Went there on the £1 single fare by national express.
i was reading the papers at the brighton library this morning, waiting for the national express bus, when i saw this article, saying national express was hard hit by the govt removing the concession for pensioners on their travel in november. and that they may be forced to reintroduce their £1 fares, to overcome competition from the railways.
hmm, no wonder there had been no £1 fares for a long time, until suddenly this one that i got came recently.
they said old people relied on that concession, but everyone could have accessed their £5.50 single fare on their funfare website or this £1 fare. so the govt was right to stop the concession. By paying half the fare to national express it enabled national express to keep their prices high for the rest of us, and this contributed to their profits. it seems profits will fall 40% which suggests that was the profit given by the concession.
anyway, i have seen these old age fares, and they are not that cheap, frankly, even with the discounts from the govt subsidy. if u ask me national express simply took advantage of the subsidy to up the fares and keep it high for us all.
now perhaps we shall see more £1 fares. haah.
but as i have found out about pensioners, they are very fixed in their ways and are reluctant to change. they are used to buying their journey by national express and never realise that by just going online at the funfare website they can get any journey for the same money or less.
i was using the buses in brighton to get to the centre of town, and noticed the old biddies just sit in the busstop, waiting patiently for the local buses, which stop at everystop, when they could have flagged this bus i was on, the driver even paused at the stop, to see if all those old folks queueing to get onto a local bus will shift over to him,but no one did.they would have got to the centre in a jiffy.
they would have got free travel which ever bus they took.
the old folks are friendly though. i got many offers of help when they see me looking at the bus guide.
one even gave me a good alternative bus that i did not realise was going that way too. and saved me a long wait.
using the buses, i got to see the naturist beach near the marina, and the other unofficial one near portslade station.
Fortunately my friend got a article written ages ago (dated 1998) giving detailed instructions on how to get there.
i was reading it on the bus number 2, thinking the naked beach was shoreham beach, and realise that this naked beach has no name and near portslade station.
so i double back to catch the number 1 bus, which is really very frequent, the only one that i know of that is so frequent, when prior to this all the buses i know ofseem to be running at hourly intervals or so.
is interesting, is that there was a guy who lived locally, who came to the bus stop after me, and on board, he asked me where i was heading, so i said the naturist beach nearby, and he said he had never heard about it.
there are people living there who have never know of it.
i was going to add that cartoon of shocked expressions and flying eyebrows and jumping off chairs by the people
in a bar in reaction to a guy who did not know ...but i did not know what point of reference to use to google it. i forgot the name of the cartoonist. anyone knows? let me know in the comments.
found it, it is h m bateman.
and using the instructions on that article written so long ago i finally got there.
but i can tell u of a better way than going there by the train to portslade station and walking from there.
take the bus 700 from churchill square, and than get off at the blue lagoon bar, a building that looked like a pub.
there are steps to the left of this building, as u look at it from across the street, and that leads to their beer garden, with a gate leading to the road beyond.
if the gate is shut, just use the public steps further to the left .
anyway, that road is south beach road, and it curves to the left, and then right, going past a big white building, and a row of warehouses, and then curves left and u see a car park.
there is a low ridge, go over that and u see the beach , walk right for some distance and u see a long sea wall and u will find a few naked guys against the wall with windbreakers .
there were 3guys there when i went.
they were all keeping their distance from each other. so it did not look very sociable, which kinds of put me off. one of them put on swim trunks and went for a long swim.
haha, anyway i found a low depression, and settled there and got naked. it was very mild, with not much wind, and warm enough to be naked without being uncomfortable.
and later a guy came walking by, and we chatted, and the sun came out, which persuaded him to get naked too. so i had some company which is what i really like.
unfortunately, he told me he is not gay. i thought he was because he was showing off his cock as he was stroking it to get hard, and wearing a cock ring which he told me is to maintain an erection. he is about 70 or so.
well, if he is 70 it is quite impressive that he can get a hard on at all. haha.
he asked me if i like to watch. i said i like to watch and do , even better.
rather strange behaviour for a straight man, dont you think?
my theory is there are lots of straight men who are flashers. and in the absence of females, a male would do. and they only show and dont follow up on it.
i daresay to any female, if u see a flasher, he is harmless.
i dont think there are a lot of gay men who are flashers. if we show our cock we are using it as a signal to find other gay guys to play with.
i would prefer a gay guy for company, ( or let me correct myself, an openly gay man)so after a bit, i got dressed, giving as my excuse that i have to go to catch the bus, left him and he got dressed.
returning, i clambered over a low gate,set high up the sea wall, jumped on to the road that runs beside the wall, and walked to the starting point where i saw a guy pushing his bike along the shingle to the naked area. i greeted him but he did not reply. and then i saw a fleece jacket draped on the low wall.
i carried on walking and saw another guy further on who was standing near his bike. and i made the comment someone left a jacket there.
he said would u like it? i said well if no one wants it i would. and he said go ahead pick it up as no one is likely to.
so with this encouragement i went back and got it. a very nice jacket. the first guy who ignored my greeting was standing further on, looking back. i wonder why? maybe they are together. and he was waiting for his friend who was chatting to me.
it looks grey in the pic, but it is brown. and the label says crivit outdoor.with bright orange pockets. and it is just my size (small) too. the shoulder pads are black, but here it did not appear different. and it got push buttons in front instead of a zip. it fits me beautifully.
i dont know why the colour changes when i take the picture. how can brown look grey? or maybe it is grey but looked brown to me.
added. 26.10.12 now that i had washed it and is dry, it is a difficult colour to describe. it looked darkgrey, brownish grey. when i first saw it , it was wet and that made it look brown.
anyway, the guy with the bike told me that he is going to check out another car park further along.
it was late so i decided to continue to the bus, 700, which came quite often, and i got off at churchill square, asked someone there what time , he said 2.50pm,
and saw from my timetable i just missed the bus i wanted.
then later realised that if i had stayed on the 700, it would have taken me to the old steine, the road where the bus also goes, and i could have arrived there faster to catch it as it comes.
ah well, haha.
on another day, i went to the official naturist beach, near the marina.
i thought i shall catch the bus to there rather than walk from the pier, and caught the number 21, but it went all round an estate up and down as it was on a hill, and took ages.
but i like the naturist beach. it was not what i visualised.
it was just a wall of shingle raised to hide a depression where the naked people can lie down, and a sloping shelf hid them from people walking along the sea line.
and the bus plying the route above the esplanade can have a good view of the people behind that shingle . haha.
there is not much privacy, but to us nudist who are at ease about people seeing us naked, it is no big thing.
pity there were no one naked there except me.
what i like is that the bushes are busy with guys. haha.
and it is really very near to the pier. the walk is really easy. though if u want to bus it, take the no 12, 14,27 .
it was fun exploring brighton by bus. i have been before many times to brighton but never explored it by bus.
the buses are just used by old people. i think if not for the old, the buses would operate at a loss. but as it is, they are subsidised by council who pay the old folks bus fare.
i went to the charity shops along london road, but they are not very well stocked.
Added. that road, beach road south, the sign posting gave that name, but in this google map it is called basin road south. it is a old map of the area. the sea wall was absent in the google map.
here is a map of the area. u can search for it in google map by typing wharf road, portslade.
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