60-second-impressions: Brighton My second instalment of my 60-second-impressions of coastal resorts - this week, it's Brighton. I've always dreamed of living by the sea, and am planning to visit as many as possible and make a 60 second clip using just my phone, to remember it by. This week I met a friend, Michelle, in Brighton, a very popular town on the E.Sussex coast. You can just about spot her running down the pier at one point... The beaches are pebbly, the pier has one of the largest funfairs I've seen. Unfortunately it was pretty cold, grey and damp the day I went. It's a big university town with a lively social scene - it couldn't be more different from Deal, where I went last week. The population is estimated to be around £600k. Crime is clearly higher, the cafe we went to had had all their teapots bar one stolen! I liked Brighton, but house prices are really high - a one bed flat will set you back £200k easily, and parking costs are astronomical - £20 to park your car in the city centre for a day. I've also realised that I'd really like sand on my beach. I liked the feeling of lots to do in Brighton, and the cosmopolitan feel of the place, but I liked the friendliness of Deal. I might have to take a break from coastal visits for a few weeks as I've got a temp job for Christmas, but hope to visit my next place either before the end of the year or early 2019. Any suggestions on where to go next? 60-second-impressions: Deal I've always dreamed of living by the sea, so I'm taking time every week, as far as possible, to visit a coastal town so I can find out if I really do. Also to make a 60 second clip of each town, to remember it by. Voiceovers will come later! This week I went to Deal, a town of approximately 30,000 people on the Kent coast. The beaches are pebbly, the pier is functional has a military style, no-nonsense design. It's a small town with a high percentage of retired folk, and I was told everyone knows each other and looks out for the old folk, especially if they're on their own. Most of the town centres around the main high street, one end is filled with trendy boutiques, cocktail bars and eateries, the other end is more functional, but has a great looking pop-up cafe which has since become permanent. They certainly like their food in this town! Beyroots Lebanese Street Food At lunchtime on market day at Beckenham Place I had wonderful food from Beyroots, who serve authentic Lebanese street food from their van. I was doing a smartphone video course there with Cassius Rayner from www.gofilmit.tv, and these guys were kind enough to let me practice on them during my lunch break. It's very rough around the edges as it was shot on the spur of the moment. I'd love to do another video of these guys if I get a chance! You can follow them on www.beyroots.co. Music is 'Get Outside!' by Jason Farnham (YouTube free licence) James 'Indiana' Hughes and the Amazing Maize Maze Will my Dad find his way out of the maze? Music used (free from YouTube Creator Studio) End of Time by Ugonna Onyekwe A Quiet Thought by Wayne Jones The Very Hungry Cat This is Bob Mills, a very hungry cat. Bob is actually a 'she', and she is 20 years old, the equivalent of about 98 in human years. I looked after her for a couple of weeks, while her owners were away in Australia and shot this on my iPhone, and edited the video in Final Cut Pro X. Sadly Bob died a few months after this video, as she was run over by a car outside her house, so this video of her in her old age is quite poignant now.