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Hello Sailor!

Posted by Sara on February 22, 2009


I haven’t been doing too much painting lately. Hello Sailor! was painted December 2008 with acrylics on canvas. He is named after one of my favourite songs, performed by one of my favourite artists Genesis P-Orridge.

I painted him at work. Every year we hold an art exibition to commemorate World AIDS day and this year was my turn to run the art group. He was part inspired by a guy I used to work with at Feltham YOI, who had the most incredible energy about him and was one of the most positive people I have met. He was also a sailor.

Below is Hot Stuff, whom I painted in February.


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Posted by Sara on February 16, 2009


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
It’s always our self we find in the sea.

~e.e. cummings


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Posted by Sara on February 13, 2009

When at work I pray all day,

It helps to take the pain away,

Soon the hope of day has passed,

I’m left in this abysmal farce,

I want the warmth of glories glow,

But sense this will never show,

Racked with angst and godless fear,

As my bestowed demise begins to lear,

The answer is there if only I wait,

But patience could mean it will all be too late,

Call me to arms and face down the dull,

In hindsight this will just be a lull,

Around the corner the answer is there,

The heat of the sun and warmth of the air,

Up and away and on we will fight,

Then out on the town long in to the night!

‘Till comes the dawn, is seems so soon,

Accompanied by a familiar tune,

And there in my face is the same,

Old routines that have no one to blame,

Just myself at my desk,

Doing my time just like the rest,

Dreaming again of a different time,

Just for the hope to be mine.

by Dominic.





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The Day

Posted by Sara on February 13, 2009

Upon a Sunday in June just gone,


Such good fortune came along,


Abundant pleasures filled my day,


Before I had a thing to say,


I walked a busy river bank,


Feeding birds who offered thanks,


I drunk ale in ancient inns,


With old soaks and wooden beams,


I took in Georgian squares and lanes,


And decommissioned old steam trains,


I had tea and walnut cake,


And frolicked on a boating lake,


I ate rare beef and crispy spuds,


Then washed roasting tins in suds,


Before laying down upon my bed,


And asking myself:


What have I achieved? 

by Dominic.






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Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society Walk

Posted by Sara on February 7, 2009

stnicks1January 25th

The last Sunday in January we went on an interesting and absorbing winter walk around Old Brighton, courtesy of the Brighton Archaeological society. The walk began on a wet (very wet!) Sunday afternoon outside St Nicholas Church on Dyke Road. This church is the oldest building in Brighton and its ancient cemetery provides the final resting place for a few of the city’s well known historical characters, including Phoebe Hessel and Martha Gunn.

From the St Nicholas we made our way to another churchyard, this time belonging to the Brighthelm centre on North Road, where we learnt that it was here, during a recent building works, where developers unearthed a vast underground set of catacombs, believed to be a mass burial site for cholera victims. We then continued down Church Street, a very lively and popular area of Brighton that was a haven for thieves, prostitutes and pick pockets in the 18th and 19th centuries. Pausing briefly at the corner of Jubilee St, the site of a lot of new development, we were told of the old stables and factory that used to belong here and how this was traditionally a farming area. This is hard to believe as you take in the surrounding ultra modern architecture, including the fantastic Jubilee library, but there are still traces of the past still visible, including an old farmhouse tucked away on Jubilee Street.

Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens

royal-pav2As we made our way to the Lanes and Brighton’s ‘Old Town’, pausing briefly to hear about the secret passages and underground tunnels in the Royal Pavilion, we learned of the archers who practiced the long bow nearby, of the rise and fall of the fishing industry and how the city’s fortunes were restored in the 1750’s by Dr Russell, who wrote a book extolling the virtues of bathing in sea water. We finished off by the Town Hall in Bartholomew Square, the site of a small chapel and priory dating back to 1100’s.

The walk lasted approximately 90 minutes during which our guide, John, was a mine of information on Brighton past and present. We would definitely recommend this walk to anyone who wants to learn more about local history and the Brighton and Hove archaeological society run a varied lecture programme of lectures and guided walks based on local history and sites of archaeological interest. More can be found about them on their web page:http://www.brightonarch.org.uk.

Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens

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Working From Home

Posted by Sara on February 2, 2009


Today saw a snow fall the likes of which has not been seen round these parts for over eighteen years. Though only a few inches deep everything came to a standstill, including the trains, so unfortunately I had to work from home. ….

family snow

family snow

snow rat

snow rat

holy snow

holy snow

nawty snow

nawty snow

lonely snow

lonely snow

try a bit harder next time snow

try a bit harder next time snow

mermaid snow

mermaid snow

snowly ghost

snowly ghost

snow bear

snow bear

stooges snow

stooges snow

And last but not least…..

take away snow

take away snow

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Figaro’s Cafe

Posted by Sara on February 1, 2009

10.01.2009 Figaro’s Cafe, Georges Street, Brighton


This ones going to be short and savoury as I am rather tardily writing this a few weeks after the event. Figaro’s is a straight out of the 70’s ‘caff’ in kemp town we have frequented many times over the years. Tucked away on Georges street, this is a rather attractive looking eatery with a charming bay windowed frontage; inside is cosy and homely with plenty of seating, including sofas and armchairs for extra relaxation as well as additional seating along the main window if you fancy watching the world go by as you eat. There are some newspapers available for the more literary inclined; though when we visited last weeks metro was the most high brow tabloid available. There is one toilet through a beaded curtain, which has certainly seen more beaded days, but the toilet itself is clean, functional and with a working lock.


 Today we were joined by Lee, friend of Thee Nook and fellow food critic extraordinaire. We were all feeling a little fragile from the night before so two of us opted for the smaller breakfasts, which are great value for £3 – £3.50, with bread slice or toast, while Dan chose the omelette. There are plenty of bigger breakfasts on offer as well as a range of other cafe type fare such as jacket potatoes and roast dinners. Coffee and tea costs extra but are reasonably priced and the coffee is delicious.

Figaro's no 5

Figaro's no 5 with black pudding

Breakfast arrived on bright blue china that blended beautifully with the orange tablecloths. The food itself was not the most attractive looking of fare but we weren’t there to stare and it tasted just dandy- though we had to wait a bit for the omelette. Lee gave his a 9/10, and mine wasn’t half bad either. We all thought the omelette looked worth the wait and Dan confirmed it tasted pretty good too. Condiments on offer were Lidl ketchup, brown sauce, and salad cream – cheap but adequate none the less, providing just the right balance of flavour to an excellent budget breakfast.

Figaro's small vegatarian

Figaro's small vegetarian

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