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Partying in L.A. with California Girls

This article first appeared in What’s Happening magazine by entrepreneur Mike Holland in May 2012. I have just spent two weeks in LA. I had been invited to the birthday party of Mary Wilson, one of the great “Queens of Soul Music”. I had agreed to hook up with the unstoppable songwriter and poet Stevie Kalinich who ran me absolutely …

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The Astoria

Since purchasing the former Astoria cinema, which has been vacant since 1997, I have had constant grief from conservation groups opposing my plans to knock the eye-sore down. Now, if there is one thing my reputation does prove is that I am not shy of a renovation.  However, this Grade II listed building is in such a state of neglect that …

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Brighton & Hove Council offer OUR money to build the I360

This week Brighton and Hove City Council revealed their frustration at the stagnant state of the West Pier by offering to  loan the remaining £14 million to the developers of the i360, Marks Barfield. The architects reluctance to accept such a substantial subsidy emphasises the extent such a burden would have on the taxpayer. It would be another 12 years before …

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“Waffling, Wellied-Wallies” – What’s Happening (April 2012)

This is a small extract from my article in the April issue of What’s Happening magazine. To read the entire feature visit www.whatshappeningmag.co.uk   Education should be about jobs There is way too much emphasis on traditional education. Why can the educationalists and particularly politicians who are so very clever and know everything not accept that everyone cannot be a …

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The British Engineerium

It’s full steam ahead here at the British Engineerium with construction well underway. The renovation will transform the old museum into a thriving centre of education which celebrates engineering of the past, present and future. With this in mind the emphasis is on restoration as opposed to transformation, reviving the impressive Victorian building to its former glory and more. It …

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Fashion at the British Engineerium

And in case anyone missed it I thought I would include the video shot at the British Engineerium for my good friend Gresham Blake. It is a fashion video showcasing his new collection from Brighton’s best loved rock star tailor. Soundtrack – Jason Phats. http://www.greshamblake.com Enjoy! Mike Holland.

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British Design

I would just like to spread the word about the fantastic new exhibition at the V& A, “British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age” which proudly demonstrates Britain’s creative leadership throughout history. Following the progressive shift and developments in design over a period of 60 years I sent my new assistant Hannah along to have a look at the …

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Independent documentary on the Engineerium Museum

I have found that many people who come to the Engineerium love every aspect of what we have and what we are trying to do here. Here is an independent documentary that was made on the Engineerium that may give you a small insight to some of what we do here. Enjoy! Mike Holland.

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Auditions for Black Rock Films

Looking forward to having Black Rock Films at the British Engineerium this month where they will be holding auditions for young lead actors. Any talented actors should visit this Brighton production companies website www.blackrockfilms.co.uk for further details as to how to get involved.

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What’s Happening Magazine (Feb 2012)

Below is an extract from my regular feature in What’s Happening Magazine: “Mike Holland: One Man & his Soap Box”. As we approach the first anniversary for our Green administration I must admit to being a little astonished that they have gone all out so quickly to annoy the electorate. Their opponents must be rubbing their hands with glee. They …

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