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ABSOLUTE BRIGHTON . ISSUE 93 . OCTOBER 2012

ISSUE 93 . OCTOBER 2012

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CONTENTS

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October 2012 . Issue 93

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ABSOLUTE FEATURES 8 Country Style Fashion for the great outdoors 22 Master Chiller Brighton’s James Herbert on his new controversial novel 45 Flight of Fancy Richard Daley takes a ride in a Tiger Moth

ABSOLUTE REGULARS 7 Editor’s Letter 16 The Dark Side of Style Looks for the Halloween party 19 Celebrity Spotlight 21 Absolute Socialite Diary Peter Jarrette shares a page from his diary 21 What’s going on... Observations by Mo Hunter-Shine 32 October Treats Five things to cheer you this month 40 Absolute News 42 Absolute Faces and Places 52 Absolute History Tim Parker at Preston Manor, Brighton’s elegant Edwardian country house 62 Absolute Whats On 66 Absolute Education 73 Absolute Property 74 Absolute Distribution

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ABSOLUTE INTERIORS 24 A Cook’s Retreat Ideas to make your kitchen more than just a place to prepare food 28 Thoroughly Modern Hi-tech gadgets for your kitchen

ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY 35 Absolute Dental Column 36 Absolute Hair with Mark Woolley 37 Fit Freedom Fitness column by Livia O’Toole 38 Absolute Life Coaching 46 Making Scents Fragrances for him and her

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ABSOLUTE FOOD AND DRINK 46 Shucks! Two great recipes using oysters, which are enjoying a renaissance 48 Pumpkin Passion That Halloween favourite, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient in two delicious recipes 50 Italian Charm Richma Patel takes a visit to Como in the Lanes, for a different Italian experience

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EDITOR’S LETTER Switchboard: 0845 389 0662 Fax: 0845 389 0663 www.absolutebrighton.tv Download the Absolute Brighton iphone and ipad app FREE Preston Manor, page 52 Director / Editor: Verity Craig

Features / Design: Maureen Hunter-Shine

Advertising Manager: Richard Daley

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If you are one of our valued avid readers, you’ve probably noticed within the pages of Absolute Accounts: Chris Pugh

Brighton that our Faces & Places pages (often referred to as our social pages) arrive like buses; all at once. This month is no exception, for we have a plethora of parties, launches and fundraising events; it’s been a busy time for many out there. These are always very popular features! But then, in our bustling city of interesting residents, made up of diverse business backgrounds, charitable groups and event organisers, it’s not surprising that Brighton and Hove has so much going on.

Head of Accounts/finance: Adam Style

One such resident who always proves popular when featured within our pages is best selling chiller author, James Herbert. I was fortunate enough this month to meet up with James and discuss his latest novel, Ash. Having got three quarters of the way through reading it at the time of writing this, I can assure you it is a book you won’t want to put down (even if the hairs on end on the back of your

Managing Director: Paul Craig

neck are telling you otherwise!) Yes, yet again James has produced a book to chill us to the core, however this book also has a very controversial angle entwined in it, triggering your mind to ask ‘what if?’ Which, as James told me, is exactly what he asked himself when embarking on this new novel. The

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controversy is quite shocking from the opening page, but all possible. My advice? This one is a must to read. Don’t be left out in the dark. (Page 22)

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Ash also makes a good read for the run up to Halloween (and don’t miss BBC 1’s TV adaptation of

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James Herbert’s The Secret Of Crickley Hall, starting on 29th October.)

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Keeping in the theme of Halloween, Tim Parker visited Preston Manor in Brighton this month. Known for its famous ghost stories and sightings, Tim also discovered its interior beauty is of contest with The Pavilion’s. He discovers the tale of its history and the Stanford family, who have had four generations live there. If you haven’t yet visited, I’d recommend Preston Manor on your list of places to see in Sussex. (Page 52) However you spend your Halloween, we wish you one of not too much frights. See you next month!

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Celine (woman on horse) wears: Jacket from Barbour International £229;Hunter Boots £95 from Aston Bourne; Jodpurs £45 from Tramp Vintage Grace wears: Tailor Barbour Shirt; Hunter Boots £95 both from Aston Bourne; Man wears: Levi jeans; Hunter boots £95; Shirt from Tramp Vintage £45

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Woman wears: Hunter cuff socks £30; waistcoat Barbour liner £49.95 both from Aston Bourne; boots £35, shirt £50, jodphurs £45 from Tramp Vintage Man wears:Levi jeans, Barbour International waistcoat jacket, £229 from Aston Bourne

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Woman wears: Ralph Lauren Top £69, Jodpurs £45 from Tramp Vintage; Hunter Boots from Aston Bourne Man wears: Barbour Shirt £59.95; Barbour sporting tweed waistcoat, sporting tweed breeks, quilted mail bag and Hunter boots from Aston Bourne

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Woman wears: DuBarry coat, £399 from Aston Bourne; Cameo, £25 from Tramp Vintage; Neck Tie, £12 from Tramp Vintage Man wears: Barbour Shirt £59 95; Barbour sporting tweed waistcoat, sporting tweed breeks, quilted mail bag and Hunter boots from Aston Bourne

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Photographer: Jai Michael www.absoluteinteractive.co.uk Assistant Photographer Tim Smart STYLIST: Terrina Steel ASSISTANT STYLIST: Tara Michael Make up AND HAIR: Andrew Keeney using Mac from Mac Brighton andrew.keeney@hotmail.co.uk Models: Celine from Fresh Agents Max from www.maxdoutfitness.co.uk Grace from AIM Models STOCKISTS: Aston Bourne 11 East Sussex, Brighton, BN1 1HP T: 01273 227775 www.astonbourne.co.uk Tramp Vintage 22 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4EQ T: 01273 687968

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The Dark Side Of Style... Halloween doesn’t have to just be for the kids. You can create an adult stylish look for those parties using chic deep tones and tactile textures

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1. Double Layered Fitted Graphite Dress Tommi in graphite is a knee-length bodycon dress with elbow-length sleeves from Reiss. The round neck, v-back style features a nude structured base layered with a sheer, panelled graphite mesh. £179 Reiss, East Street, Brighton. www.reiss.com 2. Lace Collection Jacket Beautifully elegant single breasted short jacket made in French embroidered scalloped lace with contrast panels and contrasting lining. The epitome of chic! £250 Karen Millen, Nile Street, Brighton. www.karenmillen.com 3. Skull stud Earrings Silver look metal skull studs, length 2.5cm by Freedom at Topshop. 100% Metal. £7.50 Topshop, Western Road, Brighton. www.topshop.com

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4. Animal Print Frill Skirt This tailored pencil skirt features the current large frill trend round the waste, in animal print. A perfect party piece! £39.99 Zara, Churchill Square, Brighton. www.zara.com 5. Skull Studded Leather Biker Jacket Black leather biker jacket with stud detail on shoulders and studded skull motif on centre-back. Go ‘hell for leather!’ £180 Topshop, Western Road, Brighton. www.topshop.com 6. Arrest Studded Black Suede Heels Make an entrance to that party with these Kurt Geiger killer heels. Built on a platform base, the heels feature studs and jewels. £140 Kurt Geiger, East Street, Brighton. www.kurtgeiger.com

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7. Judith Jack Spider Pin Glittering marcasite creeps over the limbs of a delicate spider with a jeweled body cast in a dark, ruby hue. £116.53 www.shop.nordstrom.com

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hurchill Square Shopping Centre will be taking the traditional format of a catwalk to a whole new level when it hosts Brighton’s first ever live interactive fashion experience. Models will replace mannequins in the shop windows, bringing them to life with a dazzling display of autumn/winter trends. Held on Thursday October 25th between 5pm and 8pm, and working with the producers of Brighton Fashion Week, the Churchill Square Autumn Winter Fashion Experience is expected to captivate attendees and present imaginative surprises on the night, including a celebration of Halloween with an on-trend nod to gothic and punk fashions. Brighton-based stylists will select outfits from a mix of Churchill Square’s high street and premium brands, which will then be categorised into five key autumn/winter 2012/13 trends. Guided tours give the public plenty of chances to learn of emerging trends from high street staples to luxe designer collections. Plenty of exclusive discounts will be available on the night plus the interactive bar on Central Court offers shoppers refreshing cocktails, mini tasters and cocktail-making lessons. For the men amidst the crowd, hot wet shaves in traditional barbers chairs will be offered so men can either treat themselves as they shop or leave their partners to it whilst they relax! Churchill Square’s Centre Director Tina Dallorzo said: “We are very excited about our fashion extravaganza. The evening will be really unique - showcasing the best of the Autumn Winter collections and placing Churchill Square at the very forefront of fashion in the city.” The Live Catwalk Show at Churchill Square is open to the public on Thursday October 25th between 5pm and 8pm. The event is free. Further information at www.churchillsquare.com

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SPOTLIGHT

Our undercover celebrity spies unravel the world of showbiz news and gossip

Liam Gallagher Wants to Party With Prince Harry Liam Gallagher has revealed he wants to party with

40 year old Hollwood actor Ben Affleck is bringing a touch of

Prince Harry and insists he would get drunk and naked

red carpet glamour to this years London Film Festival. His

“every night” if he was a flame-haired royal! The Beady

political drama ‘Argo’, which he stars in and directs, is part of

Eye frontman (formerly of Oasis fame) is keen to hit the

the programme of movies unveiled to be shown at the London

town with the royal, who was recently photographed

event, which runs from October 10th - 21st.

naked in a Las Vegas hotel suite enjoying a game of strip

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’, which sees Colin

billiards, and insists if he was a prince he would be going

Farrell take on the role of a struggling screenwriter, and

out and taking his clothes off every night “just for the

Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, indie movie ‘Quartet’

hell of it”.

(which features British stars Dame Maggie Smith, Michael

Liam recently partied with Spice Girls Geri Halliwell,

Gambon and Sheridan Smith) will be among the 225 feature

Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C after he and the girl

films and documentaries that will feature at the film festival.



group performed at the London 2012 Olympics closing

Among the names expected to appear on the red carpet

ceremony last month. While he cheekily admits the

throughout the event include the Rolling Stones (Sir Mick

‘girl’ band are “not bad for old dears”, he does not have

Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood) for

the same affiliation towards Russell Brand (who Geri

the world premiere of their new documentary film ‘Crossfire

recently enjoyed a brief fling with). The ‘Wonderwall’

Hurricane’.

singer added, “Russell’s a d**k. I don’t really care about any of his relationships! All I know is anyone can do better than to go out with him!”

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Who’s going UP and who’s going DOWN this month… Going Up

Let’s forget all about the gossip with Prince Harry and the

Run-D.M.C.’s one-off comeback show was a ‘big family

nude pictures. None of that matters. He is now back on the

reunion,’ featuring Jam Master Jay’s sons. The legendary

frontline in Afghaistan, by his own choice, where he joins his

rap group took to the stage for the first time since the

fighting colleagues in the war against the Taliban. All the best

murder of founding member Jam Master Jay in 2002, with

to you, Captain Wales, and your brave fellow officers.

the late DJ’s place filled by his sons, Jason ‘Jam Master

Going down

J’Son’ Mizell Jr. and T.J. ‘Dasmatic’ Mizell.

Well, we have to agree with Liam Gallagher…. Russell Brand

Speaking before their appearance last month, T.J. said:

has been driving us mad for some time too! He’s meant to be

“It was incredible. It’s a big family reunion, including our

a comedian, but does anyone actually find him funny (other

father, because of course he’s going to be there in spirit

than himself)? His personal life (that is constantly shoved in

tonight.” Jason added: “The rehearsals were actually

our faces) is as interesting to us as reading about Katie Price’s

really funny. It was epic, unbelievable. I’m on Pluto. It was

latest novel! We don’t care how many famous ladies you’ve

crazy. It was the first time we all got back together as a

dated, Russell. What happened to comics and actors having to

family, like Run and D and Jay’s kids.”

be made up of real talent?!

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SEX AND THE CITY! PJ, aka Peter Jarrette, Brighton’s favourite socialite, with the latest in great new venues, events and happenings

Dear diary

Mo Hunter-Shine says it like it is

Bad news

I usually take the Times every day, and my husband John

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I have a treat for you! Think of this as an early bag With Queen’s Brian May of Halloween candy or Bon Fire of the Vanities Night We’ve enjoyed a great deal of winning the world’s attention with our summer of Olympics and now it’s time for Brighton to go for gold. Oh yes, my strong ones. My nationally released novel BRIGHTON BABYLON (Dynasty Press Ltd. London-international to Amazon for Kindle) arrives to our arenas and centre courts in March 2013. (That is if all the hubbub hasn’t pulled the date forward to December). I say hubbub, as I was asked to lunch in London at Soho’s Dean Street Townhouse to join my publishers at Dynasty (with Alice Whitney of London’s Creative Nation and the international award winning author and screenwriter Jody Medland, the MD of Pen Works Media), as adaptation has begun on my Brighton novel into comedy-drama TV series episodes for UK screens next year. The Sunday Times, London Evening Standard and Metro so far have sat up ready to give support to the stories of our city and its colourful people, as has the BBC Radio (Surrey and Sussex) and BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme. Waterstone’s too is geared to wax lyrical on the outrageous tales of the town within the pages of this, my first of three coming novels. To augment the momentum we already have respected writers from No. 1 best selling crime writer Peter James to the UK’s outspoken pen swordsman Julie Burchill and a host of notables have written words of excitement for the covers and press with Ms. Burchill exclaiming that BRIGHTON BABYLON was the ‘Sex and The City for a new and funky generation’. The first launch party planned for Brighton will be... off the hook! Now Pup Aid 2012 delivered us all to London’s Primrose Hill as TV Vet and animal rights campaigner Marc Abraham drew hoards of two legged and four legged fans to help raise awareness of the cruelty of puppy farming. Marc had some sterling supporters showing up to throw their leads into the ring as spectators and judges like Queen’s Brian May, Ricky Gervais, Liam Gallagher, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding and the bright Jasmin Harman of A Place in the Sun. I judged Coolest Pooch and bagged film interviews with celebs which will be seen as part of the fly-on-the-wall With Jasmin Harman docu being made of me, my rise in the city and out across the nation by Andrew Collins and Melissa Buchanan as she joins Andrew’s 8th Tower Productions as executive producer of the as-yet-to-benamed project. And lastly I bumped into Brighton model Lindsay Fergusson on the fast train south after that business lunch, who told me of her international bookings and castings lined up and closer to home where she is the smile of Sussex’s Concordia Dental. I promised a mention! PJ facebook.com/peter.jarrette

Good news Simon Richardson

takes the Sun. I like the Times, as it presents the news and intelligent opinion in a lively way, without the pomposity of some of the other big names. I also love their iconic crossword to keep the brain

cells ticking over nicely! I like the Sun, too. It’s easy to read, colourful and has some good columnists, like Frankie Boyle, (and some terrible ones, like Katie Price!) and the sports section is comprehensive. However, the biggest downfall of this paper, and the reason it (and others like it) has a reputation of being a rag is its terrible choices of front page news. Recently we had full front page coverage of an incident involving two ‘celebrities’ Cheryl Cole, and Will.I.Am. They were involved in a minor car accident going to McDonalds and there were pictures of the two of them with blood on their faces. The paper even saw fit to put another spread inside about this non-event. On the same day was the story of Simon Richardson, a gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist who was knocked down by a drunk driver in 2011, and as a result of his injuries was unable to take part in the London Paralympic Games this year. The driver was found guilty of dangerous driving and sent to prison. To me, this is an interesting story, one where we care about the victim. Simon suffered the trauma of a car accident in 2001, which left him with his disabilities, and he overcame these to become a gold medallist at the 2008 Beijung Paralympic Games. He was awarded an OBE for his inspiring achievements, and then a drunk driver took away his chance of appearing in his home games this year. I think this story is more worthy of the front page than a minor incident concerning a couple of overpaid non-entities from the world of ‘entertainment’, that most people haven’t even heard of, and the rest don’t care about. This is just an example of what we have to read about on the front page Bad news Russell Brand

of the sizzling Sun! Just today I am looking at a picture of Russell Brand and his new squeeze – YUK! IS THERE NOTHING ELSE OF INTEREST GOING ON IN THE WORLD? In the meantime, if your daily paper is presenting you with a horrific headline and boring front page story, try looking inside, and hopefully you will find happy, funny, sad, inspiring, infuriating and interesting articles about things that matter.

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Master Horror writer James Herbert has shocked his audience once again with his new novel Ash, but this time in a rather controversial approach that may unnerve the Royal family. Verity Craig went to meet Britain’s Number One bestselling writer of chiller fiction and discovered why rather surprisingly, he has the

“I recall reading a newspaper interview with Diana’s butler Paul Burrell that the Queen had allegedly said to him at the time of Diana’s death ‘there are dark forces at work in this country of which we know little.’ What a fantastic thought is that?” Picture www.snapitnow.co.uk

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he last time I interviewed James Herbert was on the publication of his book The

Secret Of Crickley Hall. Five years on, and that successful book is just about to be aired on BBC 1 as a 3-part TV drama with an all-star cast of British actors including Suranne Jones (Coronation Street), Tom Ellis (Miranda) and Douglas Henshall (Collision); it is set to be a hit for Halloween. Just another one of James’ books to add to his collection of successful television and film credits. Now, a few years on (and a few years behind schedule) James’ latest book has launched with quite a stir. And reading its contents, one can understand why.

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Chiller “…I’m very aware they (the

talented writing captures you and actually triggers you to think this could all really be feasible; the reader is unwittingly drawn in. Known for his originality in the theories and stories he writes about (Fog, The

Royal family) would have

Rats, Others), as you listen to James you start to realise that his imagination

probably taken back my OBE

I ponder, and ask if it was something that she said when he was awarded his

if this book had come out just before!”

alone is one big talent. To my surprise he informs me: “I actually got the idea of this book (Ash) from the Queen!” Is the Queen really a secret chiller fan OBE in 2010? “No!” He says, and chuckles. “In fact they would have probably taken back my OBE if the book had come out just before!” James continues, “It was after Princess Diana’s death. I always recall reading a newspaper interview with Diana’s butler Paul Burrell (whom she called ‘her rock’) that the Queen had allegedly said to him at that sad time in a private meeting at Buckingham Palace ‘there are dark forces at work in this country of which we know little.’ ” He continues, “What a fantastic thought is that? That there

The new book is called Ash and is based around a character, David Ash who

could be this ‘other’ organization, ‘dark forces’, like a rotary type group of

James has used in two previous novels, Haunted and The Ghosts Of Sleath.

people who are financiers and so on. Can you imagine if there is a Queen’s

And the reason for the stir, or rouse, this time? It is an eerie tale, blending

legion of people behind the scenes that we know nothing about making

fantasy with reality using real-life characters set in modern times; it is a novel

decisions about what happens to notorious people in our country?” He then

that includes names you’ll recognize, such as Princess Diana, Lord Lucan and

adds to the conspiracy by saying, “And it is possible, because the Queen does

even Hitler.

have her own ‘inner cabinet’, so who knows…”

From the opening page, you will be shocked by what you read, possibly

Sinister and complex

feeling uncomfortable. For James pen’s the final moments of Princess Diana’s

The main character David Ash is a man of hang-ups and insecurities; a

life as it ebbs away in the car crash in Paris, her final thoughts turning to her

complex person due to some deep sadness that occurred in his life as a child

two sons (and even touching on the fact that she thinks of her ‘barely born

that haunts him now as an adult. So where does such a character in James’s

child’ she had ‘supposedly’ lost. A shocking twist of the ‘baby’ is unveiled later

mind come from? Is it someone he knows? “No, it is simply a character that

in the book.)

grew in my mind from somewhere. That’s just how he evolved. However,

The basis of the story, James tells me, is ‘what if?’ He explains, “what if all

some have suggested to me that it could be me, but I’m not sure why!”

these big figures whom, we are told have died or vanished, actually haven’t?”

He then explains why he also enjoys creating and writing about his more

And that is how his latest story begins. Instead of these figures being dead

sinister characters too. “The more sinister and complex, the more interesting

and gone, they are actually secretly living in a remote castle. David Ash, a

they are. For me, they are the most fascinating to write about!” He then

detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high profile case; a man has been found crucified in a room that was locked!

The Secret Of Crickley Hall is to be screened on BBC1 this Halloween. Picture courtesy of BBC1

The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is haunted. Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window, walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods? And why are the castle’s inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen? What Ash eventually discovers is truly shocking, and may keep you awake at night from then on after. Ash is certainly a ghost story like no other, that will chill you to the core while turning you almost in to a believer in what actually seems like a plausible conspiracy theory; possibly it’s the convincing way in which Ash is written, or possibly because it’s not that dissimilar to what some conspiracists have said for some time. Contraversial Controversial, yes, this book certainly gets your mind working in overdrive. And from that rather daunting first page of Ash, James’s extraordinarily ABSOLUTE

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admits that he has on occasions even scared himself with such characters and harrowing events they are involved in. “I do scare myself, but not to a ridiculous degree anymore; I am more used to it these days. But I do still get the prickle up my spine, and I know that I benefit from it as that is the moment I know I am onto a good story.” As a person, James has a warm friendly persona; not exactly how one might imagine Britain’s Bestselling Chiller Writer. He lives in Sussex with his wife Eileen, who has been by his side since before his career as a writer began. They have three daughters, of whom it is immediately clear James is very proud. As a catholic, and sending his daughters to a convent school for girls, some would find it surprising that this is the man who is acclaimed for writing some of the most chilling novels in British history. So where did it all begin? “It is true that as a child I would sit in the playground telling horror stories to the other kids. But my main love at that time was actually always drawing and painting.” He continues, “I actually wanted to be an artist. But sadly,

with my OBE, I did however make the mistake of not calling him ‘His Royal

coming from the east end of London with not much money in our family at

Highness’ as I departed. I was so focused on the fact that I had been told

that time, we couldn’t afford paints for me. Paints were a luxury back then!”

to ‘keep eye contact and reverse backwards’ rather than turnaround that I

Coming from such a humble background to becoming such a success, James

forgot! I did get a chance to mention to him that he was in my next book

must surely look back upon his career with an immense feeling of being

though. He looked bemused!” So has there been any backlash yet from the

proud? “No, I don’t really ever look back and feel proud of ‘me.’ That’s just

Royal family or ‘their people’ on the publication of Ash? “Not yet. And I am

not who I am. I am happy and satisfied yes, but more than of myself I am

not sure if any of them have actually read it yet. It’s a mixture of fiction and

incredibly proud of my daughters and what they’ve each achieved.”

fact though, so I hope if they do they will manage to enjoy it.”

It was in 1974 that the full crescendo of James’s career must have dawned

It’s clear that whatever controversy the book may cause, Ash has fast

on him. New English Library (NEL) published The Rats that year with a first

become another success for James (reaching number 1 in the Sunday

printing of 100,000 copies. The first printing sold out within three weeks. And

Times best seller list and number 1 in the Kindle charts at the time of this

he had only been given an advance of £150!

interview). So will there be any more in the series? “No there won’t be any

Chocolate box life

more books with David Ash. However, I haven’t killed him off. I just feel I’ve

It’s not surprising as you talk to James, that you start to understand that

achieved what I wanted to with his character, so there will be no more.” And

although he comes across as a bit of a rock n’ roll rebel type character in

are there any more ideas he is working on, on the horizon to scare us with?

some ways, he is at the same time a traditionalist living a rather perfect

“I actually have a cupboard full of ideas at home. Ideas come to me so easily,

chocolate box life in the Sussex countryside. He still writes every novel by

all of the time. But yes, there is one in particular that I am embarking upon

pen and paper as he always has (his wife Eileen then types every word for

which I think will equally shock and entice readers, just as Ash has.” Intriguing!

him, as she always has). In fact he informs me how he was nervous about

The Secret Of Crickley Hall will be screened on BBC 1 from October

writing Ash since WH Smith had stopped stocking the notepads he had used

29th. On Friday 26th October James will be in conversation and signing

for many years! “I actually felt worried when I sat down to pen that first page

copies of ASH at The Portsmouth Festival 2012

as it was on a different notepad to what I was used to!” Clearly, it wasn’t an

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issue in the end.

James will be Guest of Honor at The Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival

On the contrary to what one may assume after reading Ash, James says

on Sunday 28th October to be held at Stade Hall, Rock-A-Nore Road,

that he is a self-proclaimed ‘Royalist.’ “I like the royals; I particularly like Prince

Hastings www.pittofhorror.com/index.php/festival.

Charles. I think he will make a great King one day! Upon him presenting me

Pictures taken on location at Bohemia, Brighton.

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FACES & PLACES New bank in Chichester

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Joan French and Annabelle Langmead of Wannops LLP

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Handelsbanken Chichester team, Ian Townsend, Branch Manager Chris Golding, Caroline Moyce and Christopher Doe

Golding. The branch held a launch event recently at their new premises in North Street with over 90 guests from the local professional community, along with a number of their new clients celebrating the opening.

Julie Harrison, Chichester Chamber of Commerce with Handelsbanken Paul Minar

Handelsbanken has over 750 branches in 22 countries and the bank has been able to

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ABSOLUTE INTERIORS

Creating the perfect kitchen can be like

cooking up the perfect dish; a chore that

reaps rewards. We look at some of the styles

available in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market of dream kitchens

Traditional A traditionally-styled kitchen can suit any style of home. Even the most modern buildings can be set off with a homely feel when a traditional kitchen is added. Usually built with wood (or wooden effect) and using country-styled doors and handles, unlike their modern counterparts, traditional kitchens do not have all their mod-cons on show. From the microwave to the fridge freezer, they should be tucked away discreetly.

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Gone are the days of stainless steel only being used in catering

often become magnet for through all the family bythe becoming thegive hub of some alight to pass during day. They

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having loads of drawers and cupboard space, and are great for

easy to clean and practical to cook in too.

keeping clean. Even wear and tear suits them!

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Splashes Of Colour Dynamic, and with a young feel, coloured kitchens can add an uplifting ambience to the room, giving it a style of its own. They are also fun to have as a theme of colour that runs throughout the kitchen with matching accessories. There’s something about a colour-themed kitchen that is exciting and refreshing; being bold is the key!

Modernistic Techno Like any modern technology-styled room, the modern kitchen is style with an ‘in your face’ wow factor effect. This style of kitchen is out to impress with bold angles, colours and all of those modern techno items for the kitchen on display, while being perfectly suited to the fittings. You can have a lot of fun with a modern kitchen, but it can also be easy to get wrong. Unless you are a keen designer yourself, it is advisable to get some in-depth advice on this particular style.

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ABSOLUTE NEWS

DOGS - YOU’RE WELCOME!

Brighton & Hove is crowned Britain’s most dog-friendly place Model Jodie Kidd with some of her best friends

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righton and Hove has been announced as the winner of Cesar’s search for Britain’s Most Dog-Friendly Place. Chosen by a panel of judges led by Cesar ambassador, model Jodie Kidd, Brighton & Hove was selected following a nationwide hunt where Cesar asked people to nominate their favourite place to visit with their dog. Brighton and Hove, which made the shortlist alongside Padstow and Harrogate, was crowned winner of Britain’s Most DogFriendly Place due to its wide variety of open spaces and ease of canine accessibility, making it the ideal place for owners to spend quality time with their dogs. Jodie Kidd, model and dog-lover, paid a special visit to some of Brighton and Hove’s paw-fect dog-friendly places. Jodie said: “It was great to see what the establishments of Brighton andy Hove had to offer me and my dog, Dooby. We’ve received some great suggestions throughout

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haleFest returns to Brighton on 27th-28th October with a wild weekend of whale and dolphin inspired activities and Absolute Brighton has got two family passes up for grabs! A shoal of ocean inspired enjoyment, WhaleFest will be jam packed with exciting activities for visitors of all ages including: • 35 life size whales and dolphins, not to mention sharks, seals and turtles! • The chance to try scuba diving in the crystal waters of the dive pool • A guided tour of a Sperm Whale belly • Get splashed on a real-time virtual whale watching trip • ‘Cinema of the Seas’ showing new and exclusive marine conservation films • ‘Ocean Storytelling’ by acclaimed authors including Lauren St John, Nicola Davis and Gill Lewis • A sandy beach to relax on while experiencing the sights and sounds of the deep blue ocean. Wildlife celebrities including BBC Presenter and conservationist Bill Oddie, BBC Blue Planet cameraman Doug Allen, star of television’s The Woman who swims with Killer Whales Ingrid Visser, Ocean Warrior Pete Bethune, BBC presenter and whale expert Mark Carwardine will also be attending the event. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply answer the following question:

the nomination campaign, but Brighton came out on top.” The search for Britain’s Most Dog-Friendly Place was designed to support and celebrate the dog-friendly villages, towns and cities across the UK and to keep up to date with the latest dog-friendly venues visit www.facebook.com/cesarpawsinplaces

WIN FAMILY TICKETS to WhaleFest 2012 Sperm Whale

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ABSOLUTE OCTOBER

October treats 2 iPhone Fever!

1 Crickley Hall The Secret Of Crickley Hall, the spooky new BBC drama for Halloween, is an adaptation of a James Herbert novel. (Sussex-based James is featured this month on pages 22 - 24). The drama stars that superb actress Suranne Jones, who stars with Tom Ellis as a couple who move to the decidedly creepy-looking Crickley Hall in the menacing-sounding village of Devil’s Cleave a year after the disappearance of their child. The first episode airs on BBC 1 on 29th October. Enjoy!

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At last! The much talked-about new iPhone is now for sale. It comes in three storage sizes, 16, 32 or 64 GB, depending on how much you want to download, and offers a larger screen, 4G connectivity and a slightly tweaked design. It is reportedly the world’s thinnest smartphone at 7.6mm, and is made entirely of glass and aluminium. The smaller SIM card (nanosim) will be up to 40 per cent smaller than previous designs, enabling phones to be slimmer than ever before. Visit www.apple.com for more information.

3 Black History

Brighton and Sussex welcome another exciting season of arts and cultural events in Black History Month, with support from Brighton City Council & Arts Council England. This year’s Black History Month lasts through to November, seeing great events not just in Brighton, but all around the Sussex region. Events range from an Arabic culture festival Far Pavilion set in Pavilion Gardens (6th/7th October) to a one-day Kora Festival (27th October), the return of the Legacy Film Festival (20th-27th October), and an action-packed literary programme. www.brightonblackhistorymonth.org.uk

Celebrating 25 years of fundraising

Elizabeth Finn Care, a charity that helps people in financial need, is hosting its 20th annual Charity Fair in Sussex on Tuesday 16th October 2012 to raise money for people in the area. With more than 50 stalls selling everything from clothing and jewellery to fine food, toys and games, this year’s Charity Fair will offer something for everyone, including the chance to find some perfect Christmas gifts.

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The Fair, held at The South of England Showground, Ardingly, is organised by Elizabeth Finn Care’s East Sussex Committee, and all money raised through the event helps local people living in financial need. The Charity Fair takes place on 20th Ocotber from 9.30am - 3.30pm. Entrance is £4 and includes a raffle ticket. For further information about the Fair, please call 01342 850474.

Exciting new product from Electric

Drawing on two decades of experience in the industry and years of intensive research and development, awardwinning hairdresser and Absolute Brighton contributor Mark Woolley introduces the advanced new product from his luxury British Electric Haircare range: Electric Preparation Spray. With this transforming preparation spray, you can create

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FIVE THINGS YOU SIMPLY MU ST KNOW ABOUT THIS MONTH!

a flawless foundation for any style. This light leave-in conditioner is packed with nourishing oils combined with intelligent UV and heat protecting ingredients. A multifunctional spray that will leave you hair enhanced, radiant and ready for endless creativity. For further details on Electric Haircare and the Electric Hairdressing brand please visit www.electric-hair.com.

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ABSOLUTE COMPETITIONS

A WINNING SMILE!

Win whiter teeth with Concordia Dental Healh

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o celebrate the opening of their new Hove practice, Concordia Dental Healthcare has offered the readers of Absolute Brighton the chance to win a Teeth Whitening Experience worth £350. Concordia believes that every smile is unique and can tell the world about you. It indicates vitality, happiness and well being. A healthy bright smile makes a positive, powerful and memorable statement to everyone you meet. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and dentally fit with proof of confirmation from their current dentist.

To enter the competition, please answer the following question; What is the name of the university from which Dr Pieter Grobbelaar, founder of Concordia Dental Healthcare, graduated as a Dr of Dentistry? Send your entry, with your name, telephone number and email address to: concordiacomp@absolutemagazine.co.uk The competition closes at midnight on October 31st 2012 and the prize will be awarded to the person who provides the first correct answer.

Competition criteria, rules, terms and conditions are available on the Concordia website at: www.concordiadental.co.uk or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Concordia Competition 39a Salisbury Road, Hove BN3 3AA.

Take the National Express

Brighton’s travel tales needed to mark 40 years of coach travel

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ational Express turns 40 this month and to celebrate, it’s appealing for Brighton’s travel tales from the last four decades - with the best stories receiving a year’s free coach travel. In 1972 you could travel to 31 locations from Brighton; today there are over 119 available. Coach travel has changed beyond recognition in the last four decades but the nation still loves a trip on a National Express coach – with over

300,000 journeys taken from Brighton every year.  Andrew Cleaves, Managing Director of National Express, says: “We’re proud to have carried millions of Britons on day trips, holidays and visit to friends and family during our forty year journey and want to reward our most loyal customers. “To mark our landmark birthday we’re looking for real-life stories about travelling across Britain by coach. Perhaps you met the love of your life on a National Express journey, or you have visited every seaside town in Britain or perhaps clocked up thousands of miles exploring the country. We want to hear from people as passionate about travelling Britain as we are and the best stories will get a year’s free travel.” To take part visit www.nationalexpress.com/40 and upload your story about travelling Britain by coach.

In 1972 a ticket from London to Brighton cost £0.85 – equivalent to £9.47 today. Today fares start from £3.50

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ABSOLUTE DENTAL

FILLING THE GAP Dental Implants – a complete change to dentistry

Dr Farrokh Sharifzad from Marina Dentalcare

In this series of articles, Guy Barwell from The Implant Centre looks at different aspects of dental implants starting with an overview, history and other options, available to clients of Marina Dentalcare

Guy Barwell from The Implant Centre

ental implants are having a profound

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(bone integration)’ and was discovered in the

have been a tormented procedure given the

effect on patients across the world.

1950s.

fact that local anaesthetic was not invented until

Dentists have completely changed their view on

Once secure, the implant can have attachments

the 1880s.

what can be done for people who are suffering

placed allowing various different options in

with problem teeth, that do not respond to old

different situations. The most common is to

standard dental treatments.

have a single crown (the white part of the

Dentists used to have no option but to point

tooth you can see) fixed into place with a small

patients towards dentures, or damaging bridges

screw. This crown is designed to match the

when a tooth could not be salvaged. Now

adjacent teeth as carefully as possible and will

the first line of treatment is always the use of

fell and function as if it is a natural tooth.

extremely successful and long lasting dental implants. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of the natural tooth, inserted below the gum in a remarkably straight forward and painless treatment. The amazing effect is that the patient’s bone actually bonds directly onto the implant so securing it with incredible strength – this is termed ‘Osseointegration

“I was a little apprehensive about having cosmetic treatment but found it surprisingly painless. Farrokh and Guy transformed my smile” GC - patient - a patient of Marina Dentalcare

Discounted dental plans and comprehensive dental implants

Luckily we have come a long way since then and despite many attempts to find different and possibly better materials, nearly all implants placed in the world are now manufactured from titanium. What has happened is a very rapid uptake in the use of implants in dental treatments as they are widely regarded as far better solutions than the alternatives. We will

Modern implant dentists are a little behind

continue this discussion in the next month.

our forefathers, as various forms of dental implants have been described from thousands of years ago. Jaw bones from Maya burial sites

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demonstrated pieces of shells acting as implants

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replacing teeth around 600 AD which must

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ABSOLUTE HAIR

NEW HAIR COLOUR? THE BALAYAGE EFFECT.

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utumn always brings on a feeling

dip-dyed, anything goes. Clients’ choice

of warmth, a need to settle in, to

really is a reflection of their mood and

indulge in the new fashion with layers of

lifestyle. The fact it’s so low maintenance

luxe wool and rich fabrics. In the salon it

is such a bonus for women too. Clients

is all about colour; clients want change

want to look fashionable and feel good

and nothing says new season like a

about their appearance, but in this day

change in hair colour.

and age we don’t all have the time or

This season’s trends for Autumn/Winter

the budget to be in the salon every few

2012 are cool with blondes going for

weeks for a touch up.

beige champagne tones and brunettes

What colour is for you?

going for cool dark chocolate hues.

If you have pale skin avoid light cold

However the most popular colour

tones as this will wash you out and you

treatment requested is still balayage.

will look drained. If you have a warm

Balayage is a freehand technique

skin tone you should avoid chestnut and

developed in the 1970s in France, where

warm red hues as this will make your skin

the colour is applied by hand rather

tone appear pink.

than using the traditional foiling or cap

Our favourite hue is one that allows the

highlighting techniques.

client to have a natural movement in the

You can achieve so many different

hair, a shine that exudes natural health

effects using this technique from

and a tone that makes her skin radiant

soft subtle highlights to add movement to

and youthful - then we know we have

something bold and punky and

got it right!

By Mark Woolley Mark Woolley is the owner and creative director of Electric Hairdressing.

The winners form our TAKE ME WITH YOU COMPETITION are as follows: Clare Moloney, Mark Mills, Sian Brindlow, Boris Shelter, Cliff Faires, Johanna Mills, Tracey Stackey, Glenda Clarke, Zoe Miller, John Pearce, Mary Beynon, Alison Clarke, Steve Comley, Felicity Noctor, Hannah Porter, Rose Bartlett, Patricia Lucus, Adam Ellis, Anna Roche and Ruth Middleton. Congratulations to you all!

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cortisol, causing our bodies to burn fat at a lower intensity. So the most effective way of encouraging our bodies to burn fat as a fuel is to intersperse low intensity cardio vascular workouts such as fast walking or cycling with guided weight training, preferably with the cardio workout taking place in between or directly after the weight sessions. So look at your workout. Is it becoming less effective? Are you seeing the results you used to see? It could be the intensity of

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your cardio… Next month, we look at how to develop a weight training programme. For more information on how to manage your eating and training, you can contact Livia at: Livia@fitfreedom.co.uk

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ABSOLUTE LIFE COACHING

CHANGING DIRECTION

This month, Absolute Life Coaching gives advice on how to cope with making changes to enhance your life

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hanging direction in life certainly can appear to be terrifying. You may well feel it is better to stay in your own comfort zone. However, people who never attempt to change direction or situations don’t ever progress or achieve in life, but some may be happy and content; are you? If you wish to move on and change situations read on.

“Visualise what you wish for and work out a strategy you are able to reach your goals” Dream of the life you want, pour your energies into something you enjoy, don’t do as many people do and spread yourself thinly whizzing around on the treadmill! Having decided on the changes in your life, be aware that the more you action, the more

change will take place. Set yourself aims and objectives that are achievable; it’s disheartening to not reach the goals you’ve set yourself. Write down bullet points of the things you would like to change – now write the advantages if you obtain these goals. Visualise what you wish for and work out a strategy you are able to reach your goals – start small, what should the first step be? Now go forward and action the first step. Increase your urgency to change by spending regular (private) time visualising your goals; this will have the desired effect of accelerating your motivation and increasing your energy – remember apathy breeds tiredness. Finally don’t give up, be determined and control your focus. Also be mindful that setting goals makes directional change more achievable… If you would like to try life coaching call Terrina on 01273 507679 or Georgina on 07912 296483.

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6. Caudalie Fleur de Vigne fragrance The very expression of refinement and freshness. £25 www.caudalie.com

2. Limited Edition Angel EDP Fragrance of Leather Leather facets with iris and apricot accents. £40 www.clarins.co.uk

7. W Fragrance for Her by Ted Baker A fig leaf accord which is complemented by white peony and African violet. £19 Available at Debenhams nationwide

3. 4711 Nouveau Cologne A brand new fragrance range designed to give a moment of calm and inspiration every day. £12.95 www.beautique.com 4.Ted Baker Woman Sophisticated base notes of ylang, cedarwood and musk, with orris, basil and rose. £35 Available at Debenhams nationwide 5. Langley by Ted Baker A fresh feminine fragrance, with an air of vintage glamour. £45 www.tedcares.com

8. Coco Noir by Chanel From this deep, rich black emerges a unique olfactory experience. £75 www.boots.com 9. J’adore L’absolu from Dior Rich and precious substance in the spirit of Dior. £85 www.dior.com

for him 11. A* Men EDT Fragrance of Leather Limited edition. Epitomizes the timeless contemporary hero, both on-trend and futurist. £45 www.clarins.co.uk 12. 4711 Original Eau De Cologne In its 220th year, this cult fragrance never loses its appeal. £80 www.beautique.com www.boots.com 13. M Fragrance for Him Fresh, sparkling notes of Japanese yuzu and roseberry with a hint of black peppercorn. £19 Available at Debenhams nationwide 14. Eau Sauvage Parfum A truly iconic Dior fragrance, that evokes the atmosphere of a sensual and luxurious night. £67.50 Available exclusively at Harrods ABSOLUTE

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NEWSXTRA PLUMPTON RACECOURSE AND HEPWORTH BREWERY AGREE NEW PARTNERSHIP

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lympic gold medal winner and inspiration Sally Gunnell OBE has shown her dedication to fresh,

local produce by becoming patron of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards. Earlier this year, Sally helped kick off the 2012/13 awards at the South of England Show, revealing that it was eating good, super-fresh ingredients which made the difference to her fitness and allowed her to win gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Having found out more about the awards, which are all about celebrating the best local food and drink in Sussex, she now wants to be a part of them. “It is much healthier to eat fresh, local food – and it’s great to support your community at the same time, so I am a huge advocate of eating local,” said Sally Gunnell, who grew up on a farm and has lived in Sussex for many years. Public voting for the best farmers, food and drink

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lumpton Racecourse have recently

can serve good quality local beers that

signed a new agreement with

can add something more to a race day.”

Horsham based brewing company

Claire Sheppard, Chief Executive of

Hepworth & Co to ensure a raceday

Plumpton Racecourse says “ The

at Plumpton provides a memorable

relationship we are building with

taste of Sussex, in addition to an

Hepworth delivers on Plumpton’s

exciting day’s racing. The partnership

key objective to promote our quality

includes sponsorship of the Hepworth

local producers on racedays. We are

Bar at Plumpton Racecourse, which

very proud to stock Hepworth’s award

exclusively stocks their range of beers

winning beers and lagers at Plumpton,

and lagers of distinction in cask, keg

and enjoy working with Hepworth to

and bottles, and support for special

grow awareness of their product. The

offers and promotions for Plumpton’s

feedback from customers too has been

customers.

positive; we believe we have created a

Andy Hepworth, Managing Director of

position at a racecourse where everyone

Hepworth & Co says “We really enjoy

is a winner! ”

producers, farmers markets, eateries, butchers, local shops and young chef closes at midnight on 14th October. Everyone has one vote per category either online or through SMS text voting, with all details at www.sussexfoodawards.biz.

our involvement with Plumpton. It has proved a great success for us allowing

Details of up coming racedays can be

us to showcase our beers to potential

found at www.plumptonracecourse.

clients while we are all having a good

co.uk or by calling the Racecourse

time, and along the way proved that you

Office on 01273 890383.

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he Asham Award ia a national short story competition for new women writers created in

memory of Virginia Woolf, and Sussex accountancy firm Knill James have announced it will sponsor this year’s award.

NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR BEST UNSIGNED BLUES MUSICIANS

2012/13 sees the second year of collaboration between the Asham Trust and the publishers Virago and there will again be a theme to the competition. “We have chosen the theme of ‘Journey’, because it can be interpreted in so many different ways,” says Asham administrator Carole Buchan. The Award is again sponsored by the Booker Prize Foundation and Much Ado Books of Alfriston, East Sussex. There is £2,700 in prize money to be won, in addition to publication in the anthology of winning and commissioned stories. The shortlist will be announced in early 2013 and the prize giving will be held in September 2013 at Charleston, East Sussex, during the short story festival, Small Wonder.

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ntries for this year’s highly

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in New

prestigious and nationwide

Brunswick, Canada, next September.

competition - The New Brunswick

Says Lisa Gagnon, who’s organising

Unfortunately entries are now closed, but for further

Battle of the Blues -are now open. For

the competition in the UK for New

details about the award, visit www.ashamaward.com.

a third year the cream of unsigned

Brunswick, “Harvest Jazz & Blues

bands and singer/songwriters is

is one of the world’s great music

being sought from across the UK, and

festivals. Once again we’re thrilled to

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particularly from the South of England

be offering this chance to British blues

with local people to create a new piece of artwork

where, organisers believe, great blues

musicians to play alongside the best

for The Level, as part of a major restoration of one of

talent deserves higher recognition.

of the best. The winners will play gigs

Brighton & Hove’s largest parks.

Five heats will take place around the

on the Festival’s main stage and have

The artist team include Brighton-based designer and

country, with Southern heats being

the chance to make contact with some

illustrator Sarah Arnett and landscape architect Tom

held at The Brunswick, Hove on 25th

of the all time blues greats who come

Hardiment, along with manufacturer Graphic Relief

January and The New Crawdaddy

here from across North America and

Ltd. They will be working with the community on a

Blues Club, Billericay on 24th January.

indeed the world.”

design which will become a feature of The Level’s

Heat winners, plus a ‘judges’ choice,’

Interested bands and singer/

north lawns.

will go head-to-head at the final in

songwriters can register initially at

Anyone interested in getting involved can also contact

London in March 2013, with the overall

www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk

parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk

competition winner being taken out to

between 1st October and 30th

or call 01273 292929.

play main stage at the world renowned

November 2012.

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FACES & PLACES Fun in the sky at Spitfires ready to ‘scramble’

RAFA airshow

Liz and Mark Stillman, Gina Love and Justine Sweeney from ‘Baker Street Boys’ Air Marshall ‘Dusty’ Miller with Lesley Miller

Strawberries and cream for Sophie and Maxine Evans and Sally-Ann Hayes

The 23rd RAFA Shoreham Airshow, which this year celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Central Flying School, was once again a brilliant success. The weather on the Saturday was fine and resulted in some stunning flying displays from all those involved. On Sunday morning rain and low cloud eventually gave way allowing for some first class display flying. The Vulcan was the highlight over both days causing the traffic on the A27 to come to a stand still doing some very low passes on the Sunday to escape the low cloud. Representatives from RAFA HQ attended over both days and all agreed that it was a wonderful event. Jane Easton Secretary general of RAFA said,”We do really need to say well done to all those involved in running this airshow. They are all volunteers and some are just local residents with no RAFA connections, who give up their time to make it a real family day out. “A big thank you also needs to go to Peter Eager and Don Bean, MBE, founder members for their efforts over the past 23 years. From humble beginnings has come one of the most popular UK airshows, which to date has donated almost 1.8m pounds to RAFA Funds.” Air Marshall Cliff Spink, this year’s patron said: “I have attended and flown at Shoreham over many years and in my view it is one of the best airshows in the country. It is a pilot’s favourite!” “Once we have had time to let the dust settle we will then decide what we plan to do for 2013,” said Derek Harber, acting airshow organiser.

RAF veteran Arthur Smith was a Flight Engineer on Lancaster Bombers

The Breitling Wingwalkers team

The Face of Hove, Heidi Cotton

Airshow favourites Haurel and Lardy

Pictures Graham Franks,. Words John Periam One of the Breitling Wingwalkers team

Enjoying the show, Heart Radio’s Jack the Lad with 2-year-old son Reuben

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FACES & PLACES

Flying high with the Breitling Wingwalkers team

The mighty Vulcan

A bomb explodes on the airfield

Penny Ixer

Spitfire Pilot, Charlie Brown

Wartime family, Karina Ginn and evacuee Thor Ginn from The Real Dad’s Army Group

The Face of Hove Heidi Cotton

Time for tea for Rosemary Burgess and Christine Hunt

‘Pike’ guards the Spitfires

Ground Crew Simon Steggall and Liz Maxim ensuring the Hurricane is ready to fly

An award for The Matadors for being the most entertaining air display

A Spitfire prepares to take off during a Luftwaffe raid on the airfield

Mike and Jennifer Mendoza From Sussex Police, Officer Thompson, Sgt. Jim Stobart and PCSO Ed Mitchell Squadron Living History Group, plot the Battle of Britain over Southern England

The real Dad’s Army guarding a Spitfire

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ABSOLUTE FLIGHT REVIEW

A flight of fancy

Absolute Brighton’s Richard Daley gets to grip with a tiger... “‘Tiger’ has brought pleasure to many a thrill seeker who has wanted to experience the true freedom of flight”

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to experience all of those wonderful sensations. Following the instruction from the tower ‘November, November’ gently moved forward as we rolled over the slightly uneven turf. At the end of the grass runway, we turned into the wind, and made a final check to ensure that we were ready to fly, and the Control Tower gave permission for take off. As we accelerated, I felt a slight rhythmic jarring as the wheels gently bounce off the grass. And then, it was suddenly smooth… we were airborne! The ease at which this old lady lifts in to the sky is truly majestic as we now made a right turn and headed towards Lancing College. The feeling of freedom was exhilarating. Gradually we climbed higher and higher. “Everything OK, Richard”? The first words I heard from Cedric in full control in the back seat. “Magnificent, absolutely magic, I’m living the dream”, I replied. “You have control, Richard” said Cedric. “I have control” I replied. I was flying the Tiger straight and level. Cedric asked me to try some turns, and some tips came through the earphones. The feeling of freedom is terrific. I asked Cedric to demonstrate a loop. It didn’t end there, for a further five minutes we danced through the air with such ease, a Lazy Eight and a Barrel Roll. What an experience, what excitement! It was now time to return to base and with no other traffic in the circuit we turned for finals. After landing, I stood alongside this queen of the skies, to notice the name emblazoned on her nose – ‘The Spirit of Pashley.’ This will be a memory that I will savour forever. You too can enjoy this wonderful experience, as I did. I can guarantee that you will have a thrill of a lifetime. Tel: 01273 463081. www.perryair.co.uk Past and Present Tiger Moth NM137 with her wartime pilot Jan Mayer in 1942, and her current owner Ian Perry in 2006

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t last I am about to realise a lifelong ambition. It’s now seven o’clock, I jump into the car and as I turn the key I can’t help but think that the next time I hear an engine catch, the sound of a Gipsy Major Engine will burst into life at Shoreham Airport. The de Havilland Tiger Moth ‘November, November’ lifted to the sky for the first time while Europe was still at war with Germany. The main role of the Tiger Moth was to train newly enlisted pilots to fly. She isn’t a macho fighter like her stable-mates; instead she is a skilful teacher. It was in a Tiger Moth that most British and Commonwealth Air Force pilots took their first tentative steps towards getting their wings. ‘The few’ that saved Britain and the free world during the Battle of Britain; the boys of Bomber Command, who flew night after night, through intense flak over Germany; the Dakota pilots that trudged their way to Normandy pulling gliders; the vast majority of these men began their flight training flying a Tiger Moth at an Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS). Ever since, this ‘Tiger’ has brought pleasure to many a thrillseeker who has wanted to experience the true sensual freedom of flight, and now, it’s my turn. Following my flight safety briefing, it was time to don the leather flying jacket, and put on a leather flying helmet along with some goggles. Cedric, my instructor, walked me out to the aircraft for checks, and I helped to conduct the pre flight inspections. I was reminded of the many details that make this biplane so distinctive. The Tiger Moth traces its origins to 1931. Essentially, it was a modified version of the Gipsy Moth which de Havilland had been producing since the mid 1920s. It incorporated significant improvement from its predecessor. In order to make escape by parachute easier for the instructor (who sat in the rear cockpit, surrounded my struts and wires) the upper wing of the Tiger was moved forward by 19 inches. The upper wings were then swept back to keep the centre of gravity within limits. To minimize the chance of a wing strike during crosswind operations, the lower wings were tilted upwards. With checks completed I was informed that we would be taking off on the grass runway so that this flight will replicate ‘Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’. To fly in a Tiger Moth, is to travel back in time; back to an era when fabric-covered biplanes took off – not from long asphalt runways, but from pastures and meadows. Back then, flying was a feast for all the senses. You smelled fresh cut grass and oil on hot exhaust stacks; you felt the cool dampness of a nearby cloud. This particular morning, I was about

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ABSOLUTE NEWS

BOWLING IN HOVE!

Sussex Cheese Bowling Champions 2012

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hree women have been declared champions, after 250 people competed in the second annual Sussex Cheese Bowling Championship, held at Hove Lawns recently as part of the Brighton Food Festival’s Sussex and the World Market. Thirty-two-year-old Lucy Shearman from Brighton was overall winner on the first day, and then Victoria Wilkes and Steph Tooley tied in the contest the following day, rolling their High Weald Dairy St Giles cheese balls closest to the big cheese target on a marked out green on Hove seafront. Said Paula Seager, MD of Natural PR, who organised the sport: “The Brighton Food Festival event was superb, attended by thousands and people got whole-heartedly involved with the cheese bowling with many staying to watch all afternoon. “We are grateful to The Southern Co-operative, who sponsored the event and provided lots of their staff volunteers to help run the contest throughout the weekend – it was quirky, fun and all about delicious local fare, with contestants taking home their tasty cheeses to eat later. We’ll be back next year!” The team also raised £364 for Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex, at the event, with Peter Allan from High Weald Dairy also donating his salary on the day as well. Winners will receive presentation boxes with a selection of the dairy’s delicious cheeses.

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Over 100,000 people enjoyed Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival’s Autumn Harvest events, which took place last month, sponsored by PHS Wastetech and Spire Healthcare and run by Festival Director Nick Mosley and a team of local volunteers. www.brightonfoodfestival.com Cheese Bowling team from The Southern Co-operative

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ABSOLUTE RECIPES

Shucks!

It’s

that time of year again!

Once dismissed as simple peasant fare, then as food for the privileged rich, this mighty mollusc is now more widely available and is enjoying a renaissance. Oyster bars are popping up everywhere, oysters are featuring on restaurant menus and no food festival is complete without an oyster stall

C R U S T Y OY S T E R S Oysters in the shell, topped with fresh bread crumbs, grated Gruyere and chopped parsley, then cooked under a hot grill. Serves 4. Ingredients: 24 oysters 3 slices white bread, crusts removed 75g/3oz Gruyère, grated 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper A few drops of Tabasco® Pepper Sauce Method: 1. First shuck the oysters. With your hand protected by a thick cloth, hold the oyster flat shell up. Insert the point of an oyster knife, or other sturdy thick bladed knife into the hinge of the oyster

- this is the thin, pointed end of the shell. Move the knife backwards and forward until the hinge breaks. Slide the knife under the shell to sever the ligament. Lift off the top shell, being careful not to lose and of the oyster liquor. 2. Whizz bread in a processor to make fine crumbs. Transfer to a bowl with grated cheese and parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir well to mix. 4. Arrange oysters in a shallow baking tin. Shake 2 drops of Tabasco® Pepper Sauce into each one - or to taste. 4. Spoon around 2 tsp of crumb mix over each oyster to cover the meats completely. Place under a hot grill for 4 minutes, or until crumbs are crispy.

Oysters R oc k efeller Oysters Rockefeller is a suitably opulent recipe that involves sandwiching the oysters between a bed of sautéed minced spinach and shallots and a cheesy breadcrumb topping. Ingredients: 24 oysters 57g/2oz unsalted butter 4 rashers of streaky bacon crisply fried and crumbled 1 handful of spinach, finely chopped 11/2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 11/2 tablespoons finely chopped celery leaves 11/2 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs ½ teaspoon salt A few drops of Tabasco® Pepper Sauce Pernod or Pastis Ricard

Method: 1. Open the oysters, leaving them in their juices in their deep half shell. Detach them from the shell so they will be easy to eat. 2. Melt the butter in the saucepan and add the bacon crumbles, spinach, parsley, celery leaves, spring onions, breadcrumbs, salt and Tabasco® Pepper Sauce to taste. Cook the mixture over a low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring, until you have lightly cooked stuffing. 3. Divide the stuffing among the oysters, spooning it on top of them. Place in an oven dish on a bed of coarse salt to keep them steady, then either grill or bake in a pre-heated oven at 230ºC/ 450ºF/Gas mark 8 until the oysters are lightly brown and bubbling. 4. Before serving drop a few drops of Pernod on to each oyster.

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Main Courses – ALL @ £6.45 Traditional Christmas Roast Norfolk Turkey served with all the Trimmings 4-hour Slow Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb, Grilled Vegetables, Port Wine Sauce Braised Pork Belly, Apple & Potato Mash, Black Pudding, Soya Honey Sauce Oven Roast Fillet of Salmon, Saag Aloo Potato, Thai Curry Sauce Fillet of Plaice stuffed with Crab Meat. Baby Spinach, Sauce Veronique Stuffed Chicken Breast (with Lamb Mince and Mint), Green Beans, Port Wine Sauce Confit Leg of Duck, Butternut Squash, Red Cabbage, Honey Ginger Sauce Stuffed R Roasted Red Peppers, Mange-Tout, Green Beans and Tomato Sauce Beef Bourguignon, Bacon, Pearl Onion, Mushrooms and New Potato

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ABSOLUTE RECIPES

PUMPKIN PASSION The Halloween favourite

Halloween Pumpkin Pilaf with Almonds and Greek Yogurt This is a quick easy recipe to make but the resulting dish is warm and comforting and is packed full of vitamins and goodness. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

THAI CHICKEN AND PUMPKIN CURRY Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 3cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or crushed 70g red curry paste 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces 1 medium pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces 1 tbsp fish sauce 400g tin of coconut milk 200g pack Tenderstem broccoli 150g baby corn halved 1 bunch of spring onions, sliced Juice of 1 lime 1 bunch of coriander, chopped Thai rice to serve

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Method: 1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and then gently sautĂŠ the onion, ginger and garlic for about 5 minutes until it has softened but not coloured. Stir in the curry paste and chicken, and cook for about 1 minute. 2. Stir in the pumpkin or butternut squash, and then add the fish sauce, coconut milk and 200ml water. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. 3. Add the Tenderstem, baby corn and spring onions to the curry and continue to cook for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Finish off by stirring in the lime juice and coriander before serving with Thai rice.

Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 1 onion chopped 3 cloves garlic 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp fennel seeds 1 tsp black onion seeds 400g basmati rice 400g pumpkin diced 800ml chicken stock 100ml Greek yogurt 100g radishes sliced 100g roasted almonds crushed Small bunch mint roughly chopped Small bunch coriander roughly chopped 1 chilli chopped Salt and pepper Method: 1. Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid, add the onion, garlic, cumin, fennel and black onion seeds, cook for three minutes, stirring every now and then until the onions are translucent. Now add the rice and cook for a further two minutes until the rice has also turned translucent, stirring all the time. Add the pumpkin and stock, bring to the boil and turn down the heat to a gentle simmer. Season and place the lid on the pan and leave to cook without stirring for 10 minutes, or until all the stock has been absorbed, turn off the heat and leave to stand for five minutes to finish cooking. 2. Remove the lid and give a gentle stir. Top with a spoonful or two of Greek yogurt and scatter the sliced radishes and remaining ingredients over the top. Serve at once. www.loveradish.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS IS ALL WRAPPED UP AT

Bohemia! Christmas Menu

A delightful traditional three course Christmas dinner produced by Bohemia’s head chef. £29.95 per head Bookings being taken now.

Parties at Bohemia These include DJ, Christmas canapé menu and cocktails, making it a night not to be forgotten by your guests! Bookings are going fast.

Christmas Day at Bohemia Come & enjoy the most important day of the year with us. Let our head chef take away the strain of cooking Christmas dinner for you and your guests with his delicious Christmas Day menu. For the children… we’ve heard Santa may be making an appearance too! Bookings are going fast.

New Years Eve at Bohemia This is set to be the party of the year in Brighton… need we say more! Bookings are going fast. To book any of the above, please call and speak to Bohemia’s General Manager who will be happy to take care of your requirements for this Christmas.

Tel: 01273 777770 E: info@bohemiabrighton.co.uk www.bohemiabrighton.co.uk Folllow us on Facebook and Twitter Bohemia is open from 9am-3am Food is served 9am-8pm (Later dinner bookings are also accommodated for parties booked in advance.)

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ABSOLUTE RESTAURANT REVIEW

Italian charm

Absolute Brghton’s Rishma Patel tries an Italian restaurant in the Lanes with a difference, Como

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t was a late summer’s evening when my husband, Paul and I decided to head out for dinner. We drove through Brighton, which was bustling with people getting ready to enjoy their evening out, in bars, pubs and clubs. We wandered through the Lanes pondering where to eat taking in the ambience and diversity of Brighton, when we came across Como Cucina Italiana. The place looked classy, there were a few tables outside where you could settle down for a large glass of wine and unwind after a busy week, or dine alfresco. We stepped inside and were warmly greeted by Maurizio, our waiter for the evening. We had a lovely table in the window, perfect for people watching – a passtime that I love to indulge in. Como threw open its doors early last year and is the brainchild of Fabio Lauro, with a little input from his father. The restaurant is named after Fabio’s home town of Como in Northern Italy, where the concept was born: the idea for a restaurant with Italian fine dining; great food, amazing wine created with love, passion and soul, to channel the heart and soul of Italy. The menu reflects regional dishes within close proximity to Como and being an Italian family-run business, the food is all homemade, using the best local produce.

“The dimmed lighting with flickering candles created a very relaxing and cosy atmosphere, and there was a gentleman playing the guitar, showing how Como is very different from your average Italian restaurant!” We settled down at our table and perused the extensive wine list. I say list, it was actually more of a comprehensive booklet. Paul is somewhat of a wine connoisseur and he was impressed with the layout; it stated the variety of the grape used for each bottle with a brief description. The wines stocked are professionally selected to compliment and

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intensify the food. Being in an Italian establishment and it being a light end of summer evening, we opted for Classic Italian white, the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. The wine was a full bodied white, dry but yet still crisp on the palate, with an intense aroma and notes of crisp green apple in each sip. Whilst looking at the menu our waiter bought over a lovely board of homemade bread, served on a rustic wooden board. Bread and real butter is rather naughty, but was very comforting and too delicious to ignore. It was a good selection of rosemary bread, oozing with flavour, walnut bread and other varieties. The food menu is comprehensive but still concise, and thankfully does not reflect your typical high street Italian chain. Waiter Maurizio is extremely knowledgeable about the dishes and explained each in depth and the region it is common in. I opted for the Polenta Grigliata from Northern Italy and Paul chose the Madaglioni di Astice. For our mains we opted for the Agnello ‘Avolta’ and the Aged Hereford Cattle Sirloin Steak. The décor is very upmarket; monochrome paint adorns the walls as a base to hang pictures of fashion models. Como is laid out on two floors, catering for large parties and providing an intimate setting for a romantic dinner for two. The dimmed lighting with flickering candles created a very relaxing and cosy atmosphere, and there was a gentleman playing the guitar, showing how Como is very different from your normal Italian restaurant! The place was beginning to get really busy with large groups, families and couples. Our starters arrived and the chef certainly pays a lot of attention to detail when creating his dishes. My Polenta Grigliata was sumptuous, a hearty brick of polenta perfectly chargrilled and topped with Taleggio cheese on a bed of rocket and beetroot crush, all served in a parmesan basket. The Polenta was of a good firm texture with a smoky taste, the oozing Taleggio cheese added a tang to the dish which cut through the sweetness of beetroot crush, and the rocket added a lovely pepper taste that bought the dish together well.

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Paul’s Madaglioni Di Astice consisted of poached Lobster Medallions served with tomato gelatine, orange, lemon and mustard dressing and was a fresh clean dish, with three robust medallions, meaty in texture with a soft, sweet taste. One might think the citrus dressing overpowers the dish, but it actually lifts it into a clean, refreshing, light dish. Como Cucina Italiana is the flagship restaurant of Fabio. He has since opened Como Brassiere 1960 a few minutes’ walk away on Market Street, which is a more relaxed venue, serving good food any time of the day, from breakfast through to a late dinner, and the menu showcases French, Italian and Belgium cuisine. A speciality is that they also serve 50 European beers with their own draught beer imported from Lake Como. Our mains arrived, again beautifully presented. The steak was cooked perfectly to my taste, a wonderful piece of meat with an intense rich flavour - probably one of the best steaks I’ve had. Paul’s Agnello ‘Avolta’ must have also been fantastic as he hardly muttered a word until he had finished. He said the rack of lamb was succulent and juicy and had an exquisite flavour. It was served with a beetroot sauce and vanilla mash, yes vanilla mash! A smooth velvety mash with a hint of vanilla worked very well with the lamb,

and the earthiness of the beetroot. Normally, we would have decline on dessert, but as the standard of food had been so good we opted to share the raspberry ripple cheesecake and I am so glad we did. A generous slice of vanilla cheesecake was creamy, rich, velvety and perfectly balanced so that it was not too sweet. The only word to sum this pudding up is – heaven! The service at Como was exceptional, the ambience was perfect, and the food was incredible, all in all a wonderful evening. Fabio and his team are doing a tremendous job, it is no wonder they are continuing to expand their business. Everyone should have a taste of Como!

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A House for all Seasons The Macqouid Room.

Picture courtesy of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

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Tim Parker visits one of Sussex’s most beautiful houses, Preston Manor

he Royal Pavilion may be Brighton’s

laying out some of his land on the Hove

individuals in Sussex, and to have died worth

Crown Jewel, and the Prince Regent its

seafront for building plots. It was as they say

more than half a million in money’.

hero, but for my money Preston Manor is a

nowadays, a win, win situation.

William’s son, another William, continued his

real contender for the title, and its owners,

There was no need for William to sell land as

father’s careful estate management resisting the

the Stanford family, just as important to the

his income from rents was already high and

temptation to sell land for development and

development of our extraordinary city as

his agricultural estate flourished. In 1808 he

thus ensuring that Preston Manor remained

‘Prinny’. Let me make my case!

was appointed High Sherriff of East Sussex

a sizable estate. Additionally, before his own

First some history. You will not be surprised

and became a leading member of the Sussex

death, William placed the Estate under the

to learn that in the time of the Doomsday

gentry. Nothing it seemed could go wrong, and

authority of the Court of Chancery to ensure

Book the Church owned great chunks of land

in 1833 he even received £30,000, a colossal

that there would be no more land sales.

in Sussex including the Manor of Preston

sum in those days, from the owners of the

Unfortunately James, William’s son, died just

which belonged to the Bishop of Chichester.

new London to Brighton railway line which

twelve years after his father and James’ five

The Church continued to own huge swathes

crossed his land and spoilt the view from

year old daughter Ellen inherited the Estate

of land and estates across the country until

Preston Manor. When William died in 1841

As we all know the best laid plans can go

Henry VIII began to appropriate them to swell

the Gentleman’s Magazine stated that ‘he was

wrong, and when Ellen grew up she chose Vere

the royal coffers. It was Elizabeth I, following in

considered to be one of the richest private

Fane Bennett to be her husband. He too was a

her father’s footsteps, who took over Preston Manor on behalf of the Crown. Ownership of Preston Manor changed hands several times over the next two hundred years until 1874 when Charles Weston, the then owner, sold the manor to one of his tenant farmers, one William Stanford. And what a purchase it was – a farmer and a developer’s dream purchase, an estate spreading for miles into Brighton and Hove and right down to the Seafront. In the early 1800s, Brighton was growing fast and William had the best of both worlds being able to sell his agricultural produce to the town, while at the same time

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landowner, but a landowner saddled with debts.

“...you might want to consider making a visit on Halloween and join one of the Manor’s ghost tours. Is the manor haunted? Of course it is!”

Ellen challenged the Will, and through an act of Parliament in 1871 the way was clear for the Stanfords to turn their substantial agricultural estate into building and development land. This was a dramatic change and by 1884, 550 acres of open land in central Brighton and Hove had been sold. Fine houses began to appear on grand roads, drives and avenues and in just a few short years the appearance of Brighton and Hove was changed forever. Vere died and Ellen remarried, returning in 1905 with her new husband, Charles Stanford to live in Preston Manor with a large retinue of

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Preston Manor.

Picture courtesy of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

Picture courtesy of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

servants. (While ‘old’ William Stanford tried

the landed gentry and their servants.

to protect the family estate, the younger

The Preston Manor you can visit today

William sought to continue the family

reflects the Edwardian period when social

name, stipulating that whoever his daughter

etiquette was strictly observed, especially

Ellen married should take the Stanford

by the upper classes who lived in great

family name). Charles, with interests in

luxury while their servants worked

archaeology and history, published several

incredibly long hours for meagre wages. But

books and became Mayor of Brighton an

the servants, many of whom took a great

occasion that became the excuse for the

pride in those for whom they worked, had

greatest garden party that Brighton had

their own rules and social hierarchy with

ever witnessed. There were one thousand

the butler very much in charge.

guests. The Brighton Herald, my favourite

So if you haven’t yet visited the manor,

weekly newspaper when I came to live in

I urge you to do so and if further

Brighton, described the scene: The opulent

encouragement were needed you might

sunshine of a July afternoon gave a touch

want to consider making that visit on

of magic to a picture of old-world English

Halloween and join one of the Manor’s

beauty which makes a place like Preston

ghost tours. Is the manor haunted? Of

Manor a precious National Asset.

course it is!

‘Ghosts at the Manor’ publicity image

Picture courtesy of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

Charles’s was a spectacular Mayoralty with Ellen and he entertaining guests including the author Rudyard Kipling, the Crown Prince of Sweden and the Princesses Beatrice and Helena, two of the late Queen Victoria’s Daughters. The Herald was right – Preston Manor is a National asset and continues to be so. On their deaths in 1932, the year before I was born, Ellen and Charles bequeathed the house and its contents together with the grounds contents to Brighton Council. Today the Manor is a wonderful place to visit and remains a living testament to the Stanford Family. One of the fascinations in the television blockbuster ‘Downtown Abbey’ is its portrayal of the day to day lives of

Ellen’s bedroom

Picture courtesy of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

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FACES & PLACES Rose sparkles in Lindfield A champagne reception was held to celebrate the opening of Mathilda Rose, an exquisite new bridal boutique on a corner of Lindfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic High Street. Dawn Coombes, Alex Miles and Shirley Burke

Mathilda Rose shopfront

Mathilda Rose sparkled, lighting the entire street with warmth, happiness and love. The pavements outside were transformed

Emma Drew, Nicola Spence of Mathilda Rose and Philippa Craddock

into a sea of luxurious pink carpet covered in delicately scattered pink rose petals, and inside hung an incredible selection of beautiful wedding dresses, purely indulgent styles with high fashion. Lisa Wooldridge, Sarah Cotter (Villandry Home) and Niki Smyth Cake display by Emma Drew of Cake Maison

Happy brides-to-be and wedding industry professionals perused the rails while sipping champagne, and enjoying the most delicious cupcakes from Cake Maison in Lewes.

Julie Goodall, Becky McCartney and Sharon Boon

Pictures by Richard Bidwell

Mathilda Rose co-owner Susan Spence, Douglas Jay and Dorothy Matthew

Kate Cowan and florist Philippa Craddock

EJ Rennie and Susan Rennie

Daphne Strachan and Maurice Spence Floral artist Sara Greenwood of Rosehip

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STARLIGHT EXPRESS

THE FASTEST SHOW ON EARTH RETURNS TO THE UK!

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ill Kenwright presents one of the best loved and longest running musicals in

theatrical history, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production, set to take the UK by

electrifying storm. Starlight Express will put on its skates and race to The Brighton Centre for Wednesday 2nd January and will run until Saturday 12th January 2013. Starlight Express opened to packed houses at the Apollo Victoria in London’s West End in 1984 where it ran for over 7000 performances. It is one of the most successful musicals ever with the German production still running in Bochum after 25 years. Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime – with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy, daredevil stunts and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, extraordinary roller-choreography and some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical hits. Internationally renowned choreographer and popular television judge Arlene Phillips is back on board as director and choreographer. Arlene choreographed the original West End production and directed and choreographed several subsequent productions of the show.  Her extensive credits also include The Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Buckle up; the race is truly back on! Starlight Express 2nd -12th January 2013 The Brighton Centre Box Office: 0844 847 1515

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FACES & PLACESCircus night Robyn, ready to spin the wheel for the raffle

Lisa Kelly and Stephan Lamany

at Rendezvous The sensational Zippos Circus made a special appearance at Rendezvous Casino, Brighton Marina, for one night only. Great performances included an 8 man tumbler act and a breathtaking juggler. There was a prize draw and a secret auction,

Nicky Lewis, ‘Magic’ Martin Lewis, Terrina Barnes (Corporate Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House)

and the event was held in aid of The Chestnut Tree House Childrens’ Hospice. £650 was raised for the charity on the night.

Emilee Sheehan and Holly Dunstall of The Rendezvous Casino

Pictures Richard Bidwell

Ashleigh Knights of Cassi Hair & Beauty

Rob and Karen Bridges, Mike and Carole Brown

Ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE with his performing budgies

Susan Thompson and Trudy Cranford Anya shows her skill with the hoops

Emy Harris and Wes Steed

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FACES & PLACES

Turn back the clock at

Smile of a winner, Martin Stretton

GOODWOOD REVIVAL

The Goodwood Revival weekend is still one of

Final check for Stirling Moss

the world’s most popular motor sport events. It is a step back in time to that special era when life was very different from what it is now. People seemed happier – there was a sparkle to life (even when things were not going to plan) and most important of all, everyone had time for each other. The sun was shinning and thousands attended this year’s step back in time. The air was full of laughter, music, car engines, aircraft and the noise of people making the John Surtees gives an autograph

most of a real day out. Ewan McGregor raced around the track on a motorbike, followed by Rowan Atkinson and Chris Evans doing the same in cars added to the day.

Tony Brooks and Dan Gurney with wives

Lord March and his large team have made Goodwood a venue that many others would like to have. Well done to them all and long may it continue!

Pictures and words John Periam

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FACES & PLACES A Dakota aircraft in the static display

Rowan Atkinson in the paddock

A thoughtful Jackie Stewart Fly Navy!

Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor

The man who started it all, Lord March

Jackie Stewart and his son

Haurel and Lardy

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CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE IN OCTOBER

PRIVATE LIVES

Chichester festival finishes with one of Noel Coward’s best plays At the rehearsal of Private Lives

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BF The Soldiers’ Charity Concert takes place for one night only in the Chichester Festival Theatre on Sunday 7 October. Having performed at the London Olympics, the FA Cup Final and taken their music on a tour of North America, the Band of The Prince of Wales’s Division is one of the British Army’s premier military bands. This concert will feature favourite classics such as Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and The Last Post. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Concert Chichester Festival Theatre 7th October 2012 7pm

he final production in Chichester’s Festival 2012 features

For more information and tickets, please visit cft.org.uk

acclaimed actors Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens in the play

Box Office on 01243 781312.

widely considered to be Noël Coward’s masterpiece. Private Lives fizzes with Coward’s trademark wit and dramatic precision. Amanda and Elyot meet five years after their marriage break-up - while on honeymoon with their new spouses. Passion reignited, they hurl themselves headlong into a relationship once more, without stopping to consider the consequences. Noel Coward’s Private Lives Minerva Theatre, Chichester 21st September – 27th October Evenings 7.45pm, Matinees 2.30pm Tickets: Evenings/Matinees £29.50 Tickets for all events are available online at cft.org.uk or from the Box Office on 01243 781312.

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he Gold Run is a production inspired by the history of the Paralympic Games, and will be performed at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, on Tuesday 30th October at 7pm, Performed by artists with learning disabilities, the show articulates the story of learning-disabled athletes who were welcomed into the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996, but later banned from competing when the Spanish basketball team fielded non-learning-disabled athletes. This production is the compelling response to this controversial history, fusing film, music and visual art, a 30-strong choir and a giant sculptural head, designed and created by James Lake. Gold Run is a collaborative arts project supported by Glyndbourne and delivered in conjunction with disability arts organisation Carousel and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. The production premiered at Glyndebourne in April 2012 and also featured at Brighton Festival 2012. Tickets are available online at cft.org.uk or from the Box Office on 01243 781312.

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EARLY MUSIC

THE JAZZ LOUNGE A free weekly sophisticated night held on Thursday evenings from 9pm at Bohemia, as arranged by Joogleberry Acts

Bohemia Grand Café and Late Lounge, 54-55 Meeting House Lane, Brighton. Tel: 01273 777770 OCTOBER 2012 programme 4th October The Speakeasy Three Blending golden-age sounds with silver-screen style and their own captivating personalities, The Speakeasy Three are rolling out their show-stopping, room-swinging agenda for your delight. A night not to be missed! www.joogleberry.com/acts/speakeasy-three

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righton Early Music Festival, fondly known as BREMF for short, celebrates its 10th anniversary this autumn.  The 2012 festival includes an international line up of artists.  This year the festival explores the theme of ‘celebration’, a fitting theme. The celebrations will continue despite recent news that, for the first time in 10 years, the Arts Council will not be supporting the festival this autumn. Thanks to the strength of donations from charitable trusts, Festival Friends and donors the festival has not had to cut any events.  Recognised as a key classical music event in the south east, Brighton Early Music Festival attracts local audiences as well as significant numbers of visitors to the city.  The festival showcases local singers and provides a programme of top quality performances of live early and classical music performed on authentic instruments and with a historically informed approach to the music.   Brighton Early Music Festival 2012 26th October to 11th November 2012  Visit www.bremf.org.uk for more information and tickets, or call 01273 833746 for a brochure. 

11th October Matthew vanKan Matthew vanKan is a modern day crooner who places emphasis on subtle vocal nuances and beautiful phrasing. He honours the timeless music of the legendary Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries. Matthew’s chocolatey voice combined with a slick and classy delivery have led to performances at top international venues. www.vankan.co.uk 18th October Marianne Robinson Marianne is an experienced and sought-after singer. Her ability and vocal range allow her to offer you songs from the classics, through the music of the sixties and seventies, and onto today’s popular hits. www.joogleberry.com/acts 25th October Little Neve From international festivals, to intimate jazz clubs, to London’s Albert Hall, Neve has mesmerised audiences with her vocal performances. Her unique voice traverses effortlessly between ethereal, bluesy and out and out powerhouse, rendering her capable of working within a broad range of musical genres. Jazz is her first love! www.joogleberry.com/acts/little-neve Contact Joogleberry for more information on any of these acts: acts@joogleberry.com Tel: 07930 160737 www.joogleberry.com

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Which bonfire? Bonfires and firework displays in Sussex 2012

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SHAKEDOWN Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status (DJ set) and Professor Green headline

Saturday 13th October

Hastings Bonfire Society Hastings Bonfire Night is always held on the nearest Saturday to October 14th ,which is Battle of Hastings Day, when Harold’s Saxon army was defeated by William the Conqueror and the Norman invaders on the most famous date in history -1066! www.hbbs.info

Saturday 27th October The Littlehamptn Bonfire Society Diamond Jubilee Bonfire Celebrations Four torchlit parades, marching bands, illuminated floats, mammoth bonfire, firework display with spectacular finale. www.littlehamptonbonfire.org.uk

Saturday 3rd November Cuckfield Bonfire Bonfire lit 6.45pm Fireworks to music 7.30pm, with Bright FM www.cuckfieldbonfire.co.uk Heyshott Bonfire 7pm (approx): the famous torchlight procession commences from Hoyle Lane and meanders through the village to the village green, the site of the bonfire. Punch and Judy show, and spectacular firework display. www.heyshottbonfire.co.uk Battle Bonfire Night Organised by Battel Bonfire Boyes. Junior procession and guy competition takes place in the morning with the main procession through the town in the evening followed by a spectacular firework display in the battlefields at the rear of Battle Abbey. www.battelbonfire.co.uk

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ll eyes turn to Brighton for Shakedown, the final party of the festival season. With some of the most exciting names in bass and electronic music on board, Shakedown is set to host a South Coast party of epic proportions. Shakedown will be headlined by the most in-demand artist in the country and ultimate showman, Dizzee Rascal. With an arsenal of hits, Dizzee is an artist at the top of his game and his set will be a defining Shakedown moment. A multitude of artists including the mighty Professor Green, queen of the underground Katy B, undisputed breakout act of 2012, Stooshe, Clement Marfo & The Frontline and Union DJ’s will perform before Dizzee Rascal. The Supercharged Arena will be headlined by superstar duo, Chase & Status performing an eclectic DJ set of genre-defying styles. One of the most potent forces on the dance scene and famed for their incendiary DJ sets, this irrepressible duo will be armed to the teeth with a plethora of dance floor anthems and underground classics. Two of Brighton’s biggest cult clubbing brands go head to head to bring you the ultimate silent disco. Renowned for their larger than life parties week in and week out, Trash Mondays and In Ya Ear once again prepare for another monumental extravaganza. Shakedown Festival 2012 brings the most exciting names in contemporary music to Brighton for one last festival outing. With a vast array of music talent and some great brand partners bringing their own, distinct party flavour, Shakedown is the perfect end to a summer of festival fun. Shakedown Stanmer Park, Brightyon 6th October www.shakedown.co.uk

Monday 5th November Lindfield Bonfire Celebrations Including fancy dress competition, torchlight procession, and grand firework display. 6.30pm - 9.15pm www.lindfieldbonfiresociety.co.uk Lewes Bonfire Celebrations The biggest bonfire event in the country with several bonfire societies marching and firework displays around the town. Cliffe: www.cliffebonfire.com Borough: www.boroughbonfiresociety.co.uk Commercial Square: www.c-s-b-s.co.uk Southover: www.southoverbs.com Waterloo: www.waterloobonfire.co.uk

Saturday 10th November

Rye & District Bonfire Society With auctions, boot fairs, fishing competitions, clay pigeon shoot, quiz nights, etc. www.ryebonfire.co.uk

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A tablet for success

Hurst Prep’s ground-breaking “Digital Pencil Case” initiative, has been causing a real stir in educational circles

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urstpierpoint College has seized the opportunity to revolutionise how ICT is employed, embedding it as an integral part of everyday school life. Alongside Hurst’s first-class teaching and learning practices, the most appropriate and effective ICT tools are now being used to support the College’s core aim of enabling each child to realise their full potential. How is this being achieved? From September 2012, every pupil in Years 7 and 8 of the Prep School and Year 9 of the Senior School has an iPad for which they take personal responsibility. This initiative will continue to roll on up through the Senior School over time. Pupils in Years 1 to 6 have ‘Learning Boxes’ containing an iPad, an iPod Touch and other devices in their classrooms to introduce their use as learning tools.

Mindful of the pitfalls of the internet, pupils, parents and staff have received guidance and extensive training in online safety and the appropriate use of the mobile technology. Year 7 and 8 pupils now employ ICT to become ever more resourceful and creative in their learning. They undertake a cycle of digitally based projects linking skills and knowledge being taught in the mainstream, subject-led, curriculum. The pupils use their iPads to plan and execute these assignments as a digital presentation, assessed both for the quality of subject content and ICT use. The speedy and mature response of the children to this initiative meant the transition from ‘new toy’ to ‘exciting tool for learning’ was brief. They are now making fresh and powerful connections in their learning and growing in confidence in their own abilities.

To find out more, visit Hurst on one of their Autumn Open Mornings: Tuesday 9th October for Prep School 11+ entry and Saturday 13th October for Sixth form entry. Parents interested in Pre-Prep, Prep School 7+ entry and Senior School 13+ entry are invited to arrange a personal visit by contacting the Admissions staff on 01273 836936.

“A school which is going from strength to strength

under the strong leadership of its

dynamic headmaster.”

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A stunning campus

A thoughtful, caring ethos

A strong community

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A new girl for Head! Jennifer Smith is the new head mistress at Brighton & Hove High School. Here, she tells Absolute Brighton readers about her life so far in education, and what the future holds “Be ready always to listen

Congratulations on your new role at

At this early stage, have you any ideas

Brighton & Hove School. Please tell us

about any changes/improvements you

and be open to new ideas.

a bit about yourself and where you

would like to put in place?

worked prior?

I think it’s important to get to know a

I was born and educated in Glasgow. I

school well before planning any radical

of looking outwards and

took a degree in English at the University

changes and I’m still very much the

of Glasgow and then taught as a

‘new girl’. I’m also very much aware of

of considering other

language assistant in France for a year.

the hugely complimentary Independent

people and cultures...

That got me hooked and I returned

Schools Inspection Report that Brighton

to train as a teacher and have since

and Hove High received last year,

worked in a range of schools, taking

suggesting that the school is doing very

a Masters in Education en route, and

well indeed across all areas. I don’t think

fundraising the girls do

working most recently as Deputy

we should ever take success for granted

Head at Wilson’s School, a large boys’

and my aim is to build on our academic,

for our twinned school

grammar school in South London. My

sporting and extra-curricular successes

in Afghanistan. Above all,

husband is Deputy Head in a London

to sustain improvement. But, for the

school and we have a daughter who

moment, I’m simply going to remove the

attends another GDST school (Girls’ Day

word ‘Headmistress’ from my office door

School Trust).

– it’s too prissy a title for my liking and

What will be the main differences, if any,

‘Head’ will do just fine!

of being in charge of a school for girls, as

What is your ethos to a well managed

Stress the importance

we are proud of the

never leave your sense of humour behind!”

opposed to your last position - all boys?

and happy school?

In terms of leading and managing a

Encourage everyone to treat each

successful school, there are likely to

other with respect and courtesy. Be

be few differences. However, over 25

ready always to listen and be open to

years’ experience of single-sex schools

new ideas. Stress the importance, too,

has taught me that there are significant

with the pupils, of looking outwards

intellectual and developmental

and of considering other people and

differences between boys and girls and

cultures. We are proud, for instance,

these have a huge impact on the ways

of the fundraising the girls do for our

in which they learn. It is often too easy

twinned school in Afghanistan. Above

in a mixed classroom to allow gender

all, never leave your sense of humour

stereotyping to prevail and to let girls

behind!

be passive in their learning. I’m looking

What do you think distinguishes this

forward to working in an environment where girls are free to be what they want to be.

school from other independent schools? Importantly we’re an all-girls school, part of the Girls Day School Trust network. Although girls are overtaking boys in

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most subjects at GCSE and A level and

Early learning

they’re getting more firsts at university, this hasn’t altered disparities later in life. A recent survey of women on company boards, and any analysis of MPs, directors, leaders in the community or universities will show that women are still not represented proportionally. At single-sex schools, girls are the leaders – head of school, captain of games, leader of the debating society. They find their voices, and get used to the challenges of leadership. Similarly, in the classroom they can take intellectual risks, ask questions, or make judgements without worrying about ‘looking stupid in front of boys’. In short, an all-girls school builds risktaking and resilience. In working life, these attributes are essential. I believe a single-sex education for girls is the best possible preparation for the challenges life will give them. We’re also a relatively small school where all the girls are ‘known’. This is hugely important when girls are making choices about courses and careers and are preparing to apply for university. Finally, we are situated right in the heart of Brighton, a city of creativity, vibrancy and diversity – all qualities that we hope our school shares too. BHHS has had great exam results. There has been lots of talk recently about exam marking, and results. What do you make of recent discussions in this matter? We seem to have bucked the trend at Brighton and Hove High School this summer with a 14% rise in our A* grades

Year 8: Forensics Enrichment Week

at GCSE. However, I am aware that many

And finally, what has been the best

other schools are unhappy with the way

piece of advice that has helped you in

grade boundaries were applied in some

your career, and who was it from?

subjects this year. It’s important that we

Trust your instincts! This was advice from

have an exam system in which everyone

a very inspiring Head of English at a

has faith. I look forward to the publication

challenging school in Glasgow where I

of the government’s plans for GCSE and

was doing my first teaching practice as

hope that these address some of this

a trainee and it has served me well over

summer’s issues.

the years.

Brighton & Hove High School

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Sergiopascal

Vincent and Sofia Fleming

Ali Dale-Green, Rachel Lampen and Gillian Davidson

- far from a standard salon Sergiopascal ‘Hair Lounge’ is located at the bottom of Trafalgar Street, Brighton, and recently celebrated their launch with a party. The hair salon/coffee shop /dedicated nail bar was celebrating its first week of trading, and owners Pascal Minier, Creative Director, and Sergio Ruano, Managing Director ensured that the wine flowed and there was food for everyone. Sergiopascal will provide clients with a holistic and sociable experience, over and Sergio, Pepi and Luis Ruano

above a simple visit to the hairdresser. And yes, it is child and dog friendly. Pictures by Richard Bidwell

Stylist Kayleigh Leach of Sergio Pascal, Faith Suwanprathet and Lori Leach

Sergio Ruano with family and friends

Alison Whiteoak, Shirley Greenhalgh, Charlotte Munton and Judy Chester Some of Sergio’s friends from Spain

Sam and Annie Corbett

Bettina Horvat Mazzie Sharp with salon co-owner Pascal Minier

Floral artist Christina Heras with Marta Novo

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Gifts from Amex

ABSOLUTE NEWS

Awards grants given to Five Local Charities

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merican Express has awarded £21,000 worth of grants to five local charities, including Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts. The chosen charities have been voted for by American Express employees, and the grants have been facilitated by Sussex Community Foundation, which operates throughout Sussex. Other recipients of the grants were Brighton & Hove Citizens Advice Bureau, which provides free, impartial and confidential advice, Burgess Hill based Windmills Opportunity Playgroup, offering care and education to children with special needs, Carousel, a Brighton based charity that works with children and adults with learning disabilities and Whitehawk Inn, that supports over 750 disadvantaged adults each year into learning and employment. Simon Chrisp, Vice President at American Express, said: “Our partnership with Sussex Community Foundation ensures that the American Express grants are awarded to deserving charities that make a real difference to the lives of the people they work with throughout Sussex.” Kate Davidson, Director at Relate in Brighton said “Relate Brighton Hove Eastbourne Worthing and District would like to thank American Express and the Sussex Community Foundation for their donation of £3000 to help provide specialist counselling for carers. “Unpaid carers save the public purse an estimated £119 billion, yet often they feel taken for granted or even invisible to the outside world. Relate

Counselling enables these very special people to talk through their issues, helping them to alleviate their feelings of isolation, gaining increased confidence and self worth. We work with them to enable them to become less isolated and more socially motivated. “The money we have received from American Express and Sussex Community Foundation will enable us to continue to offer free counselling to those carers who need us. On their behalf I would like to say thank you for this invaluable support.” Registered charities that would like to apply for the next round of grants should contact Sussex Community Foundation on 01273 409440 or visit www.sussexgiving.org.uk.

Prestigious award for Peter James Brighton’s favourite crime writer is presented with the Sussex Police Outstanding Service Award

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unday Times no 1 bestselling crime writer, Peter James, has been awarded the Sussex Police Outstanding Public Service Award. Peter was presented with the award by Giles Yorke, Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Police. It was one of the very rare occasions that the award has been presented outside the police force. Peter says of the award: “Of all the awards I’ve been fortunate to receive, this one has a very special place in my heart.” Peter was given it for his outstanding contribution in helping the police through his research, writing and general contribution to the safety of Sussex as Patron of the Sussex Crimestoppers. Three years ago, when Peter was working on his 6th Roy Grace novel, Dead Like You which deals with the subject of rape, he was helped by the Sussex Police Rape Prevention team. Subsequently they invited him to join a think tank on the best way to get across the message

of the dangers of so-called ‘date rape’ to school children. They came up with the idea of a fifteen minute video, to be accompanied by lesson plans, and Peter wrote a script telling the story of three schoolgirls going to a party. By the end of the party one of the girls will have been raped by one of the teenage boys at the party who is then sent to prison. The title is ‘Rape - Short Word, Long Sentence.’ This Autumn the film was sent out to schools in Sussex, Surrey and Kent and is getting a good reaction from the schoolchildren who now understand more about the dangers of rape.

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FACES & PLACESRadio Station’s Ryan Heal with his wife Anne, father and mother John and Wendy, brother and sister Sean and Kimberly

Jullian Preston-Powers, Martina Preston-Powers and Ambrose Harcourt,

Wendy Heal, Kimberly Wilks, Michelle Marcar and Elif Kose-Feest

Jo Lee (Phenix Media), Kevin Berry (Sussex CCC) and Judy Welsh (Brighton Racecourse)

Farewell To Boss

Long standing and popular managing director of Juice FM, Ryan Heal, held a ‘farewell’ party to celebrate his years at the local radio station. Colleagues Guy Lloyd, Andrea Fox and Ambrose Harcourt took to the stage to say a few words to the crowd of partygoers at Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, celebrating Ryan’s successful career path at Juice. As did colleague Lawrence Elphick who has been announced as the man stepping into Ryan’s shoes, becoming the new managing director of Juice. He said what an honour it was to have been invited to take over Ryan’s post, before beckoning Ryan upon the stage for a game of ‘Heal’ or ‘Not Heal’ where his former boss had to guess anecdotes that his family had secretly passed onto Lawrence! The night also coincided with Ryan being able to share a few words with his guests about his forthcoming important role at The Rockinghorse Appeal charity where he will be the new Chief Executive. For more information about the Rockinghorse, please visit: www.rockinghorse.org.uk Pictures Richard Bidwell Pauline Harcourt, Jennifer and Mike Mendoza ( What’s Happening Magazine) and Cllr. Carol Theobald

Lawrence Elphick, new MD of Juice 107.2 Ed Allison-Wright, Oliver Asha and John Walters

Debbie and Robbie Raggio, John and Brenda Chambers

Bradley Hatchett, Gill McPhee, Ashleigh Wood, and Alan Davis

Julia French, Laura Raymond, Rachel Regan, Hanna Campbell, Nats Spada . All from Juice 107.2

From BrightonandHoveJobs.com. Charlene Rudd, Stephanie Mills, Mark O’Grady and Charlotte O’Rourke

Christina Lawrence and Stella Paourou

Dan Gasser of Juice 107.2, Becky Stevens and Alex Winter

Jo Brooks and Paul Rogers (Brighton & Hove Albion FC)

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Escape to France or Spain this autumn Discover a getaway with a difference by combining a cruise from Portsmouth with a stay in some of the finest regions of France and Northern Spain.

Cruise and stay in France St Malo from £73pp Take a break without the car and enjoy an overnight sailing, followed by a night in St Malo. With its ramparts offering stunning coastal views and maze of pretty cobbled streets, it’s a perfect autumn getaway. Similar breaks to Caen also available – see website for details.

Luxurious Spanish Paradores 5 nights away from £249pp Cruise overnight with your car before indulging in a stay at one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels. From former palaces to 15th century aristocratic homes, these unique hotels combine traditional character with modern creature comforts. See our website for our departure ports and choice of hotels.

Here’s just one example of how you can enjoy this break. For more, go online.

Here’s just one example of how you can enjoy this break. For more, go online.

FRIDAY Depart Portsmouth 20:15 Enjoy an evening meal, drinks in the bar, browse our shops, or how about a film in the cinema? All before retiring for the night to your cabin.

THURSDAY Depart Portsmouth 08:15 Arrive Caen 15:00 Start your day with breakfast in our restaurant. Browse our shops, visit the cinema, or simply relax on board.

SATURDAY Arrive St Malo 08:15 Indulge in breakfast on board or sample one of the town’s many restaurants, cafes and patisseries, before checking into your hotel and enjoying the rest of the day exploring. SUNDAY Depart St Malo 10:30 Arrive Portsmouth 18:20

3 nights for 2 in France Hotel breaks from £118pp City break or country escape, active or relaxing, we’ve a choice of nearly 40 hotels offering this fantastic deal this autumn – with prices including your return sailings. Choose from Brittany, Normandy, the Loire Valley and beyond!

All our hotels are within easy reach, so you can be checked in for your 3 nights’ B&B in time for an evening meal. SUNDAY Depart Caen 17:30 Arrive Portsmouth 22:15 Enjoy a leisurely drive to the port, with time to visit sights and indulge in a long lunch.

Here’s just one example of how you can enjoy this break. For more, go online.

Holiday prices include your return sailings – simply choose the best to suit you.

FRIDAY Depart Portsmouth 16:30 Sailing overnight, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all our facilities. From restaurants and bars, to shops, cinemas and even a swimming pool and spa treatment room.

OUTWARD Enjoy a choice of day and overnight sailings from Portsmouth direct to the finest holiday regions of France, and regular sailings to northern Spain.

SATURDAY Arrive Bilbao 17:30 From stunning coastal locations to mountain retreats, all our hotels are within an easy, scenic drive. TUESDAY Depart Bilbao 10:30 WEDNESDAY Arrive Portsmouth 08:30

Save up to 25% on cottage holidays If you like lots of freedom on holiday, what could be more perfect than doing as much or as little as you like in your very own place in France? Book now and enjoy up to 25% off selected cottage holidays until the end of the year – even during October half-term!

Visit brittanyferries.com/portsmouth or call 0871 244 0409 Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras. Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people sharing. All offers are for new bookings only, subject to availability. Conditions and exclusions apply. See website for full details and valid travel dates.

It’s far less hassle than flying, and you can pack everything you need – bikes, surf boards, golf clubs, the lot! RETURN Return via the same ports, or via another service – it’s up to you.


FACES & PLACESFish’n’Chips For Charity Brighton & Hove Soiree Rotary Club held a fun ‘Fish’n’ Chips and Champagne’ fundraising evening last month in Hove. Richard and Heather Lewis, Jackie and Peter Harbridge

Seventy four people attended to support the worthy cause, enjoying an evening of camaraderie and fun. Upon guests’ arrival,

Tara and Jai Michael, Terrina and Ian Steel Iain leithead, Bashir Ahmed, Yasmin Ahmed, Jean and Tony Johnson OBE.

pianist Maria Dunn played a selection of popular music, followed by singer Mathew VanKan who entertained everyone with a medley from the past including some popular Richard and Karen Bidwell

Frank Sinatra hits. The final sum raised on the evening was £1,127 which will go to Rotary locally supported charities including The Martlets Hospice, The Chestnut Tree House and The

Crooner Mathew vanKan

MS Society. The President of the club Iain Leithead was in attendance, as were several past presidents Lyn Spencer and her sister Leslie McCarthy

including Tony Johnson O.B.E. who was president 1981-1982.

Jackie Moon, Richard and Karen Bidwell Rotary friends

The Hove group

Gerry Wicks, Maria Dunn (pianist for the evening), Gloria and David Lane

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Thinking of renting your property? Make it legal, safe, clean and attractive, says Paul Cullip of Northwood Lettings

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he demand for rental properties in the Brighton area is at an all time high with over 21% of all properties being let, twice the national average, so it’s a very popular area for Landlords. But Landlords have responsibilities; there are rules and regulations in place to protect both the landlord and the tenant so you need to make sure you comply before renting out your property. A risk assessment is a good place to start; it’s not compulsory but could save time and money in the event a tenant has an accident. Some obvious things to check for are fall hazards, property security, and electrical hazards. You can keep a list of any actions taken such as adding smoke alarms, banisters or extra lighting; just to be on the safe side. Energy Performance Certificates are mandatory and once you have the certificate it is valid for ten years. The report gives a rating for energy efficiency with “A” being the most efficient. This has to be

in place to market your property; a copy is given to all new tenants. The other mandatory certificate and by far the most important is the Gas Safety Inspection. It is a statutory duty to arrange an annual check by a gas safe registered engineer. A copy must be given to the tenant within 28 days of the annual check and a copy must be retained by the landlord for two years. Any reputable managing agent will take responsibility for making sure this check is carried out annually. Electrical wiring and portable appliance testing are also necessary. Now take a long hard look at the property itself. You want to attract tenants who will look after your property and it can be a false economy to skimp on decoration, flooring, cleaning and repairs; not just because you may end up with a void period but you are less likely to attract the best tenant, leading to issues in the future.

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start; it’s not compulsory but could save time and money...” Here are a few things to look out for: • Check the carpets: a professional carpet clean can work wonders, carpets do wear so will need to be replaced over a period. • Clean kitchens and bathrooms are a must: make sure it’s a professional cleaning company with stream cleaners for a really polished finish. A new toilet seat and shower curtain can really help and are inexpensive. • Clean windows can add that extra sparkle. • A new coat of paint between tenancies always helps. • There are pros and cons to showing a property with existing tenants in situ. Some tenants are uncooperative and have a lot of clutter so it can be better to wait till they have left. • Make sure it smells lovely and air the property during viewings. • Remember curb appeal: if the outside is a mess then that’s the first impression! Flats in particular need to have tidy, clean communal areas. The next step is marketing the property and setting a rental price that is realistic and attracts the best tenants. This will be covered in more detail in my column next month.

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SHOREHAM/LANCING SOUTHWICK Frosts Cars, Brighton Road, Shoreham Glam, 14a High Street, Shoreham Stephanie Reed, 80 High Street Crown and Anchor, High St, Shoreham Identity Hair Salon, High St, Shoreham Showtec, High St, Shoreham The Smile Studio, East St, Shoreham Hair and Nail lounge, 30 East Street, Crop Shop, 7 St Mary’s Road, Shoreham The Holmbush shopping centre Shoreham Airport Style and Silver, Bank House, Southwick Square

WORTHING Bryce’s Seafood, The Steine The Fish Factory, Brighton VJG Jewellery, 6 Warwick Lane Casa Ciro, Marine Parade Richard John Hair, 2 - 4 Royal Arcade Splash FM, Guildbourne Centre Shaun Slater Gould, Ann Street Liming Restaurant, 13/15 New Street Food Restaurant, New Street Euphoric. 17 Chandos Road Burlington Hotel, Marine Parade (Gio’s) Tangerine Bar, Marine Parade Caffyns Plc, Goring Rd, Goring Montage, 29 Brighton Road

BURGESS HILL Porsche Mid-Sussex, York Road Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road

LEWES Lewes District Council, Southover Rd Chalk Gallery, 4 North Street Lewes Estates, High Street The Crown Inn, 191 High Street Seasons Of Lewes, 199 High Street Artisan, 197 High Street Cubitt & West, 209 High Street Wycherley Estate Agents, 56 High Street Cheese Please, 46 High Street Bone, 36 High Street White Hart Hotel, High Street Pelham House Hotel, High Street Wynne Baxter, 221 High Street Shelleys Hotel, High Street Dome Hairdressing, High Street Laportes, 1 Lansdowne Place Esquire, 3 Lansdowne Place Equilibrium Health Centre, 16 Station St Avant Garde, 28 High Street Oyster lingerie, 5 North Court Dorset pub, 22 Malling St

OTHER AREAS Harwoods, London Road, Pulborough Polka Dot, Hurstpierpoint South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding The Royal Oak, Poynings Tottington Manor, Edburton, Henfield Richwards Estate Agents, Henfield White Mischief Weddings, Henfield Ripples Bathrooms, Keymer Rd, Hassocks Shepherd and Dog, Fulking White Horse Hotel, Rottingdean Angels n’ Saints, Rottingdean Buxted Park, Uckfield Baloos, Woodmancote The Ginger Fox, Woodmancote Cowdray Park, Cowdray, Midhurst Cherrywood Events, Stanmer House

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