The below is a link to an article I took great issue with but vaguelly understood. It was from The Independent in 2008 but has current relevance, especially in a climate like this one. Here’s the link…
First off, why wouldn’t you leave London? It isn’t the nicest place in the world. Yes, it has a young, vibrant culture, you can do so much for so little if you know where to look, it is a hub of activity but then you have the commute, the bustle of the streets, the rudeness of day-to-day and the jacked up prices. Is it a wonder people do want to run for the shore, in the shape of Brighton? Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to live there – the culture, the people, the look, the whole atmosphere is what I love. I feel at home in Brighton live I’ve felt in no other place, except perhaps Camden when I was a teen. Then obviously, you open your eyes to the grime.
Also, how is Brighton not exciting? It has art, a thriving music scene, beautiful independent cafes at a fair price in most places, a lovely coastline on a quiet day, wonderful winding streets and alleyways with hidden boozers, unique jewellery shopping and the pier/touristy bits that people tend to avoid. It’s not all bad and it has certainly kept me amused, I’ve never wanted to run away screaming. Yeah, over time it has deteriorated but where hasn’t?
I guess you just learn to avoid West Street on the late evenings and nights at the weekends – clubbing is the only downside I have found to Brighton. Is this not true of any city/town though? I’ve been terrified in both London and Brighton clubbing, it comes from being a ‘country girl’.
I guess what I wanted to say is I always will love Brighton and if I ever get the chance to live there, even just for a little while – I’m gonna grasp it with both hands and never let go.