The view from the swimming pool

Further to David Cox's letter (25 June) on Julie Burchill's "By the Sea We Flourish", as an Old Brightonian, born and bred, and now living in London, I would like to ask the following question: how many times has Burchill actually visited Whitehawk, the run-down working-class area she fantasises about? She'll be too busy spending time at the Brighton Arts Club, or at her posh home in Hove (complete with pool), to go there, I should think.

Nick Heath
London E3

This article first appeared in the 02 July 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Best of young British