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Brighton [Oct. 12th, 2014|10:19 am]
Tony Grist
English seaside towns are sleepy places out of season. Two weeks ago Southend felt like the last stop on the road to nowhere; we took a quick look and hurried away. Last week Eastbourne, which we love, was empty and rain-washed. But Brighton doesn't recognise seasons. Brighton- like a handful of London streets scooped up and plonked down beside the sea- is always a-rockin' and a-rollin'.

Brighton- yeah, Brighton. It's not not the loveliest of the seaside towns, nor the most historic- but it's the Queen of them- handsome, infamous and bloody amazing.

It cost us £17 to park the car, but we gritted our teeth and decided it was going to be worth it. We ate at a Persian/Turkish/Armenian restaurant (I'm a convert), went round the Royal Pavilion and ate freshly cooked doughnuts on the pier- and, yes, it was. Totally.

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From: (Anonymous)
2014-10-12 05:27 pm (UTC)


Great images, as ever! Very intense colours and good composition. I wonder when the big wheel arrived on the scene.
Jenny xx
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-10-12 06:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Brighton


Following the success of the London Eye every town with any ambition wants to have its own big wheel.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-10-12 09:03 pm (UTC)
We were in the underground car park in Regency Square.

I have a history with Brighton too. My grandparents lived in Rottingdean and then in Hove. They used to give me pennies to spend on the piers.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-10-15 05:58 pm (UTC)
I've been delighted to find myself there a couple times recently - with the days growing steadily shorter, I can now conclude an evening's rabbiteering back at my original spot, and rather than head back north directly, it's a valid routing option to go via Brighton. And my, if the Evening Star isn't just a couple minutes' walk away from the station.. ^_^ Truly an utter gem of a pub, not only offering a few of Dark Star's own superbly varied brews, but also quite a number of guest casks and kegs. And of course, all with that Brighton ambience, with students, beerhounds, tech sorts (and all combinations thereof) - it's positively invigorating simply being there, overhearing the odd snippet of conversations around, discussing all manner of topics.

BTW, did you see any sign of the i360 tower's groundbreaking? Rather looking forward to seeing that, and ascending it!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-10-15 08:22 pm (UTC)
I didn't see any sign of the i360- but then I wasn't looking for it because I'd never heard of it. It sounds like a great idea. Maybe if it's a success they'll recreate the West Pier.
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