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Brighton & Hove in photographs

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Brighton Wheel
Brighton Royal Pavilion
Hove seafront

for more photos of Brighton and Hove – click on link below…

 

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Brighton & Hove ‘birdcage’ Bandstand

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The magnificent structure known as the ‘birdcage’ Bandstand is a Grade II listed building of architectural and historical importance. It stands prominent on Brighton’s seafront and commands excellent views of the coast. It was designed by Phillip Lockwood and completed in 1884.
Brighton ‘Birdcage’ Bandstand – photo © Robert Bovington

 

Below is a painting by my brother William of Brighton & Hove seafront that includes the ‘Birdcage’ Bandstand.

 

Eve before the Storm’ by Lorus Maver (William Bovington)

 

more paintings by William Bovington: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorus_maver


other blogs by Robert Bovington: 

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Dead Man’s Grip

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Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace, #7)Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dead Man’s Grip” by Peter James
A Review by Robert Bovington


Location: A balcony in Andalusia

Diane: “Are you going to sit out there reading all day?”

Bob: “No. I’ve nearly finished this chapter.”

Bob finishes the chapter of Peter James’ latest thriller and reluctantly goes indoors to help his wife.

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It is often like this when I read Peter’s Roy Grace novels. It is as though the books are stuck to my hands with superglue, which is most appropriate in the case of “Dead Man’s Grip” because one of the murders in the book involves the ultra strong adhesive.

This book is totally gripping. As usual, most of the action takes place in the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove. Student Tony Revere is killed which is rather unfortunate for the unsuspecting characters who are directly or indirectly involved in the fatal traffic accident. His American parents have Mafia connections and hire “Tooth”, a psychotic hit man to exact terrible revenge on those involved with their son’s death.

As with all the books in the Roy Grace series, the attention to detail is exemplary, especially police procedure – author Peter James’ painstaking research ensures that the police action is believable. His characters, too, are credible. There are the normal suspects – in this sense I mean Roy Grace’s team including sidekick Glenn Branson and the politically incorrect Norman Potting. Also featured are the threads from previous books including Roy’s girlfriend Cleo and his missing wife Sandy.

This is another addictive crime thriller and I particularly like the Brighton connection because I, like Peter James, grew up in the area.

I do, however, sometimes wonder whether the crimes are a bit far fetched. Or are they! I think I’ll remain in Spain rather than return to my roots!

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other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

A walk in the South Downs National Park

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On Bank Holiday Monday (26 Aug 2013), I went for an enjoyable walk with my brother Mike.

We walked across part of the Sussex Downs

We started from the ‘Smugglers Rest’ pub/restaurant in Telscombe, Peacehaven, East Sussex. On my previous visits, some years ago, it was known as the ‘Badgers Watch’.

From there, we journeyed over part of the Sussex Downs, starting from Telscombe Tye, an area of common land between the coast and Telscombe Village.


Telscombe Village Church

We walked through green and pleasant countryside…

through farmland…

and arrived at the ‘Abergavenny Arms’ in Rodmell…

We had a couple of pints in the attractive beer garden before restarting our walk back to Telscombe.

NOTE:
About 500 yards down the lane at the side of the pub. is Monk’s House, the home of the author Virginia Woolf for twenty-one years until her death in 1941. When I lived in the UK, I was a member of the National Trust and visited the little cottage on two occasions.

more photos of our walk…

One of the signposts on the walk was marked “To the Pub”!

We ended our walk with a pint at the ‘Smugglers Rest’…


other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

St. George’s Day

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Today, April 23, is St. George’s Day in England. However, many other countries celebrate the feast of St. George including Iraq, Lebanon and Albania. As one would expect, Georgia also celebrates St. George’s Day but not in April – this former republic of the USSR celebrates twice a year on 6 May and 23 November.

St. George by Rafael

Saint George is also associated with several areas of Spain, especially in Catalonia. One of the most charming Spanish, or should I say Catalonian, traditions takes place on St George’s Day. On that day, men give women roses and the ladies give their man a book. The custom is to celebrate Catalonia’s patron saint and to commemorate ‘World Book Day’ – on 23 April 1616 both Shakespeare and Cervantes died. April 23 was also Shakespeare’s birthday so no wonder the day is important in literary circles!

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Colyton – a pretty town in East Devon

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Colyton is a charming little town that nestles in the Axe Valley in East Devonshire. The beautifully preserved stone and thatched buildings line the tiny streets that form a circular pattern surrounding the impressive St Andrew’s Church. 





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The church has an unusual octagonal tower which was installed in the 15th century when Colyton was a rich wool town. The ‘Lantern’ Tower was used as a beacon for ships on the once navigable River Axe, to the east. 

On the outskirts of the town is the babbling River Coly.


Also on the edge of the town is the Seaton to Colyton tramway station.


For more photographs of Colyton click this link.

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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The City of Brighton & Hove – some photos

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The City of Brighton & Hove has a number of famous sights like the Royal Pavilion.



The seafront with its piers, Volk’s Railway and the Brighton Wheel:



The Lanes


Another area that is popular with both locals and tourists is North Laine, a bohemian shopping area well served with cafés, bars and entertainment venues.


On my last visit I noticed that some of the buildings in the area had been brightened up with colourful street art…

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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