I have started giving my speech a little thought - just a little as I still have getting on for two months in which to prepare - and have decided that must try to work in a quote from Keith Waterhouse about Brighton being a town which looks always as though it is helping the police with their enquiries.
Looking back I see that both the preceding paragraphs started "I have" and I very nearly started this one the with the same words!
Since some time in 2009 I have been posting daily pictures of Stanmer and Around on another blog. These pictures have, for the most part, been of the South Downs (including Stanmer Park and woods) just to the north of Brighton, although I have wandered from time to time and included pictures of Brighton itself and even places further afield. However, from today the two blogs are merged into onw under the "Pebbles" banner and here is the first (or next) photograph. This is the donkey wheel house in Stanmer village where donkeys at one time walked round to bring up the water. I do like the weather vane!