Photographer Amelia Shepherd’s Female Fighters at the Brighton Photo Fringe

Exhibition Review: Female Fighters, Brighton Media Centre, Brighton; Sundial Clinic, Brighton; until November 18 2012 Female kickboxers captured in the moments after sparring are the subject of Amelia Shepherd’s multimedia photography, showing the transition between two worlds – the purely physical and the realm of roles and responsibilities – in an exhibition inspired by the … Continue reading

Brighton and Hove’s tourism industry anticipates profitable Olympics

In spite of gloomy industry predictions to the contrary, Brighton and Hove’s recession-hit tourism businesses are optimistic that the Olympics will bring a much needed windfall. By Alex Oxborough Tourism accounts for over 13,000 full-time jobs in the Brighton and Hove, a hefty 14% of the total workforce, with so many livelihoods at stake, the … Continue reading

Government NPPF planning policy puts Sussex countryside at risk

Environmental groups have warned that new planning policy guidelines, recently released by the coalition government, are a threat to the countryside, ancient woodland and the character of rural communities. By Alex Oxborough Just one year after the establishment of the South Downs National Park, the Sussex countryside is under threat. Bringing to mind the adage … Continue reading

Oh la la its Derriere!

The set of Derriere’s video shoot, at Studio Ping Pong, was rocking, quite literally, when I arrived. From just scaffolding, Perspex, and in the case of the camera, what looked like an air conditioning unit, Studio Ping Pong had been transformed into a 1950s television studio. On a podium in the centre of a densely … Continue reading

On the set of Derriere’s Battle Plan video shoot

Brighton-based band Derriere, purveyors of raunchy rock’n’soul blues and honkin good times, recently released their first single, Battle Plan. Picked up already by the likes of Mark Lamaar, it seems glory awaits. Never one to miss out on vicarious glory I joined them as an extra on the set of the accompanying video at Studio … Continue reading

England’s first ever Indian ragamala exhibition opens in Brighton

Brighton and Hove Museum & Art Gallery is hosting England’s first ever exhibition of Indian ragamala paintings.  The exhibition is timed to coincide with both Diwali, the Hindu festival of light that was celebrated this year on the 26th October, and the 90th Anniversary of Brighton’s India Gate. Ragamala are miniatures, painted under royal patronage, … Continue reading