Viva Brighton Issue #78 August 2019

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Spirit of the Rainbow<br />

Invites you to our meeting in <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

Exploring Oneness<br />

Oneness means our first loyalty is to our humanity, above any country, religion or<br />

ideology: humanity both in the sense of all human beings and also of human decency,<br />

kindness, compassion. Oneness means we recognise we are part of nature and that we<br />

treat our environment with reverence and respect. Oneness works too at a personal level<br />

as we grow into a sense of wholeness. Oneness means we recognise that we are children<br />

of our universe however we experience it.<br />


Come and share your ideas so together we can:<br />

• deepen our experience of oneness<br />

• spread our message locally and globally<br />

• build a world based on oneness<br />

Our next meeting is on Saturday 27th July<br />

From 2pm for 2.30pm start and ending c.3.30pm<br />

@ Conference Room 2, <strong>Brighton</strong> Library, Jubilee St, <strong>Brighton</strong> BN1 1GE<br />


Future meetings @ Conference Room 2, <strong>Brighton</strong> Library<br />

2pm for 2.30pm start and ending c.3.30pm:<br />

Sat 31st <strong>August</strong><br />

Sat 28th September<br />

Sat 26th October<br />

Sat 30th November<br />

For further information contact spiritoftherainbow@yahoo.co.uk

VIVA<br />

B R I G H T O N<br />

<strong>#78</strong> AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />


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<strong>August</strong> means Pride, so we’ll see you at the<br />

mother of all parades. But – once it’s all over, and<br />

the streets are empty of roller-disco divas, barebottomed<br />

boys and rainbow-festooned floats – we’ll<br />

be taking a road trip to blow away the cobwebs.<br />

We’ve done some homework and you might be<br />

surprised what’s in store down the Sussex highways<br />

and byways this month. It’s Artwave across the<br />

Lewes district, so expect stone carvers in cow<br />

sheds, makers in manor houses and illustrators on<br />

clifftops. There’s some wonderfully eclectic festivals<br />

nearby, too. Check your emotional baggage at<br />

Byline’s ‘embodiment cloakroom’, visit the ‘human<br />

library’ across the field at Curious Arts, or hear<br />

world-class musicians playing at the Cuckmere<br />

Coastguard Cottages in the Lapwing Festival. If<br />

you prefer something a little rougher round the<br />

edges, join the shanty singers at Newhaven, or take<br />

up arms at the Loxwood Joust.<br />

And you don’t even need a car of your own to take<br />

to the open road. Treat yourself to afternoon tea<br />

on the <strong>Brighton</strong> Regency Routemaster, breeze up<br />

to Devil’s Dyke on the number 77 bus for a pint<br />

with that view, or take the 13x to Eastbourne, for a<br />

top deck tour of the iconic Cuckmere Haven, Belle<br />

Tout lighthouse and Beachy Head. Glorious!<br />

Got your sights set further afield? We meet some<br />

campervanning couples who can get you on your<br />

way. More of a homebody? Pick up a copy of<br />

American Trails and let your imagination do the<br />

travelling.<br />

Whatever your destination and however you plan<br />

to get there, remember to enjoy the ride.

VIVA<br />

B R I G H T O N<br />

THE TEAM<br />

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EDITOR: Lizzie Lower lizzie@vivamagazines.com<br />

SUB EDITOR: David Jarman<br />

PRODUCTION EDITOR: Joe Fuller joe@vivamagazines.com<br />

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

PHOTOGRAPHER AT LARGE: Adam Bronkhorst mail@adambronkhorst.com<br />

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CONTRIBUTORS: Alex Leith, Alexandra Loske, Amy Holtz, Ben Bailey, Charlotte Gann,<br />

Chris Riddell, Ellie Evans, JJ Waller, Jacqui Bealing, Jay Collins, Joda, Joe Decie, John Helmer,<br />

John O'Donoghue, Lizzie Enfield, Lulah Ellender, Mark Greco, Martin Skelton,<br />

Michael Blencowe, Nione Meakin, Paul Zara, Robin Houghton, Rose Dykins and Sally Elford.<br />

PUBLISHER: Becky Ramsden becky@vivamagazines.com<br />

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A Brocante style Vintage Festival<br />

“Step back in time, in style’’<br />

Country living & brocante market | Hand painted & antique furniture<br />

Vintage finds & decorative antiques | Gardenalia | Fashion & french haberdashery<br />

Artisan food emporium | Cookery demonstration by Peter Bayless<br />

The Chap Olympiad games hosted by The Chap Magazine<br />

Words Pavillion hosted by Much Ado Books | Talks on bees | Makers workshops<br />

Charleston & Lindy Hop shows | Jazz bands & music performance<br />

Traditional fair rides | Classic & vintage car display<br />

Tinkers steam town & miniature train | Bugs museum & mouse town<br />


Pre-booked discounted tickets on website | Entrance £15 on the door | 10.00am - 5.30pm<br />

www.firlevintagefair.co.uk firlevintagefair firleandcountry firlevintage


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Photo by Clive Boursnell<br />

Bits & bobs.<br />

8-27. Sally Elford goes off-road on<br />

the cover, ‘kiddie coach’ builder Ernie<br />

Johnstone is on the buses, and Alexandra<br />

Loske is entranced by a concrete<br />

kaleidoscope. Joe Decie provides the<br />

in-car entertainment, Alex Leith takes<br />

a trip to the Devil’s Dyke pub, and<br />

JJ Waller captures <strong>Brighton</strong> Pride in<br />

his latest photobook (and the Google<br />

Trekker on his incessant survey). And<br />

much more besides.<br />

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

28-29. We talk camper vans (and<br />

where to go in them) with Jon Wood,<br />

co-founder of <strong>Brighton</strong> Camper Vans.<br />

Photography.<br />

31-37. Toby Adamson shares his high<br />

octane (and high fashion) Goodwood<br />

images.<br />

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31<br />

Columns.<br />

39-43. John Helmer is in search of the<br />

vibe, Lizzie Enfield is in search of her<br />

Sat Nav, and Amy Holtz is (forever) in<br />

search of summer.<br />

On this month.<br />

45-55.Ben Bailey’s pick of the gigs;<br />

Roni Size brings some drum’n’bass<br />

(and whatever else he feels like) to the<br />

De La Warr Pavilion, and Traumfrau<br />

celebrate Pride weekend with a<br />

‘musical show and tell’. Summer is all<br />

about festivals and we’ve sought out<br />

a few eclectic line-ups: get ready to<br />

change the world at Byline; Philippa<br />

Perry talks ‘rupture and repair’ and the<br />

inevitability of imperfect parenting at<br />

Curious Arts; Lapwing offers intimate<br />

concerts at the iconic Coastguard<br />

Cottages; and Newhaven Festival<br />

returns for its second year of culture on<br />

the coast – with thrift fashion shows,<br />

shanty singing workshops and a church<br />

filled with birdsong.<br />

Photo by Toby Adamson<br />

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Art & design.<br />

56-65. We talk poetry and painting<br />

with Michaela Ridgway; meet<br />

prize-winning painter Charlie Schaffer;<br />

a camper van converting couple; and<br />

just some of what’s on in Artwave – and<br />

elsewhere – this month.<br />

The way we work.<br />

67-71. Adam Bronkhorst climbs aboard<br />

the Big Lemon buses to capture some<br />

of the crew.<br />

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Photo by JJ Waller<br />

Food.<br />

73-77. We take a trip to Rathfinny; a<br />

family recipe for Baba ganoush from<br />

the mobile Cairovan; an indulgent<br />

breakfast at GAIL’s Bakery and just a<br />

taster of this month’s food news.<br />

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78<br />

Features.<br />

78-87. We’ve got all sorts of cars:<br />

driverless, electric and racing. Perhaps<br />

we’ll take them for a spin around the<br />

extraordinary developments at Preston<br />

Barracks. Plus, it’s all aboard the<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Regency Routemaster for a<br />

five-star afternoon tea. Don’t mind if<br />

we do.<br />

Photo by Adam Bronkhorst<br />

Wildlife.<br />

89. The embattled Horse Chestnut<br />

Tree and a hitch-hiking Balkan moth.<br />

Inside left.<br />

90. <strong>August</strong> Bank Holiday: a wash out<br />

since 1922.<br />

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“We don’t really want a petrol driven vehicle<br />

going on there…” thought Seaford-based<br />

illustrator Sally Elford when she first received<br />

the ‘road trip’ brief for this month’s cover<br />

design. “I thought we’d better have something<br />

sustainable. But that meant drawing one of the<br />

most difficult things: a bicycle.”<br />

Sally, who graduated with a degree in<br />

Illustration from <strong>Brighton</strong> University in 1998,<br />

created the image on her iPad using Procreate<br />

software. It’s technology which, she says, has<br />

changed her life, freeing her from desk-bound<br />

backaches and clunky vector points. “It has so<br />

many realistic effects. It’s like working with<br />

paper, pencil and ink, but with the option<br />

of undoing your mistakes really easily. I’d<br />

forgotten how much I enjoyed drawing.<br />

I’ve given the cover design a bit of a coastal<br />

theme, with a beautiful landscape and some<br />

wildlife dotted in. It’s my favourite kind of<br />

drawing – doodling leaves and bugs and<br />

different elements of nature.”<br />

The family on the cover could easily be on<br />

their way to Seaford Head: the site of The<br />

Green Show, which Sally has been organising<br />

alongside Josie Swan, Alice Carter and Sophie<br />

Peerless. Together they make up Seaford<br />

Contemporary Illustrators and Printmakers<br />

(SCIP). Billed as a ‘celebration of landscape and<br />

nature’, The Green Show will be held at South<br />

Hill Barn later this month – a building that has,<br />

until now, only ever been used for farming. It’s<br />

a spectacular place: sitting high on a clifftop,<br />

with panoramic views out to sea and across the<br />

county.<br />

It’s SCIP’s most ambitious project to date<br />

and they’ve put together an impressive lineup.<br />

The main barn will house an exhibition<br />

of works by 30 leading contemporary artists<br />

and illustrators, including Sir Quentin Blake,<br />

Graham Carter, Donna Wilson and Owen<br />

Davey. Alongside there’s a pop-up cinema, free<br />

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children’s workshops, a nature trail and a community<br />

art installation. Plus, there’s a programme of adult<br />

workshops featuring ghost net weaving with Kittie<br />

Kipper, a (wild) life drawing session with live birds,<br />

and a free evening lecture programme with talks from<br />

South Downs National Park ranger Tim Squire, local<br />

author Giles Paley-Phillips and Simon Armstrong from<br />

Ticktockrobot animation studios.<br />

Parking is available onsite, but – if the green theme<br />

strikes a chord – you can walk up from the station. It will<br />

take the best part of an hour but it’s a picturesque walk<br />

along the beach and up Seaford Head. Alternatively, get<br />

off the number 12 bus opposite Chyngton Lane (ask the<br />

driver), and walk the final ten minutes. If the show leaves<br />

you feeling inspired, continue on down to the iconic<br />

Coastguard Cottages and on to the dozens of other<br />

Artwave venues open across the district this month.<br />

Or just take the moment to breathe in all that fabulous<br />

scenery and thank your lucky stars that you live in such a<br />

beautiful part of the world.<br />

Lizzie Lower<br />

The Green Show, South Hill Barn, Seaford Head, 10am-<br />

5pm, 15-18 & 22-25 <strong>August</strong>. Visit wearescip.co.uk to see<br />

the full programme and to book events.<br />

sallyelford.co.uk<br />

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© Valter Bernardeschi<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Museum & Art Gallery<br />

18 May to 8 September <strong>2019</strong><br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Museum & Art Gallery<br />

Royal Pavilion Gardens<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> BN1 1EE<br />

03000 290900<br />

Open Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm<br />

Closed Mon (except bank holidays)<br />

Admission payable<br />

Members free<br />

Book in advance<br />

for 10% discount<br />



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Ernest Johnstone, better known as Ernie, created a range<br />

of miniature, motorised ‘Kiddies’ Coaches’ between 1935<br />

and 1958. Children would sit at the front of the popular<br />

vehicles, while an adult would operate a two stroke<br />

motorcycle engine in the rear. They could reach speeds<br />

of up to 26 miles an hour, according to a delightful Pathé<br />

news piece that ran in 1948 (search ‘Pathe Ernie Johnstone’<br />

on YouTube).<br />

The buses were manufactured at the Old Forge in Preston<br />

Village, and could sell for as much as £300. In total, 63<br />

were created, including one double decker and three fire<br />

engines. They were often ridden around Peter Pan’s Playground<br />

on Madeira Drive, although they also ventured<br />

as far as Hove, Hastings and even some Scottish seaside<br />

towns. The coaches didn’t have side doors, so children<br />

would be lifted in and out of them by an attendant.<br />

The miniatures were fully working petrol-based vehicles, and as such were licensed and had<br />

numberplates attached for use on the road. Ernie himself drove one the 250 mile round trip from<br />

London to Wolverhampton in fact, presumably for promotional purposes.<br />

Ernie was born in 1904 and retired in 1958, although the Kiddies’ Coaches were popular attractions<br />

well into the 1960s. He died in 1975. Joe Fuller<br />

Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)<br />


Sam Reece and Jo Wren – organisers of the<br />

natural women’s retreat, Gather – check<br />

back in with the city they left behind after a<br />

weekend of moonlit dinners, night walking<br />

in the woods, roaring fires, wild cocktails,<br />

yoga and creativity in the beautiful Sussex<br />

countryside. Follow them @gatherinnature<br />

– or visit gatherinnature.co.uk – to find out<br />

more about these nurturing escapes to the<br />

wilderness. Keep taking us with you and keep<br />

spreading the word. Send your photos and a<br />

few words about you and your trip to<br />

hello@vivamagazines.com<br />



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Exterior of the Meeting House at dusk. Photo by Alexandra Loske.<br />



What happens if you take a road much travelled<br />

but get off half-way between <strong>Brighton</strong> and<br />

Lewes? If you stop at Falmer and have a closer<br />

look at Sussex University’s original buildings you<br />

may find yourself in a kaleidoscope of colour and<br />

concrete. In the early 1960s Sir Basil Spence designed<br />

the first unflinchingly modern buildings<br />

for this brand-new campus university. The Grade<br />

I listed Falmer House, its proud gateway, was<br />

much lauded for its clean lines and underlying<br />

ideas of transparency and accessibility. But for<br />

me the real gem of Spence’s campus is the circular<br />

Meeting House, a non-denominational place<br />

for worship, quiet reflection and gatherings.<br />

It was built slightly later, in 1966, funded by a<br />

Sir Sydney Caffyn, a local supporter of the University.<br />

As with all his campus buildings, Spence<br />

wanted to emphasise the subtle interaction of<br />

material, light and colour. The Meeting House<br />

owes much to the high-profile project he had<br />

finished just a few years earlier, the rebuilding<br />

of Coventry Cathedral. By comparison, this was<br />

a small project (the perfectly round building is<br />

only 80 feet in diameter), but it is fascinating<br />



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to see how Spence embraced the challenge of<br />

creating a smaller and more intimate church<br />

interior, while adhering to his guiding principle<br />

of powerful simplicity.<br />

The upstairs chapel boasts the most colourful<br />

interior on the Sussex University campus: 460<br />

panes of coloured glass are set into a honeycomb-pattern<br />

of fourteen tiers of concrete<br />

blocks, illuminating the space in a constantly<br />

changing way throughout the day and indeed the<br />

seasons. Spence daringly combined very different<br />

building materials here: the worryingly thin<br />

coloured glass panes, made in Germany, are set<br />

directly into the recesses of the roughly-textured<br />

concrete blocks. It is a surprising and uplifting<br />

interior, which forms a contrast to the plainer<br />

spaces on the ground floor, including a large<br />

‘Quiet Room’ with curtain-wall glazing that<br />

provides an uninterrupted view of the campus.<br />

The layout of the coloured panes follows a<br />

chromatic pattern from green shades in the east,<br />

through yellow and white in the north above<br />

the altar and in alignment with the meridian, to<br />

deep reds and blues in the west. The symbolic<br />

use of the circle is evident here, with allusions<br />

to the circle of life, the Christian year, and the<br />

unbroken circle as a manifestation of safety. Its<br />

importance is further accentuated by a pattern of<br />

overlapping circles on the chapel floor.<br />

No area of coloured windows is separate, the<br />

shades merge into each other, and each area<br />

contains elements of the others. Crucially,<br />

not one pane is identical to another, each one<br />

forming a new aperture through which some<br />

of Spence’s other buildings can be glimpsed. In<br />

early meetings concerning the building he asked<br />

for ‘a full spectrum of coloured glass panes, each<br />

in a single colour’ for the chapel fenestration.<br />

However, in some cases two different-coloured<br />

panes are overlaid, to create a new tint, or in<br />

the interests of variation. Spence did not make<br />

specific comments on colour symbolism, but he<br />

said the design should express the ‘variety of the<br />

human race banded together in a circle of unity’.<br />

Spence created an interior that is powerful in<br />

both its simplicity and vibrancy. Lit at night, the<br />

building appears like a kaleidoscopic beacon from<br />

the outside; while in strong sunlight the interior<br />

is flooded with pools of colour, an emphatic and<br />

romantic expression of Spence’s fascination with<br />

colour, light and concrete. Apart from the Royal<br />

Pavilion, this is my favourite <strong>Brighton</strong> building.<br />

Alexandra Loske, Art Historian and Curator<br />

Part of the colour scheme of the glass panes. Drawing by Sam Allen.<br />

Interior of the Meeting House Chapel late afternoon. Photo by Clive Boursnell.<br />


Join us in celebrating the start of the<br />

football season with our very own<br />

street food bar menu, inspired by the<br />

chefs of the Kashmir region of India.<br />

We show all the sports, as well as<br />

stocking a wide range of beers, wines<br />

and spirits.<br />

Or sip a cocktail on our newly<br />

designed terrace showcasing our<br />

summer flower display.<br />

We pride ourselves on our friendliness<br />

and our customer service ethic.<br />

We are offering a free<br />

bottle of wine with<br />

every table of 2 people<br />

booked in advance.<br />

7-8 Montpelier Place | <strong>Brighton</strong> BN1 3BF | 01273 640195


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It’s been a regular mini roadtrip<br />

for <strong>Brighton</strong> & Hove<br />

residents since the early nineteenth<br />

century, and a breeze<br />

up the Downs to Devil’s Dyke<br />

for a pint in the pub at the top<br />

is still one of <strong>Brighton</strong>’s great<br />

pleasures. What a view over<br />

the Weald: they say you can<br />

see five counties.<br />

There’s been a tavern on the<br />

hilltop since 1817, but the first<br />

hotel wasn’t built on the site<br />

until 1831. A bigger, grander<br />

establishment was rebuilt in<br />

1871, and there are existing<br />

pictures of what was called<br />

‘Dyke Hotel’, an elegant twostorey<br />

affair, with balustrades<br />

on the roof.<br />

In those days a horse-drawn<br />

wagonette was the easiest way<br />

up, but it wasn’t a pleasant<br />

ride. The <strong>Brighton</strong> Gazette describes<br />

‘comfortless vehicles…<br />

peregrinating along a dusty<br />

road through an almost desert<br />

country under the command of<br />

a driver who persists, without<br />

consulting his passengers, in<br />

making sundry, and almost<br />

unnecessary stoppages.’<br />

This all changed when, at the<br />

cost of £90,000, a rail track<br />

was built, cutting the journey<br />

time to twenty minutes, and<br />

allowing visitors more time to<br />

enjoy at the top. The pub’s landlord<br />

JH Hubbard cashed in:<br />

he estimated that the railway<br />

brought in a million visitors a<br />

year, and he provided plenty of<br />

facilities for them within the<br />

enclosed estate of the hotel: a<br />

camera obscura, an observatory,<br />

two bandstands, a pavilion<br />

bar, and, strangely, a wooden<br />

model of a 110-ton Armstrong<br />

cannon.<br />

In 1928, long after its heyday,<br />

the estate was bought by<br />

Herbert Carden, who sold it<br />

on to <strong>Brighton</strong> Corporation.<br />

Since then it has enjoyed<br />

chequered fortunes. It was<br />

used as a bomb-testing site in<br />

WW1, was taken over by the<br />

MoD in WW2, and the hotel<br />

building was destroyed by fire<br />

in 1945.<br />

The current establishment was<br />

constructed in 1967, its owners<br />

using local materials – hence<br />

the flint walls – to make it<br />

sympathetic to its environment.<br />

They turned it into a<br />

restaurant, and – now run by<br />

pubco Archers – it still serves<br />

food to punters who flock<br />

up on summer evenings to<br />

enjoy the sunset. In the ample<br />

interior, or on wooden tables<br />

on the terrace outside.<br />

Nowadays you can get the 77<br />

bus up there, and we manage<br />

to find a terrace table which<br />

overlooks the Weald, and not<br />

the scratchy car park. We leave<br />

it too late to have food – we’re<br />

told there’s a half-hour wait,<br />

and we’ve got an appointment<br />

back down in town – but we do<br />

enjoy several pints of Chieftain<br />

IPA, trying to pick out those<br />

five counties, through sunglasses.<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Illustration by Jay Collins<br />





As Claire Carberry explains,<br />

an accident or illness doesn’t<br />

mean you have to lose<br />

control of your life.<br />

We all prefer to remain in control of our lives but<br />

sometimes accidents or illness can have such a<br />

profound impact that control is taken from you;<br />

lose control, and you’re at risk of losing your<br />

voice.<br />

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is one<br />

way of retaining control; you can put LPAs in<br />

place for your property and financial affairs, and<br />

for your health and wellbeing.<br />

An LPA lets you choose who makes decisions<br />

for you (your attorney) when you can no longer<br />

do it for yourself. It gives you the opportunity<br />

to set out guidance for or to place restrictions<br />

on your attorneys, to state who can do what<br />

and when, and even to make provision for who<br />

should step in if your first-named attorney can’t<br />

act.<br />

LPAs can only be made whilst you have the<br />

capacity to do so, and can’t be used until they<br />

are registered; registration can take many<br />

weeks, so it makes sense to put one (or both) in<br />

place sooner rather than later – just in case.<br />

Without an LPA, no-one has authority to make<br />

decisions on your behalf – not even your<br />

spouse. If you lack capacity to make your own<br />

decisions (e.g. as a result of an accident or<br />

illness) the only option is for someone to make<br />

an application to the Court of Protection to be<br />

appointed as a Deputy. Would you have chosen<br />

that person yourself?<br />

If you don’t feel that there is anyone that you can<br />

trust to act as your Attorney, discuss the matter<br />

with your solicitor. Often they are willing to take<br />

on the role so that you know someone will step<br />

in if needed.<br />

An LPA is a safety net for both you and your<br />

loved ones. None of us knows what will happen<br />

tomorrow so it’s incredibly important to have one<br />

in place, whatever your age or circumstances.<br />

Claire Carberry is a partner at<br />

DMH Stallard’s <strong>Brighton</strong> office.<br />

You can contact her on<br />

03333 231 580.


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“Sometimes things just fall into place,” says JJ Waller. “Exactly one hour after<br />

<strong>Viva</strong>’s editor emailed me with this month’s assignment – ‘the theme is road<br />

trip. Let it take you where it will’ – I encountered the Google Trekker leaving<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> after shooting here on their continual worldwide mapping marathon.<br />

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We’ve had some brilliant road<br />

trips in our time. Probably the<br />

best of them was in Norway,<br />

driving our hire car along the<br />

Atlantic Highway, driving over<br />

the sea across endless bridges<br />

that connected strung-out<br />

beautiful islands. There was<br />

one hour where we must<br />

have stopped the car seven or<br />

eight times simply to shout in<br />

amazement at the countryside<br />

around us. America is the place<br />

where we seem to have done most of these trips,<br />

though. Durango to Telluride in Colorado, up a<br />

long valley for mile after mile with only one stop<br />

light in the whole 110 mile journey. Then there<br />

was the trip in Oregon from the coast to Bend,<br />

high up on the plain. Oh, the trip down Route<br />

1 in California was pretty special, too, all for the<br />

cost of a hire car and some cheap motels.<br />

Which is why our recommendation this month<br />

is a magazine called American Trails. Published<br />

from Sweden and originally only in Swedish, the<br />

English language version is now available here,<br />

the US, France and Ireland.<br />

It’s as near to a road trip as a<br />

magazine can be. Each issue picks<br />

up on interesting places across the<br />

US, and then photographs them<br />

and writes about them delightfully.<br />

The current issue focuses on<br />

13 different locations. There’s a<br />

city guide to Washington DC, a<br />

feature on the Marathon Motor<br />

works in Nashville, an actual road<br />

trip across four states over sixteen<br />

days, a look at the Las Vegas arts<br />

district, a photo feature on Seattle and the northwest<br />

coast and much more.<br />

American Trails is one of those magazines you<br />

can read right through, pick up and put down or<br />

use as a reference point. It looks great and, for<br />

those of us in <strong>Brighton</strong> who talk secretly about<br />

these things, smells good, too. With a little luck,<br />

our holiday later this year will be staying with<br />

friends in Colorado again. American Trails is<br />

going to help us decide the route we’ll take to<br />

get there.<br />

Martin Skelton, Magazine <strong>Brighton</strong><br />


We’re not quite sure what type of movement this<br />

sitter is referring to, but – if it’s a road trip – we<br />

couldn’t agree more. Wherever the mood takes<br />

you, remember to take your copy of VB along for<br />

the ride. Life is better in motion.<br />

But where is it?<br />

Last month’s answer:<br />

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft<br />



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Tell us a little about Older<br />

and Out… Older and Out is<br />

a social network organised by,<br />

and for, members of <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

and Hove’s LGBTQ+<br />

community aged 50+. The<br />

group meets on the second<br />

Friday of every month at the<br />

Somerset Centre in Kemp<br />

Town for lunch and networking, usually followed<br />

by a talk or some entertainment. Recently, one<br />

of our members gave a presentation on the work<br />

of lesbian activist Jackie Forster; while member<br />

and trustee Val Brown read from her biography<br />

of Toupie Lowther [the tennis player and leader<br />

of an all-female ambulance unit that assisted the<br />

French army in WWI]. We’ve had brilliantly<br />

informative talks on dental health; advice for anyone<br />

worried about dementia; how to recognise<br />

online and telephone banking scams; and more.<br />

Alongside the monthly social event, we also provide<br />

a Monday to Thursday telephone support<br />

service, offering practical advice and signposting<br />

to other relevant groups and statutory services.<br />

We also run day trips a few times a year, from<br />

short walks on the Downs to trips to the Bluebell<br />

Railway, Portsmouth Docks and more.<br />

When and why was it founded? The group<br />

was set up in 2014 by Jules Dienes, who runs<br />

the Somerset Centre, in response to the lack of<br />

LGBTQ+ people attending the centre. Over the<br />

last five years, it has grown a loyal membership;<br />

around 60 members usually come along to the<br />

monthly event. The group aims to encourage<br />

social engagement among LGBTQ+ people,<br />

ultimately leading to the greater wellbeing of its<br />

members; we call them members, but anyone<br />

aged 50+ who identifies as<br />

LGBTQ+ can come along.<br />

There’s no fee to join or attend.<br />

Older and Out also aims<br />

to ensure the voices and needs<br />

of older LGBTQ+ people<br />

are heard by policy makers,<br />

and we invite representatives<br />

from the council and other<br />

statutory bodies to attend and hear the views of<br />

our members.<br />

How is it funded? It’s funded by an annual<br />

grant from the Rainbow Fund and donations<br />

from its members, with support from the Somerset<br />

Centre. This month’s <strong>Brighton</strong> Pride is especially<br />

important for us because of the money the<br />

event raises for the Rainbow Fund, whose annual<br />

grants support not just Older and Out, but dozens<br />

of other essential LGBTQ+ / HIV voluntary<br />

groups and projects throughout the city.<br />

We always encourage our members to take part<br />

in Pride – we can be found in the Community<br />

Village – and in other annual events such as<br />

Kemp Town Carnival.<br />

How can people help? We’re always looking<br />

for more volunteers, in particular those with<br />

fundraising experience. I’ve been volunteering at<br />

Older and Out for nearly three years. It’s a small<br />

commitment on my part – just a few hours each<br />

month – but it’s very rewarding. There’s a lovely<br />

atmosphere at events and I’ve got to know so<br />

many interesting people in my neighbourhood.<br />

I’d definitely encourage more working age people<br />

like myself to volunteer.<br />

As told to Nione Meakin by volunteer Rasheed<br />

Rahman.<br />

olderandoutbrighton.org.uk<br />


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Have I caught you at a tricky<br />

moment? Are you packing<br />

your togs, your flip-flops,<br />

your bucket and spade? For<br />

it’s that time again, the time<br />

we all love: holiday time. And<br />

whether you’re off to Club<br />

Tropicana or having a staycation,<br />

one item you’ll also need<br />

to pack is a good holiday read.<br />

Holiday reads have a few<br />

essential features: they have<br />

to be light enough to dip in<br />

and out of as we lounge by<br />

the pool or stretch out on<br />

the beach, yet have the kind<br />

of compelling narrative that<br />

means we don’t forget what the story is all about,<br />

or get fuzzy when it comes to remembering the<br />

characters. A book you can read between meals,<br />

in other words, or at least cocktails.<br />

Argemourt, the latest novel by local author<br />

Corinna Edwards Colledge, has a lightness<br />

of style allied to a compelling narrative that<br />

both exemplifies the holiday read, and departs<br />

from it. The book tells the story of Michelle<br />

Harvey, a young army widow, and her daughter,<br />

Adele. Michelle’s husband, Chris, was killed in<br />

Afghanistan, and now, two years, later it’s time<br />

for Michelle and her daughter to move off the<br />

army base that’s been home. After some initial<br />

panic, Michelle gets a call informing her that her<br />

great aunt, Michèle Leroy, has left her house to<br />

her. One snag: the house is in France Profonde,<br />

and Michelle has to leave England and strike out<br />

on her own. She travels with Adele to her greataunt’s<br />

village, Argemourt, only for a handsome<br />

young French man to come knocking at her<br />

door on the very afternoon of<br />

their arrival.<br />

At this point, we switch to<br />

the story of Paul. He is a<br />

PhD student researching<br />

Martyred Villages, the French<br />

hamlets destroyed by the<br />

German army as reprisals<br />

against the Resistance. These<br />

atrocities came in the wake of<br />

the D-Day landings, and we<br />

gradually discover that Paul’s<br />

researches have led him to<br />

Argemourt, itself a Martyred<br />

Village. The Martyred Villages<br />

are a dark chapter in the<br />

history of France, a history I<br />

was only vaguely aware of until I read Edwards<br />

Colledge’s novel.<br />

Something of a romance develops between<br />

Michelle and Paul, aided and abetted by a<br />

supporting cast including Alan, Michelle’s expat<br />

neighbour, Paul’s friends in Paris, his parents<br />

and sister, and his beloved grandfather, Armand.<br />

Agremourt, then, is both a gripping novel, perfect<br />

reading for the sunlounger and the beach café,<br />

and an examination of all too recent history.<br />

I was rooting for Michelle and Paul as I finished<br />

the book. I wanted Michelle to find happiness<br />

in a place haunted by horror and sadness, to be<br />

able to start afresh, to make a life for herself and<br />

Adele. And I wanted Paul to uncover the dark<br />

truths hinted at in his researches, the trail of<br />

clues that had led him to Michelle’s door. Would<br />

I pack this as my holiday read? It’s done. My<br />

wife wants it. John O’Donoghue<br />

Argemourt, Corinna Edwards Colledge, Authors<br />

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JJ Waller’s <strong>Brighton</strong> Pride highlights all the different colours<br />

of the <strong>Brighton</strong> Pride rainbow, ranging from riotous<br />

costumes to cashpoint branding exercises, mixed with a<br />

smattering of exposed buttocks. JJ has been photographing<br />

Pride “on and off over 12 years”, giving him a wealth<br />

of images to draw upon for this book.<br />

Brief quotes are peppered throughout to reflect a range<br />

of opinions on the festivities. I ask JJ himself how it has<br />

changed over time. “In a few central ways hardly at all,<br />

still the same party atmosphere and still hugely popular<br />

with locals. It has also become more ‘formally’ organised<br />

to accept its obligations to public safety.”<br />

The pages are brimming with people of every stripe,<br />

dancing or marching, celebrating, being unfiltered,<br />

colourful and gregarious. Enjoy this year’s Pride, however<br />

you choose to celebrate. Joe Fuller<br />

JJ Waller’s <strong>Brighton</strong> Pride, £12.99 is available from Waterstones.<br />

Find an exhibition of his Pride images in the Dog<br />

and Bone Gallery’s telephone boxes in Powis Square, 1-31<br />

Aug. Open 24 hours.<br />


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MYbrighton: Jon Wood<br />

Co-founder of <strong>Brighton</strong> Camper Vans<br />

Are you local? Yes, I am indeed. I moved to<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> 16 or 17 years ago. I moved down<br />

here to go to the University of Sussex and<br />

never left. I studied English Literature and<br />

Linguistics.<br />

What do you do now? Whilst I was at uni I<br />

worked as a sound engineer in various venues,<br />

and from that picked up tour work. And from<br />

that I grew Ooosh! Tours, which is a hire<br />

company: we have rehearsal studios and hire<br />

vans and musical equipment for bands on<br />

tour. Off the back of that, a few years ago, my<br />

wife and I got quite into campervanning and<br />

general outdoor adventures stuff. Through<br />

the rental infrastructure I had in place<br />

already, we decided to get a couple of camper<br />

vans. So <strong>Brighton</strong> Camper Vans was born.<br />

How does campervanning work exactly?<br />

Most people will tend to park up on a<br />

campsite, there’s loads around Sussex and all<br />

over the UK and Europe. They’re often in<br />

really interesting places, like a lot of farms<br />

will often have a field that they allow people<br />

to park up in or pitch tents in. There’s all<br />

this crazy stuff going on around you and<br />

interesting things that you never knew<br />

existed for you to go and find. A lot of these<br />

campsites are £10 or £15 a night. It’s a very<br />

economical way to get out and see the world.<br />

It’s really fun meeting all these people when<br />

they’re about to go away on some sort of<br />

adventure.<br />

Are there any good areas in Sussex that<br />

people should know about? Blackberry<br />

Wood in Streat is very wild and open, lots of<br />

woods and rivers to discover by wandering<br />

around. Southdown Way Caravan and<br />

Camping Park in Hassocks is in a great<br />

location, near the Jack & Jill windmills, which<br />

make for a great day trip out.<br />

What do you like about <strong>Brighton</strong>? I’ve<br />

lived here a longish time and I’ve never had a<br />

good reason to move away. There’s so much<br />

here for everyone. Throughout the various<br />

stages of my life, it had plenty to offer me<br />

when I was a student who wanted to go<br />

out all the time and plenty to offer me as I<br />

became a father, with all the cool things you<br />

can do with your kids. I just like how much<br />

there is going on in such a small amount of<br />

space. You can walk everywhere, it’s easy to<br />

get around.<br />

Is there anything you’d like to change<br />

about <strong>Brighton</strong>? I wish all pubs didn’t look<br />

the same nowadays. I remember there being a<br />

real diversity of places ten years ago. And now<br />

everywhere has got a bit of neon and exposed<br />

brick wall. I guess that’s gentrification really,<br />

and that has plus points but also negative<br />

points that go with it. It certainly feels more<br />

expensive than it ever has done before.<br />

Do you have a favourite place to eat?<br />

There’s a really good café called The Almond<br />

Tree on Seven Dials: it’s a veggie place and<br />

it’s good value, nice tasting food.<br />

Interview by Joe Fuller<br />

brightoncampervans.com<br />

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Toby Adamson<br />

Goodwood Revival photographer<br />

The Goodwood Revival is<br />

every photographer’s dream.<br />

The fashion, the cars, the people,<br />

the hairstyles. The passion.<br />

But that doesn’t come without<br />

its problems. Everywhere you<br />

look there’s a good shot, so<br />

unless you’re organised and<br />

focused, there’s a danger you<br />

won’t be able to see the wood<br />

for the trees.<br />

I’ve been doing a lot of work for Goodwood<br />

over the last three or four years covering<br />

most of their big events, and it’s been great for<br />

my career. I originally trained as an Oceanographer,<br />

but I’ve been shooting professionally<br />

alongside that since 1994. I started out mainly<br />

as a documentary photographer working<br />

with NGOs and charities often in remote<br />

and inaccessible places – to date I’ve worked<br />

in over 100 countries worldwide. But the<br />

downside was that I had very little UK work in<br />

my portfolio. Goodwood’s certainly helped to<br />

change that.<br />

Everybody’s dressed to the nines, in period<br />

costume [from the circuit’s original period,<br />

1948-66]. No one has ever said ‘no’ to being<br />

photographed at Revival. Often it’s difficult<br />

to do fly-on-the-wall documentary-style<br />

photography because everybody wants to pose<br />

and show off!<br />

It’s not just about the visuals, of course. It’s<br />

about the noise, and the smells, as well. I’m<br />

privileged to have very good access, so I try to<br />

capture this side of things too: oil on the cars,<br />

flames bursting out of exhaust pipes, people<br />

putting their fingers in their ears – things that<br />

give you a real sense of what it’s like to be<br />

there.<br />

There are so many professional<br />

photographers out there,<br />

it sometimes feels like a highly<br />

competitive job. Everyone’s ducking<br />

and weaving to try and get<br />

an original shot. But it’s a good<br />

thing – if you’re not continually<br />

learning, you’re probably doing<br />

something wrong.<br />

And, of course, everyone’s a<br />

photographer nowadays, even if it’s just with<br />

their smartphone. My tip? Get in as close as<br />

you can (and Goodwood is great for that), and<br />

always make sure that there’s a point of focus<br />

to any picture you take. Also think of doing a<br />

series of photos – whether that’s of 40s hairstyles,<br />

or hats, or carburettors, or exhaust pipes<br />

– whatever it is that sparks your interest. The<br />

whole is often greater than the sum of its parts.<br />

I’ve shot digitally for 15 years now (first on<br />

Canon and now also with Sony) and over the<br />

three days of the event I’ll probably take somewhere<br />

in the region of 5,000 photos. So, when<br />

the event’s finished my job as a photographer<br />

is only half done – I then get to spend three or<br />

four days, head-down at my computer, editing<br />

pictures.<br />

And then there’s the preparation beforehand.<br />

Needless to say this also includes what<br />

I’m going to be wearing, because if you’re<br />

not in costume, you look out of place, and it’s<br />

important to blend in. I usually wear a set of<br />

period mechanic’s overalls, but I’m beginning<br />

to feel that’s something of a cop-out. This year<br />

I’m looking for something a little bit different…<br />

Any ideas? As told to Alex Leith<br />

Goodwood Revival, 13th-15th September. See<br />

more of Toby’s work at adamsonvisuals.com<br />

Instagram @tobyadamson<br />



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Photos by David Plummer<br />


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John Helmer<br />

Vibe<br />

Illustration by Chris Riddell<br />

“I don’t like this airport,” says Poppy.<br />

We’ve come through security and are up on a<br />

balcony looking down over the concourse. From<br />

where we are you can see the airport’s ragged<br />

edges; the unfinished tops of plasterboard walls,<br />

the mess of wiring that powers the perfumed<br />

Aladdin’s cave that is Duty Free. “Why not?” I ask.<br />

“It’s the way they’ve mixed up people getting off<br />

flights with people getting on flights. It’s killed<br />

the vibe.”<br />

“The vibe.”<br />

“Yes.”<br />

“So if you don’t like Helsinki, what airports do<br />

you like? What about Gatwick?”<br />

“Yes, Gatwick.”<br />

“Gatwick’s got the vibe?”<br />

“Yeah, they’ve got it right. Gatwick’s got the vibe.”<br />

I’m not sure I fully get what she’s talking about,<br />

but I know better than to question a sixteen yearold<br />

when it comes to matters of vibe.<br />

We’ve been in Helsinki for a week soaking up<br />

the vibe, and now we’re going home to tell our<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> friends about it. At a wedding, two days<br />

after touching down, I find people only too glad to<br />

share the vibe of their holidays, road trips, walking<br />

tours, cruises and staycations. “How was Finland?”<br />

they say to me—and if they’re particularly old<br />

and close friends, will voice the question that<br />

hangs over all these other conversations, “Why<br />

Finland?”<br />

“It was Poppy’s idea,” I say. That seems to satisfy<br />

them.<br />

I talk to a nurse from out of town whose walking<br />

tour of Scottish peaks included three Munros.<br />

“Wasn’t that a bit exhausting?,” I ask.<br />

“Totally exhausting. I was crying with exhaustion<br />

some days.”<br />

“Bad vibes. I bet you were glad to get back to<br />

work, weren’t you?”<br />

“But that’s totally exhausting as well…”<br />

I am expecting a tale of staff and bed shortages,<br />

unachievable targets, overflowing waiting lists<br />

and chronic underfunding. Instead she says this:<br />

“Some of the people I work with, they’re just so…<br />

conscientious.”<br />

“Isn’t that what nurses are supposed to be though,<br />

conscientious?”<br />

“It’s not like I’m going to let the patients just<br />

die or anything… but here’s an example: I was<br />

supposed to be at this conference the other day.<br />

By about three o’clock I’d had enough really; I<br />

told them I had a big caseload of patients and had<br />

to go. And I went shopping.”<br />

At this point I notice that Chris Riddell, whose<br />

excellent illustrations garland this column and<br />

who is also a guest at the wedding, has whipped<br />

his sketchbook out and is capturing my expression<br />

of mild shock.<br />

“Is he drawing you?” says the nurse.<br />

“Yes, and it’s just reminded me that we have a<br />

column to get in on Monday.” I take out my own<br />

little black notebook and pen and start scribbling<br />

away.<br />

“No, wait,” says the nurse,<br />

“are you writing down<br />

what I just said?”<br />

“Just capturing<br />

the vibe of<br />

the caring<br />

professions.”<br />

“You’re<br />

never going<br />

to put me<br />

in your<br />

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Lizzie Enfield<br />

Notes from North Village<br />

Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)<br />

We’re about to set off, but the car window’s been<br />

broken and nothing appears to have been taken.<br />

“Not even the Neil Diamond CD,” I say to the<br />

children who tell me there should be no ‘even’<br />

in that sentence, that my including it suggests<br />

the CD was worth taking and it most definitely<br />

was not.<br />

So our journey is delayed, while we call out a<br />

glass repairer. Eventually we set off. Girl, You’ll<br />

be a Woman Soon, is playing. The kids are saying<br />

the lyrics are deeply dodgy and I am wondering<br />

why anyone would break the window of a car for<br />

absolutely no reason.<br />

But then we reach the roundabout, known in the<br />

family as ‘the roundabout where we always take<br />

the wrong exit’, and husband, who has poor recall<br />

for names of people and places – and objects –<br />

says “Oh they’ve taken the thing.”<br />

“What thing?” everyone asks.<br />

“You know the thing on the window.”<br />

“The National Trust car park sticker?” I venture,<br />

thinking we clearly have a different class of thief<br />

in Fiveways.<br />

They might not appreciate Neil Diamond but<br />

they love a bit of Capability Brown.<br />

“No not that.”<br />

It’s like twenty questions but we’ve got plenty<br />

left.<br />

“Well it’s not the tax disc,” I say, staring at the<br />

window wondering what could have been taken.<br />

And then one of the children pipes up.<br />

“It’s Dorothy!” And I realize it is, indeed,<br />

Dorothy who has been taken from her home on<br />

the windscreen.<br />

Dorothy was our Sat Nav, named by the children<br />

on account of her propensity to tell us to “follow<br />

the road.”<br />

She did that more often than other Sat Navs<br />

because we never loaded the maps properly. It<br />

took too long and we don’t drive north that often<br />

but when we did she would think we’d entered<br />

some sort of vortex and start yelling at us to “get<br />

back to the road!”<br />

Generally, though, she was quite calm and<br />

conversational and we were quite fond of her.<br />

Now she’s been taken, everyone seems a bit<br />

subdued – and lost, because there is no one to tell<br />

us to perform a legal U-turn and go back to the<br />

roundabout we exited wrongly.<br />

“Poor old Dorothy,” says my son, who, when<br />

he was younger, thought she was an actual very<br />

small person who lived inside the black plastic<br />

unit we suckered to the windscreen – a bit<br />

like our Dutch neighbour who does the safety<br />

announcements in Dutch for Easyjet who he<br />

wanted to say hello to on a flight to Amsterdam.<br />

“What do you think they’ve done with her?” one<br />

of the girls asks.<br />

I suspect they’ve taken her to the nearest<br />

pawnshop and converted her to cash, which is<br />

probably in turn being converted into drugs, but<br />

I don’t tell them this.<br />

To be honest, we’re not great drivers and<br />

Dorothy’s time with us was a bit dull for her. So<br />

I tell them:<br />

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COLUMN<br />

...........................<br />

Amy Holtz<br />

The truth is, I’m a Minnesotan<br />

The sun is... out. Is it summer?<br />

Has it finally found us – the<br />

forsaken, ye long-suffering<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>ians?<br />

We’re journeying the South<br />

Downs Link up north to<br />

something called a ‘country<br />

park’ (genuine question: what<br />

exactly is a country park?).<br />

We’re a caravan of cyclists –<br />

some of us suited up for the<br />

first stage of the Tour, others<br />

sporting uncertainty and bikes<br />

with batteries. But there’s so much glorious<br />

flesh on show; I’m so happy to be in shorts that I<br />

don’t even notice the stinging nettles whipping<br />

my ankles on the overgrown trail. Or the sweat<br />

or grit or the family of bugs that end up in my<br />

mouth or the pollen-saturated air. My legs are<br />

free! We are free!<br />

My first summer in England was hot. Skinmeltingly<br />

so. And thus, mine has become a lifelong<br />

quest – searching, wishing, hoping for the<br />

return of heat. It’s a bit like waiting for a comet,<br />

though. You’re never sure when it’s coming and<br />

you’ll probably miss it while you’re sorting out<br />

your telescope.<br />

Anyhow, today could, after years of hope, see its<br />

return. The sun beams down, birds sing, the air<br />

fills with laughter and gravel dust flying from<br />

our wheels. Two beers in, we arrive to live out<br />

all our summer hopes in one day.<br />

“What is this place?” I say, turning in a circle,<br />

trying to see behind the café, disbelief the only<br />

cloud crossing my face. “You call this a lake?”<br />

My partner, as he often does, apologises for me.<br />

Minnesotans are sniffy about bodies of water<br />

and have approximately 1693 words to describe<br />

‘lying liquid’. Basically, if<br />

you can reach both shores by<br />

spreading out your arms, the<br />

technical Minnesota term is a<br />

‘puddle’. Or ‘spill’.<br />

Of course, we are not the only<br />

folk enticed into the open for<br />

this yearly event. All of Sussex<br />

(and part of Surrey) greets<br />

us down the path, with their<br />

BBQs, inflatable swans and<br />

crummy techno.<br />

“Kid soup.” My partner<br />

pronounces, nodding at the swimming area. I<br />

apologise to our friends with kids for him. But<br />

kid soup, of course, breeds interesting wildlife.<br />

“When I was young, they were always closing<br />

the beach on Robbins Island for too much<br />

bacteria.”<br />

“Is that where you used to get lake fleas?”<br />

I give him a dirty look. “‘Chiggers’. And yes,” I<br />

concede, “once or twice.” My immune system<br />

now is a fortress of resilience. Those bugs I<br />

ate earlier will help too. But just in case, we<br />

leave other people to cool off in their own little<br />

teaspoon of tepid pond water and sprawl out on<br />

the grass.<br />

Later, miles from Southwater – miles, now,<br />

from warmth, we return to the seafront. The<br />

sweat drying as we sit outside the pub, I can hear<br />

the chattering of teeth and shaking of bones<br />

through all the lycra. I’ve been dreaming about<br />

this cider, shot through with mini icebergs, for<br />

20 miles. It’s a foolhardy endeavour now – a<br />

recipe for frostbite.<br />

Alas, how sweet you were, summer, how<br />

glorious; hope to catch you when you pass by<br />

again.<br />


MUSIC<br />

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Ben Bailey rounds up the local music scene<br />



Fri 2nd, Haunt, 7pm, £5<br />

Extinction Rebellion groups around the country<br />

are gearing up for another big push in October,<br />

and for that they need funds. Headliners Kudu<br />

Blue have had a busy year so far – they released<br />

their second EP (further expanding their hybrid<br />

of synth and soul music) and played their first<br />

Glastonbury show. Also playing is Boudicca, a<br />

young firebrand rapper who we last saw sticking<br />

it to the man in a heated political showdown at<br />

the final Poets Vs MCs slam in January. Adriana<br />

Lord from Cuban group Son Guarachando<br />

rounds off the bill alongside Nina Dallyn, EL-<br />

LiSD and DJ JuJu – plus a samba band, choir and<br />

circus performers.<br />


Sat 3rd, Idle Hands, 4pm, Free<br />

A slightly random name<br />

for a carefully curated<br />

line-up of notable<br />

oddities from the local<br />

indie rock, garage punk<br />

and psych scenes – all<br />

squeezed into a small bar on Queens Road. Guitar-and-drums<br />

duo Frank & Beans will probably<br />

finish off the day, but what a day. Ham Legion<br />

(pictured) offer a beguiling mash-up of power<br />

pop, grunge and prog to complement Oh Mama’s<br />

fuzzed-up psychedelia and Hesh’s raucous garage<br />

thrash. The Hidden bring driving indie rock with<br />

an Italian twist and ELLiSD sees the drummer<br />

from Strange Cages take to the mic for some lo-fi<br />

indie. You’ll also hear Ensemble 1’s experiments<br />

in rock minimalism, while Young Francis strips<br />

it down further with a “no pedals, no tricks”<br />

approach to punk songwriting.<br />


Wed 7th, Prince Albert, 8pm, £4<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> folk band<br />

Greenness have<br />

appeared on stage<br />

at the Royal Albert<br />

Hall, but they’re just<br />

as happy playing<br />

local community events like Patchfest or various<br />

eco-friendly gatherings on the Level. In June<br />

they won the <strong>Brighton</strong> Song Contest for their<br />

lilting track Dance With The Light, which was<br />

taken from last year’s Cyclicity EP. That release<br />

was an assured step up for the Anglo-French duo,<br />

who introduced some interesting psych touches<br />

to their searching and oblique music. Recently<br />

they’ve started playing more with a full band,<br />

recruiting musicians from local prog-rock outfit<br />

The Case Of Us for shows like this. Support on<br />

the night comes from singer-songwriters Matt<br />

Finucane and Lucy Feliz.<br />


Fri 16th, Hope & Ruin, 7pm, £10/8/6<br />

This double headline show is the launch party<br />

for Dog of Man’s long-awaited debut album<br />

as well as Town of Cats’ new single and video.<br />

These might seem like two very different bands<br />

(psych punk versus festival funk), but whenever<br />

they’ve played together before it has been a blast.<br />

While the cats serve up a stew of ska, Afrobeat<br />

and hip-hop, the dogs mash together big grunge<br />

riffs, breakcore drums and the sound of a heavily<br />

distorted accordion. What the bands have in<br />

common is their ability to get people going<br />

through sheer energy. Gypsy punk mentalists<br />

Buffo’s Wake will also be on hand to get things<br />

nicely warmed up. There’s no doubt that this will<br />

be the sweatiest gig of the month.<br />


Artists & makers trails across<br />

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Photo by Raphael Moran<br />

Byline Festival<br />

Think, and have fun<br />

‘Dance, Discuss, Laugh and Change the World’<br />

is Byline’s byline. This month sees the festival’s<br />

third year. Last year 4,000 people came – to<br />

the site in Pippingford Park, Nutley; this year<br />

they expect 5,000. “We started it just after the<br />

Referendum and Trump’s Election”, Stephen<br />

Colegrave, who founded the festival alongside<br />

writer Peter Jukes, tells me. “We wanted to do<br />

something a bit different – not just a music festival<br />

– though also that. But something that inspired<br />

people, and made them think, as well as laugh and<br />

have fun.<br />

“So, we do have a great music line-up – this year<br />

includes Lowkey, The Feeling, Pussy Riot (again)<br />

and 80s legends like Suggs from Madness – and<br />

comedy too, but also three talk tents. We’ve got<br />

Extinction Rebellion coming – because we think<br />

the climate crisis is the biggest issue today. This<br />

year, we hope to encourage people to actually go<br />

out and change the world.”<br />

It’s all about hope and change, he tells me. “And<br />

getting a lot of people together. We never meant<br />

it to be a political festival with a capital P, but<br />

politics are important. “We’ve also always been<br />

massively exercised by ‘fake news’ – and pro<br />

rigorous, investigative journalism. We’ve recently<br />

launched our own newspaper, Byline News. And we<br />

always run a Bad Press Awards – bit like the Bad<br />

Sex Award – though the winners never turn up to<br />

collect their gongs!<br />

“What we’re really interested in is inspiring<br />

people to think about the future. At the same<br />

time as having fun.”<br />

This year Byline is partnering with the Curious<br />

Arts Festival (see page 53), which will run on<br />

the same site – a ticket to either will get you into<br />

both – and the Frontline Club. “Lewes Women’s<br />

FC will also be there,” says Stephen, “running a<br />

chanting workshop, and 5-a-side football.”<br />

There are loads of workshops to choose from<br />

– “learn how to write a punk song; or make a<br />

podcast in your bedroom” – as well as “immersive<br />

experiences”: a human library, where you can<br />

borrow a ‘book’ – ie person – and hear their story<br />

for fifteen minutes; or the empathy museum,<br />

where you literally walk in someone else’s shoes –<br />

through the forest, listening to their story through<br />

headphones.<br />

Or what about the embodiment cloakroom?<br />

“Leave your emotional baggage to one side for<br />

the weekend, by writing it on a paper jacket, and<br />

hanging it in the cloakroom.” Then, why not (re-)<br />

visit the Wag Club? The iconic Soho club will be<br />

recreated onsite for the weekend by its original<br />

co-founder, Chris Sullivan – plus, a vintage 80s<br />

clothing store for any who wish to dress the part.<br />

“The opening event this year is a big Samba<br />

party, with five bands, no less. Plus, the Refugee<br />

Choir, which had me in tears last year. Also there<br />

are lots of family activities.<br />

“What I love about festivals is how people arrive<br />

on Friday, in their weekend gear – that’s actually<br />

quite grown-up – and leave on Sunday looking<br />

completely crazy – face painted, and dressed in<br />

togs they’ve picked up on site. Job done, from our<br />

perspective.” Charlotte Gann<br />

23-26 Aug. bylinefestival.com. Byline News at<br />

bylinetimes.com<br />


PRIDE<br />

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Riots Mixtape<br />

‘Musical show and tell’<br />

Photo © Kaleido Shoots<br />

When Roni Guetta came to <strong>Brighton</strong>, seven<br />

years ago, she was somewhat underwhelmed<br />

by the city’s gay scene. “It was very ‘white<br />

gay man’,” she says, “very mainstream, very<br />

commodified. There was Revenge, there was<br />

Legends… there wasn’t much else for the rest<br />

of the LGBTQ spectrum.” So she and a friend<br />

set up Traumfrau, a ‘queer dance floor for the<br />

unusual crowd’, which has become a regular<br />

and much-loved multi-venue party night.<br />

I meet Roni, now a full-time freelance events<br />

organiser, in Kemp Town’s Café Rust, to find<br />

out more about the latest Traumfrau event.<br />

Riots Mixtape is a ‘musical show and tell’ which<br />

looks like it’ll be one of the offbeat highlights<br />

of the Pride weekend.<br />

“The idea came from Craig White, the director<br />

of the Queer Songbook band,” she says. “When<br />

he asked me if I’d help him put it on, I jumped at<br />

the chance. I told him: ‘I already want to have a<br />

cry, just thinking about it’.”<br />

His plan was to ask a selection of six prominent<br />

members of the LGBTQ community to choose<br />

a song that was meaningful to their queer<br />

experience, and then to sing it, backed by his<br />

own professional orchestra, comprising three<br />

violins, a viola, a harp, drums and a bass.<br />

“Craig arranges an original score for the song,<br />

which is performed by the orchestra,” Roni<br />

explains. “The performers are sent a recording<br />

of it, so they can practise singing it, before the<br />

big night. It’s like a glorified karaoke, on stage.”<br />

Crucially, there’s another element, which<br />

lends the evening even more poignancy.<br />

“Beforehand, there is a Q&A about why the<br />

song is so special for them, with our compere,<br />

Rubyyy Jones, a Canadian performer/teacher/<br />

mentor, who is big and loud and outrageous…<br />

and very, very earnest.”<br />

The idea was piloted on March 8th,<br />

International Women’s Day, and it was a big<br />

success. “There was a great reaction: the<br />

audience were giving standing ovations halfway<br />

through songs.” Performers included radio<br />

presenter Kathy Caton, who sang Creep, the<br />

jazz singer Aneesa Chaudhary, who did a Joni<br />

Mitchell number, and Roni herself. She smiles at<br />

the memory: “I sang Shameless by Ani DiFranco.<br />

“It was a beautiful, unforgettable experience for<br />

me. Almost like getting to come out again, but<br />

this time in front of my chosen family.”<br />

The show, followed by a disco, takes place<br />

at The Spire, a deconsecrated Kemp Town<br />

church, one of the few arts venues left in Kemp<br />

Town. “I’ve put on club nights there before, and<br />

seeing people from the LGBTQ community<br />

dancing in a church was just amazing: it was life<br />

affirming, and really beautiful.”<br />

To add an extra twist of the unexpected, the<br />

songs chosen by the line-up, which includes<br />

Kate Shields, David Sheppeard, Ebony Rose<br />

Dark, Stuart Warwick and Fen Rose, will<br />

remain a secret until each performer steps<br />

onto the stage. “Prepare yourselves,” concludes<br />

Roni, “for a magical night of laughter, tears…<br />

and goosebumps.”<br />

Alex Leith<br />

The Spire, 2 Aug, 6.30pm-midnight<br />


MUSIC<br />

.............................<br />

Roni Size<br />

at De la Warr Pavilion<br />

Roni Size recently travelled the world on an<br />

anniversary tour for his classic New Forms<br />

album, twenty years after it was the surprise<br />

winner of the Mercury Music Prize. This month<br />

he comes to Bexhill for an all-dayer at the De<br />

La Warr Pavilion. On the Sunday of the <strong>August</strong><br />

bank holiday weekend, the drum’n’bass legend<br />

is playing an ‘exclusive influences’ DJ set, with<br />

support from Scratch Perverts and Dat Brass.<br />

“They’ve asked me not just to play drum’n’bass,”<br />

explains Roni. “I get a golden ticket to be able<br />

to play records that inspired me, which is really<br />

cool. It ain’t necessarily 174 bpms. I’ve got a<br />

rich heritage of music, being from Bristol, being<br />

brought up in the 80s, right the way through to<br />

the modern day, I’m lucky to have a bird’s eye<br />

view of some of the best DJs in the world.”<br />

The De La Warr event is billed as a beachside<br />

party, taking place on the terrace and inside the<br />

building’s impressive auditorium. It’s probably<br />

not the usual place you’d go looking for a rave.<br />

“I think it gives me an opportunity to add<br />

something to this art deco venue,” says Roni,<br />

who admits it’ll be his first time in Bexhill. “I<br />

know <strong>Brighton</strong> inside out, I’ve put on some<br />

memorable shows there, but this sounds like it’s<br />

going to be something very different and I’m<br />

ready for it.”<br />

When we ask him if he’s done with the New<br />

Forms anniversary, the answer is a definite yes.<br />

“It was the third time that I’ve gone back to<br />

that record, and it’s the last time. I was always<br />

going to do the anniversary, and it was great<br />

fun, but I don’t feel the need to go back again.<br />

That’s it now. I’ve been there three times. It’s a<br />

bit excessive to be honest with you! I believe I’m<br />

a child of the future, and I always want to make<br />

music like it’s for the future.”<br />

That’s not to say that he doesn’t relish the<br />

chance to revisit some of the classics that have<br />

influenced him over his 30-year career in music.<br />

“When I’m at home I hardly listen to<br />

drum’n’bass,” he confesses. “I listen to the music<br />

of my influences, that’s what inspires me. If<br />

I ever get disillusioned with modern music, I<br />

just take a step back in time and listen to some<br />

Earth, Wind & Fire or some old funk, some<br />

George Benson, some Bob James. If I need<br />

inspiration, I just go into my record collection.<br />

And I’ve always got a USB key with me. In case I<br />

go to a wedding or something, I’m always ready.<br />

You want me to play a 1986 disco set? I’m your<br />

guy! I’ll be there in a flash.”<br />

So Roni Size is now available for weddings?<br />

“Haha, maybe for the right party! To be fair,<br />

I’ve only actually ever been to two weddings.<br />

But I’d be ready if I was invited! You never know.<br />

And I might just catch the bouquet of flowers<br />

as well.”<br />

Ben Bailey<br />

Roni Size, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 25 Aug,<br />

2pm, £26/22<br />


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Loxwood Joust<br />

Linkes of hogge and green worts anyone?<br />

In a land lost in time,<br />

far, far away from our<br />

shining, pebbly shores,<br />

lies the fair Kingdom of<br />

Loxwood. Seven verdant<br />

meadows, surrounded by<br />

four and a half acres of<br />

magical woodland, hide<br />

the heart of the village –<br />

a bustling 15th century<br />

hamlet that comes to life<br />

for a few magical weekends each year.<br />

“There are no houses, no burger vans, no<br />

telephone poles. It’s amazing. It feels like<br />

another world – and it’s beautiful,” says Maurice<br />

Bacon, organiser of the Loxwood Joust.<br />

It’s probably hard to imagine being totally<br />

immersed in a land devoid of modern amenities,<br />

but it’s also this attention to detail that makes<br />

the Joust an unmissable event for so many.<br />

“We want people to get lost in the experience –<br />

and it’s become really popular. (Game of Thrones<br />

has helped!) There are around 250 costumed<br />

people who you’ll find in the village. From the<br />

Faerie Woodland to the Witches Hovel, they’re<br />

very precise in their costume. They get a kick<br />

out of being at Loxwood, just like the visitors.<br />

You won’t see any mobiles or sunglasses.”<br />

The yearly Joust offers revellers a unique<br />

opportunity to interact with history, lovingly<br />

shared by people who work hard to preserve the<br />

medieval way of life. And that’s why, Maurice<br />

says, “everything is about education; the<br />

‘villagers’ love talking about their weapons, how<br />

they cook their food, and how their clothing is<br />

made. Gilbert, our Executioner who works in<br />

our Torture Zone, describes in great detail what<br />

they did to people in medieval times – with a<br />

replica of the rack from the Tower of London.<br />

We were concerned about<br />

the kids around all the<br />

severed heads (people have<br />

actually fainted during<br />

Gilbert’s talks!), but the<br />

first thing they usually do<br />

is go and grab them.”<br />

There’s bound to be even<br />

more severed heads this<br />

year, given Loxwood’s<br />

own turbulent regime<br />

change (not unlike our own): “we have a new<br />

queen, Kathryn. The Joust is a celebration<br />

of her ascension as well as our independence,<br />

which we’ve declared because, well, the<br />

country’s in such a mess! Traditionally, the<br />

Joust allows knights to learn their craft and<br />

practise for battle. This year, we’re expecting<br />

an invasion, so there will be a big battle – 200<br />

armoured knights, cannons and longbows.”<br />

And with warfare comes the necessary<br />

rearmament of supplies and, of course, of<br />

knights, taking up new swords. “There’s<br />

blacksmithing lessons and chainmail<br />

workshops from metalsmith Anna Rennie and<br />

our new Knight School, where you can learn<br />

the art of sword swashing. And, after, you can<br />

get body painting and show everyone your<br />

‘mortal wound’.”<br />

After a long day of sword swinging and<br />

smithing, you can take a seat at Loxwood’s<br />

lavish banquet (linkes of hogge and green<br />

worts anyone?) – finishing in the mead<br />

marquee. But, Maurice cautions, “It’s hard to<br />

do everything in one day. Come early and stay<br />

as long as you can!” Amy Holtz<br />

Pledge your fealty to Queen Kathryn at this<br />

year’s Loxwood Joust, 3 – 4 & 10 – 11 Aug.<br />

loxwoodjoust.co.uk<br />


MUSIC<br />

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Lapwing<br />

Music in the Coastguard Cottages<br />

Iconic though they are, the<br />

picturesque Coastguard<br />

Cottages at Cuckmere Haven<br />

seem an unlikely venue for a<br />

music festival. But five years<br />

ago the site captured the heart<br />

of an Australian cellist who<br />

immediately saw its potential as<br />

being ‘the most beautiful music<br />

venue in the world’.<br />

“My partner was playing at<br />

Glyndebourne,” explains<br />

Anthony Albrecht, director<br />

of the Lapwing Festival, “and<br />

with a new baby in tow we were<br />

looking for places to visit, so<br />

I googled ‘best views in Sussex’. This photo<br />

came up, of the cottages on the cliff edge and<br />

the Seven Sisters in the background and it was<br />

impossible not to be swept away by the beauty<br />

of the place.”<br />

After contacting the owners of the cottages,<br />

and the Cuckmere Haven SOS group who, he<br />

says, embraced him warmly, Anthony offered<br />

to play a recital in one of the cottage’s living<br />

rooms. The next year he fixed a weekend of<br />

music, and the Lapwing Festival was born.<br />

The events now take place in an open marquee<br />

next to the cottages, but with a maximum<br />

audience size of sixty the emphasis is still on<br />

creating an “incredibly intimate” setting in<br />

which to hear world-class music and celebrate<br />

the landscape. “The sounds of the ocean in the<br />

background, the whirling of birds, beautiful<br />

meditative music and a gorgeous view as the<br />

sun goes down. It’s magical.”<br />

The Festival presents an eclectic mix of music,<br />

defying categorisation: classical music from<br />

the Consone String Quartet; a vibraphone<br />

recital by world-renowned<br />

Masayoshi Fujita; and<br />

an evening with top folk<br />

singer and naturalist Sam<br />

Lee are just three of the<br />

concerts on offer. Anthony’s<br />

vision is to bring together<br />

predominantly young<br />

performers recently emerged<br />

on the world stage, to give<br />

audiences a taste of different<br />

musical genres and cultural<br />

backgrounds.<br />

At the heart of it all is a<br />

desire not just to help save<br />

the cottages, but to secure<br />

access and enjoyment of this landscape for<br />

the next generation. “Coastal erosion is a big<br />

issue, and the official policy for the valley is<br />

‘managed retreat’,” Anthony explains. “There<br />

are currently no government resources for<br />

further sea defences, so the Cuckmere Haven<br />

SOS campaign was set up to gain planning<br />

permission and crowdfund the necessary<br />

works. This small festival is trying to help<br />

raise awareness and hopefully more funds for<br />

the campaign. We run Lapwing on a voluntary<br />

basis and offers of help are very welcome.”<br />

It’s all a long way from New South Wales.<br />

But for Anthony, “the connection with the<br />

community in Cuckmere Haven is one of the<br />

most valuable parts of my experience in the<br />

UK.” This might be the last festival however,<br />

as he is relocating with his family to Canada in<br />

the autumn. Catch it while you can.<br />

Robin Houghton<br />

Friday 30 Aug – 1 Sept, tickets from £30 (under<br />

16 £5). lapwingfestival.com<br />

cuckmerehavensos.org<br />

Photo by Katie Eynon<br />



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Curious Arts<br />

Philippa Perry<br />

While the prevailing attitude of most parenting<br />

manuals seems to be the necessity of getting<br />

things ‘right’ when bringing up children,<br />

Philippa Perry’s new book takes the opposite<br />

tack; that, in fact, it’s okay to get things wrong.<br />

What matters is how you handle those mistakes.<br />

In The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read<br />

(And Your Children Will be Glad That You Did)<br />

the pragmatic psychotherapist, author and<br />

agony aunt describes the process as ‘rupture<br />

and repair’: recognising where things might<br />

be going awry and then putting them right,<br />

without any need for hand-wringing.<br />


GUILT AND REGRET!’ she writes over email<br />

(she has replied to all my questions in capital<br />

letters). ‘Parental guilt does not help parents nor<br />

their children. It is much more useful to notice<br />

when a way we have been going about things<br />

is not working and then to change it, than to<br />

continue to do it and think it is somehow okay<br />

because you are punishing yourself by feeling<br />

guilty about it.’<br />

Instead of the rigid rules championed by certain<br />

parenting experts, Perry’s book emphasises<br />

the value of trying to relate to our children<br />

as people rather than seeing them as projects.<br />

Obvious, perhaps. But she points to the popular<br />

use of words such as ‘training’ in parenting<br />

advice, which brings with it connotations of<br />

manipulating children to do things the way<br />

adults want. ‘Babies are born with an innate<br />

capacity for turn taking – the foundation for<br />

dialogue – but when we just do things to babies,<br />

we interfere with the natural process of relating.’<br />

As a therapist, Perry has seen first-hand the way<br />

clients value ‘being listened to and understood’,<br />

as well as ‘how validating it is when someone<br />

can see things from your point of view as well<br />

as their own; how important it is to matter to<br />

other people; how frustrating it can be when you<br />

cannot impact upon, or make a difference to,<br />

someone you care about… All this knowledge<br />

from therapy can be relevant to the parent-child<br />

relationship too.’<br />

Just as the aim of therapy isn’t to ‘fix’ someone,<br />

the goal of parenting shouldn’t be to raise a<br />

perfectly happy child. Instead, she says, we<br />

should aim to raise someone who feels that<br />

all of their emotions are valid. Perry’s own<br />

parents were ‘well-meaning’ but unable to<br />

understand how their daughter could see the<br />

world differently. ‘In order to facilitate a child’s<br />

capacity for happiness, they need all of their<br />

feelings seen; if we were only to see them when<br />

they were acting happy, we wouldn’t know them,<br />

or be available’.<br />

Her one piece of advice? ‘If you think you have<br />

a problem with a child, don’t solely concentrate<br />

on the child; look at your relationship with<br />

that child… that’s where you will find your<br />

answer. I’d also say [here, again, the caps seem<br />

intentional] READ THE BOOK!’<br />

Philippa Perry joins a line up of award-winning<br />

authors, comedians and singer songwriters at<br />

the Curious Arts Festival. Nione Meakin<br />

23 – 26 Aug, Pippingford Park.<br />

curiousartsfestival.com<br />


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provide a lively and diverse mix of high<br />

quality workshops for beginners and art<br />

lovers as well as aspiring and practicing<br />

artists. Skills are taught by professional artists<br />

in a creative and supportive environment.<br />

phoenixbrighton.org<br />

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Next to Lewes station<br />

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01273 525354<br />


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Newhaven Festival<br />

Small but aiming high<br />

Now in its second year, Newhaven Festival is<br />

part of a growing movement in coastal towns<br />

to nurture a ‘Creative Cluster’. Supported<br />

by Artwave in 2018, Susie Mullins, Head of<br />

Strategic Development at Newhaven Town<br />

Council started a festival to run alongside the<br />

Open Houses. Newhaven Festival’s Creative<br />

Director, Rhoda Funnell, tells us how the<br />

festival has grown for the <strong>2019</strong> edition.<br />

This year offers a range of free and ticketed<br />

events, inviting locals and visitors to get<br />

together, have fun and explore this unique<br />

industrial town surrounded by the Downs.<br />

A Newhaven map, by local illustrator Olivia<br />

Waller, offers a way to travel through the town,<br />

visiting some unusual venues such as the new<br />

Bandstand, where the Festival launches. Or the<br />

RNLI where you can learn to sing shanties (£5<br />

for 4 hours tuition and optional performance),<br />

or the Hillcrest Centre to see the Thrift<br />

Fashion Show (£3).<br />

Any creative event taking place in Newhaven<br />

during the festival can be included in the<br />

schedule. The aim is gradually to grow the<br />

festival in town, as well as joining forces<br />

with bigger organisations to provide bespoke<br />

opportunities at discounted rates. The<br />

Charleston Farmhouse Secret Downland Walk,<br />

for example, is an all-day walk from Denton<br />

over the Downs, ending with tea, cake and<br />

access to the gardens and galleries at Charleston.<br />

Free transport back included, £20/£10 for<br />

BN9 residents. Glyndebourne, meanwhile, are<br />

presenting a Make Your Own Opera workshop<br />

at Newhaven’s Hillcrest Centre, where 9-19 year<br />

olds can learn about group singing, instrumental<br />

performance, acting and design.<br />

Pictured: Glyndebourne Youth Opera. Photo by Sam Stephenson<br />

Many of the tickets offer 50% discount to<br />

local people and almost all those working<br />

on the festival or running events live and/or<br />

work in Newhaven. Creative businesses such<br />

as Prismaflex, King & McGaw, Vantablack and<br />

Boutique Modern are all based in Newhaven.<br />

Locate East Sussex is showing a documentary<br />

they commissioned about creative Newhaven<br />

along with a networking opportunity, and<br />

Newhaven Enterprise Zone is a part sponsor of<br />

the Open Call taking place at The Ship Hotel.<br />

We want to show a wider audience all that<br />

Newhaven has to offer, as well as creating<br />

opportunities locally. The first port of call for<br />

anyone we need help from is Newhaven, because<br />

lots of professional people are working here. We<br />

are small but aiming high, and interest from<br />

outside funders and organisations is already<br />

showing we are on track.<br />

We are a mix of people with diverse creative<br />

ideas. The festival is a way of drawing all this<br />

together over time, offering support, building<br />

Newhaven’s profile and delivering a range of<br />

high quality events that attract attention. All<br />

this brings opportunities for our future. We’d<br />

like to see new work spaces, a gallery. Plus<br />

loads of chances just to have fun and enjoy this<br />

amazing town. As told to Joe Fuller<br />

17 Aug – 1 Sep, newhavenfestival.co.uk<br />


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Charlie Schaffer<br />

Portrait of an artist<br />

“The worst thing was that I was unable to<br />

paint. That’s ironic, isn’t it? It’s a competition<br />

about painting, and it stopped me from<br />

painting.”<br />

So says Charlie Schaffer, 29, the latest winner<br />

of the BP Portrait Award, which, as well as<br />

pushing the winner into the national limelight,<br />

earns them £35,000, plus a £7,000 commission<br />

for the National Portrait Gallery.<br />

But the stress of the whole experience sent<br />

Charlie, who suffers from depression, into a<br />

downward spiral.<br />

I’m sitting on a wooden chair in his bare<br />

studio, on the first floor of a terraced house in<br />

North Laine. The space is dominated by his<br />

easel. I can see the back of a canvas.<br />

“I knew I was shortlisted for the award three<br />

months before I won it,” he tells me. “All<br />

the pressure took its toll. I suffered from<br />

deep exhaustion, then reached a new point<br />

of lowness. After I’d won the prize, people<br />

were saying ‘you must be so happy’, but I was<br />

actually the saddest I’ve ever been.”<br />

A young woman called Imara sat for the<br />

painting, spending three hours a session on the<br />

chair I’m sitting on, three times a week, for<br />

four months. “My sitters like this quiet room,<br />

separate from the world” says Charlie. “They<br />

feel safe. They open up. They fill the silences<br />

with conversation. It’s intense: I don’t like<br />

small talk. Every mark I make on the canvas is<br />

influenced by that entire experience.”<br />


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He doesn’t like to be called a ‘portrait painter’.<br />

“That implies that it’s all about trying to catch the<br />

essence of the person who’s sitting for you. And<br />

that’s not what it’s about for me. It doesn’t matter<br />

if it looks like the person. It’s about the experience<br />

we have together… I steal their life and put it in a<br />

picture.”<br />

He never lets his sitters see the painting until<br />

it’s finished, if it’s ever finished. He often throws<br />

uncompleted works away, and starts again: “there<br />

are already enough images in the world”. But having<br />

earmarked the Imara painting for the BP prize, he<br />

worked doggedly to complete it before the deadline.<br />

“Imara didn’t really want to see the painting,” he<br />

says. “She had a fear of seeing it, because that would<br />

mean the process was over. We had both come to<br />

rely on those sessions quite heavily.”<br />

The painting was “loosely based on a portrait by<br />

Titian”. Charlie’s avoiding London at the moment,<br />

but he usually visits the National Gallery once or<br />

twice a week to study – and draw – works by the Old<br />

Masters: their techniques filter ‘unconsciously’ back<br />

into his own work.<br />

Charlie’s now painting again, I’m glad to hear:<br />

I cross paths with a sitter at the front door, and<br />

he shows me a work in progress of Imara, who’s<br />

started visiting his studio again. “It’s taken me three<br />

months, but I’m getting there,” he says. “I’ll start<br />

enjoying winning the prize when it’s on my own<br />

terms.” Alex Leith<br />

charlieschaffer.com<br />

Head of Thandi, 2016. Oil on canvas.<br />

After Veronese’s The Family of Darius before Alexander, 2017.<br />

Imara in her winter coat, <strong>2019</strong>. Oil on canvas.<br />


Summer <strong>2019</strong> Towner Art Gallery<br />

TEN<br />

Towner curates<br />

the collection<br />

Phoebe Unwin<br />

Iris<br />

Lothar Götz<br />

Dance Diagonal<br />

Image: courtesy Lothar Götz<br />

Dineo Seshee Bopape<br />

Sedibeng, it comes with the rain<br />

www.townereastbourne.org.uk @ townergallery<br />

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

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Focus on: Shadow<br />

by Michaela Ridgway<br />

Who is casting<br />

the shadow? I<br />

don’t know. It’s<br />

a person in a<br />

photograph that<br />

I came across.<br />

I usually work<br />

from photographs<br />

that I’ve taken<br />

on my phone or<br />

sometimes on a<br />

Holga camera:<br />

a cheap Chinese<br />

camera designed<br />

for the massmarket<br />

that you<br />

can get for about<br />

£16 on the internet.<br />

They are badly made and let light in, so you get<br />

a pleasingly unpredictable result.<br />

How do you choose the subjects for your<br />

paintings? Photographs are always the jumping<br />

off point, but there’s no theme. What informs<br />

the choice is the composition of the image and<br />

the way I’m feeling that day. I work with black<br />

and white images because I don’t want to be<br />

influenced by naturalistic colours. I’ll print<br />

out the photograph and turn it upside down<br />

to disrupt my sense of how things should be. I<br />

don’t want to copy. It’s a bit like writing a poem<br />

when you have a prompt of some sort, you might<br />

take a line from page 67 of a random book. My<br />

way of composing a painting is a bit like that.<br />

Tell me about your use of colour. It’s a<br />

function of what’s happening, in the moment,<br />

on the palette. If I were asked to mix a flesh<br />

tone or a cactus green, I would probably get<br />

there, but I wouldn’t find it interesting. What<br />

I love is to mix colour and the surprises that<br />

result. I have no<br />

plan other than<br />

that. I use a lot<br />

of paint and will<br />

cover a table with<br />

cellophane for<br />

a palette, which<br />

allows me to<br />

develop a large<br />

range of colours<br />

over the course<br />

of a session. I’ll<br />

work on two or<br />

three paintings<br />

at once and like<br />

to see how the<br />

colour relationships<br />

develop and differ<br />

over the three canvases.<br />

You’re a painter and a poet. How do those<br />

things work together? I’m very verbal most of<br />

the time but, when I’m painting, the thinking<br />

process sinks to a non-verbal level. I find writing<br />

agonising – poetry is particularly agonising, but<br />

I do really enjoy it. If I start a poem, it will have<br />

me in its grip for days. Painting, on the other<br />

hand, is much less painful, and much faster.<br />

It’s very gratifying, very visceral. And it’s more<br />

about the process than the finished painting.<br />

If I like the end product, that’s a bonus. That<br />

said, I usually do like the end product. In fact,<br />

I’m probably the biggest fan of my own work!<br />

I love looking at my work when I’ve finished a<br />

piece. This feeling wears off though. Quite soon<br />

all I want to be doing is discovering the next<br />

painting… Interview by Lizzie Lower<br />

See more of Michaela’s work at Gallery<br />

40, Gloucester Road, from 20-31 <strong>August</strong>.<br />

michaelaridgway.com<br />


Strohacker<br />

Contemporary<br />

British Painting and<br />

Sculpture<br />

We look forward to welcoming<br />

you to our gallery in Hove.<br />


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ART & ABOUT<br />

In town this month...<br />

Artist, architect and gallerist John Whiting never travels anywhere<br />

without a pen and a sketch-book (and a hat). Over the years he has filled<br />

many pages with quick sketches and observations, often forming the<br />

inspiration for paintings back in the studio. Vignettes – an exhibition<br />

of pen line and ink wash drawings taken from the pages of these<br />

sketchbooks – is at 35 North from the 10th of <strong>August</strong>, until Saturday<br />

14th September.<br />

Fabrica opens its doors this summer with Putting Ourselves in the Picture – an<br />

accessible studio and temporary gallery for artists of all ages, levels and abilities<br />

to access. The exhibition is a co-commission with Project Art Works as part of<br />

the EXPLORERS project: an ambitious, creative and collaborative programme<br />

of work with neurodiverse people across the UK, which asks questions about the<br />

politics of who gets to make art and whose artwork is worthy of public view. Work<br />

created in the studio space will be exhibited in the gallery until 26 Aug.<br />

Patsy McArthur<br />

The Colour of Summer – Cameron<br />

Contemporary’s group summer exhibition<br />

– features several artists new to the gallery<br />

alongside gallery favourites. See paintings,<br />

sculpture, ceramics and jewellery by<br />

artists including Luke Hannam, Solange<br />

Leon Iriarte, Luella Martin, and Patsy<br />

McArthur. Until 30 <strong>August</strong>.<br />

As part of the Royal Sussex County Hospital’s major<br />

redevelopment, Sussex-based artists The Nimbus<br />

Group are creating The Crucible: a three-part artwork<br />

that will include an augmented reality app and a<br />

website exploring the heritage and people’s personal<br />

memories of the hospital. If you’d like to share your<br />

memories, join a series of events with project artist<br />

and illustrator, Daniel Locke, on 28 <strong>August</strong> (1-4pm<br />

at The Hop 50+, Palmeira Square) and 6 September<br />

(6-8pm, Sussex House Lecture Theatre, Abbey Road.)<br />

[thecrucible.org.uk]<br />


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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition<br />

continues at <strong>Brighton</strong> Museum & Art Gallery.<br />

The world-renowned exhibition is developed and<br />

produced by the Natural History Museum, London,<br />

and has been running for more than 50 years. This<br />

year’s edition features 100 extraordinary images<br />

of the natural world selected from around 50,000<br />

international entries. Until 8 September.<br />

Photo © Wayne Jones - Wildlife Photographer of the Year<br />

Out of town<br />

From 17 <strong>August</strong> until 1 September Artwave returns, with 140 venues<br />

opening their doors across the Lewes district. It’s the perfect excuse for<br />

an arty adventure, with many of the venues accessible by public transport,<br />

so pick up a brochure and plan your route. Here’s just a few of our<br />

suggestions, with venue numbers shown in brackets. Opening times vary, so<br />

see artwavefestval.org for full details.<br />

Pauline Devaney<br />

John Hudson<br />

In Lewes there’s an exhibition of work by<br />

the late Theyre Lee-Elliott (136) in<br />

St Anne’s Crescent. Born in<br />

Lewes in 1903, his designs and<br />

paintings captured the spirit<br />

of the 1930s, particularly his<br />

railway posters and his Imperial<br />

Airways ‘Speedbird’ emblem.<br />

Located in the spectacularly<br />

refurbished old Post Office,<br />

The Blue Room (109) is<br />

home to an exhibition of<br />

paintings by Adele Gibson<br />

and Ruthie Martin and ceramics by Ray Maw,<br />

and, just down the road at Lewes House of Friendship,<br />

Pauline Devaney (114) exhibits her abstract and figurative<br />

oil paintings. Chalk Gallery (88) have a Summer Selfie<br />

themed exhibition including works by all the artists in the<br />

collective. Join them for a party on the 17th (5-8pm). You’ll<br />

find abstract geometric oil paintings by John Hudson (120)<br />

in the beautifully crafted showroom of Alistair Fleming, and<br />

Will Nash (123) opens his sculpture studio in Brooks Road,<br />

showing prints from his archive and recent steel sculptures.<br />

Theyre Lee-Elliott<br />


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Out of town continued...<br />

New this year, the Egrets Way Art Trail follows<br />

the Ouse valley from Lewes to Newhaven, with<br />

ten Artwave venues within easy distance from the<br />

riverside path. Join organised cycle rides as well as<br />

an art walk and print workshop. (See pg 24 of the<br />

Artwave brochure.) Across the river you’ll find The<br />

Old Forge at South Heighton: a carefully curated<br />

open house in a beautiful setting. Continue on down the road to the Newhaven Festival (Aug 17-<br />

Sept 1, see pg 55), now in its second year, with a programme of events including the Newhaven Open<br />

Call art exhibition at the Ship Hotel, a shanty singing workshop at the RNLI and Holding the Fort –<br />

an exhibition of site-specific work in the 19th Century Fort. [newhavenfestival.co.uk]<br />

The Old Forge<br />

Sam Chivers<br />

Seaford has more Artwave shows than ever before, with<br />

the most ambitious of all – The Green Show – taking place<br />

at South Hill Barn on Seaford Head (see pg 8). Venture as<br />

far as the picturesque Keepers Cottage, in Bopeep Lane,<br />

Alciston (41), and you’ll find the ceramic sculptures and<br />

birdbaths of Sarah Walton set throughout her woodland<br />

garden, with an exhibition of paintings by Nick Bush<br />

alongside. Over in Wellingham Lane, near Barcombe, the<br />

artists of The Cowshed<br />

Collective (4) show a wide range of work, including Float<br />

Glass, who have just completed a large glass installation – based<br />

on one of the first geologic maps of the UK – for the Natural<br />

History Museum. At the picturesque Coach House at Glynde<br />

Place (16), you’ll find paintings, sculpture, stone carving, film,<br />

installation, poetry and collage by twelve contemporary artists,<br />

including Chiara Bianchi, Jacky Misson, Tara Gould, Will<br />

Nash, Mark Stonestreet and Helen Mary-Skelton.<br />

Sarah Walton<br />

Colourscape<br />

Colourscape comes to Charleston for the weekend of the 17-18 <strong>August</strong>,<br />

offering the chance to explore an extraordinary labyrinth of colour,<br />

light and music-filled chambers. Fun for all ages. The 10th anniversary<br />

programme continues at Towner with exhibitions by Dineo Seshee<br />

Bopape and Phoebe Unwin, alongside the striking outdoor work<br />

by Lothar Götz. Joining them is local artist, Helen Turner, whose<br />

newly commissioned sculptural work – Head – ‘a wrapped ball of<br />

feelings’, will be on display in the front window of the gallery until<br />

the end of September. From 11 Aug at Farley’s House and Gallery<br />

see Bodyworks: A Surrealist Anatomy – an exhibition of images by the<br />

celebrated artist and zoologist, Desmond Morris.<br />


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Love Campers<br />

A bespoke home on the road<br />

Love Campers is true to its name – the business<br />

began with a <strong>Brighton</strong> love story. Clara Usiskin<br />

used to walk her dogs past Darren Munday’s<br />

live-in van. They got chatting, and Darren<br />

prepared pet treats for their arrival each day,<br />

giving them both an excuse to keep talking.<br />

And the rest, as they say, is history.<br />

After getting hitched, the duo decided to<br />

combine Darren’s talents as an industrial tool<br />

maker and Clara’s transferable skills from<br />

her legal background to begin a bespoke<br />

camper van design business – fitting out vans’<br />

interiors to build people’s dream homes away<br />

from home. “Darren had always loved camper<br />

vans and I’d always liked the idea of them but<br />

never actually had one,” says Clara. “He’s<br />

really talented at building things and has this<br />

amazing spatial ability for design.”<br />

From their workspace in Barcombe Mills,<br />

Love Campers began by focusing on small<br />

campers – such as the Mitsubishi Delica and<br />

the VW Caddy – where every inch of space<br />

counts. “We’re particularly attractive to people<br />

living in towns,” says Clara. “We do a lot of<br />

small vans that people are increasingly using<br />

as everyday cars. So you’re not going to have<br />

a problem parking and the vehicles are quite<br />

fuel-efficient.<br />

Love Campers is not just for van owners – the<br />

team can help customers source vehicles for<br />


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a refit. They’ve come up with a blueprint design<br />

that can be adapted to different van types, which<br />

includes a large fold-out bed (just under four feet<br />

wide). The kitchen can have a gas hob, sink and a<br />

fridge. Other features include a toilet, a pop top<br />

roof that can hold another bed, and the option to<br />

fit solar panels for powering charge points.<br />

And if you have a specific requirement, they’ll<br />

do their very best to build it for you. “A couple<br />

recently wanted somewhere to put their wetsuits,<br />

so we added a cupboard they could access from the<br />

back of the van,” says Clara. “And we’ve also built a<br />

wheelchair-accessible van.”<br />

What’s next for Love Campers? “We’re going to<br />

start working on Japanese Hybrid electric vans,<br />

which are slightly less polluting,” says Clara.<br />

They’re also working hard to use more sustainable<br />

materials in their designs, and their Conscious<br />

Camper blog addresses any questions about<br />

improving the carbon footprint of camper van<br />

holidays.<br />

Love Campers is also passionate about accessibility.<br />

“For anyone who thinks having a camper van isn’t<br />

for them – be it because they feel that there are<br />

physical barriers, or that they couldn’t drive such<br />

a big vehicle – we would love for them to speak to<br />

us,” says Clara.<br />

She herself is a convert to camper vans – and not<br />

just for family holidays. “My van is like a travelling<br />

office,” she says. “My set-up lets me solar power<br />

my laptop when the vehicle isn’t plugged into the<br />

mains. So I can drive to Stanmer Park for the day<br />

and work from there!” Rose Dykins<br />

lovecampers.co.uk<br />

Photos by Eleanor Gassman<br />


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This month Adam Bronkhorst photographed some of the folk at<br />

The Big Lemon Bus and Coach Company’s depot.<br />

He asked them: Where’s your favourite road trip destination?<br />

adambronkhorst.com | 07879 401333<br />

Kendal Saunders<br />



Charlotte Hautot<br />



Chris Addison-Jones<br />

‘Hever Castle.’


Jim Chatfield<br />



James Wood<br />

‘Windsor Castle.’


93 North Road, <strong>Brighton</strong>, BN1 1YE<br />

157 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AD<br />

gailsbread.co.uk/order<br />

Family-run restaurant with a focus on<br />

locality and seasonality.<br />

Freshly baked cakes, light breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner served from<br />

Wednesday to Saturday.<br />

Brunch served from 11am Saturdays only.<br />

Private dining available for<br />

groups up to 20 people.<br />

Events space hire for workshops<br />

and meetings.<br />

Café | Restaurant | Events<br />

31a Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF<br />

chardbrighton.co.uk | 01273 027 147 | chardbrightonhove@gmail.com

FOOD<br />

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Rathfinny<br />

Lunch in the Tasting Room<br />

Ye gods, THAT gazpacho!<br />

Lizzie and I had just walked an<br />

hour from Bo-peep carpark to<br />

our table in Rathfinny’s Tasting<br />

Room booked for 2pm. The<br />

walk was beautiful, along the<br />

top, then left and down through<br />

the vineyard valley: Eric<br />

Ravilious meets Umbria. We<br />

were talking a lot, short on time<br />

and short of breath, and the day<br />

warm. Inevitably, the starter we<br />

could neither resist, when we<br />

settled in our window table, was<br />

the ‘Iced English tomato gazpacho<br />

with Manchego croquettes’.<br />

My, was it good.<br />

Everything about the dish<br />

made us smile – including<br />

the Instagramable “watermelon<br />

red”, as Lizzie put it,<br />

of the soup, against the small<br />

perfectly (ill-)formed white bowl, against the<br />

grey brushed-metal tabletop. The fresh tomato<br />

flavour, and the island of cucumber submerged<br />

at its centre, with other chopped flavourings<br />

– mint, garlic?, further cucumber? It was<br />

deelish. A perfect dish. Such a delicate blend of<br />

refreshing flavour, punctuated immaculately by<br />

intermittent mouthfuls of the lovely, rather more<br />

decadent, crispy, cheese croquette served on the<br />

side. Oh, yes.<br />

But… I’m getting ahead of myself. First we<br />

enjoyed drinks and bread. Lizzie ordered the<br />

incredibly rhubarby, light and refreshing Rhubarb<br />

Crush (£3) – “bright”, she called it – while<br />

I sampled the very fine house white: Rathfinny<br />

Cradle Valley 2017 (£6.50/ glass). We ate bread<br />

– I especially enjoyed the grape and rosemary<br />

Photos by Lizzie Lower<br />

focaccia with butter (served<br />

on a stone and studded with<br />

salt): yum.<br />

For mains, Lizzie went for the<br />

‘Risotto of courgette & mint,<br />

courgette flower tempura,<br />

buffalo ricotta’ which she<br />

described as “unusually good,<br />

perfect rice texture, lemony”.<br />

She enjoyed the young courgette<br />

with flower still attached<br />

in a crispy batter.<br />

I, meanwhile, plumped for the<br />

‘Short rib of Belted Galloway<br />

cooked over coals, cep<br />

ketchup, beetroot, fennel’. The<br />

beef, with a beef jus with soya<br />

and mirin was full of flavour<br />

and texture, complemented<br />

beautifully by the sides of<br />

delicate pink and golden<br />

beetroot (my fav), fennel and<br />

sauces. The small green salad on the side also<br />

went excellently.<br />

We opted not to try the puddings this time<br />

– tempting though Lemon posset and Brillat-Savarin<br />

cheesecake sounded. But we were<br />

sated.<br />

While we sat eating and chatting – about far<br />

away adventures, train travel, and India – a<br />

kestrel hovered overhead. The tables are all set<br />

along a gallery-shaped space with floor to ceiling<br />

windows onto the beautiful sweeping view.<br />

Eating with a view, a bit like living with a view,<br />

brings its own special flavours. You cannot forget<br />

you’ve escaped town for the duration. CG<br />

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, BN26 5TU<br />

Lunch Menu 12-3.00 £30 for two courses; £35 for<br />

three. rathfinnyestate.com<br />


RECIPE<br />

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Photo by Lulah Ellender<br />


RECIPE<br />

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Baba ganoush<br />

Monem Mansour, Cairovan<br />

Cairovan is a proper family business. It was<br />

inspired by the Egyptian side of the family –<br />

in particular my dad, who loved cooking for<br />

gatherings. Aunties and my grandma passed on<br />

recipes that go back generations, and I spent<br />

months in Egypt practising and perfecting<br />

different dishes. My English kin pitch in<br />

too: our lamb comes from one nephew who<br />

works the family farm in Ditchling, and other<br />

nephews and nieces help with serving food,<br />

fixing the van and sorting out my website.<br />

I sell contemporary Egyptian street food<br />

from my custom-built orange van (called<br />

Habiba, which means ‘My darling’). I love<br />

the variety of being mobile, and it means I<br />

can try new venues as well as establishing a<br />

loyal customer base at my regular pitches. On<br />

Tuesday evenings you’ll find me in Barcombe;<br />

on Wednesdays I’m in Portslade; Thursday is<br />

Horsham market day; Friday evenings I’m at<br />

Stonywish Farm with my family, campers and<br />

lots of villagers; and on Saturdays we do events<br />

like weddings or festivals.<br />

My food is locally sourced wherever possible<br />

and we try to be zero-waste – even the unused<br />

lettuce goes to a friend who keeps reptiles.<br />

I prepare the food at home and then cook<br />

on the hob and oven in the van. We serve<br />

breakfasts of fava beans, lamb chipolatas,<br />

ful medames and fried eggs. Our special<br />

falafels are made with fava beans, so they’re<br />

really light and moist, and we serve amazing<br />

halloumi fries, and slow-roasted garlic lamb.<br />

We also make our own pickled cabbage, chilli<br />

sauce, tahini sauce and coriander verdi. Our<br />

dishes are vibrant and fresh, full of colour and<br />

made with real care.<br />

The recipe I’ve chosen is my dad’s baba<br />

ganoush. I spent so much time watching<br />

him cook, learning how to get a true feel for<br />

flavours and textures. He often made this<br />

when we had guests, serving it with bread as<br />

a dip as people arrived. It’s a lovely starter or<br />

nibble for a summer garden party or BBQ<br />

and is simple to make. The name means<br />

‘spoilt father’ – it’s something you’d make to<br />

treat your dad and it connects me to mine,<br />

who is no longer around.<br />

Here’s how to make it: On a high heat, grill<br />

(or BBQ) four aubergines until evenly charred.<br />

You want them black and shrivelled on the<br />

outside and soft and gooey on the inside.<br />

Leave to cool in a bowl, then scoop out the<br />

flesh into another bowl, reserving the liquid.<br />

To the flesh add the juice of two lemons, two<br />

teaspoons salt, two teaspoons ground cumin,<br />

one teaspoon ground black pepper, three<br />

tablespoons tahini, two tablespoons olive oil,<br />

two cloves crushed garlic, three tablespoons<br />

of the reserved aubergine juices and mash<br />

well with a fork. Garnish with fresh parsley,<br />

pomegranate seeds and olive oil. Cut khobez<br />

bread or pittas into triangles, place on a baking<br />

tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with<br />

za’atar, then bake for ten minutes. Serve with<br />

the baba ganoush.<br />

As told to Lulah Ellender<br />

cairovan.com; Instagram @cairo_van<br />



“I ate myself healthy<br />

again with CNM.<br />

And wrote a book.”<br />

Terry McIlroy, CNM<br />

Nutritional Therapy<br />

Graduate, Author and Chef,<br />

talks about his inspiration<br />

upon the release of his new<br />

book ‘Super Nutrition’.<br />

My new book Super Nutrition is my life’s work; it<br />

outlines the ways I’ve used nutrition and my passion<br />

for food to heal my body and mind, improving my<br />

physical and emotional wellbeing.<br />

I started in the world of professional chefs at 12yrs<br />

old, but as I got older I became more interested in<br />

health and nutrition. All my life, I had been plagued<br />

with severe acne and constant mouth ulcers.<br />

Conventional treatments did not work and my health<br />

deteriorated. This is when I started to investigate<br />

what was causing my health problems. My thought<br />

process shifted to cause and effect and I wondered<br />

if what I was eating – or more importantly not eating<br />

– was the cause, and the presenting symptoms were<br />

the effect?<br />

I bought a juicer and a smoothie machine and<br />

increased my veg and fruit intake and also saw<br />

a nutritionist. One of the dietary changes the<br />

nutritionist suggested was reducing or eliminating<br />

pasteurised dairy. I made this and other small<br />

adjustments, like cutting out fizzy drinks and drinking<br />

more water, and my presenting symptoms all but<br />

disappeared within 3-4 weeks. I had no mouth<br />

ulcers or acne for the first time in my life. It was<br />

transformational!<br />

“The course inspired me to combine my<br />

chef skills with my newfound passion for<br />

nutrition and create my own recipe book.”<br />

I enrolled on a three-year, part-time diploma<br />

in Nutrition with the College of Naturopathic<br />

Medicine. Going back to school was daunting,<br />

however, I was hungry for the knowledge. The<br />

course inspired me to combine my chef skills<br />

with my newfound passion for nutrition and<br />

create my own recipe book with recipes and<br />

lifestyle tips fuelled by the correct nutritional<br />

protocols.<br />

I learned just how vital proper nutrition is<br />

for premium health. Incorporating a broad<br />

spectrum of nutrients in my diet and following<br />

the lifestyle protocols myself has helped me<br />

ensure I am not deficient in any one particular<br />

nutrient or mineral. Whilst my diet is not<br />

perfect, I can turn to my nutritional knowledge<br />

and experience to support my health and<br />

wellbeing.<br />

CNM has a 20-year track record training successful<br />

practitioners in natural therapies, in class and online.<br />

Colleges across the UK and Ireland.<br />

Visit naturopathy-uk.com or call 01342 410 505

FOOD<br />

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GAIL’s Bakery<br />

Tempting treats<br />

GAIL’s Bakery is a spacious mixture of warm wood and “industrial<br />

utilitarian chic”, as my guest Alice describes it. The place feels<br />

communal (long neighbourly tables), and light (floor-to-ceiling<br />

windows and the kitchen visible to all). Happily, a lot of space is set<br />

aside for a bewildering array of tempting treats at the counter.<br />

I enjoy the cheerily indulgent brioche French toast with maple bacon (£8.50): the bacon is crispy<br />

and rich, accompanied by sinful, soft eggy bread. Alice has blueberry & buttermilk pancakes with<br />

blueberry compote, crème fraîche and maple syrup (£7.50), and similarly enjoys the complementary<br />

textures of the tart berry and the sugary syrup. The staff helpfully print out a receipt with ingredients<br />

on it: a quick, private approach much appreciated by those with allergies.<br />

For dessert number one, I love my almond croissant, not too sugary or buttery, allowing the sprinkled<br />

almond topping and delicious filling to shine (£3.20). Alice’s blueberry muffin (£3) is also surprisingly<br />

savoury, with some delicate crumb topping and lots of berries throughout.<br />

For our second dessert, we can heartily recommend the distinct tang of the lemon & Earl Grey<br />

marmalade jam (£5.50) on a fluffy, moreish brioche loaf (£4). The chocolate sablés (£3.80) are<br />

fantastic too: crumbly, with a light touch of salt hitting the spot in the melt-in-the-mouth bites. JF<br />

93 North Road, gailsbread.co.uk<br />

Photo by Joe Fuller<br />

A-news bouche<br />

It’s Chilli Fiesta time, in West<br />

Dean Gardens, Chichester.<br />

There will be live Latin music,<br />

cookery demos, outdoor<br />

cinema, fireworks and more,<br />

with day tickets or familyfriendly<br />

camping tickets<br />

available. 9-11 Aug, chillifiesta.<br />

co.uk. Beloved BeFries are<br />

running a crowdfunding<br />

campaign to launch their<br />

house-made sauces nationally,<br />

Google ‘BeSaucy<br />

Kickstarter’ to<br />

find out more<br />

about the rewards<br />

on offer for<br />

pledges.<br />

Congratulations to Douglas<br />

McMaster of Silo, who was<br />

one of the top finalists for the<br />

Basque Culinary World Prize<br />

<strong>2019</strong>. An award for trailblazing<br />

chefs whose work has had an<br />

impact “beyond the kitchen”,<br />

Silo was the first restaurant<br />

to be 100% zero-waste in<br />

the UK. The College of<br />

Naturopathic Medicine has a<br />

free open morning on inspiring<br />

careers in natural therapies. 7<br />

Aug, 10.30am-12.30pm, BACA,<br />

naturopathyuk.com<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> Coffee Festival<br />

makes its debut at the Open<br />

Market, including Latte Art<br />

competitions, free tasters,<br />

live shows and informative<br />

talks. 11 Aug, brightoncoffeefest.com.<br />

Magic of Thailand Festival<br />

in Preston Park, meanwhile,<br />

is a great chance to sample<br />

a range of Thai food, beer,<br />

music and dancing in between<br />

live cooking<br />

demonstrations.<br />

17<br />

Aug, magicofthailand.<br />

co.uk.<br />


MY SPACE<br />

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<strong>Brighton</strong> Regency Routemaster<br />

Owner Colin Beaddie<br />

I went on a dinner tram in Melbourne<br />

about 15 years ago and thought, ‘how could<br />

I replicate this at home?’. I tried to set it up in<br />

London, but I couldn’t get the various boroughs<br />

to agree. I was working at Virgin Atlantic at<br />

the time, looking after food safety and quality<br />

all over the world, but I’d always wanted my<br />

own coffee shop. About five years ago, the one<br />

on the corner of Wilbury and Church Road<br />

came up, so I opened Baked. But the bus was<br />

always at the back of my mind. One night,<br />

after a few gin and tonics, I looked online and<br />

saw this Routemaster bus for sale. I woke up<br />

in the morning and saw ‘your order has been<br />

confirmed’.<br />

The bus had been off the road for 15 years<br />

and was then a mobile beauty salon and a sales<br />

office for a used car garage. Someone put me in<br />

touch with Southern Transit, who specialise in<br />

Routemasters, and they looked it over for me.<br />

There was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing getting<br />

the funds together, then I had it towed down to<br />

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

We stripped the inside and took it right<br />

back to the metal. It took about 16 months<br />

to rebuild and fit out. I wanted it to feature<br />

typically <strong>Brighton</strong> colours, so we’ve used teal,<br />

blue and gold in the interior, but it’s an original<br />

London bus so we went with the traditional red<br />

livery outside.<br />

There were a lot of regulations to get<br />

through. I had to get a change of usage<br />

certificate, register as a bus operator, and become<br />

a transport manager. Everything from drivers’<br />

hours and bus maintenance, to the carriage of<br />

passengers is regulated. <strong>Brighton</strong> Council were<br />


MY SPACE<br />

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brilliant. I didn’t have to become a driver, but I wanted<br />

to, so I went from driving a smart car to driving a bus!<br />

I’ve become a real bus geek.<br />

There are eight tables on the upper deck and<br />

four downstairs. We can seat 42. In the summer<br />

we run two tours a day from Thursday to Sunday,<br />

picking up the passengers at Pool Valley and taking<br />

them on a 90-minute tour of <strong>Brighton</strong>, out to<br />

Saltdean and back. Along the way we serve afternoon<br />

tea with a choice of four sandwiches, five cakes on<br />

a cake stand, and scones with cream and jam. We<br />

also do <strong>Brighton</strong> Gin and Prosecco afternoon teas,<br />

and, once a month, we do a tour out to Albourne<br />

Vineyard and another up through West Sussex<br />

villages to Horsham.<br />

Now I run the coffee shop and the bus, my<br />

airline background has really come into its own.<br />

I used to be responsible for everything from the<br />

teaspoons to toilet rolls on an aircraft – so I was used<br />

to a lot of planning. It’s also helped me with serving<br />

on the move: you have to walk a bit like a penguin<br />

for balance.<br />

As told to Lizzie Lower<br />

£38 for the classic and £48 for the <strong>Brighton</strong> Gin and<br />

Prosecco tours. The bus is also available for private<br />

hire. brightonregencyroutemaster.co.uk<br />



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Electric Vehicles<br />

Feel the power<br />

There should be a<br />

disclosure at the start of<br />

this article: since getting<br />

an electric car two years<br />

ago, I’ve become an EV<br />

evangelist.<br />

And I’m not the only one:<br />

the last four years have<br />

seen a remarkable surge<br />

in demand for electric<br />

vehicles in the UK, with new registrations of<br />

plug-in cars rising from 3,500 in 2013 to more<br />

than 214,000 by the end of May <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Figures from the Department of Transport show<br />

there were 400 plug-in vehicles in <strong>Brighton</strong> and<br />

Hove at the end of 2018, and we could soon<br />

see more drivers making the switch with the<br />

installation of more than 200 charging points<br />

across the city.<br />

The city council was awarded a £300,000<br />

grant in May last year from the Office of<br />

Low Emission Vehicles, news which has been<br />

welcomed by campaigners from Electric<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong>, a community initiative that seeks to<br />

encourage Electric and Low Emissions vehicle<br />

ownership in the city.<br />

The group has been steadily building up a map<br />

of demand in the city with at least 100 people<br />

pledging to swap their polluting cars for an<br />

electric model if there were more charging<br />

points available.<br />

Tom Kiss from Electric <strong>Brighton</strong> believes<br />

the move to more sustainable transport is<br />

“inevitable”, adding: “I think that most people<br />

don’t want to drive around polluting the air if<br />

they can avoid it.”<br />

He explains: “it is a chicken-and-egg scenario<br />

whereby there needs to be a demonstrable level<br />

of demand to justify installing chargers, but<br />

Photo by Thomas Kelley<br />

where people will not buy an<br />

electric vehicle unless they<br />

have reassurance there is<br />

somewhere to charge.<br />

“So really, the chargers have<br />

to come first to provide<br />

that reassurance to people.<br />

Having a presence on the<br />

streets and seeing people<br />

charging their vehicles also<br />

acts as an advertisement to people that it is a<br />

viable option and it is possible to move away<br />

from oil.”<br />

<strong>Brighton</strong> & Hove City Council is soon to<br />

announce the successful bidder to install the<br />

charging points. Most should be in place by the<br />

end of October and – if more funding is found –<br />

more points can be installed.<br />

With the problem of convenient charging<br />

points on the road set to be solved, what are the<br />

advantages of owning an electric vehicle?<br />

New cars now boast a range of 200 miles or<br />

more, explains Tom, and, when it comes to<br />

running costs, electric vehicles can cost far less<br />

than petrol or diesel alternatives. “Most obvious<br />

is fuel cost, where there can be a 70% saving<br />

over petrol or diesel and 2.5p a mile can be<br />

achieved relatively easily with an electric vehicle.<br />

“But there are other less obvious savings too.<br />

Regenerative braking in electric vehicles means<br />

that costly brake pads are used very little: the<br />

first Nissan Leaf added to the fleet of electric<br />

taxi company C&C taxis in Newquay clocked up<br />

over 100,000 miles still on its first set of brake<br />

pads.”<br />

There are far fewer mechanical parts to break as<br />

well, so you really can make big savings. All the<br />

more reason to join our friends electric.<br />

Ellie Evans<br />



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Photos by Joe Fuller<br />

Driverless cars<br />

Blind Veterans Centre trial<br />

One of the many benefits of driverless cars<br />

is the opportunity they could bring to those<br />

unable to drive, including people with visual<br />

impairments. An autonomous vehicle (AV)<br />

company, Aurrigo, are currently trialling their<br />

‘driverless pods’ at the Blind Veterans Centre<br />

in Ovingdean, with feedback helping to make<br />

them more user-friendly for the disabled<br />

community.<br />

I take a ride in ‘Arthur’ – named after Blind<br />

Veterans UK founder Sir Arthur Pearson –<br />

with the first blind veteran to take part in<br />

the trial, Mark Threadgold, and Aurrigo Test<br />

Engineer, Tom Sheridan. The ride is very<br />

smooth: we potter around a small circuit at a<br />

walking pace, past designated ‘pod stops’ in the<br />

grounds. Internal cameras record passengers’<br />

reactions and thoughts, while another camera<br />

picks up on guide dogs’ experiences in the car.<br />

Tom explains that they have installed a ‘base<br />

station’ to improve the accuracy of the GPS<br />

system. “Take your phone, that communicates<br />

just with the satellite… that’s about five metre<br />

accuracy, whereas this is three centimetres.<br />

The base station has a fixed position, so this<br />

pod talks to the base station, not the satellite,<br />

making it much more accurate.” Like most AV<br />

companies, Arthur uses LiDAR technology<br />

(light detection and ranging), with small<br />

lasers creating a 3D image of surroundings in<br />

a similar, but more accurate way than radar<br />

technology.<br />

Aurrigo’s vehicles are exploring the importance<br />

of voice-activated controls, and Mark shares his<br />



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thoughts on audio information for passengers too.<br />

“It’s all right it going from A to B, but all it does is<br />

get there and stop. Are you at traffic lights? They’re<br />

looking at some audio feedback that tells you where<br />

you are, what you’re passing. I’m totally blind, for<br />

someone like me you’re just sat in a box with very<br />

little sensory information otherwise.<br />

“You lose your sight, your independence goes like<br />

that [clicks fingers]. We all take it for granted and<br />

it’s very quickly, very easily lost. For many of the<br />

members, driving is the biggest loss of independence<br />

you’ve got. I had a little sports car that I used to race<br />

years ago. I went to car shows, I did thousands and<br />

thousands of miles. And how I missed that. More<br />

than anything else. Being able to have your own<br />

transport, where you can go where you want to go.<br />

“It interests me: how are they going to run these<br />

things in the future? Are you going to be able to<br />

have one of your own? Is it going to be run like a big<br />

taxi firm effectively, where the thing turns up and off<br />

you go? Or can you keep one on your drive and just<br />

tell it where you want to go? What’s it gonna cost?”<br />

It might be some time before these questions<br />

are answered, but Mark’s clear enthusiasm about<br />

the prospects for driverless cars, our comfortable<br />

journey, and the warm responses to Arthur that I see<br />

on the day certainly bodes well for the future.<br />

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Preston<br />

Barracks<br />

Lewes Road revived<br />

Image courtesy of U+I plc<br />

Lewes Road is, apparently, the<br />

longest road in the city, if you<br />

go by continuity of name. It’s<br />

just under 3.5 miles from just<br />

past The Level to Falmer.<br />

It’s not, in my opinion,<br />

currently the most joyous of<br />

roads: slow-moving traffic,<br />

mainly occupied by takeaway<br />

pizza places and funeral<br />

parlours. But get past that and<br />

things are changing.<br />

Preston Barracks was built<br />

in 1793 as part of a plan to<br />

protect us from Napoleon<br />

invading, assuming he’d<br />

choose the shortest route<br />

to London. (Don’t forget<br />

he wouldn’t have had to use<br />

Thameslink).<br />

There’s now only one<br />

surviving building from the<br />

original 1793 barracks; the<br />

former canteen in the north<br />

western corner. This building<br />

was used by Lord Cardigan<br />

(he of ‘Charge of the Light<br />

Brigade’ fame) for courts<br />

martial. Maybe we should have<br />

demolished that too…<br />

The Preston Barracks<br />

development is a pretty<br />

stunning design and will,<br />

for the first time, give the<br />

University of <strong>Brighton</strong> a<br />

proper campus. It’s where the<br />

architecture students train<br />

(in the rather less impressive<br />

Mithras House), so it’s<br />

exciting that they will be part<br />

of the new ‘Big Build’, as the<br />

university calls it.<br />

Developers U+I, Optivo<br />

Housing Association, <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

& Hove City Council and the<br />

University of <strong>Brighton</strong>, are<br />

together creating one of the<br />

city’s biggest ever regeneration<br />

projects.<br />

The development will deliver<br />

hundreds of new homes,<br />

including affordable housing,<br />

and lots of student rooms,<br />

which means fewer students<br />

living in damp and dingy<br />

private accommodation.<br />

There will also be new space<br />

for <strong>Brighton</strong> University’s<br />

Business School and start-up<br />

companies. And – my favourite<br />

bit – a new pedestrian bridge.<br />

This will really change the feel<br />

of the area; the busy main road<br />

splits the campus in two at the<br />

moment.<br />

What I really like about it<br />

is that U+I tend to use very<br />

good architects, and while<br />

their schemes, such as Circus<br />

Street in <strong>Brighton</strong>, are often a<br />

....85....<br />

bit controversial (because they<br />

tend to be very high density),<br />

they are always top quality.<br />

But I think it’s what we need<br />

in this city. Great architecture<br />

can make significant change<br />

to an area. Estate agents have<br />

been telling me for years that<br />

around Lewes Road is a good<br />

bet if you want to make some<br />

money in property (don’t tell<br />

anyone).<br />

I really think people will be<br />

shocked, surprised and, I hope,<br />

delighted by the architecture,<br />

and that’s a good thing. So<br />

many changes to our city have<br />

been less than we expect and<br />

deserve.<br />

London developers like U+I<br />

are working here because they<br />

see the opportunities we have<br />

to do better. U+I are certainly<br />

raising the stakes at Circus<br />

Street and Preston Barracks.<br />

Here’s to more of that.<br />

The best outcome for this<br />

project is that <strong>Brighton</strong><br />

University has a stunning<br />

new campus and Lewes<br />

Road benefits from the new<br />

additions. Cities change,<br />

and this could be a really<br />

interesting modern addition:<br />

our future heritage. Paul Zara


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Racing Green<br />

Battery-powered performance<br />

It might not have the loud, characteristic growl<br />

of a petrol engine, but it’s definitely not short<br />

on style.<br />

For the first time University of Sussex engineering<br />

Masters students have built their own<br />

electric-powered racing car.<br />

Working as SAR Electric in partnership with<br />

students at Aim Shams University in Egypt, they<br />

created their vehicle for the annual Formula<br />

Student competition, which sees university teams<br />

across the world designing, building and then<br />

racing their vehicles for a week at Silverstone.<br />

While the already established Mobil 1 Sussex<br />

Racing team has been creating a petrol engine<br />

car, drawing on the knowledge and experience<br />

of previous students who have taken part in the<br />

competition run by the Institution of Mechanical<br />

Engineers, the SAR Electric team had to start<br />

from scratch.<br />

“We began this last September with barely any<br />

knowledge of electric cars,” says Sussex Team<br />

Leader Serdar Çiçek, a fourth-year MEng student.<br />

“The project is as much about learning how<br />

to work together as it is about winning a race.”<br />

The single-seater car is equipped with a handmade<br />

DC brushed motor from Lynch, rated<br />

at just 48 volts and powered by a lithium-ion<br />

battery pack, which gives the car enough oomph<br />

to reach speeds up to 40 mph.<br />

“The competition allows you to use up to 600<br />

volts, but we wanted to put safety first,” says<br />

Serdar. “We have to make sure we are complying<br />

with all the rules and regulations. There’s a huge<br />

amount of scrutineering of our car before we can<br />

even get to drive it.”<br />

The green credentials of electric cars were what<br />

attracted the team members to the project,<br />

although they acknowledge that the battery has<br />

to be charged up, and unless you have access to<br />

renewable energy, you could still be relying on<br />

fossil fuels.<br />

Elizabeth Olisa, the Commercial & Communications<br />

Director and the only female member of<br />

the SAR Electric team, points out that technology<br />

exists to incorporate solar panels into<br />

future designs, and that the motor they use has<br />

the capability of regenerative braking (when you<br />

brake, it charges the battery).<br />

Even though the project has given them the<br />

thrill of competing at Silverstone at the end<br />

of July against more than 130 teams from 25<br />

countries, their ambition lies in designing cars<br />

for domestic use.<br />

Elizabeth says: “We’re all obviously concerned<br />

about the future of the planet. I am really interested<br />

in working with renewable energy or the<br />

electric side of automotive.”<br />

Serdar agrees. “Electric cars use lithium-ion<br />

batteries, which when assembled are pretty large<br />

and heavy. The research into the development of<br />

them is still in the growth stage. There’s still a lot<br />

more refining to do to get them smaller and even<br />

more energy-dense.”<br />

He adds: “It’s great to be able to race the car.<br />

The experience has been tremendous, especially<br />

since the competition includes sponsors such as<br />

Dyson, who are developing their own electric<br />

car. It’s an exciting time for those of us who want<br />

to go into this side of the industry.”<br />

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Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner<br />

Charging into battle on a Fiat Punto<br />

Collage by Michael Blencowe<br />

Far, far away in the south-east corner of Europe<br />

the Balkan Mountains tower over the landscape.<br />

Their valleys were once home to the fearsome<br />

Thracian tribes who made empires tremble when<br />

they rode screaming into battle on their wild<br />

horses. But even more ancient battles were being<br />

fought deep in these majestic mountains.<br />

Here in the Balkans there grew a strange and<br />

mighty tree. Its huge seeds were encased in spiky<br />

armour and its leaves were like giant hands which<br />

cast shade all around. But this tree had been cursed.<br />

Each year a plague of tiny, tiny moths would attack<br />

the tree, their caterpillars would burrow inside<br />

every leaf. Green turned to brown, leaving the tree<br />

apparently lifeless and defeated. Yet each year the<br />

tree would return with renewed green vigour and<br />

each year the moths would attack with the same<br />

resolve. And so for centuries the tree and the moth<br />

remained trapped in the Balkan Mountains, locked<br />

in their epic, age-old battle.<br />

Then one day men came from the west, discovered<br />

this magnificent tree, gathered its seeds and<br />

planted them in their world. The branches and<br />

the empire of the Horse Chestnut spread across<br />

Europe’s parks and gardens. People admired it<br />

and reclined in the shade of its broad palmate<br />

leaves. Schoolboys used its seeds to fight their<br />

own playground battles. The conker tree had<br />

conquered the continent. Here in this new<br />

world the curse of the moth had been lifted and<br />

the Horse Chestnut flourished. Meanwhile the<br />

tree’s nemesis, not a particularly strong flyer,<br />

remained imprisoned in the remote valleys of the<br />

Balkan Mountains for centuries, more myth than<br />

moth. Then, one day, the modern world arrived.<br />

Construction workers building roads through the<br />

mountains were unwittingly building the perfect<br />

means for the moth to escape and spread. An<br />

ancient evil had been loosed on the world. Now<br />

all it needed was a lift. So the moth stuck out its<br />

six thumbs and hitched a ride.<br />

Incredibly the moth, just 5mm long, was able to<br />

disperse by grabbing on to passing vehicles. And<br />

so, like the ferocious Thracian tribes, the moth<br />

rode into battle. Screaming along highways, motorways,<br />

and autobahns on Volvos, Citroens, Fiats<br />

and Fords. The ancient battle spilled out from the<br />

Balkans as the moth was chauffeur-driven to every<br />

Horse Chestnut tree in Europe.<br />

The Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner moth was first<br />

discovered, identified and named in Greece in<br />

1984. Twenty years later, in 2004, an innocent<br />

motorist pulled off the A27 in to the University<br />

of Sussex car park unaware they held a sinister<br />

stowaway. In the following few years every Horse<br />

Chestnut in Sussex was moth-eaten. Look to the<br />

leaves this summer and you’ll see the great Balkan<br />

battle raging right on your doorstep.<br />

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement<br />

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust<br />



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‘To sally forth on this day’, reported the Pall Mall<br />

Gazette, on <strong>August</strong> 7th, 1922, aka <strong>August</strong> Bank<br />

Holiday Monday, ‘is something of a religion to a<br />

vast body of Londoners’.<br />

The holiday, originally designed to enable bank<br />

employees time off to attend cricket matches,<br />

had been introduced in 1871, and had become a<br />

hugely popular and long-awaited occasion, in an<br />

era when workers otherwise had precious little<br />

free time.<br />

Unfortunately, the article this quote is taken<br />

from is headlined ‘HOLIDAYS IN A DEL-<br />

UGE’: that <strong>August</strong> was the coldest on record,<br />

the weather that summer being described – by<br />

Historical Weather – as ‘diabolical’. And it was<br />

particularly bad over the holiday weekend, the<br />

wettest ever recorded. You can practically hear<br />

the moaning and grumbling.<br />

Not that it had stopped the tourists from travelling<br />

down to the south coast. 140,000 passengers<br />

used South Coast Railways that weekend, with<br />

58 extra trains being laid on for those optimistic<br />

enough to brave the rain. Many more had come<br />

down in coaches and charabancs. As James Gray<br />

says in the caption to this image: ‘Note the long<br />

line of motor coaches stretching [down Madeira<br />

Drive] into the distance’. <strong>Brighton</strong> – already the<br />

most population-dense urban area in the country,<br />

bar London’s East End, must have been mighty<br />

crowded.<br />

Look closely, and you can see that a crowd has<br />

developed outside the Aquarium. There wasn’t<br />

much to do there, unfortunately: the establishment<br />

had been taken over by the Council, and<br />

had become something of an empty shell. They<br />

were planning to turn it into a ‘motor charabanc<br />

garage’, a project which, thankfully, was abandoned<br />

after a public outcry and a debate in the<br />

House of Commons, that very month.<br />

The ornate Italianate clock tower, added to the<br />

building in 1872, wasn’t to last much longer, lost<br />

to a redesign in 1927, after which the Aquarium’s<br />

fortunes revived somewhat. You can see that the<br />

picture was taken at ten past one: lunchtime. It<br />

must have been nigh-on impossible to get a table<br />

at a restaurant or café that day: I imagine that<br />

the pubs, too must have done a roaring trade, as<br />

punters tried to make the most of the occasion<br />

before having to head home again. A road trip to<br />

forget, perhaps: still, there was always next year.<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Many thanks to the Regency Society for letting us<br />

use this image from the James Gray Collection.<br />

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