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Time to ready ourselves for a whole new year… The last one was so momentous, it seems a shame to leave it behind.BUT time and tide waits for no man. Let’s make the most of all we learned about ourselves last year and make this one a year to be proud of too. There’s change afoot! People like us intend to buy and run Exeter Street Hall, the council wants to change 7 Dials… and that’s just THIS month! (See inside) New Year’s always seem alien, empty and a bit scary… but if we all work at it, enjoy what we can, appreciate ourselves and others and be as kind as we can, then we will be just as sad to see it go as we are 2012 twelve months from now.

The cover photo is taken by JJ Waller. JJ photographs things the rest of us fail to even see properly and the result is a poignant, insightful and entirely familiar record of our city. Buy JJ Waller’s Brighton online or whereever the Brighton calendar is on sale. www.JJWaller.com

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SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, BRIGHTON SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY [Epiphany of Christ] 10-30am Procession & Sung Mass recalling the Visit of the Magi, with Holy Baptism. At this Mass, chalk will be hallowed for use in marking the entrances of homes in prayer and blessing. SUNDAY, 13 JANUARY [Baptism of Christ] 10-30am Sung Mass, Holy Baptism, and Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

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The People’s Palace Open Day - Sunday 20th January The Royal Pavilion opens its doors for free at the annual People’s Palace Open Day – come along and enjoy our superb legacy. No charge for entry. The palace opens at 10am and last admission is at 4.30pm, 45 mins before closing time. No booking required. The Open Day occurs during the PAVILION CONTEMPORARY presentation of: THE LOST PAGODAS. - Among George IV’s extravagant commissions for his royal palace in the early 1800s, six three-metre high porcelain pagodas were made to dazzle his guests in the Music Room.   Two of the gilded pagodas remain at the Royal Pavilion, and the other four now form part of the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace.  Geraldine Pilgrim, known for her imaginative site-specific installations that respond to the architecture and history of buildings, was intrigued by the story of the six porcelain pagodas and has created an installation that temporarily replaces the ‘lost’ four. They are self contained structures placed in different areas around the building, which echo visually the essence of the Pavilion’s spirit: opulence with a hint of naughtiness, celebrating the Prince Regent’s desires of food, music and love. Geraldine’s pagodas will dazzle visitors with music, light, water and delicate lace patterning.

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7 Dials Project Current plans for the 7 Dials project have raised concerns with some residents that nearby roads (Highdown Road, Addison Road, Melville Road, Granville Road, Colbourne Road, Compton Avenue and Clifton Road) may become rat-runs. There are also criticisms about how the plan will affect pedestrians, cyclists and disabled access. A petition with more than 1250 signatures was presented and discussed by the full council on 13th December. The petition was well received with a recommendation to the Transport Committee to hold further public consultation and analyse data after construction has been completed. Planners have responded by initiating a modelling exercise. Sensors are in place checking current numbers of traffic entering our roads. Further information from Millie 01273 735 770

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Not as clean as we think Apparently we British are complacent about infection. In a recent study 99% of people at a motorway service station claimed they had washed their hands after visiting the toilet but recording devices proved that only 32% of men & 64% of women actually did. Clean hands are crucial for oneself but also for the health of those around us and far beyond. According to researchers from Queen Mary University London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine faecal bacteria are present on 26% of hands, 14% of bank notes, 10% of credit cards and 17% of mobile phones. They say 11% of hands are as grossly contaminated as a toilet bowl, as are 8% of cards and 6% of bank notes … regular hand washing is definitely a good idea! Even the average person’s hands carry at least 3,000 different bacteria belonging to more



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than 100 species. We all have our own unique “bacterial fingerprint”, in fact left and right hands have their own bacteria colonies. The study found a person’s hands share only 13% of the same bacteria. How to do it, soap is ESSENTIAL: • Wet hands, apply soap and rub palms together until soap is bubbly • Rub each palm over the back of the other hand • Rub between your fingers on each hand • Rub backs of fingers (interlocked) • Rub around each of your thumbs • Rub both palms with finger tips then rinse • Dry your hands well It should take as long as singing happy birthday – twice.

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Ditch the excuses and get those 2013 goals off to an amazing start with AFFORDABLE January fitness TRULY PERSONAL TRAINING: EIGHT (yes 8!) 45-minute outdoor sessions tailored especially to your needs and ability for only £199 – or come with a friend and pay just £150 each NEW NEW NEW … Ladies Only JUDOFIT & Circuit Training at WEST HILL HALL, Compton Avenue. Weds 12.30. Fridays 11.30 a.m. Remember: There’s no such thing as ‘not fit enough’!

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Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP

Valerie Hedgethorne taught cookery and cake decorating for many years in Brighton before becoming a Home Economist. She now writes recipes monthly in Cake Craft and Decoration Magazine and is also a member of the Sussex Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild. This is one of my favourite recipes for the season’s baking. The pastry is sweet and short and the filling makes much more of mincemeat. Served warm with cream it is a delicious dessert. You will need a 20cm/8in flan ring, tart tin or flan dish, also a 7cm/3in round cutter.

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450g (1lb) fresh broccoli

Trim & wash the broccoli, cut into pieces, including some of the stalk.

600ml (1pt) chicken stock 25g (1oz) margarine

In the pan melt the margarine, add the onion and cook gently until soft but not coloured. Add the flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually stir in the milk, bring to the boil and cook two minutes, stirring all the time.

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In the pan bring the chicken stock to the boil, add the broccoli and cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Liquidise until smooth.

25g (1oz) plain flour

Add the broccoli purée and heat through. Stir in 3 tablespoons single cream and check the seasoning.

450ml (15floz) milk

Serve in bowls and spoon a little cream on the top of each.

150ml (5floz) single cream

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For a popular alternative crumble in 110g (4oz) Stilton when adding the broccoli.

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I’m a Police Officer. Get me out of here! A wry look through the thin blue line MP Nadine Dorries has been in hot water recently with colleagues and constituents alike when she appeared on the reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity get me Out of Here”. The furore erupted because the Commons hadn’t given her permission to appear on the show and she was also being paid her salary as well as a TV appearance fee during her stint in the jungle. I’m hoping to avoid the same kind of bad publicity following my acceptance to participate in a new reality show which is about to hit your screens; it’s called “I’m a Police Officer - Get Me Out of here!” Now, I’m breaching the secrecy contract here in giving you a sneak preview of what the show will involve but I’m hoping that the TV executives won’t be reading this and I can rely on you to keep it to yourself!

Inspector Rob Leet

Firstly, my fellow contestants and I will be transported off to a housing estate somewhere in England where we will spend up to two gruelling weeks policing the inhabitants and being nominated to complete a number of “Bush Tucker Trials” . These trials are varied and pretty much along the same lines as the Celebrity version of the show. For example, there is an eating task - or rather a non-eating task - where we will have to get through a 10 shift, racing from job to job, without having anything to eat, but still maintain our enthusiasm, energy and concentration.  Any officer who risks indigestion by grabbing a sneaky bite of an un-refrigerated sandwich - or parks on a yellow line whilst they dash in to a shop to buy a chocolate bar in between jobs - will be immediately eliminated from the show. Then there is the endurance task. On a bitterly cold day, in heavy rain, the contestants will be required to stand guarding a crime scene. Despite the presence of the officers and a cordon of blue police tape starting “DO NOT CROSS”, contestants will have their patience and professionalism tested to the limit throughout the shift by an array of people trying to walk through the scene, or duck under the tape, or complain to the officers about the inconvenience caused and that they have a right to walk on that particular piece of pavement because they pay their council tax! Elimination from this task comes should any person sneak through the cordon and traipse across the bloodstained crime scene. Of course, no reality TV show like this is complete without a creepy-crawly bug task! In this programme, contestants will be sent to a house to conduct a welfare check on a resident who‘s not been seen for a couple of weeks. Upon arrival, hundreds of bluebottles buzzing around the windows will be a good indication of what lies in store if the contestants dare go any further. They will then need to break the door down and explore the house in the dark – dealing the sudden appearance of animals, avoiding furniture and other obstacles whilst enduring a stomach-churning stench in every room. Eventually, the contestant will encounter a gruesome sight & determine if any foul-play has taken place. So, these are just some examples of what you can see on TV’s newest entertainment show. I would like to reassure you that - unlike Nadine Dorries - all contestants have the full backing of their employer and there are no appearance fees involved.  I’d like to think that none of us will be shouting “I’m a Police Officer - Get me out of here” though. After all, we’ve been in training for several years! Insp. Leet’s article is written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

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New Year Decisions? Free drop in sessions

every Thursday through December 2012 to January 2013

It is a common contradiction that during the run up to the festive season many people question whether or not they still want to be in their relationship. Clients often tell me they hang on until after Christmas to, ‘give it one more chance’ and thereafter make a decision about their future. Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to offer free drop in sessions every Thursday (8am – 6pm) in December right through to the end of January 2013.

Jo O’Sullivan

So, if you want to check out your options whilst out and about in Brighton (possibly before you do some late night Christmas shopping or during the January Sales) or on your way to Brighton train station then drop in and see me.

This offer is open to clients who have not met me yet and would like to pop in on an informal basis. I will not charge you to discuss how the Dispute Resolution options I offer might help you and your family through family break up. As you will know from reading my regular slots in the 7 Directory, I am an expert in keeping you out of court by using mediation and collaborative practice. Alternatively, do call me on 07780 676 212 or email me on jo@osullivanfamilylaw.com to see how I can best help you and your family. Do visit my website to see if the way I work would suit you, www.osullivanfamilylaw.com

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AUSTERITY IN BACKYARD BRIGHTON IN THE THIRTIES By Selma Montford I had heard, in the 80s, about the ‘slum photographs’, as they were known, in the keeping of the Chief Environmental Health Officer of Brighton Borough Council, so I asked him if I could see them. He said I could, if he could find them. Two years passed and I heard nothing so I gave up. I thought that they might have been stolen.

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Then, unexpectedly, I got a call to say that they had been found and I could come and fetch them. I had no idea what to expect. I was handed a scruffy paper carrier bag, but inside was an amazing collection of photographs of the Brighton streets which had been razed to the ground in the 1950s. Not only were the photos interesting from a historic and social point of view, but many were also beautifully composed images. At that time I was Director of the Lewis Cohen Urban Studies Centre at the then Brighton Polytechnic, now the University of Brighton. We wanted to bring this collection of photographs to a wider audience and decided to collect the best of them into a book. We did not just want to make a coffee table book of photographs, but where could we find the text to go with them? We decided ask the Argus to publish a list of the streets in the photos, and to ask anyone who had lived in these streets to get in touch with us. We did not know whether we would hear from anyone, but we did! Some people wanted to be interviewed, some dictated and some wrote down their memories. Altogether they painted a rich picture of life in those streets. We quickly learned that the streets were not slums, “They were cosy homes for happy families”. Backyard Brighton was built between 1800 and 1850 before the days of damp courses, and of the cheapest materials readily to hand, usually bungaroosh. The bedrooms were unheated so the walls streamed with water. Absentee landlords allowed the houses to deteriorate, but the main reason for the poor condition was gross overcrowding, often two or three families in each small house. The demolition of these houses in the 50s was also the destruction of a complex social support system. People felt they belonged to their area of the town - to that small collection of streets around their home - and everyone knew where their area began and ended. ‘Gran lived up the road and Mum across the way’. I once interviewed a man whose extended family occupied the whole of one side of a street. A woman who lived in North Place told me that when she married she and her husband occupied a house opposite her mother’s. Land was expensive in Brighton so the houses were crowded together, with even more houses squeezed in behind the original ones, some in little courts. They had shared outside privies which drained into the chalk soil. Water for the houses was drawn from wells close by, as a result cholera constantly threatened. As long as the man of the house was in work there was plenty of food,

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AUSTERITY in THIRTIES BRIGHTON continued but it would often be shared with neighbours who had fallen on hard times. There was always some food: fish scraps on the beach or from the ‘herring dees’ – the smokeries. Wages were low and social services were non-existent. The pawnshop enabled families to get through to the end of the week. Some people even passed on the warm water in which they had washed their clothes to their neighbours, so they could wash their clothes in the same warm water. Warm soapy water was not to be wasted. Women seldom left their houses; children often did the shopping as it was thought that they would get a better deal from shopkeepers. We asked one woman why she never left her house, she replied: “Why should I? I have a very nice backyard.” Women were proud of their houses, they starched their lace curtains, the front step was washed daily, the passage re-papered every six months and when the lino was polished, the bare boards showing through the holes were also polished. Children usually had happy memories of life in these streets, courts and twittens which were their world, and in summer on the beach. Despite the poverty, life for the children was happy as long as their fathers were in work, otherwise they often went hungry. Families living in poverty today must see how the other half live on television, this must make it much harder to bear. Children living in the small streets and courts in the 30s had probably never seen how the other half lived, it was a different world. All the families living in these streets were poor, but as a result of the mutual support system, they felt that they were all in it together, to quote a sentence misleadingly, and inaccurately, used to describe society today.

If you would like to read more about life in the small scale Brighton houses in the early part of the last century you can buy ‘Backyard Brighton’ for £12.75 from the Amnesty Bookshop, 15 Tidy Street, Brighton, or by post from Brighton Town Press, 10 Clermont Road, Brighton BN1 6SG, please add £2.00 for p&p. www. brightontownpress.co.uk

Historical Model Railway Society Thursday January 10th 7.45pm for 8pm start. Paul Berry recounts his experiences on the Indian Railway system with video, slides and anecdotes from sleeping in a luggage rack to travelling in plush tourist trains and experiencing the mountain railways of Nilgiri and Shimla: ‘Indian Railways’. All Welcome. Admission Free. Refreshments available. London Road Station, Shaftesbury Place – off Ditchling Rise

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Feel-Good Resolutions Make your New Year’s Resolutions enjoyable as well as beneficial Evidence shows happier people have better health and live longer

10 actions for a happier year: • • • • • • • • • •

Let your family and friends know how much they mean to you Find ways to make exercise fun and sociable Do extra acts of kindness to help others Get outside and enjoy the natural world together Spend more time getting to know your neighbours Take time each day to be ‘mindful’ and notice how you’re feeling Change something that’s been making you or others unhappy Support a good cause you feel passionate about Try something new that puts you outside your comfort zone Write down three good things that happen each day

Did you know? Happiness can lengthen life. A recent study measured the positive emotional states of nearly 4,000 people aged 52-79 and followed them for an average of five years, tracking their subsequent death rates. Those with high levels of positive emotion were 35% less likely to die during the subsequent period than those who experience low levels of positive emotion (after controlling for other factors). Happy people have been found to be significantly less likely to catch the cold virus than their less happy peers; and if they do contract the virus they tend to report fewer symptoms. Doing good is one of the best ways to feel good. People who care more about others are happier than those who care less about others. When people do good, their brain becomes active in the same reward centre as where they experience other rewards. Studies show that giving money away makes people happier than spending it on themselves. People who take a basic course in mindfulness training are on average 20% happier than a control group one month later and have better responses in their immune system. Such training can lead to structural brain changes including increased greymatter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness and compassion.

Look Busy Time wasting is obviously a calming thing to do from time to time…but Lucy Kellaway’s revelation that 300,000,000 minutes a DAY are spent playing Angry Birds gives pause for thought….

Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know. Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend’s spouse) increases it by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.

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RSPB warns about the dangers in bird food packaging As the days get colder our feeding birds becomes increasingly important. Colin Higgins RSPB Wildlife advisor says: “As the harsh weather arrives, the extra food, water and shelter we provide for birds and other creatures could be the difference between life and death for many species.” The RSPB suggests calorie-rich foods like mixed seed, nyjer seed, fatballs, suet sprinkles, sunflower seed and peanuts as well as kitchen scraps, like mild grated cheese, cooked rice and porridge oats. A supply of water is always essential for bathing and preening but especially when many natural sources of water are frozen over.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The RSPB recommends removing the food from the netting and plastic mesh wrappers and transferring to a safe and suitable feeder. Mr Higgins warns: “Surprisingly, the netting that surrounds fat balls, peanuts and seed sold for bird food is one of the most dangerous things that can be put out in our gardens.” Birds can become tangled in them, causing injury and death.

The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch is back on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January 2013, giving people across the UK the chance to be part of the World’s biggest wildlife survey. Register now to take part in at www.rspb.org. uk/birdwatch, download a counting sheet or call the hotline on 0300 456 8330 to receive a FREE Big Garden Birdwatch pack.

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JANUARY AT THE RAILWAY CLUB Pilates!

Every Tuesday from 9.30 Just turn up. Everyone welcome. Starts 8th January

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Bookings NOW being taken for ROOM HIRE & PARTIES

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Retirees Meeting from 1pm.Make new friends, Bingo, Quizzes, Parties, Dinners & Day Trips Socialise at reasonable prices Easy central location. Pool Table 2 Full Size Snooker Tables, Cribbage, Darts Rooms available at very low cost for parties/meetings/clubs etc. 01273 328 682 01273 462 977

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Auld Lang Syne? The Winter Solstice, Shortest Day. 21st December

Happy New Year to all our readers, especially good health - the most important in our well being. As I write, my Christmas tree has just been put up, but when you receive this the aforesaid tree will be going out the door. Everyone knows the trees and decorations must be out by Twelfth Night… We don’t really believe in it all, but best to be sure…. Every Christmas and New Year’s Day make us think of old friends and other times. I know I have told you before about outdoor winter fun – sledging and skating in Western Canada. Of course there were times when we couldn’t go out: too cold, too stormy, so we had to make amusements indoors. My father was very ill with pneumonia when I was a little girl. I can remember that there was a nurse in the house. We children had to be quiet, so we spent a lot of time playing cards. We invented various games, simple enough so I could play too, especially one called “damp pile”. Fortunately, my father recovered very well, which was lucky, as there weren’t the antibiotics there are today. Another pastime I enjoyed was painting. These were the days when children were all given a black japanned paint box full of little tablets of colours with delicious names like rose madder, cardinal red, sapphire blue. If you were really lucky you would also have some little tubes of paint as well. The lid of the paint box could be used to mix the colours. The first stage in the process would be covering the dining room table with newspapers. More often than not, the container of water would get tipped over. I would sit for ages trying to produce a masterpiece or perhaps only painting a scene in painting books. There were also “magic” painting books in which all you had to do was paint over the printed picture with a wet brush and the colours came through. Once, I painted a silhouette of a horse which I thought was really good. I showed it to my Uncle Harry who said “I would never buy that horse, it has about every fault possible – sway back, hocks not right. ”..etc. I thought, how picky can you get? Many years later, my son Mark was painting a picture of a parish church for a painting competition at the Christmas Bazaar. His painting wasn’t too bad and he left it drying on the table when he went off to bed. Everything was going smoothly until his big sister came in and plonked her handbag on the table, over went the painting water! It went everywhere, especially over Mark’s painting. We both grabbed the Kleenex to blot up the water and put it to dry overnight. In the morning, Mark looked at his painting, “It doesn’t look like it did last night!” “Paintings always look different when the paint dries,” I brazenly lied. Actually it did look sort of atmospheric, cloudy and mysterious. (I wonder if the Impressionists started by accident?) Anyway, in spite of its adventures, the little painting won The Prize. Another favourite occupation of mine was cutting out pictures and pasting them in a scrapbook with flour and water paste. After Christmas, I would happily set to with the cards, carefully cutting and arranging them on the pages. These scrap books were always intended for “poorly children in hospital” to look at. I do have a suspicion these children were of the same ilk as the children in Africa who would so like the cabbage I left on my plate. Once I became a confident reader, I liked reading best. There was nothing to match the pleasure of having a new book for Christmas. I would sidle off to my room with the new storybook and was soon oblivious to everything else. A book is always a friend ready to keep you company. Because of my own love of books, I enjoyed teaching children to read. It was a reward to see a child progress until he could read for himself. It makes me so proud to think I have helped lots of children to unlock the wonderful world of books. I must say I don’t do a lot of cutting out and sticking these days, other than attempts at card making. Painting, likewise, not possible, not even household jobs like skirting boards. However, the love of reading is still strong, even the feel and smell of a new volume is so engaging, offering pleasure to come. So, come wind and weather, year in and year out, my friends in books are always with me.

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Make 2013 a happier year

It is now a year since this magazine published an article asking if anyone was interested in setting up a local group to take action to increase happiness in Brighton. The article sparked a lot of interest and marked the start of Action for Happiness in Brighton - a community group of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds which now has a mailing list of over 300 people across the city. In the last year we have organised a range of happiness-themed events including: • • • • • •

talks by a range of external speakers - looking at different aspects of happiness screenings of a new film ‘Happy’ - an inspiring documentary about how we can all be happier happiness book group - reading and discussing books on happiness happiness book swap - exchanging books on happiness ‘happy drinks’ - social get-togethers mindfulness meditation sessions - meditation has been found to increase happiness.

We’ve got lots of ideas for future events and welcome more; including a monthly discussion group on happiness topics, happiness workshops, laughter yoga, happiness-based dance and possibly a festival of happiness in Brighton. We are a not-for-profit group with no political or religious affiliations. We are most interested in new evidence-based knowledge about happiness and getting the fruits of new happiness research out of dry academic journals and into peoples’ lives. We are a part of the wider Action for Happiness movement which is promoting initiatives to increase happiness in the world around us: www.actionforhappiness.org Sign up to hear about our next events at www.actionforhappiness-inbrighton.org. uk or call 07973 872819. Our next talk on happiness is by Dr Andrew Eagle, clinical psychologist and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at 8pm on Tuesday February 5th at the Latest Music bar in the city centre . Book places at www.afhbtnfeb5th.eventbrite.co.uk

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Winning Words Each year, readers of the Washington Post are invited to supply alternate meanings for words. The the winners for 2012 were: Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.. Abdicate, v.. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk. Willy-nilly. adj. Impotent. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller. Balderdash, n.. A rapidly receding hairline. Testicle n. A humorous question on an exam. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with yiddishisms. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men

MOOT music of our time has been responsible for nearly 40 events involving local musicians playing music by regional composers. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and features events for disabled communities. Planned events for 2013 include children playing new pieces and a singing workshop for deaf children in connection with a performance at Brighton’s Jubilee Library of the vocal piece Stimmung. MOOT has recently gained the support of internationally recognised musician Pierre Boulez, who has participated with musicians from Stravinsky to Frank Zappa across the classical, avant-garde and the electronic and experimental musical worlds. Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/musicofourtime?fref=ts  Join MOOT: music of our time today! http://www.meetup.com/Music-of-Our-Time/

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Short Tall Stories

The Astonishing Adventures of Malcolm F lood by Laura Darling

Imaginative stories for curious minds ...... for reading and listening together. “….and when I ran out of razors I had to use sharpened toothbrushes to kill my prey.’ Sid didn’t entirely believe Great Uncle Malcolm’s tales of when he was the sole mutineer on a cargo ship headed for Malacca, and was put ashore on the unmapped island of Krakapu somewhere in the Indian Ocean. ‘How come you had so many toothbrushes?’ he asked. Great Uncle Malcolm looked at Sid with an ‘isn’t-that-obvious’ expression on his face. ‘Well, of course I had an inkling that I’d be marooned so I stole all my fellow’s toothbrushes the night before. Knew they’d come in handy for something.’ ‘But…but, aren’t toothbrushes made of plastic? How could you sharpen one?’ ‘Made of wood in those days, my boy, ‘ said Great Uncle Malcolm dismissively. ‘All made of wood. Even the bristles.’ Something was still not right. Aha! ‘How did you sharpen them if you’d run out of razors?’ That, thought Sid, was the clincher. There could be no return for Great Uncle Malcolm now. ‘Clever boy. You see, I laid out my last dead rat’s intestines to dry in the sun – like catgut they were – then used the thread to whittle the toothbrush handle. Got to have your wits about you when you’re marooned on a desert island, you know.’ Hmm. ‘What year did you say this was, Uncle?’ ‘Well, yes, it would be 19…er..let’s see now, 1924, I reckon. Or thereabouts.’ Sid slid away and googled Krakapu. Great Uncle Malcolm didn’t know what Google was and only used the family laptop to rest his mug of coffee on. ‘Krakapu, uninhabited island discovered and mapped in 1750 by the great explorer of the Indian Ocean Lord Sir Captain Stanley Blitherington-Smethers.’ Just as I thought, said Sid. But he could hear Great Uncle Malcolm chuckling to himself in the room next door and didn’t have the heart to tell him. Instead, he googled ‘wooden toothbrush’. Just in case. Copyright © Laura Darling. All rights reserved. Follow her on twitter: www.twitter.com/ laurajdarling or sign up to her blog www. onionpatchstories.blogspot.com. For copywriting services: www.lauradarling.co.uk

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A New Hall for the New Year

What the Hall could look like In the Exeter Street Hall monthly updates, a lot has been written about the past 128 years of the Hall’s history and what we are doing at present to raise money to buy it. As we move into 2013, we want to look to the future and see how great the Hall could be when we have raised the money to buy it. Firstly, it’s important to say that this will be YOUR Hall – we will drive a programme of activities based on what you want. We want the Hall to be the ‘hub’ of the community – to be a vibrant and exciting place so people will actively seek out what’s on at Exeter Street Hall for the coming month. Something for everyone We will deliver a range of activities and services that have something for everyone; children of all ages, the older and more vulnerable amongst us, people with and without families. We will continue to hire out the Hall for private use and hope that after renovation this will prove popular with adults for wedding receptions and iconic birthday celebrations. Free to those who can’t afford it We want to ensure that the hiring of the Hall will be free to those who can’t afford it. The Brownies and Boys’ Brigade will continue to use the Hall for free and we want to extend this to other organisations. A brighter, greener future We are passionate about bringing the Hall into the 21st Century without compromising its beautiful Victorian appearance. Any repairs or renovations will be sympathetic to its dramatic

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