South Coast Town, East Sussex, England, UK
Brighton (if you didn’t already know it), is a medium-largish sort of town/city
type place on the south coast of England. Officially it’s Brighton and Hove, not just Brighton,
although most Hovians (just made it up), might not like being annexed by its big brother.
There’s a lot of night life and day life for that matter
in Brighton. We have our fair share of pubs, clubs and rub-a-dub-dubs (if
you know what I mean). It's also damn windy here, probably because of the sea
and all that.
We have two universities here, the world famous Sussex University where Nici studies, and the ex-polytechnic University of Brighton (Scumbag College)
where I study.
Famous Brighton, Infamous Brighton
Say the word ‘Brighton’ to somebody and they’ll probably say something
like, Brighton, oh yeah, little place - by the sea, Quadrophenia yeah,
and that funny ‘Taj Mahal’ thing. And aren’t there a lot of , you know,
them living in Brighton?
Well, apart from the obvious, there are a few people, places and faces
that characterise Brighton life for those that actually live or work here.
The first thing you notice once you’ve been here for longer than 5 minutes
is that Brighton is a university town, in fact its a double university
town, and that means a double big helping of students. Now, I’ve nothing
against students, they can’t really help being students can they, and after
all, I AM one myself. They can’t help being so excited about leaving mummy
and daddy to live in the big wide world that they always look as if they’re
gonna burst with joy. (Or is that just the drugs)? They can’t help forming
close knit cliques not ten minutes after they’ve been introduced to each
other at the start of term. I don’t think they can even help pulling on
a nice pair of bumpy trainers, a fluffy jacket and a record bag to top
it all in the ridiculous hope that this will not only endear them to their
fellow students, but also gain themselves that elusive ‘individual’ tag.
Well, OK, I su-pose you’re an individual. You all are. The lot of you.
Brighton of course has resident celebrities by the bucket load. But
they all seem to live in Hove. Protecting us all we have of course a Lord
of Brighton, the famous boxer and bad mouther Chris ‘Thethelia’ Eubank. Tch, only in Brighton eh?
The Levellers came from Brighton of course. Lived in a house not to
far from the Level, a little triangular patch of grass near the middle
of town. Around or on the Level live one sector of the dynamic mix of people
that make up the population of Brighton. These people have many names,
the ones usable in polite company are Krusties, New age travellers or just,
‘those funny looking people with bad hair, big boots, and train of mangy
dogs in tow’. Now, don’t mistake this description for genuine homeless
people. Homeless people don’t actually have anywhere to live, rather than
actually aspire to look and live like those unfortunate enough to really
have no roof over their heads.
Brighton is known as ‘London-by-the-sea’. I wonder, does that make London
a ‘landlocked Brighton’? Well they have their similarities, Brighton has
some of London’s bad points but a lot of the good points too. The people
most importantly, I mean, they’re more laid back here than in London, which
I left a few years ago. So, which do I prefer? Well, after having waxed
cynical for two minutes non-stop about Brighton, you’d probably think I
should have stayed in the big city. But, you’d be wrong. Because I love
Brighton, and I love hating Brighton.
Update: January 2003. Shut up Tone, you miss Brighton and you know it.