Sticky Mike's Flash Lit Fict 11 Sept 11

As part of the Brighton Digital Festival, Paragraph Planet, Grit Lit and Story Studios, are collaborating on an evening that is experimental in nature and is aimed at bringing together the literary and digital worlds.  Running throughout September the Brighton Digital Festival is worth exploring in more detail, but this event in itself holds enough of a draw to warrant a post of its own.
Recommended by a friend, who is one of those people who not only has at least one novel in them, but has written it and is being published this autumn, also very exciting and deserving a post, so stay tuned.

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton

The evening will consist of short shorts, flash writing and digital technologies, at the heart of which will be a 300-word flash fiction slam competition and an online Twitter story competition, with competitors battling it out for fame and glory.

» To enter the Twitter story competition: use #FLF11

» To enter flash fiction slam: post your name on the Facebook event wall or email

» Advanced tix (fiver)

» FB

The theme is 21st century and the Twitter and slam winners will be announced on the night. Judging panels will include representatives from Grit Lit, Story Studios Paragraph Planet and Myriad Editions.

Sunday 11 September 2011, 7pm - 10pm, drinks til late

Sticky Mike's Frog Shop,
9-12 Middle Street,
Brighton BN1 1AL



Mixing it up Funk style - Soul Casserole Fri 26 August

As an established Kemptown resident I like to keep my ear to the ground for anything exciting to post about and this latest gig of Soul Casserole's is promising to be worth the fiver entry charge.

Latest Music Bar

Next Friday 26th August the DJ collective, Soul Casserole will be mixing up the tunes more than usual at the Latest Music Bar (formerly Joogleberry) by performing with live percussion from Tropical Soundclash, a four piece percussion & turntable based dance band providing a breaks, base & bells, shake your booty, AfroRagga Jump about sound.

Soul Casserole have been building a name for themselves across town over the last couple of years at various venues including regular slots at the Black Lion and the Green Door Store, playing to packed dance floors of over 300.

Well known for making DJing look like it's one big lark, it's difficult to tell who is enjoying the night more, the crowd or the DJs. One thing's for sure all three DJs are passionate about the music they play, whether it's Evil Broke Elvis or Dusty Du on the decks or Alkie Tuner from a lap top.

With music ranging from Stax, Trojan, Motown, Blue Note, Zodiac, Chess and Loma records, ok I'll 'fess up I don't know what any of those record labels mean either, but what it does show is a proper geekness. I love a geek. And having seen them absolutely loving it when playing those toons I know Friday night is set to be a great night for funking it up.

Revenge of the Funk

Soul Casserole plus special guests Tropical Soundclash

Friday 26th August 2011

Latest Music Bar

14 – 17 Manchester Street

Brighton BN2 1TF

01273 687171



The Great Brighton Bake Off - registration ends next Sunday 14th August

With my own commitment to cake baking beginning when I saw the iced cup cake on the front of Nigella Lawson's recipe book, which made me think, I wanna do that, I've had an enduring interest in baking ever since.  Over time I was given, bought, inherited baking paraphernalia and slowly built up a repertoire of trusted recipes, with a small amount of improvisation.  The love affair continued and I can now bake some good solid fare although I still can't bake decent cupcakes and my presentation skills are a bit lacking.  To say the least, the very least.

That said, I love a good bake-off and what could be better than the first ever Brighton Bake-off in aid of the The Sussex Beacon.

Taking place on Saturday 3rd September in Jubilee Square, the closing date for entries is next Sunday.  So NOW is the time to enter.  The theme is rather suitably Brighton, which I imagine will lead to great flights of fancy as well as delectable edibles.  Split into three categories - Children, Amateur and Professional means that everyone gets a chance to take part. 

In the Professional category, three finalists will be chosen in advance and will compete on the day to complete their cake in a timed challenge.

While Amateurs are asked to supply a copy of their recipe in advance, bring their cake with them and be able to answer questions about their baking on the day.

The judging will be undertaken by the winner of BBC2's Great British Bake Off, Edd Kimber and Neighbours veteran and Brighton resident Comedian Mark Little.

Do you know what?  Shucks, I'm just going to have to enter. 

Children: £2
Amateur concessions: £3
Amateurs: £5
Professionals: £20


A Guide to summer shakes and smoothies in Brighton

With summer on its way and temperatures on the up, in UK terms, it's time to grab an ice-cold quencher at one of the smoothie making stores to suck on while you mooch about town or for chilling with on the beach.  

Smoothies in Brighton, photo by modern Bric a Brac
Moo Moo's

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