A Day in Brighton - Saturday 18th June.

Firstly I believe I have fixed the weirdness in blog posts caused by some pre work in Australia and the blog using that date instead of the publish date to order them. I do hope this hasn't meant you received multiple repeats in the past 24 hours.  If you did - enjoy!

So Brighton.  After finishing the blog yesterday we went for an evening walk. The weather had been unkind all day and threatened more of the same but a few good shots nevertheless.
This is looking at the remains of the West Pier destroyed by fire and storms,
The beach is right outside our hotel and just up the road a bit is the new pier. It even looks vaguely attractive as the sun sets.
We went for a stroll along it but it really is covered in tacky shops and amusements. Still we had some fun.
At the end of the pier is a thing called the booster. These brave folk were getting in.
There is a basket at each end and it goes round and round.
Rather them than us! As always Fosters is front and centre. We keep telling them that Aussies don't drink it,
This is our hotel.
Woops sorry no it's this one.
And this is the famous Grand Hotel where the IRA tried to blow up Maggie Thatcher.
We found some cute pubs and had dinner at one called the Mesmerist, which wasn't as cute but which served better food (so we are told and we certainly enjoyed our meal.)
And so we headed off to bed. Today dawned with mix of blue and grey but it hasn't rained so all good. Breakfast brought some laughs as our hostess looked at me and said "my, doesn't he look like 007?" I wasn't quick witted enough to say we were trying to stay here incognito.
We had spotted this magnificent building as we arrived yesterday (I initially thought it a mosque and then we discovered it is the Royal Pavillion.
It was built by King George IV and is more Indian outside and Chinese inside (though he had been to neither place.) Alas photography is not allowed inside but we purchased a book and here is an idea.
Hmm a sideways idea it appears! Anyway opulence everywhere.
You can find more information here http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/history/
It was sold by Queen Victoria and almost demolished but people power saved it. A real gem. Then we headed to what is known as the North Laine area - a group of narrow roads and lanes filled with shops and market stalls where many things can be seen, including a cranky looking cat in a pub doorway, an interesting means of travel and a dog playing a piano.
In all seriousness they do have a very high caliber of busker here. We have heard wonderful classical guitarists and even an opera singer.  On the downside we have also seen more homeless people than anywhere we've been too.  As we walked around I noticed Garrie's eyes widening as a couple of blokes behind us wee talking of their preference for M&S. He was disappointed when I pointed out they were talking about Marks and Spencer's, a department store. Time to head for the beach. More things were open in the light of day, including the seafood sellers.
Loved this old carousel - what a beautiful thing to have right on the beach front.
This, by the way, is the beach.
The British love it.
Given it was a bit chilly and more like a lake than the sea we didn't think these guys would be busy. We did see three people in the water. (Some strange race with blue skin.)
Oh and you may have noticed the seagulls have returned to normal.
If you've never heard British seagulls I found this YouTube.

Further up the beach they are building what they are calling the 360i. It was supposed to be open by now but apparently they have had some stability issues.....
That shot from last night, the weather didn't turn on us today. Here are some boards showing what it will be like.
More info. http://britishairwaysi360.com/Back to the hotel and we decided to treat ourselves to a high tea.
Yes very yum and eaten whilst listening to a lively live singer and looking out at the water.  Now here is a quick lesson in cream teas.  A Cornish tea sees the cream go on the scone first. We couldn't understand this until we tried it with clotted cream and it is in fact easier to put the clotted cream on first and the jam second.
What we mostly eat in Aus. is a Devonshire tea, where the cream goes on top of the jam.
So now you know. So now we are having a rest and looking forward to heading to the theatre tonight. Here is a review of what we are going to see.

Tomorrow is our last day and, in fact, we take off from Heathrow about 9pm, so maybe one more blog and we're all done. We are off in the morning to find some green!  How quickly has the time gone!