Ghost Villages and Postal Mischief at Bom Banes
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Villages and Postal Mischief at Bom Banes

Bom Banes George Street Thurs 15th Oct, 8pm-10pm £8
To reserve a ticket email: 
david@cheekyguides.com

The evening will begin with an illustrated talk on ghost villages, a story which incorporates haunted islands, weird MOD land, the UKs little-known second royal family, Dr Who, ladybird plagues, drowned villages and a haunted cupboard.
There will be a short break for cake, cigarettes and gay banter then, in the second half, I'll be sharing my passion for some of the world's greatest postal pranks, with particular focus on Victorian trickster Reginald Bray who, over his lifetime, posted over 30,000 singular items through the newly formed Royal Mail. 

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No9 Bus to Utopia Exeter Street Hall Brighton 7.15pm
Sep
26
12:15 PM12:15

No9 Bus to Utopia Exeter Street Hall Brighton 7.15pm


After his partner left him for someone, ‘younger but more mature’, David set himself a life-changing task: to be a more sharing, loving person. As a man with a taste for the exotic however, this was never going to be resolved by a weekend course in Mindfulness. Instead he embarked on a global adventure to learn how to live with others. He visited an anarchist community in Denmark, a futuristic city in the desert and found paradise in a Californian retreat, dreamt up by Aldous Huxley. Most fantastic if all was Damanhur in the Italian Alps, with an underground temple the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, and a ‘fully functioning time machine’.
Along the way, David’s quest raise issues that best many of us. Why is depression rife amongst those who have wealth and freedom? Is getting what you want really utopia? And could alternative communities teach us a better way to live in both our relationships and our modern cities?
This wry, self-deprecatingly funny and philosophical book asks some big questions and finds the answers surprisingly simple.
David is a true philosopher, great journalist and excellent writer. He has gone where others only imagine trading, and the book is packed with gags, wisdom and pathos. It actually IS a must-read.
Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler

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Catalyst Club Special Shoreham Wordfest
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Catalyst Club Special Shoreham Wordfest

Now in it’s eleventh year, Brighton’s popular Catalyst Club is coming to Shoreham Wordfest. A celebration of the singular passions of everyday folk, it has, to date, hosted over 500 talks on subjects ranging from Vikings, naturalism, and gratitude, to the history of the Martini.

Tonight’s event, on the theme of change, introduces Brighton Science Festival curator Richard Robinson, who will invite the audience to explore the subject of puns and word play. ‘Cheeky Guides’ author and host, David Bramwell, shares his adventures in the ‘No.9 Bus To Utopia’, a year spent travelling around the world’s most extraordinary communities. As well as tales of singing plants, the world’s largest underground temple, anarchist communes, and a time machine, David also asks what we can learn from communities about how to improve our lives and cities in the 21st century.

Location: West Street Loft
20 West Street, Shoreham, BN43 5WG

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