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Dark Sky

Posted by Sara on April 28, 2009

We struggle underneath

forcing down the sun

fills the air we breath;

Sparkling orange light

with a back drop so forceful

freedom gives up the fight;

Yet the morning dawns

lifts the hold of nights’ grip

lights up the people’s scorn.

By Dominic

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Bathroom DIY

Posted by Sara on April 26, 2009

This year I learnt how to put tiles on a wall. It was much more fun than I expected and I’m petty chuffed with the results, although – as with any of my DIY projects – it seemed to take weeks longer than it should have done!

Here’s the before:

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And here’s the after:

room11The sink? We bought her for £12 at the Brighton boot fair, she’s old and still beautiful. I rather fancy she’s haunted – imagine, a haunted sink! Alas there have been no mysterious midnight mutterings emerging from the pipe work as yet.

sinksideThe stand cost a little more but is worth every penny, it was custom made and fitted by the lovely Alan from Anvil Ironworks. Anvil are a small group of Brighton based artist blacksmiths who specialise in hand crafted contemporary and traditional metalwork. Check out the web page, the sculptures are amazing. The tiles come from The Tile Depot.

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Easter Path

Posted by Sara on April 24, 2009

As lovers of all things Mystic and Otherworldly here at thee Nook we wanted to try something a bit different this Easter, so on Good Friday we went on the Easter Path walk around Brighton. Organised by Beyond, the walk was a contemporary interpretation of the Easter message, loosely based on the Stations of the Cross, using a series of art installations set up in shop and church windows across Brighton.

Our first stop was outside the Brighthelm centre, where a digital photo montage was used to illustrate the betrayal of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. I think most of us can in some small way relate to that ‘lying awake all night completely alone and dreading the next day’ feeling – as the rest of the world sleeps on oblivious. Somewhere during this dark night it is said that Jesus was in such agony his sweat was as great drops of blood falling to the ground. I wonder what that must have felt like?

station11The photo montage itself started life in Glasgow during anti war demonstrations; Jesus is shown in the garden surrounded by modern images of authority while he considers the cup of suffering that lies before him. He is alone in his awareness of what is to come while Judas is represented as a dark shadow behind him.

station1b2‘Jesus is Condemned’ was the title for the next piece at Sydney Street Bikes in the lanes. The image displayed here was of a pair of waxen hands bound in rope and this shop was chosen specifically for the iron railings permanently guarding the shop window.  Our guide, Martin, explained that the image of a God being bound and restrained by human hands is a very powerful one that shows us how cruel the human race can be and how much power we have. This got me thinking about Jesus as someone who had been judged to have broken the law and the way we punish crims in our own society.

handsWe then made our way to Daves comic shop for the display called Jesus receives the Cross. This consisted of a cross made  out of comics from a series called Final Crisis, featuring a force known as the God Killer. I don’t know much about this series myself but the location seemed a good one in as much many good comics feature similar themes involving redemption, death and resurrection.

Framework was the shop used for the next installation, Jesus Falls Three Times; a contrast to the invincibility of comic shop heroes, as we were once again reminded of the frailty of Jesus as he stumbles through tiredness. Still in the lanes we then made our way to Bell, Book and Candle for the next stop, called ‘Jesus meets his mother’. The exhibit in this window was a simple but thought provoking one, highlighting how it must have felt for both sides to meet in this way. I think most of us  close to someone who has been bullied, mistreated or beaten up often feel terrible at what their loved one has endured and here we were left to wonder what his mother must have felt at seeing her son treated like this.

In all there were twelve stations on the walk and at each one we were given time and a chance to reflect on different events leading up to the crucifixion. The walk finished at Fishtail Neon, a wonderful place on the seafront dedicated to all things neon that creates, among other things, light installations from recycled fairground rides and displayed here were some fantastic multicoloured crosses celebrating the resurrection.

cross1I thought this walk was a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the Easter message and what I liked best about it was the unscripted spontaneous feel that came with trying to ponder on Deep Stuff while surrounded by the hustle and bustle within the sights and sounds of a busy city. Scattered as they were across Brighton, tucked away in shop windows, each one of the displays brought a life of their own to the Easter story in a very open and accessible way.

bigntallFor those unable to make the walk, all the exhibits from the Easter Path plus a few extras are being brought together to be exhibited at the Old Market on April 26th from 7pm, with bar open from 6.30pm. There will also be a visit from Siku, the artist who created The Manga Bible and he will be talking about his work.

For more information: www.beyondchurch.co.ukeasterpath

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Things to do in May

Posted by Sara on April 22, 2009

May looks so choc full of fabulous gothicky goodness I thought it might be better to write about things before they happen for a change.

ev2008_01498First up is the cheerily titled “Death and Mourning in Victorian England” Taking place in St John’s Chapel, Woodvale cemetery, this is an illustrated talk on how Victorians fused fascinating rituals with elaborate etiquette in order to mourn their dead. This vast, enchanting cemetery is steeped in history and worth a visit in itself. 4th and 16th May 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Entrance Fee: £6.00, (£5.00 Concessions)

For lovers of all things Steampunk, The Steam Punk Hidden Circus are landing in the Marlborough Little Theatre for one day only to present remarkable acts ‘from a future seen in the past’. Thrills and spills guaranteed and comes with an all day Steampunk market and all. 3rd May 1pm – Midnight. £5.Marlborough Little Theatre, 4 Princes St.

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“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. ….silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

Published fifty years ago The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a genuinely scary read and The Brighton Little Theatre are bringing their adaptation to the stage from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th May. Tickets only £7.50.www.the-little.co.uk

Meanwhile over at the lovely, amazing Sealife centre:

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And last but certainly not least, every Wednesday, upstairs in the haunted room at Northern Lights, Brighton’s very own Ghost Walker, Rob Marks, will be appearing in one of his many guises as Charley Jeremiah Tench, showcasing his new performance ’Ghosts Upstairs’. Enjoy an hour or so of ghostly tales told by candlelight accompanied by a glass of ‘fisherman’s friend’ to chase away those chills. Mr Marks’ exceptional storytelling skills, coupled with some genuinely gruesome tales that are all based in local history, makes this a great night out for ghost hunters and historians alike.

Starts for 8.30pm, Wednesdays.

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Rain

Posted by Sara on April 19, 2009

Rain falls upon us

the ground soaked beneath our feet;

lets hope the sun comes up.

by Dominic

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Ghost Photo

Posted by Sara on April 16, 2009

I took this photo last weekend when I visited the Sea Life centre; it’s a reconstruction of the beak of an octopus. Even though I’m telling myself it must be caused by a reflection in the glass, or some other such anomaly, I find the image of the eye in the upper left hand side wonderfully eerie. I’ve not doctored the picture in any way and I do not recognise the eye as my own or any one else’s who was with me at the time. It seems perfectly placed to create a rather fantastical, though menacing, looking creature. Sea Life is after all reputed to be haunted so who knows….?

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Ghosts Upstairs – an evening of candlelit tales.

Posted by Sara on April 14, 2009

There’s plenty to titillate the paranormal taste buds this week as tomorrow, Wednesday 15th April, Brighton’s very own Ghost Walker, Rob Marks, be appearing in one of his many guises as Charley Jeremiah Tench, showcasing his new performance ‘Ghosts Upstairs’.

Starting for 8.30pm and taking place upstairs in the haunted room at the Northern Lights Bar, Little East Street, Brighton, the show will feature an hour of ghostly tales told by candlelight with a break for drinks, and no doubt there will be plenty of the house specialty – the fiendishly fortifying ‘Fisherman’s Friend’ – on offer to chase away those chills. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £3.

Anyone who’s been on the Ghost Walk of the Lanes (you can check out our review here) will already be familiar with Rob’s storytelling skills and Wednesday’s showcase promises to be a real treat. Hope to see you there!

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Fact of the Day

Posted by Sara on April 13, 2009

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This comes courtesy of the fabulous Sea Life Centre in Brighton, one of my most favourite places. The (rather clumsily written) blurb on the web page calls it “A show piece of Victorian splendor and as the oldest operating aquarium in the world is considered to also be the best!” And I’d have to agree.

Originally opened in 1872, the Aquarium was designed by Eugenius Birch, designer of Brighton’s West Pier, and it’s a beautiful example of Victorian Gothic splendour. Add to this some beautiful displays, an amazing array of weird and wonderful underwater creatures and the odd ghost or two and you cannot go far wrong.

Below is a fun montage of some snap shots I took there today.

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Goodbye Brighton Station Car Boot Fair

Posted by Sara on April 12, 2009

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Nestled atop of the car park overlooking the station, and trading (most) Sundays 6am -2pm, the Brighton car boot fair is a local institution and widely regarded as the best boot sale for miles. It’s a browser’s paradise, full to bursting with sellers and stalls, where one off private attic clearouts vie with market traders, antique dealers, book stalls, video, CD and DVD sellers.

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From beautiful antiques and vintage clothes to glass parakeets and empty plastic bottles, you never know what you might find here and it’s this eclectic, mercurial mixture of the exotic and mundane that makes this bargain bazaar the perfect antidote to the bland, predictable homogeneity of high street shopping.

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Apart from the fact nearly all our bookcases, and more than a few of our books, have been bought here, what I love most about the boot fair is the variety of stalls. Some are beautifully laid out and are works of art in themselves, while others look like they’ve just been thrown together, but are no less inviting for that.

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However, this Sunday, our usual fun and frolics at the car boot has been tinged with sadness as, from Sunday 19th April, it will be moving to the multi storey car park in Brighton Marina. Apart from the fact the Marina has to be the ugliest, most soulless place imaginable, and nowhere near where we would want to spend our Sundays, the new opening times, which will be till 12pm and not 2pm, will make it difficult for us lazy bones to get all the way down there in time.

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Nevertheless we wish it well – the traders have been messed around by engineering works for months now so maybe their new home will work out better for them, we hope so, but we will miss you!

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Noticed

Posted by Sara on April 9, 2009

Within my gaze are things I’ve never found

upon the ground, often with no sound

across the road that lies within my touch

there isn’t much, that doesn’t seem as such,

by the water across a sandy shore

what’s been before, what won’t happen any more,

fields of golden brown the bakers’ favourite wheat

under my feet, it feels a hidden treat,

laughter amongst family and closest friends

the wounds it mends, the gloom that it transcends,

by day a path and night a mystery

as what we see and what it means to me.

By Dominic

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