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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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On 9th November 1861, Charles Dickens went to the Royal Pavilion to give a public reading in the magnificent setting of the palace’s Music Room. The Brighton Gazette reported that he sent “a charge of emotion through the whole audience.” (more…)

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With thanks to Robert Sells for sending us his poem. He says it’s the story of his life. . .

Self Delusion

In his search for the perfect woman much energy he burned,

And many a maid who failed the grade  by him was judged and spurned, (more…)

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30 September – 5 November 


HOUSE Biennial’s theme for 2017 is Excess, which is explored by each commissioned artist using their own approach to it and the consequences of society’s appetite for desiring too much.

In A King’s Appetite Laura Ford creates a series of new sculptural works and she has taken her inspiration from the Royal Pavilion’s collection of Regency period satirical caricatures, providing commentary on the Prince Regent’s lifestyle and aspects of excess within popular culture. (more…)

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This year’s Friends of St Michael’s Annual Lecture is on Saturday 14 October at 3pm in the church, St Michael and All Angels. £12 on the door (free to Friends). (more…)

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Ayla Lepine

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