Brighton 2017

Name of walk Brighton 2017
Date of walk 2017-09-29

Brendan was down in Brighton for the Labour Party Conference, so I went along too. I never saw him until 11pm at night, but I am always able to amuse myself! Brighton is never short of things to do!

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New to Brighton since my last visit was the British Airways i360, the world's tallest moving observation tower. I would have a go later.

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The sun always seems to shine in Brighton. It is usually nearly ten degrees warmer than Walney Island. I am enjoying the opportunity to wear T-shirts again!

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We have a regency apartment at Sillwood Place. It has both a balcony and a mezzanine floor.

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The view from the balcony.

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As my parents used to say "Up the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire."

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The small kitchen.

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The old West Pier. We head back along the promenade to meet up with our son, Tom, a Youth Delegate at the conference.

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Everyone is out enjoying the evening sunshine.

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The pier.

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Tom. I won't see him again this visit, his schedule doesn't coincide with Brendan's either. We have a meal in the warm, open air, then they both head off to their evening agendas, I wander up to the pier.

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View back to Brighton from the end of the pier.

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On Sunday morning me and Brendan discovered we were both going to the same Christians on the Left fringe event/service, which was packed. The speaker was Ann Pettifor from PRIME Economics and Jubilee 2000. She was excellent. It went on longer than I had anticipated as I had then intended to go on to a Sunday Assembly at St. Andrew's, a humanist Sunday service. I went along the last time I was here when they held the first ever Sunday Assembly in Brighton. These services are identical in format and structure to Christian services....singing, sermons, thoughts, sign of peace etc....but no mention of God. An interesting concept. I was disappointed to miss it and to see how it has evolved. My disappointment was quickly assuaged by a trip on the i360!

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I left Brendan to his meetings and made the most of a gorgeous day.

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Looking towards the Conference Centre. The Brighton Grand is currently having a re-vamp on its facade.

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View towards Hove.

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Brighton Pier ahead.

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Very swish!

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View over to the South Downs where I will be tomorrow.

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We are now 138m high.

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Brighton Marina.

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Looking towards Seven Sisters, the walk I did with Fr. John on my last visit.

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Our shadow falls on Regency Square.

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I can see our apartment!

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The day was hot, I headed back to the pier for some vegetarian noodles and then lounged in the sunshine in one of the free deck chairs on the pier. My view back along the promenade. I then went to the Victoria Bar on the pier to watch the live football. Brighton were playing Newcastle!

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I joined Brendan for an Evening Reception in the kitchens of The Royal Pavilion.

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I toured the Royal Pavilion on my last visit, but you are not allowed to take photos inside. This time I was allowed to do so in the kitchens.

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Free wine and canapés...it is hell being the wife of a politician! ;-)

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My Monday walk with Fr. John is in a separate post. Tuesday was a day for rest, coffee and reading. I toured the Lanes and shops. I bought quite a lot of sheet music from Ackerman Music. Most music instrument shops have only about two inches of shelf space devoted to cornet/trumpet music. This place had about two foot!

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I walked into Kemp Town, then back around to east of the Pier.

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Not a drug dealer in sight! (Mr. H!)

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I had made arrangements to visit Don, my old headmaster from my school days. We have always kept in touch. He is 84 now, but still as sharp as a pin! He lives in the Van Alen building (White art deco building with the dark glass) and has a balcony that overlooks the pier.

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Don.

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The panoramic view from his balcony. The Millennium wheel has been replaced by a zip wire! We keep seeing people whizz past!

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His balcony view on my last visit.

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In the evening I have a date with Martin Shaw! I have a front row seat for the star studded cast of 'The Best Man', Gore Vidal's 1960 play about two presidential candidates. Ideal for Conference week. The play is touring before it goes to the West End.

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I saw Martin Shaw and Jeff Fahey in 'Twelve Angry Men' a couple of years ago. This play was okay, but seemed a little dated. Jack Shepherd played the former President and was excellent. He definitely stole the show. Martin Shaw was okay, but I felt his brash American accent deprived him of giving a more nuanced performance. It was still money well spent.

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i360 at night.

An excellent five days, mostly avoiding politics, and in mostly good weather. Had to share the train back to London with Lord Dobbs, John Prescott and Ed Milliband……and another familiar chap called Brendan! 😉

Jo.

 

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