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It's The Biz 2. Community magazine for Rochester, Medway, Kent, promoting business and community activities. In this issue: gaming, drawing, Dickens and Del Boy

GAMING, DRAWING, DICKENS & DEL BOY
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Issue 2 | August 2019
Summer is here – and with it the
second edition of It’s The Biz. Thank
you for picking up and browsing this
new magazine and thanks also to
everyone who has participated in
this edition. Please make use of your
local businesses and keep the local
economy thriving. Don’t forget to
tell advertisers that you saw their ad
in It’s The Biz.
I hope this issue inspires to you
attend an art class, organise a
picnic, or to enjoy some retro
gaming action (or all three!)
Have a great Summer.
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Page 6: Artists at Restoration House; Page 9: Get gaming!
Page 10: Nursery rhymes – the facts; Page 12: You plonker!
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DICKENS FESTIVAL
The annual festival celebrating the work of Charles Dickens took place in Rochester on 1 & 2 June
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ACROSS
1 A character who recounts the events
of a novel or narrative poem (8)
5 A small yellow egg-shaped acidic
fruit (6)
10 First name of the Dutch
impressionist (7)
11 A tart, served warm (3, 4)
12 To stand or wait around without
apparent purpose (6)
13 Having an exaggerated sense of
one’s own importance (8)
15 Outside limit of an object (4)
16 She cares for old Martin and marries
his grandson in the Dickens novel
Martin Chuzzlewit (4, 6)
18 A fetid resinous gum obtained from
the roots of a herbaceous plant, (10)
20 The initials representing the full
name of the Soviet Union (4)
23 dispersion of people from their
homeland (8)
24 Small animal with a long body, bred
for hunting rabbits (6)
26 Poems resembling epic style, but
notably shorter. (7)
27 To splash or cause to splash about
uncontrollably (7)
28 Weapons with pointed tips (6)
29 Feeling the need to scratch – but this
part in particular (8)
DOWN
1 Twin brother of Helena in the
Dickens novel The Mystery of Edwin
Drood (7, 8)
2 A position in a hierarchy or scale (7)
3 The top or highest part of several
things (6)
4 A solemn promise (4)
6 Referring to a portable motor
attached to the outside of a boat (8)
7 To release a dog from its lead (7)
8 His death is forecast by the Ghosts of
Christmas Present and Future in the
Dickens novel A Christmas Carol
(4, 3, 8)
9 Carbonated so drink made from
the juice of a small, round, so red
or black fruit (9)
14 Related to small organisms which
may cause disease (9)
17 Person who produces a list or book
by assembling information collected
from other sources (8)
19 A substance whose chemical
constituents are being identified and
measured (7)
21 A miserly curmudgeon in the Dickens
novel A Christmas Carol (7)
22 The state of being free from illness or
injury (6)
25. “This __ __” the main point or
diiculty (2, 2)
This crossword contains
four character names
from the novels of
Charles Dickens; and
the letters that fall into
the tinted squares will,
when rearranged, form
the name of a fih (4,
8). If you can name that
character and the novel
in which they appear,
simply message us at
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be drawn at random and
will win a copy of the
book in question. Closing
date is 22 August. The
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Explore & Draw at
Restoration House
Explore & Draw, an art class run by local artist Luna Zsigo,
came to Restoration House on 31 May. 25 students found
inspiration in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the
gardens, drawing and painting still life subjects.
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Photos by Neil Thorne Photography
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Explore & Draw is an art class run
by local artist Luna Zsigo.
Inspired by the great
George and Mary Watts, Luna
passionately believes that “art is
for all” and everyone is welcome,
from absolute beginners to
professional artists.
Explore & Draw hold unique
and exciting drawing, painting
and creative writing events
in buildings of historical,
architectural and cultural interest.
The classes oen focus on still
life compositions made up from
artefacts and objects sourced
directly from archives of the sites.
The event at Restoration House
took place on a slightly overcast
day, but it was warm enough and
there was plenty of light bringing
out the rich and vibrant colours of
the beautiful garden.
Your editor joined the class on
a tour around the house itself
before we all joined Luna in the
garden where she handed out art
materials and helpful advice.
Having explored the nooks
and crannies of the garden – an
incredible space which I think
can justifiably be described as a
“secret garden” as very little of it
can be seen from the surrounding
streets. It comprises formal and
productive areas as well as the
restored Tudor garden which was
discovered during an aborted
housing development project,
and rescued by the owners with
the help of English Heritage.
It proved an ideal location
for Luna’s class, inspiring the
creation of a variety of drawings
and paintings by the assembled
students, all of whom benefitted
from Luna’s advice and guidance.
Luna also runs a series of
workshops named, Explore &
Draw – Meet the Artist where she
collaborates with other creatives
from dierent disciplines to show
that there is no single way to
become an artist.
Below is a list of upcoming
events. Why not join in, learn
something new, meet others and
connect with your inner creative!
Drawing and painting materials
are provided but please feel free
to bring your own.
© Explore Gin & Draw Copper Rivet
Distillery: Weds 17 July 7-9.30pm
© Cheese & Draw The Rochester
Cheese Room: Weds 31 July 11am-2pm
© Rochester Cathedral - Muggle’s
Magical Art Class Kids Edition (11-17
years): Tuesday 6 August 10am-12pm
© Rochester Cathedral’s Ithamar
Chapel: Saturday 24 August 10am-1pm
© Restoration House
& Renaissance Water Garden:
Friday 20 Sept 10am-2pm
Find out more about Explore & Draw and Restoration House:
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E exploreanddraw.medway@gmail.com
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Video gaming hasn’t always
been HDMI cables and digital
downloads. Once it was a thriving
back bedroom coding industry!
Kids would write games on their
humble Commodore 64s and
ZX Spectrums and sell them
to publishers for £250. People
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Together with their instantly
recognisable Reliant Regal and
other members of the Only Fools
& Horses cast of characters, the
Trotter family were brought to
life for a special photoshoot,
organised by Gino Cinganelli,
a creative photographer and
partner at Rochester Studios.
He stages large photo shoots
inspired by films and TV shows,
and has recently created scenes
based on Planet of the Apes,
The Walking Dead, On the
Buses, Carry on Cleo, Doctor
Who & the Daleks, Doctor Who
& the Cybermen, The Lost Boys,
Breaking Bad and many more.
Gino, who has been doing this
for around six years, says, “All our
cast members give up their time
for free. It’s all about bringing
people together and creating
something dierent and special.
We use make up artists from the
local colleges so they get a chance
to work on a big production to see
what it’s all about on a busy set,
and they get to use the images for
their coursework.
THE CAST
Del Trotter . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Broad
Rodney . . . . . . . . . . . . Philip Hoyles
Uncle Albert. . . . . . Drew Cameron
Boycie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Blight
Denzil . . . . . . . . . . . Marcus Massey
Trigger. . . . . . . .Darryl Lee Ransom
Mike. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rob Stevens
Mugging victim . . . . . Tinnie Tong
The Van . . . . . .John Jones Trotter
Thanks to: Kathy Hodges support;
Antrix Costume Hire; The Nags Head
Rochester; Bryant Street Towers;
Rochester Studios.
Did you spot Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert on the streets of Rochester (AKA
Peckham) on 26 May? It was the work of local photographer, Gino Cinganelli…
THE TROTTERS COME TO ROCHESTER!
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TO ROCHESTER!
Del and Rodney outside Rochester’s very own Nags Head (High Street) with
a case full of hooky gear Photos: Gino Cinganelli
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Many would argue that these
nursery rhymes are hugely
important in early childhood
and, gruesome or otherwise,
they will help your child to
understand the world, develop
their language and counting
skills, and feel part of their
community. So even when I hear
The Wheels on the 99th Bus, or
those five little ducks are getting
lost again, I still love them!
As a little aside, I thought I’d
share some of the stories (which
may – or may not – be true)
behind some of the
more popular
nursery rhymes
we all know and
love!
Humpty
Dumpty wasn’t
an egg, and
wasn’t necessarily
a king either. Some
think this song refers to a cannon
fired during the English Civil
War – but it was first seen in print
courtesy of Lewis Carroll in his
book “Alice through the looking
glass”. The Grand Old Duke Of
York wasn’t a very good general
– he led his troops a merry dance.
There are various claimants
to the title – but my
favourite is that he
was the second son
of George III. This
particular Duke
also founded the
Duke of York’s Royal
Military School in Dover
– every summer they hold a
“Grand Day” as their end of term
event!
Baa Baa Black Sheep was
originally a protest against
wool taxes, Mary, Mary Quite
Contrary was about the
murderous Queen Mary I – these
songs (like many of our so-called
nursery rhymes) weren’t written
for children at all! Ring A Ring A
Roses is probably the most well-
known story – that ‘ring of roses’
was to hide the awful stench
of plague victims. The ‘all fall
down’ was the tragic end for each
victim. Wind The Bobbin Up and
Here We Go Round The
Mulberry Bush are both
songs designed to keep
people moving – the
first in the cotton mills,
the second in prison
exercise yards.
Whilst we might worry
about the meanings behind
songs, there is no doubt that
our children love to (and need
to) sing them. Children have
adopted these songs because of
their simplicity, their repetition
and their rhyme – so does the
true history really matter? I
suppose that depends on your
perspective, and maybe diers
from song to song – but there’s no
doubt that the pure enjoyment of
joining in with well known verses
is a crucial part of early learning!
Sarah Marsh is a music teacher
and advisor working in primary
and early years music across
the UK. Sarah founded and
directs Musical Bumps Ltd –
with classes across the country.
For details of Medway classes
in Rochester and Wigmore
please contact emma.davis@
musicalbumps.com or visit
www.musicalbumps.com.
Traditional nursery rhymes – do they
really hide such a gruesome past?
At Musical Bumps, we use a huge number of traditional songs and rhymes.
Some from the UK, others from further afield. Like them or loathe them, there’s
no doubt they are popular with young children. And isn’t it just great when your
child works out their favourite and sings it over and over (and over) again?!
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The BIG Sing has now grown
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everyone. You don’t need to
have a fantastic singing voice
– just bring your enthusiasm.
There are no auditions. The
weekly rehearsals are very
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The members are people from
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The songs taught are pop,
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choir family.
Meeting every Monday at St
Peter’s Church Parish Centre,
Delce Road, Rochester, Kent
ME1 2EH, 7-9pm – only £7 per
week, pay as you go.
Also at Swanley Christ Church
URC and Dartford St Edmunds
Living Well Centre – find out
more at www.big-sing.com
Introducing our
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in hospitals, schools, and with
disabled groups.
The BIG Sing is the dream that
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Uniting communities with
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So many members have
found that the choir helps
them through loneliness,
depression, grief, illness
and we have been growing
from strength to strength in
number and ability. Together
we CAN achieve greatness.
Now we are sharing our
music with as many people as
possible – and the Charity will
help us fund choirs for people
who need the music the most.
Available to perform at
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THE IDEA
The idea for Just Add A Picnic
was born from a desire to know
of more places locally that we
could take our children to. We
didn’t have a lot of money and we
were bored of visiting the same
old parks and sitting on the same
park benches.
A friend asked me out one day
to a park I had never heard of and
I was amazed! It was spectacular,
the kids spent hours playing only
to find there was another play
area just a short walk away, a
farm, cycle paths, boating lake
and nature reserve. Why had I
never heard of it? Why didn’t it
come up on the usual ‘day out
with the kids’ websites? That park
was Sandwell Valley Country Park,
and if we’ve got time when we
visit family still living in the West
Midlands we try and visit again.
We moved back to Kent, where
I grew up, about 5 years ago. I
would chat to other mums and
they wouldn’t know of some of
the amazing parks and beaches
that I knew about. I decided I
really needed to push forward
with the idea of Just Add A Picnic,
for free places to visit where you
can Just Add A Picnic. I taught
myself to code, with the help
and support from my husband, I
attended a Mum’s In Tech Course
and learnt more about the Project
Cycle and how I could develop my
idea further.
THE RESOURCE
www.justaddapicnic.com is
our website and the Facebook
page @JustAddAPicnic, (where
I am most active) advertises free
places and events in Kent and
surrounding areas. On Instagram
@JustAddAPicnic I document
places we’ve been as a family on
our Just Add A Picnic days and I
use Twitter @JustAddAPicnic, to
retweet events and activities
and try and drive users to
our Facebook page to pick
up our weekend posts.
We make no money
Just
add a
pi
cnic!
Emily Rowe tells us about Just Add A Picnic, a great resource detailing all the
fantastic free days out which are right on our doorsteps, but get overlooked or
are best kept secrets. So pack up your picnic and find your next great day out!
Broomhill Park,
Strood
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from the project and I do it all in
my spare time.
Just Add A Picnic is about
enjoying time with your family
without it costing you a small
fortune! We advertise free places
to visit, events and activities
across Kent.
Here are a few of the free events
coming up in the next few weeks:
Armed Forces Day
29th June. Locations across the
country will be putting on events
to celebrate our military past
and present. Great Line Heritage
Park, Gillingham will play host
Medway’s celebration, with free
displays and ‘have a go’ activities
for all. Headcorn Aerodrome is
also opening up for free for Armed
Forces Day with displays and
activities planned all day.
Faversham Nautical Festival
6-7 July. www.faversham.org/
events/festivals/nautical-festival
Gravesend’s Riverside Festival
6th July. Liberty X are headlining
this year. www.visitgravesend.
co.uk/whats-on/riverside-festival/
Create Festival, Ashford
20th July in Victoria Park.
www.createfestival.co.uk
Eastbourne Air Show
15-18th August.
www.eastbourneairshow.com
You can find out more in the
events section of our Facebook
page @JustAddAPicnic, where
we share other Facebook events.
You can also look out for our
weekend posts where we share
what’s going on over the coming
weekend.
Mote Park,
Maidstone
Hampton Pier,
near Herne Bay
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beer
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1. When is National Beer Day in the UK?
2. What is the name of the brewery in
Faversham and when was it founded?
3. What does CAMRA stand for?
4. What is the key dierence between
lager and ale?
5. What does IPA stand for?
6. Which beer was advertised as being
good for you”?
7. What was the name of the brewery in
Victoria Street, Rochester?
8. In which year was the beer can
introduced?
9. Who is the world’s biggest brewer?
10. What is a “tegestologist”?
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