Monday, February 27, 2006

On the beach near the pier, Brighton UK, there is a large circular sculpture, a gift from the Mayor of Naples, officially called 'Il Grande Bagel Verde'.

I took this snapshot and was really pleased that there's a couple on the other side (hugging aah!) as the focal point.

If I have a favourite building in Brighton it's this one. Just next to embassy court - I love the curved front. I think this used to be all one building at one time - but now it's broken down into separate flats.
Brighton UK

Sunday, February 26, 2006

There hasn't been much blue sky of late - I managed to grab this shot before it started snowing!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Juice FM is Brighton's coolest station why not tune in by clicking here

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Put that Jack Daniels away please sir!

You wouldn't need this kind of sign in Hove actually!

Brighton Pier taken from the promenade.

I've finally caught up with myself so I've posted this right at the start of the day!

You know - you can click on these images and it'll bring up a larger image in a new window - go on, knock yourself out.

Also - please feel free to link to this site - the URL is I'd really appreciate it.



Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Having trouble with "Hello" software this evening - anyone else struggling?

This is the coat of arms which is Nr. the entrance gate to the Pavilion. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 20, 2006

tasteful - spotted in Hove! Sorry it's a late post today.....

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Paragliding from Devil's Dyke which is on the South Downs as they overlook Brighton. Because of the south downs it means Brighton enjoys a bit of a micro-climate, if you can imagine a ridge of hills that follows the coast just 3 miles inland - then that's the south downs.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

This is what the west pier looked like before the fire and consequent collapse. This is a picture of a painting by the famous Phillip Dunn and is a great representation of what it looks like in Brighton this morning - WET!

I Hope Phillip doesn't mind me using his print - I'll happily take it down if he asks.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

It's a bit choppy out there! This is the west pier showing the collapsed front section...

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I intended just to capture the unusual bus stop which is by the Stein. But instead I got the "pink lady" rummaging around in her plastic bag! She didn't know I was taking this pic....

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A sub section of the pavillion - I just like the light and dark contrast here

Monday, February 13, 2006

better late than never - sorry this is a late post and also an archive post - I had to head into London today on business - here's a Vespa spotted outside a restaurant in Brighton

Sunday, February 12, 2006

With all the flashy "gin palaces", boutique shops and restaurants it's sometimes easy to forget that Brighton Marina is also a working marina - as demonstrated in todays Brighton picture. This was taken around lunchtime - the skipper looked as though he had packed enough stuff for a whole night at sea.

There's big changes planned for the Brighton Marina, for a look at these click here - new plans for brighton Marina

btw - if you are interested in the winter olympics 2006 currently being held in Turin - here's a link through to the medal table

2006 Winter Olympics Medal Table

Saturday, February 11, 2006

broken and yet to be to resored to former glory - the brighton bandstand photo, complete with seagull on the top (i couldn't believe my luck) just shows that all places deserve time and effort. Dean Harvey.

Friday, February 10, 2006

On the divide between Brighton and Hove , this monument is known as the Peace Statute - it celebrates the reign of King Edward VII.

Given my post about the Grand Hotel earlier in the week - I thought I'd better focus on more peaceful issues ;)

(I couldn't resist taking this photo into direct sunlight to get the lens flare- this was another early morning shot with the sun low in the sky)

It was erected in 1912 and takes the form of an angel of peace holding an orb and an olive branch. The main seafront road passes the statue, and its size makes it impossible to miss.

The famous local artist Philip Dunn (this link to a painting shows what the west pier looked like before the fire) painted the peace statue under snow and can be seen by clicking here.

When we first moved to Brighton we had a pad just opposite this statue - so I have a soft spot for it. It marks the divide between Brighton and Hove, now it just marks the spot where I turn back towards Hove lawns, quiet and "grown up" life - whereas before it marked the point where I turned back to the bright lights and hustle & bustle of pubs and clubs!

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Sitting here writing this - I'm suddenly all hungry - especially when you see these pizzas in rome

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Hey check this out - This photo got picked up by the BBC and they published it on their website - just click on the link below.

Dean Harvey

A beach hut is a small, usually wooden, building above the high tide mark on popular bathing beaches. Beach huts are used for changing into and out of swimming costumes and to provide a base for informal family recreation. Some beach huts have some simple equipment to prepare food and hot drinks.

Huts are of wooden construction and are available on Hove Promenade only. The council owns the sites themselves and licences are granted for you to place a beach hut there. Terms and Conditions are imposed regarding the condition, decoration and use of the huts.

There are believed to be around 20,000 beach huts in the U.K.

To see where this is click here.

Posted by Dean Harvey

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

taken early morning just prior to going into the office - the sea looks really calm and the sky is grey - the pier is shut to the public at this time and it looks like it is just waking up to it's grotty glory! Have you spotted the seagull bottom LHS looking at the structure?

My favourite shot so far this week goes to the San Francisco 2 bridges sunset posted on Tuesday - I can almost taste the sundowner whilst taking the shot.....

Find this location on a map

Posted by Dean Harvey

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Grand Hotel - Seafront, Brighton

The Brighton hotel bombing was the bombing by the Provisional IRA of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in the early morning of October 12, 1984. The Irish republican organisation detonated two large bombs in the hotel where many politicians, including Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, were staying for the British Conservative Party conference.
The bombs failed to kill Thatcher or any of her government ministers, but did kill five people including Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry, and John Wakeham's first wife Roberta. Several others, including Margaret Tebbit the wife of Norman Tebbit who was then President of the Board of Trade, were left permanently disabled.
The bomb went off at 2.54 am. Thatcher was still awake at the time, said to be working on her conference speech. It shredded through her bathroom barely two minutes after she had left it; but she and her husband Denis escaped injury.
The IRA claimed responsibility the next day, and said that they would try again. Their statement famously included the words:
Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.
Thatcher began the next session of the conference at 9.30 am the following morning as scheduled, despite the number of dead and wounded still being unknown at that time. "The attack failed. All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.", she said to those attending the conference.

Wikipedia contributors (2006). Brighton hotel bombing. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 00:25, February 7, 2006

PS I took a smasher of a shot of the Brighton Pier - formerly the Palace Pier (the remaining going concern) this evening too - I'll save that one for a rainy day (when I forget to take a photo!)

Find this on a map

Posted by Dean Harvey

Monday, February 06, 2006

The Royal Pavillion taken this evening as I left from work.

George IV became Prince Regent in 1811 when his father was thought to be mad, and was crowned in 1820. He died in 1830 leaving a rich art collection and an architectural legacy including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

If you haven't been there it's Indian design on the outside with a Chinese themed decorated interior.

AdmissionAdult: £4.90, child (under 16) £3.00; concessions (students - ID required, senior citizens - 60 or over and unemployed - ID required) £3.55; family tickets (2 adults & up to 4 children) £12.80, 1 adult & up to 4 children £ 7.90. These are the charges until 31st March 2001, they will rise on 1st April.
OpenDaily, except 25 and 26 December, October-May, 10am-5pm, June-September, 10am-6pm. Guided tours by arrangement. Educational tours for school parties.

For a map click here
Just for some sense of scale - here's a linked together piccy ;)
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Sunday, February 05, 2006

The West Pier - Brighton. Ravaged by fire in March 2003 and then again in May of the same year. The west Pier is now quite a sorry state. There's some great pics here.

As a defiant last bastion there was a small kiosk that remained on the pier for nearly 18 months. You can see the kiosk in this picture as it was taken in early December. The small kiosk on the east side fell to gales on 10th December 2005.

The west pier has now been abandoned by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage.

Fresh photos start from tomorrow!

Fin this on a map

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
The Royal Pavillion - Brighton

This one I took some time ago of the Royal Pavillion. It opened to the local residents recently for no charge and we took the opportunity to have another look around. You forget just how spectacular the place is and just how much of a folly it became.

Apparently Queen Victoria didn't like the place very much as it was very much on show to the public and she sold it back to Brighton and Hove - this was after stripping the place bare of it's wealth and ornaments.

Apologies for the poor photoshopping and smeared edges - I'll try to get better at capturing images in their natural state.

Posted by Dean Harvey

A new blog is born.....

Starting from Monday next week I intend to take a photo a day of the place I call home - Brighton on the south east coast of the UK.

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