Peter Noble MBE, pixel pioneer

There’s at least one in every smartphone. They’re in webcams, drones, CCTV cameras and movie cameras as well. Since the turn of the 21st century, if not before, the solid state ‘active pixel’ image sensor has become one of the world’s most ubiquitous technologies, an integral part of a global industry worth billions. And it Read More…

Happy memories of arts centre 40 years ago

Cherry Haynes has been coming to Lighthouse since before it opened and says she loves it just as much now as she ever did. Having applied after seeing an advert in the Echo, Cherry was one of our first stewards – or usherettes as they were known then – and attended a series of training Read More…

A moving story

On the face of it they have little in common – she’s a woman in her fifties with early-onset Parkinson’s; he’s a teenager far from home who doesn’t fit in with the world around him. She’s trying to come to terms with her range of conscious movements being slowly eroded; his overload of feelings finds Read More…

Lesley Slight – everywhere and nowhere

Her paintings invoke a magical, mystical, mythical world in which absolutely anything is possible. These are views that are slightly out of reach, just over the hill or around the corner – at once some place and no place, everywhere and nowhere. Lesley Slight has been painting her distinctive capriccio landscapes ever since she arrived Read More…

Finding the ace of spades in Upton

It began as a challenge of sorts, a young man at a book signing goading the local author into writing about the clay industries that up until the early 1970s had employed scores of Upton men. Nine years later and writer Alan Burridge has published his book, Upton’s Clay Industries and Associated Rail Links, primarily Read More…

Give my regards to Broad Street

His business card used to proclaim him as ‘Publicity Terrorist’, but he’ll answer to ‘Hype Merchant’ and acknowledges all that earned him the soubriquet ‘Muck Raker in Chief’ from Private Eye. If there’s one thing journalist Geoff Baker knows about it’s how to kick up a fuss – something he has continued to do at Read More…

Dorset in the right light

There’s something in the light, in the way it reflects on the water and casts shadows in the sand, but Middle Beach at Studland holds the same fascination for artist Ian Hargreaves as Monet’s garden at Giverny, or the Grand Canal in Venice, or twilight on the Bosphorus at Istanbul. ‘It doesn’t matter how many Read More…

Gordon Haskell: The return of the native

What on earth is Gordon Haskell doing here? Nearly nine years after he beat a tactical retreat from his beloved Dorset to start a new life on the Greek island idyll of Skopelos, the Bournemouth-born singer-songwriter-musician is back under grey skies on frozen home soil. He obviously hasn’t come home for the weather, but he Read More…

Shaftesbury’s Big Cheese

It might have started as an accident of geography, but over the last fifteen years, Charlie Turnbull’s relationship with Dorset has blossomed into an abiding passion. Just as he has taken its many moods to his heart, so too is Dorset assimilating the energy, expertise and barely bridled enthusiasm of this most irrepressible of settlers. Read More…

Faking it: Nina Camplin’s trompe l’oeil

Rarely has fake been so fashionable – from fake news to fake tans, faux is determinedly à la mode. All of which causes some amusement for Poole-based trompe l’œil artist Nina Camplin, who has made the art of faking it into something positively authentic since moving to Dorset at the turn of the century. ‘Within Read More…