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Merry, merry month of May! May is party time in Brighton and Hove. The city is absolutely bursting with talent and at Festival time there is more than ever for us to marvel at. It is a smart time to book a fabled “staycation”.. Spend a week or so flitting around, seeing as much as you can. I am sure it would be interesting and refreshing break. The prices are extremely low and the abundance is humbling: novel things, classic things, experimental things, music, comedy, cabaret, theatre, workshops, visual arts. It is an opportunity to see all that is cutting a cultural sway in Britain today without flogging up to Edinburgh. History Notes this month gives us a fascinating insight into the wiles of WWI and the role Brighton and the Pavilion played in it. The museum has a new exhibition about the period.

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Inside, we see that being a scout is not all about whittling any more. The scouts are a wonderful organisation, retaining their everlasting sense of adventure, but bang up to date too. They are holding a Spring Market on 15th May. Do go along and support them and their endeavours.…Find out more about scouting too. New recruits are always welcomed.

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Have a great month. Take in as much as you can.

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The Methodist Church Hall t Ladies Mile Roadt Patcham Thursday 20 May 7:30pm t Friday 21 May 7:30pm t Saturday 22 May 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Topical Scouting Seasonal Recipe Police Report History Notes

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Crossword from Bud Story to read aloud Fun Page Goings On

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Tickets only £6.00 (concessions for children & families)

Call Jean at the Box Office 01273 502293 Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan - New Music by Jeanine Tesori - New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film Originally Produced for Broadway by Michael Leavitt Fox Theatricals Hal Luftig Stewart F. Lane James L. Nederlander Independent Presenters Network L. Mages/M. Glick Berinstein/Manocherian/Dramatic Forces John York Noble & Whoopi Goldberg This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.

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Share our passion for food and friendship.

Italy on our doorstep... la dolce vita! Take time over simple pleasures like Italian coffee, made the real Italian way. Lura is a family ristorante with the Italian instinct for food and love of entertaining. Treat yourself to lunch…it’s only £4.95. Children warmly welcomed. In the evening, why not share some wine and side orders? Maybe olives, homemade garlic bread, perhaps with a delicious pomodoro salad & cold meats. Or choose an expertly made, authentic, pizza or pasta dish! Come along whenever you like. Relaxed and friendly, we are open from 10am until 11.30pm Sunday – Thursday. Friday and Saturday we stay open later, always past midnight. Fully Licensed Bar Get your share of La Dolce Vita.

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Support Local Business Accountant AIMS accountants 5 Thomas Christopher 5 JDS Accounting 5 Beauty Tansations John Logan

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Café/Function Venue/ Restaurant/Bar Penthouse Starlight Suite 6 Lura 3 Westdene Deli Café 14 Golden Fry 16 Car Care and Mechanics Bells of Brighton 29 SG Car Detailing & Valeting 29 Cleaning Services We Love Ovens 27 D&G Sussex (windows) 27 Computer/Website Design Services Chris Web Design 23 Dental Care Westdene Dental Practise Henfield Dentists

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Garden Services/Centres The Arbor Barber 31 Matthew Tree 31 Adrian Harris 31 Ed’s Garden Maintenance 31 Roof2Roots 21 Home Maintenance Services Gt Contractors 21 Colin Rae Roofing 21 Roof2Roots 21 Holford and Sons 23 Karons Colours 2 Pete and Bernie Decorators 19 CBC Paving 20 M and N Driveways 19 Hunters Domestic Appliance Repair 29 Brighton Gas 23 Sussex Electrical Services SES 20 Love Your Home 17 Ethical Plumbing 23 Pastimes Dance Class Life Drawing

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Retirement Homes and Services Bramble Cottage 13 Princess Alexandra 13 Taxi City Cabs

Patcham in Action The Patcham Local Action Team will be holding their next local meeting on Thursday 20th May 2010 At 7pm in the Patcham Community Centre, Ladies Mile Road Further schedule dates for meetings are Thursday 24th June 2010 Thursday 22nd July 2010 All residents are welcome! Local residents are being offered the invitation to unite in an effort to improve their community. The Patcham Local Action Team, chaired by Bernard Copelin, is a group of residents who are interested in working together and meet on a monthly basis at the Patcham Community Centre in Ladies Mile Road. Invitations to our meetings are open to the residents of Patcham in partnership with people such as the Local Council Officials, members from Sussex Police, Interested groups, Local shops and Businesses, Schools, a wide range of community representatives within the Patcham neighbourhood.

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For further information contact the Chairperson: Bernard Copelin e-mail:bjcopelin@hotmail.co.uk

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White Room Theatre presents BITE-SIZE Plays A sumptuous smorgasbord of drama, comedy and eccentricity. 3 great collections of exquisite ten-minute plays from all around the world!! VENUE:

Old Courtroom Theatre, Church Street (opposite Corn Exchange) Tickets £9 (£7.50)

‘BRUNCH’: (2 x 5 plays)

Saturdays 8, 15 & 22 May at 11.30am Sundays 9, 16 & 23 May at 12.30pm Tickets £8.50 (£7)

‘TEA PARTY’ (7 play feast with interval)

Sundays 9 May at 16.00pm +16 May at 17.15pm +23 May at 16.00pm

‘Bite-Size’ Plays ..‘snack theatre’ concept, featuring the ten-minute play form. Short and sweet, fresh and pacy. The group perform at a speed of around 5 plays an hour… ‘ECHOES OF BRIGHTON’ May 8 @19.00, May 15@17.45, May16h@19.15, May23@20.30 Featuring new work from award winning playwright Ella Hickson. A theatre experience of some colourful characters from Brighton’s history, such as: Harry Vowles, The Blind Busker (1861-1919) (the pub in Church Road is named after him); Christiana Edmunds (1835 - 1907) - the notorious 19th century Brighton woman, ‘The Chocolate Cream Poisoner’; Ras Prince Monolulu (18801965) - the most famous black man of his time and so familiar at Brighton race course

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9 Professional Artists:

Paintings, Sculpture, Jewellery, Glass, Ceramics & Photography.

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Karen Norfolk Open House Exhibition 20 Winfield Avenue Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8QH

Open 11am – 6pm 1/2/3 May, 8/9 May, 15/16 May, 22/23 May

Tea & Cake in the garden. Proceeds to Bevern View,Barcombe. www.karrenurben.com

You’re invited to: Laetitita de Chazal May - Artist Open Houses 1/2/3/8/9/15/16/22/23rd May 11am – 6pm June – South East Open Studios

4/5/6/11/12/13/18/19/20th June 11am – 6pm

Venue: BN1 8RF 55 Baranscraig Avenue, Patcham www.laetitia-dechazal.co.uk Tel. 07765223042

Sculptures, Paintings, Jewellery, Textiles & Iron Works Delicious cakes & refreshments in a beautiful garden setting. Proceeds going to The Bevern Trust. 01273 503042 Web: www.karenjnorfolk.com Email: karenjnorfolk@yahoo.co.uk

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Scouting For Prime Ministers On Tuesday 13 April (Over the Easter holidays) scouts from the 44th Brighton Troop, Patcham enjoyed a unique and privileged opportunity, a tour of No 10 Downing Street. After passing through the world famous door, the scouts were welcomed in the reception area under a portrait of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister. Downing Street has been at the heart of British politics ever since he resided there nearly 300 years ago. They were then taken on an extensive tour of No 10 and No 11 next door as well, where the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling lives. The buildings were surprisingly large inside, and it would be easy to get lost. A perfect playground for Gordon Brown’s 2 children who, the scouts were told, enjoy playing hide and seek. It was a fantastic tour, a real life lesson in history and politics. Everyone in No 10 was relaxed and informal. The scouts were encouraged to ask questions and to get fully involved. The expectation had been that the scouts would be told to ‘look but don’t touch’. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Early in the tour the scouts were taken into the Cabinet Room and invited to sit around the boat shaped table where Prime Ministers and their most senior ministers meet. All the important decisions made about Britain are discussed around this table. The scouts tried the PM’s chair, and some found it a good fit, but they resisted dipping into the bowl of Fox’s Glacier Mints, a weakness of the current Cabinet during long meetings. The scouts also tried squeezing between the pillars at one end of the Cabinet’s meeting room. Churchill is said to have schemed to make his secretaries squeeze between the pillars, to ensure they were slender, before confirming their employment. It wouldn’t  |

happen these days! Next the scouts were taken up the famous stairway as featured in the film ‘Love Actually’ starring Hugh Grant. Filming was not allowed in Downing Street so a set had to be built at the film studios. On the walls are hung pictures of all the former PMs. As a PM leaves Downing Street their picture is hung at the top of the stairway and all the other pictures are moved down a stair. The picture of Churchill showed him looking particularly sour. The cameraman had become frustrated as smoke from Churchill’s cigar had spoiled several pictures. He reached forward and snatched the cigar from Churchill’s mouth. Not best pleased, Churchill’s expression was captured by the camera and the picture now hangs on the wall. The scouts were also shown the room where PMs welcome Royalty and Heads-of-State for a fireside chat. They took turns to try out the chair recently sat on by President Obama and Nelson Mandela, amongst many other world statesmen and women. Asked why they thought Gordon Brown always sat in the chair to the right of the fireplace one scout correctly answered, “because the PM has a ‘dodgy’ eye”! The next room housed Pitt the Younger’s

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diminutive desk, sporting a secret drawer where he hid a bottle of Port. It was at this desk that Pitt wrote to Napoleon with an ultimatum, Asquith wrote to Kaiser Willhelm II of Germany before the Great War and Chamberlain wrote to Hitler before the Second World War. Knowing the outcome of the historic events that followed each of these letters, it would seem not to be a desk charmed with the best of luck! The scouts were inside No 10 Downing Street for 2 hours finishing their tour in the State Dining Room where they were invited to sit around the table and take part in a Q and A session. It was in this room that Margaret Thatcher had hung a painting of Emperor Napoleon’s defeat by the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo just before hosting a reception for President Mitterrand of France. Earlier he had presented her with an antique globe depicting the Malvinas Islands as part of Argentina! Before leaving Downing Street the scouts had their photos taken on the doorstep. As one of them said ‘ I’d better get a photo on the doorstep or no one will ever believe I’ve actually been here!’. All in all it was a very special day, one that they will never forget.  44th Brighton Scout Group HQ is at 21 OLD LONDON ROAD, PATCHAM, BRIGHTON, BN18XR Beavers 6 - 8 yrs, Thursday 5.15 - 6.30 pm Cubs, 8 - 10.5 yrs, Tuesday and Friday 6.30 - 8.00 pm Scouts, 10.5 - 14.5 yrs, Wednesday 7.00 - 9.00 pm. To find out more about being a scout or scout leader please ring 01273 883584

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Iphone therefore I am - Stop Press from Bud Tangerina

Iphone have a small mobile app that shows you the buses due display on your mobile, exactly as you would see it on the info displays at bus stops. There is a free basic version or a paid version. Bud recommends the paid version, (£1.79) because a bus stop finder is included & you can get to favourite boards with a single click.

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The app allows you to see the boards at various bus stops you regularly use easily and you can display just one route or all those that use the stops. A real plus is that you can do it for bus stops that do not have displays at the stops and also see traffic alerts about problems.

This summer holds exciting possibilities for All Saints Church and the wider community, as we undertake a project to develop our church ‘lounge’ in order to provide better disabled access, administrative space, and community rooms. However, as the majority of the work will take place during the summer, we have reluctantly decided that we will not be able to hold a community summer fete this year.

To see the basic and premium versions of the bus go to tinyurl.com/yflfe7k and tinyurl.com/ y9rkmex respectively.

We look forward to planning towards an even bigger and better fete in the summer of 2011!

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Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

RHUBARB CRUNCHY FLAN 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. Valerie gives private tuition in Sugarcraft, and can work together with you to create that very special cake.01273 505223

Here we are again with the first rhubarb in the shops. The ginger crumb crust is a perfect accompaniment to the creamy rhubarb filling. You will need a 20cm (8in) flan dish or tin and for decoration a piping bag and large star tube.

Ingredients: Base 175g (6oz) gingernut biscuits 75g (3oz) butter 40g (1 ½ oz) golden caster sugar Filling 450g (1lb) rhubarb – the forced one is best 75g (3oz) golden caster sugar 150ml (5 fl oz|) crème fraîche

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Note: If the rhubarb is a little pale, add a few drops of cochineal or pink food colouring.

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Pole Dancing

Bolt from the Blue… 

May 1st is a long established holiday and the Feast of St Philip & St James, the patron saints of workers. Seeding has been completed by this date and it was convenient to give farm labourers a day off.A famous tradition is the Maypole, which dancers circle - boys in one direction girls in the other -holding ribbons creating patterns on the pole as they wind nearer each other at the centre. The dancers may then retrace their steps exactly in order to unravel the ribbons.

The bonus a banker actually deserved?

 The Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton.  9.00 pm from 11th – 14th May.  Tickets £9.00 (£7.50 Concs)

Absurd, new comedy about a rogue city banker who is struck by lightning and whose wife then sells him on eBay!

Maypoles have their roots in Germanic paganism and occur in countries invaded by Germanic tribes after the fall of the Roman Empire (Spain, France and Italy and, most popularly, in Sweden, Austria, England, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland and of course Germany). Maypoles were important communal symbols, being erected as group activities by a parish (or by several smaller parishes working together). Rival villages would vie with each other for the best, knock over and steal one another’s poles. Maypole thefts led to violence in Hertfordshire in 1602 and Warwickshire in 1639. The tallest Maypole in Britain today is 86ft, at Barwickin-Elmet, West Yorkshire.

‘PercussiveFeet’ 16th 17th 18th May 9pm Friends Meeting House Ship Street Brighton

It was a rainy night in Brighton, the streets are all quiet, all the bars are empty …A new Dance, Music and Rhythm show with performers from shows such as STOMP, Riverdance and Chicago.

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Candlelit Classics : Rutter’s Requiem &

popular short works

Saturday 8 May 2010   9:00pm. St Paul’s Church, West Street, Brighton

John Rutter’s international best-selling Requiem will be performed at a special candlelit performance in the wonderful surroundings and acoustic of St Paul’s

Life Drawing Group Studio near the top of Valley Drive with easy parking. Tuesdays 10am – noon or Thursdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

ALZHEIMER’S, ALZHEIMER’S, CHA, CHA, CHA

Few places left …. Please phone MARILYN on 01273 557935

MAY 1-9, 8:15 PM-10:00 PM £5.00; £3.50 CONCS    LAUGHING HORSE@ THE TEMPLE

Brighton’s favorite senile stripper, Lynn Ruth Miller, now 76 years old, is back with 90 minutes of outrageous parodies that reveal the real joy of aging. Don’t miss this nightly travesty of song and dance.

Asian Provocateurs 6,7,8,9 May 5.30pm-6.30pm & 21,22,23 May 5.30pm-6.30pm

Traditional Fish & Chips

GOLDEN FRY NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 2 The Parade,Valley Drive, Westdene, Brighton, BN1 5FQ

Laughing Horse @ The Temple, £5 (£4 concs)Sketch duo, Sajeela Kershi and Yasmeen Khan: everything from religious extremism to the BNP and TV show spoofs.

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9 and 16 May 2010, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Entrance FEE: £8.00, (£6.00 Concessions) at Freerange, St Peter’s Church Green,

Long Nose Puppet’s new show PENGUIN based on awardwinning book by Polly Dunbar is a spectacular sing- along puppet show for all ages! A charmingly simple tale of friendship and unspoken loyalty is gorgeously crafted. The absolute stars of the show are the puppets, with their infinitely expressive faces. This is children’s drama without saccharine sentiment. This show will entertain everyone, from adults right down to the very young

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The Boy With Tape on His Face

May 18th and 19th 20.15 - 21.30. Freerange, St Peter’s Church Green, £12 (£10 concessions)

International award-winning silent comedyMime with noise, stand-up with no talking - drama with no acting. This show speaks for itself. Combine the sheer, childlike absurdness of Vic Reeves with the deft, physical intonation of Hugh Laurie and the genius of Charlie Chaplin and you have Sam Wills: The Boy with Tape on His Face Thinking about Advertising? call: 01273 299219 • Please mention The Post when responding to adverts

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Police report Inspector Rob Leet

Less is More

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eople’s perceptions of crime are often formed by stories in the media. It is natural for those who tell the stories to focus on the most sensational and this can lead to the public having an unbalanced view of what is actually occurring in the areas they live. A murder, for example, can dominate the TV and newspapers for days on end and create unease for anyone hearing the story. It is bad news that sells and this can really capture the public’s imagination and live long in the memory. Brighton itself is synonymous with some of the most infamous crimes the country has seen – the 1934 Trunk murders, the 1986 Babes in the Wood killings and the Grand Hotel bombing immediately spring to mind. Even in the world of fiction – whether it be Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock or Peter James’ latest excellent crime thriller – Brighton is often associated with the darker side of life. The Argus’ recent nostalgic look at its 130 year existence highlighted the fact that many of the crimes they report on today were also making news a century ago; drunkenness on a bank holiday, a policeman having his tooth punched out, neighbours fighting in the street – not much has changed over the years! Populations have increased of course – an additional 125,000 live in Brighton & Hove compared to the late 1800’s – but one wonders whether the crime rate has increased at a similar rate? The lack of any accurate crime recording over much of this period would make this an impossible question to answer but the last decade has seen an enormous change in this. The National Crime Recording Standards regulated practices across the UK, meaning that all police forces record crimes in the same way and reflecting far more accurately what is occurring being reported to us. This has enabled us to build a truer picture of crime rates and trends both nationally and locally. 16 |

So how are we fairing in Brighton & Hove? Well, our last performance year saw an overall crime reduction of 3.1% - meeting our target of 3%. The news is even better when looked at over a longer period. Criminal damage has fallen by 28.7% and violent offences have seen a whopping 42.9% drop since 2004/5. Burglaries have reduced by 47.3% over the last decade and overall crime has seen a huge 25.3% decline over this timeframe – which equates to 8293 fewer victims of crime compared to 2000/01. Ok, I know that this isn’t the stuff which will make headlines in the press, a WH Smiths bestseller or a Hollywood blockbuster – but it hopefully means that you can make the walk to the paper shop with a little less trepidation than you might have before reading this article!

Embrace Theatre together with White Room Theatre presents:

Funny as a Crutch and…

at The Brighthelm Centre, North Road 11th-13th May (19.45) Tickets £9 (£6 concessions)

A brilliant selection of short comedies and the odd drama by New York pressacclaimed Rich Orloff and other great Bite-Size Plays featuring some terrific actors with disabilities - poking some gentle fun at how the world sometimes sees its disabled citizens. “Funny as a Crutch packs in about a dozen laughs per square foot, and raises your consciousness...” NYTheatre

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Oriental Palace Occupied by King-Emperor’ s Oriental Troops History Notes By M Blanc

I have tried to think when I last visited the Royal Pavilion. I suppose my first visit was in the 1980s when we came to live in Brighton and then again in the 1990s when our children were small. In those intervening years nothing much had changed. The glittering chandeliers, sumptuous furnishings and exotic decoration were all still there, but nothing new appeared to have been added and I guess that is why I have not ventured back. Now there is a reason, a new permanent exhibition has just opened, charting a fascinating chapter in palace’s history. The Royal Pavilion as an Indian Military Hospital is, in truth, a fairly modest display, but it covers a really big subject. It tells the story of the thousands of Indian and Gurkha soldiers who arrived in France in the Autumn of 1914, unprepared and illequipped for the climate, injured in the defensive lines of the Western Front, brought to Brighton for medical treatment and how they were treated by the government, the town and the local people. “Generations of Brightonians yet unborn will marvel in reading of these days”. (Sussex Daily News, 23 November 1914.) Brighton had the greatest concentration of Indian military hospitals in the country, established in what had been the workhouse, renamed the Kitchener Indian Hospital (now Brighton General Hospital); the York Place and Pelham Street Schools; and the Royal Pavilion including the Dome and Corn Exchange. In December 1914, when the ambulance trains brought the first injured soldiers to Brighton, local 18 |

people turned out to cheer them and, no doubt, wonder at such a strange sight. The care taken in converting the three buildings on the Royal Pavilion estate into a military hospital for Indian soldiers, the majority of which were illiterate, agricultural workers from the rural north of Indian, is really quite surprising. Indeed, the soldiers themselves were amazed at being cared for in such grand surroundings. In 1915, a patient wrote to a friend back in India: “Our hospital is in the place where the King used to have his throne. The men in the hospital are tended like flowers.” In the Royal Pavilion the Banqueting Room and Music Room were transformed into wards and the Great Kitchen was used as an operating theatre. Separate water supplies were provided for Hindus and Muslims; there were segregated bathhouses and latrines and an amazing nine kitchens for Muslins, meat-eating Hindus and vegetarians, each with their own cooks. Orderlies from their own caste or religion cared for the wounded and the socalled “untouchables” were provided with a special building on the eastern lawn. The reason why such scrupulous attention was given to caste sensitivities was entirely political and coincided with Turkey entering the war. The Government needed to ensure, for the future security of the British Raj in India, that the Indian Army remained loyal to George V, both King and Emperor of India. To do this they needed to counter accusations made by the German propaganda

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Short Tall Stories..........for reading and listening together. curious stories for imaginative minds

My life so far… by Laura Darling.

Once upon a time I was a pirate. Well, that’s how fairy stories start, isn’t it? But I have to say, although the events of my life so far are really very strange, there haven’t been any fairies involved. Yet. So, I became a pirate when I was quite young, about eleven. The crew of the Black Snake needed someone to scrub the decks and fetch the maggoty biscuits, just around the same time that I was thinking I might fancy a life at sea. Once I’d got over the sea sickness I had a pretty good time; climbing up the rigging, looking out from the crow’s nest, hoisting the main sail. I even had my own parrot. But one day, as we docked the ship for supplies and the pirate crew skulked off into the port to do whatever it is pirates do on shore whilst not getting caught, I met some men on horseback carrying long spears and shields and wearing heavy helmets that glinted in the sun. I like the look of those, thought I, and hopped onto the back of a horse and joined them. So it was that I became a knight and an extremely good jouster. I won competitions all across France and Spain and everyone recognised me. In the end, though, the attention and cheering and all those giggling princesses got too much, and I ran off and survived on my own for a couple of years in the forest with only a tame grizzly bear for company. A passing circus rescued me and the bear and we became their star act; me eating fire and the bear juggling. Well, that’s nearly it. I decided to back to school for a bit, but I am on the look-out for a new career, so if anyone needs a dragontamer, or a stick-fighter, or a racing car driver, let me know. I have my own bear, but sadly the parrot is no more.

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1 Squanders and lowers one of Vera’s expectations after the war (4-3) 5 Terrible lumbago after graduate removed pile of hard snow (5) 8 Loaned pigeons out for retirement income (3-3,7) 9 Neither partner could be a starter for Easter (3) 10 D idn’t bale out for a risky confrontation (5,4) 12 S tandard hue (6) 13 H alf-baked theologian gets nose bloodied boxing (6) 15 I ncomparable situation of a soccer club with no pitch (9) 16 7 5% of the French lived getting just 5 francs ... (3) 18 ... as a rule in 1793-94 (5,2,6) 20 S ir Gawain, perhaps, beheaded before the break of dawn (5) 21 W hat comes from giving a PC power in an office full of wimps? (7)

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Holy Mackerel III & Brighton Mackerel Fayre 2010 Holy Mackerel III is the third annual exhibition celebrating Mackerel. It is curated by Hannah Carding and Anna Deamer who are showing their work alongside five other artists; Angela Evans (ceramics), Nick Patchitt (screen prints), Grant Rogers (drawings), Pere Joseph Villez (photographs) and Chris Webster (mixed media). This unique and idiosyncratic show in honour of much loved Mackerel runs from 6th - 18th May in Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery. Holy Mackerel is held in conjunction with Brighton Mackerel Fayre; both free, council-funded events. The Fayre is staged on the third Sunday in May, traditionally the start of the Mackerel Fishing Season. This custom dates to the Middle Ages although First World War turmoil resulted in sporadic Fayres until ten years ago when it was re-established as an annual celebration. The Fayre begins at noon on Sunday 16th May 2010 with the Blessing of the Nets by the Mayor of Brighton. This is followed by music from the Salvation Army, Samba Band and guests and is accompanied by a barbecue. On the third Sunday in May Brighton Fishing Quarter is a lively, music, food-filled place. The Fayre grows yearly and is now re-established as an important part of Springtime Brighton. “A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.”  ~ Robert Frost Printed 15th May 1957

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Free Talk about Meditation (Maharishi) 7.30pm Novice Bridge - Patcham CC. - Friendly noncompetitive 2pm -5 pm. £1.25 /£2 Aerobics CPC 9:30-10:30am £3 Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. 7pm for 7.15pm Morning Women’s Institute - Patcham Memorial Hall - 4th Wednesday – 10am - Noon

Thursdays

Retired Club - Ascension Church Hall - 2nd Thursday of the month. 2.30pm (Jean 556589) 30 |

Preston Flower Arrangement Society - Patcham CC. 2nd Thurs of Month 2.15pm. Bridge for Beginners Patcham CC – 2pm till 5pm Bridge Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. 7pm for 7.15pm £1.25/£2 Downland Quilters - Patcham CC. - 1st Thursday of the month. 7.30pm. All Saints Church - Holy Communion (said) 10.30am Charity Knitters Club - 2nd Thursday 10am-Noon, Patcham Memorial Hall, Old London Road. Little Pebbles - 9.45 - 11.45am from 12 September. Fountain Centre, Braybon Ave. Cubs 6-8pm (8-101/2 yrs). 6-8pm Scout hut, Vale Avenue Patcham Methodist Hall Toddler Group. 9 - 11.15 term time. £1 adult, 20p child 0-5yrs. Carden Tots CPC under 5’s 9am-3pm

Fridays

Patcham Companions - Patcham CC – Are you 50+ & free on a Friday, 2.30pm? Carden Tots CPC under 5’s 9am-3pm Patcham Table Tennis Club - Patcham CC- 2pm till 5pm £1.00. Turn up. Local Councillors Advice Surgery - 2nd Friday 67pm Patcham CC The Les Paul Big Band-Patcham CC – Last Friday of the month. 8.30 to 11 pm £5.00. Bring drinks & nibbles. Beaver section - ( aged 5 3/4 - 8 yrs), 6-7pm. Scout hut Vale Avenue Trimtastics – Exercise for over-60s. 10-11am rooms 3&4 Patcham CC Patcham Library 1st Friday 11 am Patcham Reading Group. 1st 2-4pm Age Concern drop in Surgery

Saturdays

Embroiderers’ Guild meets 1st Saturday of the Month 2-4.30pm in rooms 3 & 4 Patcham Community Centre. New members welcome. Phone 724856 St Thomas More’s Catholic Church:First Mass 6pm

Sundays

All Saints Church. 08.00 - Holy Communion (said). 10.15 - Morning Worship, 18.00 - Evening Worship (informal), Thursday 10.30 - Holy Communion (said) Patcham Methodist Church 10.30 Morning Worship, including crèche. 6.30 evening worship. The Ascension Church Westdene 8.00 Traditional Communion (First Sunday of the month) 10.30 Sunday Morning Family Service (with children’s groups) St Thomas More’s Catholic Church: .Mass 9am,Mass with Children’s Liturgy 11am. Hollingbury Methodist Church 10.30am.


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