Re: Winter 2013/14 - Page 76

Why I love… Brighton During the 1830’s Brighton was the most popular seaside resort in Britain, many visitors were fleeing day-trippers from London as a result of the direct railway link. Now it is home to many who are content in spending their hours commuting to London, choosing to live by the sea. I spent close to a decade in London’s Velcro grip before deciding to unconditionally embrace the community and adopt Brighton as my home in early 2013 and, as a result, also enforcing the theory that not many of Brighton’s residents are born in Brighton. I may be a bit naïve, largely biased or just drained by London life, but Brighton is my escape, the same term used by friends and colleagues who I reluctantly left behind. The Brighton Wheel ‘to break free from confinement or control’ (Dictonary.com) and then make comparisons to Brighton’s past and its purposeful use, it should sound slightly more accurate and a great deal more like our friend, free will. Unlike fairly comparative cities in the UK, Brighton stands firm, proud and determined to safeguard us from taking it for granted, a feeling enforced by the stone gate pylons which mark the limit of Greater Brighton. Once inside these ‘walls’, you are forced to engage in the spirit of free will, even if you just spend the day people watching, marvelling at how they let it all hang out figuratively and literally. Then, trying to figure out if the people in the streets are actors, tourists or residents because everyone just seems to walk around as if they own the place. What this has undoubtedly taught me is the crucial importance of the fight against bias and prejudice in bringing a community closer together. The city is like an art exhibition, the message of free will further portrayed through graffiti along the streets and alleyways, such as the mural of The West Pier I’ve not once looked back or questioned my decision and I’m in complete agreement with my colleagues, ‘escape’ is my ideal word to describe the undercurrents of Brighton, not only in the present-day, but historically, and as a vision for the future. The word ‘escape’ may not necessarily scream a close association on a hot day when you have to fight your way against the chaos of tourists heading for the pier, but when you consider how this word is defined: 74