Monday, November 04, 2002

BUT WE'D BOUGHT THE WINE SO WE WENT AHEAD ANYWAY: Clearly, the glittering launch of the Brighton Walk Of Fame had been planned with the expectation that this would be the first step in the second phase of Brighton & Hove's European City of Culture Bid. However, what with not being shortlisted, it took on the air of a slightly forlorn spot of whistling in the dark. How dark? You may choose to compare the bold claim of the start of the Argus' report: "The glitz and glamour of Hollywood came to Brighton last night as Britain's first Walk of Fame was launched." with the later paragraphs "Autograph hunters and celebrity spotters watched as the stars gradually arrived. They included Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell with her husband John Bigg and former world boxing champion Chris Eubank. - they were the most noteworthy? No Rock went to school with John Bigg's brother, and having been born in Brighton we wonder if we might make up for the lack of recognition in that Guardian Best British Weblog competition by getting our own star on the Walk. Well, since Terry Garroghan came top in the poll to decide who should be memorialised on the special pavement of celebrity (apparently some sort of late night dj), we've got to be in with a chance. Nick 'Every Loser Wins' Berry, Roger 'Who' Daltrey and David Van 'David Van Day's Bucks Fizz' Day are amongst the musical... um, participants being given the opportunity to be the target of gum-spitters for all eternity. Oh, and Leo Sayer.
But never mind the flagstones - the real glamour is in having the Brighton & Hove buses named after you.

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