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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”
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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”

England Sept 2012 – Another Day in East Sussex

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The South Downs National Park is England’s newest National Park. It covers an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) and is 140 kilometres (87 mi) in length. It may be new – it was officially opened in 2011 – but it has been an an area of natural outstanding beauty for centuries. It stretches from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex and it skirts the edge of the city of Brighton & Hove where I grew up.

I have many happy memories of visiting some of the nearby parts of the South Downs – like the Devil’s Dyke.

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Devil’s Dyke nr Brighton photo: Wikipedia

One of my favourite bits of this vast area of outstanding beauty is the Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel.


The Seven Sisters

This beautiful area is part of the Seven Sister’s Country Park, a popular place for outdoor activities that include walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. Over the years, I have spent many enjoyable hours walking in this part of East Sussex and, when I was younger, I walked most of the South Downs Way with some of my brothers – albeit in separate stretches.
On my recent visit to the UK, I did a short walk in this area with my brother Mike. We started at Friston and walked in the Crowlink area of the park which is owned by the National Trust.

view towards Birling Gap

chewing the cud in the South Downs National Park

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towards the village of East Dean

East Dean



After a pleasant stroll across the Downland we reached the picturesque village of East Dean and made our way to the Tiger Inn. The day has started a tad cloudy but now the sun had come out and we sat in the warm sunshine drinking excellent local beer.

East Dean Village Green – view from the Tiger Inn
Later we took a different route through Crowlink…
Crowlink
...and arrived back at Friston.
Friston church
to see more of my photos of East Sussex click on link below…



Robert Bovington
October 2012

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”

National Trust Properties

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Sheffield Park is just one of a number of delightful National Trust properties that I have visited to see more click in the link below…

National Trust Properties

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

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

Sussex and Kent in pictures

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Part of my ‘Sussex and Kent’ pinboard on Pinterest…


Click on the following link to see more photos of Sussex and Kent

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/sussex-kent/

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”

Brighton – Max Miller

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This statue was erected in 2010 by the Max Miller Appreciation Society. A plaque standing alongside reads: “Max Miller was Britain’s top ‘stand-up’ comedian in the 1930s, 40s & 50s. Max was born in Brighton where he lived all his life. Known as ‘The Cheeky Chappie’, Max also starred in films and revues, and wrote and sang his own distinctive songs. ‘There’ll Never Be Another!’ ”

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”

Brighton landmarks old and new

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Brighton landmarks old and new…

The Brighton Wheel opened in 2011
The Brighton Pier opened as the Palace Pier in 1899
The Volk’s Railway opened in 1833

Other photos of Brighton and Hove…
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2391258/tags/Brighton%20%26%20Hove


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