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Brighton in General
Brighton in General
Date: 31/07/01, updated on 22/05/02 (14 review reads)
Advantages: Unique seaside resort, Great atmosphere, Greta buzz
Disadvantages: Rents, Im here the girls are there, Vice versa for the girls
With a view to a move and a new environment took the train to Brighton for a day out and recce. The first thing that entices you to this eclectic town is the high spacious airy welcoming station. It’s a hum of foreign dialect and expectation.
Stations are always nice when theres only one destination and one platform. The exit to the station throws you into the throng of beach goers and Brightons unique inhabitants. Where as most summer resorts are a sea of tattooed DSS transients and kiss me quick single parents, this place has a bohemian feel with lots of cotton and thoughtful hippyesque faces.
The beach is an endless patio of pebbles and deckchairs marked by buried groins and tatty piers. One looks so ghostly and gothic, you would think it was home made for a film set. The beach and pancake flat crystal blue sea gives it a special homely feel unlike any other British beach.
I suspect it’s a real yawn in the heart of a gray winter, but im sure it has a creative eclectic heart that I want to find somewhere out there.
The town center is a typical with the abstract Brighton Pavilion lurking in the trees to make you smile. Theres lots of little winding lazy lanes full of antique shops and alternative stuff. All the high street chains are there along with cute street cafes and warming cozy winebars.
Down on the beach concourse there are lots of bars and clubs cut under the road that offer great summer time drinking and fraternizing.
But because of the cities high gay population there is lots of dance music and camp venues. There are some real men live music places for the more down to earth. But you definitely have the sense of an access of drinking holes to sooth the first of the summer crowds.
Brighton has a growing reputation in the entertainment scene of film and television. Some notable Celebes like Zoe Ball and Stephen Burkoff have affluent pads gathering shingle at the oceans edge. At least twenty names are s
cattered around the city, including the Brightons ubiquitous Chris Eubank.
I loved the feel of the place and the fact that I could jog to Hove or the Downs pending on my mood if I was to live here. The wage rates are provincial where as the accommodation and rates were London metro and painful. I’m not sure how Brightonians survive on the negative wage parity here, please let me know how I can live on 14 grand a week here.
Its 12-50 return on the ghastly Thamelink pit train that is suitably sweaty and grafittied on arrival. A monthly to London if you work in the capitol is an incredible 212 pounds and a rising.I suppose locals and Londoners know just how rank the service is by now.
Anyhow had a great day out and would recommend to anyone who hasn’t been for a bit to give it a go and see how it’s wallowing in its new city status.