Beach Hell

In Brighton[1] for long weekend.  Friday was mother’s birthday, so we went to one of Hove’s many restaurants to celebrate.  Sri Lankan cuisine: somewhat like Indian, but to my great surprise, completely mild, with none of the heat one usually associates with Indian and many other Asian cuisines!  Quite nice, but I wouldn’t choose it ahead of, say, Indian or Thai food on a regular basis.

Today we went in to the city centre, to a shop where my mother had seen pint mugs meeting my needs.  They even have bigger mugs, so I picked up one pint-size and one at 1.3 pints, to make a really good cuppa for these hot summer days.

Then I walked back to Hove along a very busy seafront.  It’s bright and sunny, and the warmest weather we’ve had so far this year.  I expect the city-centre stretch to be challenging due to dense crowds.  But that’s not a problem: I just have to navigate between lots of people, and keep an eye out to steer clear of smokers amongst them.  What was a problem not only in the ultra-crowded city stretch, but also on the wide promenade into Hove, was the number of barbecues spewing out thick, oily smoke.  There must have been upwards of a dozen in a mile’s walk, and nowhere really clear of them.  Turning away from the seafront, the traffic fumes of the main road were a positive relief by comparison.

Later in the afternoon I went down to the beach further west for a swim, and found it busy but not suffering the smoke.  But I was disappointed again: the water is looking unwholesome, with great clouds of something (I know not what – it looked a little like something between sand and mud) floating on it.  Swimming out some way it didn’t clear up (seemed denser/thinner in stripes), so I headed back to the beach and back home for a very thorough shower.

Evidently I’ve picked a bad weekend to visit the parents 😦

[1] Hove Actually[2]
[2] (note capitalisation)

Posted on May 22, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The crud you saw in the water is phytoplankton bloom. The channel gets hit by it every year, from some time in early to mid-May until sometime in late June.

    Never go scuba diving in the channel May or June, as the visibility is shocking. Sometimes it is just restricted to the surface layer, in which case below a certain depth the water is clear, but it is as dark as night. Nothing wrong with it other than that.

    Good to see that you frequent HPC btw.

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