Saturday, 22 January 2011

Snooping in the North Laine

Saturday, 22nd January 2011

Brighton locals know well and cherish the North Laine area of the city.  Any discerning daytripper will easily snoop it out.  If all you do when you visit from afar is drop down Queen’s Road from Brighton train station – more fool you!
One of my favourite coffee spots in B&H is the Off BeatCouldn’t help but notice the dinky pair of earrings being sported by one of the women working there.  She was more than happy to oblige with a close up of her ear (!). 

'Bicycle as icon’ ties in with my pre-Christmas Open House observations and I feel sure this will be a recurring theme for Brighton Cycle Chic.  On that note, I rather liked this place on the same street, with pix of bikes in snow…Nice.

Saturday, 8 January 2011


Saturday, 8 January 2011

A few weeks ago this red Chopper appeared, locked to the tree in front of my flat.
A wave of old sentiments washed over me.
I was transported back to my youth, where such a bicycle was definitely 'The One'.
I spent many years wishing I had one, making do in the meantime with 'backies' from friends who did have them.
What was it about this long-saddled beast that was so attractive to so many children of the seventies.
Was it the relaxed handlebars? Was it the luxurious backrest? The fact that the rear wheel was bigger than the front? Or maybe it's just that choppers were cool and funky.
Once I'd realised I would never have my own Chopper, I spent some time one balmy summer, pimping my own bike.

I cleaned it to within an inch of its life before spraying it gold. Then I painstakingly applied black stripes, creating the ultimate zoo-themed ride.
Next, with a peg, I attached a small piece of cardboard to flap against the rear spokes as the wheels spun to make a satisfying purring sound.

As a child, I may not have had a chopper, but I certainly had a lot of fun and pride riding my tiger-striped two wheeler!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Good things come in 3s

Monday, 3 January 2010

Just before Christmas I snapped this rather dapper pair in North Laine. Okay, so he wasn't riding his bike - a few main streets in the North Laine area of Brighton are pedestrian only at the weekends...still... I loved the racing green mainframe, to jeans, to leggings. Very smarty-pants, very North Laine Brighton.