I'm just going to start by saying that the M25 and I are no longer friends.
Having spent two hours sat in stationary traffic on it today, I think you can understand why this is the case...
This week has mostly been dominated by a trip down to Brighton for work, followed by a few extra days there for play with Des.
My main observations from this trip down south have been:
1. Everyone seems to be young, cool and tanned in Brighton
2. The people also look very, very happy
3. Seagulls are evil dastardly chip stealers
4. Brighton is EXTREMELY busy, especially on a Friday night
5. Traffic is generally hell down south
6. I apparently burn through many layers of factor 50 sunscreen
Here area few other interesting things of note from our trip:
1. We got to finally try out Polpo
This small chain of Venetian inspired eateries has been on our "to visit" list for quite a while now (sadly there are none up North as of yet).
We have the Polpo cookbook and use it once a week at least, so I had high expectations for the actual restaurant, especially as Brighton has so much choice when it comes to food and drink.
Luckily it lived up to its promise and we had a fabulous evening sampling the various small plates, with an added Apreol Spritz or two for good measure...
2. The sea is very warm* this time of year
Admittedly I only had a short paddle, however this was enough time to ascertain that the sea down south is a lot more pleasant when compared with my usual dips into the North Sea.
It was also lovely to see so many people out enjoying the beach, especially during the evenings.
* This is a relative judgement coming from someone who once happily swam off the coast at St Andrews in Winter. Individual experiences may vary...
3. Pancakes with scrambled eggs, maple syrup and bacon are now my favourite thing
I probably don't need to elaborate on this - delicious.
4. In non-Brighton news - Des and I have uploaded more music to Peach
After spending months noodling around together and playing with tracks, we recently decided to start putting some of our work out into the public domain under the name Peach (as you may have seen in my previous post).
I have no idea why we are called Peach if I'm perfectly honest, it was just the first name which popped into my head. It's really grown on me actually in the following days.
We actually recorded this cover of The National's "I need my girl" way back in 2015, hence my short hair in the picture.
Just before we headed down to Brighton, we stumbled across the raw files whilst trawling through various hard drives, so we decided to spend an evening arranging it. (Des is mostly the powerhouse when it comes to this, as he does have a PhD in composition...)
I'm extremely chuffed with the result, so do have a listen if you're interested/really bored and looking for a distraction.