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inside this month

Issue 96 . February 2013

Publisher: Alan Prior

Editor: Ian Trevett

Production Manager: Maureen Hunter-Shine

Commercial Manager: Emma Meldrum

Business Development: Director: Anastasia Meldrum

Business Development: Manager: Alex Santos

10 Business Development Executive: Laura Beddoe

Fashion and Beauty Editor: Kate Morton

Interiors Editor: Tara de la Motte Motoring Editor: Maarten Hoffmann Food Editor: Paula Seager Absolute Brighton is published by The Pinnacle Group Tel: 08707 707 765 Fax: 08700 052 082

42 Animal Magic Creative creations that really turn heads!

GuestList The people, the faces... Absolute is packed with photos from Matt Prior’s Testimonial Lunch, and all the big parties

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Absolute Brighton and Pinnacle would like to thank the advertisers that appear in this publication for their support, and wish them every business success. The contents of this publication are believed to be correct at the time of printing; nevertheless, we cannot endorse, and readers should not rely solely upon, the accuracy of any statements or claims contained herein, without prior consultation with the service provider.

36 Behind the scenes What goes on out of sight at a very special fashion shoot.

REGULARS Register 7, Health & Beauty 23, Interiors 46, Education 80, Motoring 94


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108 74-79 Weddings

hello... Since taking over as editor at Absolute

Have a special wedding day with a sporting theme at Sussex County Cricket Ground in Hove

Brighton, I have often been asked about my plans for the magazine. My answer is simple. It is all about Brighton people. Brighton is shaped by the innovators, entrepreneurs and creative people who

86 - 93 Sport

live and work here. Absolute Brighton

Two prominent Brighton & Hove players are featured this month: Tomasz Kuszczak and Liam Bridcutt

will reflect and celebrate this vibrancy and energy. The best way to do this is to let them tell their stories, and we will be including a wide range of interviews and profiles each month. This month we interview ‘Roadkill Couture’ designer Jess Eaton, comedienne Zoe Lyons, crime writer

108 Roger and Out 44 Not Fed Yet We welcome a new restaurant critic this month - Brighton’s distinguished crime author Peter James. Here he tells readers what he likes about eating out in Brighton, and his upcoming projects.

Peter James (our new food critic), the Chief Executive of the county’s cricket

Tim Parker talks to Roger French, owner of Go Ahead Buses. He’ll still take the bus, even when he retires!

club Zac Toumazi, Liam Bridcutt and Tomasz Kuszczak from the Albion, Roger French from Brighton Buses, charity fundraiser Kathy Gore,

104 - 106 Love Brighton

tattoo convention organiser Woody Blackheart, the science festival’s

In this Valentine month, we ask eminent Brighton residents what they love about our great city.

Richard Robinson and our King of Brighton Nik Askaroff. The cast of local personalities we feature are from the world of business, sport, fashion, literature and comedy.

29 WIN!

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they have to say.

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63-75 Music & What’s On Centre stage in our what’s on section which includes the easiest-to-use listings ever seen in a Brighton publication.

80 Education Heads teachers from some of the county’s best schools discuss a question of character,

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Don a daffodil Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for people in the Brighton area to donate an hour of their time this March, to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pin in return for donations, as part of the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin during March. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to local people with a terminal illness in their own homes. Actress Keira Knightley said: “I’m urging anyone who has an hour or two to spare, to collect for the charity this March. The money you raise by ensuring as many people as possible are wearing the charity’s daffodil pin, will help Marie Curie nurse terminally ill people in their final hours.”

Help create a Brighton book The lovely people at Brighton’s community book publishers, Queenspark are looking for sponsors to help create their full colour, graphic novel called: Brighton: The Graphic Novel. They are seeking support to fund the commission of a layout artist and final print costs. If you want to be involved go to

Pint-sized History Throughout 2013, Lewes will play host to a year of exciting, free events and activities aimed at celebrating the heritage of the brewing and related agricultural industries in Lewes. The project, by arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light, and funded with a grant of £36,600 by the Heritage Lottery, will display photographic memories and stories, from a time when Lewes laid claim to nine local breweries and unearth the hidden history of one of the main industries of the town over the last 300 years.


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On the piste again

Oh my pictures!

One of Brighton’s largest employers, Neilson Holidays, is celebrating following its success at the UK’s most prestigious travel industry awards, the Globe Travel Awards 2013 where they were awarded ‘Best Ski and Active Holiday Company’ voted for by the all-important British public. It rounds of a successful year for travel awards including ‘Favourite ski company’ by Telegraph readers, ‘Best Sports Travel & Tourism Site’ at the Travelmole 2012 Web Awards as well as ‘Best Medium-Size Ski Company’ at the British Travel Awards 2012

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Extra Helpings..

Red Nose Runway

A syndicate of four dinner ladies (and a dinner man) from

you by The Friends of Somerhill Junior School, Hove on Saturday

Brighton have banked a jackpot of £2,147,580 in the Lotto

March 2nd 2013 at All Saints Parish Church, The Drive, Hove

draw.The four ladies and one gentleman are still reeling

This exciting event is in aid of Comic Relief and the community

from the fabulous start to 2013 and are sure the win will be

will come together to raise a whole heap of cash for this amazing

truly life-changing. There is no truth in the rumour that the


school canteen is now relocating to The Grand.

With champagne on arrival, goody bags and fashion from

Red Nose Runway is a Charity Fashion Show being brought to

Brighton and Hove’s finest stores and designers, this fashion show is not any ordinary school fashion show. There is a team of hair stylists, make up artists and a style team all volunteering their time, uniting all aspects of the community together. Tickets are £8 and are on sale fromSomerhill Junior School For up to date details & latest news, ‘Like’ the Facebook page Red Nose Runway or follow on Twitter @rednoserunway


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Photography by Kevin Mason Styled by Kate Morton Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott

Previous page: Goose wing hat, Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott. Ophelia lace vintage inspired wedding dress (made to order) Hope & Harlequin, £1200- £1400. Peacock long pearl necklace, Jeremy Hoye, £295.

Goose wing collar, Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott. Augusta Jones ‘Paola’ wedding dress, £1795, White Mischief. Long white gloves, Hope & Harlequin, £45.

Pigeon dress, Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott. Lara Bohine Saturn earrings, ÂŁ320, Union Jewellery.

Bleached pheasant tail feather headdress, Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott. ‘Ellie’ blush pink wedding dress, £1299, White Leaf Bridal. Lace gloves, stylist’s own.

Dyed black pheasant tail feather headdress, Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott. Strands fringed playsuit, £249, She Said. Mawi Sunray tube necklace, £485, Union Jewellery.

Final page: Pheasant tail feather spray, Roadkill Couture by Jess Eaton for Eatonnott. Ian Stuart ‘Stardust’ wedding dress, £3080, The Ozone. Large emerald cut lemon quartz ring, £475; large green quartz ring, £425; emerald cut amethyst ring, £180 all Jeremy Hoye (just seen).

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Portraits from a tweeter An exciting new exhibition, reflecting the times we live in


righton gallery Space @ Create present One Hundred and

‘state of being’ is only going to deepen, and the traditional ways our

Forty Characters, an exhibition of work by international portrait

friendships play out, although they will not go away anytime soon, are going

photographer Chris Floyd. Alongside the exhibition, Space @ Create will

to have to make room for a new way of doing things. The project rolled on

also be offering the rare opportunity to join the ranks of previous subjects

indefinitely for almost a year but when, one day, I counted up the number of

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Chris at an exclusive weekend of portrait sessions.

I immediately knew where this had to end. So here they are.  My new

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when posting on social media site Twitter) is a project inspired by the realisation that for over a month, Chris’s only communication with close friends had been via social media platforms. This insight prompted him to

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Space @ Create

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Behind the Scenes See it all come together as we take you up close and personal on this month’s fashion shoot. The February fashion shoot was one to remember and with a hand-picked creative team on board including photography and production, set styling and hair and makeup, we chat to some of the people that made it happen. Kevin Mason at Create Studios I was keen to do the shoot because I was intrigued by Kate Morton’s idea of combining bridal with Jess Eaton’s couture. It was a challenge, as it’s not an area of ‘fashion’ that I have really dealt with before, so I wanted to treat the pieces as dresses in their own right and not specifically bridal. The inspiration for photographing the shoot came from a Josh Olins’ shoot for Dazed and Confused using Viktor and Rolf tulle dresses. It is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve seen, it’s so graceful and beautiful and has such strength and simplicity. Knowing how strong Jess’ designs are, I knew we had to try and break the silhouette

Fashion can be fun and absurd and we wanted

extravagant gowns as well as a selection of Jess

to embrace that whilst still producing some

Eaton’s headpieces. I knew that the Roadkill

serious images.

couture pieces would be centered on the head

and shoulders and so the idea for the set was to extend the hemlines of the gowns in length,

Simon Webster at Simon Webster Hair

width and colour so as to balance the Roadkill

With the brief being ‘Avant Garde’ styling and

pieces, creating a super exaggerated silhouette.

with Jess’ work being the perfect inspiration

I arrived first thing in the morning, discussed

for something romantic but edgy, manipulating

Kate’s styling ideas and looks and then went to

colour and texture to appear soft but structural,

work pleating, pinning and arranging meters and

worked in perfect harmony with the bridal

meters of tulle around a plinth that gave our

dresses themselves. We added hair to the

model an extra foot of height.

model’s own, enabling us to ‘build’ the pieces in-

salon beforehand and allow for more creative freedom. Where we used the model’s own hair, we created a frosted effect and added texture by playing with the appearance of light and shade. It’s an extension of the work we do in our Brighton salon, taken to the extreme of imagination, where the styling becomes art, not just fashion.

that her pieces make, and force our own kind

Maria McKenna – Makeup Artist As a makeup artist I work with all kinds of styles from bridal to vintage, yet I do tend to favour more dramatic themes, so it was great to be part of such a talented, creative team and to have a model whose face was perfect for creating a beautiful yet strong, defined look. Everyone worked so well together and our individual artistry completely complemented

of symmetry in silhouette, so I chose to add

Emma Sandham-King – Set Styling

each other’s work. The bridal dresses and

weight to the bottom of the frame with a new

In preparation of the shoot, Kevin had given me

couture pieces were stunning - Kevin captured

shape. Most of all we wanted to have fun with

an idea of the types of silhouettes he was after

it all beautifully.

the imagery and play with shape and form.

and I knew that Kate would be sourcing some

Simon Webster creating magical hair

Makeup artist Maria McKenna and model Mary-Anne Weaver


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Britain’s most romantic A little known gem in Sussex has been chosen as the UK’s Most Romantic Hotel of 2013. Ian Trevett finds out why... hen Johansens, the bible of the country’s finest hotels,


“Park House has everything you could possibly wish for in a

chose a Sussex hotel as the most romantic, it was

romantic break. A small, intimate hotel with spacious, stylishly

no surprise. The county is blessed with a collection

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of wonderful places to stay. So was it South Lodge, Buxted Park,

with contemporary style. The beautiful yet exclusive spa offers

Ashdown Park or Alexander Place? In fact, the award went to Park

everything you need for the perfect pamper after long romantic

House Hotel, which I have to admit I had never heard of. As it is

walks in the nearby Sussex Downs. Snuggle up with the papers over

Valentine’s month, I wanted to find out more.

afternoon tea in the comfortable lounge. For an uber romantic break

This is what Charlotte Evans, Group Publishing Director of Condé

book into one of the three idyllic cottages tucked away within the

Nast Johansens, had to say about the hotel:

pretty hotel grounds.” Travelling to the hotel with Julia I realised why I hadn’t come across it before. Just north of Goodwood racecourse, we turned left down a long, muddy narrow lane, and after a while felt I should check the sat nav on the phone to make sure we hadn’t taken a wrong turn, before finally arriving at the tiny village of Bepton. One night stays aren’t exactly conducive to romantic breaks and, as usual, getting away was a frantic rush. The hotel recommended booking into the spa on arrival and this was an inspired move. The PH20 spa was exquisite and we had the place to ourselves. The water in the 15 metre pool was so clear and still, it was a tempatation not to be resisted. We indulged in a hot lava shell massage in the double treatment room, courtesy of beauty therapists Rachel and Jess, which helped erase any thoughts of everyday worries.


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Julia says she heard snores coming from my

ham very salty and crispy (which I did). My

direction, which I don’t believe, but it was

Pan dried fillets of haddock with maple and

certainly relaxing. A one hour massage was

parsnip purée and a lemon butter sauce was

as good as an extra night to wind down.

unfussy with the haddock allowed to take

The hotel room was spacious and luxurious

centre stage. Julia selected Pan fried guinea

and had a traditional country house feel.

fowl supreme with a mushroom and bacon

There were none of the bold colours of

broth. Game was a good option in such a

a young Brighton hotel; the room was

rural location, as the hotel is proud of its

styled with floral wallpaper and traditional

focus on locally produced ingredients.

furniture including an elegant chaisse lounge.

Our desserts were Lightly spiced orange fool

and a gloriously large bed. Such a setting

with clotted cream and poached kumquats for

could have been a bit twee or chintzy, but

Julia and Baked vanilla and lemon cheesecake

the overall look was contemporary enough

with a winter berry compote for myself.

to work nicely. Modern touches included a

We then adjourned for a fireside liqueur

large iMac as a TV screen (with mouse and

nightcap in the lounge, sinking into the

keyboard on request, but this was supposed

comfortable sofa, revelling in the tranquillity,

to be romantic, and I wasn’t allowed).

interupted only by the crackling of the logs.

The view of the South Downs was stunning,

So is this the country’s most romantic hotel?

and the only regret of such a short stay was

The spa, the room, the service, the setting

that we didn’t have the time to get out there

and the food were all excellent. But then

and explore the beautiful natural landscape.

again, I could say the same about almost

In the evening we had drinks in the

every country house hotel. Why is this the

conservatory bar, where the walls are

most romantic? I think the answer lies in

laden with historic photos, signed pictures

the size of the hotel. It has all the luxury of

of famous guests plus polo trophies and

a grand hotel, but, with only 21 rooms, it has

memorabilia.You could spend ages exploring

the intimacy of a friendly guest house.

this treasure trove of images.

It really feels like you are million miles away

Dinner was an enjoyable experience with

from the rat race and it is a relaxing, warm

fine food and attentive, but unobtrusive


Park House Hotel was one of those rare

service. We both chose Queen scallops and

The final verdict should go to my wife.

occasions. For that alone the hotel deserves

crispy crudo ham with a ginger and lime butter

It’s not very often that she describes

the award.

to start.Very tasty as long as you like your

me as being romantic, but taking her to


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Healthy Habits The experts from Nuffield Health answer the most commonly asked questions about diet, weight control and exercise...

Healthy Eating Q & A

Caroline Laidlaw HPC Registered Dietitian

starting point and reliable information is

planning changes to think of the pitfalls

the British Dietetic Association website on

and problems that might occur. I usually

weight management www.bdaweightwise.

recommend that when you give up smoking

com or weight management advice from

that you try and increase your fruit and

the Department of Heath.

vegetables as snacks, which is a healthy new habit and make sure you avoid buying extra

Is there a ‘quick fix’ diet?

Can pills help me lose weight?

chocolates or sweets. Also looking at your

Sadly quick fix diets don’t work in the

There are no magic bullets to weight loss.

activity levels, remember not to over do it,

long run. They may work in the short term

There is only one prescribable medication

slowly building up your exercise levels to

usually only because you are restricting

called Orlistat that can be used for a short


what you eat but they are often NOT well

time under your doctors’ supervision. They

balanced, so BEWARE! The only long-term

are not suitable for everyone and work by

What are the health benefits of

successful way to loose weight and keep it

reducing the amount of fat that your body

losing excess weight?

off is to go back to basics. Ask yourself the

absorbs from the food that you eat. They

There are so many it’s hard to list them all

following questions (1) Am I eating regular

only help people to loose a small amount of

but lots of evidence points to significant

meals? (2) Are the meals balanced and not

weight and you also have to follow a healthy

benefits if you loose just 10% of your

too high in fat? (3) How much activity am

low fat diet otherwise you get a nasty side-

weight. Very positive effects can be seen on

effect of diarrhoea.

your joints and mobility, reductions in your

I doing? A good web-site to look at for a

blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol Will giving up smoking make me

levels, reduced risk of stroke, diabetes or

gain weight?

heart disease, increased energy levels and

Often when people give up smoking they

improved sleep. Quite an impressive list!

swap one habit for another, for example when they might have had a cigarette they swap it for a boiled sweet or chocolate. Giving up smoking is really important for your

I’ve tried losing weight before and do well and then I lose my way and put the weight back on, what would help? You are not alone; a lot of people set their expectations too high and struggle to keep

health and is still

up with their New Years resolutions. It is

an important thing

really important to be realistic with yourself

to do for your

and set sensible goals. It is recommended

long-term health

to only try and loose 0.5kg-1kg a week

even if you gain a

(1-2lbs). If you are losing weight more

few pound in the

quickly than this you may well be over

process. It’s always best when

restricting yourself. Rapid weight loss is not recommended and is not sustainable.

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Fitness and Exercise Q & A you perform, and thus has no reason

on a regular basis. It is easy to become


to change physically your rate of

complacent about your own health and


increasing fitness/strength slows down.

wellbeing, especially with busy lifestyles


This is known as “plateauing”. When an

and demands placed upon people.


individual hits a plateau, because they

Working with a personal trainer for

have not varied their exercise routine

some is a luxury but for some people

How regularly do I need to

enough, it is very common to find that

it as a lifestyle change which can make

exercise and for how long?

their body fat levels continue to rise

a real difference to long term health

The American College of Sports medicine

even though the person is exercising

and wellbeing. If you choose not to

recommends a minimum of 5 x 30

and eating as they have always done. In

have a personal trainer you should still

minute sessions (a total of 150 minutes)

order to break this plateau, it is vital to

take professional advice regarding your

of moderate intensity exercise to be

introduce the body to different types or

exercise plan.

performed weekly or vigorous intensity

intensities of exercise.

I’ve never exercised, is it too late

exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes

to start now?

3 x weekly (a total of 60 minutes) or a

How do I get a flat stomach?

It’s never too late to start exercising, it is

combination is acceptable. For example

A flat stomach will be achieved by

important to find an activity / activities

moderate intensity for 30 minutes 2 x

burning excess fat (calories), again a

that you enjoy so exercise becomes

weekly and vigorous intensity exercise

combination of healthy eating and a

a regular component to your lifestyle.

2 x weekly for 20 minutes. It should be

regular exercise programme will help to

It is important to start off at a low /

noted that to lose weight or maintain

achieve this.

moderate intensity. Moderate-intensity

weight loss, 60 - 90 minutes of physical

physical activity means working hard

activity may be necessary. The 30 minute

Do I need a personal trainer?

enough to raise your heart rate and

recommendation is for the average

For some individuals self-motivation

break into a sweat, yet still being able to

healthy adult to maintain health and

is not enough to get them exercising

carry on a conversation.

reduce the risk for chronic disease. Is it bad to exercise too much? Yes, too much exercise can be bad for your health, in more ways than one, but that’s no excuse not to do any at all. Exercise sessions need to be kept at a sensible length, it is important to build up your fitness slowly and listen to your body — it’ll soon tell you when you’ve gone too far. Should I change my workout programme regularly? Yes as the body becomes used to an exercise that

The team at the Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital are always happy to discuss any queries you might have. We want you to make an informed decision with total peace of mind so please call us on 01273 761243 or go to 31

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Too much of a good thing Adam Lewis says it’s all about the calories, and the appealing non-counting diets are not really the best way to lose weight


ecently a client with a goal of weight loss handed me their food diary and we looked at what she had eaten for her evening meal. On paper it looked great, fish, potatoes and vegetables, hard to find too much fault. But when we started looking in closer detail and running the numbers of calorie content, some common issues started to reveal themselves, mistakes you could be making too!

The client said she knew fish was supposed to be good for you, a good source of protein and healthy fats, so served up trout and sardines that were in her fridge. The potatoes provided some carbs needed for energy, and she also wanted three types of vegetables, hence the peas, beans and the cauliflower cheese that were leftover from a previous day. Of the allowed 500 calories for her evening meal, we worked out that the trout was about 240, the potatoes 190 and the peas and beans about 50, totaling 480 calories. The cauliflower cheese added another 150, and the sardines 450, meaning her whole plate resulted in a whopping 1080 calories. This was double the amount intended and well over half her daily allowance! This led the client to ask why it was so bad considering the food was quite healthy and most of the calories were coming from the good fats in fish. A reasonable question and an issue I think many people trying to lose weight have, the misunderstanding between ‘healthy’ food and calorie content.

Broadly speaking ‘healthy’ foods tend to be naturally lower calorie, or contain substances that have useful properties when consumed, whilst less healthy foods tend to be the opposite, so you might think you should eat lots of the ‘healthy’ foods. But, keep in mind the phrase, ‘you can have too much of a good thing’.

Adam Lewis has been a certified personal trainer for over 10 years, providing mobile fitness services around Brighton and Sussex. Adam is also a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, holds a degree in Sport & Exercise Science, a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and is currently studying another Masters in Strength and Conditioning.

Even a meal containing only healthy foods won’t help your weight loss goals if there is too much of it. Portion size control is important each meal, as is limiting the amount of food you eat per day. Health treats, snack boxes, diet bars, light meals, weight loss shakes all may offer low calorie options but they will still cause weight gain if you eat too much of them, or more likely, if you eat them on top of your normal diet. Consuming more calories than you need, irrespective of whether they are from healthy foods will still cause weight gain. I’m aware it’s appealing to promote a diet where calories don’t have to be counted, but in the end the science of weight loss is all about those numbers.

Got a question? If you have a question about this article, or have a fitness problem you’d like Adam to cover in a future issue, email 35

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APHRODITE DOWN UNDER Brighton’s favourite socialite Peter Jarrette enjoys a birthday party, catches up with an old friend of Absolute Brighton, and discovers what his ex-wife is up to down under. You could get in a lather!


righton’s got a whole slew of new baby

sparkle. The current and constantly updated

Aphrodite. Marie’s part Cypriot background

socialites on the rise, and Coco Webb

lines of wedding gowns and ensembles available

and love of mythology came together to create

stepped out for her 1st birthday party

at Everything But The Girl will ensure that the

these marvellous sought after soaps that are

with friends and family at her proud papa’s

day will always belong to the radiant bride.

wondrous on skins of all ages especially babies

family friendly pizza palace The Stoneham on

Natalie has now brought her extensive range

with rashes or other dermatological issues. Men

Portslade Road. Coco’s lovely mum Natasha

of fashion and accessories to the region at large

and women are going bubbly for these fabulous,

Franklin had a marvellous cake ordered from

with the debut of her online boutique so do a

usable pieces. Go to www.pansoaps.gostorego.

The Cake Lady, Anna Drovero, who employs

little window shopping now at

com and get lathered. House of PaN debuts to

an Argentine method of baking that requires and you can see the

select stores in London later in 2013 but you

less sugar than our European recipes but tastes

recent images from the Melissa Buchanan

can order yours now!

all the more delicious. The Cake Lady supplies

photoshoot here at the Brighton Media Centre

Martin’s other concerns at The Connaught and


‘To view all the video promotions for PJ’s novel

socialite set I cannot recommend the Stoneham

Brighton boy Jason Minter was on a recent

Pictures by Melissa Buchanan

and its ample decked patio dining area and

episode of Gok’s Style Secrets, and bashful as

green garden more.

he is normally, we all think Jason secretly was in

The Dyke. If you want to celebrate your junior

Brighton Babylon go to Youtube.

his element. Absolute’s past Fashionista columnist Natalie

now if you missed our lad.

Wileman has poured her bags full of fashion magic into her Chichester-based bridal

Hey! There is action in Brighton... Brighton

boutique Everything But The Girl which is a

Australia, a suburb of Melbourne where my first

one-stop wedding lifestyle fashion emporium

wife, Marie Christou lives and is launching her

that caters for everything you need for your big

exquisite range of luxury all natural, unscented

day. Everyone from toddlers to Grandpa can be

goat’s milk soap across Australia. Marie’s

togged up to the height of trendy and classical

company House of PaN introduces handy bars

fashions, making the whole family shine and

and the oh, so decorative torsos of Apollo and


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Life as a windswept

BRIGHTON GAL Find out everything you need to know about our new columnist, Brighton Comedian Zoe Lyons I can’t believe it but I have been running Bent Double Comedy Club for over six years now. The time has just flown. It is not an exaggeration when I say I have loved every single show. I am a stand up who also comperes from time to time. There is a common misconception amongst audience members that the compere is not an act. Often people will say to you after a show, “ You were as good as the stand ups ... you should give it a go!” I like to think of myself as the glue for a show if I am compering, hanging it all together. Bent Double has a predominantly loyal gay crowd but not exclusively so. I book both gays and straight acts but my aim was to create a club where gay people would really enjoy the acts and feel comfortable. That is not to say they would not enjoy a ‘regular’ comedy night but there obviously isn’t going to be any of the lazy, passively homophobic comments I still sometimes hear in some clubs on the circuit. I work most of the time on the national circuit playing to largely straight crowds. There ain’t no pigeonholing me! Have you ever tried to get in a pigeon hole? It’s not easy. You can never tell how receptive an audience will be. I am constantly being surprised as a comedian. I have learnt not to prejudge audiences because so many times I have turned up to a gig looked at the room and thought, ‘this is going to be awful!’ And they have ended up being the nicest gigs. Corporate gigs are often tricky. When you have been booked for the after dinner entertainment. They can be a nightmarish experience. They are the ‘grab the cheque and run’ gigs.

On the whole, Brighton audiences tend to be quite comedy savvy and dare I say it, a little brighter than your average audience. Comedians like playing gigs in here. I had always loved stand up comedy, but I had absolutely no idea how to go about starting in the business. The thought of simply getting on stage and talking to the audience terrified me. I had already gone to university and then drama school and then spent quite a few years trying to get acting work without much success. It took me until I was nearly 30 before I finally gave stand up a go. I booked myself to do a five minute spot in a new act night. I did it and loved it and just carried on from there. When I was young I was inspired by many of the American acts that I used to see on the telly: Emo Phillips, Rita Rudner, Steve Martin, Robin Williams. As a family we would sit down at Christmas and watch Billy Connolly and Victoria Wood. Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies was a real favourite when I was small. I was allowed to stay up late to watch those films. I have just done a short tour abroad with Canadian stand up Glen Wool who I think is brilliant. There are loads of emerging acts from Brighton too. I think Sam Savage is great, really makes me laugh as does Angela Barnes.

I performed in Cambodia this year, that was fun, different but fun. The food was incredible. Any gig where good food is involved is a highlight in my eyes. Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen is great fun, he has surprisingly impressive thighs! I met him when working as a panellist on The Wright Stuff? I went on the show to promote a tour once and they were very kind and asked me back to be on the panel. I wasn’t born here in Brighton but it is most definitely home. There are so many things I like about living here. We have a fantastic promenade and interesting architecture. There is a vibrancy and energy about this place that other cities just do not have. I travel all over the UK and there is no place I would rather be. The worst thing about Brighton is the parking. In my column Absolute Brighton readers can expect rants, ramblings and rhetoric from a windswept Brighton gal.

Brighton audiences tend to be quite comedy savvy and dare I say it, a little brighter than your average audience


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Our new monthly column from the talented stand-up comedian

Zoe Lyons Where’s the time gone? Hello and thank you for taking the time to

the first two attempts, throw away and start

essential for sustenance but also because time

cast your beady eye over my new column for

again from scratch. Then stuff the finished

seems to stand still whenever you stop and

Absolute Brighton. I was delighted to be asked

correspondence into an envelope I had to

look out at the waves flowing in perpetual

to contribute. Whenever I am requested to

search for, then buy a stamp and wait for

motion. Oh Lordy, I am beginning to sound

take part in anything, however, I am always

postman to empty the post box and deliver

like an old hippy.

asked “Are you sure you have the time for it?”

said letter in the next day or two. Good grief who has time for that? No sir, I can

Someone stop me before I eat a tin of mung

Of course I should have the time for it. We

put together a spell checked, page aligned

beans and attempt an ill advised expert level

live in the golden age of digital convenience

printable document from my touch screen

Yoga move. I just think it is so important to

after all. Life should be so much easier for

while wearing my favourite pyjamas that have

get distracted by the great city we live in

us these days, right? It was very different

the penguins on. Simple, write, send, ping.... it’s

and take the time to enjoy all it has to offer.

for people of my grandparents generation.

there, job done.

Indeed, isn’t this the city that every year ceremonially burns the clocks?

They didn’t have the time to indulge in many recreational activities. There was no Pilates

This week I have booked train tickets, sent

classes or binge drinking for them, why? Well,

gifts and even bought a small stuffed toy

because they had a hell of a lot of hand

chihuahua all from my kitchen table and

washing to do. They knew they couldn’t get

anyone who has ever attempted to purchase

rat arsed on a Friday and Saturday night

a stuffed pooch on the high street will tell you

because they had to work full time and

how time consuming that can be.

then put every item of clothing they owned through a mangle before doing the company

So why in the name of Swiss made watches

accounts by hand and boiling up some water

do we all seem to have less free time?

for a tin bath. It shouldn’t be like this. I get the sense that By comparison we should all be ‘time wealthy’

because it has become possible for us to do

I mean I don’t even have to get involved in

so much more stuff more easily, convenience

lengthy conversations on the phone with dull

itself has become an all consuming distraction.

people anymore blah blah blah, I can simply fob them off with a text... “Lol”. I don’t have

I love living in Brighton. I think it is a very

to get dressed, walk to my office to compose

human thing to want to be by the sea. Not

a hand written letter that I will get wrong on

just because in years gone by the sea was

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Our monthly column from Brighton’s own comedy king

Stephen Grant Take the bad with the good


ast month I had to do something so

More likely, they have short memories, and

that sense of balance I start to embrace

disgusting; so genuinely stomach-churning

consider the club’s current status not as a high,

what appear to be new ‘father only’ duties

that my entire perspective on suffering

but as the status quo. Because my Facebook

for my 6 month old son. Up until recently, my

wall and Twitter feed is creaking under the

wife has been team leader in all the worst

has been turned upside-down.

strain of the whinging masses, upset at the

chores. Hence I have enjoyed the company

Very early on in life you learn to take the bad

increased ticket prices for our recent FA

of my wonderful boy in return only for a

with the good. Cake! Makes you fat. Beer!

cup showcases, longing for a return to the

steady stream of effort, but nothing too

Hangovers. Sun! Burn. But we still do them,

good old days* *(but without the ‘good

unmanageable or difficult - until now.

because the compromise - ‘taking the average

old’ football, players, stadium, food, access,

with the average’ - is no way for a human to

capacity, homelessness, amateurism and overall

Towards the end of winter, he has been

exist. And crucially, we usually get the good

mentality. Obviously.)

suffering with a cold with a blocked nose. But as babies lack the reflexes to blow it out

bit first. Sure, nobody likes to have to pay more for a

themselves until they are 2 years old, the

So as a Brighton & Hove Albion fan, the

ticket for something, but some people have

doctor told me the best and possibly only

fantastic times we are experiencing, both

an issue with the philosophy of ‘you get what

solution is to suck it out yourself.

off and on the pitch, seem more than a fair

you pay for’ if they’ve already got it before

consolation for years of misery. But some

they’ve had to pay for it. I assume these are

This, as my wife informed me, is man-only job.

people, despite being weathered by years

the characters who eat gourmet restaurant

So I knuckled down to it; deep exhale, mouth

of dogged suffrance, watching poor quality

meals but on receiving the bill whine about

over nostrils, hard suck inwards. A moment

football in a ramshackle athletics stadium with

how they should have got burgers.

of abject horror; but when I take a step back, it’s a small price to pay for the huge amount

a face full of sideways rain, appear unhappy by this. Maybe they miss the hardship; like

So as we grumble towards a slightly pricier

of joy I’m getting. That said; ask me if it’s still

flagellant monks, they feel the need to endure

ticket to see visiting world class footballers

worth it if he ever becomes constipated.

constant pain to reaffirm their faith.

in a £90m state-of-the-art stadium, it is with

Maybe some Albion fans miss the hardship; like flagellant monks, they feel the need to endure constant pain to reaffirm their faith.

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Animal Magic Creature creations that will really turn heads. Kate Morton talks to highly acclaimed Roadkill Couture designer Jess Eaton. Photographs:


in the here is one thing that the quirky Brighton-based

part of the two-week Brighton Fashion Week in 2011”.

vJess Eaton is certainly not and that is easily shocked, and

There is no getting away from the fact that the word ‘roadkill’

why would she be? She was part of a Cabaret group

conjures up images of dead animals and Jess doesn’t shy away from

based in Germany for five years, has spent some of her life living in

the fact that she has received some controversy for her creations

Ibiza, and has worked as a makeup artist and costume designer on

in the past however, her work challenges our relationships with

some of the most well-known nineties dance videos. Now having

animals and as this past vegetarian says, “my biggest worry is about

been back in the UK for over 15 years, Jess has found her true

where I get the animals from, especially if they are donated. I don’t

passion and it comes in the form of fashion, but with a twist.

want anything to die for me. We don’t kill anything and we don’t

Jess is a conceptual artist and not a fashion designer as she points

pay for any donations. They are all ethically sourced from the road,

out, rising to fame through her highly acclaimed Roadkill Couture,

butchers, through culling or those who have died of natural causes.”

a collection of garments that have been created using the fur

At that point, Jess’ phone rings and as she gratefully accepts a

and feathers of animals that have died of natural causes. This lady

donation of a dead fox, found on a road outside of Brighton, you

is ingenious, finding beauty in everything she works with. Since

can’t help but respect Jess’ enthusiasm of knowing that she will be

launching her first collection in 2011, Jess has been featured in The

honouring this fox following its death.

Times, Guardian and The Mail and her pieces have even reached

Using fashion as a means to express herself, Eaton’s collection is a

the likes of supermodel Kate Moss (Moss modelled a selection of

celebration of wildlife which would otherwise go to waste. Known

Jess’ feather headpieces for LOVE magazine’s 2012 autumn/winter

as the ‘chief plucker’ when growing up, Jess was taught how to


pluck and gut a chicken from an early age by her neighbour who

It was following the success of her Trashion Show (where all her

grew up in the Australian outback. “It’s food for thought” says Jess,

clothes were made out of rubbish) at the 2010 Brighton Fashion

“everything I do is done consciously. We end up throwing away so

Week, which achieved standing ovations that Jess came up with

many parts of an animal that we don’t find useful, even when we

her Roadkill idea. “It was really unusual. I literally had an epiphany

eat supermarket meat we don’t confront the animal’s death we

whilst sitting in a journalist friend’s garden. The idea just came into

just accept it. Why should people feel so differently to its fur and

my mind and I went on to debut my Roadkill Couture collection as


I don’t want anything to die for me. We don’t kill anything and we don’t pay for any donations. They are all ethically sourced from the road, butchers, through culling or those who have died of natural causes 42

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The majority of her pieces, when they aren’t out on exhibit, can be found

feathered friends including white swan wings and pheasant tails which

at her shop cum workshop Eatonnott; a collaboration between Jess and

have been either bleached or dyed. And with headdresses being a

fellow artist friend John Nott. Eatonnott is an interior design studio that

dominant feature in her couture collection, it’s no wonder Jess has an

sells statements pieces - far from a Victorian curiosity shop, it sells unusual

obsession with hats.

and desirable items for the home: “We are a gallery selling natural history,

“From the age of three, I’ve always had an obsession with hats. I use to

alongside couture with a little bit of dust thrown in!” says Nott.

collect hats from jumble sales and wear a different hat for every occasion.

Eatonnott is the main home to the Roadkill Couture collection, which

I had one for feeding the chickens in and one for doing my homework in.

sits quite comfortably amongst oddities such as beautifully carved skulls

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of retrieving an old dressing

(belonging to both small animals and large including an impressive

gown that my mother had thrown in the bin, and wearing it with a hat

giraffe’s skull) skeletons, bone jewellery, butterfly fascinators, pickled

and a pair gloves wherever I went... it was just my character, nobody said

and preserved items and industrial furnishings. It is not gruesome, it’s

a word”.

enchanting. In fact it’s an education, animal anatomy like you’ve never seen

There’s no getting away from the fact that this lady has character. The kind


you’d like to sit with in a pub. But from the sounds of it, she doesn’t have

The construction of one of the Roadkill garments is a complicated

much time for that. When she’s not working, she’s doing what she does

procedure. Self taught, Jess says her inspiration comes from her mind at first.

A preserved bird skeleton in the kitchen

“Every piece I make is a facet of my imagination, a different part of my personality. I see myself slipping into different roles and that is how I create my clothes. For example, I took inspiration for the pigeon dress from Gone with the Wind. There is a twee girlie side in me and in every woman and this characteristic is reproduced in this particular dress.” Looking closely, I can see it quite clearly. The nipped in waist, net overlay and exaggerated neckline on the pigeon dress is all rather Scarlett O’Hara. For her Roadkill Couture headpieces, Jess takes her inspiration from hairstyles from the olden days. Whether it’s virginal, magical or inspired by the vintage forties, her headpieces and collars are made of a variety of

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of retrieving an old dressing gown that my mother had thrown in the bin, and wearing it with a hat and a pair gloves wherever I went


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Jess in the shop

anyway: “it’s not really work for me. Being an artist is not what I do, it’s what I am.”

John Nott restores an alpaca in the workshop

Artificial legs from World War One

And what’s next for Eatonott? Jess is continually adding to her couture collection for the shop, reworking existing pieces and creating new designs. There are plenty of shop projects in the pipeline for both Eaton and Nott including new art pieces and sculpture perhaps. It seems that there is nothing they won’t tackle. When asked if they’ve ever had any strange requests, Eaton smiles: “John and I are probably stranger than any requests we’ve ever had. We are pretty unshockable.” “There are generally no limits to what we can make,” says Nott whilst intently entwining wire around the fingers of a skeletal hand. After all, when they hosted the Eatonnott launch party to a heaving crowd, Jess’ brother-in-law had just returned from Asia and brought with him a selection of scorpions, locusts, crickets and frogs. I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, no they didn’t did they? But they did. They served them as canapés, and the plates were wiped clean.

Eatonnott, 26 Preston Road, Brighton

The Eatonnott canine, Dave


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Absolute Interiors Absolute Interiors By Tara de la Motte (Editor of Sussex Homes & Gardens) Bringing you ideas for all your homemaking aspirations.


It is of great interest to me how the interiors of houses have developed through centuries, how styles have changed, and how we might adapt those styles from the past into our modern way of life. To me ‘Period Style’ is not just for stately homes, museums and other grand places. This is a style that can be translated into our own homes. These days the desire to decorate homes in the most authentic way has never been stronger.

By mixing old with new, authentic with reproduction and by using the wealth of new wallpaper, fabric and flooring that is available today the task of creating a period style home can be much less daunting. This is a style that can be achieved with confidence in a cost effective way, and still evoke the atmosphere of grandeur. In my own home the distressed and the recycled share space with the more elegant and superior.There is something very calming about a room where old meets new and mixes comfortably together in a wonderfully eclectic way.

“If asked to say what is the most important production of art and the thing most longed for, I should answer a beautiful house.” William Morris

If you are thinking of adding a period touch to your home – a few points worthwhile considering:



Colour can change the character of a house from one era to another. I have a great fondness for the latter Georgian period, I love their pallet of muted colours: soft grey, pale green, pale pink, and ‘dead’ white. In the past the colours were kept for the walls and “white” was mainly used for the mouldings, but in a modern room if you have dark wood furniture it is lightened and brightened by using white on walls. With so many shades of white to choose from you will find the white that suits your home the best. (Farrow and Ball have a wide selection of period colours.)



The great furnishing fabrics of the past were sumptuous and expensive, but similar effects can be achieved today at a more moderate cost. Certain shops, such as Ikea, have some great linen – mix fabrics, floor length muslin and lace curtains. For me curtains have to be long, sweeping the floor and elegant. I once read about a designer who used builders ‘dust’ sheets for curtains! They really do make beautiful curtains as I too have made them for my house. You will be amazed, I promise! Remember to wash them on a delicate wash as they will shrink a little.



Furniture can be either painted or polished however if you’re lucky enough to have in your possession a piece of antique furniture do not attempt to paint it as this would be a sin! Woods do not have to match but should complement each other. You can pick up some amazing period pieces from some of the larger charity shops. Almost all of my bedroom furniture, except my sleigh bed, come from second-hand shops and are worth much more than I paid for them. I love these pieces for their age, beauty and patina, and would never part with them.

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I have a great passion for candles and nothing evokes a period feel like the flicker of candlelight, however today we cannot live under candlelight alone, so for me the crowning glory in any room is the graceful chandelier. It looks equally good whether in a period home or a modern apartment. A lone chandelier even in a room that has nothing else can lift and enhance the whole space. There are many reproduction French style chandeliers that can be bought locally for a fraction of the cost of an original one, so it’s worthwhile looking around.



No period home is complete without pictures. A picture or a painting is what makes a statement in a room, it is an essential ingredient in a period home. A piece of artwork can be bought at little cost. When you have the time browse through second-hand shops and car boot sales – you may just be lucky enough to come across an unexpected treasure! We are also very lucky to have great artists living right here in Sussex and most exhibit their work in local galleries. If you want to start collecting paintings or pictures, it makes sense to collect ones that share a theme. So for the kitchen you may want pictures of food whereas nudes are better suited for the bedroom or bathroom. Portraits on the other hand look good in the lounge but really there is no right or wrong – just go with whatever appeals to you.


Many of today’s modern or minimalist spaces lack soul and are devoid of accessories, more like a hotel than a home - stark and formal. Accessories play a great part in a period home. There are simply too many beautiful objects to list and my home is filled with many. The only advice I can give here is always choose accessories that are pleasing to the eye and have special meaning to you. Beautiful mismatched China sits well in a period house as do all kinds of silverware and I am an avid collector of both! A period home is where you use your best China, silver and finest linen every day, not only on special occasions. These collections should be assembled over time and will add charm and elegance to your home. No matter how your home comes together it should always contain the essence of comfort and style. A home needs time to evolve, the finishing touches cannot be decided in advance. The house that has come together in slow progression will feel loved and lived-in, never too formal or perfect. I hope you have been inspired to bring a little ‘period style’ into your own homes no matter where you live.

For ‘Period Style’ Inspiration Visit: 1) 2) 3)

The Royal Pavilion - Brighton Preston Manor - Brighton Petworth House – Petworth

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The Art of Display

Article and Photography by Tara de la Motte


Elegant Accoutrement

ollecting the ingredients for a display takes years and the satisfaction you get from them is immense. Each time you look at these displays they will evoke a special memory, therefore displays should speak of the homeowners passions and I wish to reflect this in my own home too. It is these unique arrangements that make a house more homely. I hope I have inspired you a little to integrate your personal treasures into your abode.

An elegant desk inlaid with leather is the perfect place to display all the useful accoutrements, and provide ample space for dealing with correspondence.

Diamonds and Pearls

A Touch of Turquoise

This beautiful plate is the crowning glory of this display; a small reminder of a time that has passed. The eye is drawn to diamonds, pearls, ornament, and literature. In all aspects a perfect mĂŠlange. (Above)

On the sophisticated Chippendale cabinet is a diverse range of decorative items to please the eye. Turquoise, in the form of glassware and pottery, creates accents of glorious colour. (Below)

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Chippendale Period Furniture Maker

“It was an age of show

sociability and fashion, when décor was a serious matter”


homas Chippendale has often been called the “Shakespeare” of English cabinet makers. He furnished many of England’s greatest houses, like Nostell Priory and Harewood house as well as the town houses of the rich and famous. To have your house decorated by Chippendale became the fashion of the day.

Chippendale entered a vigorous craft tradition which was still capable of further refinement and not yet threatened by factory mass production, and he came to manhood when heavy furniture was becoming outmoded - a time when creative change was in the air. This was not just a matter of demand for lighter and more elegant furniture, but involved a simple but decisively important technical change - in board terms, the replacement of walnut by mahogany as the wood used for quality furniture. Chippendale became the first great figure of the Age of Mahogany. Chippendale was much more than just a cabinet maker, he was an interior designer who advised on soft furnishings and even the colour a room should be painted. Chippendale often took on large-scale commissions from aristocratic clients.

In 1754 Chippendale published his masterful collection, Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, a compilation of fashionable English furniture design. This work is Chippendale’s enduring legacy, and shows his gift in adapting existing design styles to the fashion of the mid 18th century. The book was a major source of inspiration and influence in furniture design. The materialist age he lived in offered ample scope for his remarkable talents; industrial development had brought great wealth to many, and Chippendale had a long list of patrons anxious to enhance their homes. Catherine the Great and Louis XVI both possessed copies of the Director in its French edition. The Director shows four main styles: English with deep carving, elaborate French rococo in the style of Louis XV furniture, Chinese style with latticework and lacquer, and Gothic with pointed arches, quatrefoils and fret-worked legs. Chippendale’s designs covered a wide range of styles, from Rococo to Gothic and chinoiserie (oriental style). Even when a piece can be attributed with certainty to Chippendale’s workshop, it is impossible to say for certain that he worked on the furniture himself. As the Chippendale firm became successful, more and more work was carried out by trained workmen rather than Chippendale himself. In the latter years Thomas Chippendale had numerous problems in obtaining his payments from the rich customers, and it is thought he hardly had any money when he died in 1779.

Tthe “Shakespeare” of English cabinet makers

Thomas Chippendale (born on 16 June 1718) was a London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian period. He moved to London in 1748, where he opened his furniture showrooms and workshop in St. Martin’s Lane, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.

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Beautiful Glassware By Tara de la Motte


o home is complete without a collection of glassware - in fact it’s a necessity. After all who would like to drink a glass of chilled chardonnay in a cup! A beautiful glass adds to your drinking pleasure, no matter if it is water, wine or a glass of champagne. Contemporary or vintage design; fine glassware is a feast for the eyes. Glass is such a romantic substance – clear or coloured, plain or engraved, vintage or modern, glass is irresistibly beautiful. A mere arrangement of sparkling glassware will instantly bring a room to life. I am actually obsessed when it comes to collecting glassware, especially vintage wine carafes, decanters and candlesticks. I own a couple of beautiful old decanters which I use in my bathroom for bath essence - bringing with them a touch of vintage charm to my bathroom. They look lovely sitting on the shelf and so do glass jars in which I like to keep French soap. I’m looking to add to my bathroom accessories as I think a few glass vintage scent bottles would sit very well alongside my decanters. Glass cloches make the perfect display cases for all sorts of things, long ago these would have been used to cover seedlings in the garden. But today can be used to house your favourite display of either ornament or a deliciously iced cake! Talking of cake there are some exquisite cake stands around with amazing crystalline patterns in pressed-glass.

These can be picked up quite cheaply, usually under £10 each and they are a useful decorating accessory. They not only elevate cakes and other delicacies, but can also be used for holding candles and tea-lights. Bottles that were thrown away years ago can be found in car boot sales and coloured glass bottles look particularly good when rays of sunlight filters threw them. Look for old bottles in vivid colours of aqua, blue, green and amber. Use these to display single stem flowers around the home or mass them together for one perfect display on a windowsill. A piece of glassware can make a wonderful gift. Recently for my father-in-laws birthday my husband and I thought long and hard about his gift as it was an extra special birthday. We finally decided to give him an engraved brandy glass along with his favourite brandy - “Remy Martin” VSOP. We hope the glass will heighten the pleasure of taking his after dinner brandy. Glass with its wonderful light-reflecting qualities bring a touch of elegance to a room, whether they are in the form of drinking vessels, jars or beautiful chandeliers.

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” William Morris

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alentine’s day will be a very special occasion at Little Bay restaurant in Brighton. On offer is the great price of £12.35 for a 3-course meal

from the a-la-carte menu. Parties of 12+ will receive the party offer of £9.95 for a 3-course meal from the a-la-carte menu. The usual great menu will be on offer, with some additional dishes on the specials menu. Of course there will be a special live opera performance on Valentine’s Day. (Live Opera will be on as usual every Wednesday-Saturday evenings).

Little Bay are holding a Special prize draw for anyone who signs up to the newsletter online between now and the 28th February 2013. The prize is a complimentary meal for 2 people from the a-la-carte menu for any day. You can also win a 3-course meal for 2 people in our competition: Just answer the following question:

How much is Little Bay Brighton’s All-you-can-eat Buffet Breakfast? Email your answer to before February 28th, and put ‘Little Bay competition’ as subject.

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Skate On

Food & Drink


he hugely popular Royal Pavilion Ice Rink will stay on for an extra five weeks this year and will be open until February 24.

The rink has attracted thousands of visitors to the city, including numerous celebrities, among them local star Patsy Palmer with her children who have become regulars. It has also attracted many TV film crews, including hosting its first wedding for an episode of BBC’s ‘Don’t tell the Bride’ last month.

Scallop shucking time It is the perfect time to enjoy one of the sea’s finest treats - scallops. Scallops are free-moving, not attaching themselves to rocks or other objects in the way that other molluscs like oysters and mussels do. They are rich in vitamin B12 and omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium and potassium and no fish gourmet would be without them. One of the most delightful seaside towns in Sussex is Rye and scallops have long been an important harvest in this part of Sussex. This month, the annual Rye Bay Scallop Week showcases scallops and the many and wonderful ways they can be enjoyed (February 2 to 10).

The restaurant and bar, run by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts, will also be ‘upping the ante’ by introducing some new food, drink and cocktails which can be enjoyed by skaters and spectators alike. There will also be some regular special offers to watch out for, such as their traditional Italian antipasti board,filled with loads of cured meats, beautiful bocconcini, olives, caperberries, chillies, crostini and more, with a bottle of wine for just £20 – perfect for enjoying with a group of friends or family.

Shucking and cutting demonstrations and taster samples of such delicacies as Scallop Ceviche, marinated Scallop with Lime, Chilli, Lemon and Sea Salt will be on offer at Market Fisheries; kids fun, including scallop shell painting can be had at the Rye Castle Museum; and pan fried scallops with smoked haddock and black pepper will be cooked on the Strand Quay for visitors to the Rye Farmer’s market, fresh off the boat. In Brighton we can pick up scallops this month from Fish at the Brighton end of Shoreham Port, at the South Quay on Basin Road South. Call first, as their stock is fresh and seasonal and what ever fishermen have managed to catch on 01273 420123 or see Afraid of cooking them yourself, visit Riddle & Finns in Meeting House Lane and enjoy Brighton Scallops cooked to perfection.

Celebrity skaters have included Patsy Palmer, Sean Lock and Ronan Keating

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Better off


Award winning crime writer and friend of Absolute, Brighton’s very own Peter James tells readers about his new role as our food critic Peter, we are pleased to welcome you to

very favourite dishes, not having to worry about

I think that whenever humans tamper with

Absolute Brighton as our new restaurant

my waistline going forward. So it would have to

nature, there are consequences. But because

critic. What is your opinion generally of

be a banquet consisting of Oysters Rockefeller,

some of the consequences are bad is not

the eating establishment in the city?

followed by grilled lobster, then chanterelle

a reason to stop. When I was researching

Brighton and environs has a great variety of

ravioli, then rib of beef, then chocolate fondant

Perfect People I spent time in the library of the

restaurants, across a wide range of ethnicity,

with crème Anglaise, then Manchego cheese

Wellcome Foundation. Among the books there

serving good, interesting food in nice

with Bath Olivers. The wines would be just as

was a list of advertisements for surgeons in the

surroundings. But we lack any truly great

important. I would go for a white Burgundy

1850s. They advertised speed as their primary

‘destination’ restaurants that have real style and

– Chateau Mersault, and then a red Burgundy – a

skill. “Your gall-bladder removed in five minutes

panache – such as London’s Wolseley, or Ivy, or

Chambertin or maybe a mighty Tuscan red, then

or your money back!” They did this because

Scotts or Hakkasan or Hix. When I dine out I

with the cheese a claret – perhaps a Haut Brion

surgery was then such a painful and dangerous

want to be made to feel special. Trained front of

1934, the most stunning red I have ever drunk.

procedure. My genetics scientist in Perfect

house staff can make all the difference to your

Peter, back to your other life. The last

People, Dr Leo Dettore questions whether

dining experience. And one thing I would love to see in Brighton restaurants would be valet parking.

time we spoke to you, your 7th Roy Grace book was just out, and last summer saw the arrival of the 8th, Not Dead Yet. The

Mother Nature left unchallenged has done such a great job, bearing in mind the mess the world is in – would we not be better to take control of human evolution ourselves and improve it, he

What is you favourite type of food?

series seems to be gaining momentum!

Ask me any day of the week and I will tell you

Are there still many more to come?

wonders. So do I.

something different, all depending on what mood

I’ve just finished the 9th Roy Grace, Dead Man’s

What are you working on at the

I am in. Much though I love many of the world’s

Time, which will be out on June 6th and I am


vast array of foods and eating out in some of

already starting work on the 10th. I am having

I’m currently finalising the edit of Dead Man’s

the greatest restaurants, and being entertained

huge fun researching and writing these novels and

Time in which I write about the antiques trade

by publishers, home and abroad, is a fortunate

it is such a joy to be able to set them in the city

in Brighton – it has been huge fun and fascinating

perk of my line of work. After a long trip abroad,

in which I grew up and which I love so much. Ian

to research its past. I’m also starting work on

usually on book promotion, there is nothing I like

Rankin has written over 20 Rebus novels, and I

another standalone novel – on the theme of

more than to come home to a roast chicken,

could certainly see 20 Roy Grace novels, so long

what might happen if someone claimed to have

roast potatoes and some fresh broccoli and peas.

as my readers continue to enjoy them.

absolute proof of the existence of God. It is a

And I love more than any other breakfast, to have

Your last standalone novel Perfect People

subject that has long intrigued me, and I have

simple fried eggs and bacon. Bliss!

was about designer babies. Do you feel

been working on the research planning of this

as many do that, along with the marvels

book for nearly two decades.

What would you choose as your last meal? Well, assuming I had an appetite knowing it was my last meal… I would seriously pig out on my

of scientific advancements, there are unanswered and potentially terrible consequences?


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Restaurant Review

A hedonistic spirit

No restaurant in Brighton does atmosphere better - says our new food critic Peter James of the Hotel Du Vin


ubar Gulbenkian, the 1950s Armenian bon viveur and

ambience, to be pampered, or I go out to do press interviews, or, very

gourmand, who lived much of his life in the London Ritz

often, I am taking someone out to pick their brains for research for my

hotel, once famously said, “The best number for dinner is two:

next novel. The atmosphere needs to be right for each occasion. Food

Myself and a good waiter.” He would preface each dining experience by

matters a lot to me, but it is not everything. I’d rather eat in a buzzy

ostentatiously placing a £5 note (worth around £100 in today’s money)

restaurant with OK food, than in stone silence in a dull mausoleum

on the table beside him and say to the waiter, “This is yours if I enjoy

with food to die for. So in these columns I’m out to judge the dining

myself and mine if I do not.”

experience – of which the skills of the chefs of course play a vital part,

Is food actually the most important thing when you go out to eat? The

but are not everything.

late Michael Winner insists that he doesn’t go to restaurants he goes to

No restaurant in Brighton does atmosphere better than the Hotel Du

tables. Well, OK, tables are important, but most of us do not understand

Vin. This could easily be the best restaurant in the city by a country mile,

the arcane world of the pecking order of tables in most restaurants.

if they were to bother to get a front-of-house manager with an ounce

We’d rather sit at one where our elbows don’t keep colliding, which

of personality and more than two brain cells, who could actually greet

doesn’t rock on uneven legs, where waiters don’t keep barging us, where

guests and remember the regulars at least by face, if not name. I recently

there isn’t a howling draught and is not by the loos. And where the din

returned to my favourite hotel in the world, the Four Seasons, Beverly

of the music, or from a raucous table behind us, isn’t so loud we have to

Hills, after an absence of four years. The doorman, the receptionist, the

shout to be heard.

head bartender and the Maitre D’ all greeted me by name. I’ve dined a

I have a good friend in Los Angeles, where I have worked a lot, who is a

dozen times at the Brighton Hotel du Vin in the past year, as I do every

true gourmet. LA is a foody paradise – or at least a foody fool’s paradise

year. No one there has ever greeted or remembered my name. And it

- a metropolis where on almost any day of the week, the latest uber-

is not just me – three different friends, all regulars there, have made the

cool must-be-seen-in restaurant opens up and is instantly booked solid

same complaint. What a contrast to one of its sisters, the Hotel du Vin

for months, before its predictable demise. My friend, Steve, a genetics

in Harrogate, where I go once a year, and they all greet me as a returning

scientist approaches eating out like a scientific experiment. The new

regular with warmth and professional courtesy.

restaurants are listed, scrupulously analysed, and if they pass muster, booked. He then sits at the table, hunched over each dish with a deep

Get beyond that – and the fact that at the end of your meal you’ll be

frown, more concerned with finding fault with every aspect of each dish,

left stranded, trying to find someone to pay who’ll be even more elusive

than pleasure.

than Bin Laden – and you’re in for a great time, in a great environment. I

This may sound strange coming from someone writing restaurant

like the Hotel du Vin chain a lot – and partly because its hotels never feel

critiques, but I don’t actually go to restaurants for the food – certainly not

like part of a chain. Each has its own atmosphere, and they are borne

as the only criteria. I go for many reasons – and the most important is

out of a hedonistic spirit. Eat, drink, smoke if you like, enjoy! Brighton’s


is a fine example; a great and sumptuous bar area, with bar staff adept at cocktails, comfy chairs, two outdoor courtyards and a smokers’ cabana.

My partner, Helen, is a trained chef. If I want great food and truly great

Enter the dining room and you instantly feel a sense of occasion. A room

wine I eat at home. I go out for fun, to be with friends, to soak up

that is both striking, theatrical, yet intimate. The menu, for years timid, has


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I’d rather eat in a buzzy restaurant with OK food, than in stone silence in a dull mausoleum with food to die for

recently become bolder, and better reflecting the sea a mere 100 yards away. It’s a good menu and it always delivers its promise. A simple smoked salmon starter is always a good test of a restaurant’s ability to source quality and theirs is exemplary. Chicken livers were cooked just sufficiently to keep them succulent and tender and the mussels were a good size, plump and with a well-judged sauce. The dressed crab, unlike some I’ve eaten, had a sauce light enough to bring out the flavour of the crabmeat, rather than mug it. My heart always sinks when I see Lemon Sole on a menu – I’ve never in my life ordered a lemon sole that was worth eating, and I’ve never met anyone who has. I don’t understand why so many restaurants persevere with this soggy, pointless fish that tastes as flat as it looks, and is priced here at a sky high £21.95. I’d rather pay a tenner or more extra and have a Dover Sole (not offered), in my view still the king of all fish. Lobster Thermidor with chips is a dish I disagree with twice over. Why kill the delicate flavour of lobster with cheese, and no two ingredients could go be less suited to each other than lobster and fries. Elsewhere the mains score highly. Choucroute du Vin is a bold spin on the pork belly that is now a fashion statement on every menu, Roasted Hot Shells is an assortment of shellfish cooked with a sure touch, and perfect sauce. Few restaurants can cook a steak better. Their ribeye is as good as beef gets – when I’m in a steak mood and I see

that cut, I never look further.

together by someone who really knows many

High scores for the desserts, all of them

of the best and most accessible wines around

with well-matched wine suggestions. Hot

the world. Their Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet,

chocolate fondant, Apple Tarte Tartin and

white, at £28 is both a find and a relative

Pear, Blackberry and Brioche Charlotte were

bargain, and if I was in a splurging mood I’d

world class, and the Artisan Cheese Selection

go for genius Jean Marc Boillot’s 2008 Puligny

platter is a rewarding alternative, or, for serious

Montrachet. There is an equally impressive

trenchermen, addition.

range of reds, and good to see the wonderful Minuty Rosé, and at £33 a summer’s lunch must.

As Hotel du Vin’s name implies, wines are a

With starters from £6-9 and mains from £15-

serious part of the culture. The Champagne

36, and decent portion sizes the food ise priced

range is one of the broadest I have seen, with

fairly for the quality this Hotel du Vin gives. But

many superlatives at sane prices. The rest

what price a smile and a proper greeting when

of the wine list is an oenologist’s delight, put

you arrive, and a thank-you when you leave?


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Restaurant Review

Taking the Breeze Anastasia Meldrum finds a refreshing new place to eat in Trafalgar Street


he past few weeks in Brighton have been rather depressing it

absolute pleasure. He welcomed us in

would seem, as always tends to be the case on the rear side of the

with a smile that reminded me that of all

Christmas festivities.

the things you wear, your expression is

Purses and wallets are gasping for their last breath of January air ready for

most important.

‘payday’, leaving you wondering whether, from a commercial point of view,

After taking our seats and ordering a very

if Christmas did not yet exist, would it be necessary to invent it?

large glass of white wine each, we had

Yes the holidays of 2012 are in the past, we’ve had our fair share of snow

already spoken about how brilliant Breeze

and ice (good riddance), and we are eagerly anticipating what this New

was on first impressions.

Year has to offer us.

What really mattered though was the

For me, there are numerous things I would like to achieve in 2013…..

menu. Superb meat, fish and vegetarian

Climbing a mountain for charity, progressing in my career, training my

selections, cooked to perfection in

dog not to use my friends shoes as a WC, losing weight (pah, as if!!) and

a kitchen that understands what is

doing some more travelling with my partner and daughter; particularly in

expected. Mouthwatering starters (so


hard to choose!) and a varied collection

I was delighted last week to find that the review I would be writing would

of delicious sides and desserts. I was ready

be for a Modern European restaurant called Breeze Brasserie. Located

to well and truly get stuck in.

at the bottom of Trafalgar Street it is in a perfect location for commuters

The result was everything we had wanted

and pleasure goers alike, and a quick search on t’internet found me

it to be and quite a bit more. The spicy

scrolling over some remarkable reviews and a near perfect score on all

squid with tomatos, chilli, and lemon and garlic oil was like pimped up

of the reputable food reviewing sites. This restaurant appeared to know

finger food; the £6.50 serving is generous and my friend said he could

its stuff.

have still devastated another serving! The breeze fish cake £6.95 is fresh,

The restaurant occupies a grand space in this fabulous location, just

crispy and scrumptious. We find ourselves humming happy tunes at the

seconds from the North Laine, and the décor is pure vintage meets


retro. The black leather seating against the dark floorboards and exposed

For the main, I chose the breeze fillet with king prawns and garlic butter

brickwork give that authentic continental feel that I so often crave, and

with a creamy leek and potato mash £19.95. Now, I LOVE steak, and I

I immediately felt relaxed and in safe hands. Bruce, the owner, was an

insist it is served blue, which infrequently gets adhered to in restaurants.

Bruce, the owner, was an absolute pleasure. He welcomed us in with a smile that reminded me that of all the things you wear, your expression is most important. 62

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This time however, utter excellence. The steak

Bruce is a delight, and has an understanding of

was expertly sealed on the outside, making

what the people of Brighton want and enjoy

Breeze Brasserie

it crispy, while sealing in the moisture of the

from a dining experience, and consistently

98 Trafalgar Street

nearly raw meat. Accompanied by the succulent

delivers, course after course.

Brighton East Sussex

prawns, I was in food utopia. My friend opted for the slow roasted pork belly £14.95 and was

This is one of the little treasures of Brighton


equally delighted with his choice.

that makes me so happy to do my job and I will

01273 693377

We finished off with my old favorites, banoffi

be returning very soon. My advice? Book a night

pie £5.50, and chocolate fondant £6.50. Quite

out. Eat here. It is more than worth it.

frankly the mayors office should promote these

as Brighton landmarks. Winning on every level of win possible, just marvelous. For this dining experience you expect to pay

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

the sort of money that makes you gulp, and yet the amazing thing about Breeze is that you get

Look out for the special Valentines Menu

incredible value whilst being treated and fed like a king. 63

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LISTINGS Theatre Royal, Brighton

Latest Music Bar, Brighton 14 - 17 Manchester St Brighton BN2 1TF

New Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 1SD BoxOffice: 08700 606 650 Tue 5th Feb Ellen Kent’s Tosca Wed 6th Feb Ellen Kent’s Carmen BoxOffice: 01273 687171 Mon Feb 4th DigiTune Presents Show 8.00 £4/£3 cons Tues Feb 5th Action for Happiness. Doors 7.30 Show 8.00 Free Wed Feb 6th Tango Boot Camp Doors: 8.00 £5

Thurs 7th Feb Big Cheer for Amaze 3 Phil Jupitus and friends Friday 8th Feb Beyond the Barricade Sun 17th Feb Pam Ann: Around the World Tues 19th Feb - Sat 23rd Feb Goodnight Mister Tom Mon 3rd March Jethro Mon 11th March Hormonal Housewives Starring Toyah Wilcox Tues 12th - Wed 13th March Harry Hill: Sausage Time Sunday 17th March Hairy Bikers: Larger than Life

Brighton Dome

Thurs Feb 7th The Fold + Laura Ward and The Risen Road Doors: 7pm £4 Fri Feb 8th Brighton Hellenic Nights Doors 8.30 £8/£6

Church Street Brighton East Sussex BN1 1UD BoxOffice: 01273 709 709 Wed 13th Feb Illusions Studio Theatre Thurs Feb 14th Valentine’s Ball Brighton Dome Fri Feb 15th The Beast with Stuart Bowden Studio Theatre Fri 15th - Sat 16th Feb Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dome Concert Hall Mon 18th Feb The Enormous Turnip Corn Exchange

Sun Feb 10th Ruarri Joseph Solo £8 Mon Feb 11th London Commands You Doors 7.30 £5/£4 Tues Feb 12th Charity Chuckle Doors 8pm £8/£5

Jazz@Bohemia, Brighton 54-55 Meeting House Lane, Brighton 01273 777770

21 Feb Jason Abrahams 28 Feb Laura Nixon

Programme provided by Joogleberry Acts

7 March Paul Roberts

7 Feb Matthew van Kan

14 March Alison David

14 Feb Veronica Blacklace

21 March Louise Almeida


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Brighton Centre, Brighton

Komedia, Brighton 44 - 47 Gardner Street Brighton BN1 1UN

Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2GR

BoxOffice: 0844 847 1515 Mon Feb 4th Paloma Faith BoxOffice: 0845 293 8480 Fri 1st– Sat 2nd Feb Krater Comedy Club Award winning comedy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 18 & over only. Sun 3rd Feb Bent Double Katherine Ryan: Nature’s Candy

Fri Feb 15th Little Mix The hottest new girl band...

Fri 22nd - Feb 24th Modelworld 2013 Showcasing models of all types from around the country Tues Feb 26th Example

Thu 7th Feb Melting Vinyl presents Courtney Pine & Guests Hammer & Tongue Fri 8th – Sun 10th Feb Krater Comedy Club Sat 9th Feb Comedy Club 4 Kids Back and better than ever! Cracking comedy entertainment for everyone over the age of six. Sun 10th Feb WitTank

Sat 2nd - Sun Mar 3rd Homes & Gradens Nearly 200 stands Tues 5th - Wed 6th March Olly Murs Thurs Mar 14th Olivia Newton-John Celebrating 40 years in music

11A Upper Market Street, Brighton BoxOffice: 01273 201801 Tues 5th Feb Miniclick: Matt Stuart Matt Stuart | Brighton’s Free, monthly photography discussions Wed 6th Feb iOpen SPOKEN WORD Thurs 7th Feb Shorts & Sweets Book Club Thurs 07th Feb The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience. Under the direction of John Lee, Dizzy’s long-time bassist

Mon Feb 11th Plan B

Sun Feb 17th Boogie Nights The Osmonds and Gareth Gates...

The Old Market, Brighton

Tue 12th Feb Bitter Ruin Expect to hear vicious outbursts, heart-wrenching ballads, intense energy, passionate lyrics and expert musicality, all delivered with a dark and dramatic slap in the face.

Fri 8th Feb Part of Brighton Science Festival: Robin Ince’s Dirty Book Club The strangest passages of sex from numerous books rescued from skips and charity shops. Wed 13th Feb New Writing South presents… In Conversation with Tracey Thorn Thurs14th Feb Laughtermarket: The Valentine Special Valentine Special of TOM’s monthly comedy night with headline and new stand-up acts. Sat 23rd Feb Lee Hurst: Too Scared to Leave the House Lee Hurst is back on the road sharper and funnier than ever.

Wed 13th Feb Same Sex Speed Dating Thurs 14th Feb Straight Speed Dating Thu 14 Feb The Noise Next Door: Alternative Valentine’s Day Comedy Lock In

Sunday 24th Feb Spun Glass Theatre: Scratch Sessions New poetry, script, short story, stand up; anything goes.


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Experiments in fun Scientists know how to enjoy themselves - they even have their own festival. Ian Trevett meets Richard Robinson to find out more. Photos: Rosebery Images


don’t remember science lesson being like this when I was

adults is still part of their make-up. For this reason the festival is

at school. It is more like a comedy double act when Richard

designed to get both adults and children involved.”

Robinson and Dr Jonathan Hare get in front of a group of Year 8

There does seem to be an obvious marketing ploy to attract an adult

students. Having a son the same age (12) I know this is an age group

audience: the first Saturday is titled The Science of Sex including a talk

that doesn’t have the longest of attention spans but the Dorothy

from sex blogger Belle De Jour and an exploration of desire. Surely

Stringer pupils are totally immersed in this enthusiastic lecture on

this is just a cynical exercise to make the festival all sound a bit more

the properties of light. And at the back of the class, so am I.

interesting? “Of course not,” replies Richard. “Sex is all about science.

After Richard breaks the class up into small groups for a practical

This year is the 60th anniversary of DNA and we have a DNA day.

experiment, I ask him about the Brighton Science Festival, the rapidly

Learning about DNA and how molecules reproduce gives you an

growing educational and fun event he founded. “It all came about

understanding of how sex works. It is all a scientific process.”

from teaching Key Stage 3 pupils (11-14-year-olds). When they

If you talk to Ricahrd long enough, you can see that everything has

arrive in secondary school from primary school they are fired up

a scientific basis. “Most people never bother with science yet they

with enthusiasm for science. Within two years they hate it. The best

carry around a phone that would have been science fiction a few

teachers move on and we lose too many students before they even

years ago.You can talk face to face with people across the globe,


you can locate yourself on a map and read virtually every book ever

“There is no spirit of discovery.Young people love to explore,

printed. All this in a small phone. In a smart phone there are about

experiment and create. They don’t mind making mistakes along the

1,500 registered patents, in other words 1,500 good ideas.”

way. But the curriculum doesn’t leave time for mistakes. They have to

The Brighton Science Festival has never received the press and

get the right version in their books straight away, ready to move on

publicity received by so many other events in the city, yet it has

to the next topic.”

attracted full houses and is growing every year. I have to admit I have

“I started doing workshops at schools and then Family Fun Days. The

never attended a Science Festival event, but then again until recently

way to engage children is to get their parents involved. Kids mimic

I had never experienced a science lesson by Richard. I’m a convert.

and learn from their parents. It is a basic survival tool. They would

Science really can be fun.

learn how to find food and stay out of danger. The need to copy

The Science Festival runs from Feb 6th - March 3rd 2013


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This year the Festival straddles four weekends:. Firstly (Feb 9-10th) All of Life; Science has proved what we always knew; the most important thing in life is sex (Robin Ince’s Dirty Book Club, Friday Feb 8th and The Science of Sex, Saturday Feb 9th). We also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the unravelling of life’s blueprint. DNA is arguably the most important molecule of the 20th century (DNA DAY, Sunday Feb 10th). Secondly (Feb 16-17th) Bright Sparks weekend brings the family together for a stream of hands-on workshops and demos, every one an eye-popper. Hissing cockroaches, reptiles, sheep patting, edible geology, science magic, or operating a giant drawing machine made from an old bicycle in an action packed weekend of live science. Thirdly (Feb 23-24th) White Heat is designed with post-12s in mind – more demanding activities for a more demanding age. With zombies, practical jokes, vampires, robots, skateboard technology, the Incredible Machine and ingenious inventions in a weekend of creative mayhem. Finally (March 2-3rd) Le Geekend: The Big Science Weekend proves there’s nowhere in the world, or off it, which can’t astonish. Ben Goldacre, Richard Wiseman, entertainment from snails to Shakespeare with a silver of infinity and a dazzle of interpretive dance thrown in. Full programme on

Dr Jonathan Hare and Richard Robinson take their Science Roadshow to Dorothy Stringer School. Top: Year 8 pupils experiment in sending a voice message through a beam of light.


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Simply the best Mo Shine’s pick of the best shows this month

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Villagers – Sunday Feb 17, The Old Market

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February

Villagers visit Brighton bringing their mix of folk and pop that create an

Brighton Dome Concert Hall

arrangement of heartfelt, emotional songs that jerk the heart strings over and


over again

Fronted by the wide-eyed acoustic guitarist, Conor O’Brien, the Irish band

After a two-year absence, the much loved Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (aka The Trocks) returns to Brighton Dome in

Opera producer Ellen Kent’s productions of operas Carmen and Tosca

February, performing Les Sylphides, Pas de Deux, La Vivandière and

bring a kaleidoscope of colour to the stage of The Theatre Royal with

Walpurgis Night in their unique, tongue-in-cheek manner.

magnificent sets, luxurious costumes and heavenly singing – a guaranteed great night out. Tosca

Tosca - Feb 5th, Theatre Royal Puccini’s Tosca is an epic tale of true love and treachery featuring torture, murder and suicide alongside some of opera’s best-known music. Set in Rome and based on a play by Victorien Sardou, it was once described as a ‘shabby little shocker’. Opera diva Floria Tosca fears for the fidelity of her lover Mario, only to discover that it is the Baron Scarpia’s lust for her that endangers that love. A complex agreement of bargains and bluffs follow, to the detriment of all, with a truly tragic ending. Carmen - Feb 6th, Theatre Royal Bizet’s dramatic and sensuous opera Carmen tells the story of the downfall of soldier Don Jose, who is seduced by the fiery, beautiful and passionate gypsy Carmen. Abandoning both his childhood sweetheart and his military career, Jose pursues Carmen but loses her to the glamorous bullfighter Escamillo. In true tragic operatic fashion, Jose can’t bear to be without Carmen and stabs her in a jealous rage.


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MUSIC NEWS Passenger - Mike Rosenberg

Esben & The Witch

Scholarship for Eliot The Royal College of has offered 18-year-old Christ’s Hospital student Eliot Corner a place and a scholarship to study from September 2013. “It means everything to me. It means that I can finally fulfil my dream of doing Music 24/7 without any other worries, and being able to focus on my art in one of the best environments in the world. I will be able to hone my playing to a professional standard!” New Sounds: An Evening of Original Music produced, organised and composed by Elliot Corner All Saints Church, Hove

Passenger single release Brighton born band Passenger, better known to some as Mike Rosenberg, will release his second UK single on February 11th. Let Her Go is taken from Mike’s fourth solo album All The Little Lights, under the Passenger label and he is currently promoting the album during his tour with Ed Sheeran.

The Godfathers are back Classic British rock’n’rollers, The Godfathers, have returned with a new album after almost a decade. Their new twelve-track album, Jukebox Fury, will be released on March 4th following the digital release of their single I Can’t Sleep Tonight, preceding a tour with The Stranglers. The tour hits

Fri 22nd February 2013. 7.30pm.

Brighton on March 14th when they perform at the Dome.

Daughter album release

Weinhofen leaves Bring Me The Horizon

The folk trio, Daughter, will release their debut album If You

British band, Bring Me The Horizon, have confirmed that guitarist Jona

Leave on March 18th following on from a duo of EPs. They are

Weinhofen has left the band. While a statement has not yet been made on

promoting the ten-track album with a sold-out tour of the UK

why or who made the decision, tension appeared to be high within the band

and North America that kicked off in Brighton in mid-January.

for a while, with Weinhofen expressing his desire to leave the group in a

Esben & The Witch release album

2011 tweet.

Brighton based trio, Esben & The Witch, released their second

Splitting up

studio album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face on January

S.C.U.M have announced that they have split up after five years together.

21st. The album showcases a band at the peak of their powers,

The band did not give a reason for their separation but sent a message to

with Rachel Davies’ vocals taking a larger prominence than in

their fans via Facebook, saying: “Hello everyone, It seems an appropriate time

their debut album Violet Cries and the woozy guitar sounds

to announce after a long hiatus – S.C.U.M have collectively decided that we

revealing a band with a real belief in what they’re now doing.

will no longer play or continue to write together.”


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Gig guide Richard Thompson Olly Murs

Plan B

Killer Mike – Sun 10 Feb @ The Green Door Store

Fidlar – Wed 27 Feb @ The Haunt

Boo Hewerdine – Mon 11 Feb @ The Greys

River Jumpers – Thur 28 Feb @ Fitzherberts

Plan B – Mon 11 Feb @ The Brighton Centre

The Watermelons – Fri 1 Mar @ Seven Stars

Frightened Rabbit – Tue 12 Feb @ Concorde 2

Loch Lomond – Sat 2 Mar @ The Green Door Store

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Wed 13 Feb @ Concorde 2

Melody’s Echo Chamber Sun Mar 3, Green Door Store

The History of Apple Pie – Fri 15 Feb @ The Green Door Store Jake Bugg – Mon 18 Feb @ Brighton Dome

French alternative-pop singer/songwriter Melody Prochet links up with 60’s retro-psych regent Kevin Parker to form Melody’s Echo Chamber, producing a homespun motoric rhythm lead by Prochet’s smoky, sensual voice that is complimented by her romantic presence.

Angel Haze – Tue 19 Feb @ Concorde 2

The Joy Formidable – Mon 4 Mar @ Concorde 2

Delphic – Wed 20 Feb @ Komedia

Robyn Hitchcock – Tue 5 Mar @ Komedia Brighton

I am Kloot – Thur 21 Feb @ St Bartholomew’s Church

Olly Murs – Wed Mar 6, Brighton Centre

Richard Thompson – Fri Feb 22, Brighton Dome

Following an extremely successful sold out 2012 tour, the X-Factor finalist has planned a UK Arena tour for 2013. Featuring songs from his first two albums Please Don’t Let Me Go and In Case You Didn’t Know, Olly Murs’ Brighton shows will be supported by the Loveable Rogues.

The Datsuns - Sat 16 Feb @ The Haunt

British singer/songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson brings his folkrock music to the Dome this February. Nominated as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 20 guitarists, Thompson has been the recipient of a number of awards throughout his career including a Novollo and an OBE.

Michael Chapman – Sat Feb 23, West Hill Hall

Maps & Atlases – Thurs 7 Mar @ The Green Door Store Cyril Hahn – Fri 8 Mar @ Audio

Delighting crowds with his fingerpicked acoustic and electric guitar for over four and a half decades, Michael Chapman brings his highly acclaimed live show to Brighton, delivering the grittiest and most haunting voice in British folk rock.

Bouncing Souls – Sat 9 Mar @ The Haunt

Ducktails – Sun 24 Feb @ The Green Door Store

Lawson – Tue 12 Mar @ Brighton Dome

Mike Watt – Mon 25 Feb @ Prince Albert

The Carrivick Sisters – Thur 14 Mar @ The Greys

Example – Tue 26 Feb @ The Brighton Centre

Molly Nilsson – Fri 15 Mar @ The Hope

Tom Odell – Sun 10 Mar @ Komedia Brighton River Jumpers – Mon 11 Mar @ The Cowley Club


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Brighton hosts one

The walking gallery E

of Europe’s finest celebrations of tattoos and body art

stablished in 2008, The Brighton Tattoo Convention has now evolved

“This year Brighton features 340 of the best artists from around the world

into the premier opening show to the hugely busy European tattoo

and the waiting list to get a place to work at the Convention is huge!

convention calendar, bringing a glorious burst of alternate culture and

People visiting the convention should expect to see the best artists in

multi coloured life to the heart of the English winter.

action, art galleries, seminars, live competitions for best artwork, alongside

This year, it has moved to Hilton Metrople and it has doubled in size to over

live music, performances, varied trade stalls selling everything from paintings

350 world class artists, 10 live bands plus galleries, bars, performances and

to sculptures, latex clothing to piercing jewellery, bars, food and much more.


The convention takes place at the Hilton Metroploe on the weekend of

To find out more about this unique event, Absolute Brighton asked event

February 16th - 17th. Tickets are available from,

organiser, Woody Blackheart, why the Brighton convention is so special and

priced at £20 per day or £35 for the weekend.

what tends we should be looking out for: “Brighton has always been at the forefront of excellent Tattooing in the UK. Some of the earliest professional studios were here and today it has arguably the best quality and widest selection outside of the capital. “I started the Brighton convention back in 2008 to showcase some of the amazing work being done nationally and internationally at the time, and it’s just gone from strength to strength! There are many shows in the UK, but many are of a poor standard. Brighton is up there with London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, New York and Amsterdam as the ‘must see’ conventions if you are a lover of the art of Tattooing. “The fashion element of Tattooing is always growing, changing and developing. Brighton tends to concentrate on Traditional American work, with a strong element of Black & Grey realism. This year I’ve seen an huge increase in quality artists in the field of geometric dotwork, colour realism and traditional hand tapped (non machine) work.


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Our Sussex Wedding Ashleigh Pugh & David Stewart The Powder Mills Hotel, Battle 23rd December 2012 We MET through work. We are both teachers at the same school, and after working together at a school production, our relationship started to blossom. David PROPOSED on a beach in Aruba on his birthday. The VENUE we chose was Powder Mills as it allowed us to add our own touches. We liked the fact we could get married in one room, have the wedding breakfast in a second and the evening reception in a third room, so the whole of the day would flow, rather than have guests being moved out of a room while it was prepared for the evening, and the whole venue was nice and cosy, plenty of little rooms for people to pop into during the day. Our HONEYMOON was in New York for a week, staying at the Empire Hotel. We flew Virgin Atlantic, and booked the honeymoon through Thomsons at Hailsham. 28

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David hired his SUIT from Burton’s Formal Hire, at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne. They had a nice range of suits, and they fitted everyone perfectly.

The FLOWERS were from Ladybird Flowers, 86 Firle Road, Eastbourne BN22 8EJ. A couple of friends of ours used her for their weddings, so we had heard good things about them, and the lady who runs it knew exactly how to turn our vision into a reality.

My SHOES were from Debenhams in Eastbourne (the Debut section)

I found my DRESS at Claire de Lune (34 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4XB). I went here as the dresses were the most original I saw and the staff were very friendly. I chose that dress because I didn’t want anything glittery, but I wanted one that still stood out, and

The RINGS were from Goldsmiths

the lace style of my dress really caught

in Eastbourne, the same place we

my eye and reflected the Christmas we

got my engagement ring from and I

were going for.

wanted a wedding ring that would go with my engagement ring. They had a ring that matched the type David was after for his wedding ring as well.

VENUE The Powder Mills Hotel, Battle. The PHOTOGRAPHY was by Rosebery Images, Brighton The CAKE was hand made by a friend of ours from work, Christine Waterhouse. We showed her some designs we liked based around the Christmas present theme and she did the rest.


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he facilities and surroundings at Sussex County Cricket Club will make your special day truly memorable whether you’re a cricket fan or not, as there is much to offer at this beautiful oasis in Hove.

With a champagne reception on the lawn, the 5-star catering service and high-quality entertainment are provided by the experienced 1839 Hospitality & Events team at the most unique wedding venue in the county. Sussex County Cricket Club is fully licensed for weddings and civil partnerships within the Spen Cama Pavilion. The Pavilion, which caters for capacities of between 20 to 140 guests, has two main suites – ‘The Long Room’ for your ceremony and ‘The Dining Room’ for your reception. While you and your guests are enjoying our award winning catering in The Dining Room, the 1839 team will prepare The Long Room for the evening’s entertainment. Live music and discos can be catered for together with dancing on the sprung dance floor. There are also the more flexible Boundary Rooms which can be used for ceremonies and/or receptions. The Boundary Rooms, while offering natural daylight and access to the pitch level decking, provide a modern setting but also combine unique charm with fantastic views across the ground towards the Pavilion. 1839’s award winning head chef Paul Gunn has created a range of inspiring

Sussex County Cricket Club can host your wedding on a matchday, for a truly unique experience unique feeling, as was demonstrated last year by hosting the marriage of Jonathan Sharp and Danielle Step during the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final against Hampshire in early September, one of the busiest games of the year. The happy couple married in The Boundary Rooms on Saturday afternoon at 3pm before making their way across to The Spen Cama Pavilion to enjoy their Wedding Breakfast in The Dining Room, and then held their reception in the historic Long Room later in the evening. Danielle Step said of the venue, “I would say we chose the cricket ground because we wanted a more unique venue than a hotel or registry office, and Jonathan loves sports and always follows the cricket. After finding the cricket ground on the list of approved venues and having a tour around the ground we knew we had found our ideal wedding venue.”

celebration menus, vegetarian and vegan included, to cater for all tastes and budgets. Paul can also design a bespoke menu to your exact requirements should you prefer. With fantastic accommodation across the whole ground SCCC are even able to host weddings on matchday,s giving your special day that truly

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A Cunning Plan What does a Wedding Planner actually do? By Susan Beckingham, Perfect Day I’m at a party. Someone asks me

a drill down to the finer details like colour,

to start to ring A LOT. I take care of all of

what me I do. So I tell them:

style and so on. I even ask about family

that. I’ll send weekly, then daily reports and I


“I’m a wedding planner.”

politics. Oh yes – that’s something else I do:

can be on the end of the phone if things get


“Wow, that’s so glamorous.” OR

I will protect you from family interference,

stressful for you.


“What a fabulous job.” OR

simply pass my number on and let me do the

I’ll manage your guest list, research local


“I’ve got to go now.” (This last


hotels and b&bs and yes, it can be my

response from quite a few men, who then

I love a spreadsheet so I’ve created some

contact details on the RSVP card. You don’t

edge away, crab-like into the next room.

Perfect Day ones, into which budgets,

have to get involved with any of it if you

Can’t imagine why.)

timelines, tasks and responsibilities are

don’t want to.

What I get asked the most, however, is

entered and managed. I make sure that

However, this is the best thing: I can manage

“What does a wedding planner actually do?”

you don’t part with more money than you

your wedding day. This involves a schedule,

If you have a non mainstream job, as I do, I

absolutely have to and that all phone calls,

broken down into 15 minute slots and one

think it’s a fair question. You probably know

emails and visits are taken care of on time. I

of those ‘I’m in charge’ clipboards. In a

that wedding planners are everywhere in the

liaise and negotiate with everyone, from the

nutshell, I make sure that everything happens

US but still relatively rare here.

venue to your DJ.

when it should. If anything should go wrong

If you’re busy, work full time or you’re just

If you’ve ever wondered just how many cake

(and it never does), I’ll fix it without telling

not particularly good at organising things,

makers, photographers and florists are out

you. In fact, all you need to do is turn up

you could do a lot worse than considering

there, the answer is...loads but not every

and get married. Hurrah.

employing a wedding planner. Good ones

one of them is right for you. The wedding

Great, isn’t it?

really add value in terms of their experience,

industry is seriously over-subscribed, at least

expertise and the quiet calm they bring to

here in Brighton so to make


things easier, I short list suppliers

So, what DO I do?

who match your criteria and

Everything starts with lots of questions and

budget; I’ll even create a meeting

my big purple notebook. An in-depth initial

schedule and I’ll come with on

briefing meeting is a key part of my remit

visits, too – if you like.

and normally takes about two hours. There’s

Towards the end of the planning

a “wide to narrow” format, clarifying the

process and as your wedding day

Big Things (size, location, date), followed by

approaches, the phone is going

I can manage your wedding day. This involves a schedule, broken down into 15 minute slots and one of those ‘I’m in charge’ clipboards.

A wedding planner can prevent the day becoming stressful


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Do schools do enough to develop the character of students? The former head of Brighton College, Anthony Seldon, recently wrote an essay in The Mail on Sunday arguing that there is a general lack of emphasis on the development of a pupil’s character. Below we have highlighted some of his key arguments. We asked the headteachers from some of our finest local schools if they agreed with his viewpoint. “Why do we educate our children in schools? I think we have lost sight of their purpose, and the cold snap gives us a chance to think afresh. “The rot set in with the publication of Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends And Influence People in 1936, which put superficial personality skills above deeper virtues. It opened the cult of the personality, where people are judged not by who they are but how they present themselves. We can trace good character traits back to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who argued that society will flourish only when we develop the virtues of our young. “Traditional values include courage, resilience, loyalty, honesty, kindness, respect, responsibility and self-control. “To these we might add everyday qualities: politeness,

punctuality, good manners. Studies show that these can be taught, and that they endure throughout life. “Developing character requires teachers to emphasise positive virtues, and to model them. Self-control is learnt through exercises that reward endurance, such as long hikes. Assemblies must highlight good behaviour and students should be trusted and taught to distinguish right from wrong. “Older pupils should be given real responsibilities. Kindness must be emphasised, and all students given chances to volunteer and serve others. But the Government cares only for improving academic standards, measured by the passing of exams. “Their vision is sadly incomplete. The obsession with exams has caused schools to narrow what they offer, because teachers know they are being judged on academic results alone.”

Mrs Heather Miller

Head of the Junior School, Burgess Hill School for Girls.


haracter is the distinctive nature of someone. Character is who you are when no one is looking. No other person holds greater responsibility for instilling values and developing character in a child than parents. However, if schools are to contribute effectively in shaping a child’s character, they have to commit to develop the whole child - socially, morally and academically. To do this a school needs to embed moral values throughout the curriculum. Learning is, and should be, fun and gratifying. But equally it can and should be challenging. Learning takes personal effort, determination and resilience to enable children to realise their potential. Character development is all about developing a child’s social and emotional competencies and instilling the habits and inner disposition to succeed. Independent schools do exceptionally well in developing children’s character,

but could an exam syllabus covering this really ensure equality across all sectors of education? All schools should be celebrating children’s diverse personalities and skills and show them how to develop “character.” To succeed, everyone must taste failure. Let’s not be embarrassed by or dismissive of failure, but build on it. Robert Baden-Powell called his Scout movement a “character factory” and stressed the importance of volunteering and community service. If helping others and giving back to the community contributes to making responsible human beings then, surely, character education is more than preparing children for university and jobs but about inspiring them to become socially responsible. We need to accept that academic success is not a guarantee of achievement beyond

the school gates: often, academically ‘less successful’ pupils go on to achieve extremely well - many of them amongst the country’s most successful and wealthy people. We need to re-evaluate what is meant by school success and not think it is solely about high grades.


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How to Win Friends and Influence People included some sound advice for getting on with people including: Six Ways to Make People Like You: • Become genuinely interested in other people. • Smile. • Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language. • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. • Talk in terms of the other person’s interest. • Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely. But it also advised people to manipulate situations by: • Starting with questions to which the other person will answer yes. • Letting the other person feel the idea is his or hers Perhaps it is such advice that led to Dr Seldon to criticise its emphasis on perception over character.

Dr Richard Maloney Headmaster, Bede’s


here are dangers in making broad

individual. We meaningfully empower

enterprise. Schools now have to be so

generalisations about schools. To

our students. They hold genuine

much more than places where knowledge

represent one group of schools

responsibilities, lead their houses, recruit

is exchanged and functional outcomes

(maintained) as paralysed by government

teachers, run their own school councils

achieved. Educators are morally and

directive, whilst another (independent)

and even help set the future direction of

professionally bound to offer each pupil

neurotically scrutinise their places in

the school. At Bede’s, we want our pupils

the opportunity to engage fundamentally

the league tables, would be to paint

to develop the qualities of compassion,

with their humanity. Our principal task

a misleading and superficial picture.

self-discipline and self-reliance. We aim

is to help young people explore their

Schools are by their very nature unique,

for them to appreciate the intrinsic

values and character so that they identify

locally-defined environments with many

worth of other people as they acquire a

the sort of person they want to become,

– independent and maintained – doing

sense of their place in their School, their

whilst enabling each individual to be aware

exceptional work in offering a broader

communities and, ultimately, the world.

of the complexities of the wider world in

education to their pupils.

Education is and must be a holistic

which they will do their ‘becoming’.

At Bede’s we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to education. Our core philosophical tenet is to offer our pupils experiences that enhance the whole person. Therefore developing character in its Aristotelian sense is indeed our fundamental purpose. Bede’s is not fixated only with public examination outcomes but instead privileges pupils’ experiences of the aesthetic, intellectual, sporting, spiritual, cultural and humane. Bede’s strives to be a balanced community predicated on the highest standards, mutual trust and compassion, underpinned by strong human relationships that encourage respect by and for each


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Jonathan Gillespie

Head Master, Lancing College


ur schooldays are our formative

extra-curricular opportunities, all of which

years and should enhance all

add significant value to our pupils’ lives

aspects of our development:

during their teenage years whilst ensuring

academic, intellectual, emotional and social.

that they are prepared for life beyond

We develop a love of learning together

school, in order to be happy and successful

with the sense that learning is not a finite

at university and through their adult lives.

process; we develop values which are the

At Lancing there is a spirit of self-

foundation of our adult lives; we develop

discovery within a community which

skills and strengths which foster self-

promotes timeless values alongside

confidence and enable us to maximise

modern skills. Every member of the

our potential; and we develop physically

school is treated as an individual, and

and emotionally into accomplished, well-

encouraged and cared for as such. Our

informed and responsible individuals.

Chapel, one of the landmarks of the

Education therefore is about so much

south coast, is so much more than just

more than teaching pupils to pass

a wonderful building. It is the heart of

examinations; education is about so much

our school, symbolising and inspiring the

mutual respect. Pupils make significant

more than what can be measured by

value we place on tolerance, kindness,

contributions to all aspects of school

league tables. Academic and intellectual

respect and friendship and underpinning

life, gaining experience of leadership and

development is at the heart of Lancing

our absolute commitment to strong and

responsibility, enabling them to become

College but that takes place in the wider

effective pastoral care. Good manners

young people of vision and integrity in the

context of the promotion of clear moral

and good discipline, with a particular

expectation that they will be of service to

standards and the provision of exceptional

emphasis on self-discipline, are based upon

their fellow human beings.

Graeme Owton

Headmaster Handcross Park School.


t Handcross Park I can almost

points to happy children having the

reinforced throughout each day, with

hear the staff and parents

best learning brains – receptive to their

teachers “sweating the small stuff”.

shouting from the school

teachers and with an improved ability to

Children are reminded about the

rooftops in agreement with the sentiment

retain the information learned.

importance of saying, “Please” and “Thank

in Anthony Seldon’s piece.

We truly believe that our dramatic growth

you” and taught the reasons why; guests

As a Brighton College School, these

in numbers at Handcross Park is not only

are welcomed with a, “Good morning”

traditional values are fundamental to our

down to the high quality of teaching we

and a smile and teachers all sit with the

success at Handcross Park. Our school

provide, but because we feel passionate

children at mealtimes to actively teach

ethos is built first and foremost upon

about developing character in our pupils.

good table manners.

kindness. A kind school is a happy school

Children at Handcross Park are taught

This focus extends right through to Year 8.

and all the research on brain development

the benefits of good manners (in all its

Senior pupils are invited to a formal dinner


forms), pride in

with the teachers each term where they

their appearance,

are taught how to conduct themselves

mutual respect and

in a more formal mealtime setting – and

kindness. Not only

they love the sense of occasion and the

do they enjoy rising

opportunity to make conversation in a

to the challenge,

more adult setting!

we also see these

The Government’s obsession with

values having a

academic results alone needs to be

positive effect on

matched by their desire to produce

their academic

generations of citizens and not consumers


and school leaders need to take a lead in

These values are

this regard.


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guestlist where? Preston Park why? Launch evening of Brand Vaughan’s new premises 1


who? 1. David Edwards (Burt Brill & Cardens Solicitors), Annie Karlsson 2. John Robinson (Living Properties), Gary Caddick 3. David Vaughan Snr, Gemma Eke


4. Joanne Vaughan, Angela Vaughan, David Vaughan Snr 5. Angela Cox, Jo Livesey, Tracy Davies 6. Ed Patey, Sarah Rossiter, Jason Brand


7. Simon Winnard (Simon Winnard & Co Accountants), Natasha Dunk, Jo Livesey 8. Danny Allen, John Bacon, Neil Hayes 9. Angela Cox, Jerry Bridson (Sainsburys) 10. David Edwards, David Vaughan, Maureen Edwards (Burt Brill & Cardens Solicitors) 11. David Vaughan, Paul Field, Antony Davies, Jason Brand


12. Biddy Burgess, Maureen Edwards (Burt Brill & Cardens Solicitors) 6

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Ringing in a new era for Sussex Zac Toumazi, the new Chief Executive at Sussex County Cricket Club, is determined to raise the profile of the PROBIZ County Ground.


Words: Ian Trevett

Photo: Rosebery Images

our days into his new job, Absolute

outstanding job and I am in a very privileged

“The facts are that we are never going to

Brighton braved the rain to meet Zac


host an Ashes Test, but we should be setting

Toumazi at the cricket club and we

“Sussex is in a great place and it is now about

ourselves out to be the venue of choice for

found a man who looks totally at home

taking it to the next level. I am the custodian

international teams coming to England.”

in his new work environment and is raring

of a cricket club with a great history, and

This year is, of course, a big year for

to go.

I must ensure that when the next Chief

international cricket at Hove with the visit

With a successful track record in investment

Executive takes over, he inherits a successful

of the Australians. With the loss of the Ashes,

banking at global giants Citigroup and


perhaps this is a good opportunity for Sussex

Goldman Sachs, Zac was not short of offers

As well as his extensive business experience,

to mark up a big win?

for roles in the commercial sector, but

Zac is well versed in the business of cricket,

“Never underestimate the Australians,” says

the lure of the sound of leather on willow

having held the position of commercial

Zac with a grin. “They will be really fired up

outweighed the big bucks.

director at both Hampshire and Surrey.

this summer and will be desperate to regain

“I am fortunate to be in a position of being

The challenges at Sussex are different, as

the Ashes. They will be hurting. But, of course,

able to choose a career move that inspires

the homely County Ground cannot hope to

we know that Sussex can give anyone a good

me, and it is a great privilege to be at Sussex.

compete with the international venues of his

game, and we have a chance against anyone.”

“My predecessor, Dave Brooks, has done an

former counties.

Although new to Sussex (Zac told us he


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spent most of his first day exploring and

next generation of cricketers.

meeting the staff), he has been a regular

“The team has been competing for trophies

visitor to the ground. He has strong Sussex

and hopefully we can push on. In Ed Joyce

links with his daughter studying at Sussex

we have an excellent new captain and he is

University and he has a home at the marina.

someone who has worked really hard and

Joining Sussex was an opportunity he relished.

deserves his promotion to the captaincy.”

“I remember when Dave Brooks was

Zac has no intention of interfering in team

appointed as Chief Executive, and I thought

selections but off the field, he believes he can

at the time that this was a job I would love to

make a real difference.

take on. At that time I lacked the experience

“We have to put ourselves on the map. We

of working in the cricket, but even then it

have great facilities down here at Hove and

appealed to me.

we have a lot to shout about. We want people

“Sussex is a club I have known for many years

to use our facilities all the time and feel it

and it is a club that I feel always punches above

is somewhere where they can drop in for a

its weight.

coffee. It is important that the club is at the

“It has a great focus on development and the

heart of the community.”

I am the custodian of a cricket club with a great history, and I must ensure that when the next Chief Executive takes over, he inherits a successful club 85

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guestlist where? The Grand Hotel, Brighton why? Testimonial Lunch for England cricketer Matt Prior



1. The table from SussexSport Magazine 2. Auctioneer Adger Brown 3. The backroom staff from Sussex Cricket 4. Sean Heal (Sussex Signs) with Matt Wood (SCCC) 5. Matt with ex colleague Robin Martin-Jenkins now a master at Hurstpierpoint College 12 13

6. Matt says thanks to organiser Andrew Crumpton 7. Master of Ceremonies Adger Brown 8. Testimonial Chairman Mike Punter 9. Speaker Jonathon Agnew 10. A few words from Tony Cottey of Sussex County Cricket Club 11. England hero Matt Prior 12. The girls from Blink Promotions 13. SCCC head coach Mark Robinson 14. Testimonial Chairman Alan Smith

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15. The table from Golden Lion Group 16. Matt with James Potten (SCCC) 17. The main act! Our own Stephen Grant 18. Linda Perry speaks on behalf of the testimonial charity Chestnut Tree House 19. Matt with the event organisers Mike Punter and Andrew Crumpton

16 17


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Pictures by Stephen Lawrence


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Bridcutt: It’s a place we call home Bridcutt talks Sussex, Poyet and the Premier League. Daniel White reports. Pictures Paul Hazlewood


n the last three years Liam Bridcutt has

the team and play regularly, I managed to do

experienced the highs and lows of life as

that and get promoted.”

a professional footballer. After his release

A year on and the former Chelsea trainee

from Chelsea without playing a top-flight game

was voted the Seagulls’ 2011-12 Player of the

in the summer of 2010, Bridcutt found himself

Season as they achieved a 10th placed finish

unemployed and unfit until Gus Poyet gave him

in the Championship.

a lifeline with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Now Bridcutt, 23, is considered one of the

“At the time I didn’t have many opportunities,”

league’s best talents but while he is attracting

Bridcutt said. “Gus was good enough to give me

the gaze of some of the countries top clubs,

an opportunity to come in and prove myself

he will not forget how much Poyet has

and I think I did that, that’s why I’m here today.”

impacted his career.

Following an impressive debut season at the

“Massively,” Bridcutt explained. “Gus gave me

club, during which time Albion became League

a great opportunity to come here and show

One champions, the former Watford midfielder

what I can do and he showed great faith in

signed a new two-year deal at the club.

me and he does every game. It’s helped my

versatile footballer, recently stating he is good

He said: “The first season I came in on a short

career massively and I owe a lot to Gus really.”

enough to play for Real Madrid. While Bridcutt’s

term contract and I had to work hard to get in

Albion manager Poyet is certainly a fan of the

versatility allows him to play anywhere across the midfield and back-line, Poyet believes he is one of the countries elite performers in central midfield. “I know he’s the best in that position and he does the job that I want the best way. There is no better player in that position with the understanding of Liam.” While his former club Chelsea have received criticism in abundance for their focus on highprice foreign imports rather than producing home-grown talent from their youth academy, Bridcutt will always be grateful for his time spent with the reigning Champions League winners. “I learnt a lot at Chelsea,” he enthused. “We


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had some great staff members there and some

is gradually becoming a reality as Brighton

favourite with the Amex faithful, Bridcutt is

great coaches, we had the best of the best

push for a place in this season’s Championship

growing attached to Sussex. With the birth of



his son, Jacob, last year, the defensive midfielder

“I was learning from some of the best players

“It’s always been my dream to play in the

has developed sentimental feelings about the

in the world, playing with them everyday and

Premier League,” he said. “Hopefully we can

seaside city.

some of the best managers and coaches in the

do it with Brighton but you never know in

He said: “At the moment football’s being good


football. You’re never certain in football what

to me so as long as I keep performing, hopefully

While Ryan Bertrand and Scott Sinclair,

can happen but as long as I work hard and keep

I can have a few more good years here.

teammates of Bridcutt’s at Chelsea’s youth

putting in some performances hopefully I can

Obviously (Jacob) was born here, my girlfriend

academy, are both making an impact in the

get to the Premier League.”

loves it here now so it’s a place we call home

Premier League, the dream of top flight football

Now a regular in the first-team and a fan


Gus gave me a great opportunity to come here and show what I can do and he showed great faith in me and he does every game. It’s helped my career massively and I owe a lot to Gus really 89

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Stopper by the sea Tomasz Kuszczak loves the beach and the holiday feel of Brighton, but he is deadly serious about the quest for promotion. Interview by Mike Donovan. Photos by Paul Hazlewood


imi Hendrix, the late legendary rock god, once

The 30-year-old Pole is convinced the whole Seagulls

sang that “castles made of sand fall in the sea,

set-up is geared for Premier League football.


He said: “We need to do some work this season but

Brighton’s beaches are largely bereft of the material

this club will end up in the Premier League this season,

with which to construct one.

next season, whenever it is going to be. That is because

The blond man mountain with the personality to

of the way the club is built. The professionality. The

match, towering over Absolute Brighton in the bowels

facilities. Everything is Premier League level. It is just a

of Albion’s Amex home, seemed unconcerned by what

question of time.

might be viewed as a shortcoming in a seaside resort.

“I hope it is this year because I don’t want to wait

Indeed the eyes of Tomasz Kuszczak twinkled and

longer. I’ve got a two-year contract and hope we go

a wry smile played about his lips when mentioning

back this year and then challenge great teams every

the absence of the result of rock disintegrating into

week next year.”


Kuszczak, who has also played for West Bromwich

The 6ft.3in Seagulls goalkeeper loves Brighton’s

Albion and Watford, sees a little of United in Brighton.

‘beautiful’ beaches, the ‘holiday feel in comparison to

He said: “Manchester do very well with the fans.

Manchester’ and the rest of the city.

They’ve always been close to them. It is important to

He said: “Myself and my family want a nice place to live

build that relationship.

and Brighton is a nice place to be. We enjoy it. It is

“Brighton are close to the fans too. They do nice

important because I’m not always training and playing.”

things for the fans like give them and their kids time

And the stopper who moved from Manchester United

at Christmas to meet the players. It means if things go

last summer adores being part of the city’s major club.

wrong and you need their support you will get it.”

Kuszczak believes his hopes and dreams when moving

He rejects the idea of a comparison between Brighton

from the dizzy heights of one of the world’s most

chief Gus Poyet and United’s Sir Alex Ferguson, though,

famous and successful outfits to one aspiring to one

but believes his current manager has the potential to

day challenge them are built on firmer foundations

become a great boss.

than sandcastles.

Kuszczak said: “Sir Alex has been a great manager who

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has stayed on top for many years and built

the experience he had at over six years at Old

for the Manchester fans (before moving to Real

successful and exciting teams with sometimes a

Trafford. First-team appearances were limited,

Madrid), He one of the guys who succeeded

smile and sometimes a ‘hair dryer’.

largely by the form of Edwin van der Sar, but

not just because of talent but because of hard

“But you can’t compare him my gaffer now

being around household names was a boost to

work. People forget that. Some people who

because they’ve worked on different levels as

his career.

criticise him don’t know how hard he worked


He said: “It was tough training every day and

every day.

“Certainly Gus has the potential to be a great

not playing very much, but Edwin gave me little

“His spirit and motivation was amazing. He

manager. He gets the team to play really

chance to push him off his No.1 position. It was

came into training early and worked out in the

exciting, attractive and attacking football. That is

my choice to stay six years. I had the feeling it

gym. Stayed after to try new tricks as well as

how football should work.

was the right club for me.

his free-kicks. He was a completely professional

“He is one of those coaches who expects you

“I learned so much from Edwin and all the big


to be prepared every day. Totally concentrated.

boys. It was experience that would have been

“I’m proud of what I learned and I’m trying to

Ready to learn and bring something new to our

difficult to collect somewhere else.

use that experience 100 per cent to move on

team. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you

“I trained with Gerard Pique, such a big

with my career and help Brighton now.”

can always learn something. He wants to put us

player with Barcelona now, for three years at

Coach Charlie Oatway has paid tribute to the

on a higher level.

Manchester. With Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs

international as a top professional and person.

“You don’t go training to have fun. You go to

and Wayne Rooney. Every day I needed to be

But he couldn’t resist joking: “I call him

work hard to be better..

prepared because I had to deliver in training.

Microwave Head because I think he has got the

“Before the season started I had a meeting with

They raised the bar really high being such

biggest head in the world and is shaped like a

Gus which made me want to come to Brighton.

fantastic players.”

microwave! He takes it and is as nutty as I am.”

We talked about what he wanted and expected

He recalls how Cristiano Ronaldo, now rated

Kusczcak likes the idea of fitting in while

from me. That he wanted to build something. I

the second best player in the world behind

laughing off the banter, being a regular No.1 and

thought he was a fantastic coach and capable of

Lionel Messi, regularly had a word in his shell-

confident he will return to Old Trafford with

building something.

like with a plea to help him while they were

Brighton in the top flight sooner rather than

“I’m now enjoying every moment, working hard

together at Old Trafford.


to make sure I keep playing with other two

Kusczzak said: “After training he asked me to

other good goalkeepers at the club in Casper

stay to practise his free-kicks. And he just fired

Ankergren and Peter Brezovan.”

his gun. It was good.

Kuszczak’s opinion’s is to be respected given

“He got a lot of important and exciting goals

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Sporting Life

Eagles bring back Dryml and Gizatullin Elite League speedway side Eastbourne Eagles have confirmed the return of Lukas Dryml and Denis Gizatullin to the club for the 2013 season. Both rode for the team last year and are expected to start this season in the reserve berths for the Arlington side.

Sussex teenagers receive support Max Richardson and Chris Ling have been selected by Freedom Leisure for its Talented Athlete Support Scheme that backs emerging sporting talent in Sussex. Rising basketball star Richardson, 17, plays for the Worthing Thunder men’s and was also chosen to play in the Under 17s England team in 2012. Meanwhile, judo sensation Ling, 15, has already won medals at numerous national and international competitions and has also been selected for the Great Britain squad for the last three years. The scheme allows them free access to train at any of the 35 centres across Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

Sussex sign Jordan Sussex have signed former Surrey all-rounder Chris Jordan on a two-year contract. Jordan, 24, spent five years at The Oval, during which he took 112 wickets in 72 appearances, but after suffering a stress fracture in his back that ruled him out of the entire 2010 campaign, he was released by Surrey at the end of last season.

Crawley make a quartet of signings Crawley Town have had a busy January transfer window securing the signatures of Matt Sparrow, Jamie Proctor, Mustapha Dumbuya and Lateef Elford-Alliyu. Sparrow has joined on a six-month deal after his contract with Brighton & Hove Albion was terminated by mutual consent, while Proctor has signed from Swansea City on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee. Dumbuya signed until the end of the season following his release by Portsmouth in January, whilst similarly, Elford-Alliyu has signed until the end of the season after his contract wascancelled by Bury FC.

Seagulls sign Ulloa

Crawley appoint chief executive Crawley Town have appointed Richard Low as the club’s new chief executive replacing the departing Alan Williams. Low, 44, joins the Reds after resigning from Aldershot in December and is looking to build on the most successful three years in the club’s history under the guidance of Williams.

Albion Goal of 2012 Craig Mackail-Smith won the Brighton & Hove Albion fans favourite goal of 2012 for his acrobatic overhead kick against Burnley on September 1. The former Peterborough striker beat Inigo Calderon’s screamer against Bristol City and Bruno’s half volley against Bolton to claim the prize.

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Argentinian striker Leonardo Ulloa on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Ulloa, 26, moved for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million after scoring 29 goals for Almeria on his way to becoming the top scorer in the La Liga second division last season.

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Still stylish, after all these years Maarten Hoffmann tries the new VW Scirocco, and finds this cool coupe ticks most of the boxes

It had a funky style and, l seem to recall, a great gearbox... Photo: Robert Griffin


t would appear that Volkswagen have a thing

who’s platform the Scirocco sits. But that is

and the hottest variant, the R, which puts you

for wind! The Scirocco is named after the

where the similarity ends. This is a car for the

close to Golf R32 territory.

Italian Sirocco Wind; the Passat after the

fit and vertically challenged as getting into it is

A nippy engine, short wheelbase and precise

German trade winds; the Golf after the Gulf

no easy task with the low roof line and anyone

gears make it a very good car to duck, dive and

Stream; the Bora after the Bora Wind; the Polo

over 5’10” will be cricking their neck trying to

weave around the Laines in but when you park

after the Polar Winds and the Jetta after the Jet

see out of the windscreen. Once in the seats,

you still have to get out of it!

Stream. So it begs the question – is the new

which are very good with great lateral grip

Maybe I’m just getting old!

Scirocco just full of hot air?

you find huge A pillars, a tiny back window and

Suggestions on a postcard please – and posted

I have fond memories of my old Scirocco, a

high rear headrests - the view is not one of this

off the end of the pier!

rather knackered 1974 version. It had a funky

cars greatest selling points! The steering is very

The Adaptive Chassis Control is impressive with

style and l seem to recall, a great gearbox. So,

direct with a smooth and very precise gear

3 settings – normal, comfort and sport and this

taking delivery of my new test Scirocco was

box and the engine in this 1.4 litre TSI model is

makes it feel very well planted to the road in

bound to be interesting.

pretty lively once you get past first gear which is

most conditions.

The first thing to say is that it has huge

too short and gets the front wheels scrabbling

The external styling is good and it has quite an

competition from its stable mate the Golf, on

around for grip. There is also a 2 litre version

aggressive stance that comes from having a much


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larger bottom than nose, therefore making it

the Golf will probably hold its value slightly

fatter at the back by 22mm. One might think

better as it has a far larger market and they

this would lead to a large boot space but alas

are roughly the same price. The answer, in my

not, as at 292 litres, it is fair at best.

humble opinion, is two-fold. The Scirocco is a

But the Scirocco does few things wrong and

much ‘cooler’ stylish coupe and with a lower

many things right. It is a very complete car

centre of gravity, handles better than the Golf.

that does everything it should, is solid and

So it comes down to you, the buying public, as

stylish, underpinned by VW technology and

to what you are going to use it for and which

will have good re-sale values.

one you like the look of. You pays your money

The question begs – why have this over

and you makes your choice.

Engines: 1.4, 2.0, R Prices: From £19,995 - £28,845 Warranty: 3 years or 60,000 miles

the Golf? The Golf is much easier to get in and out of, (did l mention that?) offers a

LIKE: Gearbox, Handling, Style, Seats.

Fuel consumption: 42.8 mpg combined

much better view from the cabin, has more

LOATH: Access, Cabin View, Headroom in

Performance: 0 – 62 mph in 8 seconds.

headroom, 4 doors and 5 seats and a bigger

the rear.

boot. The engine options are the same and

ALTERNATIVES: BMW 1 series; Audi TT.

Top speed 135 mph.


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Kuga Town The Ford Kuga is a car with a great view, says Maarten Hoffmann


have always liked the look of the

adult behind an adult. Boot space is not

Kuga – it’s chunky, well designed and

very good at all and at 360 litres is really

purposeful, but l have never driven it.

not that much better than a standard

Until now.

hatchback but it does have a neat split

In the style of all SUVs and cross overs,

rear door whereby the glass can open

it offers a great driving position from

independently from the tail gate and

which to view the world and l always

this can help with rapid light loading.

find the kids are much better behaved

One little feature l really like is the auto

when they have a great view. In my

opening tailgate if your hands are full. As

case it held off the question of “Are we

long as you have the keys in your pocket,

nearly there yet” by at least 10 minutes!

you just wave your foot under the rear

The panoramic glass roof gives a great

bumper and hey presto, the tailgate pops

airy feel to the cabin although the rear

open. Oh, l do like my gadgets!

legroom is a tad cramped if there is an

Whilst on that subject, the Sync Voice


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Control works really well – just tap the button on

superbly engineered machine and in that respect

the wheel and tell the car want you want it to do

feels a tad German – it therefore came as no

and 99 times out of 100, it does it.

surprise to find out that it is built at Fords plant in

There are two engine options – 2 litre diesel


with 135 bhp or the 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol

There is a new model about to hit the UK and you

giving you 200 bhp. Whichever you choose, it

will have to look hard to see the differences but

gives enough performance to please most drivers

they are there and thankfully, they haven’t spoilt

and with great instrument layout and high quality

it as so often happens when they start designing

interior panels, it has a satisfying feel about it and

cars for fat lazy Americans.You could wait for the

it is hard to find fault. It is let down by the wind

new model but l would buy this model and screw

noise which at motorway speeds really does start

a better deal out of it based on the knowledge

to grind you down and can only be countered by

that dealers will want to shift the current model

slowing down or cranking up the stereo. There is

to make way for the new. There might well be a

an option to take 2 or 4 wheel drive and although

good deal to be had on this very satisfying, very

the 2wd is lighter and more nimble, I always feel

complete and very impressive SUV – overlook it at

that not taking the 4WD will just leave

your peril.

you feeling rather silly when trying to

TECHNICAL STUFF: Engines: 2 litre diesel & 2.5 turbocharged petrol. Prices: £21,400 - £29,270 (but some great deals to be had). Warranty: 3 years or 60,000 miles Fuel consumption: 47.0 mpg combined Performance: 0 -60 mph 9.8 seconds. Top speed 116 mph

get up Ditchling Beacon in the winter.

LIKE: Glass roof, styling, cabin layout

The Stability Control System gives you 3

LOATH: Rear leg room, black plastics get

options and always gives you the feeling

very dusty.

of a well-mannered and well-designed

ALTERNATIVES: VW Tiguan; KIA Sportage; Nissan

vehicle. In general, it has the feel of a


MOAN OF THE MONTH I have no doubt that most Sussex drivers have come across the speed restrictions on the A23 at Handcross. It is posted at a ridiculous 40 mph to ‘protect the workforce’ (no doubt whilst eating bacon butties and reading the Sun) and monitored by average speed cameras. Not only is 40 mph maddeningly slow for that stretch of road and doing even more damage to the Sussex economy, but it is estimated that the Treasury will rake in over £1 million in fines before the roadworks are completed in 2014. This is an incentive to work slowly if ever l have heard one.


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Motoring Spares

Ever wondered how much car companies make from their non-car selling activities, such as merchandise, dinky toys and the like. Me too, so l found out. General Motors made $2.5 billion last year in ancillary sales; Ferrari $2 billion; Ford $4 billion and Harley Davidson $715 million. I was amazed by extreme offerings such as Audi selling chairs, Ferrari selling pushbikes and Mini offering a logo’d knitting kit. You just couldn’t make it up!

MERCEDES Mercedes have announced their new Citan van and amazingly you can run it for £6.95 per day – or the cost of two bacon rolls, if you prefer. The Citan will be capable of carrying up to 735 kg. Prices start from £13,095 and through their Agility Finance offer, will cost you £6.95 per day. I wonder if that means drivers cannot also have their bacon rolls as that would put a large dent in the morning mood.



Music fans have always liked the Beatles and now there is another good reason to get into Beetles. VW have launched the Beetle Fender Limited Edition, created in conjunction with the eponymous guitar manufacturer. Using your phone whilst

FORD Technology is moving so fast that keeping up requires an

driving is now illegal but what about pretending to be Clapton whilst on the M23 – could this be a loophole?

And finally…..

almost Herculean effort. The CES Technology show in Las Vegas

Councils in England announced

has just revealed a great bit of kit

last week that their parking

from Harman. The multimedia

receipts are up to £411 million,

infotainment unit actually tells

from £358 million in 2010/11. I

the driver what is coming next on

would not be surprised if £400

the road, any traffic up ahead and judges the length of time spent

The world’s finest collection of Ford GT40’s will

at traffic lights and then streams

gather at the Goodwood Revival on September

your e-mails to you and stops

13-15th 2013 for a one off race. This is the first

when the lights go green. Now if

ever dedicated GT40 race since this iconic car was

it could make the tea and take out

created in 1963. By the way, the dates of the Festival

the rubbish, we would really be

of Speed have been changed for this year and it will

getting somewhere.

now take place on July 12-14, 2013.

million of that was Brighton council alone. In the old days, men with masks and guns that held up stagecoaches were called Highway Robbers – now they are called councils!


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A growing brand Brand Vaughan bring gold to Brighton Brand Vaughan have won gold at the prestigious Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year Awards, giving them the title of best single office in the south east. This top prize follows their shortlisting in last year’s awards, recognising the improvements Brand Vaughan have made to their service, including recruiting two professional copywriters to write engaging, descriptive narratives about The award was handed to director David


Vaughan by Olympic swimming medallist Rebecca

the Preston Park, Fiveways, Withdean and Dyke

Adlington at a ceremony in central London.

Road Avenue areas. This new office is headed

The judges carried out a ‘mystery shop’ in which

by Antony Davies, who has recently moved

they posed as customers, and found the response

down from London, where he gained many

times, quality of information offered and customer

years’ experience with one of London’s most

care standards “truly impressive”, as was their

prestigious estate agencies.

“market share in a very competitive market”.

The opening of the new premises follows the

Director Jason Brand said “this prize recognises

agency’s gold award in the Estate Agency of the

a very busy year, in which we’ve completely

Year Awards, in which they won the title of the

overhauled our service including how we market

best single office in the south east (see left).

properties, launched a new website and totally

Brand Vaughan’s office in Kemptown has also

rebranded the company, whilst maintaining the

been the biggest selling office in Brighton for

Those who are looking to sell will find the

top spot as the highest-selling office in Brighton.

two years running. Of the many unique features

following great services available at Kemptown

“We are thrilled to win this, particularly in the

that the agency offers is a property description

and the new Preston Park office:

written by one of their professional copywriters,

Get the power of Brighton’s best sellers behind

bringing each of their clients’ properties to

your property sale and call today for a free

life, and new for 2013 is an in-house expert

valuation. Get in touch today and get the ball

photographer to show properties in their best


each property.

competitive south east. And 2013 is going to be even better ...”

rand Vaughan estate agents is opening up on Preston Road, bringing their unique

marketing mix and selling style to vendors in

possible light. New for 2013, there is now a free video tour for each property, allowing buyers to watch

Jason Brand, David Vaughan and new partner Antony Davies

a slideshow of the pictures, accompanied

St George’s Road, BN2

by a professional narration of the property

01273 683111


Preston Road BN1

Brand Vaughan are offering vendors in Preston

01273 504 441

Park over £500 of free marketing for any

instructions taken before February 28th 2013.


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Business Julia Chanteray, President of Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce takes us

Inside the Chamber A Chamber for all kinds of businesses


’m always struck by the huge variety of

Brighton’s social enterprises will be sharing

And speaking of gossip, our star interviewer

different types of businesses in our lovely

experiences on the 12th February, when the

Miranda Birch will be perching on a high

city. At last night’s Bite Sized Learning

Martlets Hospice are revealing the highs and

stool at Hove Kitchen with Michael

session at Brighton and Hove Chamber

lows of setting up their social enterprise

Beard, the editor of the Argus. Miranda’s

of Commerce, I met an acoustic engineer

arm, Martlets Care. Apparently, they will be

interviews are guaranteed to bring out some

who’s been helping reduce drilling noise for

going into all the gory details of what went

startling details you didn’t know before

new London Underground tunnels, who

wrong, before they got it right.

about the stars of the Brighton and Hove business community, so I’m looking forward

was sitting next to someone who picks the

to seeing what comes out of this session.

colours we’ll be wearing next year. And next

For the quirky and creative businesses,

to her, was a futurologist. And that was just

Richard Robinson (ex- Spitting Image,

one meeting!

Rainbow, and about as quirky a chap you

The city’s voluntary organisations and

can get) will be speaking at the Inspirational

charities aren’t left out either. We’ve got

There’s an amazing array of interesting

Breakfast, about omniscience, and how

a joint brunch with the Community and

businesses in the city, and here at the

knowing too much can be a problem in

Voluntary Sector Forum at Terre a Terre,

Chamber we’ve got all sorts of networking

business. There may be magic tricks; who

who are just reopening after a fire in their

and learning events for all kinds of

knows what Richard will have up his sleeve.

kitchen closed them down for months. The


And if you want to end up like Richard, you

brunch will feature another of the city’s

can learn to become more creative at our

business personalities, Rob Bleker who

workshop on innovation.

balances running Kudu Global with running

If you’re a one of the city’s medium sized

a charity to fly small aircraft into disaster

companies, you’ll want to come and learn about how the biggest businesses in the

We’ve got dozens of environmental

areas with supplies. That one will be an

world handle their recruitment, and learn

businesses in the Green Chamber Collective,

interesting mix of people and opinions, to

how to get the right talent here in Brighton

all working together to create a green

be sure.

for your business. We’re lucky to have

future for the city. They meet regularly to

Michael Divers and Heather Staff from

talk carbon, share best practice, and seem

Julia Chanteray is the director of business

Bold_HR doing a session for us on the 13th

to have the best gossip in the city’s business

consultancy The Joy of Business.



The Green Chamber Collective seem to have the best gossip in the city’s business community.

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who? 1. Johnny Coburn (Coburn Communications), Emma Meldrum (Absolute Magazine) and Alex Santos (Pinnacle Publishing) 2. Tina Iannuzzi (Tony Alan Recruitment) and Amy Foster (The Grand Hotel) 3. Mike Monk (Brighton Means Business) and Milly Stone (Overline Network Consultants)



4. Ulrich Hoffmann (Hoffmann & Rathbone), Natalie Page (Brighton Means Business) and Graham Buchanan (WSI Internet) 5. Lucie Fitchett (The Platinum Club) and David Waddell (Harvey John Recruitment) 6. Cheryl Johnson (Sussex Air Ambulance), Becky Sharpe (Harvey John Recruitment), Ed Collinson (PSG Southern), David Edwards (Burt Brill & Cardens Law) and Dave Green (HSBC)



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I love Brighton... As it is Valentine’s month, we asked the business community what it is about Brighton that they simply love. Ryan Heal CEO Rockinghorse Children’s Charity I love Brighton because you are never far from the sea or the downs. You can be enjoying a pint in your local village pub one minute and a barbeque on the seafront the next.

Roy Stannard Account Director, Zero51 Brighton is a City where everyone still knows each other. Some people were born here, others like myself arrived to go to University and adopted the place. It’s simply the most creative, self-effacing, stimulating potpourri of a place imaginable. Cooler than London, friendly as a stray labrador, as diverse as a colour blind patchwork quilt. Apart from the murmurations of starlings, the occasional appearance of Nick Cave in Vin Rouge drinking without heed or hindrance and the everlasting quest that is the Seagulls journey towards the Premiership, it is also a place where clients ask to visit you rather than the other way round. Punchy, pert and slightly pretentious, Brighton rocks.

Nik Askaroff EMC I originally fell in love with Brighton and Hove because of its fantastic mix of ages, tastes, nationalities and activities. It’s small enough to know, but big enough not to know everything. Each year I renew my vows as the city grows and changes but remains as exciting and stimulating as that first kiss!

Maarten Hoffmann The Platinum Club at The Grand Hotel Brighton is a diverse eclectic City with a little weirdness around the edges – l love it. Brighton is full of very smart and switched on people – l love it. Brighton has a little bit of everything, good and bad – l love it. Brighton has 180 degrees of watery freedom – l love it. Brighton is tolerant and accepting – I love it. Brighton is my home – I love it. I’m moving to Worthing next week! (only joking).

Ben Gill Owner of neighbourhood bar brighton Individual and independence is the brighton way and we love it.


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Caraline Brown Midnight Communications Brighton is a trip through history with a cultural surprise around every corner – as well as a people-watching paradise. The Royal Pavilion, the pebble beach, independent boutiques galore, a thriving music scene, the oldest purpose built cinema in England and an abundance of seagulls. But best of all are the people who manage to strike the perfect balance between being effortlessly cool and universally inviting. I wouldn’t live anywhere else!

Andy Cheesman, Brighton & Hove City Cabs and Buddies I still get a kick out of being lucky enough to live by the seaside where people come on holiday. We have the sea, beach, pier, great shops, vibrant city centre and some of the best countryside in Britain just 10 minutes away. What’s not to love?

Sue Windham Allied Irish Bank I love Brighton because of its geographic location, with the downs and countryside to the north, and on the south the endless expanse of sea which can be seen from most places. I love that despite its size and City status, it is so easy to walk everywhere and you will invariably see someone you know along the way. I also love the fact that there is always so much going on and so many cafes and restaurants to try out.

Mandie Brame MD event draping company ltd Being from London. Brighton took me on with open arms. Gave me love health n wealth!

Mikee Hollywood TokyoStereo Madame Geisha I love Brighton because it’s a city that refuses to grow up. It wont go to bed when told and will invite every colour of the rainbow over for a sleep over - so retaining its unique child-like charm.


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Natalie Page Director of Brighton Means Business As a born and bred Brightonian I’ve grown up in my favourite city. I stayed here to go to University and set up my businesses here – why would anyone leave? The culture is diverse, from commuter types and grungy students through to Muesli Mountain hippies (Hanoverians) and Rockerbilly Kings and Queens, there’s something for everyone in Brighton and a nightlife to match. There is also the sea, an inspiring sight whenever I see it, whether it’s from up on the Downs or walking along Hove Lawns, it’s just stunning in any weather. Then finally, there are the shops. My biggest temptation is the gorgeous boutiques in the North and South Laines – how can you resist them? Their wares are as individual as the people that sell them, and you cannot find them anywhere else.

Heidi Edwards Skerritts Nabila Salem, Global Marketing Manager, FDM Group I love Brighton because it’s weird and wonderful in every way! Its young, dynamic and cosmopolitan culture appealed to me the minute I arrived from Spain 10 years ago. Can you think of any other city that has a vegetarian shoe shop, a doggy cafe and more pubs per square mile than any other city in the UK? Only Brighton!

I love long walks at Devils’ Dyke, looking at the countryside with the distant sea views and consider myself very lucky that within minutes I can be either by the sea or in the busy streets of the city. The North Laine and the Lanes, full of treasure troves of jewellery and small boutiques with some little gem just waiting to be purchased still excite me and I can spend hours wandering the streets and love it when a new shop pops up to be discovered. I feel Brighton is full of life and buzzing, it has recently drawn two of my nieces to the area from Norfolk, who are not only studying hard, they also love the vibrant night-life that Brighton has to offer, from the traditional British pub, to chill out bars, live music and many nightclubs they are working their way through them all. The great thing about Brighton is, whatever your age, you can enjoy them all and be part of whatever is going on around you. I am a huge fan of the Big Beach Boutiques and they are always a blast. I think Brighton is cool, calm and a great place for the whole family!

Peter James Writer I love Brighton because since 1932 it has enjoyed the soubriquet “Crime Capital Of The UK” - so what could be a more perfect environment for a crime writer?


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A sporting chance Alan Prior is Managing Director of the Pinnacle Group, the new owners of Absolute Brighton. Here, he tells readers about the company, and his hopes for the future Alan, can you tell us a bit about the Pinnacle

Magazine. Can you tell us about how and why

downloaded on a kindle is completely different

Group and your association with the company?

you decided to make the decision to purchase

to that on an iPad or a laptop or indeed a

I first dealt with Pinnacle as a Management

this popular Brighton publication?


Consultant in 2007. I recognised a simple and

I originally made contact with Paul and Verity a

Our digital communication company - Afinis

strong business model, one thing led to another

couple of years ago to discuss sharing distribution

- produces ‘Apps’ iPad publications, Android

and I ended up buying out the shareholders.

costs. Since then we have kept in contact. The

publications and websites. Whilst the content and

Since then it has grown by an average of 30%

subject of sharing resources came up recently as

style may be the same the feel and functionality is

year on year.

Paul and Verity needed to focus on their other

often as different to each other, as they are from

Pinnacle’s core business is the publication of

businesses. I felt that as Pinnacle had a strong

paper-based media.

brochures, magazines and marketing collateral for

design team and large sales force we could take

So to answer the question… I see a large fall in

over 200 golf clubs and yacht clubs throughout

Absolute to the next level.

paid-for magazines, but I expect to see a growth

the UK but predominantly in the South-East of

in free ones. I believe on-line publications will


continue to flourish.

We are honoured to include the National Sailing

Needless to say, this edition is available as an iPad

Academy and The Royal Southampton Yacht Club

publication and App.

amongst our sailing clients as well as The Royal Blackheath, Royal St Georges, Royal Cinque Ports, Royal Ascot, Sundridge Park and Burhill amongst our golf clients. We are also very active in Sussex. As well as dealing with 21 Sussex-based golf and yacht clubs (inc East Brighton, West Hove and Pyecombe in the Brighton area) we are the official publishers for Sussex County Cricket Club. We also publish SussexSport Magazine. Your publications mainly have a sporting focus. Presumably you have a love for sport yourself

...I see a large fall in

Where do you see the company in five years

paid-for magazines, but I

Pinnacle will consolidate itself in the UK sports

expect to see a growth in free ones. I believe on-line publications will continue to flourish.

– can you tell us about that?

that, I have ridden on the wave of excitement generated by the completion of the fantastic Amex stadium and managed to get to seven games there last season. I am a member of Sussex County Cricket Club and East Brighton Golf Club. I still manage to play some squash and tennis and sail occasionally at the Marina and once or twice a year in sunnier seas. You have recently acquired Absolute Brighton

market and possibly expand into business and education. We recently opened an office in Melbourne and the Australian market seems to be extremely buoyant. Look out for Absolute Melbourne!... Absolute Miami in 2014? What plans do you have for Absolute Brighton? Will our readers see any noticeable changes? Absolute has been the leading lifestyle magazine for in and around Brighton for nearly 8 years

I am a life-long Chelsea supporter and share a season ticket with a couple of friends. Having said


now and has seen off many ‘pretenders’. The How do you see the future of magazines, with the huge emergence of online communication, especially over the last ten years or so? I think that paying for magazines and newspapers will become a thing of the past. More will be free and will be available in a choice of different formats. The formats may be paper based and/or digital - but there are a variety of on-line formats at

core style and editorial of the magazine is its real strength. I intend to add more features on subjects such as finance and more entertainment which will increase the pagination. We will also increase the print run and the distribution. Whilst Absolute will always focus on Brighton (the real capital of Sussex!) I intend to distribute it a little more towards Worthing, Eastbourne and Haywards Heath.

the moment. The look and feel of a magazine


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roger and out This month Tim Parker talks to Go Ahead Buses owner and Martlets Chairman Roger French, and finds out that he will still take the bus when he retires


had heard that Roger was bent on retiring

There had been all sorts of reports of their

but didn’t believe it. What, I thought, would

poor performance in London and that they

happen to our city’s Go Ahead bus service

were prone to catch fire.

Dick Knight (Martlets Trustee), Caroline Lower (Martlets CEO). Roger French and Robert Griffiths (Director of Fundraising)

without Roger French in charge?

“That’s mainly a lot of nonsense,” said Roger.

“Everything will be fine Tim,” said Roger, “but

“Boris Johnson didn’t like them, but we have

it’s time to move on. I have been doing this

found them invaluable, particularly in the

job for long enough, and it is right and sensible

Lewes Road area where it is really important

that someone new takes over. The next few

for us to be able to move a very large number

years will be a period of great change. There

of passengers quickly and safely. University

will be new hybrid buses, enhanced GRPS

students together with spectators from the

systems, new smartcards and new technology

new football stadium can create a huge demand

that we have not even thought about. I reckon

on our services, not that I am complaining

my successor is going to have a tough but

– they are good for business!”

exciting job. It will take new ideas to secure our

How many buses do you run, Roger?

company’s future.”

“Overall we have some 280 buses and a few

Before I called on Roger I dug out an article

luxury coaches. We employ over a thousand

that I had written for the Argus in October

staff which makes us one of the largest private

2002, over 10 years ago. At that time I had

sector employers in the city. That does not, of

written about how well Roger’s Go Ahead

course, include Southern Rail where our parent

owned Brighton & Hove buses were doing. The

company, the Go Ahead Group, owns the rail

figures were remarkable: over the previous ten


years passenger traffic had increased by 50%.

Looking at those notes I made ten years ago,

two minutes.

You were doing pretty well when we last met, I

I saw that in 2002, Roger was running 220

Perhaps some credit should go to Brighton

told Roger, but how have you done these last

buses. He now runs 280, but passengers have

Council, who were well aware that without

ten years?

increased by 50%, another remarkable statistic.

proper public transport the town could indeed

Roger smiled. “Our passenger traffic has

My wife Beth and I came to live in Brighton in

have ground to a halt. People who know me

continued to increase at much the same rate,

1960. Trolley buses were still running silently

have been bored by the story of when I once

which means that we are now carrying 100%

up Ditchling Road and in other parts of the

worked for Dr Beeching. He, at the behest

more passengers than we were 20 years ago.

town, and tram lines were still in evidence. But

of the government, made slashing cuts in

Our city now carries more bus journeys per

in those days summer meetings at the Brighton

the country’s transport infrastructure, which

head than any other town or city in the land

racecourse might have given even Roger a

included some disastrous decisions in Sussex.

outside London and I have no doubt the trend

problem. With up to 30,000 spectators there

Closing the Steyning branch line with its rail

will continue.”

would be a continuous line of buses from

track to Shoreham Harbour was one of them.

I told Roger that I had been surprised to see

Brighton Station to the racecourse and trains

There is a saying that if you want something

the much criticised bendy buses on our streets.

would arrive in and leave from Brighton every

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He can’t explain why, but buses fascinated him. During school holidays he took jobs as a bus conductor.

while Roger has been running our buses, he

a very early stage in his life, he loved buses.

bus services to what they are today.

has also been extraordinarily busy helping our

He can’t explain why, but they fascinated

So what the devil are you going to do Roger,

city in all kinds of ways. He is Chairman of the

him. During school holidays he took jobs as

when you retire? I asked.

city’s Strategic Partnership and advises on a

a bus conductor. At Reading University he

“Well I am going to do it properly. I’m going

number of committees. But, perhaps he is best

read Geography and Economics and after

to have a break from all my responsibilities

known for chairing the Martlets Hospice. The

completing his degree he took a number of

and start by exploring some parts of the

Martlets, a much-loved charity, does remarkable

jobs with different bus companies, including

country that I’ve never visited, including Ireland.

work against the odds. Just to keep running,

the Southdown Bus Company. After a

Naturally, I shall travel by bus.”

the charity needs to find £4.5m a year. The

reorganisation and a management buy-out, the

Roger, by the way, is so much more than just

government provides just £1.5m, which means

Southdown Bus Company became the Brighton

a manager. He has a bus driver’s licence and

that in these difficult times, Roger, Robert

& Hove Bus Company, and Roger became a

perhaps, if he really is going to retire, I should

Griffiths, the fundraiser, and their colleagues

part-owner of that company. Later, the company

ask him for one last favour, a trip along the

have to raise £250,000 a month.

was bought by the Go Ahead Group who had

seafront. I will sit on in the front seat on the top

Roger told me something about himself: from

the money and resources to expand our city’s

deck and Roger can drive.


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Daniel White meets Kathy Gore, winner of The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity award 2012, at the Sussex Business Awards


t. Francis of Assisi once said that where there is charity and

why I know it’s very nice to be rewarded and to say to the guys look

wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. In the case of Kathy

what we’ve achieved.”

Gore, the saying holds true.

The Friends of Sussex Hospices is where a large amount of her time is

When she isn’t promoting and working for the numerous charities

taken up and, following it’s expansion from East Sussex to the whole of

she’s involved in, she’s meeting royalty or running marathons to raise

the county, she continues to build the charity, with a Sussex-wide event

money for those in need.

to raise money on the horizon.

As a trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation, a patron of The

“Our first pan-Sussex event we’re really excited about,” she said. “It’s

Martlets Hospice, The Sussex Beacon, The Whitehawk Inn and the

going to happen across the 3rd and 4th May, called a Hymnathon,” she

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Gore has a busy schedule.


However, while she chairs the Friends of Sussex Hospices, a charity she

“We are going to sing the entire contents of the New English Hymnal

helped found in 1995, she is never short of motivation.

which is 542 hymns over a 31-hour period. We kick off at Friday noon

“I think inspirational is true,” she said. “I get a lot out of charity work, I

and go right through to Saturday at seven o’clock when we are going

really get a buzz, I get a great deal of satisfaction out of doing it myself

to have a grand finale.”

so that drives me.”

Gore first got involved in voluntary work when she joined the Martlets

Kathy is now a retired vice-president of a US investment bank and,

committee in 1997, yet, unlike many others, her involvement with

while she is still able to juggle many different positions simultaneously,

charity work came before being effected by the illnesses hospices work

she is most impressed by those that don’t have the luxury of

to fight.


She said: “I never had any connection myself, I never had anybody that

“In this county we are blessed with so many people that do so much

died in a hospice or had cancer or anything before then so I wasn’t

for others,” she explained. “There’s a real sense of duty of service to

motivated by that but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I was very privileged

others, which I really believe that’s what it’s about.

to have the opportunity to do it.”

“Yes I’m fortunate that I can do it but I think it’s very, very rewarding

Following the loss of her brother, Denis, in December to cancer, she is

and for those that do it, it’s a great reward in itself and very

now certain that the work hospices do are beneficial for everyone they



In December last year, Gore was presented with The Greatest

“He was prepared, he was ready to go and so many people are not and

Contribution to Sussex Charity award at the Sussex Business Awards

I think this is a lot of the work that hospices do,” she explained. ”They

for her voluntary work throughout the county. The Friends of Sussex Hospices have distributed over £920,000 since it was founded in 1995 and, although she was happy to accept the award, she refused to take credit for it. “To be given an award like the award I was given the other night was just lovely,” she said. “I think that award was for the charity rather than for me because a lot of people have raised that money and distributed that money to the hospices. “The groups don’t do it for any sort of reward and they do it below the radar, nobody knows what they’re doing a lot of the time. So that’s


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Although she considers it a time for reflection, her running has now become a source of fund-raising, with thousands of pounds being raised from her efforts in the Brighton and London marathons make that easier in many, many cases for everybody involved, the family and loved ones as well, not just the person who is dying.” While the perception of hospices is commonly that of melancholy patients preparing to die, that couldn’t be further from the truth according to Gore. “A lot of people think of hospices as places people go to die,” she said. “I had this image of it being a very dark, gloomy place where everybody whispered and actually they’re not like that. “There is this wonderful caring thing which I think is inherent in hospice work. There’s a very, very caring ethos, which sadly you don’t get in all of the NHS acute hospitals. They all are beautiful, light, airy places and you really will hear a lot of laughter in those places.” Another of Gore’s passions is running and, while she first started for fitness reasons, it has developed into much more for her. Although she considers it a time for reflection, her running has now become a source of fund-raising, with thousands of pounds being raised from her efforts in the Brighton and London marathons. “I originally got involved in running to get fit,” she said. “I’m not a fast runner and I got involved very late on. I did it just as a challenge and to raise money for Friends of Sussex Hospices, so I did London (Marathon) twice and I did Brighton (Marathon) last year and I’ve done the Brighton half a few times but I love running, a lot of problems get solved or vanish while I’m running, it’s my way of meditating.” Gore has also been involved with a number of ventures outside of her charity work in the last year, being selected as a torchbearer for the Olympic flame during its passage through Sussex as well as fulfilling her role as a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex. Her role as High Sheriff of East Sussex opened her eyes to the amount of voluntary groups around the county and continues to provide her with a source of inspiration. “That’s what motivates me,” she said. “How wonderful people are, how generous people are and you really see people want to give, they want to help, they want to volunteer.

“That year seeing all those volunteers and all the different groups and all the things they did for other people is quite motivating and inspiring.” As she looks towards the future of her own work and the work of Friends of Sussex Hospices, she is hopeful that one-day fear and ignorance are no longer words associated with death. “Ideally I’d love the charity not to be necessary, I’d love there to be enough money for the hospices that we didn’t need to do it,” she explained. “While it is needed I just hope we can make a difference and help them because I think people have a fear of talking about death and I think it’s part of life and people have to talk about it, we have to accept it, it’s going to happen to all of us. “Death and taxes, we cannot avoid them and I think the more we can help to make our exit easy and peaceful and calm and not be frightened of it, I think that, to me, is my ultimate achievement.”


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Nik Askaroff

If I was King of Brighton T

he alarm went off at 5.00 am, I had been

Not a single Michelin Star amongst over 400

can’t find employment. These graduates are the

appointed King of Brighton and there

establishments. That has to change. So, Heston

City’s future prosperity, so we need to get them

was so much to get on with, where

Blumenthal, showman and Chef extraordinaire

into businesses that they can help and who can

would I start?

will be opening his latest restaurant – ‘King

eventually employ them.

Oh yes, we need to sort the City access and

Nik’s’ – in Brighton Square. It will be a

Whilst on the business theme, we have too

parking out before we can make any plans to

destination venue raising the standard of the

many large redundant buildings standing empty

grow or invest in our great City. There is only

central Laines to their former glory. The retail

so I will be taking these over and offering free

one way to go and that is up, so I would get

offering will be opened up to encourage our

space to start-up and new businesses. We will

the ‘Brighton Loop’ built, an elevated rail system

local designers and craftsmen to display their

put in a support programme to help these

that linked my new out of town parking at

wares. We will subsidise rates and rents to

fledgling entrepreneurs not make too many

Waterhall and along the A23 with the town

help them do this just as the Council did so

mistakes and, hopefully, they will become the

centre and seafront. There would be a new

successfully with the media centres 20 years

success stories of the future.

mainline station there and the overhead rail

ago. The centre of Brighton will become an

My regal maxim will be - ‘Work Hard, Play

would whisk people to all parts of the City.

example of all that is creative, avant garde and

Hard’ - and Brighton is known as the most

Quick, clean, easy and free!

refreshing in our City.

vibrant and exciting city in the UK. I will

In New Zealand they have a saying, “A kid in

Now there’s a bit of tidying up to do. The

promote this by bringing some headline bands

sport is a kid out of court” and my next royal

tramps, beggars and layabouts have to go. We

to Brighton. We will bring back the Fatboy Slim

ruling is to focus on getting all our kids into

will follow Bombay’s example, round them all

Beach Party and promote other concerts on

a sport of their choice. We have two great

up, put them in a hostel and find them work.

our beach front which plays to all our natural

stadiums in the Amex and the Sussex County

I have enlisted the support of some of our

strengths. With my new transport system in

Cricket Ground and we will have monthly open

leading businesses and they are all willing to

place we will not have all the problems that we

sports days for the kids to come along and get

find a position for at least one each. No they

had before.

involved in any sport they choose on a regular

won’t be paid but the Government are already

Whilst I am on the seafront which is our biggest

basis. Hopefully, we will also find some stars of

doing that and at the end of it they may have

asset there are a few more jobs to do. Firstly

the future at the same time and get the obesity

got some self-esteem, confidence and training.

my new international conference centre would

rate down.

This is going to sit alongside the Brighton Intern

be built on the derelict Black Rock site, we have

It must be breakfast time but I am already

Programme where every graduate from our

dithered for too long as to what to do with that

thinking of dinner. We are a showcase City and

two great universities will be guaranteed a six-

wasted space and we really do need to link the

we really do not have a showcase restaurant.

month placement in a Brighton business if they

marina with the rest of the city. Alongside the


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That awful wheel has to go from the centre of the seafront, it’s an eyesore and we are not Southend or Blackpool! Every King is allowed a folly and mine will be re-instating the Gehry Towers and re-developing the King Alfred’s site.

Conference Centre will be Rob Starr’s dream for a new theatre complex, which will further enhance the city’s centre creative offering. That’s the East taken part of but what about the West. Every King is allowed a folly and mine will be re-instating the Gehry Towers and re-developing the King Alfred’s site. Frank Gehry is internationally renowned and his iconic buildings can only enhance that run down site. We will however be rebuilding and keeping the legendary Cheetahs’ Gym a Brighton Institution and bring back the 20 lane bowling alley as the city sorely needs one. Oh sorry and that awful wheel has to go from the centre of the seafront, its an eyesore and we are not Southend or Blackpool! Its pretty tiring being King but two last bits. Firstly why are our council offices in some of the most expensive real estate in the city? What a waste. We are relocating them to Moulescoombe as part of a regeneration project for the North East of the city and redeveloping the council site as an upmarket residential, retail and commercial site. The top floor will be a destination bar and club run by Dave and Leo Day called the Lion’s Den.

So as King I hope I haven’t upset too many people but put Brighton and Hove on target for being the No.1 place to visit in Europe, Sun, Sea, Style and Sex appeal, we have it all!


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Dates for the diary Julia Chanteray recommends... the best business networking events in town

Here are some of the most interesting business events in Brighton and Hove, where you’ll meet some like minded business souls, fascinating characters and maybe some new customers.


12th February, 6pm, Business Curry Club. Hundreds of business people, buckets of curry, lots of networking. Book in advance 14th February, 7.45am, Hove Business Association breakfast at the Sussex Cricket Ground. Book in advance 14th February, lunchtime, Boundary Club at Sussex Cricket Ground. For membership enquiries, email

Ambrose Harcourt’s Business Love Bites Top 3

This month: Chris Goodman Focus Group

Focus Group is coming up to its 10th anniversary and director,

14th February,The Platinum Club. Held at The Grand, this is a peer to peer networking forum for CEOs, MDs and senior directors. If you are interested in attending contact Maarten Hoffman at or call 07966 244046.

Chris Goodman, will certainly be celebrating the continuing suc-

15th February, 8am, Juice Business Breakfast. See for venue.

variety of soulful tunes; his Top 3 Love Songs would include:

19th February, 7.30am, City Business Club. City College run a monthly breakfast at their own restaurant, where the students make your breakfast for you. Book in advance 22nd February, 7.45am, Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce Inspirational Breakfast at Carluccio’s. With the brilliant Richard Robinson of Brighton Science Festival talking about the problems of omniscience (apparently it’s not just that no-one can spell it.) 28th February, 8pm, Catalyst Club. Not strictly business networking, but some interesting people in a salon style night with three speakers at the Latest Music Bar. Do book in advance as it always sells out.

cess of one of the UK’s leading communication providers. On a personal level, Chris himself is a keen crooner and enjoys a

Don’t want to miss a thing – Aerosmith. A great track made famous in the film Armageddon. Chris and his lovely wife Elaine had this for their first dance during their wedding.

Somewhere out there – James Ingram and Linda Rondstadt. Chris actually had this played for his now wife on Ambrose’s Love Bites Top 3 back in 1997. Elton John – Your Song.

5th March, Un-Networking. Very informal networking event, run by the delightful duo of Jo Weatherall and Steve Bustin, especially for people in the digital and creative industries. Nice cocktails in the bar at MyHotel. 8th March, 9.30am, Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce Business Brunch. A joint event with the Community and Voluntary Forum, so a good chance to meet some new people. Rob Bleker will be speaking about his new charitable project, Kudo Aviation.

Chris’ loves a bit of Elton John, preferring the upbeat numbers such as ‘Rocketman’ but when it’s a love song you’re looking for, ‘Your Song’ is a classic!

8th March, 12.30pm, Lewes First Friday networking. Very friendly and informal, just turn up at the Con Club in Lewes High Street. 13th March, midday,Women’s Business Clubs, Premier Club lunch, just for women. Book in advance. Julia Chanteray helps businesses to make more money and have more fun through her business consultancy The Joy of Business. She does a lot of networking in Brighton. 114

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