Monday, 10 September 2018

Regency Square book launch

The Regency Square Area Society has just published a book to celebrate the bicentenary of Regency Square.  The book has been written by Suzanne Hinton and Gill Wales, both of whom live in the square.

The book will be launched by the ward councillor, Alex Phillips (she is also deputy mayor this year) in the north garden of Regency Square (with gazebo in case of rain) on 22 September at 11am. The books are on sale at the reduced launch price of £10.00 (cover price £12.95).

Do go along and bring your friends to enjoy the music.  Any speeches will be very short.

Friday, 7 September 2018

A plaque to Prince Kropotkin

Following a two year campaign by students of the University of Sussex a plaque to this many-sided man was unveiled today at 8 Chesham Street, a house now occupied by a Russian historian, Mrs Barbara Seville. 

Kropotkin was a respected intellectual with a world-wide reputation and an audience that included Lenin and Tolstoy. Fascinating details of his life were revealed in addresses from Alderman Francis Tonks, Dr.Gordon Finlayson and Ph.D student Valentinos Kontoyiannis. 

Mr Kontoyiannis described Kropotkin's visit to Brighton Aquarium where he observed an upturned crab which teams of its fellow crabs were attempting to right. Kropotkin went on to write "Mutual Aid", in which he theorised that a society could be organised by individuals working in co-operation. This was in opposition to Thomas Huxley's then prevailing theories on the importance of competition in the evolutionary process.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP for Kemptown spoke of the lasting relevance of Kropotkin's ideas and philosophy.

Valentinos Kontoyiannis & Alderman Tonks
Chair of the Plaque Panel, Roger Amerena: Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP: Dr.Gordon Finlayson