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Summer..What a turn up! Just when we had become convinced summers in England were a myth, three turn up at once! Let’s hope the fine weather continues unabated and we all get a turn at sun-bathing. In fact, personally, I keep thinking I have a fever…then realising I am just HOT. Odd stuff.

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Dorothy Stringer has a “shared reading” over the summer holidays. We can all join in can’t we?  In consultation with many members of staff and students, they have decided to name ‘Uglies’ by Scott Westerfeld as our inaugural ‘Stringer Big Summer Read’. It’s the story of a dystopian future society where, up until one’s 16th birthday, citizens are considered to be ‘Uglies’. On one’s 16th birthday, the government surgically and genetically modifies the public to ensure that they all become generically-bland ‘Pretties’. However, two teenagers resist and become fugitives from the powersthat-be, and actively encourage other teens to be individuals. Sounds good, huh?

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Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

BLACKBERRY AND YOGHURT LOAF

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. A couple of years ago I made a similar cake containing raspberries which proved to be very popular so here’s one like it using blackberries. If you are fortunate enough to pick your own this will be a lovely way of using them, but if not they are obtainable in the shops. I am writing this especially for Kevin at Carters Domestic Appliances to thank him for his help recently. You will need a loaf tin measuring approximately 10 x 20cm /.4 x 8 ins) across the base.

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200g (7oz) plain flour 1 1/2 level teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 110g (4oz) caster sugar 100ml (4 floz) sunflower oil 1 lemon 100ml (4 floz) thick yoghurt 3 eggs 200g ((7oz) blackberries

Grease the loaf tin and base line it with greaseproof paper and grease it. Heat the oven to

Topping 75g (3oz) icing sugar few extra blackberries

Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to get cold.

Gas 5 / 190C / 170 fan Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl In another bowl whisk together the sugar, oil. grated lemon zest and its juice, the yoghurt and eggs.. Pour into the flour and stir well then fold in the blackberries. Spoon into the tin and level the surface. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If it is browning too quickly cover with foil. Topping: Mix the icing sugar with just enough cold water to make a coating consistency and spread it over the top of the cake. Place some blackberries on top. Note: Lakeland sell greaseproof paper cases for loaf tins which save a lot of time



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A Rose Madder Moment Happy memories of The Great Depression K Evans

Looking through some bits and bobs the other day, I came across my little green birthday book. It is only about 3½ by 4½ inches with a green imitation leather cover with “The Tennyson Birthday Book” in gold lettering. The edges of the pages are gilded and each day there is a different quotation from Tennyson’s works. You took it to school and your friends would fill in their names on the appropriate dates and read the quotation. You may not think that was very exciting, but it brought back many childhood memories. My father’s daily paper was the “Winnipeg Free Press”. On Saturday, (there were no Sunday papers), there would be a children’s page and each week there would be a painting/ colouring competition. Once completed you would sent your painted picture back to the newspaper. Each week they would give 10 “honourable mention” winners, who each thereby had 10 points in their prize scheme. I think you could get a little prize for 20 or 30 points, but the birthday book was 80 points, the real platinum standard. So you see, that book represented many weeks of work and some disappointments too. Each weekend I would settle down at the dining room table, it being well protected with layers of newspapers and out would come my paint box. I am sure you had similar paint boxes in your childhood, black Japanned tin boxes which contained little tablets of paints. You progressed from small boxes of a dozen colours to big boxes of fifty or more colours and the lid was used for mixing. It was such a delight to get a new box; they were favourite presents from aunts or cousins. And the colours! They were the real delight! Colours with magical names like “crimson lake”, “Prussian blue”, “cadmium yellow”, “burnt Sienna”, “yellow ochre”. Who could resist a touch of “ultramarine” or “rose madder” or a spot of “Brunswick black”. I was mesmerised by all these new exotic words. Should I use “leaf green” or should it be “emerald” or even “Lincoln green”? A world of riches was at my fingertips.



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It was painstaking work, the picture was only about 6 inches square, also it was newsprint. I remember I had to use a fine brush, not too wet, or all the colours would bleed into each other. When it was finished and quite dry it had to be packed up and posted off to the paper. Then came the waiting. Every Saturday I would seriously scan the names of “honourable mentions”. I can still recall how determined I was and my anticipation of getting 80 points and, at last, getting the birthday book! It wasn’t just a book it was a dream come true. As for my parents I am sure they got fed up with the mess I probably made and the nuisance of having to post off my pictures to Winnipeg. I can see now how wise they were to leave me to work out my own way to my own goal, instead of buying me a book to save the aggravation. As I look at the little green book today, nearly eighty years on, I can still remember the effort it cost, the fact that I brought it with me from Canada shows I still felt it was precious. Even more lasting has been my delight in the beautiful names for colours, especially “rose madder” and “crimson lake”. Tennyson’s quotation for today: “Live happy! Tend thy flowers, be tended by My Blessing!

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Whoopsadaisy bowled over by its new home

Whoopsadaisy, the Conductive Education charity which helps children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy live more independent lives, held a party to celebrate moving into its new home in the former Ladies’ Bowls Pavilion, Preston Park, Brighton. Whoopsadaisy is the only charity in East Sussex offering Conductive Education, which builds on children’s existing skills to help them tackle the challenges of everyday life more independently. Whoopsadaisy’s story started when Nina Holland was inspired by Conductive Education, having seen the dramatic difference it made to the independence and quality of life of her son Christopher, who has cerebral palsy. Nina wanted other children to benefit as Christopher had done, and her fundraising activities enabled Beata Kusel, a highlyexperienced ‘conductor’ to establish the charity’s first Parent & Child group for underfives in 2008, working with just two children. Since then Whoopsadaisy’s services have steadily grown and at least 12 babies and toddlers now attend sessions with their parent or carer every week. To help the children continue making progress once they start school, there are also Saturday sessions for older children and regular Holiday Clubs which enable parents to take a break. Whoopsadaisy has relocated to larger premises so that it can respond to the increasing demand for its services. More places will be made available in the under-fives’ groups during the week, for 5-12 year olds on Saturdays and there will be space for eight children a day at Whoopsadaisy Holiday Clubs.

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Most of the children who attend Whoopsadaisy are affected by cerebral palsy. If a baby’s brain is starved of oxygen during or prior to birth, the resulting brain damage can lead to motor impairment. Children’s posture, co-ordination, balance and mobility can all be affected, and this is often complicated by additional problems such as speech, communication and learning difficulties. Whoopsadaisy’s Conductive Education sessions help the children develop their physical, sensory, social and communication skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Bethan Whittingham, whose daughter Carys attended Whoopsadaisy for three years, said: ‘To see Carys walk unaided after attending Whoopsadaisy for 14 months was just amazing. We as a family cannot thank Whoopsadaisy enough for all their hard work. A charity like this in our community has been essential for us and other families, to help our children progress and gain independence. Carys is now at mainstream school and this would not have been achieved without the help of Whoopsadaisy’. Whoopsadaisy’s Chair of Trustees, Jon Orrell, said: ‘Whoopsadaisy would like to thank all the families, volunteers, trustees, staff, conductors, funders, local groups, schools and other supporters who have helped us grow over the last few years. We are also very grateful to the companies, volunteers, and everyone else who helped us move into this wonderful new home’. To find out more about Whoopsadaisy and how you can get involved, please contact Caroline Matanle: caroline@whoopsadaisy.org.

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Ladybird, Ladybird Ladybirds are perhaps our most popular insect, so much so that the collective name for them is a ‘loveliness’. We have used the name ladybird for centuries; it is a reference to the Virgin Mary (Our Lady) because in early paintings she was depicted wearing a red cloak. Common names in other European languages have the same association, for example, the German name Marienkäfer translates to Marybeetle. The spots were thought to symbolise the 7 joys & the 7 sorrows.. In many countries, including Russia, Turkey, and Italy, the sight of a ladybird is either a call to make a wish or a sign that a wish will soon be granted. According to legend, they can predict the weather: if one lands on your hand it is going to rain but if it flies away it will be fine. Numerous ladybirds seen flying in Spring means the crops will be good. It is certainly considered unlucky to kill a ladybird, perhaps because, with the exception of a couple of species, both adults

and larvae are excellent predators of aphids and other pests. There is a myth that you can tell their age from the number of spots, this is not the case. Different numbers of spots indicate different species and are present immediately after pupation, in fact their spots fade with age… The most common ladybirds in England are the two and seven spot. Is this the most famous rhyme about ladybirds? Ladybird, ladybird fly away home Your house is on fire & your children are gone All except one and her name is Anne She crept under the frying pan Having recited the rhyme, the ladybird was then blown off the hand if it hadn’t flown away already. The verse is said to originate from farmers warning the helpful ladybirds to leave their fields before setting fire to the land in the Autumn, ready for another years’ crops. Numbers can explode dramatically in favourable conditions, and two recent ‘plagues’ occurred in the UK,: in the Wirral during the heat wave of 1976 and in Cromer, Norfolk 2009. Whilst they do not appear very aerodynamic the swarms in Norfolk were thought to be made up of many individuals

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who had flown here from Europe once they had eaten all the aphids available there! A ladybird beats its wings 85 times a second to be airborne, so the trip must have been exhausting. Ladybirds need hot weather to fly though, if the temperature is below 55F they are ‘grounded’ Ladybirds live one to two years, overwintering together in a state known as diapause – similar to hibernation. The technical term for them is Coccinellids. They are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described, more than 450 native to North America alone. Their main predators are usually birds, but also frogs, wasps, dragonflies and spiders. (Perhaps the cooler conditions in the mornings mean that it is not only worms that the early bird catches.) Famously, ladybirds herd aphids and ‘milk’ them for their sugary excretions, cleverly penning them in with hormone footprints. Certain species of coccinellids are thought to lay extra infertile eggs with the fertile eggs, apparently to provide a backup food source for the larvae when they hatch. The ratio of infertile to fertile eggs increases with scarcity of food at the time of egg laying

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Our lovely native ladybirds are under threat by the more aggressive incoming ‘Harlequin’ beetles, whose arrival in Britain was recorded in 2004 and appear to be spreading rapidly here as they have elsewhere (now outnumbering any other types in the US after a relatively short time.)

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21st Century Tips Lemons for Life Studies suggest the antioxidants in lemons discourage premature aging of the skin, joints, brain and blood vessels. It can aid digestion and absorption of nutrients, a particular factor for older people. They may also reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. We are recommended to include the zest and juice of lemon in our daily diet. Kitchen cuts Press the inside of a clear onion skin onto the cut. Leave it there as long as you can. Onion is a natural antiseptic. Cheat! Sudden need to make a good impression but no time to clean?? Spray furniture polish behind the radiator, the heat will disperse the smell around the room. Comfy on the Beach half fill a carrier bag with sand and place under your towel as a pillow. Take the bag home though!

Exeter Street Hall …. Done!! By the time you read this we will be the official owners of Exeter Street Hall, we have managed to save it from development and for the community. Closing the Hall for essential repairs The hall will be closed during August for essential repairs and to make it fit for purpose. We have tried to ensure that it will be done with as little disruption to hirers as possible. We will also begin our 2nd phase of fundraising in earnest – to raise money for the roof and toilets. Everyone’s Effort Nationally Recognised Save Exeter Street Hall campaign was shortlisted (top 3) for Fundraising Team of the Year. Action for Children was the winner but we were absolutely delighted to be considered ahead of all those other teams of fundraisers (a lot of them professional) and charities that were represented. A big thank you to our large team of volunteers and to you for helping us achieve this recognition. It’s not over yet.. We will soon begin our 2nd phase of fundraising in earnest – to raise money for the roof and toilets.

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Hidden Histories: A real life Lady Chatterley?  Saturday 31 August  11am-12.45pm & 2–3.45pm £10, members £8, book in advance Did Lady Ellen Thomas-Stanford form a liaison with her butler and produce an illegitimate heir? Hear this fascinating story and find out about the private lives of the Edwardians in this astonishing investigation into the unspoken taboo of the age: love between classes. Includes unpublished documents and photographs, examined and discussed over tea and biscuits.

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10.30am–1.30pm includes refreshment break £20, members £15, book in advance Starting with an introduction in the Royal Pavilion take a fascinating tour of the Pavilion estate, including the Regency gardens, Brighton Museum and a behind the scenes tour of Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange. Discover the hidden histories of these iconic buildings and how they became the cultural venues they are today.

Hidden Lives: Domestic service in the 1920s and 1930s Saturday 3 August 11am-12.45pm & 2–3.45pm £10, members £8, book in advance Discover how women’s lives were affected when huge societal shifts in the 1920s heralded the end of domestic servitude for women. Using real-life testimonials from domestic servants at Preston Manor, a chance to see rooms where they lived and worked and examples of clothing they wore.

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Join the Preston Manor ghost team on an evening of discovery and find out why the Manor has been called the most haunted house in Brighton. Sit in on a vigil in the Manor’s infamously haunted rooms and try out Victorian ghost-hunting techniques still in use today.

Hidden Garden: The Edwardian Kitchen Garden Saturday 10 August 11am-12.45pm & 2–3.45pm £12, members £10, book in advance A rare chance to visit the ruined walled kitchen garden (not open to the public), followed by a talk on country house kitchen gardening from medieval to Edwardian. Includes archive maps, plans and photographs of the Manor gardens.

Hidden House: Behind the Scenes at Preston Manor Friday 16 August 11am-12.45pm & 2–3.45pm £15, members £12, book in advance A chance to see private rooms in the 1905 extension, servants’ quarters not on the public route and evidence of the house’s wartime role. Includes archive documents and photographs made especially available on this exclusive house tour

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Innocent Fun under Canvas History Notes by M Bance

The programme for Bertram Mills circus which is dated 1939 attached courtesy of Dave Harris. This August Bank Holiday weekend, like very many before it, the circus will be in town. Zippos Circus will be on Hove Lawns from the 21st August to 3rd September carrying on Brighton and Hove’s long tradition of hosting circuses and fairs. Circuses have been touring, to even the smallest towns, since the late 18th century and by the 19th century, with the development of the railway enabling them to travel faster and further, hundreds of circuses operated around England. At the same time and visiting

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the same fairgrounds, were large menageries. These were very popular with the Victorian public, who had a real interest in seeing wild animals in the flesh. The first combination of circus and menagerie was at Astley’s in 1838 and it was here that the lion tamer, Isaac Van Amburgh, declared himself the first man to put his head inside a lion’s mouth (for entertainment purposes!). Queen Victoria watched this bold feat and was, allegedly, quite amused. Brightonians at this time would have been

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entertained by an equally famous circus run by the Ginnett family. Their founder was Frenchman, Jean Pierre Ginnett, who first performed in Ludgate Circus, London with his pony and a budgerigar. His son, John, first appeared in Brighton in 1832, billed as the ‘Infant Ginnett’. He rode a ‘speeding horse’ in front of King William IV and Queen Charlotte and was described by the Brighton Herald as, ‘the finest tight-rope dancer, ceiling walker and rider of his day’. John went on to build a permanent circus at Park Crescent Place, which became the Gaiety Theatre in 1890, and the Hippodrome (later the Grand Theatre) at the top of North Road. Here audiences were entertained by a ‘boneless wonder, a troupe of lady acrobats, some remarkable somersault turning, living pyramids by the Bashi-Bazouk Arabs, and balancing on the high trapeze by Mademoiselle. Emmeline.’(Brighton Herald). Possibly even more impressive were the aquatic circus acts, performed in the Hippodrome’s 60 foot outer circus ring, which could be submerged, in just fifty seconds, to form a lake leaving the central ring as an island. The magnificent Ginnett family mausoleum in Woodvale Cemetery, Lewes Road is testament to their success as circus proprietors and their popularity with the general public. From 1890 until the 1930s, Ginnetts were one of the UK’s largest

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A procession of Barnum & Bailey circus elephants walking along Western Road, Brighton, 1899. Courtesy of James Gray collection / The Regency Society

Bertram Mills’ Circus poster. Our thanks to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Parks Projects Officer, Fiona Stokes, for permission to use this image.

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Bertram Mills’ Circus performers, August 1939. Courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

circuses, only closing down for a period during the First World War, owing to (and this is according to their official website) the War Office requisitioning over 200 of their horses. Bertram Mills’ Circus also featured horses and ponies. In fact, in the summer of 1948 they toured with a menagerie of 137 animals, including a crocodile whose trainer, ‘the only female fakir’, placed her head inside his mouth – is this more impressive than a lion’s mouth? I’m not sure. Anyway, a Brighton Herald reporter knew what impressed him most and it was the circus’s ‘uncannily intelligent’ footballing elephants. Based in Olympia, London, Bertram Mills’ Circus toured, dividing the country into a three-year cycle, and in August 1939 they set up on The Level in Brighton. The Level has historically been a regular venue for circuses, but on the eve of World War II it must have been an especially welcome distraction. This 22

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circus, however, did much more than keep up morale on the Home Front, as Kevin Bacon (Digital Development Officer, Royal Pavilion and Museums), demonstrated in his 2009 War Stories Exhibition. Bertram Mills had died in 1938, leaving the circus to be managed by his sons. One son, Bernard, served with the Royal Air Force and another, Cyril, became heavily embroiled in the world of espionage. From 1936, using his pilot’s licence and in the guise of a circus proprietor, Cyril took many flights over Germany on the lookout for anything suspicious that might indicate to the British Security Services covert German military action. When war broke out he continued gathering intelligence, ‘guiding work for the celebrated double agent Garbo (Joan Pujol Garcia), forging links with United States security agencies, and moving to Canada to become MI5’s representative there’.

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Innocent Fun under Canvas continued In the 1950s Billy Smart’s circus came to The Level with a herd of 15 elephants and a big top that seated 4,000. They came by train to Brighton Station and paraded from there down Queen’s Road to the Old Steine and back along to St Peter’s Church. But by the time they return in the mid-1960s, circuses were beginning to facing a bit of a dilemma. Cyril Bertram Mills came out of retirement in 1978 to organise his final circus at the newly opened Brighton Centre, but this was not a great success. A major stumbling block was the change in people’s attitude to touring wild animals in cages and fears about endangered species. Tony Hopkins, who runs Billy Smart’s circus today, believes that the actions of a woman from Hove, who formed a protest group, were responsible for Brighton and Hove being one of the first local authorities to ban circuses from performing in their area. At the time, a circus without animals did not appeal to traditional circus fans, but I wonder if the 19th century stars had still be around things might have been different. Who would not want to see the aerial transvestite Barbette; ‘Schaeffer’s thirty Midgets’; Pimpo, Doodles and Coco the Clown; or Whimsical Walker with his donkey called Tom who sang to the accompaniment of toy bagpipes, a trombone and a violin?

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KNOLE (NT) & BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA PLACE Early Autumn Outing Wednesday 11th September 2013

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After leaving Brighton we will travel to see Knole near Sevenoaks. The House, owned by the National Trust is one of our most complete historic houses. It was once the home of Vita Sackville-West. It has been an archbishop’s palace, royal residence and an aristocratic treasure house and contains one of the most important collection in the world of 17th century royal furniture, paintings, tapestries, silver and ceramics. A conducted tour will be given by the NT staff. Lunch (optional) )will be at the Cock Inn at Boughton Moncelsea, near Maidstone. The pub is full of character and charm and dates back to the 16th century. After lunch we shall visit Boughton Monchelsea Place. This house is a battlemented manor house dating from the 16th century, set in its own country estate. This Grade I listed building has always been privately owned and is still lived in as a family home. It is surrounded by the medieval church of St Peters, with its rose garden and ancient lych gate as well as a pretty courtyard together with an extensive range of Tudor barns and outbuildings. Inside the house, rooms vary

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in character from Tudor to Georgian Gothic; worth of note is the fine Jacobean staircase and sundry examples of heraldic stained glass. Furnishings and paintings are mainly Victorian, with a few earlier pieces. A guided tour will be given by one of the family. Geoff Mead , our tour guide will accompany the outing To book phone MARTIN FOSTER, 11, Victoria Street, Brighton, Sussex BN1 3FP (01273 729998) by no later than Friday 30th August Costs include Coach and Entrance fees and Guides. NT Members £38.50 Non-NT membs £44.65. Note The outing on a Wednesday

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Cool Conversations The language of the fan…..

The hand held fan has been in use for around 4000 years. In Britain it hit its zenith in the 19th century, when fashion dictated every woman should have one. It was a symbol of femininity and romance and over time developed a second purpose: a way to send secret messages: Letting it rest on the right cheek: Yes Letting it rest on the left cheek: No Carrying it in right hand in front of face: Follow me Placing it on left ear: I wish to get rid of you Twirling it in the left hand: We are being watched Twirling it in the right hand: I love another Drawing across the cheek: I love you Drawing across the eyes: I am sorry Touching tip with finger: I wish to speak with you Dropping it: Will we be friends? Fanning slowly: I am married Fanning quickly: I am engaged Open wide: Wait for me Carrying in left hand: Come and talk to me Placed behind the head: Don’t forget me Presenting a number of sticks: What time Clasping the hands under the open fan: Forgive me With little finger extended: Goodbye

Josh, Chris and Henry are all local boys who went to school in the area before leaving to go to other cities for University.  Now they have finished their studies, they want to take on the biggest possible physical challenge they can do in order to raise money to help sick children in our home city of Brighton.  They are self funding the challenge, so 100% of donations go to Rockinghorse children’s Charity who are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexander Children’s hospital.  The boys also worked hard to secure £1,700 worth of prizes to raffle that all donators will be automatically entered in to.  You can follow their progress via their daily blog at http://1700milecycle. blogspot.com/

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