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Peter Batten asks a question. . .

One of the most treasured items in my modest collection of Art books is a small book with pink card covers. It is the Catalogue of the 1936 Surrealist Exhibition in London. In the 1990s I bought it quite cheaply from a bookshop in Belfast. (more…)


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The days when I believed that being in receipt of my free bus pass was some compensation for growing old, were short lived. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to pay full fares for the rest of my life, in exchange for the return of the fresh bloom of my youth. Creaking bones, failing eyesight, slack skin and memory loss are too high a price to pay for free travel. Yes, getting old has little to recommend it. And the need to nod off all over the place is both embarrassing and time-wasting. (more…)

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THE Asylum Monologues is a first-hand account of the UK’s asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it. It was first scripted from verbatim accounts and launched in 2006 by Ice and Fire, a theatre company whose members are Actors for Human Rights. This performance at West Hill Hall on Saturday 17 February  is a rehearsed reading by professional actors Kate Dyson, Trevor Jones, Alexa Povah and Glyn Sweet. (more…)

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An evening of music and poetry with Brian Mander and The De La Warr String Quartet.

Wednesday 14 February 2018. 6.00pm – 7.30pm

St Nicholas Church, Church Street, BN1 3LJ (more…)

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Brighton Dome partners with Brighton Women’s Centre and Brighton Museum to present an annual celebration of International Women’s Day on  Saturday 3 March. (more…)

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Read from Top to Bottom

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are (more…)

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With reference to Peter Batten’s reminiscence about ‘Stephane’ (Oct/Nov 2017), I, too, want to tell a little story about Stephane Grappelli.

In 1979 I was on tour with a play, the leading lady of which was the amazing, vivacious, beautiful actress, Ingrid Pitt, (pictured) doyenne of Hammer Horror movies (and she had a great part in the film ‘Where Eagles Dare’). Ingrid and I met for Sunday lunch and then popped into the Theatre Royal, Lincoln, where we were playing, to retrieve something she had left in the dressing room. (more…)

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