Monday, November 1, 2010

Brighton Day One...

I now live in Brighton, it's a town on the southern coast of England. It's about the size of Christchurch. Nick Cave lives here. So does Steve Coogan. And now me.

I start teaching here on Friday, maybe earlier.

Brighton is known for many things. It used to be a small fishing town, but once the railway tracks were laid it quickly became the seaside daytrip of choice for Londoners. That was about 100 years ago. Now it is known as the country's gay capital, with a high proportion of students, new-agers, musicians and homeless folks. This year it became the first place in England to elect (under first past the post) a Green MP and there are a lot of organic food stores around. It's one hour on the train to London, and ten minutes on the train to East Sussex and West Sussex. Hove used to be the town next to Brighton, now it is all joined as one.

Alright enough for now.


  1. It is also known (at least to me) as the town that Lydia Bennet went to with her friend Mrs. Foster/Forster (I forget which) and then runs away from with Mr. Wickham to have sexual relations with him without being married. This is in Pride and Prejudice of course. That is what I think of when I hear Brighton.

  2. Thanks Richard, it is good to be back.

    Fflur- I rememebr now that you mention it- Brighton does have this reputation as a bit of a seedy place, must have been going on for longer than I imagine.

  3. I had sexual relations in Brighton without being married. Does this make me seedy?

  4. Not really. Although it depends how many bad one liners you used.

  5. Curmudgeon - only if you were having these sexual relations in the 16th century. Looking at you photo it seems likely.

  6. You can play many a good tune on an old fiddle.

    - an old fiddlers joke.