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#i360: Vertical cable car under construction in the seaside resort of #Brighton, England

By Adam Williams.
The i360 Brighton, UKThe Brighton i360, by architecture firm Marks Barfield.

Popular English tourist spot Brighton will soon gain a new landmark to join its famous pier. The same team responsible for the London Eye ferris wheel has started work on a large-scale observation tower dubbed the Brighton i360. The observation tower will feature a large glass pod that offers panoramic views of up to 30 miles away (48.2 km) on a clear sunny day.

The i360 Brighton, UK #01The pod will have enough room for up to 200 visitors to stand side-by-side and there will be a small bar and entertainment system on board.

Designed by architecture firm Marks Barfield, the Brighton i360 comprises two primary sections: a large tower, and a pod shaped a bit like a futuristic glass doughnut. Over the course of a 20 minute journey, the pod will ascend the tower to reach a height of 138 m (452 ft). According to Marks Barfield, the pod climbs the tower using the same basic mechanism that’s used in a standard cable car.

There will be enough room for up to 200 visitors to stand side-by-side inside the pod, and a small bar and entertainment system is on board. A large restaurant, retail spaces, an exhibition space, and conference spaces are planned for ground level.

The i360 Brighton, UK #02The Brighton i360 can be considered the successor to the London Eye and features the same team that created that popular tourist attraction.

Some sustainable technology is also slated for Brighton i360. Interior spaces will be cooled using natural ventilation, and the toilets will use harvested rainwater and efficient “low-flow” wash basins. The pod sports double-glazed windows and all electricity required for operating the observation tower will come from renewable sources.

The Brighton i360 is scheduled to open in 2016 and the organizers hope to attract at least 700,000 visitors per year, which – according to the Brighton i360 team’s figures – could generate around £25 million (around US$42 million) for Brighton per year.

The i360 Brighton, UK #03The Brighton i360 comprises two primary parts: a large tower, and a glass doughnut-shaped pod.The i360 Brighton, UK #04Over the course of a 20 minute journey, the pod will climb from ground level to a height of height of 138 m (452ft).

Source: Brighton i360

The i360 Brighton, UK #05The Brighton i360, by architecture firm Marks Barfield.


#UK: How #Brighton #Pavilion became a temporary hospital for #Indian #soldiers in #WW1

During the First World War, Brighton Pavilion was turned into a makeshift, if palatial, hospital for Indian servicemen wounded while fighting for British forces.

By Hardeep Singh.Injured Indian soldiers in a makeshift ward in the King’s Music Room at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & HoveInjured Indian soldiers in a makeshift ward in the King’s Music Room at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

This summer a remote spot in the picturesque Sussex Downs attracted 500 visitors, who gathered at the Chattri Memorial in remembrance of the Indian soldiers who served on the Western Front during the Great War. Among the dignitaries, serviceman and civilians two men were being interviewed by a camera crew. ‘I know you’ve told this story many times before, but what exactly happened to your grandfather?’ Beturbanned Jaimal Singh Johal is standing next to Ian Henderson, their extraordinary friendship forged by events that happened almost a century ago at the battle of Neuve Chapelle, when Johal’s grandfather, Manta Singh of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs, saw an English comrade, Capt George Henderson (Ian’s grandfather), lying injured on the battlefield. As he was pushing Henderson out of harm’s way in a wheelbarrow, he was shot. Manta Singh was sent to Brighton to recuperate, but died of his injuries.

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is an instantly recognisable architectural delight, its Indian-style minarets and oriental domes reminiscent of a maharaja’s palace. It was begun in 1787 as a seaside playground for the Prince of Wales (later George IV); less well known is that it was transformed into a military hospital for soldiers from the Imperial Indian Army. The Indian subcontinent contributed 1.5 million men to the war effort – more than any other allied or German colony – and 4,300 Indians who had served on the Western Front were treated in Brighton. Brighton’s role as a restorative place for injured sepoys will be commemorated with a series of events for this year’s centenary.

In December 1914 hundreds of Indian casualties from the Western Front arrived on Britain’s shores. They made the journey from the Port of Southampton to Brighton, to be received by local dignitaries, entrusted by King George V to make provision for their rehabilitation. The Pavilion, the Kitchener Indian Hospital (now Brighton General), the York Place and Pelham Street Schools housed the men arriving from the battlefield.

At the opening ceremony of the pavilion’s Indian Gate in 1921 (a gift from India to the town) the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, described ‘Brighton’s abounding hospitality’, coining the term ‘Dr Brighton’. The seaside air and sumptuous royal residence provided an environment tantamount to a healing balm. The maharaja, an honorary major-general, paid homage not to the sacrifice of the Indian soldiers, but to Brighton’s reputation as a place of healing, which was celebrated across India.

The pavilion became a 722-bed hospital. The King’s Music Room, dripping with elaborate lotus-shaped chandeliers and gilt-edged dragons, was transformed into a ward (as were the Ballroom and South Drawing Room). Magnificent carpets and curtains were removed and the floors lined with linoleum. The Dome became a makeshift operating theatre, dealing with gunshot and shrapnel wounds, and also ‘trench back’ – spinal injuries sustained in collapsed trenches. As a boost for morale, soldiers were allowed to believe that the moustached King-Emperor George V had vacated the royal palace specially for them. In fact Queen Victoria had sold it to Brighton Council in 1850 for the substantial sum of £53,000, but the myth helped to inculcate a sense of loyalty to King and country.

The Prince of Wales at the Chattri Memorial, 1921 PHOTO: Courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & HoveThe Prince of Wales at the Chattri Memorial, 1921 PHOTO: Courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove.

Great sensitivity was shown in allocating accommodation for the different castes and religions. The British had learnt that the viability of the Raj depended on the loyalty of the native army, and religious insensitivity had led to rebellion during the first Indian uprising of 1857. There were separate kitchens – Muslim soldiers had meat prepared in accordance with Islamic rites, whereas Hindus and Sikhs had a separate supply; beef, pork and bacon, while popular with the British, were prohibited from entering the grounds; extra plumbing was installed with separate taps labelled for Muslims and Hindus. Moreover, men of the same caste or religion cared for their kin, while ‘untouchables’, employed as support staff, were segregated, to placate India’s Hindu majority. Gas-fired ovens were provided for Indian cooks, who made dal and chapattis with ingredients bought both locally and from overseas.

‘They take great care of us here such as no one else would take, except a man’s mother, not even his wife,’ Bir Singh, a Sikh (55th Rifles), wrote. When George V visited in 1915 he paid his respects to Brighton’s first and last gurdwara, a makeshift tent in the pavilion grounds housing the Sikh scriptures.

Isar Singh (Sikh, 59th Rifles), a patient in the Royal Pavilion, wrote to a friend in a letter dated May 1 1915, ‘Do not be anxious about me. We are very well looked after. White soldiers are always beside our beds day and night. We get very good food four times a day. We also get milk. Our hospital is in the place where the King used to have his throne. Every man is washed once in hot water. The King has given a strict order that no trouble be given to any black man [Indian] in hospital. Men in hospital are tended like flowers, and the King and Queen sometimes come to visit them.’

Jemadar Mir Dast, a Pashtun (57th Wilde’s Rifles), who had been gassed in Ypres, appears in a short black-and-white film in the Pavilion Museum receiving a Victoria Cross from the King for rescuing comrades under fire. In a letter Dast candidly wrote, ‘The Victoria Cross is a very fine thing, but this gas gives me no rest. It has done for me.’

The wartime propaganda value of Dr Brighton was harnessed through poignant photography. Images of convalescent soldiers were printed and nearly 120,000 sold as postcards. They were placed in a commemorative booklet, Royal Pavilion Brighton: A Description of it as a Military Hospital for Indian Soldiers, written in Gurmukhi, Urdu and English and distributed widely in India. Prior to their admission to the pavilion military hospital, many of the soldiers had never set foot in Britain. They valued the currency of izzat, or honour in the battlefield, and some, like the Sikhs, had a long-standing military camaraderie with the British.

The Chattri Memorial was built in 1921 in memory of the Indian soldiers who died in Brighton. The Chattri, which translates as ‘umbrella’ in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, was designed by EC Henriques in Bombay, and erected near Patcham, at the exact location where 53 Sikh and Hindu soldiers were cremated, before their ashes were scattered in the sea. Unveiled on February 21 1921 by the Prince of Wales, for many the Chattri is spiritual space, a heritage site, even a place of pilgrimage.

(from left) Lord Kitchener, Jemadar Mir Dast and Sir Walter Lawrence, the commissioner of Indian Military Hospitals, at the Royal Pavilion, 1915 PHOTO: Courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove(from left) Lord Kitchener, Jemadar Mir Dast and Sir Walter Lawrence, the commissioner of Indian Military Hospitals, at the Royal Pavilion, 1915 PHOTO: Courtesy of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

Davinder Dhillon, a retired Sikh teacher, has coordinated the annual Chattri Memorial service since 2000, when he took over from the Royal British Legion as a volunteer, having responded to an article in a newspaper. He describes the memorial as ‘a living thing and a reminder of the Indian contribution and sacrifices’. Representatives from the Undivided Indian Ex-Servicemen Association, the mayor, members of the armed services, city councillors and local people come together each June to remember the fallen. Turnout under his patronage has increased from 50 to 500.

Jody East, the creative programme curator at the pavilion, recently went to India as part of a British Council programme. She is collaborating with organisations there in an attempt to discover more about the Indian soldiers in Brighton. ‘At the time newspapers really believed the military hospital in the Royal Pavilion would always be remembered,’ she says. ‘Scarcely 10 years later, by 1930, it was already fading into distant memory. The Royal Pavilion has been fully restored over the past few decades, and until recently the First World War did not feature in any of the visitor guides. But in 2010 we opened the permanent gallery, and people are fascinated by the idea of a Regency palace being turned into a military hospital for Indian soldiers.’

Bert Williams of the Brighton and Hove Black History Project, a member of the Chattri Memorial Group, told me how an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman from Leicester contacted him. ‘It was her desire to visit the memorial before she died,’ he said. It was of profound spiritual significance for her.

But the last word should go to a Hindu soldier, Subedar-Major Sardar Bahadur Gugan (6th Jats), who in 1915 wrote in a letter to a friend in India, ‘Everything is such as one would not see even in a dream. One should regard it as fairyland. The heart cannot be satiated with seeing the sights, for there is no other place like this in the world. It is as if one were in the next world… I have never been so happy in my life as I am here.’

The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove First World War resourses can be viewed online at: http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/HistoryAndCollections/Pages/FirstWorldWarResources.aspx

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Missing you…

My Mum Beatrice (Betty) passed away on 11th August, 2011.

Mum suffered from Alzheimers for a little over 6 years (4 of which she was wanting to go home to her mum). She was a mother of 7 boys & 5 Girls, Nanny to 39 grandchildren, Great Nanny to 45+ great-grandchildren.

Her passing marked the end of a dynasty, but she is now reunited with her beloved husband Gerarde and her mother whom she missed terribly.

I now know how my mum felt as I miss her every minute of every day and although I talk to mum all the time I no longer feel her presence, but I live in the hope that I will see her again soon.

Brighton Pride 2014: Freedom To Live #FreedomToLive

Brighton LGBT Pride

Get your glad rags on, the day we’ve all been waiting for all year has finally arrive, its Brighton (& Hove) Pride, a celebration of love and life.

Brighton Rainbow Rooms

The Rainbow Rooms at New Steine Gardens will be an oasis of calm in a sea of celebrations over the Brighton Pride and Village Party weekend.

Situated in the heart of the Gay Village, The Rainbow Rooms will give local residents and Pride guests a chance to eat, enjoy Fine wines and champagne or a pint of Harvey’s real Ale, and relax in a unique space dedicated to the chill at Pride that respects the ambience of the gardens and AID’s memorial.

Take a ride on the vintage ferris wheel or enjoy a soundtrack of chilled out grooves, and special performances, The Rainbow Rooms will be a must-visit location to grab a little downtime with Pride.

Village Party Pledgbands will be required during Village party hours.

Sunday evening from 9pm the community will celebrates Pride with friends and love ones thats are here in spirit.
Please see details here of the Celebration of Love and life with Pride,

The Rainbow Rooms
New Steine Gardens
Friday 1st August -Sunday 3rd August

Profits from the Rainbow rooms will go towards Pride’s community fundraising effort for the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations.

New Steine Flags Sponsored by the generous hoteliers of the New Steine; Ambassador, Strawberry, Lime House, Urban House, Gullivers & New Steine, Marine View, Cosmopolitan, Sea Spray, Alston House, Five, Square and Hamptons.

The Rainbow Rooms is a much welcome addition to Brighton Pride 2014, perfectly Proud and waiting to greet you.


One of the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, Brighton Pride are thrilled to announce this years Preston Park Festival line-ups. Sparkling, spectacular and seaside saucy, you’ll find everything you need to keep you proud on Brighton Pride day.

From the sunshine stars lined up to thrill the Pride Main Stage including Calabro, Martha Wash, Blue, Katy B and a must-see disco finale from Sam Bailey, the incredible array of world class DJs on the decks of the Wild Fruit, Girls Dance Tent, Men’s Zone and Calabash to Legend’s infamous Cabaret Tent via the Alternative Drag tent and the debut of the Q Live Music Stage with headliners Republica, Brighton Pride 2014 has your pride festivities covered.

For one day the world will be a disco, Brighton Pride style.

Main Stage Line-up
12:45 Paul Diello
13:15 Allan Jay
13:45 Ariana and The Rose
14:15 De’Vide
14:45 Osaro
15:05 Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
15:30 Lascel Wood
16:10 Heather Peace
16:40 Collabro
17:10 Neon Jungle
17:40 Peter Tatchell
18:00 Martha Wash
18:30 Kimberley Wyatt
19:00 Blue
19:35 Frankmusik
20:10 Katy B
20:55 Sam Bailey
21:30 Pride Finale show

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


The Q Live Music Stage has to be one of the most anticipated additions to this year’s Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park. Bringing the very best in live rock, indie, folk electronic and rap to the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, The Q Live Music Stage line-up is a stunning selection of diversity, talent and success and promises to bring something bold, brash and beautiful to Brighton Pride 2014.

Headlining the Q proceedings will be the indie legends that are Republica and their irrepressible front woman Saffron Sprackling whilst the roof raising A-Flop of Lucy Spraggan and her band return for yet another unforgettable performance.

If you want your entertainment strictly gothic and industrial then Massive Ego and Death Koolaid will be un-missable as will the homo-hop of the superb Q Boy and London’s spoken word and hip-hop aficionados LC Collective. The spellbinding Bruce Lok and memorising CN Lester will enchant whilst Kit Rice‘s blend of funk, pop and hip hop will ensure the dance is had.

The energetic Brit-pop passion of Departure From Normal and Battle Of You will bring plenty of sunshine beats to proceedings and Echo and the Beats promise a set of punky ska-core fuelled with mod vibes. Brighton Music Award winners Kenelis will be performing an lively set of alt-rock with elements of punk, grunge and hardcore and Brighton Pride favourites Joan Ov Arc return ready to rock the Q Live Stage with their classic rock anthems.

Kenelis front women and Q Stage Coordinator Mel Sanson said “We wanted to bring more live music into the park and music of different genres that don’t always get the opportunity to play at Pride festivals. Supporting new music and local bands is really important to me and we hope they all enjoy the day rocking the stage!”

The Brighton Pride Q Live Stage. It’s going to be one hell of a debut and one we can’t wait to hear. See you at the front.

Gaydar Q Live Stage 2014 in association with Student Pride
12:55 Ben Williams (host)
12:55 Echo & The Beats (Ska-Core)
13:30 Departure from Normal (Brit Pop)
14:05 Adam All (Host)
14:05 Bruce Lok (Alternative)
14:40 CN Lester (Lo-Fit Alt)
15:05 LC Collective (Hip Hop)
15:40 Kit Rice (Funk Pop)
16:15 CN Lester (Host)
16:15 Death Koolaid (Punk)
16:50 Battle Of You (Alt-Pop)
17:25 MC Angel (Host)
17:25 Joan Ov Arc (Classic Rock)
17:55 Q Boy (Rap)
18:30 Kathy Caton (Host)
18:30 Lucy Spraggan (A-Flop)
19:15 Massive Ego (Industrial Gothic)
20.00 Kenelis (Alt-Rock)
20:45 Mel Sanson (Host)
20:45 Republica (Brit Pop Legends)

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


The fabulous new Brighton Pride iPhone app is out now… and it’s FREE!

With all the details of the parade route, the park map, the line ups and timings for every stage and so much more, it is your handy guide to everything happening over the Pride weekend.

Download the iPhone App from iTunes here

Download the Android App here

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Prime Minister David Cameron

I am, once again, delighted to offer my support to Pride Brighton & Hove. It is a fantastic celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its contribution to the diversity and vibrancy of Brighton and Hove.

I am proud of this country’s record of advancing LGBT equality and rights. It was a truly momentous occasion seeing the first same-sex couples getting married on 29 March, including those marriages that took place in Brighton that weekend.

The Pride festival is an excellent opportunity to bring people from different communities together to enjoy not only a colourful and entertaining day out but a whole programme of cultural, social and sporting events. These events are a great way to enhance community dialogue and to remind ourselves of the progress towards equality made in this country. The LGBT Pride events that take place across the UK each year help to show why the UK continues to be recognised as number one in Europe on LGBT equality and rights.

I would like to send my congratulations to the organisers and volunteers for their efforts in co-ordinating Pride Brighton & Hove 2014 and wish everyone attending the very best for a happy and successful event.


Labour Leader, Ed Miliband MP

Lots more information can be found here

Have a fabulous Brighton Pride 2014 and stay safe.

UK: #Spectacular #pictures and #video as #thunderstorm strikes #Sussex

Lightning strike over the West Pier by Nick WoodLightning strike over the West Pier remains by Nick Wood.

One of the hottest days of the year came to a brisk end when an overnight thunderstorm struck Sussex.

Thousands of people were woken from their slumber in the early hours of friday morning when the storm approached the coast from the English Channel.

A picture from a Worthing resident appears to show Worthing Pier being struck by a bright flash of lightning – although West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it was not hit.

Worthing Pier lightning strike

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Elsewhere, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a property in Mile Oak Road, Portslade, was hit.

The strike caused significant damage to the property’s roof, which caught fire. Fire crews were called out at 1.50am to put out the blaze.

It appears the storm wasn’t just confined to Sussex. Pictures of spectacular fork lightning have been captured in the likes of Surrey, Essex and Winchester.

There is a risk of more to come as the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the whole of the county tomorrow.

A spokesman said: “Areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop on Friday night before moving during Saturday.

“The location of these is uncertain but where they do form some torrential downpours are possible with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.”

Foomandoonian on YouTube took this footage over Brighton and Hove.

Dominic Johnson sent this movie of the West Pier illuminated in the storm.

Twitter user Armand1964 sent this picture of Whitehawk.Twitter user Armand1964 sent this picture of Whitehawk.

Alex Lawrence took this creative snap at Brighton bandstandAlex Lawrence took this creative snap at Brighton bandstand

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