Brighton Station “The Clock”

Brighton Station, is a beautiful example of Victorian Architecture, with its exquisite iron, glass and brickwork structure.  Few of us take the time to look around our lovely Station.  They are a means to an end, the start or ending of a journey, a place to drop off or collect people.  Most commuters only look at the electronic platform displays for arrival or departure times in between looking in to their mobile phones whilst texting.  I had almost forgotten, that this clock was up in the God’s, what a beauty!

What a fine Time Piece, Brighton Station Clock.   Unfortunately, missing hands on the North Face.

Brighton Station Entrance looking North from Queens Road.  As soon as the sun appears this Station is mobbed with arriving tourists and day trippers all heading straight down Queens Road / West Street to the Beach.  Next stop, France and Europe…

I was verbally accosted by a Railway platform worker, we exchanged a few choice words.  He said that I was not to photograph the Station and if I carried on, he would fetch the Transport Police.  Apparently, I need permission from the Station Master, something to do with terrorism.  Well I got the photo’s that I wanted for that moment in time.  I will be back!

I recently looked at a photo, which included this fine clock hovering over a crowded platform and the steam trains below.  The photo was taken during the Edwardian Period.

A close up view of the external clock, above the Station entrance.  Is the Clock mount, Marble or Stone? I will find out.

So, until I can get other shot’s, I hope you like the pic’s…

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Brighton vs Newcastle United.

  Picture Courtesy:  UrbanPlumber

Amex Stadium open day last year, getting acquainted with my seat in the 1901 Middle West Stand.  Fab views!

After the week before last’s poor display against Wrexham away, I really thought Brighton would get a serious doing from this Premiership side.  Just how wrong was I.

We don’t bother driving to the stadium for the games, getting out of the car park is a serious issue.  With Aldrington Halt just around the corner from me, it makes sense to catch the train through to Brighton then transfer over to pick up the train for the Amex.

The Train was heaving with Albion fans all chomping at the bit to get to the Big game.  On arrival at the Amex, the area outside the station was as busy as usual, teams of fella’s trying to knock out Brighton vs Newcastle scarves for a fiver a throw, ticket touters offering bargain tickets and the sizzling of the Burger vans trying to keep up with demand.

As we walked across the station bridge towards the ground, the size of the Amex Stadium hit’s you, what a great bit of Architecture, what a great ground.  I meet my Business Partners in the lounge and settle in for a couple of nice drinks and shoot the s##t before the game.

The Stadium was a sell out, the Brighton fans were in splended voice and so were the Newcastle fans who braved the long journey down South.  From the start Brighton went straight in attacking then defending well when they had too.  Newcastle didn’t really get a look in.  It was a good first half, the Albion looked a totally different side than the one that took on Wrexham.  The second half was just as good, then Will Buckley came down the left wing, attempted a shot and got a deflection off the defender, straight in the back of the net.  The crowd including myself were going mad, we scored against a big premiership side, pure magic.  The Newcastle supporters end went very quiet indeed and that was that, with four minuets of extra time left, Newcastle did push but we deffended well.  The whistle blew, game over, next round here we come.

Time to get in the queue for the return train ride back to Brighton Station, it always seems to be jammed to the hilt, but really it moves well the train comes, we eventually get the second train back and manage to grab a seat.  A quick transfer over for the Hove train, then a short walk home.  All in all a good game, nice Saturday afternoon.  SEAGULL’Sssssss…