The Whistler – June 2009

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a song bird will come - Chinese proverb
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a song bird will come” Chinese proverb


The Wild Life garden at the West Hill Hall continues to create work and enjoyment for those volunteer gardeners who are involved and to improve the environs for the benefit of our visitors – feathered and two-legged. Thanks to Tinkers and Blenio Bistro for their generous donations of nuts and herbs. All donations are welcome.

Sue Williams, one of the volunteers, wrote to us recently with a tale describing an example of devotion beyond the call of duty by another volunteer, Jo Martin.

“A big vote of thanks – if not a medal – should be awarded to our wild life gardener Jo, who was found on a miserable morning, kneeling on the ground, with her bare arm, up to the shoulder, down the blocked drain in front of the Hall. She spent the best part of an hour scooping out a filthy mix of mud, gravel and roots, gouging a chunk out of her hand in the process, which bled profusely. I stood by offering encouragement, hoping she wouldn’t say “Your turn now – you have a go!”  But she says she’s not afraid of drains and carried on digging until it was clear, determined to save the Hall the expense of calling out Dyno-Rod.  And they say community spirit is dead….Well done that woman!”

Well done, indeed.

Interview with Caroline Lucas

Pizza Girl was happy to help her neighbour’s 12 year old daughter secure an interview with the delightful Leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas. Caroline was only too pleased to help Quanita with her media studies project. I think you will agree from her probing questions that Quanita has a promising career in journalism ahead of her.

Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas

I see from your website that you are a doctor. When did you decide to give up medicine for politics?

I don’t think I’d make a very good medical doctor (I’m far too squeamish!). Doctors don’t just study medicine. I studied English Literature at University and wrote a study about women’s literature, which enabled me to gain a doctorate.

As a member of the European Parliament you spend a fair bit of time in Brussels. What does that city have to offer in particular that Brighton and Hove could benefit from having? Continue reading Interview with Caroline Lucas

Much Ado about Nothing again

I have had literally hundreds of emails thanking me for guest editing the last edition of this multi-award winning newspaper. In particular, the plaudits have been pouring in for my credit crunch busting tips. Many of you said that the article has already saved you thousands of pounds. I am incredibly touched and humbled that my advice has changed so many families’ lives forever. Continue reading Much Ado about Nothing again

Guitar Man

John Kent
John Kent

John Kent has played guitar for thirty years and now runs Guitar Tuition Brighton as a full time teaching practice offering tuition in rock, pop and blues guitar.

The approach John often uses creates a way for students to learn aspects of music that immediately interests them:

“I offer the student the opportunity to present a list of songs they would like to learn and build the lessons around the songs. I introduce music theory that is appropriate for the student’s ability and plan each lesson to maintain a balance of enjoyment with learning. Students find this approach less intimidating and more inspiring that just memorising chords or TAB.”

John currently teaches to an age range from 9 to 59 years and is member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors, has an Enhanced CRB Disclosure and is fully insured. For enquiries phone 01273 208438 or 07876 375862.