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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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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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Peter Batten writes about Bix and Louis

Last month I gave a talk to a Jazz Appreciation group in Preston Park. It was the first in a series of six entitled, ‘Jazz Contrasts’. This was a follow-up to add detail to my previous series, ‘Six Studies in the Art of Jazz’. The first major contrast was between Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. I am sure you will have heard of Louis, but Bix who? In the late 1920s Bix Beiderbecke was a much admired jazz cornet player. He was almost a cult idol. Featured with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, he was adored by both fans and fellow musicians, among them Bing Crosby. He was still in his twenties, but his health was already in decline. In 1931 he died. (more…)

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Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

I spent some time this summer looking to join a writing course in Brighton. All the courses I found were too expensive and too prescriptive. I wanted to go to an affordable, relaxed, informal group with like-minded people where I could share my work freely and, most importantly, write without distraction. I couldn’t find the writing group I wanted to go to, so I created one. (more…)

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The Face Hugger

I’m an artist and illustrator living in Brighton and I’ve lived in the West Hill area since 2012. (more…)

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Brighton Early Music Festival offers Whistler readers a choice of 15 top-class concerts within easy reach during October and November. This year’s festival, which brings 700 years of music from 17 European countries to Brighton, has the timely theme,  “Europe – Connection, Division, Collaboration and Chaos”.

English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble.
Photo by Andrew Roach


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