Friday, April 30, 2010

World Cup 2010 "Brummies" Flag

Watch out for this flag out in South Africa this coming summer! It'll proudly be flying for all England games at stadiums from the knockout stages onwards.

Come on Eng-er-land!

(PS if you're wondering what it says - it says "Brummies" as that's where I'm from - Birmingham!)
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Monday, April 26, 2010

New restaurant Pho

There's (another!) new restaurant in Brighton called Pho, they treated us to a complimentary meal on Friday. Next door to Jamies' restaurant on Black Lion Street I think this place will do VERY well.

Asian cuisine with the emphasis on Vietnamese dishes I was VERY impressed - it looks reasonably priced and they also do a takeaway option too.

Looking forward to returning already!
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Brighton Marathon an amazing day!

Well I'm delighted to say that I finished the inaugural Brighton Marathon - I aimed for 6.30hrs and did it - just.

A simply amazing day for the city - over 80,000 specators turned out to watch 7500 runners compete in the glorious sunshine.

My knee gave up on me about 9miles in so it was super hard after that. Switching bandage from my left knee to the right proved inspirational and let me continue.

I'm really please to have raised some money for Chestnut Tree House and still the fundraising continues over at my Just Giving page where I've raised close to £1200.

You can see pics and a report from the marathon here and here

One of the things that spurred me - and it's funny (to me anyway)

Back in February I ran a 10km run - on the last 1km someone pointed out that a runner dressed in fancy dress was catching me up, he was a chap called Darren Lodge, dressed as Mr Testicle raising money for Male Testicular Cancer. I put in a last spurt of energy and beat him across the line (wouldn't want to be beaten by a bollock!) only to find out later that he had beaten me on my chip time. Doh!

Who should I run into on the Marathon - you bet, Mr Testicle. He's the reason why I ran faster in the the 2nd 13miles than the first!

I did manage to talk to him en-route and gave him encouragement - but then I pulled away - and all the while he was just behind Nemesis - Mr Testicle.

I did manage to beat him (just!) here's his Mr Testicles Report. Darren Lodge is also collecting via his mr testicles justgiving page

Just to prove that I beat him here's his chip time and my chip time - I know it's not a significant feat - but I think it's funny and I wish him all the luck with this fundraising too.

What an amazing day - thanks to ALL the people that cheered me on around the course and of course to my beautiful family who ALL came out in force - stood around for hours, painted banners and looked after me. Not least of course my amazing wife Sarah who has been mentoring me and supporting me - I love you dearly. This was for you and Chestnut. X.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fun in the sun

We been experiencing some amazing weather in April which has brought people down to the seafront. Feels like summer is on it's way.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Raised £1000 for Chestnut Tree Hospice

From Drop Box

We made the £1000 target on JustGiving for my Brighton Marathon attempt this weekend.

All of the money raised will go to Chestnut Tree Hospice.

Now just the small matter of a Marathon to run this Sunday.........

Wish me luck

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wild Planet exhibition

On Brighton seaftont between the piers you will have seen a series of images exhibited.

These are images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year which is owned by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

"The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is owned by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Each year, the best of the entries are showcased in a highly popular exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London before touring regionally and internationally."
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Pubs on the Marathon route

Still time to donate if you haven't yet over at my Just Giving Page.

I'm really nervous about the run.

I rather wish I was able to make use of this information below which is republished from the Brighton Marathon Organisers.

Here's the pubs en-route!

Brighton Marathon Pub Guide

The Park View - Est.1 Mile The Park View is the first pub that runners will be passing. It is family orientated and has a fantastic “Beer” garden which will provide spectators a wonderful view as the masses turn left out of Preston Park Avenue and drop down Preston Drove.Further information: 71 Preston Drove, Brighton, BN1 6LD. Tel: 01273 541663

The Crown & Anchor - Est. 1.2MSituated at the bottom of Preston Drove, the elite athletes will be flying past this point a few minutes past 9am, and you’ll have a great view of them and the masses flowing down the hill. The downhill of Preston Drove, probably the biggest hill of the entire route, is followed by a big sweep on to the south bound A23 – then the city lies ahead.The Crown and Anchor serves pub food daily, ideal for sharing with friends. You can sit outside if the weather is nice. It also has very limited accommodation as a B&B with 6 rooms of varying size available and a prime location to the Start.Further information: 213 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6SA Tel: 0872 148 5982

The Hydrant - Est. 2MThe Hydrant, (foremerly Hare & Hounds) is Brighton’s newest and freshest drinking and top music venue. Drinks promotions, gigs, club nights and great food all week. There are benches at the front on the pub and a beer garden at the rear, a perfect spot for viewing. Further information: 75 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF Tel: 01273 608313‎

The World’s End - Est. 2MThe World's End Just past Preston Circus and within metres of the first Marathon entertainment point, this will be another fantastic opportunity to take in the energy of the Marathon in its’ early stages. It will be the first of the Drink In Brighton venues.Winner of a “Best Bar None Award” in 2006, The World's End is a large pub with real ales, ciders and world beers. It has an impressive drink selection, the food is all locally sourced and made on the premises, and many meals are priced at under a fiver. It is located close to NCP Parking. Further information: 60-61 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JE Tel. 01273 692311

The Branch Tavern - Est. 2.1MJust past Preston Circus after the fanfare of noise, the runners will get a chance to put their heads down for a mile before they hit the town centre. The Branch Tavern on London Road with an easy-going atmosphere. It has a function room upstairs. It is located close to NCP Parking. Further information: 52-53 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JD, Tel. 01273 606 088

The Fountainhead - Est. 2.6M Just down from Bill's Produce Store, The Fountainhead is a warm and inviting watering hole that combines classic pub features - exposed brickwork, wooden floors and a log fire - with a contemporary sense of light and space. It caters for all comers, from regulars to locals, and students to young professionals - and several decades beyond. As well as a superb food menu, they offer a strong drink selection - two real ales and Weston’s on tap, as well as a good range of spirits and shooters. The outside tables, under an awning to the side of the pub, are a major attraction too. Further Information: 102 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YE, Tel. 01273 628091

The Waggon & Horses - Est. 2.7MIn close proximity to The Mash Tun and Mrs Fitzherberts, the Waggon and Horses provides excellent outdoor drinking in the popular New Road area of the South Lanes. It has outdoor benches and will be close to the Jubilee Rd/New Road entertainment sites of the Marathon. Further information: 109 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD, Tel. 01273 602 752‎The Mash Tun - Est. 2.7MThe Mash Tun is one of the best-known pubs in Brighton and has become a local landmark as well as one of the town’s most popular meeting points. They also have a good daytime trade, serving food (reasonably priced classic pub grub) seven days a week. The upstairs, with its comfy seating, offers a mellower retreat from the main room, whilst there are also tables on the pavement in front in the revamped New Road - a major people-watching spot in summer.It will be located directly opposite the second entertainment area on the route with a large private patio directly on the course and will be a fantastic stretch for spectators, on the stretch between North Road and North Street. Further information: 1 Church Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UE, Tel.01273 684951

The Pavilion Tavern - Est.3MThis pub is located in the heart of Brighton on North Street, just before the runners turn Left towards the Pavilion. It offers food and has plenty of floor space. Further information: 7 Castle Square, Brighton, BN1 1FX, Tel. 01273 735 819

The King & Queen - Est 3.25M One of the larger pubs on the course with an enclosed outdoor courtyard, and it would be a very good post-race meeting place. Not far from the Finish or from Brighton Station. It offers function rooms that can be pre-booked.Further information: 13 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB Tel.01273 607 207

The Caroline of Brunswick - Est.3.6MOn the left hand side as runners head north up Ditchling Rd before turning right. It has a “relaxed bohemian atmosphere”.Further information: 39 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SB, Tel. 01273 245 617‎

The Druids - Est 3.8MA lively pub on the edge of the Level. The best place to catch the runners for the second time if you have watched them at the Start, and are on route to the seafront and/or Finish. Provides great food to compliment the service! Further information: 79-81 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SD, Tel.01273 680 596

Hectors House - Est. 4.3MHector’s House is situated in the heart of Brighton, next door to the University Art College and only a couple of minutes walk from the seafront, Brighton Pier and the Finish. Further information: 52-54 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 9QA, Tel. 01273 688869

The Bulldog Tavern - Est.4.8M –One of Brighton’s best loved gay bars, The Bulldog Tavern has been in the city for some 27 years. From the outside it's quite ordinary looking with its plain white walls; however looks can be deceptive and inside it is much more spacious. Further information: 31 St. James's St, Brighton, BN2 1RF, Tel. 01273 69 69 96

The Tin Drum - Est.5M The Tin Drum captures the atmosphere of a European bar, one in which people are equally at home with a coffee and a newspaper, a dish from their “Grazing Menu” with a bottle of wine or beer with friends, or a light lunch or an à la carte evening meal. It is well known for being child friendly. It will be a great place to see the runners and take in the vibe from the area.Further information: 43 St. James's St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RG‎ - 01273 624 777‎

The Royal Oak - Est.5M The Royal Oak is located further up St James’s Street, you will be treated to a great view of the runners coming up the hill of St James’s Street itself from around this point. Further information: 46 St. James's Street, Brighton, BN2 1RG‎ - 01273 699 248‎

The Sidewinder - Est. 5.2 Quite possibly the best venue to visit for post-race wind-down due to its’ close location to the Finish, matched with a laid-back daytime atmosphere and lively buzz at night. The Sidewinder is a large and bustling place attracting drinkers from across the city as well as plenty of Kemptown locals. It is also surely the only pub in Brighton to boast not one but two large beer gardens, one of which is heated and covered with sofas to create the perfect outdoor drinking space, and children are welcome until 8pm. There is an impressive, ever-changing menu serving until 9pm Mon-Thur, which includes homemade burgers, spicy Thai noodle soups, risottos, warm salads and much more. Tuesday is Bangers & Mashup! Day, serving a choice of sausages with a selection of mash and gravy for just £5. On weekends they serve until 6pm and Sunday is traditional Roast day!Further Information: 65 St James' St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1JN, Tel.01273 679927

Hand in Hand - Est.5.3MA wide selection of traditional beer and ales, sourced from Europe and local breweries. Best way to describe this place would be “quirky”. The smallest pub in Brighton! Further information: 33 Upper St. James's St, Brighton, BN2 1JN, Tel.01273 699 595

Thomas Kemp - Est.5.5mThe Thomas Kemp Sunday roast here is a corker, featuring three veggie mains as well as carnivorous options, and your meal will often be accompanied by live band music. There's a sun-trap beer garden to the rear, while the windows at front and back are thrown wide open during the summer. In winter, you're best off staying inside and making yourself acquainted with the cake; not just in the winter, for that matter – the cake is good all year round. Situated very close to the Finish. Further Information: 8 St Georges Road, Brighton, BN2 1EB, Tel.01273 683334

Barley Mow - Est.5.5m It made it into the “2009 Good Beer Guide” for its selections of Ales and Beers. With roast being provided on Sundays and boards games to keep you in your element. A popular watering hole for the local establishment.Further Information: 92 Saint George's Road, Brighton, BN2 1EE, Tel.01273 682 259

The Golden Cannon - Est.5.6m This is a friendly locals’ pub with a good greasy fry-up offering! The Golden Cannon also offers a wide range of beers. Further information: 20-21 Saint George's Road, Brighton, BN2 1EB, Tel. 01273 607 544

Belushi’s - Est.13.6M Generally hosting a young crowd with accommodation situated above, Belushi’s is slap bang in the middle of the Marathon route – very close to the halfway point, close to the Pier and the Finish. The Pool Valley bus station next to it will be empty on race day, and this area offers ample opportunity to see runners pass by as they head off for the second half of the race.Further information: 12 Grand Junction Road, Brighton, BN1 1NG‎, Tel. 01273 202 035

Varsity - Est.13.8M Varsity Brighton is a great location for runners to meet up and relax after the race. It is spacious and comfortable and is ideal for relaxing in between shouting at your loved one(s) or friend(s). This bar also offers free Wifi.Further information: 80 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1NF‎ - 01273 748 103‎

Pitcher and Piano - Est.13.8M Pitcher & Piano has a large open plan area and seating, it offers a great post-race area for drinks and food, and once again you get to see runners going in both directions. Further information: 1-5 Kings Rd, Brighton, BN1 1NB. Tel: 01273 749 780

The Albion - Est.15M A lively bar on Church Road, just after the slight upslope of Grand Avenue, with an offering of Thai food and a selection of alcohol, just what you need to shout at the runners with gusto! Further Information: 110 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EB, Tel. 08721 077 077

The Seafield - Est.15.5M A traditional pub located along Church Road, the runners will be getting their heads down at this point so a great opportunity to come up and give them some moral support! Further information: 150, Church Rd, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DL. Tel: 735214

The Connaught - Est.15.5m - Just off route The Connaught Pub and Kitchen is a gastro pub with a fantastic menu, and local seasonal produce. Head chef Brett Mather sources local organic produce, and with Beer and Ale’s provided by local Brewery Harvery’s, it is a well rounded establishment. It even boasts a secret garden! Further information: 48 Hove Street, BN3 2DH (01273) 206578, Tel: 07887 663 422 / (01273) 206578

The Sussex - Est.18m17 St Catherine’s Terrace, Hove BN3 2RH

The Neptune Inn - Est.18M The Neptune Inn offers a great selection of traditional Ales, and being at this point, is very close to the largest entertainment point on the course at the south end of Grand Avenue.Further information: 10 Victoria Terrace, Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex. Tel. 01273 736390

The Alibi - Est.18M Once again just past the Grand Avenue entertainment site with great Sunday food and a good drinks selection; a place forHove actually to watch the race!Further information: 22 Victoria Terrace, Hove, BN3 2WB. Tel.0872 148 6387

Blue Lagoon - Est.20MA great vantage point from which to see the masses before they embark on the “road to hell” and the final 6 miles!Further information: 330 Blue Lagoon Bar and B&B, The Kingsway, Hove, BN3 4LW. Tel. 01273 413402

Other Pubs In Brighton

The Cricketers The Cricketers - To walk through the door of this real find of a pub is to step back in time to the days of Victorian splendour - thick carpets, pictures on walls and ceilings and a comfy, homely atmosphere.Further information: 15 Black Lion Street , Brighton, BN1 1ND 01273 329 472‎

Hove Place Hove Place - Off Chucrh Road in Hove possesess impressive front and rear smoking areas that were introduced to both combat legislation and to improve the prominence of this unique bar. A sleek and clean décor carries through the pub which leads downstairs through a ‘dining area’ before moving into the main bar. Further information: First Avenue, Hove BN3 2FH Telephone: 01273 738266

Sunday, April 11, 2010


The first bluenoses in manchester, just 8hrs early for the game!

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, April 09, 2010

BDP is back soon....

Just back from Lanzarote where I got this snap of the Green Caves.

Normal service will resume shortly!
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