather-designed building with a busy summer season. Exhibitions include

a large-scale installation by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape;

an exhibition of works from the Towner collection, curated by Towner’s

own team; a presentation of new paintings by London-based artist Phoebe

Unwin and a major outdoor commission by Lothar Götz (see pg 59). Join

them for a celebratory summer party marking the launch of the exhibitions

on June 15 (6pm-late).

Plinth Home

Charleston hold their second Designer & Maker Fair

on Saturday June 22 (11am-5pm). Thirty carefully

curated designers and makers present

a selection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery,

clothing, prints and home wares. If the

success of their Christmas makers’ fair

is anything to go by, you might want to

book early. (Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on

the door.)

Lucy Ogden

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft present Women’s Work, an exhibition of

work by a pioneering group of women in craft, who turned their practice

into successful businesses between the two world wars. Many of the featured

artists are relatively unknown, and yet hugely significant to the development

of the Arts and Crafts movement. Drawing on the museum’s own, and other

specialist collections, the exhibition features more than 100 pieces of textiles,

ceramics and jewellery, made by craftswomen including Ethel Mairet, Enid

Marx, Phyllis Baron and Dorothy Larcher. A series of events accompanies

the exhibition, including a weaving residency using an historic loom.

Continues until October 6.

Ethel Mairet. Image kindly provided by the Craft

Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts.



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Same Sky

30 years of community

art activism

John Varah, Artistic Director at community arts

charity Same Sky, is happy to be unknown (in

part at least). “One of our biggest successes is the

fact that no one knows who we are. No one really

knows we do Burning the Clocks [and Brighton’s

annual Children’s Parade] because it’s supposed

to feel like something that’s always happened...

Everyone thinks they own it, and that’s great. But

that’s become the problem when we try to raise


The funding challenges facing community arts

charities will be one of the topics discussed at

Pure Enchantment: A Same Sky 30th Anniversary

Symposium, being held at ACCA. The event is

open to everyone with an interest in community

arts, with the morning focusing on talks and

discussion, and the second half focusing on

practical matters such as workshops for making

lanterns or applying for funding.

Confirmed speakers include Lucy Bear, a Maths

teacher in Crawley who set up LPK Learning

(who deliver innovative learning opportunities

across Sussex), Tom Andrews from People

United (who look at how participatory arts

can promote kindness), and Daniel Bernstein,

Executive Director of outside arts company

Emergency Exit Arts.

John tells me that one of the biggest changes

over the last 30 years is the “consistent

reductions in funding”. Jonathan Swain,

Same Sky Associate Artist, sees some hope

in changing attitudes however. “There’s an

encouragement for participatory arts. They

[councils] actively want it, because they can see

its value. Partly from a health perspective, partly

because there’s a dwindling in communities and

they’re wondering why.” Alistair Hill, Director

of Public Health at Brighton & Hove City

Photo by David Bracey

Council, will discuss his 2018 annual report,

‘The Art of Good Health’.

There is a need for “doers”, as Jonathan describes

them, to encourage creativity and participation

in communities. “We call them community

activists”, says John. “They can be of any political

persuasion, but they’re doing stuff in their

community, they’re running a football club,

they’re engaged, they want things to happen. We

did some work with Tide of Light in Lancing:

it was a couple of mums with kids setting it up

because they thought Brighton had all these

things and they didn’t. Our role is always to

support people like that.”

The symposium also offers what Jonathan

terms an “indulgence” once the daytime event

ends, with food, drink, fire and music. John

compares the symposium to training courses

that Same Sky have run, with artists who

wanted to work in communities meeting people

in those communities who weren’t confident

about the art side of things. “That combination

of working together meant that they all enjoyed

learning from each other.”

Jonathan sees that as a neat summary of what

they are aiming at in the symposium. “It’s

creating a space for magic. It gives John an

opportunity to say this is what we’ve done, you’re

here together in this symposium, perhaps we can

go forwards and make something from that. It’s

as hippy as that.” Joe Fuller

ACCA, June 21, 10am-4pm, £10




Lois O’Hara

Colour is power

Lois O’Hara’s murals buzz with

an almost neon intensity. Her

signature palette of magenta,

blood orange, peppermint and

royal blue are the opposite

of a rainy day, or a stressful


Bold, fluid, and – as O’Hara

says herself, ‘wavy’ – her public

artworks are like tearaways

to another dimension – and

a supremely happy one at

that. The joy emanating from

O’Hara’s work is an expression

of her own positive outlook,

which she says comes pretty

naturally to her. “I really believe

in the law of attraction and I

feel as though I always have the

urge to work hard and try to

inspire others.”

O’Hara’s free-flowing murals

are a perfect match for

Brighton, her life-long home.

You may have spotted her

Colourful Wave Crossing on

Brighton seafront last July, or

her revamp of the terrace of

Patterns bar. The undulations

and splashes of vivid colour

in her work convey a sense of

motion, inspiring vitality and

energy in those who see them.

“My practice is based on the

idea of capturing movement

and time” she says. “I used

to surf quite a lot and I have

always been fascinated by the

sea and the moving tide. I love

to renovate spaces using colour,

which I see as a powerful tool.

Being surrounded by colour can

be really good for your mental

health and wellbeing. It’s also

a fact that children partake in

more physical exercise when

they are running on colour.”

Painting the UK’s first ever

giant basketball court for

Brighton’s Saunders Park in

September 2018 took a year’s

worth of planning, 400 litres of

paint and a lot of determination

from O’Hara (especially

when persuading the council).

But thanks to the advice

and support from Project

Backboard – an organisation

that uses public basketball

courts for creative expression to

benefit communities – as well

as fundraisers and sponsors,

she achieved her vision for the

court of many colours.

The idea was to reimagine

a traditional sporting space,

and create something

that encouraged the local

community to come together

and play: “I wanted the design

to represent the flow of a

basketball game. So when




players dribble the ball, they

can follow my waves of colour.

Every time I drive past, I see

people playing on the court,

which is amazing!”

O’Hara’s basketball court

creations will keep coming,

as she’s just finished painting

two more at the University of

Sussex. And next time you’re in

London, stop by the first floor

lobby of the OXO Tower to see

her large-scale mural, named

Colour is Power (her personal


For O’Hara, it’s vital that,

rather than simply taking a

photo, people feel mentally

energised by her murals, to the

point where they interact and

get moving. “It’s so important!

I think that this comes down to

how you apply the paint or the

artwork. If the painting is crisp

and well executed, the artwork

becomes more powerful. Good

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The Paradiso Social

Original small plates

Located on Preston Road – at the point where

things begin to feel residential – The Paradiso

Social’s décor has a slight 70s vibe, with

modern touches such as its navy and copper

colour scheme. Office-style display boards

have been left intact on the walls and painted

over, allowing the building’s original character

to shine through. Chintzy framed pictures

give the space a homely, relaxed feel, while the

booths, upholstered in tan crocodile leather

and the long copper bar create a pleasing, social

layout in an intimate space.

Our fellow diners seemed relaxed and happy,

bobbing their heads along to the funky soul

playlist, and it was a vibrant yet chilled place to

let our hair down on a Friday evening. Service

was friendly and the cocktails were generously


I found the menu an intriguing read, and was

curious to see how the plates would look, and

how the combinations of ingredients would

taste. Apparently the menu changes almost

weekly, depending on whatever seasonal

ingredients the chefs have picked up from the

Open Market (or the spoils gathered by their

expert forager). A constant is the line-up of

fairly-priced small plates, with the option to

add on a main. Pretty much half the dishes

were vegan during our visit, along with

seafood options (such as natural oysters for

£2 each) and a 550g aged rump steak for two,

served with Sriracha hollandaise (£29). I love a

place that kicks things off with quality bread,

so was pleased when we were served fluffy

bread topped off with salt crystals along with

flavoursome whipped butter.

The most surprising dish was the smacked

cucumbers with peanut and togarashi (£4).

Photo by Rose Dykins


Never have cucumbers been more exciting,

crunchy and zingy, well-paired with smoky

peanuts. Likewise, the roasted peach with

blood orange and bitter leaves (£7.50) was

surprisingly hearty. The fleshy peach quarters

were chargrilled to perfection, impossibly soft

and lifted by the trimmings of fresh mint and

dill. The plate was piled with miscellaneous

bitter leaves, which were a bit too bitter for

my taste, and the dressing a bit acidic. My

companion’s favourite dish was the English

peas, asparagus and house-made ricotta with

lemon butter, topped off with breadcrumbs,

(£9), where the fresh flavours of the vegetables

came through. My favourite was the chargrilled

baby aubergine with miso glaze, jalapeño and

avocado (£7), which I kept going back to to dip

things in as the small plates piled up.

We also tucked in to the whole roast globe

artichoke, served up with a dip of sunflower

miso hummus (£8). Our waiter kindly talked

us through how to dissect (it was a bit like

sharing a plate of nachos). I found the dish

super-interesting, and enjoyed the pure flavour

of the vegetable amplified by the earthiness of

the dip.

All in all, our evening at The Paradiso Social

was filled with highly creative, beautiful plates

of food, served amid a fun, down-to-earth

atmosphere. Rose Dykins

38 Preston Road, 01273 262029



Photo by Alex Leith




Cardamom ice cream

Phil Wood from Brass Monkey learnt to make ice cream in

LA, and this flavour was the inspiration behind his business

I was visiting some friends in LA a few years

ago and they took me to a fantastic ice cream

parlour, called Carmela’s, in Pasadena. The

ice cream culture in the States is way more

sophisticated than it is here in the UK – and

this place, they said, was the best in town.

I took one taste of their cardamom ice cream,

and I had one of those Eureka moments. Why

not in the UK? So I asked Carmela’s if I could

do an internship with them, and spent six

weeks learning the trade, then started my own

place up in Kensington Gardens, a year ago,

having completely refitted and refurbished the


We make ice cream unlike anyone else around

– making all the flavours ourselves, from

scratch, using raw ingredients. So, when we

make cardamom ice cream we use real organic

cardamom pods; when we make strawberry ice

cream we use fresh organic strawberries and

so on. We don’t use commercial stabilisers, to

make it all ‘chewy’. It makes all the difference,

and if you don’t believe me, take a look at our

reviews on TripAdvisor.

If you have an ice cream maker – they cost as

little as £60 – the good news is you can make

it at home, too. Follow these instructions to

make around 700ml of ice cream.

Warm 300ml of organic full fat milk in a

saucepan, with 250ml of organic double cream,

62.5g of organic unrefined cane sugar, and 15g

of crushed cardamom pods, until you see a

wisp of steam coming off the liquid, then turn

off the heat.

Separate two egg yolks and whisk in another

62.5g of sugar, and two teaspoons of

Himalayan Pink salt, until it’s a pale-yellow

colour of even consistency. Temper this by

gradually whisking in the milk mix, ladle by

ladle, warming it, though gently enough not

to shock the yolks. Pour the tempered mix

back into the pan, and heat it up to 80 degrees

(you’ll need a temperature probe) staying at

this temperature for 30 seconds. Cool this

down as quickly as possible by immersing it

in an ice bath (or a sink full of ice cubes), still

in its pan, of course. Sieve out the cardamom

husks, and pop the mixture in a bowl in the

fridge for at least four hours (overnight if you

have time).

Put the mix into an ice-cream maker, and

churn, for approximately half an hour, or

according to the machine manufacturer’s

instructions. It’ll come out as lovely soft-scoop

ice cream: store it in the freezer at -18 degrees

or below. That’s it!

The secret is in using the best ingredients

you can get, and sticking to the formula. If

you haven’t got an ice cream maker, or the

patience to try this out yourself, you can enjoy

one or more of our ever-changing menu of

flavours, in Kensington Gardens or in our

brand-new parlour in Hannington’s Lane. We

look forward to welcoming you soon…

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The Flour Pot

Flour power on Portland Road

I like Portland Road. Mainly for its interesting shops – a pleasing mix of the

independent, artisanal and useful – and now for the addition of The Flour Pot

bakery, who share their smart new premises with Gunns Florist, at the corner of

Rutland Road.

It seems the locals like it too. When Katie, Winnie and I meet at The Flour Pot

for elevenses, a couple of weeks after its opening, the place is buzzing. People are

busily picking up bread and cakes to take away, and others are lingering over a

coffee and something delicious from the counter.

We opt for a vegan potato and spinach roll for me, a pork and fennel sausage roll for Winnie, and a

cheddar and piccalilli sandwich for Katie. They are all good. Winnie eats every last bite of her sausage

roll (it’s a two-handed job for a two-year old girl), and my potato and spinach roll is very tasty too;

mildly curried and wrapped in flaky pastry. But Katie’s sandwich gets the prize. A soft ciabatta roll,

nicely filled with sharp, crumbly cheddar, and laced with house made pear piccalilli (which, I note with

glee, is on sale for £3.80 a jar!). It’s delicious, and reason enough to make the trip to Portland Road

more often. Although, this being the seventh Flour Pot in the city (hooray for the busy bakers) I could

probably find one closer to home. Decisions, decisions. Lizzie Lower

121 Portland Road

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Find us at 7 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1US,

for breakfast and lunch.

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Head to The Level for Brighton Vegan

Summer Festival, which will include over 80

food stalls, talks, demos, live entertainment and

more. 11am-7pm 8th, 11am-5pm 9th, £5 entry

per day.

Alternatively that weekend, there is a Dragon

Boat Festival Event at the CEDP Chinese

Centre: all are welcome to experience Chinese

culture through food,

music, tea and more.

12.30pm, 8th,

BMECP Centre

on Fleet Street.

The Flint House restuarant opened recently

on Hannington's Lane, offering small plates,

a cocktail bar, and a roof terrace overlooking

the striking new development. And the first

ever Brighton Craft Beer Festival comes to

the Clarendon Centre, with a

surprising ‘all-in’ ticket offering

punters the chance to consume

as much craft beer as they like,

with the caveat to ‘please drink

responsibly’. 20th to 22nd, Various

afternoon and evening sessions,

From £49.50.

The College of Naturopathic Medicine has a

free open evening on inspiring careers in natural

therapies. 6.30-8.30pm, Brighton Aldridge

Community Academy,

And Brighton says farewell to Silo in Upper

Gardner Street, as they take their zero

waste ethos to London. There is

far less information regarding

the surprise closure of


however, announced by a

sign on the door stating that

they have ceased trading.

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Beach Box Sauna

Amy Holtz sweats it out

“Would you like me to beat you with this stick?”

I ask my partner, politely.

We’re in the newest ‘box’ at Brighton’s Beach

Box Sauna, and co-owners Liz Watson and

Katie Bracher have just walked us through

the purpose of the delightfully pagan birch

bundle; handcrafted and delivered especially

for the seafront attraction from a Lithuanian

sauna expert. My limited experience of saunas

thus far has been as follows: take off (most of)

your clothes, tiptoe into a wooden box, avoid

eye contact and sweat, profusely. But the ethos

here at Beach Box is far more neighbourly –

everyone’s up for a chat.

Outside it’s bright and blowy – the little

portholes offer picturesque views of pebbles, sea

and horizon – inside, we’re cooking. But this

brand-new addition to the box family is only

moderately baking at 50 degrees, courtesy of a

stove recycled from the London 2012 Summer

Olympics, surrounded by raw-edged walls that

have been round the world as packing crates. It’s

a calm, serene, sweet-smelling space. Well, calm

aside from the blows I’m raining down on my

partner’s legs. I’m attempting to ‘whisk’ with the

birch stick; bringing blood to the surface of the

skin (a good thing, we’re told).

I’ll admit I’ve always found the predilection to

sauna curious, the milieu of, ahem... gentlemen

of a certain age. But getting old myself, and

living starting to hurt a bit more, means I’ve

come around to the idea of revelling in the close,

sweaty presence of strangers. And, with our

tempestuous climate rendering summer a pipe

dream, I’ll take the warmth where I can.

But, as a novice, it’s not long before a break is

needed. My partner waves me away, so I go and

sit in a stripy beach chair, under a warm blanket




and feel... peaceful. Gazing out brings giddy

excitement at the prospect of my first 2019 dip

in the sea. A mightily ambitious but necessary

step towards the pinnacle of Brighton’s saunaing

experience – the Horse Box. At around 90

degrees, it’s hot (to-trot).

The sea, however, was not. After much shrieking,

we hoof it back up the pebbles and grab a jar of

body scrub; herbs, honey, aloe and, of course, salt,

which helps exfoliate our skin and possibly goes

some ways towards extracting last night’s pints of

Blue Moon out through my skin. I slather on a

bit more around my liver for extra strength.

Inside the Horse Box is... cosy. It’s an intimate

place for four people who’ve just met, especially

now we’re trussed like salt-encrusted trout. But

even so, there’s a camaraderie in sitting salty

thigh to salty thigh, dripping profusely. I’m

having a great time – and there’s no phones, no

Netflix, barely any clothing. Nice to set aside a

bit of time to sit and shoot the breeze. Just the

antidote I’d say, to our usual frenetic Brighton

existence. Amy Holtz

The Beach Box Sauna is at Sea Lanes on Madeira

Drive; sessions start at £15 for 120 minutes

Photo by Sarah Ketelaars

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It’s not a race, it’s a run

Even if you haven’t heard of parkrun, you might

have seen it. Hundreds of lycra-clad people

congregating in parks and on proms, up and

down the country, every Saturday morning at

9am. We asked local parkrun fanatic Paul Zara

to give us the lowdown.

parkrun is free to enter; you register on the

website, get a barcode, turn up and run, walk

or jog 5k. I started going with my friend Pete,

who was coaching a kids’ football team and

wanted to get the boys fitter. The boys didn’t

turn up for long, but Pete and I got hooked.

I’m not a born athlete and, like lots of people,

initially found the idea of running 5k quite

intimidating. But this is so friendly and inclusive;

you don’t have to be the world’s best runner –

or even a runner at all – to join in. All sorts of

people go. At the finishing tape your barcode

gets scanned and your time goes on to your own

webpage of parkrun stats, so you can monitor

your progress. It doesn’t matter what time you

do. They always say ‘it’s not a race, it’s a run’.

Everyone is immediately made welcome and

I’ve found good friends through going. It’s a

little bit like going to church – something you do

at the same time every week, rain or shine, getting

together with a group of people, and staying

afterwards for a coffee and a chat. By 9.30am

you’ve had a huge boost, no matter how sluggish

you felt when you got out of bed at 8.30am.

There used to be just the one local parkrun,

in Hove Park; now there are five. They had to

open more because it was getting to be 500+

people turning up every Saturday. Now there

are also runs in Preston Park, Bevendean, Hove

Prom and East Brighton Park.

I’ve done 341 parkruns in Hove Park, which

sounds a bit mad, but I’ve also done parkruns

on holiday in East Anglia in the snow, and in

Copenhagen on a wet Saturday morning. I’ve

got friends who plan their holidays around them.

Lots of people go to boost their mental

health and wellbeing and I’ve heard that

doctors, in effect, ‘prescribe’ it to their patients.

I think there should be a parkrun poster in

every doctor’s surgery. There are leaflets about

stopping smoking and drinking, but I know so

many people who feel so much better for doing

parkrun. And it costs nothing but the price of a

pair of running shoes.

Just try it once. If you don’t like it, you haven’t

lost anything and, if you do, you might get

hooked. I started running 5k at parkrun and I

just ran my 10th Brighton marathon. If you’d

told me I’d be doing that ten years ago, I’d have

said you were mad.

There was a guy at Hove Park recently who

did a parkrun on his 90th birthday. I’ve got

a few years yet but, if I can be running around

Hove Park when I’m 90, I’ll be happy.

As told to Lizzie Lower


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Yannis Pitsiladis

On transgender athletes

Forty transgender athletes have volunteered for

research at the University of Brighton, aiming

to determine the fairest way of integrating

transgender athletes into elite sport. Yannis

Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

and member of the International Olympic

Committee’s medical and scientific commission,

tells us more.

There is an urgent need to conduct studies that

evaluate athletic performance in a greater number

of subjects, including potentially elite athletes,

before and after transition. Studies of this

nature are complex, time-consuming and costly.

Other difficulties in performing such studies

include determining appropriate parameters for

measuring athletic performance before and after

the suppression of testosterone, as well as the

difficulty in finding volunteers for this type of


It is timely, therefore, that we are about to

investigate roughly 20 men and 20 women as they

transition, in the largest study of its kind. Our

team of endocrinologists, muscle physiologists,

exercise physiologists and mental health

professionals (amongst others) will oversee the

transition at a London-based gender clinic from

baseline (before) and at regular intervals, for at

least 2 years in the first instance. A longer follow

up is also planned.

Despite being imperfect, the use of serum

testosterone levels as the primary biomarker to

regulate the inclusion of athletes into male and

female categories is currently being justified as

the only method that is based on an objective

biomarker. That is supported by most available

scientific literature, and accomplishes integration

of athletes with disorders of sex development and

transgender athletes in a manner that is consistent

with the principles of the Olympic Charter.

There are, however, many unresolved issues

needing clarification before unreservedly using

testosterone levels or other biomarkers to define

“athletic gender”.

Resolving these issues will require the scientific

community to employ innovative research ideas,

including targeted studies investigating the effects

of hormonal variations and the so-called “muscle

memory” effect. Muscle memory refers to the

persistence of the cellular phenotype related to

testosterone exposure. For example, it has been

shown that, in addition to hormone levels, the

number of nuclei within individual muscle cells

(called myonuclei) can affect the response to

skeletal muscle training.

In a study, short-term treatment with testosterone

increased the number of myonuclei. After the

drug was discontinued, the number of myonuclei

remained elevated for at least three months. It

has been suggested that the number of myonuclei

not only reflects the current size of the fibre,

but also the history of the fibre. The analogy has

been made that myonuclei number is similar to

a peg inside a conventional minimum/maximum

thermometer, where the mercury column pushes

the peg upwards and leaves it at the highest

temperature measured.

It seems everyone now is an ‘expert’ and has an

opinion: there is almost no data so all opinions

can be argued as the correct one. We need data,

so most opinions can be ‘deleted’ and evidencebased

opinion used to integrate these athletes

fairly. We should get rid of emotion and just deal

with the facts. As told to Joe Fuller



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Boulder Brighton

James Gomez, co-founder

I set up Boulder Brighton with my friend

Tom. We started climbing together at

university, about 20 years ago. We felt that

Brighton was in need of a decent climbing

centre, took the plunge and started to get

this place built. We opened in 2013 and have

just celebrated our sixth birthday with a big

competition. In bouldering, competitions

are about the number of attempts. If you

can complete a climb first time, you get the

maximum number of points. More attempts

mean fewer points. We have fun events for

everyone to get involved with, as well as some of

the best climbers in the country coming down

to show their thing.

In bouldering we call the climbs ‘problems’,

because they are like a puzzle. They involve

complex moves, quite close to the ground,

where it’s not always obvious what you might

have to do. There might be a trick to it, or a way

of approaching the route that isn’t immediately

obvious. Bouldering used to be what roped

climbers did to train, but in the last 20 years

it’s become a sport in its own right. When I

started bouldering regularly, it was the mix of

the physical challenge and the mental problemsolving

that got me really hooked.

We colour code all the climbs. If you look at

the wall, there will be 20 different colours of

holds, but you need to stick to one colour to

follow a route that we have set. As route setters,

we’re trying to create climbs that flow nicely,

and that lead to a varied and interesting range

of movement.

The climbing walls are all built of plywood

which allows us to swap the holds around and



Photo by Paul Alexander



change the angle of the climbs by adding

triangular forms – called volumes – which can

be two or three metres across. It’s nice to work

with wood – it allows us to build onsite and to

make last-minute adjustments. We 3D model

on a computer sketch, but it’s never the same

as standing in front of the wall and seeing how

it works in the space.

We mainly get adults coming to the centre,

but we recommend bouldering for ages seven

and up. We’ve got a very active youth squad

that go around to the South East climbing

competitions. From small beginnings, they

are now regularly getting on the podium and

winning events. Some have gone on to be

Team GB climbers.

Climbing is coming to the Olympics, for

the first time, in Japan. Contestants will

have to do bouldering, lead climbing and

speed climbing. That’s a bit controversial as

different styles of climbing require different

training, and being able to do all of them

simultaneously is really hard. You never know,

we might be training some of our youth squad

for Paris ’24. As told to Lizzie Lower

Victoria Road Trading Estate, Portslade

Photo by Paul Alexander

Photo by Paul Alexander




Poppy Joshi

I can now out-lift most

of the men I know

Poppy Joshi, combines studying Physics and

Astronomy at the University of Sussex with

competing at an international level in powerlifting.

This year she will be defending a new world

record that she set last year.

I am the sort of person who wants to push

themselves. I started powerlifting competitively

in 2017. I’d seen all these big guys doing it, and

I thought, I’m strong, I could do that too. One

of the instructors in my gym told me about his

coach, Callum Barney, who’s now my coach. I

can now out-lift most of the men I know.

I competed last November in the junior section

of the World Powerlifting Championships

in Glasgow against countries such as Russia and

the USA and achieved 171.5 kg in the deadlift–

beating the world record by 0.5kg. I was expecting

it to be really hard, but the second I started

lifting I knew I had it in the bag. It flew!

I receive a sports scholarship from the university.

It helps pay for my competition transport,

accommodation and competition entry

fees. I get free physio too, which is great because

I also play hockey for Sussex and I get injured

a lot. The scholarship gives me some academic

flexibility, so if there’s a competition that clashes

with an exam, my exam can be moved.

I usually get up at 5.45am and am in the

gym as soon as it opens, and then I study for

the rest of the day. In the run-up to the world

championships I was also working out in the

evening too. My friends thought I was mad. I’ve

got a better balance now between my studies

and my sport.

I got involved with the Sussex This Girl Can

campaign because I want to help get more girls

involved in competitive sports. I hate seeing

them intimidated by the gym. There’s no reason

why anyone should feel like that.

I started off studying Neuroscience, but I

really wanted to do Physics. I didn’t think it

would be possible because I didn’t have Maths

A-level, but Sussex suggested I do the foundation

degree first. I had a rocky start, but by the

end of the year I was consistently getting above

80 per cent.

I’d love to become an astronaut, as I know

competitive sport isn’t something I’ll do forever.

When I finish my MPhys I’d like to study for

a PhD. I realise it’s a hard job to get into, especially

if you’re British. I really respect the UK

astronaut Tim Peake.

I don’t want to reach retirement and think,

I really wish I’d done that. For a while I had

dropped out of my A-levels. But my mum also

didn’t follow a traditional academic route, and

she said I should do what I want as education

will always be there. Taking time out was the

best thing that I have ever done because of what

I learned from it.

As told to Jacqui Bealing


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Stag Beetles

Two Falls, Two Submissions or a Knockout

Michael Blencowe

I’ve only ever had one sporting hero. In the

red corner, standing 6ft 6 and weighing in at

365lbs, Big Daddy kept my Gran and me glued

to the TV set on wet Saturday afternoons, as he

wrestled Giant Haystacks or Kendo Nagasaki in

his sequined spandex.

In June, Stag Beetles – the big daddies of the

beetle world – are emerging from the ground and

getting ready to rumble. There’s around 3,000

different species of beetle in Sussex and an estimated

29,000 species across Europe. Just as Big

Daddy’s 64-inch chest earned him a place in the

Guinness Book of Records, the 2.5 inch long Stag

Beetle holds the coveted title of Europe’s Biggest

Beetle. And, like a 26 stone man in a spangly

leotard, the adult male Stag Beetle is equally

impressive and ludicrous. Its 3-segmented black

and maroon armoured body is crowned with a

ridiculous pair of trademark stag-like ‘antlers’.

They are actually modified mandible mouthparts

and are used to impress the antler-less females

and to grapple rival males.

Before these tiny titans step into the ring they

have to put in some long hours in training. The

beetle’s larvae spend an incredible 5-6 years

munching on a deadwood diet of buried logs and

roots, building the bulky body that will sustain

them to survive above ground. As adults they will

live for just a few weeks without feeding, relying

solely on the fuel tanks accumulated underground.

In early summer, after pupation and

transformation, they burst from the ground and

go looking for a fight. I always find it incredible

that these chunky, bulky beetles can fly, but on

warm evenings they whir through the air with the

grace and subtlety of a Chinook on aerial reconnaissance

for females. But if another male beats

them to it, that’s when things get nasty.

In my fantasies I imagine these beetle brawls

to play out on a dead tree stump. A crowd of

over-excited elderly invertebrates gather round;

the grasshoppers and crickets chirping in with

a chorus of “We shall not be moved” while the

earthworms and earwigs chant “Eas-eh! Eas-eh!”

The fighters face off, before charging and locking

antlers. With incredible strength a Stag Beetle

can lift his opponent into the air, holding him

there heroically before spectacularly body-slamming

them down onto the stump.

We’re fortunate that Southeast England is a

hotspot for these Herculean heavyweights, but

sadly our Stag Beetles are on the ropes. The

loss of old trees from the countryside has had a

dramatic impact on the survival of the beetles’

underground larvae, and their numbers are

declining. So, if you see a Stag Beetle we’d really

like to hear about it. Send details and a photo to

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust




There’s plenty of seemingly contradictory information

to take in from the walls of this building,

on the corner of West Street and Kings Road,

once one of the most popular venues in Brighton.

SS Brighton was opened in June 1934, billed as

the largest covered swimming pool in the world,

with 2,000 seats for spectators. The interior was

fashioned in the shape of an ocean liner, hence

‘SS’. You can see ‘SS Brighton’ written vertically

on the south-facing wall.

But a run of hot summers meant it never took

off, as people took to sea swimming. It was soon

(by September 1936) converted into an ice rink,

and renamed Brighton Sports Stadium, though

people still used its former name.

This was a much more popular concern. Not

only could punters skate on the rink, they could

also take in shows, and watch Brighton’s championship-winning

ice hockey team, the Brighton

Tigers, who in their mid-century pomp drew

in regular capacity crowds of 4,000, famously

beating a touring Soviet team 6-3 in 1957.

The space was also used for other sports events,

including tennis and wrestling. In 1957 it hosted

the Labour Party Conference, during which

Aneurin Bevan famously disavowed unilateral

nuclear disarmament.

Above the doorway you can see that the building

has another name: Brighton Palladium. It was

taken over and given this moniker in 1959, the

year this picture was probably taken, according to

Kevin Wilsher, of the Regency Society, who hold

the James Gray archive. This incarnation only

lasted till 1961.

We must be in the Christmas period, because

the show being advertised, Humpty Dumpty on

Ice, was a pantomime, starring David Whitfield, a

hugely successful tenor, the first British singer to

have a top ten hit – Cara Mia – in the American


This elegant and much-loved building was

demolished in 1966, when the Rank organisation

bought the site with the intention of making

it part of the Top Rank complex. But the space

remained vacant – used as a car park – until 1990,

when the Oak Hotel, now a Travelodge, went up.

Alex Leith

Thanks to Kevin Wilsher, and the Regency Society

for the use of this image from the James Gray



Spirit of the Rainbow

We are starting a movement

Awakening to Oneness

Oneness means our first loyalty is to our humanity, above any country, religion

or ideology: humanity both in the sense of all human beings and also of human

decency, kindness, compassion. Oneness means we recognise we are part of nature

and that we treat our environment with reverence and respect. Oneness works

too at a personal level as we grow into a sense of wholeness. Oneness means we

recognise that we are children of our universe however we experience it.


Come and share your ideas so together we can:

• deepen our experience of oneness

• spread our message locally and globally

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Come to our first meeting on the 22nd June 2019

Starting at 2.30pm and ending c.3.30pm

@ Conference Room 2, Brighton Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

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