Black rock

2 March 2011

Black Rock

Here is a work in progress of the strange tower that once stood by the Black Rock Lido, near to where the Brighton marina is today. Behind is a sort of stylised Marine Gate.

Saltdean Lido print

28 February 2011

Saltdean Lido

The Saltdean Lido print, promised in an earlier post is now available to buy. It is a digital print (ie it doesn’t exist in any other form), A3+ size (329mm x 483mm) on 310gsm (that’s thick and heavy) 100% cotton mould-made Hahnemuhle ‘William Turner’ paper printed in 8-colour archival pigment inks that shouldn’t fade. It is also available as an A4 mini-print on 190gsm paper. The price direct from me is £50 each, they may well be dearer through a gallery or Open House to take into account the commission taken. If you are a dear old friend and I’m in a good mood I may well give you a handsome discount!

If you are wondering why there are road safety posters in place of my murals outside the Astoria, I have been assured by the man at the council that they will be back sometime in the future!


2010 in review

3 January 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 39 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 840kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 14th with 86 views. The most popular post that day was Astoria.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for saltdean lido, fred pipes, saltdean, embassy court brighton, and fred pipes blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Astoria May 2010


Saltdean Lido November 2010


Saltdean Lido in watercolour June 2009


Astoria hoardings May 2010


Astoria photo shoot June 2010

Xmas e-card

3 December 2010

Penguin skating e-cardA very Merry Xmas to all my patrons and chums!

At the Dragonfly House

29 November 2010

Fred Pipes

Some of my prints will be available at the Dragonfly House, 48 Ditchling Rise, Brighton, as part of the Xmas Open Houses. Next weekend 4 and 5 December is the last weekend they’ll be open. Unfortunately, my Saltdean Lido isn’t printed yet, tho there are Moo cards of it available.

Saltdean Lido

11 November 2010
Saltdean Lido, near Brighton

Saltdean Lido, near Brighton

Well, at long last I’ve finally done a digital print of Saltdean Lido, after years of messing about with watercolours and linocuts. Yes, I know it looks rather like the logo for the Save Saltdean Lido campaign, but that’s just the way it came out, straight on in my regular limited palette of colours! Those of you typographically inclined will notice that I’ve reinstated the original Gill Sans lettering. I think that slab serif font used now comes from the 1950s, and the 1998 refurbishment since I’ve lived down here ruined the kerning of the signage compared with the  reference photo (wot I took way back in the late-80s) that I used for this print, squashing it all up a bit, as is the modern (rather than Moderne) way. All I have to do now is fire up the giclee machine and print a few off for the Xmas Open House at the Dragonfly House.

Saltdean Lido was built in 1937-38 to designs by the architect Richard W H Jones, who also designed the Ocean Hotel (once owned by Butlins) up on the hill. On 13 July 1987  it was granted Grade: II listed status. There is some debate about the reason for the platform above the building – some say it was for a planned cable car running down from the Ocean Hotel, but I believe that’s an urban myth! But there once was a sort of tower on top with a flagpole. Old photos here.

Photo Biennial

23 September 2010

I know some of you have been alarmed by seeing one of my murials being taken down. Rest assured it’s only temporary – to accommodate some photos from the Brighton Photo Biennial. This runs from 2 October until 14 November and guest curator is Martin Parr. There’s also a Photo Fringe running alongside the main event. If you’re wondering what all those guys in hi-vis jackets are doing, well, all I know is that they were from the gas board, arrived in several vans and disappeared inside the Astoria!

Astoria to be demolished?

26 August 2010

The Argus is reporting that the Astoria cinema, home to my murals, could be demolished to make way for a ‘business centre’! I’m surprised there hasn’t already been a mysterious fire in the night! Too many Art Deco buildings have been demolished since I moved to Brighton, just because they are not Regency!

Eggs for breakfast

1 August 2010
Rustic mug by Belen Gomez

Rustic mug by Belen Gomez

If you like hens and chickens on your breakfast mug of tea, you’ll love the Rustic range of mugs by my neighbour Belen Gomez. They are silk screen printed onto English bone china – not those clunky thick earthenware jobs you often get, these are quality. They come in five wrap-around designs, each with a detail inside, and in four different shapes. A joy to drink from! They cost £11 or £12 depending on the shape and size + p and p. And her greetings cards are gorgeous too. Can’t wait for her Seaside range to hit the streets. My interest in this? – I helped her develop the website, and very nice it is too.

Offbeat Smoothie Bar

6 July 2010

Here’s a little job I did for the Offbeat Cafe, Sydney Street, Brighton. All done in Freehand, based on a certain US gambling city’s welcome sign.