A Break in Brighton

Critical Dispatches

I haven’tvisited the British seaside in nearly 20 years, so we figured that perhaps it would be an idea to head down to Brighton for the day and enjoy what’s left of the summer. Old men with hankie bonnets asleep in canvas deck chairs, fish & chips slogged with malt vinegar, pebble beaches, penny arcades, Punch & Judy shows, the Brighton Pier is everything you would expect of a British seaside town and there is certainly something of the old Carry On Films about the place. Each year, working-class Southerners, bachelor andbachelorette parties, and foreign holidaymakers flock here in their millions to cut loose, suck down some sea air, and pour their cash into the local economy. Tourism is a big business and the locals are eager to please. The waterfront is packed with budget hotels and you can hardly move for the number of boozers offering a full English…

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