Viva Brighton Issue #78 August 2019


Spirit of the Rainbow

Invites you to our meeting in Brighton

Exploring Oneness

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

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

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

treat our environment with reverence and respect. Oneness works too at a personal level

as we grow into a sense of wholeness. Oneness means we recognise that we are children

of our universe however we experience it.


Come and share your ideas so together we can:

• deepen our experience of oneness

• spread our message locally and globally

• build a world based on oneness

Our next meeting is on Saturday 27th July

From 2pm for 2.30pm start and ending c.3.30pm

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


Future meetings @ Conference Room 2, Brighton Library

2pm for 2.30pm start and ending c.3.30pm:

Sat 31st August

Sat 28th September

Sat 26th October

Sat 30th November

For further information contact



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August means Pride, so we’ll see you at the

mother of all parades. But – once it’s all over, and

the streets are empty of roller-disco divas, barebottomed

boys and rainbow-festooned floats – we’ll

be taking a road trip to blow away the cobwebs.

We’ve done some homework and you might be

surprised what’s in store down the Sussex highways

and byways this month. It’s Artwave across the

Lewes district, so expect stone carvers in cow

sheds, makers in manor houses and illustrators on

clifftops. There’s some wonderfully eclectic festivals

nearby, too. Check your emotional baggage at

Byline’s ‘embodiment cloakroom’, visit the ‘human

library’ across the field at Curious Arts, or hear

world-class musicians playing at the Cuckmere

Coastguard Cottages in the Lapwing Festival. If

you prefer something a little rougher round the

edges, join the shanty singers at Newhaven, or take

up arms at the Loxwood Joust.

And you don’t even need a car of your own to take

to the open road. Treat yourself to afternoon tea

on the Brighton Regency Routemaster, breeze up

to Devil’s Dyke on the number 77 bus for a pint

with that view, or take the 13x to Eastbourne, for a

top deck tour of the iconic Cuckmere Haven, Belle

Tout lighthouse and Beachy Head. Glorious!

Got your sights set further afield? We meet some

campervanning couples who can get you on your

way. More of a homebody? Pick up a copy of

American Trails and let your imagination do the


Whatever your destination and however you plan

to get there, remember to enjoy the ride.





EDITOR: Lizzie Lower

SUB EDITOR: David Jarman


ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman


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John O'Donoghue, Lizzie Enfield, Lulah Ellender, Mark Greco, Martin Skelton,

Michael Blencowe, Nione Meakin, Paul Zara, Robin Houghton, Rose Dykins and Sally Elford.

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Bits & bobs.

8-27. Sally Elford goes off-road on

the cover, ‘kiddie coach’ builder Ernie

Johnstone is on the buses, and Alexandra

Loske is entranced by a concrete

kaleidoscope. Joe Decie provides the

in-car entertainment, Alex Leith takes

a trip to the Devil’s Dyke pub, and

JJ Waller captures Brighton Pride in

his latest photobook (and the Google

Trekker on his incessant survey). And

much more besides.

My Brighton.

28-29. We talk camper vans (and

where to go in them) with Jon Wood,

co-founder of Brighton Camper Vans.


31-37. Toby Adamson shares his high

octane (and high fashion) Goodwood





39-43. John Helmer is in search of the

vibe, Lizzie Enfield is in search of her

Sat Nav, and Amy Holtz is (forever) in

search of summer.

On this month.

45-55.Ben Bailey’s pick of the gigs;

Roni Size brings some drum’n’bass

(and whatever else he feels like) to the

De La Warr Pavilion, and Traumfrau

celebrate Pride weekend with a

‘musical show and tell’. Summer is all

about festivals and we’ve sought out

a few eclectic line-ups: get ready to

change the world at Byline; Philippa

Perry talks ‘rupture and repair’ and the

inevitability of imperfect parenting at

Curious Arts; Lapwing offers intimate

concerts at the iconic Coastguard

Cottages; and Newhaven Festival

returns for its second year of culture on

the coast – with thrift fashion shows,

shanty singing workshops and a church

filled with birdsong.

Photo by Toby Adamson

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Art & design.

56-65. We talk poetry and painting

with Michaela Ridgway; meet

prize-winning painter Charlie Schaffer;

a camper van converting couple; and

just some of what’s on in Artwave – and

elsewhere – this month.

The way we work.

67-71. Adam Bronkhorst climbs aboard

the Big Lemon buses to capture some

of the crew.


Photo by JJ Waller


73-77. We take a trip to Rathfinny; a

family recipe for Baba ganoush from

the mobile Cairovan; an indulgent

breakfast at GAIL’s Bakery and just a

taster of this month’s food news.




78-87. We’ve got all sorts of cars:

driverless, electric and racing. Perhaps

we’ll take them for a spin around the

extraordinary developments at Preston

Barracks. Plus, it’s all aboard the

Brighton Regency Routemaster for a

five-star afternoon tea. Don’t mind if

we do.

Photo by Adam Bronkhorst


89. The embattled Horse Chestnut

Tree and a hitch-hiking Balkan moth.

Inside left.

90. August Bank Holiday: a wash out

since 1922.

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“We don’t really want a petrol driven vehicle

going on there…” thought Seaford-based

illustrator Sally Elford when she first received

the ‘road trip’ brief for this month’s cover

design. “I thought we’d better have something

sustainable. But that meant drawing one of the

most difficult things: a bicycle.”

Sally, who graduated with a degree in

Illustration from Brighton University in 1998,

created the image on her iPad using Procreate

software. It’s technology which, she says, has

changed her life, freeing her from desk-bound

backaches and clunky vector points. “It has so

many realistic effects. It’s like working with

paper, pencil and ink, but with the option

of undoing your mistakes really easily. I’d

forgotten how much I enjoyed drawing.

I’ve given the cover design a bit of a coastal

theme, with a beautiful landscape and some

wildlife dotted in. It’s my favourite kind of

drawing – doodling leaves and bugs and

different elements of nature.”

The family on the cover could easily be on

their way to Seaford Head: the site of The

Green Show, which Sally has been organising

alongside Josie Swan, Alice Carter and Sophie

Peerless. Together they make up Seaford

Contemporary Illustrators and Printmakers

(SCIP). Billed as a ‘celebration of landscape and

nature’, The Green Show will be held at South

Hill Barn later this month – a building that has,

until now, only ever been used for farming. It’s

a spectacular place: sitting high on a clifftop,

with panoramic views out to sea and across the


It’s SCIP’s most ambitious project to date

and they’ve put together an impressive lineup.

The main barn will house an exhibition

of works by 30 leading contemporary artists

and illustrators, including Sir Quentin Blake,

Graham Carter, Donna Wilson and Owen

Davey. Alongside there’s a pop-up cinema, free

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children’s workshops, a nature trail and a community

art installation. Plus, there’s a programme of adult

workshops featuring ghost net weaving with Kittie

Kipper, a (wild) life drawing session with live birds,

and a free evening lecture programme with talks from

South Downs National Park ranger Tim Squire, local

author Giles Paley-Phillips and Simon Armstrong from

Ticktockrobot animation studios.

Parking is available onsite, but – if the green theme

strikes a chord – you can walk up from the station. It will

take the best part of an hour but it’s a picturesque walk

along the beach and up Seaford Head. Alternatively, get

off the number 12 bus opposite Chyngton Lane (ask the

driver), and walk the final ten minutes. If the show leaves

you feeling inspired, continue on down to the iconic

Coastguard Cottages and on to the dozens of other

Artwave venues open across the district this month.

Or just take the moment to breathe in all that fabulous

scenery and thank your lucky stars that you live in such a

beautiful part of the world.

Lizzie Lower

The Green Show, South Hill Barn, Seaford Head, 10am-

5pm, 15-18 & 22-25 August. Visit to see

the full programme and to book events.

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18 May to 8 September 2019

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Ernest Johnstone, better known as Ernie, created a range

of miniature, motorised ‘Kiddies’ Coaches’ between 1935

and 1958. Children would sit at the front of the popular

vehicles, while an adult would operate a two stroke

motorcycle engine in the rear. They could reach speeds

of up to 26 miles an hour, according to a delightful Pathé

news piece that ran in 1948 (search ‘Pathe Ernie Johnstone’

on YouTube).

The buses were manufactured at the Old Forge in Preston

Village, and could sell for as much as £300. In total, 63

were created, including one double decker and three fire

engines. They were often ridden around Peter Pan’s Playground

on Madeira Drive, although they also ventured

as far as Hove, Hastings and even some Scottish seaside

towns. The coaches didn’t have side doors, so children

would be lifted in and out of them by an attendant.

The miniatures were fully working petrol-based vehicles, and as such were licensed and had

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

London to Wolverhampton in fact, presumably for promotional purposes.

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

well into the 1960s. He died in 1975. Joe Fuller

Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)


Sam Reece and Jo Wren – organisers of the

natural women’s retreat, Gather – check

back in with the city they left behind after a

weekend of moonlit dinners, night walking

in the woods, roaring fires, wild cocktails,

yoga and creativity in the beautiful Sussex

countryside. Follow them @gatherinnature

– or visit – to find out

more about these nurturing escapes to the

wilderness. Keep taking us with you and keep

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Exterior of the Meeting House at dusk. Photo by Alexandra Loske.



What happens if you take a road much travelled

but get off half-way between Brighton and

Lewes? If you stop at Falmer and have a closer

look at Sussex University’s original buildings you

may find yourself in a kaleidoscope of colour and

concrete. In the early 1960s Sir Basil Spence designed

the first unflinchingly modern buildings

for this brand-new campus university. The Grade

I listed Falmer House, its proud gateway, was

much lauded for its clean lines and underlying

ideas of transparency and accessibility. But for

me the real gem of Spence’s campus is the circular

Meeting House, a non-denominational place

for worship, quiet reflection and gatherings.

It was built slightly later, in 1966, funded by a

Sir Sydney Caffyn, a local supporter of the University.

As with all his campus buildings, Spence

wanted to emphasise the subtle interaction of

material, light and colour. The Meeting House

owes much to the high-profile project he had

finished just a few years earlier, the rebuilding

of Coventry Cathedral. By comparison, this was

a small project (the perfectly round building is

only 80 feet in diameter), but it is fascinating




to see how Spence embraced the challenge of

creating a smaller and more intimate church

interior, while adhering to his guiding principle

of powerful simplicity.

The upstairs chapel boasts the most colourful

interior on the Sussex University campus: 460

panes of coloured glass are set into a honeycomb-pattern

of fourteen tiers of concrete

blocks, illuminating the space in a constantly

changing way throughout the day and indeed the

seasons. Spence daringly combined very different

building materials here: the worryingly thin

coloured glass panes, made in Germany, are set

directly into the recesses of the roughly-textured

concrete blocks. It is a surprising and uplifting

interior, which forms a contrast to the plainer

spaces on the ground floor, including a large

‘Quiet Room’ with curtain-wall glazing that

provides an uninterrupted view of the campus.

The layout of the coloured panes follows a

chromatic pattern from green shades in the east,

through yellow and white in the north above

the altar and in alignment with the meridian, to

deep reds and blues in the west. The symbolic

use of the circle is evident here, with allusions

to the circle of life, the Christian year, and the

unbroken circle as a manifestation of safety. Its

importance is further accentuated by a pattern of

overlapping circles on the chapel floor.

No area of coloured windows is separate, the

shades merge into each other, and each area

contains elements of the others. Crucially,

not one pane is identical to another, each one

forming a new aperture through which some

of Spence’s other buildings can be glimpsed. In

early meetings concerning the building he asked

for ‘a full spectrum of coloured glass panes, each

in a single colour’ for the chapel fenestration.

However, in some cases two different-coloured

panes are overlaid, to create a new tint, or in

the interests of variation. Spence did not make

specific comments on colour symbolism, but he

said the design should express the ‘variety of the

human race banded together in a circle of unity’.

Spence created an interior that is powerful in

both its simplicity and vibrancy. Lit at night, the

building appears like a kaleidoscopic beacon from

the outside; while in strong sunlight the interior

is flooded with pools of colour, an emphatic and

romantic expression of Spence’s fascination with

colour, light and concrete. Apart from the Royal

Pavilion, this is my favourite Brighton building.

Alexandra Loske, Art Historian and Curator

Part of the colour scheme of the glass panes. Drawing by Sam Allen.

Interior of the Meeting House Chapel late afternoon. Photo by Clive Boursnell.


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It’s been a regular mini roadtrip

for Brighton & Hove

residents since the early nineteenth

century, and a breeze

up the Downs to Devil’s Dyke

for a pint in the pub at the top

is still one of Brighton’s great

pleasures. What a view over

the Weald: they say you can

see five counties.

There’s been a tavern on the

hilltop since 1817, but the first

hotel wasn’t built on the site

until 1831. A bigger, grander

establishment was rebuilt in

1871, and there are existing

pictures of what was called

‘Dyke Hotel’, an elegant twostorey

affair, with balustrades

on the roof.

In those days a horse-drawn

wagonette was the easiest way

up, but it wasn’t a pleasant

ride. The Brighton Gazette describes

‘comfortless vehicles…

peregrinating along a dusty

road through an almost desert

country under the command of

a driver who persists, without

consulting his passengers, in

making sundry, and almost

unnecessary stoppages.’

This all changed when, at the

cost of £90,000, a rail track

was built, cutting the journey

time to twenty minutes, and

allowing visitors more time to

enjoy at the top. The pub’s landlord

JH Hubbard cashed in:

he estimated that the railway

brought in a million visitors a

year, and he provided plenty of

facilities for them within the

enclosed estate of the hotel: a

camera obscura, an observatory,

two bandstands, a pavilion

bar, and, strangely, a wooden

model of a 110-ton Armstrong


In 1928, long after its heyday,

the estate was bought by

Herbert Carden, who sold it

on to Brighton Corporation.

Since then it has enjoyed

chequered fortunes. It was

used as a bomb-testing site in

WW1, was taken over by the

MoD in WW2, and the hotel

building was destroyed by fire

in 1945.

The current establishment was

constructed in 1967, its owners

using local materials – hence

the flint walls – to make it

sympathetic to its environment.

They turned it into a

restaurant, and – now run by

pubco Archers – it still serves

food to punters who flock

up on summer evenings to

enjoy the sunset. In the ample

interior, or on wooden tables

on the terrace outside.

Nowadays you can get the 77

bus up there, and we manage

to find a terrace table which

overlooks the Weald, and not

the scratchy car park. We leave

it too late to have food – we’re

told there’s a half-hour wait,

and we’ve got an appointment

back down in town – but we do

enjoy several pints of Chieftain

IPA, trying to pick out those

five counties, through sunglasses.

Alex Leith

Illustration by Jay Collins





As Claire Carberry explains,

an accident or illness doesn’t

mean you have to lose

control of your life.

We all prefer to remain in control of our lives but

sometimes accidents or illness can have such a

profound impact that control is taken from you;

lose control, and you’re at risk of losing your


Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is one

way of retaining control; you can put LPAs in

place for your property and financial affairs, and

for your health and wellbeing.

An LPA lets you choose who makes decisions

for you (your attorney) when you can no longer

do it for yourself. It gives you the opportunity

to set out guidance for or to place restrictions

on your attorneys, to state who can do what

and when, and even to make provision for who

should step in if your first-named attorney can’t


LPAs can only be made whilst you have the

capacity to do so, and can’t be used until they

are registered; registration can take many

weeks, so it makes sense to put one (or both) in

place sooner rather than later – just in case.

Without an LPA, no-one has authority to make

decisions on your behalf – not even your

spouse. If you lack capacity to make your own

decisions (e.g. as a result of an accident or

illness) the only option is for someone to make

an application to the Court of Protection to be

appointed as a Deputy. Would you have chosen

that person yourself?

If you don’t feel that there is anyone that you can

trust to act as your Attorney, discuss the matter

with your solicitor. Often they are willing to take

on the role so that you know someone will step

in if needed.

An LPA is a safety net for both you and your

loved ones. None of us knows what will happen

tomorrow so it’s incredibly important to have one

in place, whatever your age or circumstances.

Claire Carberry is a partner at

DMH Stallard’s Brighton office.

You can contact her on

03333 231 580.



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

Viva’s editor emailed me with this month’s assignment – ‘the theme is road

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

Brighton after shooting here on their continual worldwide mapping marathon.

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We’ve had some brilliant road

trips in our time. Probably the

best of them was in Norway,

driving our hire car along the

Atlantic Highway, driving over

the sea across endless bridges

that connected strung-out

beautiful islands. There was

one hour where we must

have stopped the car seven or

eight times simply to shout in

amazement at the countryside

around us. America is the place

where we seem to have done most of these trips,

though. Durango to Telluride in Colorado, up a

long valley for mile after mile with only one stop

light in the whole 110 mile journey. Then there

was the trip in Oregon from the coast to Bend,

high up on the plain. Oh, the trip down Route

1 in California was pretty special, too, all for the

cost of a hire car and some cheap motels.

Which is why our recommendation this month

is a magazine called American Trails. Published

from Sweden and originally only in Swedish, the

English language version is now available here,

the US, France and Ireland.

It’s as near to a road trip as a

magazine can be. Each issue picks

up on interesting places across the

US, and then photographs them

and writes about them delightfully.

The current issue focuses on

13 different locations. There’s a

city guide to Washington DC, a

feature on the Marathon Motor

works in Nashville, an actual road

trip across four states over sixteen

days, a look at the Las Vegas arts

district, a photo feature on Seattle and the northwest

coast and much more.

American Trails is one of those magazines you

can read right through, pick up and put down or

use as a reference point. It looks great and, for

those of us in Brighton who talk secretly about

these things, smells good, too. With a little luck,

our holiday later this year will be staying with

friends in Colorado again. American Trails is

going to help us decide the route we’ll take to

get there.

Martin Skelton, Magazine Brighton


We’re not quite sure what type of movement this

sitter is referring to, but – if it’s a road trip – we

couldn’t agree more. Wherever the mood takes

you, remember to take your copy of VB along for

the ride. Life is better in motion.

But where is it?

Last month’s answer:

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft





Tell us a little about Older

and Out… Older and Out is

a social network organised by,

and for, members of Brighton

and Hove’s LGBTQ+

community aged 50+. The

group meets on the second

Friday of every month at the

Somerset Centre in Kemp

Town for lunch and networking, usually followed

by a talk or some entertainment. Recently, one

of our members gave a presentation on the work

of lesbian activist Jackie Forster; while member

and trustee Val Brown read from her biography

of Toupie Lowther [the tennis player and leader

of an all-female ambulance unit that assisted the

French army in WWI]. We’ve had brilliantly

informative talks on dental health; advice for anyone

worried about dementia; how to recognise

online and telephone banking scams; and more.

Alongside the monthly social event, we also provide

a Monday to Thursday telephone support

service, offering practical advice and signposting

to other relevant groups and statutory services.

We also run day trips a few times a year, from

short walks on the Downs to trips to the Bluebell

Railway, Portsmouth Docks and more.

When and why was it founded? The group

was set up in 2014 by Jules Dienes, who runs

the Somerset Centre, in response to the lack of

LGBTQ+ people attending the centre. Over the

last five years, it has grown a loyal membership;

around 60 members usually come along to the

monthly event. The group aims to encourage

social engagement among LGBTQ+ people,

ultimately leading to the greater wellbeing of its

members; we call them members, but anyone

aged 50+ who identifies as

LGBTQ+ can come along.

There’s no fee to join or attend.

Older and Out also aims

to ensure the voices and needs

of older LGBTQ+ people

are heard by policy makers,

and we invite representatives

from the council and other

statutory bodies to attend and hear the views of

our members.

How is it funded? It’s funded by an annual

grant from the Rainbow Fund and donations

from its members, with support from the Somerset

Centre. This month’s Brighton Pride is especially

important for us because of the money the

event raises for the Rainbow Fund, whose annual

grants support not just Older and Out, but dozens

of other essential LGBTQ+ / HIV voluntary

groups and projects throughout the city.

We always encourage our members to take part

in Pride – we can be found in the Community

Village – and in other annual events such as

Kemp Town Carnival.

How can people help? We’re always looking

for more volunteers, in particular those with

fundraising experience. I’ve been volunteering at

Older and Out for nearly three years. It’s a small

commitment on my part – just a few hours each

month – but it’s very rewarding. There’s a lovely

atmosphere at events and I’ve got to know so

many interesting people in my neighbourhood.

I’d definitely encourage more working age people

like myself to volunteer.

As told to Nione Meakin by volunteer Rasheed



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Have I caught you at a tricky

moment? Are you packing

your togs, your flip-flops,

your bucket and spade? For

it’s that time again, the time

we all love: holiday time. And

whether you’re off to Club

Tropicana or having a staycation,

one item you’ll also need

to pack is a good holiday read.

Holiday reads have a few

essential features: they have

to be light enough to dip in

and out of as we lounge by

the pool or stretch out on

the beach, yet have the kind

of compelling narrative that

means we don’t forget what the story is all about,

or get fuzzy when it comes to remembering the

characters. A book you can read between meals,

in other words, or at least cocktails.

Argemourt, the latest novel by local author

Corinna Edwards Colledge, has a lightness

of style allied to a compelling narrative that

both exemplifies the holiday read, and departs

from it. The book tells the story of Michelle

Harvey, a young army widow, and her daughter,

Adele. Michelle’s husband, Chris, was killed in

Afghanistan, and now, two years, later it’s time

for Michelle and her daughter to move off the

army base that’s been home. After some initial

panic, Michelle gets a call informing her that her

great aunt, Michèle Leroy, has left her house to

her. One snag: the house is in France Profonde,

and Michelle has to leave England and strike out

on her own. She travels with Adele to her greataunt’s

village, Argemourt, only for a handsome

young French man to come knocking at her

door on the very afternoon of

their arrival.

At this point, we switch to

the story of Paul. He is a

PhD student researching

Martyred Villages, the French

hamlets destroyed by the

German army as reprisals

against the Resistance. These

atrocities came in the wake of

the D-Day landings, and we

gradually discover that Paul’s

researches have led him to

Argemourt, itself a Martyred

Village. The Martyred Villages

are a dark chapter in the

history of France, a history I

was only vaguely aware of until I read Edwards

Colledge’s novel.

Something of a romance develops between

Michelle and Paul, aided and abetted by a

supporting cast including Alan, Michelle’s expat

neighbour, Paul’s friends in Paris, his parents

and sister, and his beloved grandfather, Armand.

Agremourt, then, is both a gripping novel, perfect

reading for the sunlounger and the beach café,

and an examination of all too recent history.

I was rooting for Michelle and Paul as I finished

the book. I wanted Michelle to find happiness

in a place haunted by horror and sadness, to be

able to start afresh, to make a life for herself and

Adele. And I wanted Paul to uncover the dark

truths hinted at in his researches, the trail of

clues that had led him to Michelle’s door. Would

I pack this as my holiday read? It’s done. My

wife wants it. John O’Donoghue

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JJ Waller’s Brighton Pride highlights all the different colours

of the Brighton Pride rainbow, ranging from riotous

costumes to cashpoint branding exercises, mixed with a

smattering of exposed buttocks. JJ has been photographing

Pride “on and off over 12 years”, giving him a wealth

of images to draw upon for this book.

Brief quotes are peppered throughout to reflect a range

of opinions on the festivities. I ask JJ himself how it has

changed over time. “In a few central ways hardly at all,

still the same party atmosphere and still hugely popular

with locals. It has also become more ‘formally’ organised

to accept its obligations to public safety.”

The pages are brimming with people of every stripe,

dancing or marching, celebrating, being unfiltered,

colourful and gregarious. Enjoy this year’s Pride, however

you choose to celebrate. Joe Fuller

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Find an exhibition of his Pride images in the Dog

and Bone Gallery’s telephone boxes in Powis Square, 1-31

Aug. Open 24 hours.






Photo by Tracey Robinson




MYbrighton: Jon Wood

Co-founder of Brighton Camper Vans

Are you local? Yes, I am indeed. I moved to

Brighton 16 or 17 years ago. I moved down

here to go to the University of Sussex and

never left. I studied English Literature and


What do you do now? Whilst I was at uni I

worked as a sound engineer in various venues,

and from that picked up tour work. And from

that I grew Ooosh! Tours, which is a hire

company: we have rehearsal studios and hire

vans and musical equipment for bands on

tour. Off the back of that, a few years ago, my

wife and I got quite into campervanning and

general outdoor adventures stuff. Through

the rental infrastructure I had in place

already, we decided to get a couple of camper

vans. So Brighton Camper Vans was born.

How does campervanning work exactly?

Most people will tend to park up on a

campsite, there’s loads around Sussex and all

over the UK and Europe. They’re often in

really interesting places, like a lot of farms

will often have a field that they allow people

to park up in or pitch tents in. There’s all

this crazy stuff going on around you and

interesting things that you never knew

existed for you to go and find. A lot of these

campsites are £10 or £15 a night. It’s a very

economical way to get out and see the world.

It’s really fun meeting all these people when

they’re about to go away on some sort of


Are there any good areas in Sussex that

people should know about? Blackberry

Wood in Streat is very wild and open, lots of

woods and rivers to discover by wandering

around. Southdown Way Caravan and

Camping Park in Hassocks is in a great

location, near the Jack & Jill windmills, which

make for a great day trip out.

What do you like about Brighton? I’ve

lived here a longish time and I’ve never had a

good reason to move away. There’s so much

here for everyone. Throughout the various

stages of my life, it had plenty to offer me

when I was a student who wanted to go

out all the time and plenty to offer me as I

became a father, with all the cool things you

can do with your kids. I just like how much

there is going on in such a small amount of

space. You can walk everywhere, it’s easy to

get around.

Is there anything you’d like to change

about Brighton? I wish all pubs didn’t look

the same nowadays. I remember there being a

real diversity of places ten years ago. And now

everywhere has got a bit of neon and exposed

brick wall. I guess that’s gentrification really,

and that has plus points but also negative

points that go with it. It certainly feels more

expensive than it ever has done before.

Do you have a favourite place to eat?

There’s a really good café called The Almond

Tree on Seven Dials: it’s a veggie place and

it’s good value, nice tasting food.

Interview by Joe Fuller

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Toby Adamson

Goodwood Revival photographer

The Goodwood Revival is

every photographer’s dream.

The fashion, the cars, the people,

the hairstyles. The passion.

But that doesn’t come without

its problems. Everywhere you

look there’s a good shot, so

unless you’re organised and

focused, there’s a danger you

won’t be able to see the wood

for the trees.

I’ve been doing a lot of work for Goodwood

over the last three or four years covering

most of their big events, and it’s been great for

my career. I originally trained as an Oceanographer,

but I’ve been shooting professionally

alongside that since 1994. I started out mainly

as a documentary photographer working

with NGOs and charities often in remote

and inaccessible places – to date I’ve worked

in over 100 countries worldwide. But the

downside was that I had very little UK work in

my portfolio. Goodwood’s certainly helped to

change that.

Everybody’s dressed to the nines, in period

costume [from the circuit’s original period,

1948-66]. No one has ever said ‘no’ to being

photographed at Revival. Often it’s difficult

to do fly-on-the-wall documentary-style

photography because everybody wants to pose

and show off!

It’s not just about the visuals, of course. It’s

about the noise, and the smells, as well. I’m

privileged to have very good access, so I try to

capture this side of things too: oil on the cars,

flames bursting out of exhaust pipes, people

putting their fingers in their ears – things that

give you a real sense of what it’s like to be


There are so many professional

photographers out there,

it sometimes feels like a highly

competitive job. Everyone’s ducking

and weaving to try and get

an original shot. But it’s a good

thing – if you’re not continually

learning, you’re probably doing

something wrong.

And, of course, everyone’s a

photographer nowadays, even if it’s just with

their smartphone. My tip? Get in as close as

you can (and Goodwood is great for that), and

always make sure that there’s a point of focus

to any picture you take. Also think of doing a

series of photos – whether that’s of 40s hairstyles,

or hats, or carburettors, or exhaust pipes

– whatever it is that sparks your interest. The

whole is often greater than the sum of its parts.

I’ve shot digitally for 15 years now (first on

Canon and now also with Sony) and over the

three days of the event I’ll probably take somewhere

in the region of 5,000 photos. So, when

the event’s finished my job as a photographer

is only half done – I then get to spend three or

four days, head-down at my computer, editing


And then there’s the preparation beforehand.

Needless to say this also includes what

I’m going to be wearing, because if you’re

not in costume, you look out of place, and it’s

important to blend in. I usually wear a set of

period mechanic’s overalls, but I’m beginning

to feel that’s something of a cop-out. This year

I’m looking for something a little bit different…

Any ideas? As told to Alex Leith

Goodwood Revival, 13th-15th September. See

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“I don’t like this airport,” says Poppy.

We’ve come through security and are up on a

balcony looking down over the concourse. From

where we are you can see the airport’s ragged

edges; the unfinished tops of plasterboard walls,

the mess of wiring that powers the perfumed

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

“It’s the way they’ve mixed up people getting off

flights with people getting on flights. It’s killed

the vibe.”

“The vibe.”


“So if you don’t like Helsinki, what airports do

you like? What about Gatwick?”

“Yes, Gatwick.”

“Gatwick’s got the vibe?”

“Yeah, they’ve got it right. Gatwick’s got the vibe.”

I’m not sure I fully get what she’s talking about,

but I know better than to question a sixteen yearold

when it comes to matters of vibe.

We’ve been in Helsinki for a week soaking up

the vibe, and now we’re going home to tell our

Brighton friends about it. At a wedding, two days

after touching down, I find people only too glad to

share the vibe of their holidays, road trips, walking

tours, cruises and staycations. “How was Finland?”

they say to me—and if they’re particularly old

and close friends, will voice the question that

hangs over all these other conversations, “Why


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


I talk to a nurse from out of town whose walking

tour of Scottish peaks included three Munros.

“Wasn’t that a bit exhausting?,” I ask.

“Totally exhausting. I was crying with exhaustion

some days.”

“Bad vibes. I bet you were glad to get back to

work, weren’t you?”

“But that’s totally exhausting as well…”

I am expecting a tale of staff and bed shortages,

unachievable targets, overflowing waiting lists

and chronic underfunding. Instead she says this:

“Some of the people I work with, they’re just so…


“Isn’t that what nurses are supposed to be though,


“It’s not like I’m going to let the patients just

die or anything… but here’s an example: I was

supposed to be at this conference the other day.

By about three o’clock I’d had enough really; I

told them I had a big caseload of patients and had

to go. And I went shopping.”

At this point I notice that Chris Riddell, whose

excellent illustrations garland this column and

who is also a guest at the wedding, has whipped

his sketchbook out and is capturing my expression

of mild shock.

“Is he drawing you?” says the nurse.

“Yes, and it’s just reminded me that we have a

column to get in on Monday.” I take out my own

little black notebook and pen and start scribbling


“No, wait,” says the nurse,

“are you writing down

what I just said?”

“Just capturing

the vibe of

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Lizzie Enfield

Notes from North Village

Illustration by Joda (@joda_art)

We’re about to set off, but the car window’s been

broken and nothing appears to have been taken.

“Not even the Neil Diamond CD,” I say to the

children who tell me there should be no ‘even’

in that sentence, that my including it suggests

the CD was worth taking and it most definitely

was not.

So our journey is delayed, while we call out a

glass repairer. Eventually we set off. Girl, You’ll

be a Woman Soon, is playing. The kids are saying

the lyrics are deeply dodgy and I am wondering

why anyone would break the window of a car for

absolutely no reason.

But then we reach the roundabout, known in the

family as ‘the roundabout where we always take

the wrong exit’, and husband, who has poor recall

for names of people and places – and objects –

says “Oh they’ve taken the thing.”

“What thing?” everyone asks.

“You know the thing on the window.”

“The National Trust car park sticker?” I venture,

thinking we clearly have a different class of thief

in Fiveways.

They might not appreciate Neil Diamond but

they love a bit of Capability Brown.

“No not that.”

It’s like twenty questions but we’ve got plenty


“Well it’s not the tax disc,” I say, staring at the

window wondering what could have been taken.

And then one of the children pipes up.

“It’s Dorothy!” And I realize it is, indeed,

Dorothy who has been taken from her home on

the windscreen.

Dorothy was our Sat Nav, named by the children

on account of her propensity to tell us to “follow

the road.”

She did that more often than other Sat Navs

because we never loaded the maps properly. It

took too long and we don’t drive north that often

but when we did she would think we’d entered

some sort of vortex and start yelling at us to “get

back to the road!”

Generally, though, she was quite calm and

conversational and we were quite fond of her.

Now she’s been taken, everyone seems a bit

subdued – and lost, because there is no one to tell

us to perform a legal U-turn and go back to the

roundabout we exited wrongly.

“Poor old Dorothy,” says my son, who, when

he was younger, thought she was an actual very

small person who lived inside the black plastic

unit we suckered to the windscreen – a bit

like our Dutch neighbour who does the safety

announcements in Dutch for Easyjet who he

wanted to say hello to on a flight to Amsterdam.

“What do you think they’ve done with her?” one

of the girls asks.

I suspect they’ve taken her to the nearest

pawnshop and converted her to cash, which is

probably in turn being converted into drugs, but

I don’t tell them this.

To be honest, we’re not great drivers and

Dorothy’s time with us was a bit dull for her. So

I tell them:

“She’s probably been taken by someone more

adventurous than us and is embarking on the

road trip of her life…”


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Amy Holtz

The truth is, I’m a Minnesotan

The sun is... out. Is it summer?

Has it finally found us – the

forsaken, ye long-suffering


We’re journeying the South

Downs Link up north to

something called a ‘country

park’ (genuine question: what

exactly is a country park?).

We’re a caravan of cyclists –

some of us suited up for the

first stage of the Tour, others

sporting uncertainty and bikes

with batteries. But there’s so much glorious

flesh on show; I’m so happy to be in shorts that I

don’t even notice the stinging nettles whipping

my ankles on the overgrown trail. Or the sweat

or grit or the family of bugs that end up in my

mouth or the pollen-saturated air. My legs are

free! We are free!

My first summer in England was hot. Skinmeltingly

so. And thus, mine has become a lifelong

quest – searching, wishing, hoping for the

return of heat. It’s a bit like waiting for a comet,

though. You’re never sure when it’s coming and

you’ll probably miss it while you’re sorting out

your telescope.

Anyhow, today could, after years of hope, see its

return. The sun beams down, birds sing, the air

fills with laughter and gravel dust flying from

our wheels. Two beers in, we arrive to live out

all our summer hopes in one day.

“What is this place?” I say, turning in a circle,

trying to see behind the café, disbelief the only

cloud crossing my face. “You call this a lake?”

My partner, as he often does, apologises for me.

Minnesotans are sniffy about bodies of water

and have approximately 1693 words to describe

‘lying liquid’. Basically, if

you can reach both shores by

spreading out your arms, the

technical Minnesota term is a

‘puddle’. Or ‘spill’.

Of course, we are not the only

folk enticed into the open for

this yearly event. All of Sussex

(and part of Surrey) greets

us down the path, with their

BBQs, inflatable swans and

crummy techno.

“Kid soup.” My partner

pronounces, nodding at the swimming area. I

apologise to our friends with kids for him. But

kid soup, of course, breeds interesting wildlife.

“When I was young, they were always closing

the beach on Robbins Island for too much


“Is that where you used to get lake fleas?”

I give him a dirty look. “‘Chiggers’. And yes,” I

concede, “once or twice.” My immune system

now is a fortress of resilience. Those bugs I

ate earlier will help too. But just in case, we

leave other people to cool off in their own little

teaspoon of tepid pond water and sprawl out on

the grass.

Later, miles from Southwater – miles, now,

from warmth, we return to the seafront. The

sweat drying as we sit outside the pub, I can hear

the chattering of teeth and shaking of bones

through all the lycra. I’ve been dreaming about

this cider, shot through with mini icebergs, for

20 miles. It’s a foolhardy endeavour now – a

recipe for frostbite.

Alas, how sweet you were, summer, how

glorious; hope to catch you when you pass by





Ben Bailey rounds up the local music scene



Fri 2nd, Haunt, 7pm, £5

Extinction Rebellion groups around the country

are gearing up for another big push in October,

and for that they need funds. Headliners Kudu

Blue have had a busy year so far – they released

their second EP (further expanding their hybrid

of synth and soul music) and played their first

Glastonbury show. Also playing is Boudicca, a

young firebrand rapper who we last saw sticking

it to the man in a heated political showdown at

the final Poets Vs MCs slam in January. Adriana

Lord from Cuban group Son Guarachando

rounds off the bill alongside Nina Dallyn, EL-

LiSD and DJ JuJu – plus a samba band, choir and

circus performers.


Sat 3rd, Idle Hands, 4pm, Free

A slightly random name

for a carefully curated

line-up of notable

oddities from the local

indie rock, garage punk

and psych scenes – all

squeezed into a small bar on Queens Road. Guitar-and-drums

duo Frank & Beans will probably

finish off the day, but what a day. Ham Legion

(pictured) offer a beguiling mash-up of power

pop, grunge and prog to complement Oh Mama’s

fuzzed-up psychedelia and Hesh’s raucous garage

thrash. The Hidden bring driving indie rock with

an Italian twist and ELLiSD sees the drummer

from Strange Cages take to the mic for some lo-fi

indie. You’ll also hear Ensemble 1’s experiments

in rock minimalism, while Young Francis strips

it down further with a “no pedals, no tricks”

approach to punk songwriting.


Wed 7th, Prince Albert, 8pm, £4

Brighton folk band

Greenness have

appeared on stage

at the Royal Albert

Hall, but they’re just

as happy playing

local community events like Patchfest or various

eco-friendly gatherings on the Level. In June

they won the Brighton Song Contest for their

lilting track Dance With The Light, which was

taken from last year’s Cyclicity EP. That release

was an assured step up for the Anglo-French duo,

who introduced some interesting psych touches

to their searching and oblique music. Recently

they’ve started playing more with a full band,

recruiting musicians from local prog-rock outfit

The Case Of Us for shows like this. Support on

the night comes from singer-songwriters Matt

Finucane and Lucy Feliz.


Fri 16th, Hope & Ruin, 7pm, £10/8/6

This double headline show is the launch party

for Dog of Man’s long-awaited debut album

as well as Town of Cats’ new single and video.

These might seem like two very different bands

(psych punk versus festival funk), but whenever

they’ve played together before it has been a blast.

While the cats serve up a stew of ska, Afrobeat

and hip-hop, the dogs mash together big grunge

riffs, breakcore drums and the sound of a heavily

distorted accordion. What the bands have in

common is their ability to get people going

through sheer energy. Gypsy punk mentalists

Buffo’s Wake will also be on hand to get things

nicely warmed up. There’s no doubt that this will

be the sweatiest gig of the month.


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Byline Festival

Think, and have fun

‘Dance, Discuss, Laugh and Change the World’

is Byline’s byline. This month sees the festival’s

third year. Last year 4,000 people came – to

the site in Pippingford Park, Nutley; this year

they expect 5,000. “We started it just after the

Referendum and Trump’s Election”, Stephen

Colegrave, who founded the festival alongside

writer Peter Jukes, tells me. “We wanted to do

something a bit different – not just a music festival

– though also that. But something that inspired

people, and made them think, as well as laugh and

have fun.

“So, we do have a great music line-up – this year

includes Lowkey, The Feeling, Pussy Riot (again)

and 80s legends like Suggs from Madness – and

comedy too, but also three talk tents. We’ve got

Extinction Rebellion coming – because we think

the climate crisis is the biggest issue today. This

year, we hope to encourage people to actually go

out and change the world.”

It’s all about hope and change, he tells me. “And

getting a lot of people together. We never meant

it to be a political festival with a capital P, but

politics are important. “We’ve also always been

massively exercised by ‘fake news’ – and pro

rigorous, investigative journalism. We’ve recently

launched our own newspaper, Byline News. And we

always run a Bad Press Awards – bit like the Bad

Sex Award – though the winners never turn up to

collect their gongs!

“What we’re really interested in is inspiring

people to think about the future. At the same

time as having fun.”

This year Byline is partnering with the Curious

Arts Festival (see page 53), which will run on

the same site – a ticket to either will get you into

both – and the Frontline Club. “Lewes Women’s

FC will also be there,” says Stephen, “running a

chanting workshop, and 5-a-side football.”

There are loads of workshops to choose from

– “learn how to write a punk song; or make a

podcast in your bedroom” – as well as “immersive

experiences”: a human library, where you can

borrow a ‘book’ – ie person – and hear their story

for fifteen minutes; or the empathy museum,

where you literally walk in someone else’s shoes –

through the forest, listening to their story through


Or what about the embodiment cloakroom?

“Leave your emotional baggage to one side for

the weekend, by writing it on a paper jacket, and

hanging it in the cloakroom.” Then, why not (re-)

visit the Wag Club? The iconic Soho club will be

recreated onsite for the weekend by its original

co-founder, Chris Sullivan – plus, a vintage 80s

clothing store for any who wish to dress the part.

“The opening event this year is a big Samba

party, with five bands, no less. Plus, the Refugee

Choir, which had me in tears last year. Also there

are lots of family activities.

“What I love about festivals is how people arrive

on Friday, in their weekend gear – that’s actually

quite grown-up – and leave on Sunday looking

completely crazy – face painted, and dressed in

togs they’ve picked up on site. Job done, from our

perspective.” Charlotte Gann

23-26 Aug. Byline News at




Riots Mixtape

‘Musical show and tell’

Photo © Kaleido Shoots

When Roni Guetta came to Brighton, seven

years ago, she was somewhat underwhelmed

by the city’s gay scene. “It was very ‘white

gay man’,” she says, “very mainstream, very

commodified. There was Revenge, there was

Legends… there wasn’t much else for the rest

of the LGBTQ spectrum.” So she and a friend

set up Traumfrau, a ‘queer dance floor for the

unusual crowd’, which has become a regular

and much-loved multi-venue party night.

I meet Roni, now a full-time freelance events

organiser, in Kemp Town’s Café Rust, to find

out more about the latest Traumfrau event.

Riots Mixtape is a ‘musical show and tell’ which

looks like it’ll be one of the offbeat highlights

of the Pride weekend.

“The idea came from Craig White, the director

of the Queer Songbook band,” she says. “When

he asked me if I’d help him put it on, I jumped at

the chance. I told him: ‘I already want to have a

cry, just thinking about it’.”

His plan was to ask a selection of six prominent

members of the LGBTQ community to choose

a song that was meaningful to their queer

experience, and then to sing it, backed by his

own professional orchestra, comprising three

violins, a viola, a harp, drums and a bass.

“Craig arranges an original score for the song,

which is performed by the orchestra,” Roni

explains. “The performers are sent a recording

of it, so they can practise singing it, before the

big night. It’s like a glorified karaoke, on stage.”

Crucially, there’s another element, which

lends the evening even more poignancy.

“Beforehand, there is a Q&A about why the

song is so special for them, with our compere,

Rubyyy Jones, a Canadian performer/teacher/

mentor, who is big and loud and outrageous…

and very, very earnest.”

The idea was piloted on March 8th,

International Women’s Day, and it was a big

success. “There was a great reaction: the

audience were giving standing ovations halfway

through songs.” Performers included radio

presenter Kathy Caton, who sang Creep, the

jazz singer Aneesa Chaudhary, who did a Joni

Mitchell number, and Roni herself. She smiles at

the memory: “I sang Shameless by Ani DiFranco.

“It was a beautiful, unforgettable experience for

me. Almost like getting to come out again, but

this time in front of my chosen family.”

The show, followed by a disco, takes place

at The Spire, a deconsecrated Kemp Town

church, one of the few arts venues left in Kemp

Town. “I’ve put on club nights there before, and

seeing people from the LGBTQ community

dancing in a church was just amazing: it was life

affirming, and really beautiful.”

To add an extra twist of the unexpected, the

songs chosen by the line-up, which includes

Kate Shields, David Sheppeard, Ebony Rose

Dark, Stuart Warwick and Fen Rose, will

remain a secret until each performer steps

onto the stage. “Prepare yourselves,” concludes

Roni, “for a magical night of laughter, tears…

and goosebumps.”

Alex Leith

The Spire, 2 Aug, 6.30pm-midnight




Roni Size

at De la Warr Pavilion

Roni Size recently travelled the world on an

anniversary tour for his classic New Forms

album, twenty years after it was the surprise

winner of the Mercury Music Prize. This month

he comes to Bexhill for an all-dayer at the De

La Warr Pavilion. On the Sunday of the August

bank holiday weekend, the drum’n’bass legend

is playing an ‘exclusive influences’ DJ set, with

support from Scratch Perverts and Dat Brass.

“They’ve asked me not just to play drum’n’bass,”

explains Roni. “I get a golden ticket to be able

to play records that inspired me, which is really

cool. It ain’t necessarily 174 bpms. I’ve got a

rich heritage of music, being from Bristol, being

brought up in the 80s, right the way through to

the modern day, I’m lucky to have a bird’s eye

view of some of the best DJs in the world.”

The De La Warr event is billed as a beachside

party, taking place on the terrace and inside the

building’s impressive auditorium. It’s probably

not the usual place you’d go looking for a rave.

“I think it gives me an opportunity to add

something to this art deco venue,” says Roni,

who admits it’ll be his first time in Bexhill. “I

know Brighton inside out, I’ve put on some

memorable shows there, but this sounds like it’s

going to be something very different and I’m

ready for it.”

When we ask him if he’s done with the New

Forms anniversary, the answer is a definite yes.

“It was the third time that I’ve gone back to

that record, and it’s the last time. I was always

going to do the anniversary, and it was great

fun, but I don’t feel the need to go back again.

That’s it now. I’ve been there three times. It’s a

bit excessive to be honest with you! I believe I’m

a child of the future, and I always want to make

music like it’s for the future.”

That’s not to say that he doesn’t relish the

chance to revisit some of the classics that have

influenced him over his 30-year career in music.

“When I’m at home I hardly listen to

drum’n’bass,” he confesses. “I listen to the music

of my influences, that’s what inspires me. If

I ever get disillusioned with modern music, I

just take a step back in time and listen to some

Earth, Wind & Fire or some old funk, some

George Benson, some Bob James. If I need

inspiration, I just go into my record collection.

And I’ve always got a USB key with me. In case I

go to a wedding or something, I’m always ready.

You want me to play a 1986 disco set? I’m your

guy! I’ll be there in a flash.”

So Roni Size is now available for weddings?

“Haha, maybe for the right party! To be fair,

I’ve only actually ever been to two weddings.

But I’d be ready if I was invited! You never know.

And I might just catch the bouquet of flowers

as well.”

Ben Bailey

Roni Size, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 25 Aug,

2pm, £26/22




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Loxwood Joust

Linkes of hogge and green worts anyone?

In a land lost in time,

far, far away from our

shining, pebbly shores,

lies the fair Kingdom of

Loxwood. Seven verdant

meadows, surrounded by

four and a half acres of

magical woodland, hide

the heart of the village –

a bustling 15th century

hamlet that comes to life

for a few magical weekends each year.

“There are no houses, no burger vans, no

telephone poles. It’s amazing. It feels like

another world – and it’s beautiful,” says Maurice

Bacon, organiser of the Loxwood Joust.

It’s probably hard to imagine being totally

immersed in a land devoid of modern amenities,

but it’s also this attention to detail that makes

the Joust an unmissable event for so many.

“We want people to get lost in the experience –

and it’s become really popular. (Game of Thrones

has helped!) There are around 250 costumed

people who you’ll find in the village. From the

Faerie Woodland to the Witches Hovel, they’re

very precise in their costume. They get a kick

out of being at Loxwood, just like the visitors.

You won’t see any mobiles or sunglasses.”

The yearly Joust offers revellers a unique

opportunity to interact with history, lovingly

shared by people who work hard to preserve the

medieval way of life. And that’s why, Maurice

says, “everything is about education; the

‘villagers’ love talking about their weapons, how

they cook their food, and how their clothing is

made. Gilbert, our Executioner who works in

our Torture Zone, describes in great detail what

they did to people in medieval times – with a

replica of the rack from the Tower of London.

We were concerned about

the kids around all the

severed heads (people have

actually fainted during

Gilbert’s talks!), but the

first thing they usually do

is go and grab them.”

There’s bound to be even

more severed heads this

year, given Loxwood’s

own turbulent regime

change (not unlike our own): “we have a new

queen, Kathryn. The Joust is a celebration

of her ascension as well as our independence,

which we’ve declared because, well, the

country’s in such a mess! Traditionally, the

Joust allows knights to learn their craft and

practise for battle. This year, we’re expecting

an invasion, so there will be a big battle – 200

armoured knights, cannons and longbows.”

And with warfare comes the necessary

rearmament of supplies and, of course, of

knights, taking up new swords. “There’s

blacksmithing lessons and chainmail

workshops from metalsmith Anna Rennie and

our new Knight School, where you can learn

the art of sword swashing. And, after, you can

get body painting and show everyone your

‘mortal wound’.”

After a long day of sword swinging and

smithing, you can take a seat at Loxwood’s

lavish banquet (linkes of hogge and green

worts anyone?) – finishing in the mead

marquee. But, Maurice cautions, “It’s hard to

do everything in one day. Come early and stay

as long as you can!” Amy Holtz

Pledge your fealty to Queen Kathryn at this

year’s Loxwood Joust, 3 – 4 & 10 – 11 Aug.





Music in the Coastguard Cottages

Iconic though they are, the

picturesque Coastguard

Cottages at Cuckmere Haven

seem an unlikely venue for a

music festival. But five years

ago the site captured the heart

of an Australian cellist who

immediately saw its potential as

being ‘the most beautiful music

venue in the world’.

“My partner was playing at

Glyndebourne,” explains

Anthony Albrecht, director

of the Lapwing Festival, “and

with a new baby in tow we were

looking for places to visit, so

I googled ‘best views in Sussex’. This photo

came up, of the cottages on the cliff edge and

the Seven Sisters in the background and it was

impossible not to be swept away by the beauty

of the place.”

After contacting the owners of the cottages,

and the Cuckmere Haven SOS group who, he

says, embraced him warmly, Anthony offered

to play a recital in one of the cottage’s living

rooms. The next year he fixed a weekend of

music, and the Lapwing Festival was born.

The events now take place in an open marquee

next to the cottages, but with a maximum

audience size of sixty the emphasis is still on

creating an “incredibly intimate” setting in

which to hear world-class music and celebrate

the landscape. “The sounds of the ocean in the

background, the whirling of birds, beautiful

meditative music and a gorgeous view as the

sun goes down. It’s magical.”

The Festival presents an eclectic mix of music,

defying categorisation: classical music from

the Consone String Quartet; a vibraphone

recital by world-renowned

Masayoshi Fujita; and

an evening with top folk

singer and naturalist Sam

Lee are just three of the

concerts on offer. Anthony’s

vision is to bring together

predominantly young

performers recently emerged

on the world stage, to give

audiences a taste of different

musical genres and cultural


At the heart of it all is a

desire not just to help save

the cottages, but to secure

access and enjoyment of this landscape for

the next generation. “Coastal erosion is a big

issue, and the official policy for the valley is

‘managed retreat’,” Anthony explains. “There

are currently no government resources for

further sea defences, so the Cuckmere Haven

SOS campaign was set up to gain planning

permission and crowdfund the necessary

works. This small festival is trying to help

raise awareness and hopefully more funds for

the campaign. We run Lapwing on a voluntary

basis and offers of help are very welcome.”

It’s all a long way from New South Wales.

But for Anthony, “the connection with the

community in Cuckmere Haven is one of the

most valuable parts of my experience in the

UK.” This might be the last festival however,

as he is relocating with his family to Canada in

the autumn. Catch it while you can.

Robin Houghton

Friday 30 Aug – 1 Sept, tickets from £30 (under

16 £5).

Photo by Katie Eynon




Curious Arts

Philippa Perry

While the prevailing attitude of most parenting

manuals seems to be the necessity of getting

things ‘right’ when bringing up children,

Philippa Perry’s new book takes the opposite

tack; that, in fact, it’s okay to get things wrong.

What matters is how you handle those mistakes.

In The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

(And Your Children Will be Glad That You Did)

the pragmatic psychotherapist, author and

agony aunt describes the process as ‘rupture

and repair’: recognising where things might

be going awry and then putting them right,

without any need for hand-wringing.


GUILT AND REGRET!’ she writes over email

(she has replied to all my questions in capital

letters). ‘Parental guilt does not help parents nor

their children. It is much more useful to notice

when a way we have been going about things

is not working and then to change it, than to

continue to do it and think it is somehow okay

because you are punishing yourself by feeling

guilty about it.’

Instead of the rigid rules championed by certain

parenting experts, Perry’s book emphasises

the value of trying to relate to our children

as people rather than seeing them as projects.

Obvious, perhaps. But she points to the popular

use of words such as ‘training’ in parenting

advice, which brings with it connotations of

manipulating children to do things the way

adults want. ‘Babies are born with an innate

capacity for turn taking – the foundation for

dialogue – but when we just do things to babies,

we interfere with the natural process of relating.’

As a therapist, Perry has seen first-hand the way

clients value ‘being listened to and understood’,

as well as ‘how validating it is when someone

can see things from your point of view as well

as their own; how important it is to matter to

other people; how frustrating it can be when you

cannot impact upon, or make a difference to,

someone you care about… All this knowledge

from therapy can be relevant to the parent-child

relationship too.’

Just as the aim of therapy isn’t to ‘fix’ someone,

the goal of parenting shouldn’t be to raise a

perfectly happy child. Instead, she says, we

should aim to raise someone who feels that

all of their emotions are valid. Perry’s own

parents were ‘well-meaning’ but unable to

understand how their daughter could see the

world differently. ‘In order to facilitate a child’s

capacity for happiness, they need all of their

feelings seen; if we were only to see them when

they were acting happy, we wouldn’t know them,

or be available’.

Her one piece of advice? ‘If you think you have

a problem with a child, don’t solely concentrate

on the child; look at your relationship with

that child… that’s where you will find your

answer. I’d also say [here, again, the caps seem

intentional] READ THE BOOK!’

Philippa Perry joins a line up of award-winning

authors, comedians and singer songwriters at

the Curious Arts Festival. Nione Meakin

23 – 26 Aug, Pippingford Park.


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Newhaven Festival

Small but aiming high

Now in its second year, Newhaven Festival is

part of a growing movement in coastal towns

to nurture a ‘Creative Cluster’. Supported

by Artwave in 2018, Susie Mullins, Head of

Strategic Development at Newhaven Town

Council started a festival to run alongside the

Open Houses. Newhaven Festival’s Creative

Director, Rhoda Funnell, tells us how the

festival has grown for the 2019 edition.

This year offers a range of free and ticketed

events, inviting locals and visitors to get

together, have fun and explore this unique

industrial town surrounded by the Downs.

A Newhaven map, by local illustrator Olivia

Waller, offers a way to travel through the town,

visiting some unusual venues such as the new

Bandstand, where the Festival launches. Or the

RNLI where you can learn to sing shanties (£5

for 4 hours tuition and optional performance),

or the Hillcrest Centre to see the Thrift

Fashion Show (£3).

Any creative event taking place in Newhaven

during the festival can be included in the

schedule. The aim is gradually to grow the

festival in town, as well as joining forces

with bigger organisations to provide bespoke

opportunities at discounted rates. The

Charleston Farmhouse Secret Downland Walk,

for example, is an all-day walk from Denton

over the Downs, ending with tea, cake and

access to the gardens and galleries at Charleston.

Free transport back included, £20/£10 for

BN9 residents. Glyndebourne, meanwhile, are

presenting a Make Your Own Opera workshop

at Newhaven’s Hillcrest Centre, where 9-19 year

olds can learn about group singing, instrumental

performance, acting and design.

Pictured: Glyndebourne Youth Opera. Photo by Sam Stephenson

Many of the tickets offer 50% discount to

local people and almost all those working

on the festival or running events live and/or

work in Newhaven. Creative businesses such

as Prismaflex, King & McGaw, Vantablack and

Boutique Modern are all based in Newhaven.

Locate East Sussex is showing a documentary

they commissioned about creative Newhaven

along with a networking opportunity, and

Newhaven Enterprise Zone is a part sponsor of

the Open Call taking place at The Ship Hotel.

We want to show a wider audience all that

Newhaven has to offer, as well as creating

opportunities locally. The first port of call for

anyone we need help from is Newhaven, because

lots of professional people are working here. We

are small but aiming high, and interest from

outside funders and organisations is already

showing we are on track.

We are a mix of people with diverse creative

ideas. The festival is a way of drawing all this

together over time, offering support, building

Newhaven’s profile and delivering a range of

high quality events that attract attention. All

this brings opportunities for our future. We’d

like to see new work spaces, a gallery. Plus

loads of chances just to have fun and enjoy this

amazing town. As told to Joe Fuller

17 Aug – 1 Sep,




Charlie Schaffer

Portrait of an artist

“The worst thing was that I was unable to

paint. That’s ironic, isn’t it? It’s a competition

about painting, and it stopped me from


So says Charlie Schaffer, 29, the latest winner

of the BP Portrait Award, which, as well as

pushing the winner into the national limelight,

earns them £35,000, plus a £7,000 commission

for the National Portrait Gallery.

But the stress of the whole experience sent

Charlie, who suffers from depression, into a

downward spiral.

I’m sitting on a wooden chair in his bare

studio, on the first floor of a terraced house in

North Laine. The space is dominated by his

easel. I can see the back of a canvas.

“I knew I was shortlisted for the award three

months before I won it,” he tells me. “All

the pressure took its toll. I suffered from

deep exhaustion, then reached a new point

of lowness. After I’d won the prize, people

were saying ‘you must be so happy’, but I was

actually the saddest I’ve ever been.”

A young woman called Imara sat for the

painting, spending three hours a session on the

chair I’m sitting on, three times a week, for

four months. “My sitters like this quiet room,

separate from the world” says Charlie. “They

feel safe. They open up. They fill the silences

with conversation. It’s intense: I don’t like

small talk. Every mark I make on the canvas is

influenced by that entire experience.”




He doesn’t like to be called a ‘portrait painter’.

“That implies that it’s all about trying to catch the

essence of the person who’s sitting for you. And

that’s not what it’s about for me. It doesn’t matter

if it looks like the person. It’s about the experience

we have together… I steal their life and put it in a


He never lets his sitters see the painting until

it’s finished, if it’s ever finished. He often throws

uncompleted works away, and starts again: “there

are already enough images in the world”. But having

earmarked the Imara painting for the BP prize, he

worked doggedly to complete it before the deadline.

“Imara didn’t really want to see the painting,” he

says. “She had a fear of seeing it, because that would

mean the process was over. We had both come to

rely on those sessions quite heavily.”

The painting was “loosely based on a portrait by

Titian”. Charlie’s avoiding London at the moment,

but he usually visits the National Gallery once or

twice a week to study – and draw – works by the Old

Masters: their techniques filter ‘unconsciously’ back

into his own work.

Charlie’s now painting again, I’m glad to hear:

I cross paths with a sitter at the front door, and

he shows me a work in progress of Imara, who’s

started visiting his studio again. “It’s taken me three

months, but I’m getting there,” he says. “I’ll start

enjoying winning the prize when it’s on my own

terms.” Alex Leith

Head of Thandi, 2016. Oil on canvas.

After Veronese’s The Family of Darius before Alexander, 2017.

Imara in her winter coat, 2019. Oil on canvas.


Summer 2019 Towner Art Gallery


Towner curates

the collection

Phoebe Unwin


Lothar Götz

Dance Diagonal

Image: courtesy Lothar Götz

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Sedibeng, it comes with the rain @ townergallery

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ



Focus on: Shadow

by Michaela Ridgway

Who is casting

the shadow? I

don’t know. It’s

a person in a

photograph that

I came across.

I usually work

from photographs

that I’ve taken

on my phone or

sometimes on a

Holga camera:

a cheap Chinese

camera designed

for the massmarket

that you

can get for about

£16 on the internet.

They are badly made and let light in, so you get

a pleasingly unpredictable result.

How do you choose the subjects for your

paintings? Photographs are always the jumping

off point, but there’s no theme. What informs

the choice is the composition of the image and

the way I’m feeling that day. I work with black

and white images because I don’t want to be

influenced by naturalistic colours. I’ll print

out the photograph and turn it upside down

to disrupt my sense of how things should be. I

don’t want to copy. It’s a bit like writing a poem

when you have a prompt of some sort, you might

take a line from page 67 of a random book. My

way of composing a painting is a bit like that.

Tell me about your use of colour. It’s a

function of what’s happening, in the moment,

on the palette. If I were asked to mix a flesh

tone or a cactus green, I would probably get

there, but I wouldn’t find it interesting. What

I love is to mix colour and the surprises that

result. I have no

plan other than

that. I use a lot

of paint and will

cover a table with

cellophane for

a palette, which

allows me to

develop a large

range of colours

over the course

of a session. I’ll

work on two or

three paintings

at once and like

to see how the

colour relationships

develop and differ

over the three canvases.

You’re a painter and a poet. How do those

things work together? I’m very verbal most of

the time but, when I’m painting, the thinking

process sinks to a non-verbal level. I find writing

agonising – poetry is particularly agonising, but

I do really enjoy it. If I start a poem, it will have

me in its grip for days. Painting, on the other

hand, is much less painful, and much faster.

It’s very gratifying, very visceral. And it’s more

about the process than the finished painting.

If I like the end product, that’s a bonus. That

said, I usually do like the end product. In fact,

I’m probably the biggest fan of my own work!

I love looking at my work when I’ve finished a

piece. This feeling wears off though. Quite soon

all I want to be doing is discovering the next

painting… Interview by Lizzie Lower

See more of Michaela’s work at Gallery

40, Gloucester Road, from 20-31 August.




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In town this month...

Artist, architect and gallerist John Whiting never travels anywhere

without a pen and a sketch-book (and a hat). Over the years he has filled

many pages with quick sketches and observations, often forming the

inspiration for paintings back in the studio. Vignettes – an exhibition

of pen line and ink wash drawings taken from the pages of these

sketchbooks – is at 35 North from the 10th of August, until Saturday

14th September.

Fabrica opens its doors this summer with Putting Ourselves in the Picture – an

accessible studio and temporary gallery for artists of all ages, levels and abilities

to access. The exhibition is a co-commission with Project Art Works as part of

the EXPLORERS project: an ambitious, creative and collaborative programme

of work with neurodiverse people across the UK, which asks questions about the

politics of who gets to make art and whose artwork is worthy of public view. Work

created in the studio space will be exhibited in the gallery until 26 Aug.

Patsy McArthur

The Colour of Summer – Cameron

Contemporary’s group summer exhibition

– features several artists new to the gallery

alongside gallery favourites. See paintings,

sculpture, ceramics and jewellery by

artists including Luke Hannam, Solange

Leon Iriarte, Luella Martin, and Patsy

McArthur. Until 30 August.

As part of the Royal Sussex County Hospital’s major

redevelopment, Sussex-based artists The Nimbus

Group are creating The Crucible: a three-part artwork

that will include an augmented reality app and a

website exploring the heritage and people’s personal

memories of the hospital. If you’d like to share your

memories, join a series of events with project artist

and illustrator, Daniel Locke, on 28 August (1-4pm

at The Hop 50+, Palmeira Square) and 6 September

(6-8pm, Sussex House Lecture Theatre, Abbey Road.)





The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

continues at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

The world-renowned exhibition is developed and

produced by the Natural History Museum, London,

and has been running for more than 50 years. This

year’s edition features 100 extraordinary images

of the natural world selected from around 50,000

international entries. Until 8 September.

Photo © Wayne Jones - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Out of town

From 17 August until 1 September Artwave returns, with 140 venues

opening their doors across the Lewes district. It’s the perfect excuse for

an arty adventure, with many of the venues accessible by public transport,

so pick up a brochure and plan your route. Here’s just a few of our

suggestions, with venue numbers shown in brackets. Opening times vary, so

see for full details.

Pauline Devaney

John Hudson

In Lewes there’s an exhibition of work by

the late Theyre Lee-Elliott (136) in

St Anne’s Crescent. Born in

Lewes in 1903, his designs and

paintings captured the spirit

of the 1930s, particularly his

railway posters and his Imperial

Airways ‘Speedbird’ emblem.

Located in the spectacularly

refurbished old Post Office,

The Blue Room (109) is

home to an exhibition of

paintings by Adele Gibson

and Ruthie Martin and ceramics by Ray Maw,

and, just down the road at Lewes House of Friendship,

Pauline Devaney (114) exhibits her abstract and figurative

oil paintings. Chalk Gallery (88) have a Summer Selfie

themed exhibition including works by all the artists in the

collective. Join them for a party on the 17th (5-8pm). You’ll

find abstract geometric oil paintings by John Hudson (120)

in the beautifully crafted showroom of Alistair Fleming, and

Will Nash (123) opens his sculpture studio in Brooks Road,

showing prints from his archive and recent steel sculptures.

Theyre Lee-Elliott




Out of town continued...

New this year, the Egrets Way Art Trail follows

the Ouse valley from Lewes to Newhaven, with

ten Artwave venues within easy distance from the

riverside path. Join organised cycle rides as well as

an art walk and print workshop. (See pg 24 of the

Artwave brochure.) Across the river you’ll find The

Old Forge at South Heighton: a carefully curated

open house in a beautiful setting. Continue on down the road to the Newhaven Festival (Aug 17-

Sept 1, see pg 55), now in its second year, with a programme of events including the Newhaven Open

Call art exhibition at the Ship Hotel, a shanty singing workshop at the RNLI and Holding the Fort –

an exhibition of site-specific work in the 19th Century Fort. []

The Old Forge

Sam Chivers

Seaford has more Artwave shows than ever before, with

the most ambitious of all – The Green Show – taking place

at South Hill Barn on Seaford Head (see pg 8). Venture as

far as the picturesque Keepers Cottage, in Bopeep Lane,

Alciston (41), and you’ll find the ceramic sculptures and

birdbaths of Sarah Walton set throughout her woodland

garden, with an exhibition of paintings by Nick Bush

alongside. Over in Wellingham Lane, near Barcombe, the

artists of The Cowshed

Collective (4) show a wide range of work, including Float

Glass, who have just completed a large glass installation – based

on one of the first geologic maps of the UK – for the Natural

History Museum. At the picturesque Coach House at Glynde

Place (16), you’ll find paintings, sculpture, stone carving, film,

installation, poetry and collage by twelve contemporary artists,

including Chiara Bianchi, Jacky Misson, Tara Gould, Will

Nash, Mark Stonestreet and Helen Mary-Skelton.

Sarah Walton


Colourscape comes to Charleston for the weekend of the 17-18 August,

offering the chance to explore an extraordinary labyrinth of colour,

light and music-filled chambers. Fun for all ages. The 10th anniversary

programme continues at Towner with exhibitions by Dineo Seshee

Bopape and Phoebe Unwin, alongside the striking outdoor work

by Lothar Götz. Joining them is local artist, Helen Turner, whose

newly commissioned sculptural work – Head – ‘a wrapped ball of

feelings’, will be on display in the front window of the gallery until

the end of September. From 11 Aug at Farley’s House and Gallery

see Bodyworks: A Surrealist Anatomy – an exhibition of images by the

celebrated artist and zoologist, Desmond Morris.




Love Campers

A bespoke home on the road

Love Campers is true to its name – the business

began with a Brighton love story. Clara Usiskin

used to walk her dogs past Darren Munday’s

live-in van. They got chatting, and Darren

prepared pet treats for their arrival each day,

giving them both an excuse to keep talking.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

After getting hitched, the duo decided to

combine Darren’s talents as an industrial tool

maker and Clara’s transferable skills from

her legal background to begin a bespoke

camper van design business – fitting out vans’

interiors to build people’s dream homes away

from home. “Darren had always loved camper

vans and I’d always liked the idea of them but

never actually had one,” says Clara. “He’s

really talented at building things and has this

amazing spatial ability for design.”

From their workspace in Barcombe Mills,

Love Campers began by focusing on small

campers – such as the Mitsubishi Delica and

the VW Caddy – where every inch of space

counts. “We’re particularly attractive to people

living in towns,” says Clara. “We do a lot of

small vans that people are increasingly using

as everyday cars. So you’re not going to have

a problem parking and the vehicles are quite


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a refit. They’ve come up with a blueprint design

that can be adapted to different van types, which

includes a large fold-out bed (just under four feet

wide). The kitchen can have a gas hob, sink and a

fridge. Other features include a toilet, a pop top

roof that can hold another bed, and the option to

fit solar panels for powering charge points.

And if you have a specific requirement, they’ll

do their very best to build it for you. “A couple

recently wanted somewhere to put their wetsuits,

so we added a cupboard they could access from the

back of the van,” says Clara. “And we’ve also built a

wheelchair-accessible van.”

What’s next for Love Campers? “We’re going to

start working on Japanese Hybrid electric vans,

which are slightly less polluting,” says Clara.

They’re also working hard to use more sustainable

materials in their designs, and their Conscious

Camper blog addresses any questions about

improving the carbon footprint of camper van


Love Campers is also passionate about accessibility.

“For anyone who thinks having a camper van isn’t

for them – be it because they feel that there are

physical barriers, or that they couldn’t drive such

a big vehicle – we would love for them to speak to

us,” says Clara.

She herself is a convert to camper vans – and not

just for family holidays. “My van is like a travelling

office,” she says. “My set-up lets me solar power

my laptop when the vehicle isn’t plugged into the

mains. So I can drive to Stanmer Park for the day

and work from there!” Rose Dykins

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Lunch in the Tasting Room

Ye gods, THAT gazpacho!

Lizzie and I had just walked an

hour from Bo-peep carpark to

our table in Rathfinny’s Tasting

Room booked for 2pm. The

walk was beautiful, along the

top, then left and down through

the vineyard valley: Eric

Ravilious meets Umbria. We

were talking a lot, short on time

and short of breath, and the day

warm. Inevitably, the starter we

could neither resist, when we

settled in our window table, was

the ‘Iced English tomato gazpacho

with Manchego croquettes’.

My, was it good.

Everything about the dish

made us smile – including

the Instagramable “watermelon

red”, as Lizzie put it,

of the soup, against the small

perfectly (ill-)formed white bowl, against the

grey brushed-metal tabletop. The fresh tomato

flavour, and the island of cucumber submerged

at its centre, with other chopped flavourings

– mint, garlic?, further cucumber? It was

deelish. A perfect dish. Such a delicate blend of

refreshing flavour, punctuated immaculately by

intermittent mouthfuls of the lovely, rather more

decadent, crispy, cheese croquette served on the

side. Oh, yes.

But… I’m getting ahead of myself. First we

enjoyed drinks and bread. Lizzie ordered the

incredibly rhubarby, light and refreshing Rhubarb

Crush (£3) – “bright”, she called it – while

I sampled the very fine house white: Rathfinny

Cradle Valley 2017 (£6.50/ glass). We ate bread

– I especially enjoyed the grape and rosemary

Photos by Lizzie Lower

focaccia with butter (served

on a stone and studded with

salt): yum.

For mains, Lizzie went for the

‘Risotto of courgette & mint,

courgette flower tempura,

buffalo ricotta’ which she

described as “unusually good,

perfect rice texture, lemony”.

She enjoyed the young courgette

with flower still attached

in a crispy batter.

I, meanwhile, plumped for the

‘Short rib of Belted Galloway

cooked over coals, cep

ketchup, beetroot, fennel’. The

beef, with a beef jus with soya

and mirin was full of flavour

and texture, complemented

beautifully by the sides of

delicate pink and golden

beetroot (my fav), fennel and

sauces. The small green salad on the side also

went excellently.

We opted not to try the puddings this time

– tempting though Lemon posset and Brillat-Savarin

cheesecake sounded. But we were


While we sat eating and chatting – about far

away adventures, train travel, and India – a

kestrel hovered overhead. The tables are all set

along a gallery-shaped space with floor to ceiling

windows onto the beautiful sweeping view.

Eating with a view, a bit like living with a view,

brings its own special flavours. You cannot forget

you’ve escaped town for the duration. CG

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, BN26 5TU

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Photo by Lulah Ellender




Baba ganoush

Monem Mansour, Cairovan

Cairovan is a proper family business. It was

inspired by the Egyptian side of the family –

in particular my dad, who loved cooking for

gatherings. Aunties and my grandma passed on

recipes that go back generations, and I spent

months in Egypt practising and perfecting

different dishes. My English kin pitch in

too: our lamb comes from one nephew who

works the family farm in Ditchling, and other

nephews and nieces help with serving food,

fixing the van and sorting out my website.

I sell contemporary Egyptian street food

from my custom-built orange van (called

Habiba, which means ‘My darling’). I love

the variety of being mobile, and it means I

can try new venues as well as establishing a

loyal customer base at my regular pitches. On

Tuesday evenings you’ll find me in Barcombe;

on Wednesdays I’m in Portslade; Thursday is

Horsham market day; Friday evenings I’m at

Stonywish Farm with my family, campers and

lots of villagers; and on Saturdays we do events

like weddings or festivals.

My food is locally sourced wherever possible

and we try to be zero-waste – even the unused

lettuce goes to a friend who keeps reptiles.

I prepare the food at home and then cook

on the hob and oven in the van. We serve

breakfasts of fava beans, lamb chipolatas,

ful medames and fried eggs. Our special

falafels are made with fava beans, so they’re

really light and moist, and we serve amazing

halloumi fries, and slow-roasted garlic lamb.

We also make our own pickled cabbage, chilli

sauce, tahini sauce and coriander verdi. Our

dishes are vibrant and fresh, full of colour and

made with real care.

The recipe I’ve chosen is my dad’s baba

ganoush. I spent so much time watching

him cook, learning how to get a true feel for

flavours and textures. He often made this

when we had guests, serving it with bread as

a dip as people arrived. It’s a lovely starter or

nibble for a summer garden party or BBQ

and is simple to make. The name means

‘spoilt father’ – it’s something you’d make to

treat your dad and it connects me to mine,

who is no longer around.

Here’s how to make it: On a high heat, grill

(or BBQ) four aubergines until evenly charred.

You want them black and shrivelled on the

outside and soft and gooey on the inside.

Leave to cool in a bowl, then scoop out the

flesh into another bowl, reserving the liquid.

To the flesh add the juice of two lemons, two

teaspoons salt, two teaspoons ground cumin,

one teaspoon ground black pepper, three

tablespoons tahini, two tablespoons olive oil,

two cloves crushed garlic, three tablespoons

of the reserved aubergine juices and mash

well with a fork. Garnish with fresh parsley,

pomegranate seeds and olive oil. Cut khobez

bread or pittas into triangles, place on a baking

tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with

za’atar, then bake for ten minutes. Serve with

the baba ganoush.

As told to Lulah Ellender; Instagram @cairo_van



“I ate myself healthy

again with CNM.

And wrote a book.”

Terry McIlroy, CNM

Nutritional Therapy

Graduate, Author and Chef,

talks about his inspiration

upon the release of his new

book ‘Super Nutrition’.

My new book Super Nutrition is my life’s work; it

outlines the ways I’ve used nutrition and my passion

for food to heal my body and mind, improving my

physical and emotional wellbeing.

I started in the world of professional chefs at 12yrs

old, but as I got older I became more interested in

health and nutrition. All my life, I had been plagued

with severe acne and constant mouth ulcers.

Conventional treatments did not work and my health

deteriorated. This is when I started to investigate

what was causing my health problems. My thought

process shifted to cause and effect and I wondered

if what I was eating – or more importantly not eating

– was the cause, and the presenting symptoms were

the effect?

I bought a juicer and a smoothie machine and

increased my veg and fruit intake and also saw

a nutritionist. One of the dietary changes the

nutritionist suggested was reducing or eliminating

pasteurised dairy. I made this and other small

adjustments, like cutting out fizzy drinks and drinking

more water, and my presenting symptoms all but

disappeared within 3-4 weeks. I had no mouth

ulcers or acne for the first time in my life. It was


“The course inspired me to combine my

chef skills with my newfound passion for

nutrition and create my own recipe book.”

I enrolled on a three-year, part-time diploma

in Nutrition with the College of Naturopathic

Medicine. Going back to school was daunting,

however, I was hungry for the knowledge. The

course inspired me to combine my chef skills

with my newfound passion for nutrition and

create my own recipe book with recipes and

lifestyle tips fuelled by the correct nutritional


I learned just how vital proper nutrition is

for premium health. Incorporating a broad

spectrum of nutrients in my diet and following

the lifestyle protocols myself has helped me

ensure I am not deficient in any one particular

nutrient or mineral. Whilst my diet is not

perfect, I can turn to my nutritional knowledge

and experience to support my health and


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GAIL’s Bakery

Tempting treats

GAIL’s Bakery is a spacious mixture of warm wood and “industrial

utilitarian chic”, as my guest Alice describes it. The place feels

communal (long neighbourly tables), and light (floor-to-ceiling

windows and the kitchen visible to all). Happily, a lot of space is set

aside for a bewildering array of tempting treats at the counter.

I enjoy the cheerily indulgent brioche French toast with maple bacon (£8.50): the bacon is crispy

and rich, accompanied by sinful, soft eggy bread. Alice has blueberry & buttermilk pancakes with

blueberry compote, crème fraîche and maple syrup (£7.50), and similarly enjoys the complementary

textures of the tart berry and the sugary syrup. The staff helpfully print out a receipt with ingredients

on it: a quick, private approach much appreciated by those with allergies.

For dessert number one, I love my almond croissant, not too sugary or buttery, allowing the sprinkled

almond topping and delicious filling to shine (£3.20). Alice’s blueberry muffin (£3) is also surprisingly

savoury, with some delicate crumb topping and lots of berries throughout.

For our second dessert, we can heartily recommend the distinct tang of the lemon & Earl Grey

marmalade jam (£5.50) on a fluffy, moreish brioche loaf (£4). The chocolate sablés (£3.80) are

fantastic too: crumbly, with a light touch of salt hitting the spot in the melt-in-the-mouth bites. JF

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Photo by Joe Fuller

A-news bouche

It’s Chilli Fiesta time, in West

Dean Gardens, Chichester.

There will be live Latin music,

cookery demos, outdoor

cinema, fireworks and more,

with day tickets or familyfriendly

camping tickets

available. 9-11 Aug, chillifiesta. Beloved BeFries are

running a crowdfunding

campaign to launch their

house-made sauces nationally,

Google ‘BeSaucy

Kickstarter’ to

find out more

about the rewards

on offer for


Congratulations to Douglas

McMaster of Silo, who was

one of the top finalists for the

Basque Culinary World Prize

2019. An award for trailblazing

chefs whose work has had an

impact “beyond the kitchen”,

Silo was the first restaurant

to be 100% zero-waste in

the UK. The College of

Naturopathic Medicine has a

free open morning on inspiring

careers in natural therapies. 7

Aug, 10.30am-12.30pm, BACA,

Brighton Coffee Festival

makes its debut at the Open

Market, including Latte Art

competitions, free tasters,

live shows and informative

talks. 11 Aug,

Magic of Thailand Festival

in Preston Park, meanwhile,

is a great chance to sample

a range of Thai food, beer,

music and dancing in between

live cooking



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Brighton Regency Routemaster

Owner Colin Beaddie

I went on a dinner tram in Melbourne

about 15 years ago and thought, ‘how could

I replicate this at home?’. I tried to set it up in

London, but I couldn’t get the various boroughs

to agree. I was working at Virgin Atlantic at

the time, looking after food safety and quality

all over the world, but I’d always wanted my

own coffee shop. About five years ago, the one

on the corner of Wilbury and Church Road

came up, so I opened Baked. But the bus was

always at the back of my mind. One night,

after a few gin and tonics, I looked online and

saw this Routemaster bus for sale. I woke up

in the morning and saw ‘your order has been


The bus had been off the road for 15 years

and was then a mobile beauty salon and a sales

office for a used car garage. Someone put me in

touch with Southern Transit, who specialise in

Routemasters, and they looked it over for me.

There was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing getting

the funds together, then I had it towed down to


We stripped the inside and took it right

back to the metal. It took about 16 months

to rebuild and fit out. I wanted it to feature

typically Brighton colours, so we’ve used teal,

blue and gold in the interior, but it’s an original

London bus so we went with the traditional red

livery outside.

There were a lot of regulations to get

through. I had to get a change of usage

certificate, register as a bus operator, and become

a transport manager. Everything from drivers’

hours and bus maintenance, to the carriage of

passengers is regulated. Brighton Council were




brilliant. I didn’t have to become a driver, but I wanted

to, so I went from driving a smart car to driving a bus!

I’ve become a real bus geek.

There are eight tables on the upper deck and

four downstairs. We can seat 42. In the summer

we run two tours a day from Thursday to Sunday,

picking up the passengers at Pool Valley and taking

them on a 90-minute tour of Brighton, out to

Saltdean and back. Along the way we serve afternoon

tea with a choice of four sandwiches, five cakes on

a cake stand, and scones with cream and jam. We

also do Brighton Gin and Prosecco afternoon teas,

and, once a month, we do a tour out to Albourne

Vineyard and another up through West Sussex

villages to Horsham.

Now I run the coffee shop and the bus, my

airline background has really come into its own.

I used to be responsible for everything from the

teaspoons to toilet rolls on an aircraft – so I was used

to a lot of planning. It’s also helped me with serving

on the move: you have to walk a bit like a penguin

for balance.

As told to Lizzie Lower

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Electric Vehicles

Feel the power

There should be a

disclosure at the start of

this article: since getting

an electric car two years

ago, I’ve become an EV


And I’m not the only one:

the last four years have

seen a remarkable surge

in demand for electric

vehicles in the UK, with new registrations of

plug-in cars rising from 3,500 in 2013 to more

than 214,000 by the end of May 2019.

Figures from the Department of Transport show

there were 400 plug-in vehicles in Brighton and

Hove at the end of 2018, and we could soon

see more drivers making the switch with the

installation of more than 200 charging points

across the city.

The city council was awarded a £300,000

grant in May last year from the Office of

Low Emission Vehicles, news which has been

welcomed by campaigners from Electric

Brighton, a community initiative that seeks to

encourage Electric and Low Emissions vehicle

ownership in the city.

The group has been steadily building up a map

of demand in the city with at least 100 people

pledging to swap their polluting cars for an

electric model if there were more charging

points available.

Tom Kiss from Electric Brighton believes

the move to more sustainable transport is

“inevitable”, adding: “I think that most people

don’t want to drive around polluting the air if

they can avoid it.”

He explains: “it is a chicken-and-egg scenario

whereby there needs to be a demonstrable level

of demand to justify installing chargers, but

Photo by Thomas Kelley

where people will not buy an

electric vehicle unless they

have reassurance there is

somewhere to charge.

“So really, the chargers have

to come first to provide

that reassurance to people.

Having a presence on the

streets and seeing people

charging their vehicles also

acts as an advertisement to people that it is a

viable option and it is possible to move away

from oil.”

Brighton & Hove City Council is soon to

announce the successful bidder to install the

charging points. Most should be in place by the

end of October and – if more funding is found –

more points can be installed.

With the problem of convenient charging

points on the road set to be solved, what are the

advantages of owning an electric vehicle?

New cars now boast a range of 200 miles or

more, explains Tom, and, when it comes to

running costs, electric vehicles can cost far less

than petrol or diesel alternatives. “Most obvious

is fuel cost, where there can be a 70% saving

over petrol or diesel and 2.5p a mile can be

achieved relatively easily with an electric vehicle.

“But there are other less obvious savings too.

Regenerative braking in electric vehicles means

that costly brake pads are used very little: the

first Nissan Leaf added to the fleet of electric

taxi company C&C taxis in Newquay clocked up

over 100,000 miles still on its first set of brake


There are far fewer mechanical parts to break as

well, so you really can make big savings. All the

more reason to join our friends electric.

Ellie Evans




Photos by Joe Fuller

Driverless cars

Blind Veterans Centre trial

One of the many benefits of driverless cars

is the opportunity they could bring to those

unable to drive, including people with visual

impairments. An autonomous vehicle (AV)

company, Aurrigo, are currently trialling their

‘driverless pods’ at the Blind Veterans Centre

in Ovingdean, with feedback helping to make

them more user-friendly for the disabled


I take a ride in ‘Arthur’ – named after Blind

Veterans UK founder Sir Arthur Pearson –

with the first blind veteran to take part in

the trial, Mark Threadgold, and Aurrigo Test

Engineer, Tom Sheridan. The ride is very

smooth: we potter around a small circuit at a

walking pace, past designated ‘pod stops’ in the

grounds. Internal cameras record passengers’

reactions and thoughts, while another camera

picks up on guide dogs’ experiences in the car.

Tom explains that they have installed a ‘base

station’ to improve the accuracy of the GPS

system. “Take your phone, that communicates

just with the satellite… that’s about five metre

accuracy, whereas this is three centimetres.

The base station has a fixed position, so this

pod talks to the base station, not the satellite,

making it much more accurate.” Like most AV

companies, Arthur uses LiDAR technology

(light detection and ranging), with small

lasers creating a 3D image of surroundings in

a similar, but more accurate way than radar


Aurrigo’s vehicles are exploring the importance

of voice-activated controls, and Mark shares his




thoughts on audio information for passengers too.

“It’s all right it going from A to B, but all it does is

get there and stop. Are you at traffic lights? They’re

looking at some audio feedback that tells you where

you are, what you’re passing. I’m totally blind, for

someone like me you’re just sat in a box with very

little sensory information otherwise.

“You lose your sight, your independence goes like

that [clicks fingers]. We all take it for granted and

it’s very quickly, very easily lost. For many of the

members, driving is the biggest loss of independence

you’ve got. I had a little sports car that I used to race

years ago. I went to car shows, I did thousands and

thousands of miles. And how I missed that. More

than anything else. Being able to have your own

transport, where you can go where you want to go.

“It interests me: how are they going to run these

things in the future? Are you going to be able to

have one of your own? Is it going to be run like a big

taxi firm effectively, where the thing turns up and off

you go? Or can you keep one on your drive and just

tell it where you want to go? What’s it gonna cost?”

It might be some time before these questions

are answered, but Mark’s clear enthusiasm about

the prospects for driverless cars, our comfortable

journey, and the warm responses to Arthur that I see

on the day certainly bodes well for the future.

Joe Fuller

Photo courtesy of Blind Veterans UK



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Lewes Road revived

Image courtesy of U+I plc

Lewes Road is, apparently, the

longest road in the city, if you

go by continuity of name. It’s

just under 3.5 miles from just

past The Level to Falmer.

It’s not, in my opinion,

currently the most joyous of

roads: slow-moving traffic,

mainly occupied by takeaway

pizza places and funeral

parlours. But get past that and

things are changing.

Preston Barracks was built

in 1793 as part of a plan to

protect us from Napoleon

invading, assuming he’d

choose the shortest route

to London. (Don’t forget

he wouldn’t have had to use


There’s now only one

surviving building from the

original 1793 barracks; the

former canteen in the north

western corner. This building

was used by Lord Cardigan

(he of ‘Charge of the Light

Brigade’ fame) for courts

martial. Maybe we should have

demolished that too…

The Preston Barracks

development is a pretty

stunning design and will,

for the first time, give the

University of Brighton a

proper campus. It’s where the

architecture students train

(in the rather less impressive

Mithras House), so it’s

exciting that they will be part

of the new ‘Big Build’, as the

university calls it.

Developers U+I, Optivo

Housing Association, Brighton

& Hove City Council and the

University of Brighton, are

together creating one of the

city’s biggest ever regeneration


The development will deliver

hundreds of new homes,

including affordable housing,

and lots of student rooms,

which means fewer students

living in damp and dingy

private accommodation.

There will also be new space

for Brighton University’s

Business School and start-up

companies. And – my favourite

bit – a new pedestrian bridge.

This will really change the feel

of the area; the busy main road

splits the campus in two at the


What I really like about it

is that U+I tend to use very

good architects, and while

their schemes, such as Circus

Street in Brighton, are often a


bit controversial (because they

tend to be very high density),

they are always top quality.

But I think it’s what we need

in this city. Great architecture

can make significant change

to an area. Estate agents have

been telling me for years that

around Lewes Road is a good

bet if you want to make some

money in property (don’t tell


I really think people will be

shocked, surprised and, I hope,

delighted by the architecture,

and that’s a good thing. So

many changes to our city have

been less than we expect and


London developers like U+I

are working here because they

see the opportunities we have

to do better. U+I are certainly

raising the stakes at Circus

Street and Preston Barracks.

Here’s to more of that.

The best outcome for this

project is that Brighton

University has a stunning

new campus and Lewes

Road benefits from the new

additions. Cities change,

and this could be a really

interesting modern addition:

our future heritage. Paul Zara



Racing Green

Battery-powered performance

It might not have the loud, characteristic growl

of a petrol engine, but it’s definitely not short

on style.

For the first time University of Sussex engineering

Masters students have built their own

electric-powered racing car.

Working as SAR Electric in partnership with

students at Aim Shams University in Egypt, they

created their vehicle for the annual Formula

Student competition, which sees university teams

across the world designing, building and then

racing their vehicles for a week at Silverstone.

While the already established Mobil 1 Sussex

Racing team has been creating a petrol engine

car, drawing on the knowledge and experience

of previous students who have taken part in the

competition run by the Institution of Mechanical

Engineers, the SAR Electric team had to start

from scratch.

“We began this last September with barely any

knowledge of electric cars,” says Sussex Team

Leader Serdar Çiçek, a fourth-year MEng student.

“The project is as much about learning how

to work together as it is about winning a race.”

The single-seater car is equipped with a handmade

DC brushed motor from Lynch, rated

at just 48 volts and powered by a lithium-ion

battery pack, which gives the car enough oomph

to reach speeds up to 40 mph.

“The competition allows you to use up to 600

volts, but we wanted to put safety first,” says

Serdar. “We have to make sure we are complying

with all the rules and regulations. There’s a huge

amount of scrutineering of our car before we can

even get to drive it.”

The green credentials of electric cars were what

attracted the team members to the project,

although they acknowledge that the battery has

to be charged up, and unless you have access to

renewable energy, you could still be relying on

fossil fuels.

Elizabeth Olisa, the Commercial & Communications

Director and the only female member of

the SAR Electric team, points out that technology

exists to incorporate solar panels into

future designs, and that the motor they use has

the capability of regenerative braking (when you

brake, it charges the battery).

Even though the project has given them the

thrill of competing at Silverstone at the end

of July against more than 130 teams from 25

countries, their ambition lies in designing cars

for domestic use.

Elizabeth says: “We’re all obviously concerned

about the future of the planet. I am really interested

in working with renewable energy or the

electric side of automotive.”

Serdar agrees. “Electric cars use lithium-ion

batteries, which when assembled are pretty large

and heavy. The research into the development of

them is still in the growth stage. There’s still a lot

more refining to do to get them smaller and even

more energy-dense.”

He adds: “It’s great to be able to race the car.

The experience has been tremendous, especially

since the competition includes sponsors such as

Dyson, who are developing their own electric

car. It’s an exciting time for those of us who want

to go into this side of the industry.”

Jacqui Bealing


my vet


“I told my vet, that Queenie

my cat was very anxious in the

surgery. Now she’s given plenty of

time to investigate the room and

settle before they examine her.”

Lara Havord, Brighton



Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner

Charging into battle on a Fiat Punto

Collage by Michael Blencowe

Far, far away in the south-east corner of Europe

the Balkan Mountains tower over the landscape.

Their valleys were once home to the fearsome

Thracian tribes who made empires tremble when

they rode screaming into battle on their wild

horses. But even more ancient battles were being

fought deep in these majestic mountains.

Here in the Balkans there grew a strange and

mighty tree. Its huge seeds were encased in spiky

armour and its leaves were like giant hands which

cast shade all around. But this tree had been cursed.

Each year a plague of tiny, tiny moths would attack

the tree, their caterpillars would burrow inside

every leaf. Green turned to brown, leaving the tree

apparently lifeless and defeated. Yet each year the

tree would return with renewed green vigour and

each year the moths would attack with the same

resolve. And so for centuries the tree and the moth

remained trapped in the Balkan Mountains, locked

in their epic, age-old battle.

Then one day men came from the west, discovered

this magnificent tree, gathered its seeds and

planted them in their world. The branches and

the empire of the Horse Chestnut spread across

Europe’s parks and gardens. People admired it

and reclined in the shade of its broad palmate

leaves. Schoolboys used its seeds to fight their

own playground battles. The conker tree had

conquered the continent. Here in this new

world the curse of the moth had been lifted and

the Horse Chestnut flourished. Meanwhile the

tree’s nemesis, not a particularly strong flyer,

remained imprisoned in the remote valleys of the

Balkan Mountains for centuries, more myth than

moth. Then, one day, the modern world arrived.

Construction workers building roads through the

mountains were unwittingly building the perfect

means for the moth to escape and spread. An

ancient evil had been loosed on the world. Now

all it needed was a lift. So the moth stuck out its

six thumbs and hitched a ride.

Incredibly the moth, just 5mm long, was able to

disperse by grabbing on to passing vehicles. And

so, like the ferocious Thracian tribes, the moth

rode into battle. Screaming along highways, motorways,

and autobahns on Volvos, Citroens, Fiats

and Fords. The ancient battle spilled out from the

Balkans as the moth was chauffeur-driven to every

Horse Chestnut tree in Europe.

The Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner moth was first

discovered, identified and named in Greece in

1984. Twenty years later, in 2004, an innocent

motorist pulled off the A27 in to the University

of Sussex car park unaware they held a sinister

stowaway. In the following few years every Horse

Chestnut in Sussex was moth-eaten. Look to the

leaves this summer and you’ll see the great Balkan

battle raging right on your doorstep.

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust




‘To sally forth on this day’, reported the Pall Mall

Gazette, on August 7th, 1922, aka August Bank

Holiday Monday, ‘is something of a religion to a

vast body of Londoners’.

The holiday, originally designed to enable bank

employees time off to attend cricket matches,

had been introduced in 1871, and had become a

hugely popular and long-awaited occasion, in an

era when workers otherwise had precious little

free time.

Unfortunately, the article this quote is taken

from is headlined ‘HOLIDAYS IN A DEL-

UGE’: that August was the coldest on record,

the weather that summer being described – by

Historical Weather – as ‘diabolical’. And it was

particularly bad over the holiday weekend, the

wettest ever recorded. You can practically hear

the moaning and grumbling.

Not that it had stopped the tourists from travelling

down to the south coast. 140,000 passengers

used South Coast Railways that weekend, with

58 extra trains being laid on for those optimistic

enough to brave the rain. Many more had come

down in coaches and charabancs. As James Gray

says in the caption to this image: ‘Note the long

line of motor coaches stretching [down Madeira

Drive] into the distance’. Brighton – already the

most population-dense urban area in the country,

bar London’s East End, must have been mighty


Look closely, and you can see that a crowd has

developed outside the Aquarium. There wasn’t

much to do there, unfortunately: the establishment

had been taken over by the Council, and

had become something of an empty shell. They

were planning to turn it into a ‘motor charabanc

garage’, a project which, thankfully, was abandoned

after a public outcry and a debate in the

House of Commons, that very month.

The ornate Italianate clock tower, added to the

building in 1872, wasn’t to last much longer, lost

to a redesign in 1927, after which the Aquarium’s

fortunes revived somewhat. You can see that the

picture was taken at ten past one: lunchtime. It

must have been nigh-on impossible to get a table

at a restaurant or café that day: I imagine that

the pubs, too must have done a roaring trade, as

punters tried to make the most of the occasion

before having to head home again. A road trip to

forget, perhaps: still, there was always next year.

Alex Leith

Many thanks to the Regency Society for letting us

use this image from the James Gray Collection.


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