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Happy Sunday

At the beginning of this week, it really felt as though spring was upon us. The air was fresh and warm, the sun was beating down and blossom was blooming all over the place. Unfortunately, these past few days have been telling a different story and here I am, holed up in my bedroom listening to the howling wind and wrapping my dressing gown as tightly around my shivering body as I can. England is strange.

Change is in the air, though. Today, I went to view a room in a flat in Hove and under an hour after I walked out the door, I was offered it. Here’s to new beginnings and the excitement and clarity that a new phase of life brings. Wish me luck.


I really don’t have much to show you this week at all. I feel like I’ve been more than busy enough to have plenty to talk about with you but as I search through my camera roll for evidence of such business there’s little to none. The highlight of my week was, without a doubt, getting together with friends to surprise one of my most precious girls with birthday drinks. Here’s a picture of us all upstairs at The Temple Bar (highly recommend booking a table to celebrate something, it’s a lovely venue just far enough from the centre of town for the bar not to be rammo but pleasantly busy).


There’s a new art installation at Jubilee Square (right by the big library and Pizza Express) that I just love. Four walls of chalkboard, chalk provided, and the hopes and dreams and bucket lists of hundreds of people that have passed by. Little things that bring humans together in big ways are what life is all about, stuff like this is the best. I don’t know what it’s for or who it’s by but little things like this are so commonplace in Brighton that nobody seems to have thought to ask, another reason I love my city to death.


And finally, this week in movies. I had like five people approach me with “you’re so lucky you can get Tom to come and see Beauty and the Beast with you, my boyfriend refuses” and I just laughed. It’s Tom that’s been gasping every time he sees a trailer, Tom that forced me to watch the original (I ended up enjoying it, thank god) and Tom that’s been literally counting down the days until this movies release. Lesson: boys get excited about Disney too, you guys, and girls aren’t always arsed. Having said that, the film is lovely. Visually it’s an absolute dream, and not just because Emma Watson’s gorgeous face spends so much time on screen.

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However, my highlight of the week is absolutely, 100%, Get Out. It’s not in the least bit over hyped, believe every single good thing you hear about it and go support it in theatres ASAP. It’s so funny, so clever, the teensiest bit gory and creepy af – but nowhere near as scary and disturbing as the trailers let on, probably cause I’m super white so the subject matter wouldn’t put me at risk even if it became a reality. Tom was wetting himself because when I jump, it’s like my whole body convulses with a billion volts of electricity, and there are a fair few jumpy moments. Just go see it.

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Cheap Dates in Brighton – Lemon Wednesday at Hobgoblin

I promised you quality dates for next to no money in this series, and in my second instalment (see the first here) I’ve really met the brief. This particular deal means an after work bevvie in one of Brighton’s best beer gardens is going to cost you nothing more than 40p per head. You’re welcome.

Cheap Dates in Brighton - Lemon Wednesday at Hobgoblin

Here’s the deal, get yourself down to Hobgoblin (it’s on London road right opposite ALDI, I’ll leave the address at the bottom of this blog post) between the hours of 8 and 10pm with a lemon in hand. Take it to the bar and they’ll exchange it for a bottle of Cobra. No catch, no other purchase necessary, just a good old fashioned citrus fruit/beer swap.

Unfortunately, you can’t spend the whole evening giving lemons and getting alcohol in return, it’s a one-per-person situation, and they’ll stamp your hand to make sure you don’t sneak past that rule. One thing worth mentioning: bring your ID. They don’t care if you’re 19 or 54, Hobgoblin are going to ID you, they’re super strict and fair play to them, no one wants to get shut down cause a cheeky 17 year old is sneaking homemade vodka mixers in the back garden.

Cheap Dates in Brighton - Lemon Wednesday at Hobgoblin

Sit back, relax, enjoy the mid to late noughties bangers that their playlist is mostly made from and smile knowing that you’ve spent next to nothing on a midweek trip to the pub. Again, you’re welcome.

Hobgoblin, 31 York Place, BN1 4GU

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Happy Sunday

I’ve had the kind of slow and sleepy weekend that is best reserved for this time of year. Getting in extra hours of sleep at the tail end of winter before the long days and endless socialising of the spring and summer months. It’s finally nearing the end of the hibernation period, and while I really can’t wait for it to be over, I’ll cherish these last few weekends of stillness all the same.

I managed to watch three movies in the last 48 hours (potentially a record for me, I’m very terrible at sitting down for that long). The first two were a couple of X-Men films to give Logan (which I loved, by the way) some actual context, and the second was Moonlight which is as good as everybody says it is. I’ve been promised a trip to Mile Oak farm next weekend so I’ll have some more exciting snaps for you next Sunday, for now here’s a picture I took of Tom yesterday that perfectly encapsulates the chill level of our Saturday.


Now let’s take things back a little further and talk about this week in food (and drink, it’s actually heavy on the drink this week). On Monday, a few of us got together at the Hare and Hound to celebrate a birthday. I’ve decided this week that Guinness is my drink. You know, the drink that you always reliably order at the bar when you go for a pint. That’s Guinness now. H&H do not have Guinness (??!) but they had something pretty similar and it’s bloody lovely in there so I forgave them. If you visit Brighton and find yourself in and/or around the Preston Circus area, drop in for a pint and some banging Mexican from La Choza.

Hare and Hounds Brighton

This is really more of a public service announcement than anything else. M&S (or, at least, the Brighton branch of M&S) currently have their dine in for two for £10 deal on. Jesus H Christ I love their dine in deals, in terms of value for money I think it beats all meal deals across all supermarkets. We had garlic chicken lattices, potato rostis, millionaire shortbread desserts and a good bottle of wine and it all comes to £5 a head. If you know of a better deal, tell me about it cause I want it in my life.


I don’t know if you’re familiar with the term “road beer”, but to me, it’s definition is a beer that takes you from place to place. If I’m going somewhere and I’m not about to do something that requires sobriety, a road beer will be consumed on the way. Yesterday evening, me and Tom walked from Portslade to Brighton to go to the cinema (we’ve both banished buses for a bit because they’re overpriced and making us lazy) and I found a nice new road beer to get me there. I usually find ale tricky and/or not enjoyable to drink, but Medusa from ALDI went down real nice. It’s just over a quid and well worth trying.

Medusa Ale ALDI

I presume you’ve seen it already, because I’ve been sharing the hell out of it, but just in case you missed it.. my review of The Salt Room afternoon tea went live this week. We had the most amazing time and can’t wait to go back and try something else from the menu ASAP.


Looks like that’s about all the pictures I took this week, huh. Right now, I’m making a chicken soup that’s unlikely to make it to the blog because it’s an experiment that’s unlikely to be perfected and some chicken crackling that may well make it onto your screen. I’ll keep you posted.

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