Bailey, the pub cat, Brighton


Bailey, the cantankerous and marvellous beast that lives at Heart & Hand, Brighton. Instagram: @baileythepubcat

Heart & Hand

Heart & Hand

At the Heart & Hand, the jukebox is generally so good, that you can ‘lucky dip’, by poking in any old numbers to get a good playlist. It only takes old pound coins though, but you can swap them at the bar. I was once asked to play here. I …

See saw - kids playing, Brighton

See Saw

Birthday party on the beach. Kids found a plank and made a see saw. Not a Pokemon in sight.

i360, Brighton

Chrome Donut

The Chrome Donut is a big stick dominating the Brighton seafront by the crumbling wreck of West Pier. Its ‘real’ name is possibly the stupidest, most uninspired, obsolescent nonsense ever conceived for something that cost £46 million to build. The i360. It sounds like an accountancy firm that can’t quite …

Ged Lynn, The Stairs @ Concorde 2

The Stairs @ Concorde 2, Brighton 4 June 2016

Concorde 2 is a beautiful venue, right by the sea. As ever, the crowd was very welcoming of the headliner act. Lots of smiles and singing along by some who saw the band last time around – twenty years ago. There are a younger crowd here too, showing the cult of …

Marwood Café

This is my new favourite café! It’s basically a grown ups fantasy child home; Star Wars spaceships dive and swoop above the counter. Sharks emerge from the wall chewing up Starbucks cups as they go. Even the front door shakes your hand as you leave. The coffee is excellent. The …

The Colonnade, Brighton

The Colonnade

This marvel of a pub has been a home of refreshments since 1854. The exterior is Edwardian, but the interior is a mixture of Georgian, 1920s and sort of stopped evolving somewhere in the 1950s. Went for a quiet pint in this old favourite Brighton bar. Had an entertaining conversation …

Hove seafront


It’s funny how fin de siècle (20th Century), analogue was dying, becoming more noble. Vinyl records shops were shutting down like dying flowers and film was starting to be superseded by slightly crappy digital cameras. I was running one of the first digital bureau, avidly converting analogue film and slides …