Monday, April 30, 2007

Sunday, April 29, 2007

All tied up

This what the West Pier looks like at low tide; a mash of metal, wood and drift-rope.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

In with a splash

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Channel Divers out of Brighton were running a trip just close to Brighton Pier where I was able to grab these shots. The divers were able to go underneath the pier, which i'd love to do - imagine all the coins and "stuff" that have fallen between the wooden slats on the pier.....
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Friday, April 27, 2007

Pebbles on a beach

In trying to perfect that seaside shot I've come back again to the stereotypical deckchair shot. Unusual in only that most of the deckchairs in Brighton have blue and white stripes - but not these babies......
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sarah leaves The Argus

My wonderful wife Sarah Harvey, after many devoted years, is leaving her job as promotions manager at The Argus today.

I know you'll all wish her well - in fact, why don't you leave her a comment by clicking on the "comments" button below......
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


What is it about the west pier that just says "Romance"?
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Last in series

As the last in this series on the film Quadrophenia here a shot of the Sea Life Centre, in the film the exterior is meant to represent the Embassy Ball Room, here a big sequence showing the Mods in full regalia dancing the night away is shot. Jimmy (Phil Daniels) leaps from the balcony in an attempt to get noticed into the crowd..... The interior of the club is filmed somewhere up in London.

There you have it - that concludes our short Quadrophenia montage!!!
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Jimmy's Alley

Showing the long - shot and the album cover together, a much younger looking Phil Daniels struts his angst in Brighton and the same alley 29 yrs later...
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Ace Face

With Sting at the head of the pack, playing the character of the "Ace Face" - the Mods come into town in this screen grab from the film Quadrophenia. Continuing with the theme - here's the shot as pictured in 1978 and then 29 years later in 2007.
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Quadrophenia - Trailer

A great trailer that captures the spirit of the movie AND a few shots of Brighton

go to Brighton Daily Photo Extra for a very FUNNY take on quadrophenia

We're the mods! - QUADROPHENIA

Just to prove it, and to give you a viewing, the cafe scene riot is in this movie.

Cafe in Quadrophenia

There's a scene in the film Quadrophenia where a cafe is wrecked in the riot - this is the place (or plaice!) as it looks now, on the corner of the Kings Road and Ship Street.
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Calling for contibutors to Brighton Pub Review

If you've been to a pub in Brighton and want to contribute to a review site - please visit Brighton Pub Review and sign up

Quadrophenia, Brighton

An American work colleague of mine spotted me entering my office yesterday with my crash helmet; new to Brighton, but familiar with the film Quadrophenia, he asked me "Mod or Rocker?"

"Rocker of course" was the reply.

But this got me thinking - perhaps I could do a few photos from locations featured in the film.

So, yesterday evening I went to one of the most famous locations. This brighton photo is of the alleyway where Jimmy (Phil Daniels) and Steph (Leslie Ash) "get it on" following the riot between the mods and the rockers on the seafront. If you click on the picture to enlarge it - you can see some graffitti - I think this alleyway is a bit of a shrine to the film.

And the music is cool too, written and performed by The Who.

If you are unfamiliar with Quadrophenia - then I recommend a viewing, it's dated a little, but you do get a sense of the tensions between rival factions of youngsters looking for fun and a good punch up on Bank Holiday Weekends!!!

The alleyway is just off East Street.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Merry go round, Carousel...

Staying with the theme of jiggery-pokery with shutter speed here's another example taken at Brighton Pier.
Your thoughts on how i might have improved this shot are welcomed...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Practising with my camera

Just messing around with the shutter speed meant that I could capture this shot taken at the Waltzers at the end of the pier.
I think it captures the colour, movement and fun of the waltzers.

Monday, April 16, 2007

New stuff on the seafront

Down at the Volks railway mid-way station on Madeira Drive there's a new set of facilities, Beach football, volleyball and a bar with kids sandpit felt like a welcome relief from the crowds today as the temperatures soared to 25degrees C in Brighton.....sweltering!!!
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Brighton Festival

"Brighton Festival is the biggest and brightest mixed arts festival in England. Each year it unveils a sensational programme of theatre, dance, music, books & debate, children's and family shows and outdoor spectacle. This year's Festival runs from Saturday 5th to Sunday 27th May."

Check out the website - this festival is brilliant...
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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Day Tripper

Down at the Marina - you can get out on a boat to go round both piers for around £8 - well worth a trip!
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Friday, April 13, 2007

Environmental Services

Making sure Brighton and Hove is a nice clean place to live and visit - this street cleaner caught my eye - only because he was smoking and I've given up smoking recently (3 weeks) he looks like he's really enjoying a long puff on that cigarette :(
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Brighton Pavillion grounds....

The recent spate of great weather continues with people even enjoying a picnic out on the lawns by the Pavillion - hope it lasts til the weekend!
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What a day!

And what a weekend! The sun shone all weekend on our long 4 day break - perfect, even had our first BBQ of the season down on Hove seafront.

This shot taken from the boat is of the buoy warning people from the West Pier - it's prudent to obey as there's loads of sub-structure underneath the water, lurking around to damage the unwary.

Further photos over at Brighton Daily Photo Extra.
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Monday, April 09, 2007

Wish you Were Here.....

Bank Holiday Monday is here - and I'm off out in the sunshine today - starting off with a trip out on the boat (pics to follow later!)

So pull up a deckchair and watch the world go by.

PS: Just got news that I won a digital radio in a BBC Radio 6 competition - hurrah!
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Sunday

The roads are clogged, the sun is shining, the crowds are flocking to the coast - It's Bank Holiday Weekend and it's chaos!

A favourite amongst tourists and locals alike is the Regency - a landmark on the seafront that does a great breakfast and a mean fish supper.

Happy Easter.
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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Still in the Lanes...

Deep in the Lanes there's this great shop which sells all sort of military odds and ends. Shown here is a British Lancers helmet and an Essex Constabulary helmet.
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Friday, April 06, 2007

Is this the med?

Resembling warmer climes I took this shot this morning - we're in for a lovely, sunny & hot weekend here in the UK.

Happy Easter to all readers of this humble blog. Thank you very much for stopping by, and if you want to leave an opinion of a photo you see, please feel free just click on the word that says "comments".
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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Bath Arms - The Lanes

Stopping off for a well earned pint might be the order of the day when your shopping hard in the Lanes. I'd recommend this boozer - the Bath Arms.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Northern Sky

Couldn't really capture the atmosphere of the sun streaming down through the clouds this evening - damn wish I was a better photographer, anyone got any hints as to how I could've really capture the rays of sun coming through the clouds on the horizon?
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