Food, Days Out and Travel stories from Brighton, London and the Rest of the World


Music for Curious Minds at the Brighton Science Festival - review by Annabelle Spender

Music for Curious Minds was for me one of the most exciting events programmed for the Brighton Science Festival. This was due to my background in designing bespoke medical equipment for young people with disabilities, including a musical wheelchair for my final year dissertation. 

The event was all about the latest developments that have been made to enable young people with disabilities to access music. Three organisations have combined their efforts for the last three years and we were to see the results.

Back in 2010 I had spent 9 months researching the existing musical instruments available in order to create my own, so I was looking forward to finding out what advancements had been made. I also took along a fellow musician so that I could find out what they thought of these incredible creations as well. The truly incredible singer / song writer Melissa Hubert joined me for the evening and was interested to find out about new instruments, be inspired and pick up ideas for her own music.

Music for Curious Minds at the Brighton Science Festival 2015 by Annabelle Spender



Brighton Nerd Nite, Science Festival Special - review by Annabelle Spender

I have never been to a Brighton Nerd Nite before that is not to say I have never been to an event full of talks on nerdy subjects but this was different. Previous talks have been around a specialist theme or subject that only designers, social media specialists or marketers would be interested in attending. This was going to be a different experience of seeing a different array of what we consider to be nerds in modern society from all different aspects of life. This event interested me because of my love of talks and learning new things.

Nerd Nite photos by Annabelle Spender

As I was attending the event solo, I wasn't aware of where I was going or what to expect but after getting my name off the guest list ticked and an entry stamp marked on my hand I cautiously made my way down the two lots of stairs to the basement of Komedia. Arriving early and being on my own meant that while I didn't have the front row I did get a seat on the second row of tables close to the stage. As the room slowly filled I was surrounded by other locals who had arrived in groups of two or three and quickly found that none of us had been to a Nerd Nite before. This was going to be an interesting event for all of us. The talk of cake and biscuits filled the table, as we got to know each other while waiting for the rest of the room to fill. Ninja cookies, chocolate cake and wookie gingerbread filled the table as nerdy glasses and pots of mini eggs were placed on all of the tables. The big screen in front of us also projected onto the smaller screens around the room allowing
everyone to see a counter slowly tick down to 0.



How the Victorians ruined the world, Brighton Science Festival review

Think flushing toilets, beard proliferation and immigration of the squirrel kind. The sprightly and amusingly competitive Arney sisters offered us a subversive take on the Victorians and what they did for us.



Days Out in Sussex - Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

After having spent quite a lot of time staring at computer screens and feeling stuck inside, the first chance I had to enjoy a spring-like day I was bouncing to get out and go somewhere.

This is what made us travel west to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Lavant. Covering 40 acres there are 50 buildings to wander in and out of for tantalising glimpses into the past.

Weald and Downland Open Air museum



Happy Heart Day! #heartsfoundallovertheplace

For the past couple of years I've been celebrating Happy Heart Day with a collection of hearts found all the over the place.

pakora heart #heartsfoundallovertheplace



Correspondence exhibition - Brighton Science Festival, review by Annabelle Spender

The science festival in Brighton has begun! The first event that I attended this year was a free exhibition and next to Preston Park. On reading the adult programme, Correspondence seemed like a perfect start to it due to my interest in art, marketing and technology.

Correspondence exhibition - Brighton Science Festival



Travel - A Guide to Art and Architecture in Reykjavik, Iceland

Wherever I go I tend to walk with my head tilted upwards as I look at the buildings around me. Reykjavik, Iceland was no exception.  In particular their brand-new show-piece concert hall Harpa, opened in 2011, gave me a whole ceiling full of refracting light to turn my head towards.

Reykjavik, Iceland photo by modern bric a brac



Meet the Reviewers - The Brighton Science Festival, 5 February - 1 March 2015

From this Thursday 5 February Brighton will be taken over by the Brighton Science Festival. 

Think cycling along the seafront to gain an insight into the solar system; an exhibition exploring Cancer cells; Hiroshima alongside Beethoven's Symphony No. 7; making your own rocket; finding out about dreams or going to a pub for a talk on the stars. 

Brighton Science Festival 5 Feb - 1 Mar 2015

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