The Whistler – April 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, this year’s Brighton Festival guest director, sends a message to the festival:

“We all think about the Brighton Festival as an occasion for festivities, for diversity, for creativity, for expression, for freedom of expression. This is especially important to us in Burma, who have been deprived of this right of freedom for very many years. We look to you to use your freedom of expression to let the world know what it is like in our country.
There is connection between all kinds of expression and because everything is connected we think that what you do there, half way across the world from us, can help us here a great deal.”

Last year The Whistler wrote about the Burmese comic Zarganar who has been jailed by the military junta for 35 years. This May, Brighton & Hove comes alive with a powerful and exciting programme of cultural events in celebration of this year’s Guest Director, Aung San Suu Kyi, the courageous Burmese leader, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has fought peacefully for democracy and, taken to the heart of this year’s Festival, is her message, “use your liberty to promote ours”. West Hill Hall is a Festival Fringe venue and has been used as a rehearsal space for festival shows.

Structural changes are in the news too – the long running campaign to save the Royal Alexandra Hospital buildings has been won. Taylor Wimpey responded to the majority of local feeling and withdrew the demolition option prior to the Council planning committee meeting. The plan to convert and restore the main building was unanimously approved. The Brighton Station gateway project is looking at ways to improve access and facilities at the station and the only way that a great scheme can be developed is with the input and ideas of users of the area. Let us know your views so we can feed them into the planning process.

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and the officers and committee elected, will be held on Tuesday 31 May 2011 at the West Hill Hall. Nominations for the committee must be seconded and sent with the written consent of the nominee to the Hall. The business of the meeting will be followed by our perennial favourite, the Quiz, set and presented by David Perrett. Refreshments and bonhomie free. All welcome.

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Dear Editor

I enjoyed Phil Dange’s explanation in the Feb/March edition of why it isn’t necessary to include details of the type of grape on the label of a bottle of wine. For those who missed it, according to Phil, it’s because a wine is the product of so many things – what the French call ‘terroir’ – that it’s not just unnecessary but wrong to emphasis the type of grape and not describe the other things that make the wine from one area unique.

He is right, but only in part. This approach works for wines from areas that are ‘Appellation Contrôlée’. For instance white wines from Chablis and Puligny Montrachet are as different as it is possible to be. Both are made from the Chardonnay grape but the name of the wine, not the grape, is the best guide to how they taste. However, his approach does not work for the pioneering areas where wine makers are not bound by the same regulations as under the AC rules. Take the ‘Vin de Pays des Coteaux du Libron’ for instance, in the Languedoc, where the Domaine la Colombette make a fruity Sauvignon in the New Zealand style and a Chardonnay as buttery as a Montrachet. I can’t think of a better way to label those wines than after the grape variety whose character is revealed by the way the wines are made. To call both wines just “Coteaux du Libron” wouldn’t help the buyer at all.

So don’t be too disdainful, Phil, about us Anglo-Saxons who love and understand wines from the lesser known parts of France.
Andrew Polmear, Brighton and Bédarieux

Say Cheesology

Moon Pale SliceWallace and Gromit can’t get enough of it, some believe that the moon is made from it and you can’t really say it without smiling…cheese!

Great cheese is food alchemy and now the discerning cheese eaters of Brighton & Hove can indulge in some of the really good stuff. Not the mass produced cheese that you buy in a supermarket but cheese that is hand-made with lots of passion using traditional recipes and very high quality raw ingredients.

Welcome to Cheesology your local mobile cheesemonger, supporting small artisan cheese-makers and delivering great hand-made cheese to your door. My cheese is either locally sourced or from small British suppliers.

I personally taste and select all of my cheeses. A typical Cheesology cheese box contains 5 types of hand-made cheese – a combination of cows’, goats’ and sheep’s milk to give you a perfectly balanced cheeseboard. Imagine a creamy Brie style cheese from Devon just at the peak of its condition, or a deep, soft and mellow Cheddar, matured for over a year by third generation Somerset cheese makers – totally delicious!

The cost of the standard box is £13.50 including some quirky tasting-notes and delivery within the Brighton & Hove area. The Cheesology cheese box is perfect for your dinner party or as a great gift for those foodie friends. I change my cheese selection regularly, so it’s a good way for you to discover and taste some new ones. My customers come mainly through word-of-mouth and recommendation. You might say that Cheesology is Brighton & Hove’s best kept secret.

Try saying Cheesology without smiling.

If you enjoy fine cheese I’d love to hear from you. Tel: 07950 217351

Lucie Inns

Save my Job

“We should remember that domestic violence remains a tragic reality for many people. Now is the time to put an end to violence in the home and do all we can to protect children from abuse – not cut back on crucial services for the most vulnerable in our communities.”

So said Caroline Lucas MP on hearing the news that Sussex-based domestic violence charity Rise is facing the threat of losing its child support worker since funding ended on March 31. Anna Young, the worker under threat, is campaigning to save her job, and therefore Rise’s entire child support service. Anna has set up an online fundraising campaign called ‘Savemyjob’ which she hopes will raise enough money to keep this service going.

See further information on Rise’s website Anna’s save my job site can be viewed at: To donate directly to the appeal visit

West Hill Kino Club

This spring sees the arrival of West Hill Kino Club. The Kino Club will fill the current void of independent/community-led cinema in Brighton, and create a DIY-orientated program which will incorporate hidden gems of contemporary and classic cinema and TV, alongside peripheral activities including live music, guest speakers and activities.

Saturday 26 March

Celluloid Boogie presents a celebration of the early 90’s Riot Grrl movement

Ultra-rare screening of landmark underground film ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’ (1982) plus the first ever screening of found footage film ‘February 14th’ (1993), about Huggy Bear’s (pre-eminent UK Riot Grrl outfit) famous Valentines Day gig in Brighton ‘93.

Plus live music from Trash Kit and Woolf, London’s finest all-girl punk/folk groups.

Doors: 7.00pm £6 (£5 concs)

Sunday 27 March

Kino Club Sundays presents Land

The theme of communities (migrants and children, idealists and filmmakers) interacting with the common land through work, leisure, and discovery, celebrates our first foray into community cinema.

We’ll be screening recently re-released British Free Cinema classic ‘Winstanley’ (1975), along with wonderful childhood short ‘Tom & Esther Learn Lessons’ (2010), and dreamlike documentary ‘The Pickers’ (2009) fresh from Screen South’s Archivia Exhibition. Also the mesmerizing archive time-lapse film ‘Birth of a Flower’ (1910) will be accompanied live by multiinstrumentalist Robert Stillman, who will also be performing music from his recent ‘Machine Songs’ CD.

Doors: 6.00pm £6 (£5 concs)

We will be selling appropriate refreshments at each event, all sourced from local residents/businesses, plus themed stalls and regular zine tables, promoting DIY movements in and around Brighton.

Tickets available: Resident Records, Bright News Convenience Store on Buckingham Road, and through

Friday 22 April
Get your teams together and your cinema (and telly) hats on for this great little question and clip based quiz that will be a regular feature of Kino Club. £1 per person to take part. Prizes plus Innocent Sinners (1958) 95mins. Dir. Phillip Leacock (The Kidnappers). Based on An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden (Black Narcissus) this ultra-rare screening of lost gem of British cinema takes in rebel youth, issues of common land, the changing face of market forces and class-divide, and the oft heavy-handedness of charity. You may need a hanky or three. As a local Brighton connection, amongst an exemplary cast, the film also features a fine performance by legend of stage and screen and Wykeham Terrace resident Dame Flora Robson as Olivia.

Doors 7pm Ÿ Quiz 7.30pm Ÿ Film 8.30pm Ÿ End 10.15pm Tickets £5 (from Resident and Rounders Record Shops, and