Brighton blog posts

  • Scattered notes from Dots

    The inaugural Dots conference provided a very enjoyable day on the loose subject of innovation. I was in a mood to listen rather than take notes but I did jot down a few bits and bobs. Here they are made into some sentences.

  • In conversation with Brighton station about CCTV

    A couple of days ago I was stuck at Brighton railway station, watching trains get delayed and eventually cancelled. While sat on the concourse I noticed the sheer amount of CCTV and various surveillance devices in plain view all around the station.

  • The Ampersand Story

    Why and how I put together Ampersand, the UK’s first conference dedicated specifically to web typography.

  • I ran a marathon

    Last Sunday I completed the inaugural Brighton marathon. It was a great day, for a good cause.

  • Say “No” to Starbucks on St James’s Street

    Starbucks has opened a branch in Brighton by disregarding planning permission, ignoring planning laws, and by asserting is not in fact a café or coffee shop but a retail outlet.

  • I go to Ikea so you don’t have to

    I think there is universal agreement that going to Ikea is both a tortuous and torturous experience, and testament to that is the very existence of a successful business created to circumvent that pain.

  • It’s an honour to be nominated… once more

    As in previous years, Clagnut has been lucky enough to be nominated in the Best Personal Site and Blogs category of the Brighton and Hove Web Awards 2006. Voting closes on Wednesday 8 November so hurry along and vote!

  • Great Escape Festival day two

    Wow, what an evening. I spent the whole evening in the Hanbury Ballroom – a great little venue two streets away from my house. I was really looking forward to this night and I wasn’t disappointed.

  • Great Escape Festival day one

    The Great Escape festival is the UK’s fledgling answer to SxSW Music. It’s a 3 day event featuring 180 bands in 10 venues across Brighton with talks from industry luminaries during the day. I got a 3-day gig pass, the first evening didn’t disappoint.

  • It’s an honour to be nominated… again

    As last year, Clagnut has been lucky enough to be nominated in Personal category of the Brighton and Hove Virtual Festival Web Awards 2004. You can vote for Clagnut here. I’m up against Adactio and Chris Eubank (yes, the Chris Eubank) amongst others, so I guess my…

  • Geekend 2

    This time the location was closer to home, in Brighton. Dunstan, Jon, Patrick, Drew, Rachel (and Bethany) joined Jeremy, Jessica, Andy and me for a splendid weekend of geek chat, free wifi, pricey booze and Asian cuisine.

  • Mo & Rob’s Drive Inne

    Having stood since the 14th Century, Ye Olde Smugglers Inne (formerly the Market Inn) was the victim of a hit and run crash in the early hours of 14th July 2004.Amazingly Maureen Scott, Landlady of 27 years, and her husband Rob, slept through the incident – to be woken…

  • British Sea Power

    It was hot, it was sweaty and it absolutely bloody rocked. Jeremy, Jessica and I were privileged to be among the 150 folks squeezed into Brighton’s Freebutt to see British Sea Power perform one of their famous intimate gigs.

  • Fresh mackerel rolls

    If you’re lucky enough to be in Brighton on a sunny summer weekend, such as the glorious one we’ve just had, I heartily recommend you seek out Jack and Linda Mills on the seafront. They are fish smokers by trade, but when he’s not making ‘Brighton…

  • Ginger snap

    Oof. Someone was in die Hundehutte last night. A quiet evening in the Earth and Stars, iChatting to Dunstan (still in San Francisco) with Andy and Jeremy, ended up an early morning in the Spiegeltent. And there’s more Biscuit for y’all.

  • Pride

    Pride descends on Brighton and the heat is on.

  • Off side topic

    Good one off the Brighton New Media mailing list. Tom Nixon wrote: Can you imagine this list’s geeks at a footie match? When the opposition supporters start chanting “You’re not singing any more” at them they’ll smugly pipe up “Aha! you are…

  • Skills swapped

    Last night, I enjoyed the SkillSwap presentation by Jeremy on ‘CSS based design’. There was a full house, with folks representing disciplines from techie to Flash, and I reckon everyone took away a lot from the talk. Interestingly, a good deal of time was spent…

  • Catnappers

    Small town (city actually) talk. I reckon there’s some catnapping going on around here. And I don’t mean folks snatching a quick snooze. Here are just two of the flyers popped through our door in the last few weeks: I’ve seen at least 6 flyers and…

  • West Pier on fire!

    Brighton’s poor old West Pier is on fire. Yet more trouble for the beleaguered land mark. See the BBC webcam footage. It’s now burnt down to the metal super-structure. I don’t know what can have caused the fire, but my guess is arson. The pier is…

  • Normal service resumes

    Friday Biscuit: Out of curiosity
    I dug up Logie Baird
    And I asked him what petrified forests see<
    To make them all so scared. from Albert Hammond Bootleg on Back In The D.H.S.S. The website for this year’s Brighton Festival has got some thoughtful bits of…

  • Crunch

    The real reason the West Pier collapsed. Nice one Bricey. More on the Glasshaus collapse. It seems that Wrox’s parent company, Peer Information, is the one to be liquidated, along with all its assets. Many ex-employees have posted their details on Graphic Design…

  • Now it’s the other pier

    Brighton’s other pier, the Palace Pier, has now suffered it’s own disaster, catching fire in a rather big way. Sad as it is, I haven’t got quite as much sympathy with the Palace Pier as I do with the West Pier. The Palace Pier is nowhere near as old, and is…

  • Happy New Year

    Welcome all to 2003. Hope you’re all recovering from the excesses of Tuesday night! I’ve been a bit quiet recently, taking a break from all things computery, but normal service will now be resumed (unlike the poor unfortunate West Pier).

  • West Pier

    The trials and tribulations of Brighton’s West Pier.

  • Observation

    Heaps and heaps of photos from around Brighton. Taken over the last 20 years they are the kind that focus upon what is extraordinary in the everyday. Found at bluejoh, a fellow Brighton blogger who met Some-bloke Tom at a wedding, only she didn’t realize at the time. One…

  • bright blog

    Adactio is a beautiful blog from fellow Brighton resident, Jeremy Keith. Try changing themes – impressive stuff. Dive Into Accessibility is an excellent guide to making your website more accessible in thirty days. With tips cross-referenced by disability, browser, design…

  • Get It

    Mozilla 1.0. Stick a fork in it. It’s done and looking good. Posted a few pikkies from the Mini Rally recently held in Brighton. Check out those wonderfully ridiculous chopped cars – why have a small car when you can have a tiny one? Like me, Owen Briggs has been…

  • Tube

    Interesting article on how the London Underground presents a metaphor for information architecture. Nicely presented too. Get your clagnut fix. You can now sign up for the less than monthly clagnut newsletter. Summer has finally arrived so I’m off down the beach.

  • Carousing with celebs

    Gaz Combes, he of Supergrass fame, lives just around the corner from me. So when, the other Sunday, we both turned up at my local, it was not really a surprise. But what is the etiquette in this situation? Here he is: a neighbour, but also the lead singer of a rock band. One…