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My Verdict On The British Airways i360 :- Last week I won a pair of tickets for the British Airways i360 due to answering a question in a competition held on their Facebook page. I phoned them up and spoke to their Sales Executive who very kindly booked my free 'flight' to the top for Friday 5th August at 3pm. So on Friday I got into town around 1 pm and wandered through the streets in the sun and slowly made my way to the seafront and the i360. There were a few queuing at the wonderfully reconstructed West Pier Booth that's the ticket office but after 5 minutes I was in and at the counter. I was dealt with quickly and efficiently I found myself back out on the prom with a pair of free tickets and a smile on my face.

At 2:30 pm I was standing in line with my mum watching the incredible glass pod rise to the top. Everyone seemed happy in the queue and a few (including ourselves) were quite excited about it all. Just prior to 3 pm we were checked through security and out on the inner deck where we waited for the pod to rise up to our level. Like a well oiled machine (which it is) its doors were open and we all filed in (approx 200 of us) bang on 3 pm. It's hard to convey in words just how big and beautiful the glass pod is. You'd think 200 people in a fishbowl would be vying for space or bumping off of each other but the pod is so vast and spacious that it felt as if only 50 were in it. We found a place at the side looking towards Regency Square and stood chatting for a while. It was then that it suddenly dawned on me that we were moving...upwards. I have no idea how they manage to move 70 tons of glass and steel so smoothly or silently but it's effortless and so gentle that you hardly realise you are moving at all. Brighton calmly dropped away beneath us as we found ourselves making eye contact with the gulls soaring over the seafront. The view from the top is outstanding and breathtaking. I don't care how many have said it's pointless or an "isore" as it's an absolute engineering marvel and there are no words that can do it justice. You cannot get a view of Brighton like that from the top of the Racehill nor have I seen a view like that from any block of flats or Brighton tower block. The seaside City sits in a natural bowl that's clearly visible from the front at a height of 450 feet. A clear green natural border rises up beyond the City as the South Downs came into view. My mum couldn't stop grinning and loved every minute of it and I was overjoyed that I had taken her along for the trip to the top. Coming back down was equally as silent and smooth and we were deposited in the lower promenade section of the complex without a bump.
Most tourist attractions or theme park rides have a shop and the British Airways i360 is no exception. The difference with this shop is that it's not tacky. It's incredibly well thought out with something for everyone. There are books about the South Downs, Brighton and Architecture, Children's toys and jigsaws, fridge magnets, t-shirts , tea towels, prints, mugs and many other things all tastefully done.

We found the entire experience a little overwhelming and enjoyed every single minute of it. The staff were exceptional as was the i360 itself. To all those that hate it or are wishing it to fail....put your money where your mouth is and give it a try and then see how you feel afterwards. It's a triumph of engineering and I hope with all my heart that it goes on to put all the doubters in their place.
Me? Yeah ... I was blown away so much I bought the T-Shirt (I've never worn or bought anything with Brighton on it before) and we got a West Pier fridge magnet too featuring a shot of it in the early 1900's. My verdict is that the British Airways i360 is the best thing to have happened to Brighton for a very long time.
 
British Airways i360 5th August 2016 :- Ok here are all the shots that I took during my 'flight' and visit to Brighton's newest tourist attraction which is the World record breaking British Airways i360. Personally I'd have like to have had more time in the pod and to have been in there on my own but obviously that's not going to happen so these photos are the best that I could do under the circumstances. I will pop back at night sometime in the future and take a few of it with the lights on . If the gift shop is still open after dark (I presume it will be if the ride's still operating) I will endeavour to take a few through the shop's glass wall of the pod's mirrored underbelly all it up. I really can't explain just what an incredible experience and ride this is. the engineering has left me speechless,. The photos do not do it justice. The only way you'll find out is to step on and go skywards. Anyway here are my shots...
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+Chris Holden I think the engineering will blow your mind, it did with me. The pod weighs (approx) 70 tons and it's sent to the top of a very thin pole, so thin and tall that it's broken a world record. The most mind blowing thing is that it does all of that silently and is so smooth and gentle as it rises that you don't even feel like you're moving. It's staggering what they have managed to create, build and achieve and I personally (as stated before) now think it's the best thing to have happened in Brighton for a very long time. The problem is everyone focused on the tower but that's not the ride....the beautiful and staggeringly huge glass pod is the ride and main attraction. They are working hand in hand with the West Pier Trust to regenerate the area and I think that's a great thing.
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Hi all,
Iḿ want to contact teachers in Brighton.

I'm a PE teacher from the Netherlands in secondary School. We are visiting Brighton in four weeks. Looking for fun ideas in the area and or contacts with Schools in the area. The pupils we are visiting with are 12-13 years old. They are part of our billingual stream.

Hope to see a message.

kind regards Frank
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After 25 years (and 1 day) there, Window Gallery moved out of the Brighton Lanes area and, after cruising for a couple of years or so, eventually made landfall in Ditchling at exciting new premises at the Turner Dumbrell Workshops.
This latest incarnation is a combined delightful exhibition space, practical framing workshop and a studio in which Philip Dunn can continue to procrastinate in between serving customers!

The opening hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11-5pm (other times by appointment).

For prints and originals or contact details see: http://www.windowgallery.co.uk/dunn.html?room=2
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Tom Woodland

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🙌 The YouTube Rewind is in Brighton again! 🙌
+Felix Kjellberg​ at the Pavilion Gardens
(80% in to it), did anyone see them put up that massive screen?
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I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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Tom Woodland

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Doppler Shift I really like this band, their site says they're from Brighton, anyone know much about them? I hope they have a gig soon.



+Robin Nicolls+Martyn Haigh​
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Justin Hill
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Inside Out South East :- Trying to save Brighton's Royal Pavilion. Plans to put the Royal Palace into a trust. Segment starts around 22 minutes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06kjlxr/inside-out-south-east-26102015
Rachel Royce examines if vaccinating badgers in East Sussex is more effective than culling
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Justin Hill
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Walking On Water :- Ooh I have a new book to read and it's wonderful. I am now the proud owner of 'Walking On Water - The West Pier Story' by Fred Gray. It's full of history, fascinating information and some very nostalgic photographs. If you have a deep love of the West Pier do yourself a favour and grab a copy from the West Pier Trust website.
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Tom Woodland

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BOOF!!!
Suddenly a building appears in the wild
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Sounds good. I'll try and remember if I ever visit! 
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Chris Depper

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Our BHCC recycling crews seem to have totally given up now. For the last couple of years we've watched them diligently hang different recycling containers off separate parts of the truck, only for it all to be mixed together (the trucks have no internal separators - we can see right into them from our flat window). However, today they went one better...
I watched them come down the road at 6:15am - probably so early that no-one would see them - then each crew member had a wheelie bin which they poured all the different recycling containers into. They then attached them to the back of a normal dustcart and emptied them into that!
But don't forget, if you mix some plastic with some glass, they won't take it! Unbelievable.
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If I'm honest, it's not so much the lack of recycling that bothers me (if they at least admitted they have problems and what they're doing to improve them that would be one thing), it's the way they try to mask what they're really doing and the "one rule for them" attitude. I find it beyond a joke that they refuse to touch my recycling if any part of it is mixed.
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Head to #brighton get out in the sun and enjoy the last few days of the #Fringe then treat yourself to something special.
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Do you, or does someone you know want to be an actor? Get in touch with us about our two week intensive workshop with professional actors! 🎭

http://brightonyouththeatre.com/
Brighton Pier at dusk, UK by Eric Hossinger
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But i am not 25
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Tom Woodland

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Going through some old stuff and found an old wallet. Really made me LOL. I put the guy from the Haunted Lanes tour flyer in my wallet, he used to judge me for spending money.
Spending Money eh? Don't be coy. You could put that on a horse!
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Giacomo Morrone

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Brighton's sunny Winter day was beautiful last week! With a Great sunset! Please check it out!
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Tom Woodland

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Some really great things about Brighton that I didn't know
The good people at Brighton Holiday Homes have compiled the ultimate list of incredible facts about Brighton you've (probably) never heard of.
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I'm not sure about 22. I think a boat has the pointy bit at the bottom.
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Nick Chowdrey

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A closer look at the proposed #sugartax

I interviewed local businesses to see what they thought of the plans. There were mixed opinions, but personally I think the tax is a good idea, if only to raise awareness.

What do you guys think?
Earlier this month, Brighton & Hove City Council became the first British city to introduce a voluntary 10p tax on sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks.
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Justin Hill
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The Brighton i360’s funding explained :- Want to know why the money wasn't spent on restoration of the arches, terrace, lift and shelter hall (now the C2)? Puzzled and baffled by the expense and who's paying for it? Then look no further. This link was tweeted through to me today by Brighton i360 (on Twitter :@TheBrightoni360) which explains things about as well as they can be. If all goes to plan (and who knows) then it could actually turn out to be a very good thing for Brighton. 
Today is the one year anniversary of Brighton and Hove City Council agreeing the funding package for the Brighton i360, so it seemed as good a time as any to review the details. However, it is Friday and the sun is out, so instead of writing at length about the funding and financial implications ...
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Tom Woodland

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This beer tastes like smoked cheese!
Totally recommended. North Laine pub

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Brightonia

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Our Valley Gardens mustn't become a political football

Valley Gardens could be so much better than it is at the moment.

But with the #greens ' plan now 'under review' by the new #labour   administration,will the scheme become side-tracked by political wrangling and petty point-scoring? 
You could almost hear people all over Brighton breathing a sigh of relief when the plan to redesign Valley Gardens was revealed.  Although I had some initial misgivings - Brighton's majority Green ...
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Brightonia

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When it comes to redeveloping the King Alfred, Brighton must think big

#brighton 's King Alfred leisure centre has been the weakest link on the seafront for long enough - now it's time to think big and redesign this unloved building as an iconic landmark to rival the Pavilion and Brighton Pier.
Walking along the seafront in Brighton, each area has its own distinctive character and landmarks. The Marina dominates the shore to the east of Kemptown, while further west the elegant Madeira ter...
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The return of Brighton Tigers!
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