Come Dine With Me has been coming from Eastbourne this week and I take my hat off to the group of strangers all competing for the title of ultimate dinner party host and the £1,000 prize. My own culinary can’t cook won’t cook skills are legendary and I have been known to overcook boiling water while my favourite thing to make for dinner is a restaurant reservation. So I admire the likes of Ann-Marie Hamilton, Becci Moloney, Russell Turnbull, Kirsty Davenport and Adam Holt who have braved it and invited the Channel 4 cameras into their lives and kitchens. It’s been great to see some of Eastbourne’s landmarks on the small screen but far better has been the lively characters on the show. My favourite moment was when my old buddy Hampden Park hairdresser Becci Moloney observed, “I think there are certain people who probably wouldn’t take to me...... and I call them beige people”. I know how she feels. Hilarious. Crack on girl.
Victoria Drive is a bit of a nightmare to negotiate at the best of times and it’s been even worse the last couple of weeks with roadworks and single file traffic in the run up to the hellish hill going over into Summerdown Road. Fair play however to the contractors who have been working out in all weathers day and night to get the work done. It was the same story at the junction of Eastbourne Road and Church Street in Willingdon on Wednesday when workmen were there through the night fixing the poor barriers in the middle of the road – damaged some time ago only days after they had been repaired after a Superdrug lorry ploughed into them in the early hours of the morning. But interestingly they didn’t clear away the highways furniture which has been parked up on the other side of the road for more than a year. It’s the same story in St Leonard’s Road where barriers etc have now been stacked up on top of a large unsightly stump of a tree since last year.