sussex Issue 2. Summer Special 2015
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10 PEOPLE & PLACES 18 FESTIVAL SEASON 22 CANDI STATON
43 HEALTH & FI TNESS
57 FOOD & DRINK
64 JULIE BURCHILL 68 TOWN FOCUS: RYE
73 KIDS & FAMILIES 76 BUSINESS 82 MOTORING 84 SPORT 88 CULTURE
issue 2. summer special 2015 Sam Harrington-Lowe – Managing Editor email@example.com As the managing editor Sam is responsible for the content of all Title publications and works to oversee the development of the brands and support relationships with all partners and clients. Daniel White – Deputy and Digital Editor firstname.lastname@example.org As deputy and digital editor Dan writes feature interviews and articles, edits copy and runs the Title website. Dan is the man for all online queries or contact. Frida Clementz – Design and Business Development email@example.com Frida is the creative force behind Title. Apart from being our head designer, she’s key for business development, working closely with clients to ensure they get the best from their campaigns. Karen Goode – Advertising and Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Karen is your go-to contact for all ad sales and commercial account management, with a keen focus on working with clients to generate excellent ad campaigns through marketing and business development.
Ed’s letter So OK, it’s not very British to blow your own trumpet – or our own trumpets, I should say – but the team here at Title have been just a little bit overwhelmed by the response to our first issue. You guys loved it! And we couldn’t be more thrilled either. It seems our bright and breezy magazine with its colourful design and contemporary content is a hit. We even had someone email us and say, “Thank god, I’ve been waiting for someone to do something like this for ages!” Actually, one of the things that’s been really exciting for us is the level of interaction we’re getting with our readers all over Sussex and beyond – by email and via our extensive social media platforms. We love that; it’s great to hear from people who love what we do, and it’s equally exciting to hear from people who challenge what we do. Our piece about fracking in the last issue generated a few responses from people, both agreeing and disagreeing with our report, and we’ve printed one of the replies on our back page. We believe in the right to reply and we want to hear more. We’re just excited to have a magazine that actually stirs debate and response. Keep ‘em coming.
This issue is a big summer special, from sandals and sexy accessories to healthy eating and summery recipes. We’re in the full swing of the sunny season now, such as it is, and this issue brings with it the joy of summer. Strawberries and cream anyone?
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There’s also a Father’s Day special gift guide, lots more business news – business is big in Sussex – men’s and women’s fashions, motors and gadgets, a spotlight on Rye, bundles of interviews, festivals roundup… all in one beautifully designed little package.
Julie Burchill, Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Emily Dubberley, Danny Cobbs, Caraline Brown, Julia Wright, Marcus Abel, Ollie Moore, Kate Arnold, Elaine Axten, Tonia Buxton, Nick Mosley, Bella Whiteley, Igor Srzic Cartledge, Sebastian Ghaye, Marcio Morais, Ivan Silva, Erika Szostak, Julian Beresford, Matt Ryan Photography & production: Erika Szostak | www.erikaszostak.com Leather, brass & copper jewellery: Cristobal Montero (available from his stall on Kensington Gardens in the North Laine) Taxidermy headdresses: Mind Like Magpie | www.mindlikemagpie.com Beaded top: Primark MUA: Lovisa Fredriksson | www.fredrikssonlovisa.wix.com/lovisaeva Hair: Forde Hair | www.fordehair.design-creation-innovation.com Model: Amy Lynch | The Above & Beyond Group Snakes: East Sussex Reptile & Amphibian Club | www.esras.co.uk Location: Velvet Goldmine Studio | www.velvetgoldminestudio.com Title Sussex Magazine, Hova House, 1 Hova Villas, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3DH Tel: 01273 257037, Email: email@example.com www.titlesussex.co.uk All material in this publication is strictly copyright and all rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The views expressed in Title Sussex Magazine do not necessarily represent the views of Title Media Ltd. The contents of this magazine are believed to be correct at the time of going to press, however, we cannot endorse, and readers should not rely solely upon the accuracy of, any statements or claims contained herein.
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STUFF WE LIKE Right here, right now…
Lovely Norman Cook’s new release is rocking our summer days here at Title Towers as we slave over our computers and try to pretend we’re in Ibiza. This new album features his personal selection of the most seminal dance and electronic floor fillers. Norm said, “Putting together a collection of road-tested tracks I’ve seen devastate audiences around the world was an absolute dream. Digging through my vinyl was surprisingly therapeutic!” Standouts on the release include The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’, The Prodigy’s timeless ‘Out Of Space’ and the late Frankie Knuckles’ momentous ‘Your Love’. Also featured are two of Fatboy Slim’s best-known singles, ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’, alongside his huge remixes of Wildchild’s ‘Renegade Master’, Groove Amada’s ‘I See You Baby’, Beastie Boys’ ‘Body Movin’, X-Press 2’s ‘Lazy’ plus a brand new exclusive mix of Beats International’s 1990 No.1 smash ‘Dub Be Good To Me’. The Fatboy Slim Collection, Sony 4CD/Digital including Exclusive DJ Mix £12.99
Ooh, Gett you…
If you love using Uber but wish there was something similar in Sussex, we’ve got good news for you. Founded in 2010, Gett is the premiere on-demand licensed Hackney Carriages and black cab app that lets you instantly book a ride with your mobile phone. The company has taxis across three continents in 24 cities and is now coming to the Brighton area. With 1,000 new drivers joining Gett each month, the team has been undergoing a huge recruitment drive to find licensed black cab drivers (Hackney Carriage drivers who are licensed directly by the Council). Licensed black cab and hackney carriage drivers interested in signing up to the Gett service can go to the website and sign up in just a few seconds. Users can simply download the app at dl.gett.com/uk/ and you can use the promo code ‘BTN10’ for £10 off your first ride
We do love a nice flower here at Title Towers so we’re a little bit captivated by the ‘Allium Extravaganza’ in bloom at Arundel Castle. The beautiful purple display stretches across the gardens, around the rill pond in the Collector Earl’s Garden and into the Cut Flower Garden. The number of allium varieties has been increased this year, to include ‘Hair’ which has a wispy cobweb type head, ‘Christophii’ with huge flower heads, ‘Gladiator’ with stunning violet-blue flowers and the tallest of them all, ‘Summer Drummer’. One of the largest displays in the country, over 10,000 of the beautiful flowers are on show in the Walled Gardens, and if you’ve never had a look round the crazy grounds of the castle, you really should. It’s not all about alliums. Arundel Castle in West Sussex is one of England’s largest complete and inhabited castles, with 40 acres of truly striking grounds and gardens. Well worth a visit.
Giles Paley-Phillips’ book
We love Giles – and not just because he writes for Title. We love his books too and the new one is just enchanting. The story touches upon a subject rarely dealt with in children’s picture books – loss and bereavement – in the most beautiful and positive way. Little Bell loves the Moon and the Moon loves Little Bell. Every night the Moon takes Little Bell’s hand and together they cross the oceans and the mountains on their adventures. Little Bell grows old and frail but one last flight with the Moon makes something very special happen to Little Bell. A wonderful rhyming tale of a little girl, who grows up, gets old and turns into a bright star in the sky. Available in bookstores and Amazon Hardback £10.99
STUFF TO DO SeaS the day
If sailing is your thing, get to this year’s Panerai British Classic Week at Cowes Yacht Haven. Now in its 14th year, this glamorous, exciting regatta expects the number of international visitors to boom this year, with yachts from around the globe making their way to the Solent.
If there’s anything that shouts ‘crazy British people’ more loudly than Basil Fawlty, it’s the International Birdman of Bognor event. For those of you who don’t already know, this is the annual event where brave challengers try their best to build some sort of flying craft and take to the air from the end of the pier. Furthest one’s a winner, or something. There’s three classes – the one where people generally dress up like lunatics and fully expect to fall from the end without flying at all, a middle class where there is possibly some sort of distance in the air before disaster, and finally the serious ones in what can only be described as converted hang gliders, who actually manage to fly a bit. Apart from being huge larks and a very silly day out, lots of money is raised for charity. So get involved.
18–25 July 2015
Photos: International Bognor Birdman
Buy the new Peter JameS
Here at Title Towers we love Peter James. Not only is he one of the fastest and most successful writers in the West, he’s also a top bloke all round and we’re delighted to see his latest book – You Are Dead – steaming in straight at No1 in the hardback fiction charts. Following a packed launch event at Brighton Racecourse, where Peter signed copies of the new book and thanked everyone for their support (and we actually got to meet Dave Gaylor, the real cop who is the inspiration for Peter’s Roy Grace!), we also learned that at long last it seems like the fictional detective is destined to appear on our screens. Keep your eyes and ears open for more news to follow about this!
£20 from good bookstores
The evening social programme is packed, from the Welcome Reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron to the Prize Giving Dinner at Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre, via the traditional “Open Yachts” Pontoon Party.
Panerai British Classic Week -
Bognor Birdman - 18 and 19 July 2015
You Are Dead by Peter James
The regatta is open to classic and vintage yachts and forms part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Series. Racing is once again being organised by Royal Yacht Squadron Racing and will feature a seven race series plus the special Around the Island race. The ever-popular Ladies Race will be held on Wednesday 22 July and the regatta will conclude with the Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron and Cowes Green on Saturday 25 July.
the need for SPeed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is in our diaries already and will be held on 25-28 June 2015. As usual, the event will open with the Moving Motor Show on Thursday, 25 June. Alongside the overall theme of ‘Fast and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’, the event will also pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of two sensational victories; Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson’s triumph on the 1955 Mille Miglia, and the first post-war grand prix win for an all-British line-up; Tony Brooks in a Connaught at Syracuse. Sports car legend Derek Bell will be honoured as 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the first of his five Le Mans 24 Hours wins, which came behind the wheel of a Mirage-Ford. It’s a veritable British motoring fiesta. The Revival will also pay tribute to the legendary driver, engineer and racing car constructor, Bruce McLaren, with a special parade of vehicles associated with his career. Tickets and hospitality packages www.goodwood.com
STUFF WE COVET l
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Nigel Farage pants £15 from www.brilliantlybritish.com
Dear Dad Journal Dear Dad is a book full of pages with wonderful questions that are designed to inspire every father to tell his personal story. £12.50 from the Great Gift Company
Gentleman’s Hip Flask 6oz £8.95 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com
Mr Natty Hirsuite Rogue Care Package £38 from Urban Outfitters, Churchill Square Brighton
The 6 in 1 Multi-Charger £24.95 from www.geniegadgets.com
The Exceptional Expandable XHose From £19.99
Penhaligons Endymion Shaving Cream £23.00 from Amara
Men’s Trilby £19.95 from White Stuff Ninja Garden Gnome £19.99 from www.iwantoneofthose.com
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Special guests of children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House attended an exclusive polo event at the ‘Home of British Polo’
Chestnut Tree House patron Ambrose and Pauline Harcourt with Juliette Macpherson
WHERE Cowdray Park Polo Club, Midhurst WHEN Saturday 16 May 2015 WHY Over £20,000 was raised for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice on the day Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE LOVED The Penny Farthing polo match between England and Scotland
Cool jazz from The Polo 4
WHAT WE DRANK It was Pimm’s o’clock for the Title Team
The St. Regis International polo match between England and The Americas
Hospitality from Jade
Glen Rankin and the Incorpore group
Penny Farthing polo 10
Paul and Selena Bailey of Horsepower Racing www.titlesussex.co.uk
Reflecting Georgie Mayhew
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Press, VIPs and distinguished guests gathered for the launch of ‘You Are Dead’ the new book by best-selling author Peter James
Peter James with fiancé Lara Loveys, High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex Juliet Smith and Denise Patterson and consorts Martin Smith and Barry Prescott
WHERE Brighton Racecourse WHEN Thursday 21 May 2015 WHY Peter James signed books, talked to guests and gave a bit of a speech as he celebrated the launch of his book to the public Photos: Graham Franks Charles and Melissa Draycott
DJ Mike Read with Barbara Mishon
WHAT WE LOVED The Peter James-themed sticks of rock WHAT WE ATE Sticky candyfloss made right in front of us WHAT WE TOOK HOME Signed copies of the book of course!
Paul Ballantine, Sam Harrington-Lowe, Julie Burchill and Karl Henry
Mike and Jennifer Mendoza Candy Floss for Jamie Clark and Julia Peckham www.titlesussex.co.uk
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT VIPs and flower arrangers from across the county attended a celebratory Champaign afternoon tea WHERE Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex WHEN Tuesday 9 June 2015 WHY The Chichester Festival of Flowers announced the theme of 2016’s festival as ‘The Artist’s Palette’, along with its Patron, Mr Tim Wonnacott, and the 2016 festival flower, the specially developed ‘Heaven Scent’. Photos: Graham Franks
In the Cathedral Garden patron Tim Wonnacott, Television Presenter Bargain Hunt, Antiques Roadshow and Fine Arts expert
WHAT WE ATE A very gooey and delicious chocolate cake
Jane Elliott with a very squidgy chocolate cake
WHAT WE DRANK It was just tea for us today
Hilary Tupper, Flower Festival Chairman with Vice Chairman Jose Pound and Festival Designer Christine Evans
Super hospitality from Siggy Rutherford, Ellie Coleman and their volunteers
Spreading the word, Jane Field and Rhona Scott
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Pressleys celebrated the launch of their new Pandora store in Worthing by transforming the shop with pink satin ribbon WHERE Pandora Worthing, Montague Street WHEN Saturday 6 June 2015 WHY Customers enjoyed refreshments as they had the chance to win a number of Pandora gifts
Pandora Store owner Jonathan Pressley with Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing Michael Donin and Linda Williams
Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE DRANK A rather tasty pink lemonade WHAT WE LOVED We adored the Pandora-themed cupcakes
Jo and Alan Peters with Hannah Charles
Pandora cupcakes for Phoebe Collins
Manager Paegan Beach and Assistant Manager Nadine French
Pandora Store owner Jonathan Pressley with his team
Jewellery Tower for Hannah Jones, Pandora Area Manager
12-year-old birthday girl Lily with her Pandora present courtesy of Mum Sharna Moore www.titlesussex.co.uk
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Should you wish to put yourself in the picture, Sussex boasts erotic photographers galore
Emily Dubberley explores the erotic art of Sussex “Is it art or is it porn?” The debate has raged since the first Neanderthal scrawled an anatomically-correct cave-painting on a cave wall. My thoughts turned to erotic art after Sue-Kim Steele Green asked me to take part in Art Bar at The Foragers, Hove, late in May. Her sensual illustrations reminded me of quite how much erotic art is on offer across Sussex, if you know where to look – and it’s far from a new trend. Aubrey Beardsley is perhaps Sussex’s most famous erotic artist, depicting iconic figures including Salome, most known for her Dance of the Seven Veils; and Lysistrata, who ended a war by asking women to go on sex strike until their lovers negotiated peace. His distinctive monochrome illustrations still influence many erotic artists today. And Eric Gill may be best-known for his font, Gill Sans, but he was also an erotic artist, who lived in both Preston Park and Ditchling. He created erotic wood-prints featuring, among other things, male and female angels engaged in sex acts (halos and all), Jesus ‘rising again’ and, in a separate image, called Nuptials of God, having sex on the cross. He also kept detailed notes of every sex act he engaged in, both alone and with men and women. A 1989 biography highlighted a more chilling side to his sexuality: in his diaries, he admitted to abusing his eldest daughters and committing incest with his sister, as well as engaging in sex acts with his dog – raising the question of whether the art can be separated from the artist. It also attracted protests from Catholics offended that his art features in Westminster Cathedral when the information first came to public attention.
blown in neon glass, from fallen angels to slogans such as ‘No boundaries, no regrets’ and ‘Dirty and Sweet’. The local artist has also attracted international acclaim, working with the Amy Winehouse Foundation and being featured in Vogue. Should you wish to put yourself in the picture, Sussex boasts erotic photographers galore. Bognor-based NortybutNice (www.nortybutnice.co.uk) offers boudoir photography, complete with optional makeovers, as does Eastbourne-based Jane Allen (www.janeallanphotography.com). If your tastes are a little more ‘50 Shades’, Dream Visions (www.dream-visions. co.uk) on the Surrey/West Sussex border near Gatwick has a space to help you capture your ultimate acquiescence (or domination) for posterity. The space is also available to hire in its own right at £30 per hour, and includes a St Andrew’s cross, cage, gym horse and stocks along with floggers, crops, canes and paddles! So is it art or is it porn? “I know it when I see it,” was the infamously sloppy definition Justice Potter Stewart gave. And Sussex certainly gives you an opportunity to judge for yourself. Twitter: @Cliterati1
Brighton’s erotic art gallery, Impure, vanished from the scene a while back, though not before showcasing Jamie McCartney’s ‘Great Wall of Vagina’, featuring 400 plaster casts of women’s nether regions. The sculpture has subsequently gone on to tour the world. And he’s far from the only contemporary erotic artist in Sussex. Michelle Mildenhall is a pioneer of the ‘latex art’ genre. Her fun pieces take a playfully sexy view of the world, with latex queens (of the Elizabeth rather than St James’s St variety), subverted branding (Diet Cock Break, anyone?) and a peek behind the curtain of the fetish world. From her East Sussex beginnings, her work has subsequently featured in galleries in London, San Francisco and beyond. Venturing into West Sussex, Worthing-based artist, Darren West (neonartist.co.uk), offers witty and provocative pieces
Illustration: Sue-Kim Steele Green
Marcus TiTle ColumnisT
The Aspirational Luddite
ou’ve completely drowned this gin, darling,” I shout up the stairs, “again,” I mumble under my breath. One needs the perfect G&T after a hard day’s graft to truly relax. The good lady has just popped upstairs for her own relaxation; she’s currently practising this latest new-fangled technique called ‘Mindfulness’. Apparently it helps people deal with the stress of earning far too much money. ‘Quiet-time’ I call it. Today we had a satellite dish erected by two wide-eyed youngsters. It’s made a right mess of our mock Tudor façade. I did ask whether they could at least do one in teak, but it appears nobody’s come up with that yet. “Progress still needs aesthetics.” I said to the lads. “You’ll have 25 HD channels with this baby.” one of them chirped. The other then remarked on how they only had 20 minutes til the next appointment. Still, I should now have access to hundreds of channels. Previously I never went beyond number 4. I always suspected that Channel 5 was a little bawdy for me. Now, I’ve been told, I must embrace the digital world. Having re-aligned my gin and feeling adventurous I set out to flick through every channel. I’m at least au fait with the channel up/down button. I’m quickly through the first thirty barely dwelling for more than a few seconds – all programmes I’d seen before. Indeed, some channels are showing the same programme but an hour in the future or the past – I’m not quite sure. We used to have video tapes so we could watch the
same thing again, only at a different time or place. Annoyingly when one channel shows adverts they all seem to show them – there’s simply no escape. I’ve never really watched much commercial television, rather leaves oneself feeling a little sullied. Now these are all just music channels I’m into. I’d fire up the gramophone or turn on the radio if I wanted music. “Darling, how much are we paying for this? There’s barely anything on.” I shout. “NETFLIX” she shrieks back. There’s surely no need for that kind of language. Particularly as the TV is now awash with God squadders – shoving people to the ground, showing their bright godlike teeth and asking for hard cash. Here’s nature, food, cars, now endless shopping channels – jewellery, paperfolding sets, watches... I’ve been at this for an hour. I could have learnt a great deal about thermodynamics, motorneurons or the ‘Battle of Crecy’ if I could only have found the Open University – like you could in 1978. “My word.” I announce. Now there’s a semi-clad big bosomed lady desperately trying to sell cordless phones. I hear a footstep on a stair. I turn over. There’s more, evermore naked phone sellers. “What’s this?” my wife forcibly enquires. “Ahh, shopping channel dear. Did you enjoy your quiet time?” I splutter, wiping away the spittle from my jowl with the remote. “I’m going back upstairs.” She brusquely retorts. I belatedly find the off button and retire to the study. That’s enough of the digital world. I’ll just stick to the BBC on the wireless, they’ve got a world service you know.
Photo: Noelle Douglas
The TV is now awash with God squadders – shoving people to the ground, showing their bright god-like teeth and asking for hard cash
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Brighton Early Music Festival
FAMILY Chichester Festival April-October The festival welcomes around 300,000 visitors annually with a programme of plays, musicals, talks, events and more. www.cft.org.uk Arundel Festival 22-31 August The historic town of Arundel opens its doors every August for an outstanding mix of arts and entertainment. www.arundelfestival.co.uk Lammas Festival 25-26 July This two-day festival of music and Morris dancing also celebrates the ritual of Lammas Harvest. www.lammasfest.org Bluebell Railway Festival July 25-9 August For the kids there’s donkey rides, sandcastle competitions and ice cream while the offer for adults includes jazz, ales, tours and much more at this festival for everyone. www.bluebellrailway.com/east-grinstead-festival England’s Medieval Festival 29-31 August Britain’s largest celebration of the Middle Ages is held at the 15th century Herstmonceux Castle. www.englandsmedievalfestival.com Chilled in a Field Festival July 31-2 August Relax, unwind and make new friends with a backdrop of creative, sociable activities, great music and home 18
In Sussex the summer can sometimes be fleeting but one thing it isn’t is uneventful. So to ensure you don’t miss a beat during the sunny months we’ve gathered every festival in Sussex in one place, from music to motors, and from families and food and drink, as well as all the rest
cooked food as you play all day and dance all night. www.chilledinafieldfestival.co.uk Firle Dog Festival 30 August As well as offering food, drink, trade and craft stands for visitors, the festivals offers the chance for your dog to try racing, showing and agility. www.firleplaceevent.co.uk Brighton Kite Festival 11-12 July A whole range of shapes, sizes and colours will be on display at Stanmer Park during the 37th Brighton Kite Festival. www.brightonkiteflyers.co.uk
Chilled in a Field Festival
MUSIC Love Supreme Jazz Festival 3-5 July Three days of jazz, soul and blues take place across four stages in the tranquil setting of Glynde Place. www.lovesupremefestival.com Shakedown Festival 15 August Held at Waterhall in Brighton, this is the definitive electronic music festival on the south coast. www.shakedown.co.uk Glyndebourne Festival May 21-31 August Combining elegant dining with incredible opera, Glyndebourne this year features a jam-packed four month programme. www.glyndebourne.com
FESTIVALS Rottingdean Jazz Festival March-November Every year various locations and venues around the village play host to a range of music and art events. www.rottingdeanarts.org.uk Blues on the Farm Festival 18-21 June Voted ‘Best British Blues Festival’ in the 2010 British Blues Awards, BOTF is known for its high quality music in a safe and relaxed environment. www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk Forgotten Fields Festival 7-9 August This brand new intimate festival will take place in Eridge Park for just 4,000 party goers with a line up of emerging and established talent. www.forgottenfields.co.uk Big Green Cardigan Festival 4-6 September Great artists, real beer sensibly priced, home cooked food, no queues and no kids are the highlights of this festival with an end of summer vibe. www.biggreencardigan.com Lewes Live Festival 10-11 July This two-day music festival in Lewes offers something for everyone, from rock and folk to ska and blues, as well as a great selection of beers and ales. www.leweslive.com
Southdown Folk Festival 25-27 September Based in Bognor Regis, the festival offers a range of music, workshops, sessions and other attractions from The Regis Centre and Hotham Park. www.southdownsfolkfest.co.uk Boomerang Hickstead Festival 12-13 September Jessie J, The Vamps and Simple Minds headline this new festival at Hickstead Arena that also features food, bars and alternative entertainment. www.boomeranghickstead.com Brighton Early Music Festival October 23 – 8 November Exploring the connections between classical, folk and world music from the Middle Ages until the 19th century, BREMF’s theme this year is Women. www.bremf.org.uk
Big Green Cardigan Festival
Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival 27-31 August Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the historical town of Rye plays host to a festival that is boutique by design, offering variety and intimacy. www.ryejazz.com
Battle Arts & Music Festival October Performances by internationally renowned musician, visual arts exhibitions and fringe events are to follow 2014’s inaugural event. www.battlefestival.co.uk
Eastbourne Airbourne 13-16 August A thrilling line up includes military fast jets, helicopters, parachutes and incredible displays from aerobatics teams, including the Red Arrows. www.visiteastbourne.com/airbourne
Mammothfest August The only rock and metal festival in the south east will be bringing the best up and coming talent alongside some of the biggest bands in the world to Sussex this summer. www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk
Shoreham Airshow 22-23 August The best UK and European display acts perform at the annual airshow which is held to support the Royal Air Force Association. www.shorehamairshow.co.uk
Together the People 5-6 September A brand new festival celebrating music, food, community, film and arts within the city of Brighton. www.togetherthepeople.co.uk
Music Mania Scooter Weekend 24-26 July A celebration of scooters and mods held at Worthing Rugby Club in Anmering featuring entertainment, scooters, camping and more. www.musicmaniaevents.co.uk
Blues on the Farm Festival
FESTIVALS Goodwood Festival of Speed 25-28 June The largest motoring garden party in the world, this unique weekend brings together cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ in the grounds of Goodwood House. www.goodwood.com/ festivalofspeed
SPORT Aegon Eastbourne International 20-27 June Some of tennis’ biggest WTA stars will be on show as they battle it out at Devonshire Park ahead of the Wimbledon Grand Slam. www.lta.org. uk/Aegon-International-Eastbourne Paddle Round the Pier 4-5 July The world’s biggest free beach and watersports festival sees 55,000 visitors descend on Hove Lawns for a host of exhibitions, retail, performances and world class races on the water. www.paddleroundthepier.com Eastbourne Cycling Festival 13-14 June The Western Lawns on Eastbourne’s seafront will play host to the 2015 event showcasing a range of cycling and sports activities. www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com Sussex Triathlon Festival 6 September A stunning course and a true test for every athelete, the Sussex Triathlon Festival now enters its fifth year, set in the stunning grounds of Ashburnham Place. www.sussextriathlon.co.uk TAKEPART Festival June 20 – 5 July Working with over 100 sports clubs and activity providers, the festival provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in sport and physical activity. www.brighton-hove.gov.uk Eastbourne Extreme 18-19 July Kick off the summer holidays on Eastbourne seafront at one of Sussex’s most intense free sports festivals with a line up of air, land and water based outdoor activities. www.visiteastbourne.com/extreme 20
The Sussex Country Show 20-21 June A family-friendly weekend delivering traditional field sports displays and a host of have-a-goactivities in the beautiful grounds of Parham Park. www.sussexcountryshow.co.uk Worthing International Birdman 15-16 August A flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer with a £10,000 prize for a birdman that can achieve over a 100-metre distance. www.worthingbirdman.co.uk
The South of England Show 11-13 June Animals, countryside, shopping, food and drink, entertainment and Titan the Robot are all available at the South of England Show. www.seas.org.uk/southof-england-show Worthing Food & Drink Festival 4-5 July As well as food demos, markets and entertainment, the food festival will be joined by celebrity chefs Jean-Christoff Novelli and Rosemary Shrager. www.visitworthing.co.uk/whats-on/ food-and-drink-festival
GARDENS & NATURE National Garden Scheme Festival 6-7 June The country’s biggest celebration of garden visiting this year will see 400 gardens across England and Wales open their gates to the public for charity. www.ngs.org.uk
FOOD & DRINK
Paddle Round the Pier
Ashdown Forest Food & Plant Festival 13-14 June BBC Masterchef winner Peter Bayless will be offering free cookery demonstrations alongside food stalls, a BBQ and much more. www.perryhillorchards.co.uk Chili Fiesta 7-9 August One of the UK’s largest chilli events, this three-day family-friendly festival includes entertainment, fireworks and plenty of chilli. www.westdean. org.uk/Events/Outdoorevents/ ChilliFiesta Wild Boar Week October 24 – 1 November For one week the Rye restaurants showcase an array of gamey treats including Mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit and venison. www.wildboar.org.uk
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“I’M A SURVIVOR” Legendary soul singer Candi Staton will visit Sussex in July when she plays the Love Supreme Jazz Festival overcoming a story of pain and deceit, as Daniel White discovers…
“What’s the sense in sharing this one and only life, ending up just another lost and lonely wife. You’ll count up the years and they will be filled with tears.”
hese opening lyrics from Candi Staton’s 1976 single Young Hearts Run Free offer a glimpse into the troubles that her heart-rending voice has illustrated over the years. Born in Hanceville, Alabama, which Staton describes is, “as country as country can get,” she was bought up by her deeply religious mother and an alcoholic father. And when the opportunity first arose to begin singing for an audience, it was not her family that pushed her, “my mother actually discouraged me, she didn’t want me to do this,” Staton explains. She soon found a way into music through the gospel scene and after touring as part of the Jewell Gospel Trio alongside Sam Cooke, she wed for the first time at 18, to Joe Williams. “I got married and I had my first four kids and it just didn’t work,” she confesses. “I left him because he was extremely jealous and he was abusive. So I got divorced and I had four kids to raise alone; I was desperate.” That desperation led her into the soul industry as she began singing in local clubs to pay the bills and it was here she met her second husband, the blues musician, Clarence Carter. “I opened for Clarence in Birmingham, Alabama and he called Rick Hall right away saying ‘man I think I’ve found your girl singer’ and the rest is history.” At the time, producer Rick Hall was working with the likes of Etta James and Otis Redding and it was with him that Staton’s voice was worked into the rasping, pain-inflicted force that blasted out her first single I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart, selling 750,000 records in just a few weeks. She then split from Carter in 1973 after finding out he was having an affair but, despite making a fresh start on the Chitlin circuit, she soon found herself in another abusive relationship with her third husband, Jimmy James, a situation she says, “was really not a relationship”. She explains, “I wasn’t really married to him, he was like a dictator in my life. He was a con-man. He got other con-people to make a wedding, the license was never registered and he drugged me. I don’t even remember getting married to him.” And it was James that inspired the lyrics to her famous breakthrough, Young Hearts Run Free. At the time Staton herself was struggling with alcohol issues as, “you had to be drunk and out of your mind to stay with him”. The relationship was short lived, though, “I allowed everything to get turned off and I starved him out of my life.” The smash hit Young Hearts Run Free hit number one in the R&B chart and introduced Staton into the world of disco and, just as her music was going through
a transition, so to was her personal life as the break from James allowed her to become a star. She reminisces, “I was always with the beautiful people, at the nice places, with the great dressing rooms and I would be dressed up and everybody would be looking like a star on the dance floor and I was in heaven. I loved every minute of it.” But just as soon as her career had moved in one direction had it swung to another. She sobered up and quit the world of secular music, returning to gospel for her fourth husband, John Sussewell. However, after a 17year marriage things became all too familiar for Staton as, “he just got lazy and he went back to drugs he did something that I won’t allow, and that means he got physical, so I left and I gave him that house and that’s how I left John Sussewell.” Thing went from bad to worse though following their split as the church turned their back on her. “During that time in the church, when you got divorced, it’s like they can forgive you for murder quicker than they can for divorce.” After being shunned by the church it was The Source’s 1991 remix of You’ve Got The Love that changed her direction forever. 24
“After (the divorce) I was like, you know what, screw all you people, I’m going to do what I have to do and doors began to open again in the UK and Europe. You’ve Got The Love led me back into secular music and that’s why I love the UK so much because you opened your hearts to me, you opened your doors to me, you appreciate my music. That’s why I still come over; you were my life saver.” She will be back in the UK in July as she descends on Sussex’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival and she couldn’t be more pleased to return, “Oh my goodness I can’t wait, it’s exciting,” she beams. “I love doing festivals in the UK, they’re so uplifting, you get some audiences, they just sit there and look at you but not the UK, they get all into it and I love doing it.” Divorce number five came after a short-lived marriage to former baseball star Otis Nixon, and stories from the relationship and all her other heartbreaks down the years are in between the lines of her 2014 album Life Happens and, after a long, often painful, journey she now knows who to count on. “I have some regrets but not a lot,” she reflects. “I don’t think I would be the strong woman that I am today www.titlesussex.co.uk
had I not gone through some of the things I’ve gone through; it made me strong, I didn’t wither under pressure, I got stronger under pressure and I’ve never lost my will power to survive. I’m a survivor.”
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A GRAND AFFAIR It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. Frida Clementz and Sam Harrington-Lowe were first in to try The Grand Brighton’s new spa products and treatments… Anyone who has been to the spa at The Grand Hotel Brighton will know how big the venue is inside – but newcomers will be surprised. Its labyrinthine twists and turns take you through changing rooms, into the enormous relaxation suite with its sofas and beds, and round the thermal suite. It’s easy to feel like Alice as you explore. The changing rooms are decorated in light colours and after changing into a comfy robe and slippers, we were shown around the spa and introduced to the new product line, the Natural Spa Factory. The relaxing areas are luxurious and grand; lovely wallpaper, lighting, drapes, sofas and beds. It’s easy to hang out here for a while with a glass of bubbly, relaxing and reading one of the magazines supplied. Then you’re gently woken up from your daydreaming by the lovely therapist and taken for your treatment. The treatment rooms follow the same mood as the rest of the spa; comfortable, leisurely and just a little luxurious. We tried a couple of treatments…
Sometimes after facials I feel like I want to just go and wash my face straight afterwards, but not this time
Sam – ‘A Dip in the Sea’ (65 minutes) £90
Frida - the Illuminating Facial (60 minutes) £80
This starts off with an indulgent foot scrub. I was also asked what kind of massage I would like during the face mask and I choose my feet as it’s one of my favourite types. The products used during the facial all felt very refreshing and had a soft but uplifting sensation. The face mask felt cooling and a bit like jelly, and while that was working on my face I received such a lovely foot massage that it made me decide on the spot that I would come back for that alone. After my treatment my skin felt truly illuminated, and honestly looked really radiant.
This is a really excellent experience for anyone planning a night out later, or who likes a bit of pampering but doesn’t want to spend hours lying down. The facial is lovely – cleanse, scrub, mask, moisturising massage – and the products smell and feel really light and fresh. Sometimes after facials I feel like I want to just go and wash my face straight afterwards, but not this time. I then had both a pedicure and a manicure – ah, the heaven of the pedicure, it’s one of my favourite things ever! And I left with pretty fingers and toes! A lovely treatment. As a day spa experience this is actually the perfect destresser that won’t take up your whole weekend. Just being in the spa feels like a treat and next time we decided we’d stay longer and enjoy lunch there too!
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Beautiful Bronzing It’s summer and a great time for flaunting that sun-kissed look. But whether you’re a sun worshipper or a great faker, make sure you do the job properly
TIPS FOR FAKING IT Pick the right colour You might think you want that really deep brown colour but if you don’t pick the right tone for your skin, you’re just gonna look weird. Think about the colour you go when you get a real tan and aim for that. Preparation If you don’t prepare your skin for application properly you’ll end up with streaks and patches all over the shop. Give your skin a good exfoliating scrub, a nice close shave, and wash and moisturize really well, paying attention to your elbows and knees. Let that all sink in for a bit before going anywhere near it with fake tan. Line those edges Applying Vaseline to areas like your lips, hairline and eyebrows will prevent the colour from seeping in and give you a more natural look. Sunkissed Instant Tanning Gel £4.99 Wash off formula for quick fix colour boost rather than a fake tan.
Glove up! Really. Orange palms are just not a good look. Give it a blow Use a hairdryer to speed up the process and dry that tan. Whilst it’s drying, about 20 minutes after application, give it a buff with a mitt or flannel to even out the tone. Wear something black and loose Stop your clothes getting a tan too. And avoid anything that rubs your skin.
Clinique Sculptionary Pallet in Nude £28 For a bit of glam shimmer and contouring colour.
For that lift of colour as you walk out the door, you can’t beat a brush-on Benefit Hoola £23.50 The best-selling bronzing powder. It’s a soft matte, suitable for all skin tones.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body £26 We like this because you mix it with your usual moisturiser and it goes on really evenly.
SUN SEEKERS Pick your moment Don’t spend the whole day lying in the sun. You’ll get dehydrated and burnt, particularly in really hot weather. Try and avoid the really hot times from midday to 4pm. Don’t underestimate It might be obvious to you if you’re lying in stinging heat in Dubai or the Caribbean, but the sun in cooler places can do just as much damage too. And beware the hazy or windy day. Those rays are still hitting your skin. Protect yourself Yes, that means really good sunscreens, but use some common sense too. Get a hat. Cover your shoulders. Don’t forget the tips of your ears.
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Don’t fall asleep in the sun We’ve all done it, right? Try not to.
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Stay hydrated Take breaks, sit in the shade, take a dip in the pool – all these things will keep your temperature down. But top of it all, stay
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LovE yoUR LEgS Nothing makes you feel quite as sassy as smooth, sexy legs. We’ve been looking at ways to get the best result for your pins and can definitely report that the Legology treatment at the Treatment Rooms in Brighton is a very good way to start. As with everything at this lovely place, it’s all about the experience as well as the treatment. You start off with a stimulating body brushing followed by hot and cold stone massage, which is to help create improved lymph flow and circulation and aims to reduce the dreaded cellulite. The treatment uses the famous Air-Lite Leg Cream, developed by beauty journalist and expert Kate Shapland. It contains caffeine and lemon peel extract to
promote energy and wellbeing from your toes up. Personally we’d recommend having a pedicure afterwards to really kick those summer legs into shape. But the treatment is just lovely, and you feel like you’re walking on air afterwards. 55 minutes £75
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We love this time of year, full of heady scents and warm breezes. Take a look at these scent-sational spritzes for men and women this season…
Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron Eau Gormande fragrance £42.50 Inspired by the indulgent aroma of a freshly baked lemon tart in a French patisserie, a warm sugary blend.
Chanel Allure 100ml £96 Chanel is always timeless elegance in a bottle, and we love this musky, vanilla oriental floral. Perfect for summer nights.
Diptyque Florabellio EDT 50ml £58 A floral trail, blurring the perspectives between land and sea, flower and fruit, softness and bitterness.
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne 100ml £82 The essence of modern romance. A voluptuous blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses, with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon.
Angel Eau Sucree 50ml £45 Beautiful summer version of the iconic Angel.
Molton Brown Honeysuckle & White Tea EDT 50ml £39 A sensual fragrance capturing the timeless innocence of white florals with the rare elegance of white tea.
Clinique Happy for Men Cologne Spray 50ml £35 A crisp, citrus blend balanced with the evocative scent of sea air and light wood notes.
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Sothy’s Homme EDT Intense 100ml £55 Fresh and woody harmonies, an amber, musky scent. This is a powerful and sensual expression of masculine elegance. Estee Lauder Azurée 50ml £48 Evokes the sunlit world of the French Riviera and girls basking in the warm Mediterranean sun.
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Get your skates on Jayne Torvill ditched her blades for wheels to join Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride, raising money for charity Action Medical Research. Sam Harrington-Lowe caught up with her as she trained for the event - a little out of breath - to see how she keeps so fit and fast. Jayne Torvill shot to fame in the 80s as one half of supreme skating duo Torvill & Dean. Some of our readers will no doubt be too young to remember their breath-taking performance at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, but their iconic dance to Ravel’s Bolero is forever embedded in the nation’s psyche. For a country that invents sports but then isn’t very good at them, suddenly we had the opportunity to be rightly proud of two ground-breaking sports people who achieved the highest ever score for a single skating piece. Torvill & Dean absolutely tore the roof off. Has that performance defined her life, I wondered. “Well, I guess so. It’s like a special friend that’s been with us for 31 years now, and when we won, it was both exciting and a bit frightening at the same time. We tried to shake up the format, by starting slowly and building to a crescendo, which wasn’t how ice skating was done then, but then once you’ve done that, once you’ve had that sort of success, it’s hard to know where to go with it.” Years of competing in skating competitions and other Olympics has meant that both Jayne and Chris (Dean, her skating partner) always needed to be super-fit, but fast forward a few decades and it’s hard to see much difference in Jayne Torvill’s physique. At 57 she’s a stunning example of what good food and regular exercise can do for you – she seriously looks about 35. Does she exercise every day, I ask her? “Well, mostly. I’ve just come back from France where I haven’t done a great deal,” she laughs, “but most of the time I exercise pretty much every day, so fitness isn’t really an issue, I can take time off. I have a personal trainer who I’ve worked with for five years, three times a week and on the other days I’ll do something that relates to whatever I’m training for at the time. So yes, I tend to be pretty fit. I exercise most days.” The race, which starts and finishes at the East Sussex National Hotel and Golf Course, near Uckfield, offers three route options: the Cool 21-mile route, the more challenging Classic route, which covers 40 miles, and the Champion 68-mile route 48
for experienced riders. Mother of two, who lives in East Sussex, said, “I’ll be tackling the Classic 40-mile route on the day and it looks like it’s going to be a great event. I’ve already been out on the course to see what we can expect and it takes in some fantastic Sussex countryside.” Jayne, who first hopped on her bike when she tackled a duathlon at Bexhill in 2013, said she ran into Davina at the Chelsea Flower Show last month and said how much she was looking forward to it. Dancing on Ice hung up its skates last year, so I wondered what Jayne’s plans were now. “Skating is still my job, so for me to do anything else feels strange. Part of my job is to stay in shape. And I like doing the other challenges, like this bike ride. A friend of mine got me involved with this but I wanted to help – I developed asthma in the 90s, and I know how important medical research is, like that funded by Action Medical Research. I do have a really exciting project in the pipeline, which I just can’t tell you about though. Something Chris and I are working on.” I ask her if it’s a TV or live thing, but she’s not to be drawn. “I can’t say – both I think. It will just have to be a mystery for now! But look out for us later in the year.” To support the charity please go to www.action.org.uk Tweet @actionmedres
Jayne’s Diet Tips We asked her what keeps her fit and healthy… •
I don’t eat red meat – only things with two legs or fish
Fresh fruit every morning with porridge or yoghurt
I don’t mix carbs and proteins, it just ends up being stored as fat
I try and buy organic if I can
I eat fresh as much as possible – basically my rule is I try and buy things that can go off
I bought a Nutribullet the other day and I love that – it’s great for fruit that looks a bit iffy!
When we won, it was both exciting and a bit frightening at the same time. Once you’ve done that, once you’ve had that sort of success, it’s hard to know where to go with it.
We had a delve in Jayne’s fridge and cupboards… • • •
White wine (“i always like to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day!”) fresh milk fresh fruit fresh veg
fresh pasta (“i love bread and pasta. sometimes i forget to eat enough protein.”)
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The last thing you want when you’re about to wear your bikini this summer is to feel uncomfortable or stuffed. Many of us suffer from bloating round the stomach area so what can we do to prevent this? Nutritionist Kate Arnold has some tips.
sTay hydraTed Firstly, making sure you are not constipated is key as this can lead to bloating. Recent research by Dulcolax has found that it’s a problem for 65% of us on holiday but fewer than one in five of us pack a treatment. Drink plenty of water as this can help. Avoid fizzy water, caffeine and sodas that can lead to bloating and spikes in insulin. If you are drinking alcohol try and have water on the table as well. This is a well-known custom in Europe, but we tend to forget about it in the UK! Tackle waTer reTenTion Chew on celery sticks as they can help with fluid retention, particularly common around ‘that’ time of the month. Mint is a great herb for beating bloating so try some iced mint tea or put mint in your water. Avoid fruit juice as it’s usually packed with sugar.
Top Tips LIMIT yoUR sUgAR INTAKE start the day with a protein rich breakfast to stop you snacking and choose fresh fish, vegetables and whole grains. If rice leaves you feeling bloated, try quinoa instead as it’s higher in protein. If you’re going abroad, local fruit and vegetables will be fresh, delicious and a perfect choice! Avoid processed foods high on the glycaemic index (white pasta, white rice, white bread) as these can lead to bloating. Beware of smoothies which can be very high in sugar and grab some whole fruit instead.
Exercise and movement can help a sluggish gut, so get swimming in the sea or the pool, donâ€™t just lie there and look at it!
Focus on Fibre Try to ensure you have enough soluble fibre in your diet as this will keep your bowels regular. Go for apples, pears, avocados, figs, asparagus and apricots. Red peppers are great metabolism boosters and stimulate the digestion. Pineapples are good as they contain bromelain which helps reduce gas. If your digestion is still feeling slow try some psyllium husks. Get movinG Exercise and movement can help a sluggish gut, so get swimming in the sea or the pool, donâ€™t just lie there and look at it! Even gentle walking and yoga can help get that peristalsis working. boost your Good Guys Including live yoghurt in your diet will help boost your good bacteria which can help with bloating and gas and keep your stomach trim and flat. A diet high in dark green leafy vegetables can also help the good bacteria grow.
Kate Arnold is a nutrition consultant based in Eastbourne who specialises in gastrointestinal disorders. Find a range of tips and information for holidaymakers at www.letstalkconstipation.co.uk More details about Kate can be found at www.katearnoldnutrition.co.uk
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A reAl pAin Migraines bring misery to thousands, often for days on end. They’re debilitating, disempowering and just plain awful. Elaine Axten looks at ways to ease that pain…
t’s estimated that there are over half a million regular migraine sufferers in the UK alone. If you think it’s just a bad headache, you’re sorely misinformed. Migraines appear with variable symptoms, including flashing or distorted vision, pain, nausea and/or vomiting, and of course most often, but not always, brain-fogging, life-sucking pain. Kids can get migraines too, which often manifests as a stomach ache. There’s migraine without aura, and migraine with aura. The ‘migraine with aura’ label is also used for some of the rarer forms of migraine, where symptoms such as loss of balance, double vision or fainting can occur. Familial hemiplegic migraine, where reversible paralysis occurs, is also classed as ‘migraine with aura’. Regular sufferers will often know when a migraine is on the way, with a kind of pre-migraine warning, and recovery will often leave them feeling utterly exhausted.
JUST THE ODD ONE?
Anyone can get a migraine, if it’s a one off, don’t sweat it. Take 1000mg of aspirin, drink a coffee, and send someone out for Sumatriptan. If taken early enough this combination can work 54
on a good day, and really the triptans are the real deal. If you take a caffeinebased drink like coffee or Coke you can accelerate the process. Avoid ‘diet’ drinks because aspartame is frequently identified as a migraine trigger.
Some people vomit with a migraine, but even if you don’t, still drink plenty of water, and if you find it hard to stomach (literally) then sip boiled water or try sucking an ice cube. If you know you are going to throw up, (sorry) some drinks like orange can be extremely acidic in the mouth on the way out, and from my experience Ribena is a better option.
LOTS OF MIGRAINES?
If you get migraines episodically see a doctor. First of all, Sumatriptan is ruinously expensive, and you can get it on prescription far cheaper, but secondly, while episodic is manageable within most people’s lives, chronic (which is a disabling neurologic condition that can bring up to 15 migraines a month) is a whole different ball game, and if you medicate on your own you can risk becoming a migraineur. This may sound glamorous but believe me, it isn’t!
A MIGRAINE IS A THREE DAY EVENT There is a difference between
a trigger, which is something that caused your migraine, and a sign that a migraine is coming on. For some, it may be hard to tease apart but the craving for the chocolate for example could be a sign of a migraine coming on, while it might be easier to blame the migraine on the eating of the chocolate. The same can be said for any trigger/sign.
PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT The canny thing to do is to take notes, and if you have more than a few migraines a year get down to keeping a log of them. There is a form you can use on the website of the National Migraine Centre, and there are now a variety of apps you could adapt for the purpose. If you are unlucky enough to have more than episodic migraines you might consider taking preventative measures. This, you’d want to do with a neurologist. There is a lot of information on the website for the National Migraine Centre (www.nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk), and I’ve learned a lot from following a blog at migraine.com
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Lay on your front, get on your tip-toes and place weight on forearms. Keep your back straight and hold. This will improve your core and back muscles.
Get yourself in a one-legged lunge and use your thighs to drive yourself up and quickly switch legs mid-air. Keep your back straight throughout. A real leg burner but equally a great workout which burns fat.
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A taste of Greece As a cuisine, Greek food is terribly underrated. It’s full of fresh, zingy elements and loaded with healthy ingredients like fish, salads, olive oil and herbs. A Mediterranean diet has extensive health benefits, and we’re loving this fresh fish recipe.
Spiced Cod with Chickpea Mash Serves 2 Ready in: 35 minutes This recipe is super-easy and it tastes superwonderful. The spices with the chickpeas and spinach just perfect this dish. If you want, you can use any other firm white fish instead of cod. 2 x 175g cod fillets 4 tbsp natural Greek yogurt ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground turmeric For the mash 2 tbsp olive oil A pinch of dried red chilli flakes 2 cloves of garlic, crushed Zest and juice of 1 lemon 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 50g baby spinach leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Wipe the fish and place on a clean plate. Mix half the yogurt and spices together, season with a little salt then coat the fish completely. Leave to marinate for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and gently cook the chilli flakes and garlic for one minute, then add the lemon, black pepper and chickpeas. When the chickpeas are hot, switch off the heat. Preheat the grill to medium-high and line a grill pan with foil. Transfer the cod to the grill pan and cook for 4–5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Turn the heat back on under the chickpeas, mash to break up a little, then add the spinach, fold through and cook for 1–2 minutes, just enough to wilt the leaves. Stir in the yogurt, divide between two warmed plates and top with the spiced cod.
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I’ve tried some of Seb’s alcoholic gelato and granita: mojito, strawberry daiquiri, cucumber and gin; and a rather impressive one made from Ridgeview’s Fitzrovia sparkling rosé. Much better fun than a Flake 99.
Seb Cole of Boho Gelato with colour changing ice cream
Boozy ices Liquor and ice cream are two of my favourite things, so the thought of combining them sends me into a gastronomic frenzy. This trend is everywhere at the moment with chefs, gelato makers and cocktail mixologists all getting highly creative with both sweet and savoury frozen flavours. I spoke to my pal Seb Cole of Brighton’s Boho Gelato (Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ, 01273 727205) and he tells me that alcoholic ice creams and sorbets are notoriously difficult to make. Alcohol is a melting agent so it’s a fine balancing act between getting enough in for flavour without turning the ice to slush. Stabilisers can be used but Seb prefers to play with the amount of sugar to get the optimum balance but that does mean a very limited shelf life for the product. Over the past year or so I’ve tried some of Seb’s alcoholic gelato and granita: mojito, strawberry daiquiri, cucumber and gin; and a rather impressive one made from Ridgeview’s Fitzrovia sparkling rosé. Much better fun than a Flake 99 this summer… 58
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Staying on the boozy theme, this is the year when English still wines finally seem to have matured. Whilst our region is renowned for its world-class sparkling wine made from the key Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, our still wines have been a little hit and miss. We have some very talented wine makers in Sussex such as Simon Woodhead at Stopham Vineyard near Pulborough, Sam Linter of Bolney Wine Estate, and, more recently, Alison Nightingale at Albourne Estate who has been making waves with her stunning Bacchus, white Pinot Noir and Estate Selection blend. In fact a little birdie tells me her Bacchus is now the top selling white wine in one of Brighton’s top restaurants. Check out a range of English wines at your local independent wine store or head to Waitrose who have the best selection of English wines of any of the major supermarkets.
Something fishy The Sussex coast from Rye and Hastings through to Selsey and Chichester offers an abundance of fish and seafood (read our review of the Gallivant in Camber). So, what’s in season right now? Late spring and early summer are a great time for fish-lovers; bream, mackerel, cod, pollack, sole, bass, crab and lobster are all prevalent off the south coast and can be found at independent restaurants and good fishmongers such as BNFS (South Quay, Basin Road South, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1WF, 01273 430646) and Veasey & Sons (17 Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DN, 01342 822906). Of course, always look to how the fish has been caught and whether it’s sustainable – the mark of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is one to look for. Fish should be line-caught rather than through bottom-trawling which causes a huge amount of long term damage to the seabed ecosystem. And why not try some of the less popular – but equally as tasty – species such as gurnard, dab, sprats and mullet that are often a by-catch. There’s more to life than cod, salmon and tuna!
Kier Foster conducts a tour of BNFS www.titlesussex.co.uk
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Does food affect mood? If sweet and sticky foods make you happy, you’re not alone. A new study by Bupa Care Homes reveals that the nation has a sweet tooth, with the results exploring the true power of our relationship with food and in particular desserts, and how they positively impact our emotional wellbeing. The survey of over 2,000 people revealed that:
When we go to a nice swanky event we like to take home a goody bag – we reckon you can often judge an event by the quality of the booty you take home. Ladies Day at Plumpton has raised the bar considerably with delicious, bespoke goody bags, sponsored and handmade in the kitchens of innovative and creative patisserie business Pudding Fairy, based in Ashington, West Sussex. The VIP gifts were hand presented and each special bag contained a zingy lemon cake, topped with a hand painted gold horse shoe (completely edible of course), as well as two crunchy vanilla and chocolate biscuits hand finished with Plumpton racecourse logo. Horses and cakes – what’s not to like? www.puddingfairy.co.uk
• Almost three quarters of people in the South East felt that food had the ability to boost their mood • One third of those in the South East said strawberries and cream was their happy food • Almost one third of those in the South East said apple crumble was their go-to comfort food • Almost one third said ice cream reminded them of happy childhood memories The down side to this of course is the burgeoning obesity crisis endemic in the UK, so we wouldn’t advocate extreme sugar gorging by any means. But hey, a little of what you fancy does you good sometimes. Pick your own strawberries in Sussex www.pickyourownfarms.org.uk
If like us you’re a big fan of fusion pop up Señor Buddha you’ll be pleased to know that the team have secured a permanent home in Brighton. They don’t have an opening date yet but it’s looking like mid-July to beginning of August for kick off. The restaurant will be in Preston Circus with opening times from 5pm (they don’t ask people to leave, as it’s run the Spanish way!), and they’ll be offering their unique Spanish/Eastern tapas blend from Monday to Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays will be ‘menu del dia’ or menu of the day depending on what produce they get their hands on and what dishes the chefs come up with.
Señor Buddha 9 Preston Road, Brighton www.senorbuddha.co.uk
New Sussex categories Now in its tenth year the prestigious Sussex Food Awards has added two new categories to the competition this year, Sussex Street Food and Sussex Newcomer of the Year. The Street Food award recognises the latest gourmet trend to hit the Sussex scene, finally giving recognition it deserves. The county is bursting with passionate chefs preparing incredible dishes, serving them in style from converted vintage trucks and bespoke stalls. And for the Newcomer, judges will be seeking out the best young businesses, operating for no longer than three years by the end 2015, across the food and drink industry. Winners and runners up will go on to receive their awards in January 2016 at a glittering ceremony hosted by Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike from BBC Sussex, including a spectacular sevencourse Sussex produce banquet produced by Sodexo Prestige at the Amex Stadium. For more information and nominations visit www.sussexfoodawards.biz
Felix takes no time to make himself at home with team Terre a Terre
A fair exchange
Following their exciting cultural and culinary exchanges with teamsters from over the pond in Vancouver, Title caught up with vegetarian gourmands Terre à Terre to find out more about the success of the Chef Exchange event…
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Chef Felix Zhou of The Parker in Vancouver showcased his culinary skills at Terre à Terre, Brighton on Thursday 21st May as a headline event in the Brighton and Hove Food Festival, but also a celebration of National Vegetarian Week. After two days of food preparation, the evening – which resulted in the service of over 500 plates of food – was a huge success. Matty Bowling, head chef of Terre à Terre, and a full team of his chefs worked in collaboration with Felix to deliver his menu to an audience of press, invited guests and paying customers. Front of house Team Terre à Terre fully engaged in the novelty chef swap concept, adapting their service style to match. This was the Brighton leg of the hugely successful International Chef Exchange, an ongoing initiative delivered by
the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival and supported by Travel Bag to promote gastronomic tourism, share best practice between chefs and create a platform for the export of artisan food and drink. The meal was accompanied by artisan silver birch gin cocktails from Blackdown Sussex Spirits, presented by Sarah Thompson; the distinctive Okanagan style BC wines from Summerhill Pyramid Winery in British Columbia presented by CEO Ezra Cipes, and also acclaimed organic English wine from Davenport Winery. This was the first time Summerhill had exported to the UK, so the beginning of a new and wonderful journey for them. The full Team Vancouver, including members of Tourism Vancouver and Dine Out Vancouver Festival, enjoyed the complete Brighton experience while they were visiting, including many of the city’s best restaurants, events at www.titlesussex.co.uk
• Roast Cauliflower with textures and red pepper purée. • Char-grilled Asparagus, Mustard Emulsion, Poached Egg & Edible Flowers • Gnocchi with Broccoli • Aubergine Dumplings, Spring Onion, Pine Nut Thai Curry • Cheesecake, Endive Jam, Shortbread Brighton Festival and a Sussex vineyard touring day. Terre à Terre chef Matty Bowling said, “I had a wonderful time at The Parker in January in Vancouver. Felix was a great collaborator and host so I was very excited about the opportunity to work with him again, see his food and challenge and inspire my team with a different style of cooking.
The international Chef exchange has been one of the highlights of my career so far. I think we have done important work in raising the profile of vegetarian dining in both Canada and the UK. Good food is for sharing and engaging with, both on the restaurant floor and in the kitchen. This project really highlighted this to us all – it was a true pleasure and honour to have him in my kitchen.” Felix Zhou meanwhile seems just as happy. “The international Chef exchange has been one of the highlights of my career so far. It’s been a privilege to represent Vancouver cuisine in Brighton and to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Matty and his team at Terre à Terre. I think we have also done important work in raising the profile of vegetarian dining in both Canada and the UK.” Lucas Pavan of Dine out Vancouver Festival added, “We are delighted too. This provided us with an exceptional opportunity to showcase Vancouver’s culinary scene with the people of Brighton and give them convincing reasons to visit our great city.” And Ezra Cipes of Summerhill was overjoyed. “What a wonderful opportunity to bring the terroir of the Okanagan valley in beautiful British Columbia to Brighton, and then to get the chance to tour Sussex and taste the brilliant sparkling wine they grow. Excellent exchange idea!”
Aubergine Dumplings, Spring Onion, Pine Nut Thai Curry
The chef exchange events in both January and May were great fun and a valuable opportunity for team Terre à Terre to research and play a little, learning so much from others; chefs, winemakers and new cultures. Chef Matty is now focused on preparing a great new menu for the summer with some deliciously spiced and fragrant seasonal dishes, and training up some fabulous new chefs that have recently joined the team. But don’t worry, lots of the classic Terre à Terre dishes will still be on the menu. Summer in Brighton is always exciting; patio doors open, streets buzzing full of keen visitors and energised locals. But this year has the added extra of having weekend pedestrianisation in East Street from 11am-7pm – so watch this space for some street dining coming soon! Terre à Terre 71 East Street Brighton 01273 729051 www.terreaterre.co.uk
Chefs Matty and Felix celebrate with Andrew Kay after the ICEx Event
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Isle of Romance
Julie Burchill revels in the gentle pleasures of Madeira Photos: Yvonne Doyle
hough those not lucky enough to be familiar with Madeira may dismiss it as little more than a fragrant holding-pen for the professionally Past-It, I believe that adherents of architecture, botany and eye-wateringly cheap booze’n’fags - all of which I am a fan of - will find much to delight them about ‘The Floating Garden.’ I first went there with my husband some fifteen years back, but when I returned this spring with my bezzie The Botanist it was like I hadn’t been away. Only three and a half hours on the plane - barely time to get drunk, buy an expensive scent one may well leave in the seat pocket due to one’s befuddled state and apologize profusely to the stewardesses for absent-mindedly popping one’s head out of the toilet and asking them for a light. There’s no time difference, but it was another world from the grim British weather we left behind; even in the winter months, Madeira is warm enough to swim in the Atlantic while in summer, it can be hotter than Brazil. On our first day, back in early summer, The Botanist remarked on how pleasantly mild the weather was, as we strolled in the temperate sunshine. On the second day she had one of the worst cases of sunburn I’ve seen, her face swollen up like an overcooked sausage, with pricked bits under her eyes. Good look, Botanist! WEAR A HAT IN FUTURE! All the more reason to desert the multitude of pools which link the beautiful, modernist Vidamar Hotel to the deep blue sea (in which whales and dolphins are so close up and personal that many boat trips offer you another free go if they should evade you) and make our way to the centre of gorgeous Funchal, the island’s capital. A riot of white houses, black shutters and terracotta roofs, it’s Gothic Lite, built on a towering volcanic crater that looms over
the sea like an ocean-liner. This, along with the riot of flowers, gives Madeira a fairytale Land-Of-Counterpane look, which was heightened by our trip to Blandy’s Wine Lodge where I sampled the local blend, which I found to be of almost hallucinatory power. Funchal is very walkable, with paths and benches and buildings and friendship bracelets all hewn from the same black volcanic rock; it’s fun to be a proper tourist and have lunch on the balcony of the Cafe Ritz while aeroplaning 20 euro notes to the handsome buskers below, but it’s also nice to see the real Madeira. Always be nice to your taxi driver and tip like a lady (or rather, like ‘a tart, a Jew or a journalist’ - one London cabby’s description to me of the most generous passengers) and he’ll take you to the sort of restaurant so local that it has no name on the www.titlesussex.co.uk
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bill, literally hewn out of the mountain, full of fish in buckets and fishermen in their cups where we were given wine, spirits, fish and unspeakably saucy custard pastries for 39 euros. The fish in Madeira is so fresh that one expects it to get up and perform a medley from The Little Mermaid. I even ate LIMPETS here and found them utterly delightful like mussels that aren’t up themselves. I thought it too cheap and queried the bill - and they took 10 euros off! I tipped massively (like a journalist), of course. If the monochrome charms of the city call, you can grab a taxi up to the tropical lushness of the Monte Palace estate (you can also go up by cable car and come down by toboggan, but I’m far too rich and fat for all that these days) which was recently voted 13th Best Botanical Garden In The World by Conde Nast Traveller. No one could call
I even ate LIMPETS here and found them utterly delightful - like mussels that aren’t up themselves
me the outdoor type, and I’ve only ever thought Mother Nature existed just so one could show the old bitch who’s boss, but you could almost get drunk on the sights you’ll see here. ALMOST. That’s why it’s so good that there’s a lovely little cafe right by the entrance where you can drink poncha, watch the cable cars glide by and say to The Botanist ‘The cab’ll be at least another ten minutes - go on, hon, get me another one!’ This was a lovely trip, full of firsts - someone was sick on the tour bus and IT WASN’T ME, someone spilled champagne over me and IT WASN’T ME! Madeira is both pretty and dignified - an unusual combo - and though it’s quite a while since I’ve been either, I can certainly appreciate it in others. Let nay-sayers and know-nothings write it off as a Saga Malaga - those who know it, know better. 66s
Costs: Hotel rooms start from 155 euros for a double-side sea view room, half board www.vidamarresorts.com BA flies to Funchal from Gatwick three times a week. Prices start at £61 one-way, including all taxes, fees and charges www.ba.com
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Street Style – Rye Each month we make it our business to explore Sussex and check out some street styles. This month, the beautiful seaside town of Rye gets our attention… Photos: Matt Ryan
Dee and Lee, 18 and 19 respectively, were out walking the ferret when we met them. They live in Rye and St Leonards and go to Hastings College. We totally fell in love with Teasel the ferret but they wouldn’t let us take him home…
Jenny, 32, is from Rye and is a wedding stylist with local business Bellaboo and Beau and is a big fan of vintage finds. Shades Ray-Ban, cardi by Atmosphere, T-shirt H&M and boots from Minelli in Paris. We loved the flea market cameo find.
WHAT GOES ON IN RYE? Rye is famous for its scallops, holding a Scallop Festival each year (February), but it also plays host to a Wild Boar festival in October each year. It’s also famous for one of the biggest jazz festivals in the UK. This year’s Rye International Blues and Jazz Festival is 27-31 August and boasts four days and five nights of the finest jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, gospel and world music.
Jack from Wittersham is 14 and shyly told us he was waiting for a friend when we found him lounging in the sun, looking forward to his holidays in Italy. Dressed in a Carhartt jacket, Smiths T-shirt, Topman trousers and shoes from Office.
Rye used to be famous for potteries and Rye Pottery is the only remaining one - over two hundred years old. One of its most famous products is the Sussex Pig - a traditional Sussex wedding gift. Upstairs in the Rye Heritage Centre you’ll discover an amazing collection of old-fashioned slot machines, like those that used to be found on the piers. Rye Bonfire and Torchlight Procession is in November. The evening starts with a torchlit procession through the town to the bonfire site on the Town Salts. A celebrity is carried by sedan chair through the streets. The effigy on the bonfire varies from year to year and a brilliant firework display follows. www.scallop.org.uk www.wildboar.org.uk www.ryejazz.com www.ryepottery.co.uk www.ryeheritage.co.uk
John Botterell serving up fresh Rye Bay Scallops at the Rye Farmers’ Market
Jessica moved to Rye from Spain three years ago and is a psychotherapist. She loves Rye because of its easy access to London. Shoes from White Stuff, Jeans M&S, cardie from Boden and scarf from Culture Vulture.
s d n a s e Th e m i t of One of the few places in Sussex that has stunning sandy beaches is Camber, near Rye. Sam Harrington-Lowe and Matt Ryan went to check out the Gallivant restaurant there, where 95% of the menu is sourced within a ten mile radius…
visited Camber Sands as a child in the 70s and I can still remember feeling stunned at the size of the beach, and the presence of actual sand. It was like some sort of hot, powdery miracle. Until then, I’d just thought that all English beaches were made of painful stones, except the ones in Cornwall which were at the end of the world, and the endless hours spent on the beach at Camber are still some of the happiest childhood memories I have. My sister and I had to be dragged away at the end of each day. In reality I think we only stayed there for a couple of weeks, but in my memory it feels like an entire summer.
Camber is quite extraordinary, particularly when the tide is out, with its endless sandy shallows and dunes it’s like something from another country; California or Malibu perhaps, and it’s unsurprising that it’s been voted into the Top 50 Beaches in the World by The Sunday Times Travel magazine April 2015. This is something that The Gallivant is keen to capitalise on. Walking into the restaurant it feels more like a classy American beachside property than a restaurant and hotel in East Sussex. There isn’t anything you couldn’t like about this place. It’s got the most beachy neutral tones possible, all pastel blues and tasteful linen, distressed woods and clean glassware. The service is excellent, with knowledgeable staff who are clearly excited about the restaurant’s local produce ethics, and the small but perfectly-formed menu – which naturally reflects indigenous, seasonal food – changes pretty much daily to adapt to supply and demand. The food was excellent. It’s the sort of thing you eat and instantly feel happier for eating. It fills you up with a sense of relief and happiness, and it’s both beautifully cooked and beautifully presented. The fish in my soup was literally caught down the road the same day, and Matt’s pigeon breast was so pink and tender he could’ve given up chewing completely – and the same
We’d passed some lambs in a field on the way in to Camber – I suspected I was probably eating one of their relatives. It had a real depth of flavour that is alltoo-often-missing from restaurants Beach photo: Mark O’Reilly
went for his venison and wild garlic mash. My pink Salt Marsh lamb was served with rhubarb and perhaps not for those who shriek at the prospect of meat and fruit, but the lamb had a real depth of flavour that is all-too-often-missing from restaurant menus. We’d passed some lambs in a field on the way in to Camber – I suspected I was probably eating one of their relatives. We finished up by sharing a local cheese board and an orange cake with coconut ice cream (OK, so maybe oranges and coconuts fall into the 5% non-local ingredients) but really, we couldn’t fault the menu. The wines we had were also English; a beautifully dry and flinty white from Chapel Down and the red (yes, a red) was a very quaffable Pinot Noir from Bolney in West Sussex. There’s an extensive wine list from regions across the globe, but the Gallivant’s English listings are broad and varied, from sparkling whites to respectable reds. If you’re looking for a lovely meal using local ingredients, with relaxed but attentive service, this is the place for you. It’s about two minutes’ walk from the actual beach and if you can’t be arsed to drive home, they have lovely rooms to stay in. But book ahead. Something tells me this is going to be swamped in summer. Prices: Starters from £6, main courses from £12, puddings from £6 Glasses of local wine from £6 The Gallivant www.thegallivant.co.uk www.titlesussex.co.uk www.titlesussex.co.uk
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Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids Lili by Wen Dee Tan Fat Fox Books £10.99
The LTYG Summer School will run for two weeks in August, two hours a day, from 10am until 12pm at the Lewes Theatre. The group has been running for almost 10 years, offering a variety of weekly workshops for children and youths, as well as the opportunity to participate in productions to help them grow as individuals. Recent productions include sell-out performances of Alice in Wonderland and The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies.
The debut book by Macmillan award-winning illustrator Wen Dee Tan, is a beautiful story about the complexities of rejection. Wonderfully sparse pencil drawings and handwritten text give space for people of all ages to really think about what it means to be true to yourself.
Two week Lewes Theatre Youth Group Summer School in August for boys and girls ages 8+ Lewes Little Theatre, at only £85 per student. www.facebook.com/LewesTheatreYouthGroup
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This visceral picture book is reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ full of inventive visuals and a unique text that touches on the happiness that being yourself brings. A future classic.
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Following a very successful session at Easter, Lewes Theatre Group is launching a drama summer school for kids aged eight and up. Learning performing arts, children (aged 8+) and youths (up to 16 years old) will have the choice to either devise and produce a piece of drama based on a stimulus or work on a scripted piece that they can perform on stage to family and friends on Saturday 15th August.
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A reissue of Shel Silverstein’s Falling Up comes complete with some new material, plus over one hundred hilarious poems from the master of nonsense. A must have in any collection.
Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. His book ‘THE FEARSOME BEASTIE’ (Maverick Arts Publishing) won The People’s Book Prize 2012, as well as the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US. 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman.
Primary school children in the Horsham area are putting forward ideas to win one of three giant elephants to decorate for the town’s Elephantastic project. The school that submits the most eye-catching design will receive a huge naked cardboard elephant which they will ‘dress to impress’ for its public appearances and ultimate auction to raise funds for the elephantastic charities. Almost 30 locally-based charities are so far set to benefit from the money raised including Elephantastic partner, the Born Free Foundation; as well as the Chestnut Tree House, CoCo’s Foundation, the Dame Vera Lynn Trust and also smaller charities such as Woods for Learning, the Phoenix Stroke Club, and local community groups. The Elephantastic spectacular is set to take Horsham by storm from 26 July to 31 August where 150 unique and colourful elephants will brighten up the streets of the town centre and surrounding rural areas. For more info visit www.bornfree.org.uk/news/
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NO SMALL FEAT Former Brighton College student Izzy Meikle-Small has made her West End debut playing the young queen in Stephen Daltry’s hit The Audience. The Hove actress left Brighton College with a string of A*s at A Level last summer and has continued to shine, as she appears alongside Kristin Scott Thomas in a show that focuses on the Queen’s weekly meetings with her Prime Ministers through the decades.
BURGESS HILL AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Two members of the Burgess Hill School for Girls Equestrian Team made it to the British Dressage National Championship in April after qualifying through regional competitions.
Meikle-Small has already forged a name for herself in the film and TV industry, as she appeared in last years’ BBC1 drama The 7.39, has played Estelle’s in the BBC’s recent adaptation of Great Expectations and has appeared with Kiera Knightly in the film Never Let Me Go. One to watch for the future!
Sarah Rodgers entered the competition at Novice Level with the smallest pony in her class, Lady. Despite a brilliant start, a tense finish knocked them out of the placing’s for this year. The other student to compete was Johanna Lawless, who entered at Prelim Level, and worked well with her horse DJ across both days. However, the atmosphere in the competition arena was too much for DJ but will have served as excellent experience for the duo.
EDUCATION NEWS A LESSON IN INNOVATION Plans for a double decker Science Bus have won Mile Oak Primary School in Portslade £10,000 in a national prize for innovation.
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Run by teaching agency Randstad Education, the annual awards reward innovation in schools and, after entering their plans last November, Mile Oak has beaten off hundreds of other schools to win the primary category. The plans include two domes on the upper deck which will serve as observation posts, a wind turbine, rainwater harvesting equipment, a weather station and rooftop landing pad for a remote-control drone. While the lower deck will be used as a base for exploring the rich biodiversity in the school grounds. Jenny Rollinson, managing director of Randstad Education, said, “The school’s innovative double decker bus classroom won the hearts of our judges and we’re now awaiting progress updates as they transform their bus into two science zones. What a great demonstration of creativity, resourcefulness and inspiration for pupils.”
Lancing College Prep at Hove has achieved a clean sweep of the highest possible grades awarded by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Four inspectors tested the school’s claim to be one of the outstanding schools in the area during an intensive fourday process, with the results highlighting the brilliance of the teaching on offer. “Teaching is excellent and employs high quality resources to engage all pupils including the use of ICT”, the report states. In addition, “Throughout the school, the lively, challenging and often inspirational teaching supports the school’s aims” and all pupils, “acquire excellent subject knowledge across a wide range of study and interests”. The outstanding result came as no surprise to Head Master Alan Laurent, who said, “The report proves that we achieve outstanding levels of achievement and academic success without diminishing our central mission; to provide a happy, tolerant and fulfilling education for every individual in our school family”.
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Business Buzz THE ACUMEN BUSINESS CONVENTION The Eden Project creator Sir Tim Smit KBE headlined an impressive line-up of speakers, entertainment, networking and awards at the 2015 Acumen Business Convention. African drumming, dancing and acrobatics were on display as guests arrived at The Grand Hotel, sitting down to a threecourse lunch before attending a number of informative legal workshops. The convention has built a strong reputation for its mix of inspiration and information and this year featured a range of stimulating speakers, including Darren Shirlaw of Shirlaws Business Coaching and Jo Fairley, founder of Green & Black’s. However, it was Sir Tim’s speech that captivated the audience from start to finish as he revealed his unique approach to life that’s led him from being a double platinum musician to successful entrepreneur. The local businesses were not just entertained but also rewarded as Pankaj Vekria, Director of LAN2LAN Ltd, was awarded the coveted Business Acumen Award. Delegates were also surprised with a shower of hidden balloons and Penina Shepherd, founder and MD of Acumen Business Law, was thrilled with the convention’s continued popularity, saying, “I am delighted and honoured to have run six prestigious Acumen Business Conventions, and this one has topped them all. There was unprecedented attendance, fantastic speakers, a tasty lunch and the Business Acumen Award too. The entire team has worked relentlessly to make it happen and the feedback has been exceptional.” www.acumenbusinesslaw.co.uk
GATWICK PROMISES £20M FUND
The battle for the South East’s next runway is heating up as Gatwick Airport announced plans to invest a £20 million fund to support domestic flights if it beats Heathrow. While Heathrow currently serves seven UK destinations, Gatwick serves 11, with the Sussex airport’s fund aiming to improve services throughout the UK, including reduced fees, subsidising new services or the funding of regional tourism bodies. Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, said, “Gatwick has always been serious about encouraging the growth and development of a strong network of competing airports around the UK. Gatwick expansion is best for the UK and regions because it supports not only the growth of connectivity to London, but also more connectivity between all UK airports and international short and long haul destinations. Expanding Gatwick will provide more competition and choice for passengers all around the UK.” For further information, see www.gatwickobviously.com
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HSBC LAUNCHES £150M SUSSEX LOAN FUND
April – Wired SuSSex Spring Meetup
The Spring Wired Sussex members gathering took place at OhSo Social and if you don’t know your Perl from your Python I’d stay away from this one! Yes it was sunny, and yes it was on the seafront but boy was it dull and – worse – nibble free! I arrived a bit early and there was already quite a few members there. It was the sort of crowd you would expect of course - a mix of graphic designers, website developers, software programmers and other freelancers in the tech sphere. An hour later it was too packed to move as we were all outside soaking up a spot of spring sunshine. A poor event exemplified by the quality of the sticky name labels which fell off within five minutes. No complimentary drinks or food on offer which did little to improve a drab crowd all elbowing each other to the front of the bar. In Vino Veritas? Not even a sniff of a free squashed grape but at least the bar stocked Bombay Sapphire (when I could get to it). Nibbles? Not a sausage in sight. We left early and hungry! Chit chat? “Have you refactored the code base on your latest release yet?” God help us. Great and Good Quotient? Dull dull dull. But I DID get business cards from six one man band web site developers. Aren’t I the lucky one?
A support package for Sussex businesses has been launched by HSBC that includes a £150 million fund for small and mediumsized companies in the county.
MAy – let’S do BuSineSS Brighton
Each year over 120 of Brighton’s best businesses set up camp at Brighton Racecourse for a day in May. It’s an opportunity for companies of all shapes and sizes to show off their wares to a steady stream of new business contacts. And there were some big names too American Express Community Stadium, HSBC, University of Brighton, Knill James, Yelo Architects, Juice 105.2, and The Grand Hotel to name a few. Seminars on all sorts of subjects, from Twitter to email marketing, were presented. The exhibitors excelled themselves creatively with Love Local Jobs offering walk-in appointments at Dr Binning’s recruitment ‘surgery’, delicious gingerbread men from Gemini Print and a much needed caffeine hit on the Identity Signage coffee stand. In Vino Veritas? There was wine tasting somewhere but even I couldn’t find it AND I failed to win the champagne! Nibbles? Every other stall was giving away cupcakes and sweets. Something new next year please! Chit chat? High Five. Non-stop networking. Great and Good Quotient? A very pleasant social occasion which could only have been improved by girls on roller-skates serving free glasses of prosecco.
As part of a new national fund worth £8 billion, the loan fund aims to support entrepreneurs across Sussex looking to start an SME, as well as established enterprises, and with a number of fees being waived businesses could save hundreds of pounds on borrowing costs. Andrew Steer, Area Director of Business Banking in Sussex, said, “Today we are announcing our largest ever package of support for SMEs in Sussex including a £150 million fund for lending and a promotion designed to make it cheaper and simpler to access funding. SMEs in Sussex are very ambitious and at HSBC we are open for business and ready to help them invest to grow.” Twitter: @HSBCUKBusiness
FIVE IN AS ONE PACKS OFF AT KNILL JAMES
Leading accountancy firm Knill James has expanded its tax team with the addition of five new senior appointments while one member is swapping sums for scrums. Senior Manager of the Lewes-based firm, Mike Chapman, will be a volunteer at the Rugby World Cup this autumn after being accepted as a member of the ‘Pack’ – rugby’s equivalent of the Olympics’ Gamesmakers. After recently meeting England legends Jason Leonard and Will Greenwood, Mike said, “We were all together at a briefing for the Pack in Milton Keynes and it was exciting to meet such heroes of the game. We have a culture of supporting volunteering at Knill James and I think it’s going to be an amazing experience, especially as the Rugby World Cup is coming to Brighton too. It is going to be huge here in Sussex.” www.knilljames.co.uk
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Keeping out the Kardashians (Up↑)
Those pesky Kardashians get everywhere don’t they? Like the multi-headed Hydra, when one gets boring another two spring up. No selfie or spousal quarrel is too tedious it seems to report. But all is not lost. With the KardBlock browser extension all Kardashianrelated newsfeeds and websites will be removed. “We simply make it disappear” says its developer.
But love is blind, and lovers cannot see (Non-mover−)
Alas, gone are the days of perfumed, hand-written letters delivered by flunkies; instead modern day romance is often conducted via the humble text. Convenient and accessible yes, but a rich form of communication with subtle nuances it is not. Devoid of facial expressions and vocal inflection, a recent study showed high levels of misinterpretation and ambiguity within these concise messages. And emoticons? The linguistic equivalent of cave paintings apparently.
Sesame Street – brought to you by the ‘F’ word (Down↓) When policing what your children see on the internet you’d
assume that with the Sesame Street stalwarts Bert and Ernie you’d be in safe hands. Not so. The US Federal Trade Commission has found a profanity-laced Ernie and Bert clip on YouTube Kids alongside videos and adverts aimed at adults. Stricter regulations have been called for and greater caution when searching for ‘Big Bird’.
Yahoo Hullabaloo (Down↓)
Hot on the heels of Facebook’s apparent flouting of privacy law, Yahoo is facing a US class action lawsuit for allegedly spying on emails sent to its mail users from non-Yahoo Mail accounts. Yahoo is accused of copying emails, extracting keywords and reviewing links and attachments whilst using the data to boost their revenue from targeted advertising.
L’Oreal 3D skin – hot off the press (Down↓)
It can happen to anyone, the morning after a late night, looking less than fresh, you realise you’ve run out of spare skin. OK maybe not, but if reports are true L’Oreal has teamed up with a bio-engineering start-up to 3D-print human skin. Initially sited for use in product testing, the partnership stated, “the potential for where this new field of technology and research can take us is boundless”.
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More than 45,000 businesses are required to enrol their workers on to a workplace pension scheme in 2015, rising to over half a million next year. So how prepared are you and do you know when you should start? Julia Wright brings you some answers. Firstly, What is automatic enrolment? Staging for small and micro employers is set to ramp up over the next few years. All employers are now legally required to enrol certain staff into a pension scheme and to make contributions. The first step to complying with your duties under auto enrolment is to establish your staging date. iF it’s automatic then surely i don’t have to do anything… Unfortunately it is only automatic for staff, not for the employer. i only have Five employees. am i exempt From enrolling? Sorry, no. Every employer with at least one employee has a duty to comply with auto enrolment. What is a staging date? The staging date is the date that your automatic enrolment duties apply. hoW can i Find out my staging date? The Pensions Regulator has been sending out letters letting employers know their staging date. If you haven’t received a letter yet you can go online at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk and enter your PAYE reference to find this date.
What happens iF i don’t comply? Employers that don’t comply will face enforcement action which could be a fine or prosecution or both. What are the steps i need to FolloW? The recommended steps are as follows: 1. Find out your staging date 2. provide a point of contact 3. establish who you need to enrol 4. prepare your action plan Who should be my point oF contact? The employer will be the primary point of contact but you can nominate another person such as your accountant, book keeper or payroll provider as your secondary contact and they can implement the process on your behalf, taking away the hassle for you.
All employers are now legally required to enrol certain staff into a pension scheme and to make contributions.
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i don’t have any staFF; do i still have to comply? If the only staff that you have are directors then you may not have any duties under the new scheme. However you will have a duty if more than one director has a contract of employment. Who do i need to enrol? You’ll need to check the age and rate of pay of your employees. This will determine who has to be enrolled.
Coming of age Brutishly strong shunt lines have been carved into its flowing metalwork and it now appears as a scaleddown version of its bigger brother, the Mercedes SL
As irrational as the first hint of sun that sends the Brits into a frenzy of eyewateringly cold windswept picnics, in a country famed for wet weather we are a nation of convertible lovers. Danny Cobbs pulls back the roof and has a look inside the new Mercedes SLK…
e Brits are suckers for anything with a retractable roof which we bring down at the slightest hint of sunshine. In fact, our love affair with wind-in-your-hair motoring is so great that we are among the biggest buyers of convertibles in Europe.
Enter, then, the Mercedes SLK AMG55. There are certain automotive magazines that, rather unfairly, refer to this compact two-seater roadster as ‘not being totally driver focused’. Sure, the first generation of SLK was a bit soft through the corners, and it wasn’t exactly the prettiest of cars Mercedes ever produced. But we’re talking nearly 20 years ago now. Since then, the SLK has been completely revamped, twice over, and now we have the third generation, which is as different from the original car as winter is to summer (if you were to apply the same advancement in mobile telephone technology over the past two decades to the SLK, you soon get the picture just how far it’s evolved). If proof were ever needed to justify this claim, all you have to do is take a quick glance at the current model. It is, without doubt, a handsome looking car. Brutishly
Quick Facts Mercedes sLk 55aMG Engine: 5.5-litre V8 Petrol Fuel consumption: 33.6 mpg (combined) cO2 emissions: 195g/km top speed: 155mph (electronically limited) 0-62mph: 4.6 seconds Price: £55,350
MOTORS strong shunt lines have been carved into its flowing metalwork and it now appears as if it’s a scaled-down version of its bigger brother, the Mercedes SL, which can never be a bad thing. And underneath that oh-so beautiful skin of the SLK sits enough state-of-theart technical know-how and German engineering to silence all of its previous critics. What’s more, the SLK’s range of engines - there’s six in total – offers a wide and varied spectrum of choice. From frugal diesels to a snarling V8, the SLK has a power plant to suit all requirements, and all from £33,150. Even in its most powerful form, as the SLK AMG 55 (my test car), it still isn’t the unhinged bruiser of a convertible that will shake the fillings out of your head. Instead, this 420bhp version is designed to amble along in the sunshine. Of course, it has enough horsepower and torque to compete with brasher Porsches, Audis and BMWs, but it doesn’t play those sorts of silly games. It’s a more refined beast, for a more refined driver. I foolishly tested the SLK on a day of typically British showers and cold winds. The spray from the lorries on the M25 meant that I felt more comfortable with the roof up, and once I hit the B-roads of wet Sussex I didn’t gain any more drop-top courage. To many convertible purists this sort of closed-up motoring would be sacrilege regardless of the weather, but it’s actually the best possible test for the SLK. It rains a lot here in the UK at the best of times, and even on mild days most convertibles go around with the roof up, so why rave on about what it’s like to have the wind in your hair? Anyway, the metal roof is so solid and the ride so sophisticated that there are times when you forget this car is actually a convertible. Instead you focus on the superb craftsmanship employed to the fit and finish of the cabin, and the burbling noise expelled from its delightful compliant engine. And that’s the real ethos of this car. It was never designed to appease the power hungry yob. No. The SLK is a classy topless cruiser with the ability to go fast, very fast, up to 155mph, which is something it does exceedingly well.
Metal Guru This month’s news and must-haves
Mando launches its second generation of e-bike, the Footloose IM. The awardwinning design by Mark Sanderson combines form and function to redefine urban transport, with advances such as a removable battery for easy charging, a streamlined design to provide a sleeker look and a durable plastic-covered aluminium frame. With a wide choice of colours to choose from we definitely want one for summer. From £1,999 www.mandofootloose.com
Festival Essential: The Etón Scorpion solar and crank powered radio, phone charger, torch and bottle opener. Charge your phone, light your way back to your tent, listen to the radio and open a bottle of beer, all with one simple gadget. The Scorpion is ruggedly built for the great outdoors making it ideal for festivals, camping, travelling etc. £49.99 From Maplins Brighton, Crawley, Worthing and Eastbourne
Tank Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Great for outdoor activities as it’s not only surrounded with a tough rubberized protective casing, but it’s also water resistant. Splash proof in all directions so pool parties and music at the beach are a yes. And while your phone might not be waterproof, the Bluetooth connectivity allows you to play your music while your phone is safely tucked into your pocket, up to 30 metres away. £29.95 www.red5.co.uk
A WRIGHT SET OF CHALLENGES As Luke Wright embarks on his first season as captain of Sussex’s T20 side, Daniel White caught up with the big-hitting batsman to find out what lies ahead
LUKE’S QUICK FIRE QUIZ
t is a year of new challenges for Sussex batsman Luke Wright. The 30-year-old, known for his boisterous and enthusiastic approach to the game, has replaced Ed Joyce as captain of the T20 Blast side and, as he settles into his new role, he is also coming to terms with his England future after missing out on selection to the 2015 World Cup. “I’ve got to the stage now where if it happens then fantastic but it’s not something that keeps me up at night, I’m just enjoying playing my cricket,” Wright confesses. “I’ve been really pleased with how I’ve played over the last few years and if I’m winning games of cricket with Sussex you’re always putting yourself in the shop window to be picked but it’s not the focus.” His focus now is on a successful first season as captain of the Sussex Sharks in the T20 competition. Having won their first Twenty20 trophy in 2009 the Sharks have been disappointing in the previous two seasons; finishing bottom of the South Group in 2013 before a seventh place finish in 2014. And now it is up to Wright to recapture the team’s winning formula. “It’s been so frustrating the last few years where we haven’t got to any quarter-finals and ultimately I want to change that,” he explains. “We’re very well supported down here and it’d be nice to give something back and get to a finals day and win a trophy for the fans.” The previous disappointments haven’t gone unnoticed at the Hove-based club, with the result being a couple of major changes. While Wright has taken charge, the team has also signed the 2007 Cricketer of the Year, Mahela Jayawardene, to the T20 side. However, Wright believes it is on the shoulders of the whole squad to ensure a different end to the season this summer. He says, “I think everyone just needs to play better. We’ve
Favourite Film? Shawshank Redemption Favourite cricket ground? Lords Career highlight? Winning the World Cup T20 with England Who’s the team’s biggest moaner? Ben Brown Hardest worker? Ajmal Shahzad Who do you fear playing most? It was Brett Lee Who do you fear playing least? It would be Chris Nash if he was in a different side What’s your idea of happiness? My family Favourite cricketer? Chris Nash East or West Sussex? East Playing or watching cricket? Playing What motivates you? Trying to win trophies with mates
It’d be nice to give something back and win a trophy for the fans.
got some good players here and over the years everyone can hold their hand up and say they haven’t done quite enough. We’ve often come good late in the tournament but the run has been too late and we’ve just missed out by a point or two so hopefully I can help that by leading from the front.”
FACT FILE Name: Luke James Wright Age: 30 Height: 6ft 0in Batting Style: Right-hand 110s/50s: 23/39 Education: Loughborough University
As a batter, Wright’s resume is impressive. After hitting a century on his debut for Sussex, the former England international has smashed 23 centuries in all forms of the game, including a world-record breaking 153 off 66 balls against Essex last July. As well as four Denis Compton medals Wrighty, as he is known to teammates, also once held the record for the fastest hundred in Australian domestic cricket, after a 44ball century in the inaugural Big Bash League. His ability has led him all across the world, playing in a range of different leagues and formats and, with vast experience on his side, he is looking to bring a fresh set of ideas to the table in his new role. “Playing in those big games or playing with top players you are always learning off different players and playing around the world I’ve been very lucky to play under many different captains,” he explains. “So I will be trying to bring in some of the things that I think have worked in my experiences and try and put them into this Sussex team and I suppose we’ll soon see come the end of the season if it’s working or not.” To find out Sussex CCC’s latest fixtures visit www.sussexcricket.co.uk
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COMEBACK KID Daniel White sat down with George Dowell to find out how he has overcome the odds to own the football club he once played for
hen a car accident left former Worthing FC footballer George Dowell paralysed from the chest down his life was turned upside down. At the time the Rebels’ right back was just 17 and had enjoyed a breakthrough season as he had made the step up from the youth team into the first team as well as being put forward for England school trials. After a trip to McDonald’s George and his friend were on their way home when their car flipped and landed in a field. The accident caused two broken vertebrae in his back, severing his spinal chord and meant George would spent ten months in hospital, with a career in football fading into a distant memory. However, after battling his way through rehabilitation the hard work is beginning to pay off, as George now owns the club he once played for.
“I saw in the paper that Worthing FC were having financial problems and were at risk of going out of business,” he explains. “I knew a couple of the directors so I asked them what was going on and mentioned what I’d like to do. So they set up a meeting with the people in charge and here we are today.” Today George owns a 75% stake in the club after using money from his compensation to take over the ownership and clear the club’s debts that had reached almost £200,000. Yet, it is not his first foray into the world of football since his accident, having founded another local Worthing side, who were recently crowned league and cup double winners in their first season. “Last year I set up and managed a team called Worthing Borough FC with a group of my friends,” he says. “That was my first experience of being in and around football since my injury and I really enjoyed it.”
GEORGE’S QUICK FIRE QUIZ Favourite film? The Book of Eli What’s your nickname? GD08 Favourite football ground? Old Trafford Favourite football player? Paul Scholes Owning or managing a team? I don’t know yet East or West Sussex? West Describe yourself in one word? Determined
After becoming the majority shareholder at the Isthmian League Division One South side, he has big plans for the club’s future, with a 3D pitch being installed as we speak and further plans to improve the stadium over time. “Our five year plan for the club is to get into the Conference South. At the moment we’re focusing on the pitch and the café and sports bar and getting them ready for the new season. We have plans to redevelop the front building and we will be improving various other facilities around the stadium in time,” George explains with excitement. “I keep getting told Rome wasn’t built in a day, so we’ve also set up a Crowdfunder page to try and raise money to revamp our main stand which is a bit run down and needs some TLC.”
Any business is a potential gamble but I feel I’ve done my research and that this won’t and can’t fail.
At such a young age and with the club’s financial history standing as a recent reminder of how wrong things can go, the investment could be seen as a gamble. However, that’s not a view shared by many. “I love football, it’s my passion but that wasn’t the only reason to buy Worthing; it’s also a business,” he states. “Any business is a potential gamble but I feel I’ve done my research and that this won’t and can’t fail.” George’s vision for Worthing is not just bound by the success of the team though as he is also investing in the community, with access to the 3D pitch and other facilities available to anyone. “There’s so many clubs crying out for facilities to use for training and the like. The pitch is pretty much fully booked for next season already which is an encouraging sign. And, when Worthing aren’t using the pitch the rest of the community can come and use it and that’s really exciting, having the football centre that will help the club and people in Worthing.” To donate to the Worthing FC Crowdfunder page set up by George Dowell please visit www.crowdfunder. co.uk/worthing-football-club-mainstand-revamp
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Reginald D Hunter embarks on his first tour since the N-word controversy of 2013 with ‘The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such’ and outrage is always peering round the corner when the stand-up comedian is around, as Daniel White finds out…
It’s nearly two years to the day since Reginald D Hunter stepped onto the stage at London’s Grosvenor Park Hotel to deliver his now infamous N-word comedy routine at the professional Footballers’ Association’s Award Ceremony. The furore that followed balanced Hunter atop the pyramid of misguided hate figures and led the PFA, an organisation that is far from free of racism – either on or off the field – to turn its back on him and feign outrage at his lack of censorship over the subject. “It seemed like all of a sudden people were going out of their way to misunderstand what I was saying,” he begins. “The resident evil, that’s what I call the other side, they use mischaracterisation as a technique of debate; they love taking s*** out of context.” A few months later and the controversy that had hung over him like a rain cloud suddenly opened, unleashing a storm of outrage when an audience member accused him of revelling in “misogyny and violence” during an online argument after walking out of his gig. “My brain trust and everybody in my camp disagreed with me for engaging in that but around that time I was becoming aware of a lot of young cats, especially in stand-up comedy, looking up to me, and it was like somebody needs to show these young cats that you can take a stand and just say no. No you don’t get to just do this lady, an expression of yourself or your feelings does not mean you get to overlook others. It’s a skill expressing how you feel and this is someone that was saying my show was awful but left in the first 15 minutes. So I took it upon myself at the time to give her the public ass-whooping she was asking for.” The backlash left Hunter feeling as if he’d, “hit a Titanic of outragers” and the outcome was a year spent away from his adoptive home country. “After that tour the people who made money off of me, they were like ‘hey look, why don’t we get you out of the country for a little while’, so in 2014 I toured Australia, New Zealand, then I toured Eastern Europe, then I did a documentary and then I went home for several weeks.” The documentary, Songs of the South, saw Hunter return to America’s deep south, where he was raised, to explore the musical heritage; an experience he found tougher than he expected. “It was very difficult emotionally because I was being taken back, while being filmed, to the very stuff that I was trying to get the f*** away from,” he confesses. “It was just southern ignorance and southern ignorance I’ve come to find, is no greater than it is anywhere else but when it’s your home, it just seems maddening.” As a man who has made a living using self-loathing to his advantage, the trip down south became a life-changing experience, not only for his comedy but also personally. “I learned that self-loathing, which is one of Britain’s most popular indoor sports, occurs when you stop looking at yourself through your own personal choices and your own personal standards,” Hunter explains. “I www.titlesussex.co.uk
TiTle inTerview think self-loathing starts when you start appraising yourself through the eyes of others and often times when we try and see ourselves through the eyes of other people, we often choose people who don’t like us or have a problem with us, that’s when self-loathing occurs. I used to have a degree in self-loathing, being from the south, and this last trip home made me realise how absurd that was. In a world where a lot of people are against you, at least be on your own side.” The 46-year-old comedian is embarking on his first UK tour since 2013’s controversial ‘In the Midst of Crackers’ with another uncompromising show, ‘The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such’. His final date of the tour will be in Sussex on June 28 when he visits the Brighton Dome and, though there hasn’t been a public backlash to this show, he is still finding trouble with it. “I’m enjoying parts of it but I’m doing a difficult show,” he says of the tour and how it has been affected by his trip down south. “It’s still affecting my standup, it’s one of the things that’s making the show tough. I’m a different cat after I did the documentary and it’s like I’m still evolving, I’ve got an extra part of my brain back and I don’t know what to do with it.”
“I’m a different cat after I did the documentary and it’s like I’m still evolving, I’ve got an extra part of my brain back and I don’t know what to do with it.”
Despite enough cracks in the clouds hanging over him to let the sun break through, Hunter is never a man to hide away from the controversial tag that hangs around his neck, a consciousness he is well aware of. “After the adventures of 2013 and all the social media fights and the PFA stuff, I’m trying to say stuff that won’t be troublesome for me and my listeners, I’m trying to avoid controversy, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to.”
Reginald D Hunter visits the Brighton Dome on June 28 with his show, The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such, and for more information please visit www.brightondome.org
A chance to nose round people’s gardens, win prizes AND raise money for MacMillan
e love to wander round beautiful gardens, and – a bit like nosing round peoples’ houses on art trails – there’s something even more fun about it when they’re private. So this has added appeal. We’re talking about the annual Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail, which has been going from strength to strength since being founded by well-known Seaford gardener Geoff Stonebanks back in 2011.
All gardens will be open over the weekend of the 25th and 26th July from 11am to 5pm on both days, and many will be serving that all important homemade tea and cake, as well as perhaps selling jewellery, garden art and plant supports.
Geoff had already been opening his own multi-award-winning garden ‘Driftwood’ for a couple of years before deciding to start the trail for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising money under the banner of his Driftwood Fundraising Group. These pictures are from his beautiful garden.
Geoff was recently presented with an award by the Mayor of Seaford for all the charitable work he has done in recent years, raising over £47,000 for various charities, £23,700 of it for Macmillan. There will be the opportunity to buy raffle tickets in aid of Macmillan on the trail too for great pieces of art, all donated by local artists who will be showing their work at Driftwood later in the year, as part of the Lewes District Council’s Artwave Festival.
Patron of the 2015 garden event for the third year running is TV gardener Christine Walkden, who was voted TV Gardener of the Year by a national gardening magazine last December. And Geoff is naturally thrilled that Christine will be travelling to Sussex to open the trail event in July starting in his own garden. There are currently 23 gardens signed up to take part in the trail along the coast between Brighton and Eastbourne. Five are located in Brighton, eight in Peacehaven and Telscombe, two in Seaford, four in Rodmell and Swanborough, and four in Eastbourne, East Dean and Friston.
Full details of all the gardens participating, location maps and copies of the brochure, once completed, are available on the trail web site.
Details of all prizes to be won can be seen on the Artwave web page. You can join the trail on either day in any garden and buy your ticket at the first garden you visit. Tickets are £7 for a day ticket on both Saturday and Sunday to see as many gardens as you want, or you can just pay £2 at each garden you visit.
Trail launches from Driftwood Garden, 4 Marine Drive in Seaford at 11am on 25 July Enquiries on 01323 899296 www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk www.macmillangardentrail.co.uk www.driftwoodartwave.co.uk
KEEPING COOL When the summer days heat up, keep cool with these simple, energy-free tricks, says Bella Whiteley
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DO IT NATURALLY Knowing when to let air in and when to keep sun out will help cool a house. Take advantage of the fact that hot air rises and create a natural draft by opening downstairs windows on the shady side of the house, and upstairs windows on the hot side of the house. If there is a natural breeze, ‘tune’ your windows to work with it; open downstairs windows on the side of the house the wind is hitting, and as the wind swoops over and around your house, it actually decreases the air pressure on the far side, and that lower pressure will pull hot air OUT of your home… COVER UP Window coverings are the next step to keeping homes cool. Closing drapes and shades can help keep out visible light and UV rays so they don’t get converted to heat, so close them when the sun is shining directly on the building’s façade. However, if living in a cave bums you out there are specialist products on the market designed to counteract those harmful rays; awnings, shutters and blinds. Contemporary awnings have come a long way aesthetically in recent years, in direct relation to our increasingly warmer climate. These by Eden Verandas, based in Hampshire, are some of the smarter ones on the market. Gradually now being incorporated into UK new builds and eco-homes where external electric feeds and remote controls can be specified at the outset of a project, they can reduce a home’s solar heat gain by 77% on windows that are westerly exposed.
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SHUTTERS These are believed to have originated from ancient Greece, with the very first louvres traditionally made from marble, a natural rock which keeps cool inherently. Hung externally on a house to keep unwanted solar gain out in the first instance they came to be installed on the inside of our houses in early 18th century England, having evolved into wooden constructions, fixed into the window reveals to fold back neatly when not required. Bella Vista in East Sussex offer the highest quality shutters and blinds, striving to associate with eco-friendly suppliers. All their products are made from sustainable timber, and they frequently cross-check their sources to ensure they are both competitive and meet the requirements of their trade affiliation with The Guild of Master Craftsmen. Some of my favourites are from the Plantation Shutter range, available in paint colour finishes and natural woods. Made from a light, grainy timber stained or paint finished to your specification, the natural woods give that driftwoody, coastal vibe. Try their ‘Sea Mist’ or ‘Winchelsea White’ for that cooling palette.
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As a designer I champion the larger wide slat shutter as anything scaled up looks bold and striking to the eye. I also like the idea of using darker colours to match architraves and mouldings in Georgian properties; and dashes of Pop-colour where a funkier look is required, maybe in a coastal home or beachside boutique hotel, can be unique and fresh. Sussex-based Shutterly Fabulous offer bold designs and exciting colour-finishes. Having teamed up with renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen, they also offer a unique range in bright gloss colours. My particular favourites are Linen, Storm and Opium Red gloss for sheer seductive indulgence. Blue, in particular the Navy and Indigo Blue, look stunning and evoke that coastal look, or the divine combination of blue and brown, nature’s harmonious natural colour pairing. 94
SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEP COOL IN THE SCORCHING HEAT Natural eco solutioNs Yes, plants! Just cool it, naturally. thoughtfully placed trees, shrubs vines and groundcovers can play a big role in keeping your house cool in summer. air temperature under a shady tree can be as much as 25 degrees cooler than nearby sunny spots. air flow aNd tuNiNg Your wiNdows to the eNviroNmeNt simply close windows and window coverings in the morning before the day heats up, then open them in the evening to flush your house with the cooler air. turN off lights wheN Not iN use incandescent bulbs give off a lot of heat. replace incandescents with cooler light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescents (CFLs). same for electronics; when left on constantly they emit heat and waste energy. up oN the roof Solar reflective paints help reduce solar heat gain on roofs by reflecting sunlight AWAY from the surface and dissipating the heat. lighteN up painting a building’s façade in light colours bounces the sun’s rays away from the building. Bi-annual maintenance will likely be required to keep brick substrates sealed.
BLINDS Blinds – specifically solar protection blinds – are another effective option. The leading brand material is Soltis 86. Manufactured by sergeferrari.com, it gives efficient thermal protection and a more natural light, while maintaining an exceptional level of transparency and outwards visibility. Made of a PVC coated polyester base cloth, it is fully UV fade resistant, waterproof and treated with a fungistatic coat, it is also THE window treatment for swimming pool houses and conservatories. I have used it throughout a prestigious private client’s project and here it was extremely successful in the pool house and main house bathrooms.
wiNdow film one of the cheaper solutions for cooling your home. Solar and heat rejection window film controls the sunlight coming in through your windows so you can reduce glare, heat and fading properties of uv rays and can reduce up to 85% of the sun’s heat. New Build or wiNdow replacemeNt consider solar glass or glazing panels. various tints and colours are also available.
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awNiNgs the external awnings detailed above are so effective in protecting the side of your home from solar heat gain. entire outdoor pergolas with solar screen wall panels are now even now available.
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cookiNg Cooking outside on a BBQ or over a firepit in the cooler evening air beats staying in a sweltering kitchen any day!
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PROPERTY NEWS RIGHT TO SELL? The Government’s Right-to-Buy housing policy could be disastrous for rural communities, warns one of the county’s leading rural housing experts. Professor Mark Shucksmith, an author and Newcastle University academic, feels the plans, which aim to extend the right-to-buy to 1.3 million housing association tenants, “makes no sense”, causing exceptional damage in rural communities. “There is already a shortage of affordable housing, especially in rural areas where there is little social housing,” says Shucksmith. “Disposing of housing association stock, at great cost to the taxpayer, will make the impact on rural communities much more serious. We urgently need more affordable homes to be built, not the disposal of the few that remain in rural areas. Government should reconsider the Right-to-Buy extension.” To oppose the Right-to-Buy policy sign the petition at www.generationrent.org/right_to_buy
A MOVING MARKET If you’re struggling to find that perfect home then never fear as the market is changing, according to Rightmove. While some believe the government’s Right-toBuy policy is set to damage the housing market, others are claiming that now a majority government is in power, the brakes will be off for prospective buyers and sellers. During the three months following the 2010 election the number of properties on the market rose by 17% according to Rightmove and hopes are high for a similar influx this time around.
GREAT INVESTMENT FOR GRANDLORDS While ‘Generation Rent’ may be struggling to get on the property ladder, ‘Grandlords’ are thriving as more and more retired pensioners are looking to invest in property. With the ability to access their pension funds as cash, many see property as an attractive investment and, when compared with the volatility of the stock market and low interest rates on saving, buy-to-let are becoming a safe option for retirees. “Demand for rented accommodation has been strong for many years, and is still increasing, with more people renting than ever before,” explains Allison Thompson, lettings director at Surrey Leaders. “Rents are rising, tenancies are getting longer and good quality properties do not stay empty for long. All this paints a very stable picture for landlords and is appealing to older investors who can now use their pension savings to become ‘grandlords’. Like any investment, buy-to-let comes with no guarantees, but, done with proper care and planning, the benefits are compelling.” For more information see Ms Thompson’s Top Five benefits of investing a pension in property at www.titlesussex.co.uk/great-investment-for-grandlords
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When I read that, “if fracking were to happen in Sussex, it would be the first anywhere in the world to drill through and frack under chalk aquifers” I was dismayed that such a totally incorrect statement should make it into print. After all, you can see the North and South Downs marking the edge of the chalk from Ashdown Forest in the heart of the Weald. There is no chalk at Balcombe, or Billingshurst, or Horse Hill (Gatwick), or anywhere else where oil and gas activity takes place in the weald. More significantly, neither are there any oil or gas well proposals that include hydraulic fracturing at any of these locations either. The direct evidence indicates that oil and gas operations onshore have been properly conducted and the claims made by Frack Free Sussex are not supported by the long-term history of oil and gas operations in Britain. 98
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