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    How to be MC: move to Brighton (and be slightly defensive about it)

    The ‘move out of town’ is a rite of passage in many MC Londoners’ lives. And for those who can no longer take the pace in London, but still cling to their trendy urban identity, there’s only one option: Brighton.

    New Brightonians often defend their seaside move with an almost evangelical zeal. But underlying that – sometimes, just sometimes – is a very MC anxiety that the action of London will now pass them by and that they’ll go to seed in the provinces. Spot the hint of defensiveness in these top MC reasons to move to Brighton

    1. London is under an hour away! So my journey from Brighton isn’t much longer than a lot of commutes within the city.
      Subtext: I’m still in touch with the thrusting ambition of the metropolis. I’m always on the train, commuting to highly important meetings.
    2. The Downs are so close. We’d go walking every weekend if we weren’t so busy up in town socialising.
      Subtext: We’re not quite ready for the full country experience yet. But it’s on our doorstep when we need to unwind from our so-very-busy lives.
    3. I do even more cultural stuff than when I lived in London. Brighton has given me so much more energy.
      Subtext: You Londoners might have all the latest culture on your doorstep – but what’s the point, when you’re too tired to enjoy it?

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    Reader Comments (3)

    If Brighton & Hove City Council would like a training session on the use of hyphens I am available at a very competitive rate. Apostrophe use can also be covered if required.

    September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    I lived for many years near New Brighton, and I have to say, these were not chracteristics that I observed amongst its inhabitants. It's all a bit more Martin Parr than that.

    September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichardB

    Richard B you are a fool.

    December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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