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Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good anti-war songs

To mark Armistice Day, Wednesday 11th November, the Worthing Traditional Singers' Group will be holding a special session on the theme of war and remembrance at the Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road, Worthing starting at 8pm.

Starting off the evening will be local singer and historian, Chris Hare, who will be looking at how war has being recorded in song and poetry from the Crimean War to the Second World War.

In particular, Chris will be focusing in on the poems of Rudyard Kipling, some of which he has set to music.

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"The house was full of packing-cases. Even the pretty lawn at the side was to pack up, stiffly and slowly, through the bare echoing November. The very robin that her father had so often made, with his own hands, more gorgeous than ever; amber and golden; here, at this bed of thyme, began to speak of carrots. The grand inarticulate mighty roar."

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I am alive and you are dead

so runs the title of a biography of Philip K Dick by Emmanuelle Carrere. The book reads as fascinatingly as any of Dick's novels and is a must for any 'Dickhead'.
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Agatha Christie radio plays recreated

The Agatha Christie Theatre Company brings three gripping radio plays from the Queen of Crime, read in the style of their original BBC broadcasts, to Worthing's Connaught Theatre.

In Murder on Air, a cast of actors from stage and screen will bring to life all characters from Agatha Christie's Personal Call, Butter in a Lordly Dish and The Yellow Iris featuring Hercule Poirot. They will be led by Susan Penhaligon (star of the film Under Milk Wood and known for her role as Judi Dench's glamorous sister in the BBC comedy A Fine Romance), Roy Marsden (best known as Inspector Dagleish) and Nicky Henson (DS Harry Finlay in A Touch Of Frost and Jack Edwards in Eastenders)

Susan Penhaligon's appearance in Worthing will be particularly emotive as her theatrical debut was as Juliet at the Connaught Theatre.
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On Location Film Festival

A film festival with a difference is set to run in Worthing this Autumn, as the 'On Location' Festival screens films around the town in specific themed venues between September 21st and October 1st.

Five films will be shown in five themed locations, each one tied in with the particular setting or theme of the movie. So cinephiles can enjoy seeing Paul Newman's classic portrayal of a poolroom shyster in 'The Hustler' at a Pool Room in town, or a enjoy a great piece of Bollywood in an Indian restaurant in the town's West End.

The festival is being organised by Worthing Film Club, and the festival director Stefan Sykes said "We thought it would be great to take films out of the usual cinema environment, and use some of the great locations around the town to show films in a new and exciting way, and to enhance the whole experience of watching a movie. We have a great selection of films to appeal to a wide variety of movie goers, from cult horror B-Movies to contemporary rock documentaries & 5-Star British classics. It's also a great opportunity for people to visit places in the town they might not normally venture into, as well as view some fabulous films that wouldn't normally be screened in town." 

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"In a Dark Wood" - review of The Path by Tale of Tales

Furtherfield and The Hyperliterature Exchange have published a review of The Path, a 'short horror game' by Tale of Tales (Michael Samyn and Auriea Harvey), based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Play of two halves at Festival Theatre

 Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables opens on 10 September as Chichester Festival Theatre's final production of Festival 09.

Set in the dining room of the apparently genteel Beauregard Private Hotel, near Bournemouth, the play is made up of two separate stories in two acts, Table by the Window and Table Number Seven, which reveal an undercurrent of guilt and repressed passions.

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End of the Pier film-makers wanted

Two opportunities have arisen for anyone who is looking to broaden their experience in film making by getting in some first hand practice with the End of the Pier International Film Festival.

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Worthing gets beach piano

Worthing's Coast cafe has become the place to have a good old-fashioned knees up – because it's become home to the first beach piano in the UK!

Inspired by the 'street pianos' project in London, local musician Andrew Walker teamed up with Revolutionary Music to bring the idea to Worthing, but with a suitably seaside twist. Finding an upright piano being given away free on the Worthing Freecycle website, with transport from cabinet maker Gary Smith, and with music provided by local shop Music World, the Worthing art project has taken less than two weeks from idea to launch.

And now, anyone stopping at Coast, on the beach at Splash Point, can have a tinkle on the ivories. Already, the 'Beach Joanna' has caused cyclists to stop and cafe customers to start conversations.

"This is all about music as a social activity," says Andrew, who runs music workshops with his company Rhythm Inc, "and anyone – experienced or amateur – is welcome to stop, get some practice in, play some songs, and enjoy the magnificent sound of Worthing's Beach Joanna."

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Shoreham Airshow Returns

The massive Avro Vulcan Bomber XH558 will be flying at the 20th Anniversary RAFA Shoreham Airshow.

The popular airshow will include every type of aircraft from modern day fast jets through to some of the top civilian aerobatic teams. A total of approximately fifty aircraft will be displaying both days and the flying is set to last over five hours.