Jane Austen Bicentenary 2017

Jane Austen
Bicentenary 2017

40 Years Celebrated

In December West Hill residents celebrated WHCA’s 40th birthday. It was a joyous occasion. Here’s an extract of the speech Colette Wilson gave on behalf of the Trustees. Continue Reading »

Dear Editors

Being a Hanoverian, I was lucky to come across your article on Aubrey Beardsley in the latest Whistler, and wanted to let you and your readers know that I quite regularly present Beardsley events.  At Brighton & Hove Museums our collections contain a few items relating to him including two original drawings, and although these can’t be on permanent display for conservation reasons I am able to show them occasionally as part of the Bite Size talk series at Brighton Museum. Continue Reading »

Traditionally trees are still relatively dormant and the nesting season is nearly upon us so here are some good garden tasks to complete before Spring really sets in. Continue Reading »

It’s amazing how the internet has become part of everyday life – 9 out of 10 people use it, and 70% of us now have a smartphone or tablet. It’s so popular because it’s quick and easy to find information, keep in touch with the family, do the shopping and be entertained. Yet not everyone is confident – people of all ages struggle because they don’t have the equipment or the connection . . . or find what they do have, difficult to use. Continue Reading »

On the Move

Peter Batten is amazed by what he’s discovered about Oliver Sacks . . .

These three words form the title of one of the most famous English poems of the 1950s. It was written by Thom Gunn, who went on to spend most of his life in the United States. He became a well-known resident of San Francisco.

Recently, I was surprised to find the same three words used as the title of the autobiography by Oliver sacks-london-motorcycle-388Sacks. You may remember him as the author of a book which became the successful film ‘Awakenings’ or of the best-selling collection of essays, ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’. I was even more surprised to see on the book’s cover a picture of a young and handsome Dr Sacks seated astride a motorcycle (pictured). Continue Reading »

Dorothy Parker

An appreciation by her grizzled contemporary, W. Somerset Maugham

Once when I was in Hollywood, I was invited to dinner by Miss Fanny Brice. It was by way of being a literary party. Aldous Huxley was there, his sardonic gusto in the horribleness of human beings not yet greatly mitigated by non-attachment and brotherly love. Dorothy Parker was there demure in black silk, but with a demureness fraught with peril to the unwary. I forget who the remaining guests were but they were evidently grand, for at dinner Dorothy Parker and I found ourselves seated together a good way down the table and well below the salt.  Continue Reading »