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Archive for January, 2011

Why Brighton Rocks?

brighton-rock-1Re-made and premiered at our own Duke of York’s Picture House, Brighton Rock is on its second lease of life. But what’s new, what’s original and why does the book keep on selling?

Well the original (1947) version is somewhat different to the star-studded one we got to see this week. The just released film, starring Helen Mirren keeps with the Brighton gangster theme but Places Pinkie into the world of mods and rockers.

Not sure that was really neccesary, perhaps a case of ‘adoptrophenia’ – where the director thought to generate more interest, he’d tag it to Brighton’s mid-sixties’ seaside rivalry between mods and rockers.

It’s good mind, definitly worth a watch, but still it’s without the ending Graham Greene wanted. Directors, eh? Always want to put a cherry on top…

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Spending Valentine’s Day in Brighton

We're Lovin' Brighton

We're Lovin' Brighton

Couples everywhere are looking for ideas for Valentine’s Day, and here in Brighton we’ve got a couple of unique things happening as well as having discounted rates on rooms. Here’s two events on the night of loving – it you make it out of your hotel rooms, you naughty bunch!

Doodle date

What? It’s basically speed dating for the creative: You spend a few minutes drawing with each dater, in the hope of finding love, companionship, or that you are both crap at drawing.

It does sound exciting and is run at the Quadrant, 12 North Street.

Flights of Fancy

Get your love bird to Shoreham airport and get airborne. Flights start from as little as £35, and you can even bring your own champagne!

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Music fest gets its Gaelic groove on

Just as the movie on legendary crooner, womaniser, and drunk, Serge Gainsbourg is released on DVD, Brighton is warming up for its third French music festival. There’s no connection, mind; Gainsbourg is a musical legend – but of yesteryear.

Très bon!

Très bon!

Well, the music festival is all about French music now and it’s backed up with top food (and wine of course) and after-hours DJ sets.

Four venues in the North Laines will play host: Komedia, The Basement, The Hope, and the Duke of York’s Picturehouse.

With so many acts, you’ve got to look at the flyer (from our link) but for us the highlights will be Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague) on the 27th and the screening of Delicatessen on the 29th.

And if you’ve never seen the YouTube clip of Serge Gainsbourg chatting up Whitney Houston, watch it!

The Flyer

The Duke of Yorks

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The 5 most romantic places in Brighton

As a town known for its wild night-life, it’s rarely seen as a place for romance. However, there are a few spots outside of the hotels in Brighton where love can linger…

So, with Valentine’s just around the corner, here’s our five most romantic places in Brighton.

Brighton Beach

Brighton for lovers

The Pier

Not an obvious choice. But outside of peak season, you can find yourselves alone wandering between empty rides at sunset. There’s even music piped through the intercom. Many a romantic moment’s been had on our pier.

The Beach

An obvious choice, especially if you live here. Try further towards Hove if you’re after a little privacy. Look around and you’ll find a suntrap to settle in; dig a bottle of wine into the stones and enjoy a glass together.

Stanmer Village

If you’ve not been, or are visiting Brighton for the first time, get to Stanmer Village. From the train station walk up into the park. It will take you back in time, and into the heart of a very traditional English village – take a picnic.

Western Road Looking West (at sunset)

I don’t know why this happens but  heading out of town at sunset along Western road, watch for the craziest of urban sunsets.  Skies turned a shocking pink before darkening to purple, and shop windows pick up a golden glow from the dying sun. Turn around and you’ll see the high rise blocks changing colour, as the light burns back off their windows.

The Grand Hotel

There’s still something special about walking into the Grand Hotel. Sneak in – you are allowed in, it just always feels as if you are trespassing – order a cocktail (might need an overdraft facility) and pretend for a moment: it  could be you!

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