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Unbeknownst to you, in our West Hill community, there is a body of local residents who offer daily prayers for our peace, protection and happiness. They are members of a lay Buddhist organisation called the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) which stands for “the international society for the creation of value”. (more…)

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Over the last few issues of The Whistler we have introduced the current members of the WHCA management committee (the Trustees) to give you a flavour of who they are, what they do and maybe to inspire you to become one yourself. We have illustrated that we are a mixed group of people of different ages, gender, background, and interests. The things we have in common are that we live and work in the West Hill area and we volunteer our time. (more…)

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When Samuel Beckett’s play with this title arrived on the London stage in the 1950s it was received with bewilderment. Several theatre critics confessed that they had no idea what it meant. The actor Peter Bull, who had a very important role as Pozzo, was quite rude about it. Despite his incomprehension he gave a very strong performance which enhanced the emotional impact of the play. Nevertheless, the general opinion was that the play was meaningless. (more…)

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Mosquito

 

DH Lawrence had it right – the mosquito has no worth,
He sucks man’s blood as a baby sucks his mother’s milk from birth.
But a mother gives her milk with love to nurture and to feed.
Not so the mosquito, who fills his belly for no reason other than greed. (more…)

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Rokia Traoré
Image Credit Danny Willems

With her work rooted in the Malian musical tradition yet defying the confines of a single culture, Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré is regarded as one of Africa’s most inventive musicians. Born in 1974 in Mali to a diplomat father, Rokia travelled extensively during her youth: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium, where she studied. This nomadic upbringing exposed her to a wide variety of international musical influences from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, to Wagner, Serge Gainsbourg, and the Rolling Stones. A protégé of the legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Rokia’s breakthrough came in 1997 when she was hailed as the ‘African Revelation’ by Radio France Internationale. (more…)

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Shape Note Singing at West Hill Hall

Shape Note Singing at West Hill Hall

There’s a hollering happening at West Hill Hall every second Friday of the month: the Brighton shape note singers meet to sing from the Sacred Harp. (more…)

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to Wellington on his 250th Birthday!

In response to Sylvia Alexander-Vine’s article in the last Whistler comparing Napoleon and Wellington, it is important not to leave our readers with the impression that the latter’s only contribution to Western civilisation was one single piece of enlightened legislation, the Wellington boot, and advice for military cadets on how best to deploy cavalry, cannon and troops armed with muskets. Sylvia is, nevertheless, correct to say that Napoleon’s legacy as both the greatest general of his age (which even Wellington conceded) but also the greatest creative statesman, has been of much greater significance not only to France, but to Europe. (more…)

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