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A message from the Editor Well here we are in 2014, the start of a new year. We welcome Luci Ward as the new Senior Designer, as Matt moves on to be one of the new trainers for our sister company ProActive Training, which is expanding rapidly. On page 8 you can read about our Sussex Heroes, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, who provide a service 365 days a year for our local residents and completely run by volunteers. We get a little raunchy on page 20, where we look at the Somatics of Sex with Mike Lousada, who offers up some tips for our love lives.
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On page 25, Councillor Geoffrey Bowden tells us all about a new £1.8 million pit of money and what it means for the Sussex economy. Supporting equality is a buzzword across Brighton & Hove, where we have such a diverse group of residents. One of the less mentioned groups are those with disabilities, and on page 30 we talk to the BSUH NHS Trusts Learning Disability Liaison team as part of our spotlight series. If you go down to the beach today, you’re sure of a big surprise…. Running into some of Sussex’ urban foxes. On page 32 we say Hello Mr Fox and look in more detail at the findings from BBC Autumn watch programme, which tracked 8 foxes around the city streets of Brighton & Hove over a fortnight period. Protect, Plan and Plant on page 34 with our ever so popular gardening feature from resident gardening expert Pauline Clarke. After all the bad Christmas weather, there are handy tips and advice on looking after and enjoying your garden in 2014.
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On page 38, we catch up with practical joker Joel Dommett. With a background in live stand-up comedy and television, he is now on his tour and you can catch him at our wonderful Brighton Komedia in March. In 2014 we welcome a new range of students, who with all their talents are looking for work and could be just what your business needs this year. Learn about the student’s skills on page 12 and check out www.proactivetss.org/talentbank for listings of all the students available for work. Finally, let me thank you all for your support in 2013 and we look forward to continue providing you our excellent magazine throughout this year. As always please email us your comments and thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ahead of their performance at the Brighton Dome in February, Dave Hamilton-Smith spoke with two members of the internationally renowned Japanese drumming ensemble known as Kodo. How did you become involved with Kodo? Masayuki Sakamoto (performer and composer): “I used to dream about being a western drum-kit drummer. When I started on kit, my relative recommended that I also play Japanese drums - taiko. Then I joined a local taiko group. When I was at the 2nd year at high school I saw Kodo’s performance and decided to join the group. Before then I had not thought much about Japanese traditional music, but Kodo was exceptionally cool in the way they achieve a higher level of balancing traditional and contemporary.
Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith
Of all the places that you have performed outside Japan, is there a country or region whose traditional music you feel has a particular connection with your own? MS: “Irish music in Dublin is everywhere and everyone – men, women, young and old – enjoys it without boundaries, and sings and dances together. I felt a bit jealous, but at the same time I felt something mutual with Japanese folk performing arts.” “I had the chance to collaborate with Flamenco dancers and musicians. As the traditional Spanish performing arts, its rhythms are fast and more like pop music. The rhythm structures are not explained with words but learned through the body, which is similar to Japanese folk arts. I had always thought Flamenco was firmly a western culture, but its dance steps have the centre of gravity lower to the ground which is closer to dances in Asia and Japan. I composed a new piece on O-daiko (big drum) based on the rhythms of Flamenco. I think it blended well as their deeper roots have much mutuality.”
Where in the world do you most enjoy performing? And how have British audiences responded to previous Kodo performances? MS: “The audiences in Brazil really danced to our performances on taiko, which made us very happy. Audiences vary from country to country and pick up the laughter and excitement in
the music in different ways, which can make it both interesting and scary from my point of view. We have more standing ovations abroad than in Japan, and we are often surprised by the way audiences abroad concentrate on the silence between pieces without applause.”
Audiences vary from country to country and pick up the laughter and excitement in the music in different ways, which can make it both interesting and scary
Which pieces are currently your most popular with audiences?
“Before I went to UK, I had expected that UK audiences would react to our music with gentle applause, which was wrong. The last time we came, we were delighted to see them stand with so much excitement immediately after performances.”
Jun Akimoto (Kodo magager): “I think Yatai-bayashi, Miyake and O-daiko are three of the master-pieces of Kodo and have always been popular to date with everyone who knows Kodo. Kodo’s forthcoming new productions, directed by our new artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, add a more theatrical, choreographic flow that enfold each individual musical element into one large sequence from the beginning until the end. It’s always good to have specific musical pieces becoming popular, but most people are attracted by the whole show.”
Can you tell us more about the physical and mental training required to play in a taiko ensemble?
How do the pieces composed by Kodo members differ from traditional pieces in rehearsal and performance?
MS: “We gain natural strength by practising daily on taiko. I do not do extra muscle training but I run. In order to acquire the skill and technique to continue running 10 km with the same energy and speed required for a 100m run, you need to have a will to go beyond your limits. By doing so you become relaxed and able to produce the same power. This is very important.” “Taiko requires power to sound it fully. You have to play not just with your hands and arms but with your whole body. On top of the technique, you focus on rhythms, tone and good ensemble unity. I think that taiko is a hard instrument to play. I often train myself staying calm listening to others amidst the most physically demanding practices.”
JA: “These compositions by Kodo performers often show specific linkage and influence from the collaborations between different artists and musical cultures. We have an annual summer festival called Earth Celebration every August on Sado Island (Kodo’s home) where Kodo invites artists from different genres to work with us, so new compositions often have more space for experiments and challenges than the traditional pieces.”
Kodo appears at Brighton Dome on Friday 28th February 2014 and their tour begins at Lighthouse, Poole on 15th February 2014. www.brightondome.org/event/4342/kodo www.kodo.or.jp www.whmuk.com
SUSSEX HEROES Getting off to a rough start with ‘severe weather warnings’ being broadcast in every coastal town across the country, these Sussex heroes have had their work cut out.
Words: Guy Bulleid Photography: Martin Fish
2014 has been a busy year for the RNLI already. A quick look on the ‘latest launches’ section of their website will show you exactly how hard these lifeguards are working to save lives. The RNLI is run by volunteers who are on call constantly, 365 days a year, while contending with a variety of day jobs, from graphic designers to school admissions co-ordinators. The demanding nature of the job even saw the Brighton station operating a launch on Christmas day 2013, testifying to the level of commitment this charity has to saving lives. I went down to the Brighton station on a cold Sunday morning during a weekly training exercise to meet some of the crew and find out a bit more about the heroes who make this organisation what it is. When it comes to their job, the Brighton crew certainly aren’t lacking in enthusiasm, or stories about it. Jade Cohen, the crew’s youngest member at
21, told me about her most memorable call out: “We arrived on scene to an unconscious casualty who was not breathing. We immediately commenced CPR and the Helm of the lifeboat made the difficult decision to ‘beach the boat’ – basically manoeuvring the boat onto the shore – so that we were able to more quickly hand the casualty over to the care of the ambulance crew and get him to hospital sooner than if we had made our way back to the usual meeting point at Brighton Marina. I think it was the most memorable for me as it was my first shout where all the emergency services joined together as a team to try and get the best outcome for the man.” But it is not all gallantry for these heroes, and it becomes apparent that the business of life saving can be difficult at times as helmsman Mark Nightingale recalls the first time he saved a life, “the first time I was on the boat and we saved a life [I] found it really difficult to sleep afterwards. I don’t think I’d really thought
I don’t think I’d really thought through what it meant to intervene and save a life.
through what it meant to intervene and save a life.” And the job has its downsides too - “Every now and then there is a shout that really stretches the crew or may involve a life threatening situation... The worst parts - you have to deal with some unpleasant things like recovering bodies.” Above all else, a strong sense of community reminiscent of a close family presides over everything RNLI. As crew member Jade Cohen can testify “What motivates me to volunteer for the RNLI is not just the reward of saving lives but the people I get to meet along the way. Brighton Lifeboat Crew are like a second family to me. You can always rely on them to help you through the good and bad parts you face in life.” To call the RNLI a family is fitting; not only in the sense of unbreakable companionship these heroes share, but also in a more literal way as helmsman and graphic designer Mark Nightingale revealed when explaining how he came to work amongst the crew: “I’d moved to a flat close to the lifeboat station and went to a boatshow at the marina. While there I got talking to a girl called Phoenix on the Sunsail stand. She mentioned that she was on the lifeboat crew and that they were looking for crew. I turned up the next Tuesday and ended up getting involved. Fast forward 13 years and Phoenix and I are married with 3 kids!” As volunteer crew member Virginia Billcliff pointed out, ”A big misconception is that the RNLI is a government organisation. It is a Charity and instead relies solely on the generous donations from the public”. While it is unfortunate that such inspiring and dedicated people in our community cannot take on their passions as full time jobs, there is something you can do to help; if you would like to donate to, or get involved with the RNLI, you can find everything you need on their website: www.rnli.org. www.whmuk.com
Martin Uhomoibhi from the Sussex Saxons
SUPER BOWL WHAT’S IT GOT TO DO WITH US?
The Super Bowl event and American Football will just keep getting bigger and bigger, soccer better watch its back!
American football. That has always been the sport I’ve enjoyed.”
Is the Super Bowl buzz just as big over here as it is in the states? “I was so shocked when I came to the UK during my first year of university. People were awake till stupid o’clock watching the Super Bowl, just really engrossed in it.”
Do you think more Brits will get involved in the Super Bowl spectacle? “The Super Bowl event and American Football will just keep getting bigger and bigger, soccer better watch its back! There’s some exponential stuff that’s going on here. Brits have an interest for this and I’m excited.” With two American Football teams here in Brighton, The Sussex Saxons and Brighton Tsunami, there’s certainly going to be more than a few fantastic events held for the 2014 Super Bowl. I recommend Wahoo bar on West Street as the place to be. Expect hot dog eating competitions, beer pong and even cheerleaders! Not to mention the prematch build up, half time shows, the game itself and post-match celebrations. The Super Bowl is no ordinary event on the American Sporting calendar. But just what is it and why should we Brits take notice? The Super Bowl is the popular name for the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). One of the most watched ‘one day’ sporting events in the world, over 100 million Americans tune in to watch the game and the potential global audience can be as many as 1 billion! Even if you are not a fan of the NFL no one will blame you for being blown away by the hype that surrounds the commercials that are aired on American TV during breaks. Super Bowl commercials are as much eagerly anticipated as the game; advertisers looking to attract the vast amount of people watching the show.
Last year’s commercial for Taco Bell, an American fast food chain for Mexican food was one of the most talked about ads. Featuring a group of old aged citizens breaking out of their care home and going on a wild night in a club. What makes this advert stand out even more is that it’s set to a Spanish version of smash hit Fun song “We Are Young”. Keen to find out how Super Bowl is making its way into the UK gameplay, I spoke to Martin Uhomoibhi, an American football player for the Sussex Saxons.
How did you start playing American Football? “When I lived in the states recess and every other P.E period would involve
Want to try the sport for yourself? The Chichester Sharks offer 5v5 non-contact (bit like tag rugby) versions of the sport. You can message them on their website www.chichestersharks.co.uk to take part in a training session. It’s a simple game, quick and easy to learn. No expensive kit is required, all you need is a pair of football boots or trainers to start with. Open to males and females aged 16+. Prefer to support the sport from your armchair? The big game will be on our screens February 2nd 2014 and can be viewed on channel 4.
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Sabiha Choudhury After graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA in Sociology, I did a few admin jobs while deciding which career path to take. I realised I enjoyed writing, so completed an NCTJ diploma in journalism in 2011. Since then, I’ve blogged for a local community group, completed a four month internship at a digital marketing agency (SEO copywriting), and written for an online restaurant guide as a food/restaurant critique. Working at WHM has helped maintain my research and writing skills, and greatly improved my confidence in the field. I hope to one day work with the editorial team of a non-commercial (maybe charity) publication.
Guy Bulleid Daniel Price Since graduating from the University of Brighton with a BA in Creative Media Practice, I have gained skills in writing, video editing and design. My main passion is writing, and in 2012 I began writing for a football site which averages 30,000 views a day. I wanted to gain experience in the real life print and publication world so, when the opportunity to join What’s Happening Magazine arose, I jumped at the chance. My time at WHM has been excellent and will for sure help me in future career ventures.
My time at WHM has been of immense help to me, as it has given me a strong vocational skill set which I am sure will prove to be invaluable as I proceed, enthusiastically, into the world of creative media.
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After finishing college I decided to try and make my way in the world of journalism armed with only a relentless enthusiasm and undying passion for writing. My interest has always culminated around the shocking, offbeat and quirky, be it in the form of music, art or any other medium, so long as I can document or write about it.
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Charlie Grey Anna Mackenzie I graduated with a 1st class degree in Creative Writing from Roehampton University, where I developed an interest in writing Creative Nonfiction and Longform journalism. Working at What’s Happening Magazine gave me the opportunity to apply my writing skills in a working environment, giving me valuable insight into the process of creating articles to be published. I find writing to tight deadlines drives and stimulates my creativity. The support I received in a focussed, fast paced office motivated me to work harder, and built my confidence and ability to create current, lively articles. It has inspired me to pursue a career in journalism.
Sam Rawks After working in digital marketing over the past year I was looking to move into journalism and web development. Having completed an NCTJ diploma in journalism, and also having taught myself a few programming languages. I felt that working at WHM gave me journalist skills. I enjoy writing articles and features and would like to establish a career where I can build fully functioning websites using the latest programming developments and provide them with excellent content.
Creativity is part of my everyday life. My main hobby is music production, and my current project is putting together my own website with my HTML and CSS knowledge. This will feature my compositions, music videos and the new writing skills I have gained from WHM for blogging, social media posts and articles concerning new ideas and techniques related to music production and engineering. WHM has given me a great insight into the world of journalism and how a magazine is put together, both in terms of researching and constructing articles. Journalism is something that I have no prior experience of but have gained valuable knowledge of in my time on this course.
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inside llewyn davis Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith This movie has an excitingly hip concept: a week in the life of a folk singer in early 1960s New York. This era is now pop-culture legend, and you just know the Coens will nail its distinctive and timelessly cool period style. The music is the main attraction here - original songs are performed by the cast, including Justin Timberlake with a beatnik librarian beard and sweater. Acclaimed by critics, its evocative charms will surely win over audiences too. Out Now
12 Years a Slave Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith
Anyone who saw Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan’s fascinatingly damaged performances in 2011’s Shame will know that Steve McQueen is one of the best British directors working today, and this month sees the release of his historical drama 12 Years a Slave. Set twenty years before the Emancipation, it tells the story of a musician and family man from New York state who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in New Orleans. Following an incredible response in the US, the film is set to make a huge impact upon its UK release, not least for its impressive cast list. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has been widely praised for his leading role; Michael Fassbender returns too, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Quvenzhané Wallis (of last year’s hit Beasts of the Southern Wild), Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt and Michael K. Williams. It may not be light viewing, but with a cast like that, how could you miss it? Out Now
the wolf of wall street Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this epic black comedy about financial corruption. The stock market culture of testosterone, high stakes and glamour is ripe for great drama and it looks like Scorsese has delivered again in style. Co-stars Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey are great at balancing comedy and drama, and so providing the script is up to scratch this will be one of the top movies of 2014. Out Now
None the Wiser
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Words: Dara Safvatnia
American post-slacker songsmith, Beck is back with his first album of new material since 2008’s critically acclaimed Modern Guilt. In 2012 Beck’s DIY sheet music project, Song Reader, encouraged fans to perform his music for themselves but now they’ll be keen to hear Beck’s voice in this studio release, recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records. Morning Phase, Beck’s first album for Capitol records, has been described as a companion piece to 2002’s Sea Change album, featuring the same core set of musicians and additional brass and string arrangements by Beck’s father. I anticipate rich, lush harmonies and beautifully crafted melancholia, the perfect soundtrack to ease you gently from Winter to Spring.
From humble beginnings to the release of their fourth studio album ‘None the Wiser’, it seems that this four-piece indie-rock band are still expertly writing and producing definitive sounds. Showing off The Rifles talent for referencing a variety of different styles, ‘None the Wiser’ is a 10-track album with an impressive transition. The album starts with a cheerfully upbeat indie pop track titled ‘Minute Mile’ which then delicately switches to tracks such as ‘Heebie Jeebies’, that have a much more visceral rock and roll sound, with elements of Mod and inspiration from bands such as The Jam. Following their recent nationwide tour, The Rifles have really come a long way since their first studio album release back in 2006 and have been moving further up the charts ever since.
Morning Phase Words: Alison Moon
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Beyonce’s self-titled album is not one for the child audience whose hearts she once captivated. In a recent video she has said that an older audience has granted her artistic freedom, and less concern over the responsibility that came with the highly impressionable audience she once catered to, creating anticipation for an explicit, honest and completely unadulterated look into the life and mind of the siren-voiced star in the 2014 album. Out Now
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Words: Charlie Grey
Enduring the winter blues can be a difficult task, and one of the ways to help yourself feel better is to regulate your sleep patterns. With the help of the iphone app ‘Sleep Cycle alarm clock’ by Maciek Drejak Labs you can be on your way to a better nights sleep. The app works by acting as a combined alarm and sleep monitor, for more information visit the Itunes store.
Need a laugh to raise your spirits during February? Then how about the free Bitstrips app. Create your own avatars with their own emotions and then create hilarious comic strips from the available online themed templates, which include pranks, insults and your own speech bubbles.
The Good Luck of Right Now Words: Alison Moon
Dorothy Must Die
There’s a buzz surrounding the new title from author Matthew Quick, whose novel Silver Linings Playbook won fans and led to the award winning film of the same name. The Good Luck of Right Now, the story of a bachelor struggling to live without his deceased mother, combines humour and pathos and promises to be a touching read. The book has been optioned for film ahead of publication, suggesting that the screen success of Silver Linings Playbook - which granted Jennifer Lawrence a Best Actress Oscar could well be repeated.
Words: Guy Bulleid
Divinity: Original Sin Words: Daniel Price The prequel adventure in the epic Divinity RPG series, the Divinity world is full of fantasy and evil. The orcs of Tanoroth march equipped with magic never seen before – ready to destroy whatever crosses their path. The heroes in this latest series come from surprising backgrounds, a condemned warrior released from his shackles and a mystic heroine who has been brought back to life. Will these two unlikely heroes be strong enough, mentally and physically, to see off the threat of the prevailing orcs? Released 28th February
Given the recent success of Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful – a classic tale revived with a fresh twist – the idea behind Danielle Paige’s debut novel comes as no surprise. Bringing a new and completely unexpected twist to the classic story of Oz, Dorothy Must Die has been described as “The Wizard of Oz meets Kill Bill” - an exciting and adventurous concept that is sure to turn heads as quickly as it will have you turning its pages! The plot follows Amy, the other girl from Kansas, in a bizarre reversal of the original’s antagonistic relationship; recruited by the revolutionary order of wicked, Amy must travel to Oz to steal the scarecrow’s brain, remove the tin man’s heart and take the lion’s courage before defeating Oz’s tyrant - the now megalomaniac Dorothy.
books books Just So Happens
Words: Anna Mackenzie Just So Happens is a Jonathon Cape Graphic Novel selling in book shops in February by comic book artist Fumio Obata. The sequential images and text are inspired by Japanese comic art, Manga, traditional Japanese architecture, calligraphy and clothing. The story explores what happens when a young Japanese woman who for many years has called London her home, hears of her father’s unexpected death. It follows her journey to Japan to attend her father’s funeral and her personal transformation as the unexpected occurs. Obata tells a powerful tale that delicately portrays the themes and rituals of life and death.
Words: Daniel Price
One of the major releases for the Next-Gen consoles is Thief, an adaption of the original series which became a popular PC game between 1998 and 2004. Players take control of lead character Garret, whose main task is to steal from the rich. The in-game challenges are overcome by using stealth skills, with violence only a secondary option. One new exciting feature is ‘Focus Mode’ which gives you and Garrett many advantages such as enhancing his vision and highlighting objects which can be interacted with. Thief is available on both Xbox One and PS4.
ALbion in the Community giving people a chance Words: Daniel Price
Albion in the Community is an independent charity, launched in 2005, which directly helped over 52,000 people in 2012 alone. Sport is a powerful way of engaging and connecting with the community and the scheme uses football as a means to create opportunities, constantly developing new projects to not only encourage participation in sport but promote education and support for the disabled and unemployed. I spoke to Michael Edwards, Chief Executive of Albion in the Community, about the good work that the charity does. “The Brighton & Hove Albion Club brand and logo is tremendously powerful in the City – the brand resonates with everyone from the 9 year old who wants to play as a striker for the team, to the 70 year old who may have been standing on the terraces for half a century.”
What makes AITC such a valuable asset to the local community? “The real strength of AITC is the breadth and diversity of its programmes, it offers a broad range of sports programmes to children and young adults through schools and colleges; it offers the opportunity for 16+ young people to acquire sports coaching and other qualifications; it ensures that the disabled get an equal chance to enjoy the fun elements of sport.”
How many people have benefited locally from the work of Albion in the Community? “Each year AITC impacts more than 52,000 people in Sussex: 14,420 school children participated in sport through their schools – 210 schools throughout Sussex. 6200 people attended the Cancer Awareness sessions in the County, Over 700 disabled people took part in Albion in the community sport clubs. We have also qualified 120 new football coaches through the AITC coach education programme.” Over the years the AITC have won many awards for their efforts and most recently saw off four Premier League clubs to scoop the Best Corporate Social Responsibility award at the National Football Business Awards in November 2013. Their work should be commended and will definitely continue to help people of all backgrounds and ages in Brighton and Hove and across Sussex in 2014.
The rise of a new
global currency - the bitcoin Words: Luke Gallin
SHOULD WE BE TAKING NOTICE OF A DIGITAL CURRENCY? The Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency that can be traded and used to purchase items online and, being user powered ensures that it’s free from the influences of any central governing authority. User powered means that the cost of a Bitcoin is determined by supply and demand, the higher the demand the higher the price, and vice-versa. Since the official launch in January 2009, its value has at times skyrocketed, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The currency’s value often fluctuates and sometimes to the extreme. At first they traded for a few US cents per Bitcoin but, reports of highs pushing $230 per Bitcoin have become more and more common. So what exactly is all the fuss about? As an unregulated form of currency that enables you to carry around thousands of pounds on your phone or any modern device, it’s no surprise that major corporations like CNN have described it as a “shady online currency.” Contrasting the views of CNN, the US Senate and the FBI (that its sole use is for the criminal world), believers in the Bitcoin are baffled why more people aren’t opting to use the currency and accepting it as a legitimate and serious money source, and one that should be taken seriously by Governments around the globe.
The ingenuity behind the creation of the Bitcoin is admirable and audacious. Bitcoin creator - a pseudonymous known as Satoshi Nakamoto, uniquely designed it so that the creation of new Bitcoins is halved every year until the total amount in existence is capped at 21 million. This means that once all of them are ‘owned’ then no more can or ever will be created so they can then only be passed peer-to-peer through digital transactions. In order to avoid perceived limitations of having a finite amount, each Bitcoin can be divided by up to eight decimal places, and potentially even smaller should this ever be required. Add to this the removal of automated inflation by the creator, a tact which aids its unregulated nature and, to ensure it stays less susceptible to long term economic cycles of boom and bust, it’s perceivable that the Bitcoin could gain heavy momentum and be around for the long haul. In the past, abiding to conventional monetary systems hasn’t always worked out for the best – after all, recessions are a constant crippling hold on national and global economies. An example of how the Bitcoin could potentially flourish can be seen within the East Sussex town of Lewes, and the Lewes Pound. Reintroduced in 2009 after being abolished nearly a century before, roughly 130 local establishments now accept the Lewes Pound as a legitimate form of payment. A benefit the currency boasts is that it circulates purely within the town itself, meaning that like the Bitcoin (which circulates purely digitally) it is largely free from the scare of inflation and ruling central authorities. In return this helps the local economy to grow and also creates a strong sense of community. Arguably the best thing going for the Bitcoin is its freedom from a central body like the Federal Reserve in America, and our very own Bank of England, because let’s face it – they’re inherently designed to screw things up, but that’s another story for another issue. So in theory only the users of the Bitcoin currency can dictate its strength within a market, an approach some would like to see infiltrate the current global economic system. But perhaps the ever nearing all-digital-age means a logical progression from bulky coins and paper notes created via vast CO2 emissions, is just what evolution intended. And the signs are certainly showing a head in that direction, with banks and smartphones enabling contactless payment services we’re already nearing the end of the pin era - so maybe, just maybe physical money will be next.
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A qualified counsellor, Clinical Sexologist, Sex Coach and Sex Educator, Mike Lousada has been working as a Psychosexual Somatic® Practitioner for most of his adult life. We met with Mike to chat about his unusual choice of career and to get a few tips for our own love lives. Words: Hannah Frankie Staff
Where did you get the idea to do this type of work? I kind of found my way into it accidentally. I started doing some Tantra and realised that there was a lot of emotional stuff getting released through doing this type of touch work. When I was single I would be having experiences with women; I thought that I was just going to go and have a sexual experience with them but what would end up happening is they would end up going into some kind of process of emotional release. Looking back now I realise it was because of how I was holding the space for them. By accepting whatever was coming up it just felt safe enough for them to release all of these past emotions. I got to a very strange point of realising that I’d go on a date with someone and it could have led to sex, but then I‘d end up holding them as they released their trauma.
Could you explain what Tantra actually is? If you ask a hundred different Tantra teachers you’ll probably get a 100 different answers. For me Tantra is a spiritual practice which combines the masculine principle of consciousness with the feminine principle of energy to create a whole experience within oneself, and it gets reflected back through external experience.
Although you don’t actually teach Tantra, having read a bit about your background I came across the term ‘Psychosexual Somatics’. Would you be able to explain a little bit about what that is and what it helps to achieve? Psychosexual Somatics is the particular modality that I work in and which I’ve developed. It’s a kind of ‘hands on’ sex therapy; a combination of talk work and bodywork for clients who’ve got sex and intimacy issues.
Is it specifically designed to help people who have suffered abuse or trauma or can it help a number of people with various different problems? It’s very effective with a broad range of clients. It certainly helps those who have experienced trauma or abuse but it’s equally effective with those of us who have grown up with limiting belief systems around sex, or even the kind of middle class repressed sexuality we have in this country. It doesn’t mean that we’ve experienced trauma necessarily, but growing up with the message that ‘good girls don’t’ or that you’re not supposed to enjoy sex too much will inhibit the sexual response. All those belief systems get stored in the body and they can be released through this process.
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You talk about being a sexologist, so is Psychosexual Somatics part of being a sexologist?
I’ve read that you’re in a committed long-term relationship and I’d be interested to know what you think makes for a strong relationship? The only way I know how to have a strong intimate relationship is to have authentic communication. That requires being very real with one another and that requires taking risks sometimes. Sometimes we need to say things that are uncomfortable for ourselves or for our partner to hear, but if we can do it from a place of compassion it’s really about that authentic communication - and that’s doubly true in sexual experience.
What do you think are some of the pitfalls that couples can fall into within their relationships? Unfortunately one of the most common ones these days is that they just don’t make time for intimacy in their lives. It’s really important to make a space, to carve out some time every day, every week, every month - whatever it may be to actually have physical intimacy. The other thing is that when couples get too close they lose the charge between them. ‘The grass is always greener’ idea. That’s because when there’s a challenge to reach something it becomes more appealing. If it’s easy it becomes boring so by creating some sense of distance between the couple ironically that actually brings them closer together in terms of their sexual charge. The other thing I would say is variety is the spice of life. Variety is what also helps to keep long-term relationships alive. If you always have sex in the same way, it’ll be fantastic for the first six months but after a while it’ll start to become boring.
when couples get too close they lose the charge between them. ‘The grass is always greener’ idea.
Sexology is the scientific study of human sexuality and clinical sexology is applying that knowledge to client practice. So clinical sexology is an important part of my work – understanding the human sexual response cycle, understanding the difference between arousal and desire etc. But what I’m doing that’s different is I’m using physical intervention; I’m touching clients, where it’s appropriate, and where it is within their boundaries. So the model I’m using is Psychosexual Somatics, which belongs to a broader field which we might call Somatics Sexology. Somatic meaning ‘of the body’.
Do you think that there’s any inappropriate behaviour for a sexual relationship? I think how I define “healthy” sex as anything where there is a relational dynamic. It doesn’t mean you need to be in a longterm relationship or be in love with that person but healthy sex is where we respect the other person as an individual, with emotions, wants, needs, desires, vulnerabilities and passions. If we can respect someone and meet in that place, then whatever acts we perform are healthy. Anything that we do where that relational dynamic is missing is to me unhealthy.
What’s the biggest mistake couples make when they first try to make things exciting? Lack of communication. Communication is so key because not communicating what’s acceptable causes problems. You need to know what acts would be acceptable, what would be “maybe” acceptable, and what are definite no-no’s. By not communicating this with one another you can easily get into emotionally painful situations.
How important do you think sex is as a whole in an intimate and So what would be your advice to couples trying to make their loving relationship? I think it’s as important as you think it is. For some people relationships and sex lives stronger? it’s very important and for others it doesn’t seem to play a I think it depends where people are on their journey but first we need to connect with our own sexual energy. Understand what sex means for you as an individual and how you want to express that. Once you’ve got a really clear sense of that you can bring it into a relationship with your partner. There are lots of different aspects to our sexuality so you could imagine there’s a part of you that’s a seductress, a virginal character, a femme fatal - all of these different characters would have sex with a partner in different ways. Play with those different energies. You could go as far as role-play but you don’t have to. It can just be feeling and imagining how would this seductress be, how would this tender lover be? Make love from that place.
significant part. You know if you’re feeling fulfilled in your relationship and you’re happy and you’re satisfied; and as long as both partners are then that’s the important thing. I can’t say how often one should have sex – it should be as often as you need it to be and as important as you make it. For me I take the view that our sexual energy is our life-force energy, so when we connect with that we connect with individual expression, creativity and passion. To find out more about Mike Lousada and his work, please visit his website: www.mikelousada.com www.whmuk.com
“Wow, I really regret going to hoop class today. ” – No one. Ever.
New State of Mind.. It’s February and your New Year’s Resolutions are probably fading a little, if not completely forgotten. Words: Anna Mackenzie Alison Moon Sabiha Choudhury
ere at WHM we have put together some ideas to refocus your goals for the year ahead. From exercise to nutrition, your career to your social life.
How to Be..
A Social Butterfly Can’t stand the thought of another Friday night alone in front of the television? If you want to make 2014 the year that your social diary comes to life, jump off the sofa and get out there as there are plenty of opportunities to be sociable and pursue your hobbies at the same time. From life drawing to cooking, rock climbing and salsa dancing to poetry clubs and comedy workshops, there are so many clubs, classes and workshops across Sussex that will cater for all ages and interests. Many have one-day taster sessions or run short-term courses and weekend workshops so you won’t have to commit to something if you’re feeling unsure – just give it a go! If that seems a little taxing, you may prefer to join a social group. There are plenty online, we suggest meetup.com or brightonsocialising.co.uk. Simply sign up on their websites for access to hundreds of dining, book, coffee, Friday night drinks and even Brighton tortoise running clubs. You name it, there’s a group for it. *Always be safe and cautious online when giving out personal information.
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Trim and fit while having fun
Relaxed and Refreshed
If you’re getting up in the cold and dark just to get on the treadmill or brace a run along the seafront before work, then perhaps your regime could benefit from a new spin. For many, It is fine to have hooping is a hobby that goals, but the aim belongs in childhood. However, it is one of is to let go of the most entertaining straining to make and effective ways of shedding inches from life different and your waist.
Resolutions require mental focus. How often have we said, “I could do that if I put my mind to it”? But we also deserve to make time for mental and physical relaxation. At WHM we tried a modern Mindfulness meditation course at Evolution Arts and Natural Health (Brighton), derived from traditional Buddhism. We are happy to report greater clarity, energy and contentment.
to be fully present Jo Mondy, creator with what’s of livelovehoop.com happening. says: ‘Hula hooping is
Local Mindfulness practitioner Nick Diggins (of Mindfulness for Wellbeing) told WHM: “It is fine to have goals, but the aim is to let go of straining to make life different and to be fully present with what’s happening. Mindfulness is about letting go of doing things that are unhelpful and being more aware of this beautiful life.”
To get you started why not try this simple exercise at home: Take ten minutes away from your to-do list and instead focus on your breathing. Notice how you really feel. If done regularly, this can help you to relax and to create healthier habits. As a by-product of this greater selfawareness, Mindfulness may bring you closer to reaching those elusive life goals, or even to discovering new ones.
so much fun! You get an amazing cardio workout, as well as strengthening your core muscles and toning your arms. It is low impact and easy to learn.’ To twist hooping from a childhood activity into an adult friendly fitness tool, Jo advises you ‘make sure you get yourself an adult size hoop… Stand up straight and tall, then as you swing the hoop around your waist, push your hips back and forward with a rocking motion.’ Buy your own hula hoop and give it a go at home or why not join one of the many classes or courses going on in and around Sussex? Get started at: www.livelovehoop.com
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A moment on the lips means a lifetime on the hips? Forget tired mantras and draining diet plans. This year is less about counting calories and cutting out carbs and more about achieving a healthy nutritional balance and sensible approach to food. Guilt and restriction will only lead to midnight fridge raids and stuff-your-face binges, so learn how to love food and love your body too.
It’s often easy to stay stuck in a rut and just accept that ‘Monday morning’ feeling as normal. However, don’t let the stagnant job market put you off achieving your goals. Sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring never got anyone anywhere, you need to be proactive and make things happen. We spoke to our sister company, ProActive Training, for a few career-building ideas and tips on how to land that dream job.
A healthy eater, not a fad dieter
Don’t go hungry. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s true, if you skip meals you’ll end up so starving you’ll have no control over what you eat. We suggest eating some form of protein with every meal – high protein foods are slow to metabolise so not only will you burn more calories digesting them but you’ll feel fuller for longer.
A Career Go-Getter
Look into further training in your chosen field. Even if it isn’t essential, it could give you an advantage over your competitors.
Whether formal or casual, consider networking. It will broaden your links and connections towards your goal position.
2. Get writing. From your shopping list to a 3. Update your CV. daily food diary, planning out your meals and recording them is a sure way to keep you on the right track. If you don’t have all those ‘naughty’ foods in your cupboards then you won’t be tempted to eat them. And the same goes with a food diary – seeing it all written down will be a wake up call to all those little extras you’re secretly consuming. We love the Diet Doodle Diary to log your food intake & exercise adventures alongside amusing real-life tips and illustrations.
Be creative with your wording to best highlight your skills and experiences. Seek advice from a CV expert if necessary.
3. Put the biscuit down. We are a nation of sugar-addicts but sadly all those sweet treats are doing nothing for our waistlines. Not only does sugar have little nutritional benefit but some scientists even claim that it tricks our brains into thinking we aren’t full so we eat more than we would before. Try to cut out all sugar and sweeteners and soon you’ll stop having cravings and start seeing a positive change to your curves. 4. Drink up – but not of the alcoholic kind. Hunger can often be confused with dehydration so make sure you carry around a bottle of water with you at all times. We need approximately 1.2 litres of liquid a day, more if exercising, so keep it interesting by adding slices of lemon, orange or chunks of watermelon and sprigs of mint to your water for a healthy twist.
4. Be discreet while you’re job-hunting. Some employers don’t take kindly to employees using company time and resources when pursuing another job. 5. Don’t burn bridges along the way; you
never know who you will need to rely on in the future. Even if you leave for a better job, maintain professionalism and good relations with your current colleagues.
Finally, stay patient and positive. Even if you receive knock-back after knockback, don’t be disheartened and give up. Some of the world’s most successful people have taken years, even decades, to get where they are now.
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The Lifeof Ever heard of hoofing? Well Lee Payne, the semi-finalist of reality TV dance show ‘Got To Dance’, is just that! A talented and professional Hoofer, he also appeared in the West End Musical ‘Riverdance’. We sent Abbie Lasham to find out more. So what is hoofing? A hoofer is a tap dancer that is able to improvise freely flowing with or without music.
Why do you do it?
aHoofer Words: Abbie Lasham
When tapping, I feel a sense of freedom and weightlessness flowing through my body. I dance with the thoughts of what makes me happy, which are my two daughters. When they were born I sang ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ to help them sleep and now this is my internal song that I swing to when I have no music.
What is your favourite step?
How do you feel when performing on stage?
and spirit. It also improves co-ordination because, whilst counting the bars in your head, you have to listen to the tune that is playing to know when you have to start tapping, to know when you are to start comping and to hit the right beat with your feet at the right time. All of this together, Why should people learn? People should want to learn to tap to what more can I say. experience the freedom of creating Are there different styles of hoofing? musical, rhythmical patterns that are Yes there are many different hoofing styles, flowing through the soul. very much like music. From jazz, swing, funk and slides to flash, double digital tap The spectacular dancing of Lee Payne has dancing and broadway, each person should inspired many dancers to get their tap find their own style. That way either they shoes on! will find a flavour that suits them, or a new To find out more visit: style that might be born. www. bruckfeetproductions.com
I don’t have a favourite tap step but when improvising and in the moment you always find a groove that you like to come back to.
What experiences has it opened up for you?
Tapping has allowed me to travel the world, be on TV, dance with the president’s wife How did you develop your own style? and perform in many festivals across the UK. By watching all the great hoofers from back Whether I have money or no money, I have in the day. I took a little bit from each of always got my tap shoes. When they’re on those who worked with my own flow, thus my feet I always feel a million dollars. Lee was born. Gregory Hines is my main inspiration because he was one of the most Can hoofing improve your health and amazing innovators of tap dance; crossing bodily co-ordination? over from old style to new style, he was a Hoofing has helped my health greatly, genius. allowing me to grow, in both body, mind
I am sharing myself with whoever is watching. I like to feel that I am bringing the audience into my world, as I am on stage sharing myself with them. I hope people see me smiling and enjoying what I’m creating.
What is it like being a professional hoofer? Hoofers are foot percussionists, we sing with our feet. We are not seen as musicians in the music world and we are not seen as dancers in the dance world. This leaves us in a complete category of our own, which at times can be very lonely.
boosting business in sussex
We talk to Councillor Geoffrey Bowden on how New funding will help businesses take off. Brighton & Hove City Council, in partnership with seven other organisations, has been awarded nearly £1.8 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to support local businesses. Brighton & Hove City Council is the lead partner, working with Lewes District Council, Sussex Innovation Centre, the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Wired Sussex and the region’s universities. We caught up with Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, Chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, to find out what this new funding pot will mean for the Sussex economy.
Congratulations on the successful funding bid! How will it be spent? This is great news which will really give businesses a boost and enable them to grow. The Regional Growth Fund is there to invest in companies with potential. It will offer grants to help them tap into new markets, and provide support to enable them to develop the skills that are needed to build a successful and resilient business. It’s about encouraging new ideas and innovation. It’s open to businesses across all sectors of the economy with high growth potential including start ups as well as established businesses. There will be mentoring support, plus the opportunity to benefit from the talent held within our universities via paid internships.
How can local businesses apply for a slice of the funding pie?
Words: Alison Moon Daniel Price
“Ultimately we want to achieve our potential as a vibrant and growing economy, developing businesses and creating new jobs across the Greater Brighton City Region”
They can apply through www.businessnavigator.org.uk It’s open for applications now, with the money to be spent over the next two years. So the periods of the grants are short term, but our objective is always to invest in the long term.
We understand that local universities will offer expertise to businesses? Yes, the programme is supported by the University of Brighton, University of Sussex and the University of Chichester. Additionally the whole scheme is supported by Lancaster University, which has a record of helping more than five thousand local businesses. Wired Sussex will also be a source of support for the digital sector companies and Sussex Innovation Centre will use their expertise to support high growth businesses.
So what happens next? The recent award is part of a wider bid for a much bigger funding pot, called the City Deal, so we hope to hear about additional funding in the New Year. This forms part of our strategy to support the economy of the city region. We’re in competition with cities all around the country, but the fact that we have some money allocated at this stage is a pretty good sign. www.whmuk.com
Now it’s the New Year there’s no excuse not to get off the sofa, out of your onesie and embark on a whole new exercise regime. Sound daunting? We went out to find some alternative ways of burning off all those mince pies, without a treadmill or cross-trainer in sight.
BRIGHTON AND ROLLERBLADING HOVE RAMBLERS For those of you still feeling guilty about that ‘Get Fit and Healthy’ new years resolution that has stubbornly kept its place, unticked, on your list, Brighton and Hove Ramblers is the solution you’ve been searching for! A walking group consisting of 600 members, you’ll find the perfect level of exercise for you in one of the three age groups on offer: 2040 year olds, 40-60 year olds and the All Ages Group. As well as the fun fitness benefit, the group is a perfect way to meet new friends (or even find that special someone). Thanks to the relaxed yet therapeutic form of exercise that leaves you with enough energy to hold a good conversation, you won’t find yourself gasping for air and unable to communicate! There are three grading types: easy walks, leisurely walks and moderate walks which will cater to all people’s ability. As walking, and in particular high incline walking is one of the best ways to burn calories and keep your-self fit, you can see why BHR is a popular and ever growing club in the Brighton community! Membership Prices range from £3 a month or £4 for a joint membership. www.bahr.org.uk Words: Guy Bulleid
The last time you heard of rollerblading it was probably bearing the brunt of a skateboarder’s joke, or perhaps you remember it as a short-lived 90s fad that is gone for good reason. Well it’s time to blow all those pre-conceptions out the window; rollerblading is alive and kicking. As a ten year running participant of this sport I can assure you the benefits of it will be a welcome addition to any exercise routine; the smooth motion of movement allows for a thorough workout of leg muscles, without the impact on your bones found in other sports like jogging. Seriousness and health benefits aside, it’s extremely fun! Starting out on a pair of skates can be hilarious, and as your ability progresses you’ll find millions of ways in which you can pursue and improve your talent, perhaps even daring to take it to a skatepark and really turn up the heat. There are countless excellent facilities all around Brighton for you to take advantage of as well. Loco Skates is an inline skating specialist shop based in Eastbourne who will be more than happy to kit you out with whatever you need. Also, the recently refurbished Level skatepark is a brilliant place to learn and meet other skaters, the best bit being its floodlights, allowing for skate sessions as late as 10pm.
Words: Guy Bulleid
Words: Laurie Jamieson
A brutal and highly skilled sport, Waterpolo consists of six outfield players and a goalie, the aim is to score more goals than the other team, while not drowning. And although there are rules, on the surface of it (no pun intended) there may as well be none. Brighton’s Waterpolo team play on Mondays 18:30-19:30 at Brighton College and Friday evenings at the Prince Regent swimming pool 20:30-22:00. The sessions are open to all; men, women and children. The only pre-requisite being that you are a fairly confident swimmer.
I turn up, speedo’s already on, and am warmly greeted by Peter Tuffin (‘Puffin’), a long standing member for over 20 years. The team are a motley crew but by god they must be fit. It’s alright when we’re in the shallow end, but when we move to the deep end for ‘leg work’ I realise I might not get out of this alive. This is a recurring feeling during the evening. When we start a match, I am less playing, more surviving, barely. And that is brilliant. That first breath after being held under water by some brute is joyous confirmation. I am alive!
Words: Laurie Jamieson
Pronounced Pet-onk, the aim of the game is to throw hollow metal balls as close to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (translates as “piglet”) or jack, as possible. It can be played by two, four or six people in two teams. Fantastically versatile as it can be played on almost any flat, open space. Perfect gentle exercise on a sunny afternoon. Down by the Peace statue along the seafront The Brighton & Hove Petanque Club meet every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm. It really is incredibly relaxed. Members turn up all through the afternoon, some bearing cake, others
bottles of beer or suncream. “What’s not to love, sun, sea and cider! Oh and Petanque!” says youngest club member Joseph Simmonds-Issler, 23. It is just such a cracking location. Dress code is very relaxed, just use some common sense. I may be rubbish but there is only gentle chastisement. A few ciders and a whole lot of sun later and everything has taken on a gold hazy glow. I am playing in soft focus, and so much better for it!
Words: Laurie Jamieson
Known as the ‘King of Sports’ after the King (Elvis) himself showed a propensity for it, Racquet Ball is played on squash courts with two players taking each other on. The size of a racquet head is larger than squash racquets, as are the balls. The result is longer (games scoring up to 11) in often more enjoyable rallies, and is slightly easier on the old knees.
Racquets are easily found in most high street sports stores or online for as little as £10, sets of balls will only set you back around £3-£5. Then it is just the price of renting a squash court. The Health & Racquet is swish but expensive and you have to be a member. Withdean Sports complex and Moulescoomb leisure centre are both more affordable options.
I met Millie Fawssett, head coach of ‘RB’ and squash at the Health & Racquet Club Falmer at 9am on a weekday morning. Incredibly enthusiastic about Racquet Ball, Millie told me: “It is by far my favourite game. You don’t need to be brilliant to have a decent rally.” So why isn’t it bigger?”, I ask. “It will be.”
Back at Falmer a group of only 5 people have turned up. We get playing. It is testament to the sports accessibility to all ages that the best player is 74 year old Bruce Marber, who routinely spanks us (metaphorically). Within minutes I am hurtling around the court, crashing into walls, swinging wildly and ineffectively, and loving it.
Sleeping Words: Catherine Gillison
As a nation that favours night owls we look at the importance of sleep and what we can do to make early rising easier Are you a night owl or a lark? Do you wake with a beaming smile and with joy surging through your veins before leaping out of bed at dawn? Run along the seafront before breakfast; then whip up a smoothie and mix a wholesome bowl of home-made muesli, before showering and emerging from the bedroom looking cool, calm and collected with an immaculately made-up face and perfectly coiffured hair? If so, you are a lark. But if you groan and smash the alarm clock as soon as it wakes you with its strident morning voice, then you are probably an owl. Personal observation suggests Brighton favours night owls. Many curtains remain firmly closed in windows until at least midday; some shops stay open twenty-four hours a day; and others do not yawn open their doors until the hands on the face of The Clock Tower have struggled up to the tenth hour and put two fingers up at the very notion of morning. Although research has also show human sleep patterns are controlled by twenty four hour circadian rhythms that follow the sun, even some regular larks have trouble facing harsh morning daylight. Research shows 62% of us need at least fifteen minutes to even feel vaguely sentient and to join the mind-set of the human race. Research related to personal success is bad news for owls; people who rise early more often achieve higher success rates in their chosen fields.
So why are some people owls and others larks? The variation of our sleep patterns may be rooted in human evolution, in the behaviour of our ancestors. In the days when early risers hunted and gathered food for their tribes, late sleepers kept watch while the rest slept in safety; thus balancing the division of labour. However, after humans began cultivating crops, farming animals for food or laboured by day, some night owls found it more difficult to fit in with society’s working patterns. “Sleep regulates temperature and immune function and is essential for problem solving, constructing memories and in preventing their decay. It is critical for your bodily and mental health that you experience every phase of sleep 9 stage 1 rapid-eye movement slow wave and REM in the correct order each night,” says neuroscientist Penelope Lewis. Since REM sleep connects memory cells, it assists in problemsolving. REM sleep also deals with emotional trauma, as it can help separate memory and emotion, while resetting the brain. If you’re getting less than eight hours of sleep each night, chances are you’re sleep deprived. What’s more, you probably have no idea just how much lack of sleep is affecting you. How is it possible to be sleep deprived without knowing it? Most of the signs of sleep deprivation are much more subtle than falling face first into your dinner plate. Furthermore, if you’ve made a habit of skimping on sleep, you may not even remember what it feels like to be wide-awake, fully alert, and firing on all cylinders. Maybe it feels normal to get sleepy when you’re in a boring meeting, struggling through the afternoon slump, or dozing off after dinner, but the truth is that it’s only “normal” if you’re sleep deprived.
tips on how to encourage a good nights sleep: FOOD
Eat sleep enhancing foods like avocado, pears, bananas, whole-wheat bread or honey. Eating a smaller supper of easily digested complex carbohydrates can greatly improve the chances of sleeping better at night.
Have a hot bath about an hour or so before going to bed to relax the body.. Also make sure the temperature of your bedroom is comfortable; at least around 16 to 19 degrees centigrade.
Try going to bed earlier. Make sure you set your alarm for the same time each morning. Make time for relaxing in bed before you fall asleep. Avoid emailing, playing video games or watching TV in bed.
If your thoughts are tormenting you, try exorcising your demons by writing them down. This releases them from your mind enabling you to fall asleep quicker.
Pictured: Helen & Mary Photography: Ben Addicott
As part of our on-going spotlight series on the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, we speak to the inspiring women from the BSUH Learning Disability Liaison Team Words: Hannah Frankie Staff
It is often difficult to diagnose a learning disability and, even after a diagnosis has been made, the extent to how it will affect an individual is unclear. We all like to feel in control of our own lives but sometimes it is vital that we look to outside help for support. There can be a lot of negative connotations that come with a term such as ‘learning disability’ but it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, have to be that way. Working across both the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Hayward’s Heath, Helen Lambert and Mary Woods work tirelessly to support and meet the needs of patients with mild, moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities. These two women make up the BSUH Learning Disability Liaison Team and, as part of our on-going spotlight series on the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, I met up with them to find out how they’re helping create equality in the healthcare service.
What is your role within BSUH? We are an adult-only service for patients with learning disabilities over the age of 18. There is a massive shift from the children’s hospital to the adult’s and we can help patients to navigate that change and make them aware of what’s available. It is our job to ensure that people with learning disabilities get equitable treatment. Not better treatment, but equitable treatment.
Who is part of the Learning Disability Team? The service is us. Mary and Helen. When people ring up it’s us they speak to - what you see is what you get! We are both registered learning disability nurses and trained at the same time in Norwich over twenty years ago. We then met again by chance at a meeting in Brighton back in August 2011 and have been working together since 2012!
It’s wonderful that you’re such a small, personable team but how does this impact upon your availability to patients? We are employed by Sussex Partnership Trust but work within all BSUH sites. At the moment it’s a 9-5 Monday to Friday service but we are often asked if this will be extended to evenings and weekends.
Successful treatment is all about precision planning, which we do with carers, community colleagues and the hospital. We will look at the reasonable adjustments patients’ need and make the changes accordingly.
How easy is it for a patient to be referred to the Learning Disability Team? It’s vital that we have an easy referral system. We will take a referral from anyone, it could be a carer, a friend, the individual - it doesn’t have to be a professional. There are no forms to fill in, just email or call us and we can have a chat and work out the best next step.
What measures do you take to improve the BSUH service and the care you provide to patients? We regularly review the whole hospital service and how it meets the needs of people with learning disabilities; the next review will be the 5th March. This will be done by people with learning disabilities, carers of those with learning disabilities and professionals. We will have an action plan which will come from the findings of the review; we will then work on achieving these outcomes. We also constantly evaluate and redesign our own service to ensure we are up to date, recently creating our own questionnaires for patients as the general BSUH is not yet available in easy read.
How effective have these reviews proven in the past? Extremely. As a result of the last review we now have an abundance of easy-read material available to professionals within the hospital, carers and people with learning disabilities. This was something that people expressed a need for and now we can provide it. We are also now solely responsible for the ‘flagging’ of patients with learning disabilities. This means that we identify and confirm every patient that works with us as having a learning disability; this allows referral to us when they attend BSUH and we can support them through the service, treatment, admission discharge and follow up if necessary. It is so important to facilitate good communications and we work closely with the Community Learning Disability Team and in partnership with
the Associate Director of Quality and Safeguarding, Alison Cannon. Alison supports us to drive the service forward.
It all sounds extremely positive, how rewarding is the role for you both? The job in itself is extremely rewarding. It can be stressful, it can be difficult, but it’s often funny and always rewarding. The most enjoyable part of the service is the people, getting on the wards and building relationships with the patients and staff. When you can build good trusting relationships with them and see them relaxing it’s very rewarding.
If you are a friend, family member or carer of someone with a learning disability then it can often be difficult to take that first step to seeking help. Helen and Mary are there to make that step easy. Get in touch today and find out how they can help you. Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm 01273 664975
What they offer: • Support the patient from pre-admission to post discharge, where needed
You’re both incredibly articulate and approachable - how important is communication in your team?
• Ensure that by virtue of having a learning disability, the patient is not excluded from any aspect of health care available.
Communication is our most important skill. We have enhanced communications skills and both use basic Makaton signs in all our interactions. Facial expression is vital and sometimes singing can be a great way to communicate with the nonverbal patient. We’ve often been known to sing to patients if it helps calm them down! A lot of people are extremely happy to try different things if you just show them and if we can do something to make patients with learning disabilities time in hospital better, we’ll do it.
• Offer on the spot advice and support to acute care staff
Do patients respond differently to you than other hospital professionals, and how do you take care to ensure that you are approachable? The most obvious thing that sets us apart is that we don’t wear a uniform. This allows people with learning disabilities to understand we are not going to do something to them when we visit. We provide a familiar face; have time to be with the person talking about what is happening, issues or concerns they may have and help to resolve them. We can liaise with their carers/family and update the community team on progress and supports on discharge.
• Support the patient to understand delivery of care • Co-ordinate care • Enhance and develop standards of care • Promote effective communication • Promote education with clinical areas and contribute to programmes of education • Develop accessible resources • Support carers • Influence discharge process to ensure adequate provision • Influence policy change • Manage databases to record PLD and their needs • Work in partnership with the Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity team to promote needs of PLD • Provide access to easy-read material for professionals within hospital, carers and people with learning disabilities
All patients should have a hospital passport. It contains all the important information needed for looking after that person. You can get a hospital passport from www.brightpart.org or the learning disability liaison team.
hello mr. Brighton and Hove’s Urban Foxes
Photography: JGMango - www.jgmangoimages.com Words Catherine Gillison
14% of Britain’s foxes live in urban environments and Brighton is no exception Local urban foxes can often be seen raiding bin bags stuffed with discarded take-ways, household and restaurant waste. A recent BBC Autumn Watch programme highlighted Dr Dawn Scott’s research on Brighton and Hove’s urban foxes. Dr Scott and her team fixed collars onto 8 male urban foxes to track their movements around the city streets of Brighton and in the leafy suburb of Hove. Autumn Watch’s Chris Packham stated, “It is the first time that this equipment has ever been used on a UK animal” and was impressed by just how much data was obtained over a fortnight. Dr Scott’s research also revealed the range of foraging territory, while highlighting the foxes foraging range and habits, as well as the dangers our urban foxes face in crossing busy roads.
Dr Scott’s research revealed a derelict villa in Elm Grove provided Brighton’s foxes with a perfect secluded location for sleeping, eating and breeding. The camera recording fox foraging habits also revealed that while feeding from bins, film footage also showed foxes returning to the same site every day; where local residents threw them food from an upstairs window. However, wildlife experts warn against hand feeding foxes; as it could encourage trust in man that could put the animals in danger. Not everyone welcomes their presence, especially following negative media publicity about fox attacks on babies and children. Any readers interested in discovering whether foxes live in their gardens should firstly follow their noses. A fox’s distinctive scent should reveal their presence. The presence of a hole in the ground leading to their earth is also a sound indication that foxes have taken up residence. Listen out at nights, especially in January and February, traditional months for foxes to mate, and residents with fox tenants may be lucky enough to see cubs playing in their gardens in the spring.
To find out more about the Autumnwatch survey on Brighton’s urban foxes please visit: foxes.channel4.com/foxes
Running For Memories Words and Photography: Sam Rawks
Christian Hearn will run his first Brighton Half Marathon in memory of his best friend and running partner, and for the charity Blind Veterans UK. A film-maker will run the Brighton Half Marathon for the memory of his best friend who was killed serving in the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Private Daniel Prior, 27 years old, sustained injuries in Afghanistan from an explosive device in 2011. He was sent back to the UK but later died in hospital. Christian Hearn, his best friend of 16 years, will run this year’s marathon to honour Daniel’s memory and will also be running to aid Blind Veterans UK. Christian and Daniel enjoyed running and training together in Peacehaven, their hometown. Daniel, 29 years old, said: “Me and Dan really got each other running and would always go out running together. We always spoke about running marathons and half marathons together but never got the chance to. I have done four half marathons before but never the one in Brighton. I like running in his memory.” Blind Veterans UK is a charity that helps veterans struggling with blindness and provides practical and emotional support to those who need it. Christian also said: “As Dan served with the Parachute Regiment it made sense for me to want to support a military charity.” Blind Veterans UK was established in 1915 and has one of its oldest centres located in Ovingdean, Brighton. The Brighton Half Marathon is on Sunday 16th of February this year and will be the 24th year the marathon has been held. When the marathon was first organised it had around 200 participants running compared with over 10,000 entrants on average in the last few years. Since 2004 the Sussex Beacon charity has organised the event and it is one of the largest, most popular running events on the south east coast. Blind Veterans UK: www.blindveterans.org.uk
The Sussex Beacon charity helps men and women diagnosed with HIV and provides clinical care centres available to those who need help or assistance living with the condition. The Brighton Half Marathon acts as the primary fundraiser for the Sussex Beacon. The marathon enables them to continue providing help and care for those with HIV and is “one of only two care centres in England specialising in AIDS”. The 13 mile half marathon starts on Madeira Drive on the Brighton seafront and heads north at the Old Steine, runs past the Pavilion and up to Gloucester Park. From there the course turns back south and then left at the seafront out towards the Brighton Marina. The course extends past the Marina for almost a mile before heading back along the same way (in a different lane). Once entrants cross the starting point again they’re almost at the half way point. The course then runs all the way along to Hove Lagoon and circles around it into the last leg. At this point runners will have completed ten out of the thirteen miles and only have the last three mile stretch to finish the course. Most of the roads on the course will be closed for the duration of the race (some closed longer) to ensure the safety of entrants and spectators alike. The Brighton Half Marathon is working with Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council and The AA to minimise the disruption to traffic and road services in the area. The race starts at 9.00am on Sunday 16th so you’ll want to get down there bright and early to see the contestants take off. The Sussex Beacon Charity: www.sussexbeacon.org.uk
Protect, Plan & Plant Words: Pauline Clarke
fter such a wet start to the year there has been plenty of time to go through the new seed catalogues and start to plan out this year’s garden. Don’t forget to go through your old seed stock and check the use by dates. Old seeds will have a low germination rate and may result in weak plants. Look out for new or unusual plants, try growing something you’ve not grown before along side your favourites. Choose plants to encourage bees, butterflies and birds to the garden. Start by reviewing the layout and content of a bed. Have you got year round interest and colour, are any plants hidden or competing for space? Has anything outgrown its space or taken over and smothering other plants? After severe weather, check your garden for wind damage and ensure young trees are still firm in the ground along with standard roses or other taller plants that are staked. Often a young tree will be partly uprooted along with its stake as it will not have had time to put down deep enough roots and will have had a lot of top growth. To save this plant from further damage remove stake and dig out. When replanting, place at same soil level but turn the plant around 180 degrees as the roots on the uplifted side will have been damaged and may be too short to withstand high winds. Re-stake firmly and thin out some of the weight from the top giving less wind resistance. For evergreens or trees about 2 metres in height that are listing, try digging around the root area to loosen the ground before trying to pull it into a more upright position. Don’t worry if you hear a few roots cracking, this is normal. Use a heavy stake knocked in at 45 degrees facing into the wind, the top of this should come about 70 -80 cm from the ground and less than half way up the tree. Secure well, taking care not to damage the surface of the tree, a piece of old carpet or rubber can be used between the strap and tree to protect the bark. Remember to check, remove and replace the strap at regular intervals to allow for growth. You may decide to leave your tree listing in the garden providing it’s not dangerous, making it a focal point and adding to the character of the garden. Don’t forget to check pots and tubs have not become waterlogged. Empty any drip trays so that plants are not sat in water which could freeze if the temperature drops. If its mild enough open windows of green houses for a few hours, but close these before the temperature starts to drop. Remember to check cold frames, remove any garden debris that may have collected on them in the wind. If overwintering plants in a cold frame try covering with a few layers of bubble wrap to add insulation on cold nights. If a prolonged mild dry spell is forecast make the most of this lull in the weather to cut the grass if its starting to look like a meadow. Ensure you have the mower set at its highest so you are only trimming the top growth. Do not try and mow with a “Hover” type mower in winter on the wet ground as the height on these are not adjustable and will be too low a cut damaging the lawn. Make time to visit your local gardens for new ideas for winter colour. Take a camera to capture the colours and use these for reference as there will be more plants than you can remember the names of! Be inspired by the use of
grasses to soften hard lines; on a frosty day seed heads will sparkle in the early morning sun bringing life to a garden. Check which National Trust gardens are open and why not take advantage of free gardens open to the general public such as Stanmer Park and the Royal Pavilion Gardens – both easily accessible by bus. One not to miss is Pembury House Gardens as part of the National Garden Scheme in Clayton from Feb 11 – 20th. Visit their website for details: www.pemburyhouse.co.uk Enjoy your garden as the snowdrops and winter aconites appear, hazels will sparkle frosted on trees and the early narcissus Cedric Morris will be the first daff to wave its head. Also remember to look out for snow crocus Violet Queen - spring will be here before you know it!
Know your seed types Hardy Annuals Seeds can be sown in autumn or spring directly into flowering sites as they will tolerate low temperatures. Sweetpeas, Calendula, Poppy, Sunflower.
Half Hardy Annuals Sow when threat of frost has passed or earlier in the year under cover in a greenhouse. Nasturtium, Cosmos, Labelia, Marigold, Petunia.
Biennials Planted in spring to flower the following year. Foxgloves, Sweet William, Stock, Teasel, Honesty. Perennials – sow in the autumn to allow plants time to fill out ready for spring planting. These plants flower year on year. They can also be bought as raised plants in the spring from your local garden centres. Lupins, Echinacea, Achillea, Hollyhock.
Plug Plants Young plants ready for growing on, these vary in size so check the sizes available. Order with fellow gardeners and take advantage of bulk buy offers. Companies will start to deliver orders in March but may delay these in cold weather.
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Circuses are in town but not as we know them. We’re talking about the creative circuses that will get you drawing Thor and shouting out vegetable names. Words: Ben Addicott
It’s February, the Tuesday of months. The calendar is bare, winter is on its way out but, like a pesky guest, it’s lingering in the door way. The days are getting to a respectable length, spring is on the horizon, but still some time away. Those amongst us who face the season with hibernation have grown a mite sick of the four walls we wake in but reasons to leave the safe haven are thin on the frozen ground. I’ve braved the elements to bring you two good reasons to get out the house.
The Drawing Circus the Old Market Theatre For those of us with frozen houses, warmth is a compelling reason to get out and about. For obvious reasons, few places come better suited than a life drawing class. While this is undeniably what Draw Brighton’s Drawing Circus is, it’s also something quite special. Arriving in the Old Market bar the vibe is casual. The participants, or students if you prefer, cover the age range. Parents are with children, friends with friends, strangers with friends they’ve just made. Drinks, soft and harder, are available at the bar to the pleasant strains of Fleetwood Mac. Basic drawing materials, charcoal, paper and boards, are available to the eager newbie. A very comfortable arrangement. The most apparent feature, despite the evident loveliness, are the two Nordic dioramas ranged, complete with mood lighting, at either end of the room. These, I learn, are to be tonight’s setting for our models. As I say, life drawing with a difference. I take a seat on a velvet sofa before a raised thrown, also draped in velvet, and await the show. It arrives in satisfying style. Four models enter the bar dressed, and undressed, as heroes and villains
of Norse mythology. On the set before me the treacherous Loki takes the throne and explains that he has taken it from Odin much to the chagrin of Thor. In the jungle stage behind me a Valkyrie toys with its female prey. Then the Viking folk kicks in and I know I’m in for an experience. That said the mood remains relaxed. Abilities are as broad as the age range and no one is compelled to share. A pleasant quiet is observed during the drawing but conversation flows freely in between. The models mingle and charm in the interval. We follow the traditional life drawing format, mixing short poses with longer and, as a student of art, I can confidently say it is organised with an expert eye. We wrap up and I get chatting to Thor, or Jake to his friends. He explains that the event is run and devised by their eight models. This week was Loki’s idea, unsurprisingly. Be sure to have a look, at five pound it’s a thoroughly affordable night out. Next months theme is roller derby and the non-modelling models will be performing, as I’m told is typical, in an accompanying band. That, and its deliciously warm.
Far left: ‘Thor’ actor from The Drawing Circus. Left: Sketches in progress at The Drawing Circus. Below: The Sunday Circus at Emporium.
Sunday Circus Emporium Quite a different circus but no less invigorating. While it is certainly smart to keep the body warm its best not to neglect the mind. The Emporium has rapidly established itself as a jewel in London Road’s new crown. It’s a community theatre through and through but that doesn’t mean it can’t play with the high-brow boys. The Sunday Circus is a testament to that. The event, hosted monthly, brings together a motley crew of artists, performers, thinkers, doers and shakers to entertain and intrigue. Two things set it particularly apart from Brighton’s thriving fringe, it’s free [with donations encouraged] and it starts at midday. Sunday afternoon often slips into the dead-zone and the Sunday Circus does a solid job of saving it. On my last visit I was treated to a short lecture on astrology, a collection of original poems, a single stand-up story and finally an experiment in spontaneous noise choir involving the whole
audience. This last left a palpable sense of contentment which lingered for the remainder of my Sunday, quite eradicating any opportunity for pre-Monday gloom. The kind of feeling that only standing in a huddle with a group of strangers and shouting vegetable names can provoke. If you wake late, as some are known to do on Sunday, they also provide some excellent breakfast and beverage options. I can recommend the bacon bap as a perfect accompaniment to the happenings. Pitched as a ‘semi-irregular, non-religious morning’ both are notably true. It’s an elusive devil so best to keep your eye on the Emporium website for updates. Head there also if you feel you could contribute. The Sunday Circus runs on enthusiasm and there’s no such thing as surplus. The Old Market Theatre: www.theoldmarket.com Emporium: www.emporiumbrighton.com
The practical Joel Dommett Joker Words: Eirlys Goss
Were you a comic when you were younger? Not really. I think comedians are split into two sections, they’re either the funniest person at school or the funniest person’s best friend; I was the best friend. It’s easier to observe how they’re funny and then you use that.
What do you consider to be your best achievement so far? When I did Russell Howard’s Good News. It was my first big TV thing and it really went well. I’ve got a lot from it as a result.
Which do you prefer, TV or stand up? I prefer live stand up. You’re in control of it. Nobody can tell you what you’re supposed to say and what you’re not supposed to say. It’s simple!
Where would you say the most random place is you’ve been? I did some gigs in Japan last year and that was cool. First class is the best thing that ever happened. I was lying on a plane with my eyes wide open I was so excited. It was like, ‘I’m lying down on a plane!’
How much of a career boost was moving to London? London’s massive for being a comic, you can’t really be anywhere else, except maybe Manchester. You can’t do one gig a month, you have to do seven gigs a week otherwise you won’t get anywhere.
Conquered stand up, conquered TV, anywhere else you want to go career wise? I’m really thinking of getting this sitcom, which I’ve been working on, off the ground.
WHM talks to Joel Dommett, of Skins, MTV, and Impractical Jokers, about comedy, rudeness, and nunchuks.
Is there anything in life you wish you had given more time to? Probably other people! You become very selfish being a comedian because it’s just you, it’s very bad.
When can we expect Series 2 of Impractical Jokers? It will be on BBC Three early March. We’ve definitely pushed it further than the first series, so it’s excruciating for me.
Has anyone ever responded really badly to a prank? I almost got punched in the face three times this season, within three days. I touched my nose on this one guy and he went crazy, shouting Scottish at me. I’m the nicest one out all of us and I’m the one who gets all the abuse!
Who’s your favourite joker on Impractical Jokers? That’s like asking to choose between my sisters and brothers. They’re all my favourites in different ways. I like and hate them all equally.
Favourite types of challenges? The ones where you don’t have to be rude. I’d rather be humiliated publicly than be rude. That says a lot about my fairly middle class upbringing.
Where do you find inspiration for your material? From everywhere really, it’s usually just me. You can never really have an honest conversation with a comedian because they’re constantly thinking ‘what can I use?’
Where is the place you’re most looking forward to going to? Bordon, because I have no idea where it is or that it even existed!
Has your background had an impact on your comedy? I think it has an effect on everybody. My family are very supportive; my mum’s almost a little too supportive sometimes. She’s on Twitter and constantly Tweets all my friends.
What do you do if you have a really dry audience? You deal with it in your own sort of irony. Turn it in your favour then people will be like, ‘he got plenty of sass, that nice guy!’
Have you ever had any awkward experiences with the nunchuks?
Joel will be at Brighton’s Komedia on March 14th performing his Practical Joker tour.
They’re actually foam, so they’re alright. I had wooden ones when I was a kid and you have to hold them in a sort of sheath. My friend and I used to run around our town with nunchuks under our arms with no shoes or socks because we thought it was conditioning for our feet, like a primate! www.whmuk.com
WHAT’S HAPPENING brighton local events
Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith
Robin Cousins’ Ice Show
City and Colour
22nd January – 2nd February Brighton Centre, £11.25 - £80
3rd February 7pm Brighton Dome, £15.50
4th February Brighton Dome, £26.50
Robin Cousins has produced a dynamic show with world-class ice skating, soaring, flipping and flying to thrill and entertain guests. With a truly theatrical setting this show will give guests a view of figure skating that is more similar to modern dance than competitive skating, but equally as captivating.
London Grammar are performing their first ever headline tour with Lancashire electro duo Bondax joining them as special guests. Having had a breakthrough with their album If you Wait, London Grammar have been storming sets everywhere from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party, and are now headed for Brighton.
Canadian singer and songwriter Dallas Green is coming to Brighton this month to perform one of the biggest groundswell stories in Canadian music. Green’s new touring band includes Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs), Doug Macgregor (Constantine’s) and Dante Schwebel (Hacienda).
Art Deco Fair
Model World 2014
London Philharmonic Orchestra
9th February 10am-4pm Hove Centre, £3
21st February – 23rd February 10am Brighton Centre, £5.50 - £26
22nd February 7.30pm Brighton Dome, £10 – £32
An opportunity for guests to buy original vintage goods from the 1920s through to the 1970s. Includes glass and pottery, jewellery, vanity and fashion accessories, pictures/prints, furniture, lamps/lighting, dining and much more.
A family show suitable for guests of all ages, the 2014 show will include railways, boats, cars, aeroplanes, Daleks and a whole Dr Who exhibition. Also to feature circus, fairground and related vehicles and modelling trade stands.
Playing Berlioz’s Overture, Le Corsaire; Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 this is set to be a spectacular evening with conductor Vasily Petrenko and Kirill Gerstein on piano. Brighton Dome makes the perfect grand setting for this finest music playlist.
Turner in Brighton
23rd February 7pm The Old Market, £11
Now until 9th March10am-5pm Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Now until 3rd March 10am – 5:15pm Royal Pavilion Brighton
One of the biggest breakout artists of this year, Sam Smith is visiting Brighton this month to perform some of his hit singles from his new album including ‘La La La’ and ‘Latch’. Usually touring with Disclosure and Emeli Sande, the young star has decided to kick off his UK tour with Brighton in 2014.
An opportunity to see how designers, react to the world around them, playing with form, function and materials to create objects that stimulate and amuse. The exhibition includes work by a wide range of designers and makers, including Alexander McQueen, Grayson Perry, Campana Brothers, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery.
An exhibition in the Prince Regent Gallery, with the centre piece being J.M.W Turner’s watercolour Brighthelmstone, Sussex (1824). This exhibition gives guests the opportunity to learn about the seaside resort of Brighton and its history, as well as viewing published picturesque views of the Southern coast.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING SHOREHAM local events
Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith
Valentines Day Dinner
Open Door Coffee Morning
Big Band Night
8th February 10:00 AM – 12 PM Shoreham Methodist Church
11th February Shoreham Airport
14th February Sussex Yachts Club £16.50
Shoreham Methodist Church opens its doors to the general public. The morning features stools of homemade cakes, tea and coffee and bric n’ brac to raise money for 4SIGHT, a charity which supports blind and partially blinded people.
A free night of live jazz and classical music from a twenty piece band, situated among the scenic landing strips of Shoreham Airport. An ideal evening of entertainment suitable for everyone. Food served until 7:30 PM with music starting at 8:00 pm. Bar will be serving drinks throughout.
Tuck into a candle lit dinner with lovethemed touches such as a heart shaped crouton floating on top of your tomato and basil soup, and a lovers raspberry pavlova. The menu is created by head chef Simon Haffenden. To view the full menu go to: www.sussexyachtclub.org.uk.
Postcard and Collectors Fair
Celebrations of Sussex
Cheese and Wine Tasting Quiz
15th February Shoreham Centre, 50p Entry
21st February 7:30 PM St Peter’s Church Hall, £2 (members)/£3
1st March 7:00 PM
A fair featuring postcards, stamps, cigarette cases, prints, film, entertainment and posters. Ideal for people wanting to find a unique gift for relatives or for die hard collectors. A unique and entertaining experience for vintage lovers who enjoy snooping for their next piece of treasure.
Trevor Povey delivers an illustrated talk, detailing the memorable events that have shaped the shipping town’s past. Povey is a member of Memory Wall, an organisation that supports older people through bringing them together to reminisce about their lives.
This charity raising event in aid of 4SIGHT charity has a fun twist on a classic wine tasting throwing in cheese and an exciting quiz. If you like pub quizzes but fancy yourself as a sophisticated drinker, then this is the night for you. Tickets purchased in advanced from 4SIGHT centre East Wing Civic Centre.
All Things Must Pass
St Peters Church Hall, £12 purchased in advance
Big Boy Bloater
7th March 8:00 PM Ropetackle Arts Centre
24th March 8:00 PM Ropetackle Arts Centre, £13.00
29th March 8:00 PM Ropetackle Arts Centre, £12.00/£14.00
Celebrating the Music of George Harrison. A 10 piece band featuring some of the best musicians in the South of England. The band plays The Beatles best material as well as some lesser-known songs made after they split – a celebratory night with a real feel good 60s vibe.
BAFTA award-winning British comedy superstar, television presenter, and all-round entertainer Alan Carr will be performing a special intimate preview show at Ropetackle ahead of a forthcoming tour.
A one-man show of covers inspired by blues singers and originals performed on electric acoustic and cigar-box guitars. This is an artist who has been called “The King of British R&B” by Classic Rock Blues Magazine, so it promises an evening of foot-stomping music.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING worthing local events
Words: Dave Hamilton-Smith
The Ukulele Orchestra of GB
Bolshoi Ballet – Lost Illusions
1st February 7.30pm Assembly Hall, £20
2nd February 3pm Ritz cinema, £16.50
A group of world-class ukulele players are coming to Worthing. Songs by the Madness, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Ministry of Sound will showcase to guests the variety of genres that can be reinterpreted by ukulele. A comical, footstamping concert with music from all your favourite films, plays and commercials.
Based on French writer Honore de Balzac’s novel, this is a mesmerising story of passion, ambition and disappointment. This is a timeless classic set before and during WWI and is suitable for all audiences.
Blue Starfish Club - Dancing Love Hearts 4th February 7pm Worthing Assembly Hall, £4 Giving adults with learning disabilities the chance to showcase their performance skills, this event will see DJs, musicians, dancers and artists perform. Perfect for couples or singletons, this allows anyone with or without a learning disability the chance to enjoy clubbing in a nonjudgemental mainstream venue.
Vintage Valentine Wedding festival Wrestling
16th February 11am-3pm Worthing Dome, free
17th February 7.45pm Assembly Hall, £9 - £11
21st February 8pm Pavilion Theatre, £17.50
An opportunity for potential brides and grooms to come along and see the venue, Worthing Dome will be full of vintageinspired local suppliers and stunning backdrops suitable for any type of wedding. Built in 1911, even the building itself is vintage and screams glamour from the days gone by.
A thrilling and dramatic match from the top rope and beyond. Presented by Premier Promotions, the UK’s No. 1 matchmakers, the night includes the battle for the Worthing Rumblemania Trophy, plus championship matches, tag team and solo bouts.
Best known for their hits singles Dancing in the moonlight, Achilles Heel and Time of my Life, Toploader are back after an eight year hiatus with third studio album Only Human, produced by Danton Supple (Morrissey and Coldplay).
National Theatre’s War Horse
The Circus of Horrors
Worthing Food and Beer Festival
24th March 8pm Pavilion Theatre, £22.50
29th March 11am – 10pm St Pauls Art Centre, Worthing
A west end production that is known as one of the greatest shows to date, The Circus of Horrors is coming to Worthing. Set to wow audiences with its Rock’n’Roll’ theme, with real dare-devil balancing acts, demon dwarfs and astonishing Ariel acts this show is a must see.
A brilliant bank holiday celebration with live acoustic music, fresh local produce and real ales. This is a perfect day out for the whole family, with performances from Lauren & the Risen Road, Caitlin Stubbs, Shoreham Allstars and The Living Rooms.
5th March - 10th April Connaught Cinema £14.50 War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music, songs and astonishing life-size puppets, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness.
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Youth Clubs and Groups
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Brighton Youth Centre Tel. 01273 681368 www.brightonyouthcentre.org.uk
Saltdean Community Association Tel. 01273 304 617 Park Road, BN2 8SP
15th Brighton Scout Group Tel. 01273 677 031 Scout Hut, Manor Road, BN2 5EA
Allsorts Youth Project Tel. 01273 721 211 69 Ship Street, BN1 1AE
Brighton YMCA Tel. 01273 326 701 55 Old Steine, BN1 1NX
Young Peoples Centre Tel. 01273 733 760 69 Ship Street, BN1 1AE
Air Training Corps Tel. 01273 566 226 Dyke Road, BN1 5AS
Scouts Association Tel. 01903 213 213 Sackville Road, BN14 8BG
Worthing Boys Club Tel. 01903 233 765 Ivy Arch Road, BN14 8BX
Sussex County Arts Club Tel. 01273 702718/ 474865 3 Bond Streets Cottages, BN1 1RP
The Boys Brigade Tel. 07917 147991 52 Station Road, BN41 1DF
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With spring just around the corner we’ve been enjoying some serious deskapism over some of the UK’s ultimate Glamping retreats (p76) – hot tubs, log fires, gypsy caravans and shepherds huts all providing the perfect alternative setting to cosy up with your loved one with this Valentine’s Day. If you’re planning a night in, our tempting recipes for two (p74) will guarantee it’s a night to remember and we’ve even served up the best of Brighton’s breakfasts on p72 to keep you feeling truly satisfied. Indulgence is all too often bound up with sinful feelings of regret and here at WHM we think it’s vital that everyone stops feeling guilty and starts to take a little more time to treat themselves. From smothering ourselves in chocolate on p56 to uncovering the truth about male waxing on p58, we’ve undergone both pain and pleasure to reveal what you need to be doing to look and feel your best for 2014. Even our homes have received an overhaul – our interior design feature on p68 neatly organising any room, no matter how small, into a space that really makes the most of its potential.
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Who wears the Trousers? The Marks and Spencerâ€™s Best of British collection gives rise to females versus males once more. Boasting elegant lines and crisp tailoring this is a patriotic statement that all can get on board with, the only question left will be who wears it better.
She wears He wears Coat £249 .00 Blouse £99 .00 Trouser £129 .00 Brogues £165.00
Suit £799.00 Shirt £99 .00 Tie £25.00
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He wears Jacket £199.00 Cashmere Jumper £149.00 Shirt £99.00 Bow Tie £19.50 Trousers £99.00
She wears Coat £249.00 Bomber £175.00 Trouser £119.00 Brogues £165.00
He wears Suit £799.00 Shirt £99.00 Tie £29.50 Shoes £285.00
TEAMPUNK ociety Words: Catherine Gillison
The Royal Brightonian Steampunk Society at the Brighton Zombie Walk
teampunk is a subculture that evolved in the 1980s and 90s incorporating fashion, design, literature, music and film. It is a fantasy movement melding the romantic spirit of the Victorian era, favouring steam-powered technology and the ticking and whirring of mechanical contraptions over modern electronic devices. Steampunk also conjures the nostalgia and optimism of bygone days, when H.G. Wells and Jules Verne offered sci-fi visions of exploration through timemachines, airships and submarines. Ever heard the saying, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood? Well it’s never too late to live splendidly like a Victorian,” so says Steampunk designer Jean Campbell. Dressing up in costumes can be fun if you are attracted by Steampunk’s eclectic, quirkily humorous sartorial style. You can don an early diver’s suit; or dress like a Victorian lady in a crinoline; or impersonate a Victorian gentleman and wear a top hat or a pair of flying goggles; or wear a hunter’s hat and adopt the garb of a nineteenth century explorer. Steampunk fashion encompasses Victorian-style dress, often in the sepia colours of old photographs, with top hats adorned with broken clock parts, cogs and flying goggles, buckled and laced brown leather corsets, stripy ruched skirts, tightly tailored jackets and bodices adorned with brass buttons, yet more
cogs and leather buckles. Favouring individually-made artisan details, Steampunk utilises rich textures and beautiful antique or pre-machine age fabrics.
Steampunk Society? Holding regular events and outings, the group welcomes anyone interested in joining and everyone is free to arrange events, as many new members have done in the past.
Lisa Lennon of The Royal Brightonian Steampunk Society says, “I think Steampunk Victoriana, vintage and sci-fi is high on the agenda. I like to think it’s an ever evolving subculture and is open to interpretation and creativity.”
Founder-member, Lisa Lennon says, “I started the group over two years ago after the Steampunk Asylum event in Lincoln. On my return I set up the group on Facebook with a couple of friends and we now have nearly 500 members, with a hard core of about 25… I also think our particular group is very open and inclusive, but that’s Brightonians for you.”
So if you feel like adopting the Steampunk style and are looking for nights or day trips out with new like-minded friends, why not join The Royal Brightonian
For more information join The Royal Brightonian Steampunk Society group on Facebook.
Celebrating the music of Nick Pynn Words: Ben Addicott
Nick Pynn is an ‘avant folk’ hero, a fringe favourite and a Brightonian man. He’s also the subject of a celebration taking place this March in the splendour of the Brighton Dome. If you’ve yet to encounter Nick, here’s a little introduction to the man and his music.
You’re regularly spoken of in relation to Brighton: did you grow up here? I grew up in Essex and moved to Brighton in the late ‘80s. I have family roots here. My granddad was a leading Brighton bookie in cahoots with Max Miller and gran was a court dressmaker.
Cruel I know: how would you describe your music? It started with a love of world folk music back in the 70s. I listened a lot to all the acoustic guitarists, fiddle players, mando-cellists, bouzouki-ists and dulcimer players and incorporated those instruments into something I had inside me bursting to get out. And in common with folk music it is about storytelling. Stewart Lee describes it as ‘avant folk’
I read you studied instrument making? I studied instrument making at what was then the London College of Furniture. I went there with the intention of studying sound engineering and ended up with modern fretted instrument making. I made instruments that I still play now, including the ‘cocolele’ which originated of course from a coconut.
Your music is, for the most part, instrumental. Do you find this aids experimentation? I can approach it in two ways: Quite often I will have an idea or group of ideas which amalgamate into a song or instrumental. In a live context I set out to play that as close as possible to my original intention. Other times I allow myself space to just go where it suggests. When writing it’s pictures.
Keen comedy aficionados will know you from your involvement with acts like Stewart Lee, Boothby Graffoe and Rich Hall. How did this cross genre behaviour begin? I’d heard that Rich Hall (as Otis Lee Crenshaw) was looking for a fiddle player in Edinburgh at the 2001 Fringe. I’d met him previously when I first played the Fringe with Steve Harley, backstage in the Assembly Rooms. So I joined his band immediately after my gigs with The Life and Death Orchestra’s holocaust epic. Boothby saw me soundcheck with Arthur Brown at the Brighton Komedia when he came back to collect the phone he’d left there the night before. He invited me to join his band ‘The Following
People’. Stewart Lee came to a gig in the Edinburgh Fringe with Bridget Christie and they’ve been back every year since. I also happened to really love their work and was blown away when Stew asked me to guest on his shows.
Jane Bom Bane’s eponymous cafe is a cult Brighton institution. I hear you were involved? I helped Jane set the place up co-building the mechanical tables and setting up the sound. I’m proud to have been part of that - it is a truly magical place.
Any plans for this year’s Brighton Fringe? Not as yet. But I’m looking forward to doing another tour with Kate Daisy Grant later in the year.
The Dome show is coming up, how does it feel to be celebrated? I’m quite taken aback actually. I’m excited about the diverse strands coming together! Stewart Lee & Friends: celebrating the music of Nick Pynn will be at the Brighton Dome on 23rd March. www.whmuk.com
The Unusual Benefits of Chocolate Ever fantasised about being slathered in chocolate? Well, now your dreams can come true. Choco-therapy is the latest celebrity beauty treatment to hit the high street and here at WHM we just couldnâ€™t wait to get stuck in. Words: Anna Mackenzie
Chocolate has been enjoyed and indulged for thousands of years. From its invention by the Olmec people of South East Mexico in 1000 BC, it has been mixed into luxurious drinks for the rich and buried by the sides of South American emperors. Everybody is aware of the benefits of consuming chocolate, it’s delicious and releases feel-good endorphins which releases pleasure into our brains. But can it have the same therapeutic effect when applied to our skin? Recently, chocolate has become a common ingredient in facials. From affordable packet facemasks sold in chemists to beauty treatments in salons, choco-therapy has become popular amongst people looking for a bit of calorie-free indulgence – even Kate Middleton is a fan! With high levels of antioxidants that are thought to protect the skin from surface damage and promote cell repair, chocolate is also a rich natural moisturiser and sun screen. I decided to see whether a chocolate facial would have any benefits on my own spot prone skin, so I booked an appointment at The Lanes Health and Beauty Salon on Brighton’s Market Street to find out. On the day of my appointment I was greeted by my beautician, Esther. As I lay down on the heated bed, Esther informed me that the treatment was an hour long and involved fifteen stages, which included a foot cleanse, a massage for the face and neck and a shoulder massage.
HOMEMADE RECIPES Here are some recipes you can make yourself at home:
Dark Chocolate and Oatmeal: One bar of pure dark chocolate, melted Two tablespoons of Oat meal Honey Milk
Cocoa and Coconut oil: One teaspoon of coconut oil Two tablespoons of cocoa Combine ingredients into a smooth, sticky paste and slather on!
First Esther cleansed my feet, neck and face and exfoliated my skin. After massaging my face, and rubbing rose scented cream around my eyes and lips, she applied a thin layer of gauze over my face to protect me from the heat of the thermal chocolate mask. She applied the treatment and left it for ten minutes. The mask was rich, hot and smelt delicious. Esther told me it was made from 80 percent Green and Blacks cocoa and had a strong antioxidant effect on all skin types. Finally she rinsed the chocolate mask off with a flannel, and turned up the lights. The result? My skin was glowing, soft and I glided out of the salon feeling relaxed and pampered. After a couple of days my skin was noticeably clearer and spot-free! Guilt-free indulgence is hard to come by and a chocolate facial is certainly one way to treat yourself and still stick to that New Year diet. At The Lanes Health and Beauty Salon treatments start at £35 and promise to provide a powerful and potent defence against ageing. An ideal treat for loved ones (whether that be friends, family or yourself!) www.whmuk.com
Words: Ben Addicott
ToorWax Not To Wax?
Male grooming is hardly a new phenomena. So called ‘Metrosexuality’ has become so ubiquitous that it seems the buzzword has lost its buzz. Putting the buzz back, in a manner of speaking, is the more recent growth in male waxing.
Once regarded as a specialist and somewhat idiosyncratic practice, waxing has fast become one of the most popular beauty treatments amongst men. A recent survey reported that less than a third of its participants considered the natural look a positive choice. As ever, the rise in acceptance can be tied to media portrayals with a wide range of stars making public their personal topiary. Fifteen minutes of fame celebrities may not add much to the world but their influence on fashion and beauty trends cannot be denied. Here in Brighton and Hove, health and beauty salons are offering male waxing as standard. Beyond that, one local company has opened to cater to an exclusively male clientèle. It would seem that Brighton, if not Britain, has taken the treatment to its mainstream heart. However, it does not do well to take the media image at face value. I visited one of the city’s most established salons to get some professional advice. Mark Alexander, founder of Natural Balance and trained specialist in male waxing, was good enough to fill me in.
Natural balance is first and foremost a centre for complementary therapy. The fact that they offer waxing talks of the often pragmatic reasons for the growth of trends. ‘When I was training as a Massage Therapist they suggested I study waxing. 5 or 6 hours of massage is probably the most you can do in a day. If you learn waxing alongside that you can be productive for a longer time. 8 years ago, when I started, it was rare to offer a specialised service. Now it’s more common.’ So the reported boom is true in the field. Perhaps British men have lost their hang ups. It’s not so straight forward: male grooming is booming but the figures are distorted by sales of home treatments. The reality for the salons is less clear cut. The taboo surrounding conventionally feminine treatments, while less defined, still exerts its pressure. The two together means that hard facts are tough to find. ‘Guys don’t want to talk about it. Discretion is key. The embarrassment isn’t about the waxing but the environment’. ‘A guy wants to get a back, sack and crack but he doesn’t necessarily want to talk to a receptionist.’ The internet and online booking provides a reassuring image for potential waxees. ‘They can go to the website and see the treatment and see me doing it, see that I’m not an ogre’. It clearly works. Mark’s customers range across careers, backgrounds and lifestyles. The old stereotypes are easily rebuffed. ‘I see policeman, builders, gas engineers, there just isn’t any pattern. With the Intimate waxing, there’s a lot of assumption that it’s all gay guys but I would say it’s actually skewed towards straight men.’ So the treatment has found a new fan base, but why have it done? Again the reasons are as diverse as the clients but there is one common theme. ‘Most often it’s as simple as: “The wife gets it done so I do too”. It’s about an improved sexual experience, both partners being hairless. I think expectations have changed, women expect their guys to make more of an effort, that’s now the norm’ Of course, it strays outside the bonds of marriage: ‘increasingly guys prefer it just for vanity. Culturally we want to stay young and a hairy back can be a sign of ageing. Women have been under pressure to appear young regardless of their age for decades, now men are feeling the same pressure’. This brings us to an interesting point. The expansion of male grooming comes at an interesting time. Traditional and more radical female beauty treatments are coming under attack with the recent re-emergence of feminism into the national dialogue. The key question is, who are these treatments being done for and why? Many would say that waxing is a style choice, no more unusual than the basic grooming of head and facial hair. They’re doing it for themselves and as to why: well why not? It’s not an unreasonable argument. If you accept body modification as a lifestyle choice then clearly body hair control is a far less complex issue. The fear for some is that the trend in men will reinforce the assumed requirement of women to do the same. Male genital waxing, though obviously the most headline grabbing, is also increasingly popular. In the aforementioned survey the most common area for adjustment, whether selfadministered or professional, was the genitals. The rise of internet pornography has created new expectations for both genders and some would say that genital waxing is the most apparent. It might be the most harmless, but as part of a bigger picture it’s hardly pretty. Cultural commentator and all-round ladies lady, Caitlin Moran, trashed the practice in her hugely successful 2011 book How to Be a Woman. Much of the world responded in kind.
‘Most often it’s as simple as: “The wife gets it done so I do too” It cannot be one rule for one and one for the other. This is the crux of the issue. To say that men are expected to wax is to say the same of women and that’s clearly unacceptable on both counts. Anyone wishing to do any sort of thing to their body in the full knowledge of the results, simply because they want to, is entirely and wholeheartedly supported by this writer. But how can you ever know? The answer, naturally, is that we cannot and will not. What we can do is trust in people to look after themselves. As Mark puts it, ‘You get a haircut or a new pair of jeans because it makes you feel good and I think it’s the same for back or intimate waxing’. If this article has got you wondering then the advice is: get it done properly. The pharmacy shelves are replete with kits for home waxing but men’s needs aren’t yet catered for. ‘People assume it’s the same, but the DIY kits aren’t designed for a man’s coarser hair. They’ll often just break as much as they remove.’ Which, as one can imagine, is not only pointless but uncomfortable. Pain is not necessarily gain in any case. Therapists and waxing fans claim that a highly competent treatment can be performed, with some discomfort, but nothing so severe as pain. Variety is still the spice of life (we’re not discounting all aphorisms) and there is a wealth of it in the male waxing world. Whether you want the full “guyzillion”, to use an ugly phrase, or just the bestseller back wax there are salons and centres for every taste. Give it a try, what have you got to lose?
Need to knows An appointment can take between 15 minutes and an hour dependent on treatment. For the benefit of the therapy and the therapist, freshly scrubbed is preferable. Hairs need to be at least 5mm long to wax effectively, 3 weeks untouched is advised. If you’re going for intimate waxing then dress light and loose. You’ll avoid rubbing and the skin can breathe. No excessive heat, swimming or fragranced body products for a day or two. Finally, and most vitally, relax.
Artwork by Dan Arietti, Black Sails Tattoo
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Words: Ben Addicott
In celebration of the Brighton Tattoo Convention, now in its 7th spectacular year, we take a look at the state of tattoo culture today. It’s hard not to be stunned by the exponential expansion of the Brighton Tattoo convention. From its premiere at the Brighton Racecourse in 2008 it has grown from a colourful new event on the industry circuit to a 6000 strong, central city extravaganza in the four-star glamour of the Hilton. The last decade has seen a triumphant rise in tattoo popularity in the UK with a 500% increase in professional studios. Once a fireable, family estranging vice, body modification has entered the mainstream. From Beckham to Brand, a new generation of male role models have taken to the art with gusto. It is reported that 29% of Britons between 18 and 44 have a tattoo. Brighton might just be that 29%. In a city that prides itself on selfexpression, the recent boom in tattoos has found a comfortable home with no less than 15 parlours serving the population their product visible on every street. Black Sails Tattoo in Kemp Town was good enough to arrange a chat for me with Dan Arietti, an experienced local artist and first timer at this year’s convention. We discussed tattooing’s new place in the mainstream, a development he credits not only to celebrities but the power of reality TV. ‘Shows like Miami Ink are making a difference. People know now what to expect from a tattooist, people go in with an idea for a custom work. Large scale is common for a first piece. But it’s a double edged sword, people watch and think it’s easy when it’s not. They see a piece being done it what looks like three hours but is actually twenty‘. Along with this has come an increase in self or home tattooing. This is far from advisable. Besides the high likelihood of inking a disaster onto your skin the health risks are very real. A tattoo parlour is a strictly hygienic place where artists wear hypoallergenic gloves as standard and prep and aftercare are provided. The high standards of the convention help to encourage this. ‘On the circuit it’s one of the best conventions you can go to, it’s actually quite an honour to be asked. Some conventions are based on who can afford it, Brighton’s not.’ So what happens at a Tattoo convention? Why convene? Well the simple answer is tattooing. Some 300 artists will be holding stalls across the Hilton’s two floors of conference rooms and practicing their art. The buzz and wince of live skin art fills a good portion of the event, backed up by fellow modification from avant-garde piercing to innovative hairstyling. The emphasis is
on quality so, despite the quantity, nothing but the best is on show. Each artist pitches directly to the founder, David ‘Woody’ Wood, and the competition is fierce. Amongst the crowd are stars from every corner of Europe, North and South America, and even Australia. And stars is the appropriate word. To those in the know, some of the most revered artists in the business will be inking their way through the weekend. In fact, a large part of the conventions draw is the chance to mingle with the culture’s heroes. Competition is fierce with awards up for grabs. Work produced during the festival is submitted throughout the event, with awards for specialists and best in day and show. The increase in available artists has allowed skill to come to the fore. Customers are better informed with a range of local parlours to visit. As a trend it is innately self-advertising. As clothes brands make a walking advert of their customers so too, in a more benign manner, do tattoos. ‘The work speaks for itself, that’s how it works these days. The internet but also word of mouth. People see a piece, ask who did it and then look into it for themselves.’ The convention offers great opportunities to fulfil these dreams. Booking is not always necessary, artists can offer pre-drawn designs on a first come first serve basis. This opens doors for visitors to be worked on by international artists whose waiting list stretch over several years. Dan’s partner was tattooed by Xed LeHead, one such most-wanted, at a recent convention in Norwich from an on the day booking. The annual set up also allows a piece to be produced over several years, both parties reconvening at the same or nearby conventions. Trends are as prevalent within tattooing as anywhere else but they won’t be evident at the convention. ‘There are so many good artists there doing such a diverse range of things. You’ll have people doing Japanese, people doing traditional, doing realism.’ Brighton itself is more consistent. The predominant look for the city is traditional, a style inspired by Americana. Different application techniques will also be represented. The modern electromagnetic machines are fairy ubiquitous but traditional techniques are still practiced. Favoured by some for its historical and spiritual dimensions is hand-poking, a more time consuming but quicker healing technique with nothing more than a needle, and hand-tapping, a traditional Polynesian method based on rhythmically tapping a needle into the skin. Naturally, there are other reasons to attend, beyond the needle gun. Bands and burlesque play throughout and, unsurprisingly, things can become a trifle rowdy. On site, the Hilton provides admirably with pre and after show parties bookending the convention. You can be quite sure the community will also be providing their own alternatives. For the quieter sort there is nothing to fear. The predominant term used by previous attendees is friendly. Unpretentious is another, a satisfying counter to the common perception of the Brighton town and tattoo culture in general. If you can’t make the main event a very noble alternative is available. The Valentine Art Show, an exhibition of works on paper by BTC artists, is taking place with a second showing at the Nine tattoo studio. The pieces are donated and all proceeds go to Cancer Research. For those who love the look but can’t face the needle, it’s a great chance to own originals by the world’s best. www.whmuk.com
Looking to the stars Hair Trends 2014
Words: Anna Mackenzie Sabiha Choudhury
Updating your hairstyle is one of the easiest ways of making a dramatic difference to your appearance. From short, punky hair to layered midlength waves to long sweeping violet locks, we went for a walk around Brighton’s North Laine and asked a range of independent hair stylists their prediction for what will be hot in 2014.
“It’s all celebrity driven now” Nick Smith, Sergio Pascal
“Wash hair DIY Trends in milk 1950’s Side Sweep for great shine” What You Will Need: Large Heated roller Rat tail comb Setting lotion Hair grips Paddle brush
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One person who is currently leading this trend is Jennifer Lawrence who recently chopped off her boho waves to sport a strong, graphic pixie look. Jennifer Lawrence made her hair more fashion forward by wearing it smooth, sleek, and golden blonde – a sophisticated layered side fringe providing an interesting edge. If you don’t fancy getting your hair cut quite so short, the mid-length hairstyle is a refreshing alternative. Chopping those dead ends off in a shoulder length style will give you a completely different look, without the risk of the daring pixie cut. Nick Smith predicts Alexa Chung’s layered wavy hairstyle will continue to be popular. The indie pin-up continuously keeps her cut fresh and current by subtly switching hues. Her recent experimentation with new celebrity trend ‘hair chalking’ is proof that inbetween layers don’t necessarily mean ‘boring’. If you can’t bare the thought of getting even an inch cut off but still want a dramatic new look for 2014, the colourful trend of strong and long bright lengths is set to continue. According to Pantone, the world’s authority on colour trends, ‘radiant orchid’ is the colour of 2014, a poppy purple that lifts all skin tones. Ellie Goulding has given the colour a grungy vibe by mixing it into her grey platinum hair. Another way of styling long hair for 2014 is by sweeping it to the side. The side sweep is set to be a red carpet favourite, with more and more celebrities sporting a version of the simple hairstyle. Keep it in top condition, pinned to the side and curled at the end in classic fifties style, like Amanda Seyfried or reminiscent of the nineties, like Kesha, by tightly plaiting the side of your hair into tiny braids, and securing with braid bands. If you want an edgier look like Rihanna, try the under-cut or a side shave as a punky alternative to the side sweep.
Method: 1) Part your hair to the side. 2) If you have a short fringe clip it off your face. 3) Use rat tail comb to section off and pin back hair, until you are left with one section. 4) Spray mid-bottom of hair section with setting lotion. 5) Use roller to curl hair under, starting from the bottom and rolling until it is tightly secured. (only roll to the mid lengths of your hair, leaving the top untouched.) 6) Repeat spraying and curling each section of your hair until you have a row of neat rollers in the bottom lengths of your hair. 7) Leave for twenty minutes. 8) Brush out curls gently with paddle brush. 9) Use rat tail comb to section off a piece of hair next to your parting, experiment in the mirror with how much hair, and pin hair behind your ear, once satisfied.
Side Shave What You Will Need: Hair clippers Tail Comb Hair clips Method: 1) Part your hair to the side. 2) Use the tail comb to mark around the section of hair you wish to be shaved (on the side your hair is parted.) 3) Pin the section back tight to your head to see if you are happy with the amount of hair. 4) Once satisfied make a clear mark around the section you are shaving with the tail comb, and put on the largest clipper attachment (a 6 for example.) 5) Start carefully shaving the section of hair from all angles for an even shave. 6) As your hair becomes shorter switch to a smaller clipper attachment (a 4, then a 3) 7) Be careful not to shave too much!
“Avoid using too much product.” Chelsea, Mooch
Hair of a Dapper Man Words: Daniel Price Charlie Grey
Take some inspiration from the swing era as smooth vintage style makes a comeback. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin may be musical icons but with hair that slick itâ€™s no wonder weâ€™re looking to them for ideas on how to jazz up our own hair in 2014.
2013 saw the beginnings of a shift in the hair styles of men. There is now a huge demand for retro styles amongst men in 2014 with styles of the 1930’s, 40s and 50s becoming the leading trends. “2014 now sees men taking on the classic ‘sharp’ look” Peter Joannou, a Brighton barber, told WHM. These looks reflect the styles of swing music that was prevalent in these eras. To match the hairstyles of these times, the fresh tailored clothing trend is also making a revival, and this sharp clean look will have the men of 2014 walking around in style. This sharp new look is a contrast to the more relaxed styles of the 1990’s to 2000 and, as with any new fashion trend, the 1930’s, 40s and 50s styles have become popular again. The French crop first became fashionable in Europe and America in the 1920s. Men who had signed up with the armed forces in many countries had their hair cropped during recruitment training but this style eventually made its way outside of the barracks and onto the streets. The quiff is a combination between the 50s flattop, the mohawk and the 50s Pompadour – named after Madame de Pompadour (17211764), mistress of King Louis XV. The word quiff is thought to derive from the French word “coiffe” which means hairstyle. The hairstyle made a major revival in the 1950s with the rise of the Teddy Boys subculture in Britain. The preferred variation of the quiff by the Teddy Boys was a long, strongly-moulded greased up hair with the quiff at the front and the side combed back to form the ‘ducks arse’ shape at the back, as dubbed by the Teddy Boys. Classic looks such as the quiff and graded sides, as demonstrated by A-list celebrity George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth, have become the most talked about and most requested hairstyles in the barbers. A growing number of barbers in and around Brighton are being asked for these specific hairstyles, as the younger male population want to adopt this clean cut look. The Spring/Summer collection for 2014 at the men’s hair and fashion show, which took place in June 2013, had many designers leaning towards traditional hair styles whereas others are tweaking and creating their own unique styles. An example of this is that some designers are opting for a traditional Elvis rock ‘n’ roll style quiff. The stylists and designers are forecasting a return to retro and vintage, and 2014 will be a year of great style which will have men looking dapper.
How to: the
For a typical French Crop your hair needs to be cut shorter around the back and sides and left longer on the top. Use hair gel and group the hair strands pulling them away from the scalp, this creates spikes and uneven layers For a messier style, use mousse on the hair. Run your fingers through the sides paying more attention to the front.
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The secret to a good quiff is getting the best possible cut in the first place. If you have thin or ferociously fizzy hair it’s probably best to avoid this style altogether. The best quiffs are blow dried into shape and styled with a comb/brush. It is essential to own a hairdryer! Length on the sides is entirely up to you, whether your preference is a close shave using clippers or the slightly longer style using scissors. The fringe and top are the key to achieving the perfect quiff.
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frame your face
Your glasses are your personality. However, they are notoriously difficult to get right. From the shape of your face to your hairstyle and even your hair colour, choosing the right frame can be a bit of a minefield. Couple this with the huge number of awful styles that you have to sift through and the whole experience can become particularly frustrating and unrewarding. However, as long as you shop by shape the other stuff is pretty easy to grasp. So, to help you get your heads around what glasses to go for this year, here’s our quick and easy guide:
How to quickly work out your face shape Find: A mirror. Your bathroom will probably be your best bet. Grab: A bar of soap. Why? Soap is easily cleaned off. Draw: Tie or slick back your hair and use the bar of soap to trace the shape of your face onto the mirror. Discover: Now you can see your face shape!
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We’re an independent optician/optical boutique in the heart of the Lanes, in Brighton. We offer a full optical and eye testing service and have hand-picked a wide range of glasses and sunglasses for you to choose from.
Choosing the right pair of glasses is not only about Oval comfort but also about looking good.
Count yourself lucky, as pretty much any style works on an oval face. You should experiment with the latest looks and try going for a heavily detailed arm. Solid and dark frames add status, whilst metal frames are a good way of create a definitive silhouette.
Heart A defined, pointed chin with wide cheek bones and forehead look great with a more quirky, retro shaped pair of glasses, such as rectangular or ‘cat-eyed’ glasses. Choose a pair which angle outwards towards the top corner, widening out the face to balance the jaw line.
The Perfect Frame – The Cat Eye
The Perfect Frame – Anything Goes!
Oblong Round Square Angular, narrow frame styles will help to Reduce the angles with soft, curvy styles To give your face a sense of balance, look lengthen the face. A clear bridge will help draw emphasis to the eyes and frames that are more rectangular and wider will balance the shape of the face, giving you more definition.
that will give the face a softer definition. The classic oval works well for this face shape. To soften a strong jaw go for the butterfly frame and for the ladies oversized, glam and ultra-feminine is the best key.
for glasses that don’t extend beyond the widest part of your face. Round or square frames will work well for you but make sure you go for larger styles to avoid making your features look too small.
The Perfect Frame- Wayfarer
The Perfect Frame – Oval or Round
The Perfect Frame – The Aviator
Words: Sade Ali
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ikea shows us How you can make a pocket-sized space comfortable and stylish
FILLSTA Pendant lamp £52
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BRIMNES Headboard with storage compartment £85 Bed frame with storage £161
STOLMEN Mix and match open wardrobe 1 section £165
apartment Use furniture to mark out distinct areas, or ‘zones’, to create the feeling of more space. Arranging furniture by function will make it seem like there are many different rooms and will allow you to distinguish separate living spaces.
EXPEDIT Shelving unit £75 Insert with door £10 Insert with 2 drawers £15
Carve out areas and block out messy spaces with room dividers. Whether it be through windows or shelving, curtains, folding screens or partition walls with inbuilt storage, there are many ways to define small spaces and provide separation between living zones. Choose furniture that’s multifunctional. Tables can doubleup as desks, beds can hold storage or pull out into sofas and shelves can fold away into striking wall features. When you have limited space you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it.
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be imaginative with wall space and accessories. When you have limited space you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it. Bathroom ORE Shower curtain rod £6
LILLÅNGEN Hanger Stainless steel £2 / 2 pack LILLÅNGEN End unit £20
LIDAN Basket, set of 4 £8.50
LIDAN Basket, set of 2 £7.50
ALGOT Frame/2 mesh baskets/top shelf £30
GRUNDTAL Hanger, stainless steel £2.50 / 2 pack
From dead space under the stairs to sloping ceilings and difficult corners, there are plenty of nifty products available which will make the most of all those awkward nooks and crannies. We love Ikea’s design approach:
“Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your living – just how you think.” KUPOL Pull-out storage unit £5 / 2 pack
Make awkward sloped walls into a space saving feature
MICKE Desk £65
EKBY JÄRPEN/ EKBY RISET Wall shelf £20
KASSETT Box with lid £1.90 / 2 pack JANSJÖ LED clamp spotlight £10
Words: Ayden Attwood-Summers
Brighton is famous for its café culture and there’s certainly no shortage of places to go for breakfast. From scrambled eggs to Mexican ‘Huevos’, full on English fry-ups to American-style pancakes, we sent full-time foodie Ayden Summers on a mission to find the best brunch in Brighton. We hope you’re hungry…
The New Club’s Recipe for American Style Pancakes Kings Road, Brighton Sat right on Brighton seafront and overlooking the iconic West Pier, the New Club describe themselves as a ‘LA Indie Coffee House meets New York Bar & Diner’ and they are sure to satisfy all your classic American food needs. I found it difficult to order just one dish when the menu is so varied and unique, but eventually I decided on the Buttermilk Pancakes (£6.50). Drizzled with lashings of maple syrup, four fluffy pancakes quickly emerged at the table piled high with hot juicy blueberries. Light and creamy, the pancakes weren’t greasy at all and, served with a pot of thick Greek yoghurt, the whole meal was so heavenly it almost felt quite healthy. For the batter: 3 Tbs. unsalted butter 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. course sea salt 2 cups buttermilk 2 large eggs Pure maple syrup (to serve) For the blueberry compote: 1 cup of blueberries 2 teaspoons of sugar 1/4 teaspoon star anise powder 1/5 ground cinnamon
• Grease up your frying pan and dry with a bit of paper. • Whack up the heat then spoon in the batter mixture, you want them the size of a coaster. • As soon as the mixture hits the pan lower the heat and cook for about 2 minutes. • Flip and quickly cook the other side. • Set aside while you make the compote. • Cook the blueberries together with the sugar and spices for about 5 minutes. • Pour the blueberry compote over the pancakes and drizzle with the maple syrup. Add some fresh berries if you want to be extra snazzy.
Infinity Food’s Recipe for Herby Polenta 50 Gardner Street, Brighton A must for all you veggies out there, Infinity Foods is renowned for its range of fantastically tasty ‘free-from’ grub. All of the breakfast menu is organic and vegetarian, with vegan and gluten free options available for every dish. I opted for the Full Veggie English (£8.50) which includes veggie bacon, veggie sausage, free range egg, baked beans, roasted vine tomato, toasted granary and a herby polenta slice. Well-presented and wellcooked, the food was fresh, colourful and just plain delicious. But the herby polenta slices were the real star of the show – served with mushroom and spinach it made a refreshing change to a bog-standard breakfast and I left feeling full but guilt free! 125g Polenta 25g Vegan Margarine (or butter if you prefer!) 2tsp Oregano 30g Parsley, roughly chopped Salt and Pepper to taste (Oregano and Parsley can be swapped for herbs of your choice.)
• Bring 500ml of salted water to the boil. • Slowly add the polenta, whisking as you go. • Add the vegan margarine, oregano, parsley and seasoning. • Cook for 3-4 minutes on a low heat and then turn out onto a tray and allow to cool. • When cool, slice into your desired shape and toss in olive oil. • Roast in the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees c, turning once. • Serve as snack or part of a main meal.
Dumb Waiter’s Recipe for Dumb Huevos 28 Sydney Street, Brighton I’ve walked past this quirky little café in the North Laine a few times now but never actually gone inside. Thankfully, the wealth of favourable online reviews led me there for breakfast and I’m grateful I did. Dumb Waiter serves up a huge billboard of appealing dishes but, wanting something different to the usual fry up, I chose the Mexican-inspired ‘Dumb Huervos’. For just £5 I received a huge plate of crispy fried potatoes, chorizo, bell peppers and onion, topped with two poached eggs and a generous helping of sweet chilli sauce. Potatoes Margarine Garlic, crushed Chorizo Bell Peppers Onion, sliced finely Eggs Paprika Sweet Chilli Sauce Salt and Pepper
• Finely slice your potatoes. • Add a splash of oil, margarine and garlic to a pan and sautee your potatoes until crispy. • Add in the chorizo, bell peppers and onion. Season and fry until soft. • Meanwhile, poach your eggs. Bring a pan of water to the boil and, one by one, crack an egg into a small cup then place near the surface of the water and gently drop in the egg. With a spoon, nudge the egg whites closer to their yolks. This will help the egg whites hold together. • Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 4 minutes until the whites are cooked. • By the time the eggs are done the potatoes and chorizo should be at that perfect golden crispiness! Pile high onto a plate, add your poached eggs on top and add as much sweet chilli sauce as your tastebuds can handle.
flirting Food for
gorgeously gooey baked camembert
You don’t need to go out to a restaurant to romance your date this Valentine’s day – a delicious home cooked dinner for two can be just as impressive. So, with the promise of an intimate evening is at stake, we set about compiling the ultimate indulgent three course menu to entice your date to come to you.
250g Camembert 1 clove garlic A sprig of fresh rosemary Olive oil Bite-sized pieces of sourdough bread. A pinch of sea salt A small handful of dried cranberries A small handful of mixed nuts
Cooking: 1. Turn up the heat (on the
oven!) to 180°C. 2. Leave the Camembert in its box, score around the top of a 250g Camembert a ¼ in, cut off the top layer of skin. 3. Finely slice a peeled garlic clove and poke it into the top of the cheese with a couple of rosemary tips. 4. Thread bite-sized pieces of sourdough with strips of rosemary tips. 5. Place bread on baking tray. 6. Drizzle cheese and sourdough with olive oil and bake both for 15-20 minutes until cheese is lovely and gooey in the middle and bread is toasted and golden. 7. Chop a small handful of dried cranberries and mixed nuts and put them in a little bowl. 8. Put everything on a board and dunk bread into gooey cheese and dip into cranberries and nuts.
marinated pot roasted beef fillet with Horseradish Cake & Red Wine Sauce. Ingredients: Trimmed beef fillet 300g Maris Piper potatoes 400g Red wine 250ml Butter 55g Handful of fresh rosemary sprigs 1 Bulb of garlic 1 heaped tablespoon of creamed horseradish Freshly ground black pepper Sea salt
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Cooking: 1. Preheat your oven to 250°C
(230°C fan assisted). 2. Use salt and pepper to season the beef. 3. Mash the clove of garlic up with ¼ of the rosemary to form a paste. 4. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the paste then smear over the beef. 5. Using string, tie up the beef and cover it with the leftover rosemary. 6. Slice the potatoes half a centimetre thick and boil for five minutes. 7. Place potatoes in a dish and drizzle with olive oil until lightly coated. 8. Put half the potatoes in a separate dish and smear them with horseradish. 9. Cover with the remaining potatoes and press down lightly but firmly. 10. Place the beef and potatoes in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. 11. Flip the beef and add some butter and red wine. 12. Take the potatoes out and press them down so they make a cake. 13. Cook both for a further 15-20 minutes and serve.
Dark chocolate 120g Caster sugar 20g Unsalted butter 16g Plain flour 17g 1 large egg 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract A pinch of salt Doubled baking parchment
Cooking: 1. Preheat your oven to 200°C
(180°C fan assisted) and place a baking tray on the middle shelf. 2. Melt the chocolate until liquid and allow to cool off a bit. 3. Mix the butter and sugar together, beat in the egg and add a pinch of salt. 4. Add the vanilla and flour and mix until nice and smooth. 5. Now add the chocolate and blend together until smooth. 6. Line the insides of a few cake moulds with baking parchment. 7. Pour the batter into the cake moulds, place in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes. 8. Feel free to get a bit flirty with your choice of accompaniments such as strawberries and whipped cream.
Words: Anna Mackenzie
nature in comfort Exploring the wild has never been so glamorous. We look into the latest camping trend that offers more than a hike in the woods. ew fashions speak so neatly about our times as Glamorous Camping, or Glamping if you will. The word itself says volumes. Since the trend reached craze proportions several contenders have vied for standard status. We toyed with Boutique, considered Luxury and were tempted by the cheap alliteration of Comfy. In the end though, Glamorous won the prefix wars, executing a wily word merger to seal the deal. Say what you like about the 21st century, it loves a Portmanteau.
Then there’s the concept itself. A quick rummage through history reminds us that the last time camping was glamorously embarked upon it was the tweed suits and silk corsets of the empire on Safari in Africa. Prior to that nothing short of war would drag the luxury lover under canvas. Now Kath Kidson has a Glamping range and few festivals feel complete without the pre-pitches. What was once the provision of the super rich is now open and desirable to all. The 80% urban population of the UK craves reconnection to the wild but in civilised terms. This may sound derisory and for that this codicil is inserted - whatever you call it, Glamping is wonderful. True, it might not carry the flinty righteousness of “real” backpack and foam sleeping mat camping but so what? One does not supersede the other and which would you rather have at the end of your road, a tower block hotel or an adorable and independent Glamping site? For the uninitiated, here’s a potted intro to the world of Glamorous Camping. Sites are prebuilt and each unit comes heated, often by a stove, and fully furnished, often to a theme. Basically broken down your
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options are canvas or wood. The former in the various guises of yurt, tipi, wigwam and the top-of-the-tents safari tent. The latter approaching building status with lodges, pods, shepherds huts, and gypsy caravans. For the alternative alternatives amongst us there are tree-house suites and re-purposed train carriages, built in the image of every childhood adventure fantasy. Facilities and locations are there to suit every taste. Some sites offer the full retreat with individual pitches isolated in a bubble of nature. Others run as little communities with everything from local-sourced restaurants to adventure activities to fresh linen services running onsite. The constant is countryside and here lies the core appeal - Glamping offers nature without the rough edges. Just the thing for the urbanite and just the thing for the nature lover who doesn’t want to spend their holiday getting tired.
Its not all scratchy super eight idealism, of course, practicality plays a big part. To achieve similar standards of sumptuousness without pre-pitch would employ enough Sherpas to rival the Edwardian progenitors. Stove heating allows for trips all year round and the budgets [around £35 a night for a 4 berth] are far from exclusive. This also solves the eternal bugbear of family holidays, entertainment for all. Free from cars and full of the communal spirit, family focussed sites are perfect places for children to roam and find their own fun, leaving mum and dad with time to unwind.
The 80% urban population of the UK craves reconnection to the wild but in civilised terms.
But there are other reasons to Glamp, beyond the fear of filth and fatigue. Prime amongst them is ecocredentials, luxury camping sites are built with minimal impact in mind. The materials and designs are sensitive to their environment in a way concrete and brick can never be. Recovery and repurposing are integral to the ethos and few things can better warm the soul than a vibrantly restored gypsy caravan. Facilities follow the same train. Compost toilets, working gardens and solar panels join personal pieces of world saving inventiveness. Organic and free range are assumed necessities. Imagine a weekend in the mind of an especially content Dick Strawbridge, you’ve a fair approximation of a Glampsite.
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Finally, and at the risk of sounding the hack location, location, location. Camping is loved because it submerges the camper in beauty, surrounds them in God’s best efforts. Waking to find yourself within ambling distance of a secluded cornish cove, bathed in the pine-scent cool of a forest or sipping steaming tea on the slope of a slate mountain. Add the glam and you add Man’s best efforts.
So Glamping is great. Great for you, great for the world, just great right?. It’s a fair cop, all this great may be cause for smugness. But, once again, so what? Festival vibes without the squalor, back to nature with more than the basics, small and special over vast and faceless - what’s not to like? But increasing accessibility to the countryside for a wider public has a deeper significance. Without the brutish bothers of unfiltered wilderness, reconnection with nature and an emotional investment in preserving it is an investment our time would surely profit from. View more at: www.canopyandstars.co.uk Words: Ben Addicott
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