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It’s Christmas and everybody’s favourite time of the year. If you are staying in town over the holidays, there are plenty of things to do and we have highlighted a few events and activities happening around town for you if you don’t feel like staying in at home (Page 5). If you are looking for a place for an intimate celebration or a special occasion dinner, you can read our restaurant review this month which might be what you are looking for (Page 12).


Everyone will probably be spending a bit of time at home during the holidays and you might want to check everything is in good working order before hand. As good general practice, we have a few Internet security tips for you to stay ahead of any potential hazards (Page 10), so that you can enjoy your Christmas without stress! Merry Christmas! Emily, Editor

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Christmas in Bristol If you are planning to stay in town this Christmas holiday, you don’t have to stay in with the TV on to keep you company. There are plenty of activities happening around town for you to enjoy. Even if it’s cold outside, it’s always good to go for a short stroll to walk off the sumptuous Christmas meals you’ve had and also to give yourself a break before your start again. Here are some activities and events around town:

Carol Concerts at St. Mary Recliffe

Join St. Mary Redcliffe for their annual Carol concerts inside this beautiful, majestic church. The current building is a treasure of international importance. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture with soaring walls, it is crowned with a ceiling of glittering gilded roof bosses of exquisite beauty, flooded with light from the vast clerestory and stained glass windows. It is a perfect and very atmospheric setting for singing your heart out during a carol concert.

Sunday 1 December, 6.30pm Wednesday 4 December, 2.45pm Wednesday 11 December, 6.30pm Sunday 15 December, 6.30pm Monday 16 December, 7.30pm Wednesday 18 December, 1.15pm Thursday 19th December, 7.30pm Sunday 22 December, 6.30pm Christmas Eve, 4.00pm Christmas Day, 8.00am New Year’s Day, 12.30pm Sunday 12 January, 6.30pm

Advent Procession & Carols by Candlelight Redcliffe Care Carol Service Canynges Society Carols for Christmas Carol Service with the St Mary Redcliffe Girls Choir St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School Carol Service Carols for All at Lunchtime Carol Service with the Salvation Army Band & Songsters Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight Christingle Service, 11.30pm Midnight Mass Holy Communion, 10.30am Eucharist & Nativity Play Said Eucharist Epiphany Carols

Cycling Santas and the Reindeer Riders

Sunday 8 December, 11:00am Organised by Sustrans, this ‘Santastic’ family event will see sled loads of cycling Santas and herds of reindeer riders enjoying a fresh winter’s day out on their bikes and scooters in this new, fun and exciting Christmas event for Bristol. Walkers can also join in too! Starting at the M Shed, you’ll pick up your Christmas outfit and have the chance to


decorate your bike with an array of sparkly tinsel and glitzy Christmas decorations before you set off on your bike or scooter along the recently opened traffic-free Festival Way. Looking out for Christmas ducks hidden along the way, your ride will finish at Ashton Court for Christmas celebrations and a yummy mince pie. Riders have the choice to cycle a two mile Family Festive route or a up to 10 mile Rudolph route along the traffic-free Pill Path by the river, through Avon Gorge and venture under the Clifton Suspension Bridge before heading back to Ashton Court. Tickets are available to buy online at, £10 adult, £6 child (under 16) and £25 for a family ticket (up to four people) All tickets include a Santa outfit for adults*, reindeer antlers and a Santa grotto present for each child, and a mince pie for everyone.

Made in Bristol Christmas Gift Fair

Colston Hall - Saturday 10 December, 10:00am - 4:00pm The Made in Bristol Gift Fair, the 5th annual celebration of Bristol’s creativity, is the perfect opportunity to buy original, affordable gifts handmade in Bristol. Don’t miss out on the chance to buy yourself and loved ones unusual and unique gifts this Christmas. Local designer makers will be showcasing a diverse selection of quality jewellery, ceramics, original artwork and so much more! The Made in Bristol Gift Fair will be a big boost to the local economy supporting the creative talent which makes Bristol a key destination for shoppers and art lovers from across the region and beyond.

At-Bristol’s Christmas Ice Rink

Millennium Square - Open now till 5 January 2014, 10:00am - 8:00pm Welcoming the Harbourside’s first ice rink! Skate with friends and family on the 450m² ice rink next to the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium and, as always, there’ll be a sprinkling of At-Bristol magic in there as well! Tickets are available to buy online at or call 0845 345 1235 to book your ticket, £5.50 children, £6.50 concessions, £7.50 adults.

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Indoor Christmas Market

Harbourside - 12 to 15 December, 19 to 22 December, 10:00am - 8:00pm Down in the docks the tides are turning, as Bristol’s harbourside continues to take strides in becoming a less commercial but more cultural centre to Bristol by providing an independent alternative to the high street, this Christmas. Over 8 days, in the countdown to Christmas, the Harbourside Market will be transforming one of the incredible, unused buildings (formerly Chicago Rock) into a wonderful indoor market with free entry. The stripped back space will become home to up to 30 stalls, selling local produce and handcrafted wares (sometimes made right in front of you!) The walls of the listed building will be covered with the work of local artists and the bar can provide delightful mulled cocktails and a chance to relax. Market manager James Coomber says, “The Harbourside Christmas market will provide a vibrant, locally focused alternative for shoppers. The harbourside will be a really magical place to be this Christmas with both the Spiegeltent and the ice-rink adding to the festive atmosphere. Now all we need is some snow!�

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Christmas Market

Brunel’s SS Great Britain - Saturday 14 December, 10:00am - 4:00pm Mullion Cove; local biscuit bakers and event organisers, will be collaborating with Brunel’s SS Great Britain on a new venture to create a special outdoor Christmas market for one day only. A select group of the finest local food producers and crafts people will come together to bring the sights, sounds and smells of the festive season to Brunel Square – located outside the iconic visitor attraction in Bristol. Stalls will be festively dressed selling unique Christmas presents made by local food producers and crafts people; including jewellery, art, cider, chilli sauces, Christmas cakes and puddings, fudge and pies.

Santas on the Run

Lloyds Amphitheatre - Sunday 15 December, registration opens from 12 noon A sight to behold! It’s almost that time of year again where hundreds of Santas take part in sponsored festive fun runs across the South West. Hundreds of adults and children (and sometimes their pets!) dressed as Santa take to the streets, parks and even air bases in our seasonal fun runs. You can walk, jog or run the 2km routes and help raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. Registration available online at, £10 adult over 16, £5 child (under 16) and £25 for a family ticket (up to four people). Entry includes a Santa suit, medal and festive treats!

Sail with Santa

Bristol Ferry Boats - 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24 December, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm This Christmas treat the kids to an Award Winning festive experience. Join the ferry elves on their cozily decorated boat and hunt for Santa on the dockside. Once found, there is a entertaining and engaging Santa, who climbs aboard to meet and spend time with you, carrying a sack full of personalised gifts for the little ones and Mince Pies and Sherry for the adults, £10 per person for a 45-min cruise of the harbour, tickets are available to book on 0117 927 3416. Call us on 07833208953 to advertise

BUMP Spiegeltent Rollerdisco

Spiegeltent - Monday 16 December, 7:00pm - 10:00pm The Rollerdisco will run from 7pm-10pm and after the rink will become a dance floor where you can bust your best disco moves. Our American style diner waitresses on wheels will be able to delivery bar food and seating is available in the booths that run around the edges of the dancefloor. £12 per person with 7.5% booking fee, price includes skate hire.

The Christmas Star Concert

Bristol Cathedral - Thursday 19 December, 7:30pm -9:00pm Capture the spirit of Christmas with a magical evening of traditional carols and festive readings in the beautiful surroundings of Bristol Cathedral by the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, the Above & Beyond Singers, Ashley Down School Choir, the Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir and renowned musicians, Catherine Green and Sara Lovell. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Above & Beyond Golden Gift Appeal. The Golden Gift Appeal is raising £6m to equip Bristol’s cancer centre, the BHOC and the Bristol Royal Infirmary to deliver the life-saving care of today and the pioneering treatments of tomorrow. Ticket £10 per person.

The Magic of Christmas Family Show

Stoke Bishop Village Hall Saturday 21 December, 3pm - 5pm Sunday 22 December, 11am - 1pm, 3pm - 5pm Running for 2-hours (time includes a 20-minute interval, in which complimentary refreshments are provided for you) this fun and amazing magic show is the ideal way to welcome the Christmas season. In addition to lots of festive fun and laughter, incredible magic, illusion and wonder, Magic Mike will make Santa magically appear at the end of the show so that the children can give him their Christmas lists. There will also be the opportunity for your child/children to have their photo taken with Santa and Magic Mike at the end of the show Tickets are available to buy online at, £7.50 per person, under 3 is free. The show on 21 December is a charity show, where all proceeds will be donated to JDRF - a charity raising funds to research Type 1 Diabetes.

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Staying Secure Online Over the Christmas holidays, we usually spend more time in and make good use of your home entertainment systems such as TV and computer. If you can’t imagine how life would be if your TV broke down over Christmas, it is also a good idea to maintain your computer to avoid any mishaps. To get you started, here are a few tips from Gildas Jones, Director of Dial A Geek Bristol to help you stay ahead with your online security:

Use a strong password and do not reuse them for other websites

A strong password contains a mix of letter and numbers, upper and lower case, no single dictionary words then add in special characters. Groan.. how are you supposed to remember that… read on.

Store all these passwords in a password manager

It’s nearly impossible to remember passwords and why waste valuable headspace trying. I’ve written on this subject before I still recommend a software called Lastpass (www., it will securely store your password in a vault (an encrypted file held on their servers) To unlock this vault you need a 10+ Character password, usually the longer the better. This is a lot safer than using your web browser to store the passwords. (they are very easy to find)

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Password reminder questions

When signing up for most online services, there are security questions to gain access to the account in case you forget your password. If you make these too easy, they will be guessable and so someone can gain access to your account very simply, no matter what you pasword is. These questions are in your account settings and can be changed, so if you signed up 5 years ago and just put easy answers in, login and change them.

Use an up to date antivirus

Use a recomended antivirus, we like Eset Endpoint AV for business computers. For home use Eset Nod32 also Microsoft security essentials is OK for a free AV. (not as good as a paid for AV) For Macs we recommend Sophos free for Mac.

Keep all your software and opertating system up to date

Updates are annoying and seem like a waste of time, they also occasionally break things, but they are necessary. Every week there are new holes found in different software and web browsers (recommend Google chrome for a web browser). Patches and updates are released to close these holes, so if you have an ancient edition of Adobe Acrobat, just update it. When then Java update pops up, just update it. These are the top tips, there are plenty of others and if you get an email asking for passwords or a phone call from Microsoft, just ignore it. For more information about this article, please contact Dial a Geek on 0117 369 4335 or email at

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RESTAURANT review Just 30 minutes drive away towards the north of Bristol, you will find Thornbury Castle and not only is it the only Tudor castle in England to be run as a hotel but it also has a restaurant which is worth a visit. Thornbury Castle has a rich history spanning 500 years and for history buffs, Henry VIII stayed there for ten day with his Queen Anne Boleyn and also Mary I lived there for many years. Although the castle did fall into a state of ruin for over two centuries, the current castle and grounds had been renovated since 1824 and well maintained to the standards of a luxury country hotel. The Privy Garden and Goodly Garden at the castle grounds are impressive samples of Tudor gardens and should be not be missed if you visit during daytime. There is even a vineyard within the castle walls and has been producing its own wine for over 500 years. You will discover some wonderful interiors and furnishings including log fires, oak panelled walls, suits of armour and tapestries which is everything you would expect from a Tudor castle. The staffs are polite and courteous upon your arrival; you are escorted to The Baron’s Sitting Room where you can enjoy an aperitif whilst taking in the fine details of historic and period features in admiration. The dining room is situated in the tower part of the castle where its uniqueness is in the hexagonal room with large, imposing arrow-slit windows and open fireplace. The choice of menus available included a Tasting Menu, Seasonal and A La Carte. All of whom had many traditional fine dining dishes and some with a creative twist. The

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focus of the food is based on locally sourced ingredients and produce. With a abundance in the selection of enticing dishes to choose from, we ordered from the A La Carte menu. To start, the Creedy Carver chicken consommĂŠ served with dumplings, Girolles and black truffle was a particularly pleasant surprise, offering a definitive flavour and intensity. The subtle taste of Girolle mushrooms was well balanced with the other ingredients which elevated this simple dish to provide an exciting taste sensation. We also had the seared Orkney hand dived scallops with ham hock, celery and apple; which offered fantastically fresh ingredients to astonish your taste but it did make me think how everything had worked together to bring about an outstanding flavour like the Chicken consommĂŠ. The scallops on its own were fresh and brilliant, but did not work well with the full flavoured ham hock and its accompaniments which in truth had overpowered the delicate seafood taste. For main course, we ordered a medium rare ribeye of aged English beef with Cocottes potatoes, wild mushrooms, roast garlic, heritage carrots, baby spinach and red wine jus. Exactly as in its description, this is one for the traditionalists who will find this difficult to turn down. Although it might not be the most creative item on the menu selection to choose from, it is one of those special dishes that would rarely let you down. When it is well executed and it becomes the perfect celebratory dinner which makes the special occasion remarkable whilst leaving you with satisfaction and gratitude.

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Overall, what you get is an outstanding and intimate venue with consistent and excellent food, brought together with attentive and sincere service. There are areas which can be improved on such as food refinement and service efficiency. Value for money by comparison with the quality of food offered may divide opinions but I believe there is hardly another dining venue available which ticks all the right boxes for a special celebration dinner. Even as a sightseeing trip with a place for a good meal is worth the trip alone.

The Restaurant at Thornbury Castle Castle Street, Thornbury, BS35 1HH Tel: 01454 281182

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A Year of Doing Good

Judith O’Reilly, paperback RRP £7.99 Judith O’Reilly, author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good. Fed up of New Year’s resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good. For one whole year. She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a social experiment. At times she called it madness. Juggling family, friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home, she recounts the ups, downs, moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good. From the small - babysitting a friend’s child, clearing up her neighbour’s dead mice and feeding her friendship cake Herman the German, to the slightly larger - trying to raise £10,000 for charity with her Jam Jar Army and teaching a severely handicapped child to write - she describes what she learns along the way: that no good deed is too small and that being good makes you happy. Well, most of the time. ‘A funny, uplifting and admirable book’ Observer ‘Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day. . . utterly uplifting’ Woman & Home ‘Fizzing with energy Judith’s writing is open-hearted and funny. . . though not a guide to doing good, Judith’s story may inspire you to do a little more for others this year’ Express ‘Glorious sincerity. . .the admiring accounts of others’ lives, the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented, the unending chaos of family life - all are rendered honestly, colourfully and occasionally hilariously’ Lucy Mangan, Sunday Times Judith O’Reilly is a writer and journalist. Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller. Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer. Her third book is this one. She is married with three children, and for one year she tried to be good.

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Talk Less, Listen More: Solutions for Children’s Difficult Behaviour Michael Hawton, Paperback RRP £12.99

As children grow in this world, we need to provide them with tools and methods to ensure that they are the best human beings that they can be. Talk Less, Listen More provides parents with strategies and ideas on how to ensure children take responsibility for their actions and are able to determine what is appropriate behaviour. Family psychologist and teacher Michael Hawton provides a wealth of examples, illustrations, diagrams and practical information for parents to help them through this sometimes turbulent time.

New Books 101 Places Not to See Before You Die Catherine Price , Paperback RRP £7.99 Because bad places make good stories The Testicle Festival ? Garbage City ? Rush Hour on a Samoan Bus ? Y our Boss’s Bedroom ? Ibiza on a Family Vacation ? Stonehenge ? The Road of Death ? A North Korean Gulag ? Fucking, Austria ? And 92 More!

From the Grover Cleveland Service Area to the Beijing Museum of Tap Water to, of course, Euro Disney, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die brings you lively tales of the most ill-conceived museums, worst theme parks, and grossest Superfund sites that you’ll ever have the pleasure of not visiting. Journalist Catherine Price travels the globe for stories of misadventure to which any seasoned traveler can relate?including guest entries from writers such as Nicholas Kristof, Mary Roach, Michael Pollan, Rebecca Solnit, and A. J. Jacobs?and along the way she discovers that the worst experiences are often the ones we’ll never forget.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from CJ Hole Clifton…. Frankly I cannot quite believe that we are here at the end of 2013. It feels as if a lot has happened in the last twelve months: a royal birth; a long hot summer; typhoons and storms; Bristol had its first mayor; Residents Parking debates for the city; Andy Murray won Wimbledon; and the Government introduced the ‘Help to Buy’ Scheme. 2013 has been busy and buoyant for the housing market in Bristol and here on the frontline it certainly feels like the gloom of recession is clearing. CJ Hole Clifton has moved offices this year which has undoubtedly contributed to the feeling of being busy and a sense of change. It is difficult to predict what 2014 will bring, I would aim for sensible optimism once again. In the meantime I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year Howard Davis MD

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Did you know that coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer? It kills nearly one in six men and more than one in ten women and is responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease. On the first Friday of the month, 7 February, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is asking the great British public to get involved with Ramp up the Red. Anything goes, as long as it’s red. Whether it’s wearing red make up, donning some fetching red trousers, a trafficstopping little red dress or painting your nails a scarlet shade, the BHF is urging you to go as red as you dare and organise a Ramp up the Red party with friends, families and colleagues to raise funds that will go directly towards vital research, support and care for those suffering with heart disease.

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If you want to get involved with Ramp up the Red, simply encourage your colleagues, friends or pupils to go red for a day. The BHF is the biggest funder of life-saving heart research in the UK to help everybody who suffers from a heart problem. This research has already made medical history but funds are urgently needed to fund further research. The Saturday’s Mollie King, celebrity face of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Ramp up the Red says “It’s so easy to organise and you’ll be helping the BHF to continue to fund life-saving heart research in the UK to help everybody who suffers from a heart problem. It is a cause that is particularly important to me, as my grandfather sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack when I was younger.” Help mums, dads, grandparents or babies born with heart problems by Ramping up the Red for the BHF on 7 February and join the fight for every heartbeat. Ramp up the Red this February to help fight coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. To order your FREE fundraising pack, visit or call 0800 0316 316 to sign up for your free fundraising pack.

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Warm up exercises to do before your

Winter Workout

Warm up exercises are needed regardless of the type of workout you choose. The warm up exercises will prevent sprains and strains. In winter, you need to increase the amount of time you spend on warm up exercises. This is due to the reduced temperatures and the fact that the muscles are tighter in the winter, so injuries are more common. There are a few warm up exercises you can choose from. Static Stretches When you are planning to walk or jog outside in the winter, it’s imperative that you perform your leg, arm and back stretches. Take some extra time to stretch your entire body (i.e. 10 minutes). Don’t forget to stretch the hamstrings, the quadriceps and the Achilles’ tendon. Arm Circles Arm circles can be performed as warm up exercises if you are planning to ski or bike. Circle your arms from one side to the other, making sure to increase the tempo. You may also take some deep breaths raising your hands up in the air. When you exhale, bend over and quickly move your hands towards the ground. Twist Your Upper Body To stretch your upper body, place your hands on your hips and move your upper body from left to right, then from right to left. Try rotating your upper body clockwise and then counterclockwise. Jumping Jacks Jumping jacks can increase your heart rate, but make sure you perform a few stretching moves prior to these. The jumping jacks will ensure that the heart will start pumping more blood to the muscles, so that you won’t be prone to injuries. Walking Prior to a longer run, you can take 5 minutes to walk and put your blood into motion. You can also perform the hands and upper body stretches while you walk. Squats Squats will work on your lower body and will warm up the muscles from this area. Make sure you perform the squats correctly. Hold your hands in front of you or put them at the back of your head; your back should be straight. Use your abdominal muscles to squat down and come back up. Try not to move your hands and upper body while you perform the squats.

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Molesworths’ roast haunch of venison with rosemary and root vegetables Whether you love turkey for Christmas or just looking for something new to try out over the holidays, Molesworth of Henleaze provided us with a delicious recipe which is a great alternative to turkey, for Boxing Day or New Year’s Eve! Prep time: 10 min, plus overnight or 2 hrs marinatingCook time: 20 min, for every 450g Serves: 6 portions

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1 haunch of venison, boned and rolled 3 tbsp olive oil 1 lemon juice, with grated rind 2 tbsp chopped rosemary 3 large sprigs fresh rosemary 1 pinches black pepper 2 carrots, peeled and diced into large pieces 2 parsnips, peeled and diced into large pieces 8 large large mild onions, peeled and diced 2 potatoes, peeled and diced into large pieces 4 sprigs rosemary 300 ml venison or beef stock

Method 1. Place the venison in a non-metallic dish. Stab the meat in several places with a small sharp knife. Mix the olive oil, lemon rind and juice, rosemary, salt and pepper together and pour over the venison. 2. Rub the marinade all over the haunch, cover and leave in a cool place to marinate for several hours or overnight. The next day, insert small sprigs of fresh rosemary into the slits. Preheat the oven to 230C/gas 8. Weigh the venison and calculate the cooking time, allowing 15 minutes per 450g for medium venison and 20 minutes for well done. 3. Scatter the carrots, parsnips and potatoes with the remaining sprigs of rosemary over the base of a very large roasting tin. Lift the venison out of the marinade and place on top of the vegetables. Pour over any remaining marinade. 4. Put the venison to brown in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 200C/ gas 6 and add 300 ml (1/2 pint) stock, cook for the calculated time. Baste frequently with the juices in the pan. 5. When the venison is cooked, remove to a serving dish, cover and allow to rest for 15 -20 minutes in the cooled switched-off oven. This will make it easier to carve and redistribute the juices throughout the meat. 6. Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish and keep warm. Carve the meat into generous slices and serve with the vegetables Accompaniment redcurrant jelly or cranberry sauce, venison joijnts are available from Molesworth of Henleaze.

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December 2013 - Living Plus Bristol  

A family magazine for Clifton, Redland, Cotham, Westbury Park and Bishopston areas in Bristol, free copies distributed direct to homes libra...