Colonel Thomas Thornton was a keen hunter. To France he would go, to hunt and kill wolves, foxes, wild boar and virtually anything with wings. To reach France for his hunting holiday, Colonel Thornton travelled from his home in Yorkshire to take ship at Brighton. He was not impressed by the town: Continue reading
It is possible that Edward P. Prestwich was the first garage owner to sell Citroën cars in Brighton in 1921. The fascination with Citroën cars continues today as Francophile deuchiste (2CV enthusiast) John Loveridge of Rottingdean recounts: Continue reading
In 1821 Charles Nodier, poet, novelist and librarian, was 41 years old and happily married. He set off to travel from his home in Paris to make the long journey to Scotland.
The journey from Dieppe to Brighton was so rough that the sailboat ferry was blown off course. Nodier and his fellow passengers endured a crossing of thirty-two hours. It should have taken a mere ten. Continue reading
Congratulations to Stephen Saunders B.E.M. who completed the London to Brighton Bike ride today. Was it memory of General de Gaulle’s broadcast on June 18th 1940 or a celebration of today’s second round of the French General Election? Either way, good to see a French flag fluttering in Brighton. Thank you Stephen.
Thomas Traverse wrote about Brighton to his brother Charles – in verse.
Would you dare rhyme ‘silly’ with Chantilly?
It is not only today’s enthusiasts for animal welfare who are against French ‘foie gras’ and the inhumane way of producing it. Even in 1822, geese were seen as suffering as they were force fed and hot-housed to produce the meaty delicacy. But perhaps they were not suffering as much as George IV’s horses cooped up in the stables, now known as The Dome.