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An attractive stone built mews house (991 sq ft) in the heart of ever popular Clifton village. 1 reception, Kitchen/breakfast room, utility, 2 bedroom, study/bedroom 3, allocated off street parking, courtyard garden. EPC D.
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BARTLEBY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
We are loving the work of Fishponds photorealist artist Martin Turner ........................................................................
Jessica Hope steps back in time aboard the ss Great Britain
Chris Lilly takes the new Mini Convertible for a spin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
...On Bristol’s grammar vigilante
BRISTOL AT WORK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Advances in robotics; artificial intelligence: marvel or menace?
HAIR & BEAUTY
Meet Stokes Croft music moguls The Famous Company ...................................................
MOTORING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
We catch up with illustrator Jasmine Thompson
Five of the best things to do in the city this month
Image by Paolo Ferla; ferlapaolo.com
Jessica Hope rids herself of her tonsurephobia at David Sinclair
Bite-sized news from local firms and organisations
FOOD & DRINK
WALK THE WALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Andrew Swift previews some of this month’s Walkfest highlights
What’s new at this year’s Foodies Festival?
WHAT’S ON & HAPPENINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
We sample the spring menu at Berwick Lodge
Get the diary out!
ONLY IN BRISTOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
What to expect from the unusual lodgings at Harbourside’s Crane 29
One local designer is helping budding interiors buffs with big ideas
Charlotte Pope on her favourite books of the year so far
Our green-fingered expert, Elly West, is all about the meadowland
All sorts of ideas for those looking for something to do with the kids
FEATURES COMEDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 James Rampton meets Aussie comic Adam Hills
FASHION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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GARDENING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
FAMILY PLANNER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
We try new-season styles for size at Barley Wood Walled Garden
Check out the Arts and Crafts-designed 21 Downs Park West
What’s on at the city’s galleries this month?
ON THE COVER
Pinko’s floral print Georgette maxi dress, £395 from Harvey Nichols – worn by Mustard Models’ Katie Powles and pictured at Barley Wood Walled Garden in Wrington (see p25 for more of our SS17 shoot)
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One of our most favourite Somerset vistas, as seen from The Ethicurean – the location for our SS17 shoot (p25)
THIS MONTH WE’VE BEEN...
Trying out... ...Pixi by Petra’s largely vegan-friendly beauty products. Available from Marks & Spencer, the brand has recently teamed up with the likes of skincare expert Caroline Hirons to create a great oil and cream cleanser duo – we also love their silky matte eye pencils and orange blossom Vitamin Wake-Up Mist.
Setting our hearts...
“...I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden...” – Ruth Stout
hat’s sort of how we felt when it came to picking a location for our recent fashion shoot – where better to say hello to the new season, we thought, than Barley Wood Walled Garden, home to the award-winning Ethicurean restaurant, rustic artist studios, row upon row of flourishing produce and some of the best views across the Somerset hills. It proved the ideal spot for showcasing some of SS17’s favourite styles – everything from the perennial spring floral and fabric-of-the-moment gingham to sporty, Seventies-esque stripes, statement sleeves and radiant fuchsia (see opposite). We shift from photo shoot to photorealism on p40, where Fishponds artist Martin Turner shares some of his incredibly detailed, lifelike artwork; while James Rampton is busy getting to know Aussie comic Adam Hills ahead of his Bristol Comedy Garden appearance next month (p20). Meanwhile, on p64, Marianne Swinkels investigates the work of the world-leading Bristol Robotics Laboratory – whether you see their type of tech as marvel or menace, it’s intriguing stuff for sure, with the potential to do great things as we gingerly take steps into the 4IR (that’s the Fourth Industrial Revolution). On p58, we take five to sample the spring menu at Berwick Lodge, while p78 sees Jessica Hope head off to David Sinclair Hairdressing in Clifton Village, to cure herself of her tonsurephobia – having spent a morning on the ss Great Britain, discovering what life was like for a passenger on the high seas back in the ocean liner’s glory days (p46). Then, it’s time to meet some Stokes Croft music moguls on p52, as, elsewhere, Andrew Swift sets out some of his Bristol Walking Festival highlights; Chris Lilly test drives Mini’s new convertible; and Charlotte Pope picks out her best reads of 2017 so far. Ciao for now...
AMANDA NICHOLLS EDITOR Editor’s image by Paolo Ferla; ferlapaolo.com
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...On Harris Wharf London’s hot pink coat, £325 from Harvey Nichols. Fuchsia is pretty big this season – flick to p25 for more on SS17 trends.
...This little guy. Local artist Cheo has created an official Upfest portrait of Morph to celebrate the muchloved character’s 40th birthday – it’ll be sprayed live at Bristol’s street art festival in July.
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things to do in MAY
BE THE BEST The best of hit European arts festival BE is coming to Circomedia this month, bringing three standout shows and two workshops to the city as part of Tobacco Factory Theatre’s ‘Beyond’ series. Running from 5 to 6 May, the programme includes Vacuum (pictured), a fusion of movement and visual art from experimental choreographer Philippe Saire, Oliver Zahn’s Situation with Outstretched Arm, an examination of the Hitler salute, and Overload by Sotteraneo, which tackles the everyday distractions in our hectic lives. Tickets from £10 to £12.
Forget everything you know about classical concerts – Insight Ensemble are ditching the usual formula and breaking the barrier between audiences and musicians with their subterranean performance at Loco Klub on 21 May. The ‘acoustic exploration’ brings the sounds of Dvorak, Mussorgsky and Beethoven into the atmospheric tunnels, with roaming soloists immersing the audience in the music of the greats like never before. Tickets cost £12. • headfirstbristol.co.uk
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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF PLANET EARTH II We reckon it’s fair to say we were pretty much all on the edge of our seats throughout David Attenborough’s latest wildlife series, from the snakes versus iguanas chase, to the appearance of the elusive snow leopard (pictured left). But if you’ve ever wondered just how these astounding moments were captured on film, head to Arnolfini on 25 May for a discussion with Mike Gunton, creative director at BBC Natural History and the man behind Planet Earth II. Audience members will each receive a copy of the accompanying series book, as well as the chance to chat to Mike in person and ask more about his inspirations behind the programme as well as the challenges of filming in the wild. Tickets cost £50.
Image © Jack Oﬀord
Image © BBC Planet Earth II
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
BE EMPOWERED Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy Medea is brought into the present with the modern tale of single mother Maddy, who struggles to cope with the demands of everyday life following a betrayal by her husband. After discovering a copy of Medea, she takes inspiration from the leading lady, who takes control of her destiny in the face of injustice. Expect passion, vengeance and drama as the powerful female energy of Medea is captured in visceral physicality, emotive song and a striking all-female cast, starring Akiya Henry in the dual roles of Medea and Maddy. Directed by George Mann (Pink Mist), Medea runs from 5 to 27 May. Tickets from £9.50 to £30.
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Celebrate the power of debate and involve yourself in some of the most pressing issues of our time with Bristol’s Festival of Ideas this year. With events running throughout May and June in venues across the city, the festival champions great writers, thinkers and commentators from all over the country. Things to see and do this month include a screening of radical race documentary I Am Not Your Negro at Watershed, a discussion of 21st-century freedom from writer and filmmaker Raoul Martinez, and a look at the representation of women in science from journalist and author Angela Saini. Ticket prices vary, with some free events available.
I Am Not Your Negro
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THE CITY THE BUZZ
We meet local illustrator Jasmine Thompson
Tourist in your own town Call yourself a devout Bristolian but secretly have a list of major local landmarks you’ve never set foot in? Well, with its first ever Residents Weekend from 5-7 May, The Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations Project is providing hundreds of opportunities for city dwellers to enjoy the region’s top visitor attractions, museums, galleries and theatres for free. Designed to give all those living in Bristol and Bath the opportunity to see the place they live in through the eyes of a visitor, the event aims to help spread the word about the cities as destinations by making its residents its biggest ambassadors. During the weekend, First Bus will be offering a West of England Group Day Ticket for £10 (usually £15) which allows you to hop on and off buses as you wish. Simply download the First Bus Ticket app and enter code ‘Resident17’. • bbresweekend.co.uk
Gaga for La La? Oscar-winning film La La Land will be screened at Colston Hall on 22 September, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra. Providing a more immersive cinematic experience including performances of songs City of Stars and Audition (The Fools Who Dream), the show tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day LA, it’s an original musical about everyday life exploring the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Tickets £39.50-£65. • colstonhall.org
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What brought you to Bristol? I moved to Bristol to study illustration at university. The city has a lot to offer for young creatives, and because of that I decided to stick around. It's quite easy to think the only thing to do post-uni if you want to pursue a creative career is go to London, but Bristol has so many untapped resources and creative opportunities, it would have been a shame to have missed those. It's at the point now where I'm just beginning to be recognised for what I do, and there's still much to discover here in Bristol. What are you working on at the moment? I've recently finished some campaign work illustrations and Spike Island workshops – last night I sketched an Agency Collective event which I'm now creating infographics for. But this coming month I'm live sketching at the World VR (Virtual Reality) Congress! Tell us about SXSW in Texas! SXSW was one of the best things I've ever done – the sheer amount of collaboration, creativity, tech, and innovation that filled Austin was overwhelming. There was a huge push on VR this year – huge conventions where you could try out the latest game and VR technology in the world. Your pass pretty much granted you access to everything. Thanks to the SXSW apprenticeship I had, I experienced things there I'd never have had the chance to. It gave me a big energy push to continue the path that I'm on, and showed me why I work in the creative industries. And you’ve been working with Bristol’s Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects? I heard about Babbasa because of my apprenticeship at SXSW, and through regular meetings with the team I was informed of the Ask About Me event. We thought it'd be a good opportunity to talk a little about my experiences and hopefully show the young people there it is possible to come across creative opportunities. What are you reading? The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla. It's a witty and poignant collection of essays written by people of colour that talks about what it's like to be seen as ‘other’ in the UK. It's something I keep coming back to – it's a really, really important read. What’s pumping out of your speakers? At the moment Anderson Paak. And Erykah, all day. Every day.
Which café/restaurant are you frequenting? Poco in Stokes Croft is somewhere I'm addicted to right now. It's a tapas bar and super cosy – they do the best crispy potatoes and lamb I've ever had, period. Evening in or evening out? This varies! At the moment, in. Things have been super busy the last couple of months so I have been really enjoying some down time after work. But when I do go out, it's usually The Bell or Full Moon – anywhere with a nice little outside area to chill when it's sunny is always a shout. What are you hoping to watch in May? Honestly, I'm probably the worst person ever for keeping up to date with films and that kind of stuff, but one I saw recently that did blow me away was Get Out. The themes within the film, in relation to modern society, were incredible, and for Jordan Peele to come through like that on his first feature-length film (not to mention horror film), after coming from a comedy background, was awesome. He nailed it. Which gallery will you be visiting? I'll definitely be checking out Andrea Luka Zimmerman's 'Common Ground' at Spike Island. It's about globalisation, power structures and denied histories, and explores new ways of living together in society – I think it'll force us to ask a lot of questions. What interests will you be pursuing in May? There are so many paintings I've been meaning to get finished for months and I'm hoping I'll finally have the time to do so. What local event will you be attending? Love Saves The Day – I've missed the last couple years because of work but the line-up this year looks so good. Favourite local walk? I don't know about walks, but I run often and one of my favourite routes is through St Werburghs and St Pauls over to Easton, swinging back round by Temple Meads and finishing up at Harbourside. That's the perfect place to finish a run like that because there's an ice cream van and the waterfront right at hand – what more could you want? • jsthompson.wix.com/jasminethompson
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THE CITY Success across the pond
A locally made short horror film has been garnering interest from Hollywood recently. Blumhouse Productions – the studio responsible for the Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister series and latest horror box-office hit Get Out – showcased four-minute short I Should Have Run on their website on 31 March. The short was filmed on the Bristol to Bath cycle path in February 2016 on a budget of £200, with the film’s director, writer, producer and editor, Gabriela Staniszewska, also in the film. “We had a very small crew of only four people, and shot the film over three nights in rather chilly conditions,” she said. “But the location was fantastic! The Staple Hill tunnel has always creeped me out and I’m glad I got a chance to use it for a horror.” The film tells the story of a woman walking home alone at night down the cycle path, when she encounters something strange and terrifying. When she is asked a question, her sheer terror causes her to lie, with disastrous consequences. The film deals with themes of depression and grief: the mistakes you make along your journey, the lies you tell yourself and others and, ultimately, the dire consequences of those lies. I Should Have Run has so far won six awards on the festival circuit, including Best International Fiction at the Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2016 and the Final Girls Award for Best Female Director at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in London, as well as the coveted Best Sci-Fi/Horror award at Imagine This Women’s Film Festival in New York. • gabrielastaniszewska.com
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Upfest artists announced South Bristol’s world-renowned festival returns with a jam-packed line-up of artistic talent from across the globe this year – due to hit the streets of Bedminster and Southville from 29 to 31 July. With Pahnl this year’s festival artist, Upfest has now announced major additions – the likes of Brazilian kaleidoscopic mural artist Kobra; New York-based creator Buff Monster; Pantonio – one of Portugal’s biggest names in street art – Nomad Clan, representing Manchester with playful scenes featuring local heritage; Bristol’s Filthy Luker – known for his enormous inflatable tentacle installations at the RWA and St Pauls – and local legends Cheo, Cheba, Inkie, Jody and Voyder, painting alongside the other 350 artists. The Bristol link is particularly strong this year as three of the city’s original street art pioneers return to their old stomping grounds. Eelus – who produces incredible murals in vivid colour and stark monochrome – XENZ – who combines fine art with urban scrawl to produce fantastic dreamscapes – and London-based artist, illustrator and animation director Will Barras were all drawn to Bristol in the ’90s, and firmly cemented themselves as originators of its street art culture. Look out for the work of Nomad Clan
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A new vigilante
nce upon a time I lived not far from the prison in Bishopston/Horfield (delete as you feel appropriate). Being close to Gloucester Road, there was no shortage of amenities: a bakery, several cafes and a greengrocer’s from which Ms Bartleby once pinched an apple. She was under a year old at the time, so they let her off with a warning. Best of all was the garage. As we had a particularly useless car at the time, it was wonderful to have a bunch of guys down the road who didn’t mind popping round to get the thing started every now and again. We had bought said car from a newspaper ad in a certain Somerset town where there is a cricket ground beloved of cider drinkers (or is that a cider ground much loved by cricket watchers?) and it was what they call – unfairly I think – a lemon. That particular citrus fruit is full of zip and zest. The car was not, but it lasted a few years before being sold for the price of lunch. The guy who bought it was reluctant to pay even that, especially once he got it started, opened the bonnet and pulled out the dipstick, releasing a plume of smoke. But I digress. The car’s only significance in this story lies in the fact that it introduced me to the aforementioned garage and its friendly mechanics, whom I remember (probably falsely) resembling a group of old-fashioned, beardy radio DJs. We’re going back 20 years now, so no doubt they have new, modern-looking staff – possibly still beardy. One thing that evidently hasn’t changed – or hadn’t until very recently – is their sign, to which some punctuation enthusiast had added a quite unnecessary apostrophe. If the sign were to be believed, the garage belonged to someone called Cambridge Motor. This is not an uncommon phenomenon and I’ve no doubt it has an explanation in the annals of primary school literacy reform. Somewhere in the past, some education secretary with a bee in their bonnet decided that people were not using apostrophes sufficiently often, and teachers were instructed to do something about it. Of course, even the brightest and best among us sometimes struggle with appropriate apostrophe usage, and I suspect that impressionable students were chastised so often for not using said punctuation that they were overcome by anxiety at the sight of a word ending in ‘s’. This generation grew up in fear of the missing apostrophe, and so added one whenever it seemed… well, whenever. In a life even longer ago, I lived in a faraway city known by its inhabitants as Nahridge. Just down the road was a Chinese takeaway called Peter Pans. No apostrophe in this instance, where there probably ought to have been one – you can probably see why. Anyway this establishment had the misfortune to suffer a fire and after a certain amount of cleaning up and refurbishing, a brand new sign was unveiled. In fact we had to wait a while, and the tension did mount. Would they get it right this time? The day came. The sign went up. Peters’ Pans. Either very clever, or very wrong. Now I hear that, after all these years, my old local garage has had its (it’s? its’?) sign corrected by a civic-minded soul who surely could only have emerged in Banksy’s home town: a punctuation vigilante, who apparently travels around covering up inappropriate apostrophes, or adding them where necessary, with sticky back plastic. I have to say that I’m in two minds about this curious campaign, since, while I admire its quixotic dedication, I do fear where it could lead. Will unfortunate typography be next? Bad puns, perhaps? Would my old Chinese takeaway face censure for falsely suggesting an association with eternal youth? If I were a braver soul, I might visit Cambridge Motors in the night and replace that lost apostrophe… ■ 18 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
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HAPPY HOUR James Rampton meets award-winning comic Adam Hills ahead of his appearance at Bristol Comedy Garden next month
ne of the many joys of going to an Adam Hills gig is that you never know quite what is going to happen. Take the exuberant Australian comedian’s show in Barnstaple on his last nationwide tour. “I had a preshow ritual of going tenpin bowling every night,” he starts. “But in Barnstaple, I didn’t have time before the show, so I decided to take the audience bowling afterwards. I told them I was going to do it, but they thought it was a joke. I had to keep telling them I was serious. “So at the end of the show, I took 240 people – about half the audience – along to the bowling alley. As well as bowling, we did karaoke, the arcades and air hockey. We stayed there until one in the morning. One lovely 60-something couple told me it was the first time they had been bowling for 20 years, and as I left, another couple in their late 40s were still playing air hockey and just giggling. “The only problem was that word got out, and when I didn’t take the audience bowling the next night in Exeter, the audience got grumpy. But Barnstaple was a one-off.” Yet clearly a night to remember. “When you’re touring, you can trudge through stuff,” continues Adam. "So it’s great to have a moment of pure spontaneity like that. You forget you’re on stage. You feel that you’re just in a room full of people celebrating. It’s absolutely wonderful. Each show should be an event rather than a guy just talking for an hour.” The bond Adam, who has a prosthetic leg, enjoys with his audience means he can take them wherever he likes. For instance, there was a security alert at a gig he recently did at the Sydney Opera House. “I said to the audience; ‘Oh no, I have left my spare prosthetic leg in the dressing room. If the police see that in the corner of the room, they’ll think, ‘We’re too late – the bomb’s already gone off!’’ It is his joyous spontaneity that makes Adam such a memorable live act. As warm and witty off stage as he is on it, the coruscating comic, relishes the never-to-be-repeated experience of playing to a different audience every night and flourishes in the white heat of live performance. Blending uplifting comedy and skilful improvisations, he has won numerous fans right around the globe – with critics united in singing the praises of the gifted, off-the-cuff talent. “If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills, you cannot have a pulse,” asserts The Scotsman, while The Guardian calls his stand-up “so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed.” Adam’s splendidly positive brand of comedy has also raked in the awards. As the host of Channel 4’s topical live comedy show, The Last Leg, he scooped ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ and was nominated for ‘Best Entertainment Personality’ at the British Comedy Awards in 2013; while the show itself – commissioned for a further two series – landed the ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ gong at the 2015 Royal Television Society Awards. “I love the freedom of live comedy,” says Adam, who has also appeared on Mock The Week, Alan Carr Chatty Man, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala. “If I have 60 minutes of material, the show will last 90 minutes. Every night I try and improvise 30 minutes based on who is in the crowd. Otherwise, I’d get bored doing the same show over and over again. I love the spontaneity
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of things happening in the moment, and I genuinely like meeting people. It’s like compering my own show. “Also, the audience feel like they’ve been at something special rather than merely watching a guy spout the same stuff every night. Because of that, I really feel a real connection with them. I want them to have a lovely 90 minutes and then float out of the room.” Despite his buoyant style, Adam, who raised 45,000 Australian dollars for local homeless charities by shaking a bucket after the show during a 20-night run in Melbourne, doesn’t shy away from real issues, as anyone who saw his latest tour Clown Heart, which talked candidly about having kids and losing parents, can attest. “It is sometimes a tough area to go into, but the crux of the show was a story about when my daughter was four and asking about death because my father had just passed away. She asked; ‘Am I going to die?’ and I replied, ‘Yes, but how about we have as much fun as we can because we’re here?’ At one of my shows, I met a guy with cancer. He did this thing called Naked Tuesday, so I did it with him. We recreated the famous naked photo of John and Yoko. He became an inspiration for me. Clown Heart was a show about laughing in the face of death. We all know death is going to have the last laugh, so we have to get in there first. A lot of palliative care nurses said to me that my message struck a chord with them – that was lovely to hear.”
...You forget you’re on stage. You feel that you’re just in a room full of people celebrating... Whatever subject he is addressing, Adam possesses the rare gift of leaving his audience feeling uplifted. “When I did my first Edinburgh in 1997, one reviewer said I performed ‘sun-drenched, celebratory comedy’,” he fondly remembers. “Sometimes you get a review and think, ‘Oh, so that’s what I do!’ I always have to find a balance between being funny and positive, but I want people to feel good for an hour and a half. I hope they feel happy and just forget about everything else. And that is what it’s all about: getting people to leave the show feeling happy. “They may have just had a fight with their partner or a terrible day at work, but when they come along to my show I want them to forget all about that. I want them to have a real laugh and go back to their normal lives with a spring in their step.” Mission accomplished, I’d say. ■
• See British Comedy Award Adam make his Bristol Comedy Garden debut on Saturday 18 June, joined by Radio 4 favourite and Live At The Apollo star Shappi Khorsandi plus acclaimed newcomer Kiri Pritchard Mclean and Bristol Comedy hero Mark Olver as host; bristolcomedygarden.co.uk
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The aim is for the audience to have a lovely 90 minutes and then float out of the room, says the Aussie comic, whoâ€™ll be bringing his brand of uplifting comedy to Bristol on 18 June
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TOPICAL TROPICAL: The statement sleeve nor the perennial spring floral show any sign of fading away – as seen in Pinko’s oh-so boho Georgette maxi dress, £395 from Harvey Nichols, whose subtle yet on-trend tropical twist we love
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OUTSIDERS With everything from sporty stripes and utilitarian styles to exotic florals, fuchsia, frills and fabric-of-the-moment gingham, fashionâ€™s feeling suitably spring-like right now
Photography: Paolo Ferla Location: The Ethicurean at Barley Wood Walled Garden
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SHOW YOUR STRIPES: Label Lab’s Loren khaki baseball hat, £15, injects an extra touch of athleisure to Hobbs’ already slightly sporty and Seventies-esque fern dress, £110 from House of Fraser
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WORKING IT: Topshop’s white frill top, £29, looks effortlessly chic paired with Hallhuber’s bamboo handle bag, £59, and khaki paper bag trousers, £35 from Miss Selfridge – illustrating the season’s utilitarian style
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CHECK, PLEASE: Gingham is ubiquitous right now, and we love Warehouse’s grown-up take on it. Their buttonfront dress, £45, features sweetheart neckline and very current coldshoulder detail
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GO YOUR OWN WAY: Alternatively, keep it cute, casual and dressed down – this tulle sleeve tee, £16 from Miss Selfridge, taps into the trend for netted fabrics and works a treat with Topshop’s denim mini skirt, £32
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IN BLOSSOM: De rigeur for this time of year, myriad florals – such as this oriental-feel side-split maxi from Quiz, £29.99 at House of Fraser – abound throughout the collections
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ANYONE FOR TENNIS? Karen Millen’s striped knit dress, £140 at House of Fraser, recognises the SS17 penchant for loud, sporty stripes
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HELLO SUNSHINE: We adore the optimism of Boutique Moschino’s striped Ottoman dress in brightest lemony yellow, £415 from Harvey Nichols, especially with its bang on-trend frilled hem
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IN THE PINK: Slay with subtle Jackie O vibes in the Harris Wharf London wool coat. In brilliantly bold hue-ofthe-moment fuchsia, £325 from Harvey Nichols, it’s the perfect match for Ted Baker’s in-vogue tulle pastel skirt, £140 from House of Fraser, and a simple white tee
Location: The Ethicurean at Barley Wood Walled Garden; theethicurean.com; walledgarden.co.uk Art directors: Amanda Nicholls Louise Harrold Emma Payne Photography: Paolo Ferla; ferlapaolo.com Models: Nadia Achha, Katie Powles; bigmustard.co.uk Hair: Elizabeth Shave; seanhanna.com Make-up: Sarah Luscombe; sarahluscombemakeup.com Stockists: harveynichols.com houseoffraser.co.uk
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WHAT’S ON There’s plenty to do in the city this month...
Thatcher’s Haze Sessions features a stellar line-up including Eva Lazarus
Powerful drama The Island comes to Tobacco Factory Theatres
Mark Olver hosts Penny Brohn’s charity comedy night
the route via Bristol Cathedral, Spike Island and Clifton Suspension Bridge as they go. Taking part in the race costs £29, spectators go free; greatrun.org
FROM 1 MAY 1 MAY, 6.30PM
The Improvised Soap Opera, ss Great Britain Closer Each Day, creators of the world's longest-running improvised narrative, are boarding Bristol’s iconic ship for a totally unscripted, unconventional and unique comedy show. Tickets from £12 to £15; ssgreatbritain.org 6 MAY, 9PM
Thatchers Haze Sessions, Passenger Shed This one-day music event features Bristol-based trio Elder Island, Dub Mafia frontwoman Eva Lazarus and Little Comets plus complimentary Thatcher’s ‘Haze’ cider. Tickets cost £15; thatcherscider.co.uk 6 & 7 MAY, ALL DAY
Pyronaut Trips, M Shed Take a boat trip with a difference around the docks on board the Pyronaut, Bristol’s historic fire boat dating back to 1934 – complete with working water cannons. Tickets from £4 to £6; bristolmuseums.org.uk 7 MAY, 9.15AM
Great Bristol 10k, Millennium Square Head to the sidelines and cheer on over 12,000 runners as they tackle the Bristol 10k, following
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FROM 8 MAY 8 MAY, 8PM
Shane Koyczan, St George’s Bristol Canadian poet Shane Koyczan has taken the world by storm, revolutionising poetry and tackling issues such as bullying, death, love and loss. Tickets cost £15 advance, £20 on the door; stgeorgesbristol.co.uk 9 MAY, 7.30PM
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio, The Lantern Shostakovich’s lamenting Piano Trio No. 2, written at the height of World War Two, takes centre stage alongside the great composer’s 5 Pieces in this powerful concert from Stephen Johnson and English Piano Trio. Tickets cost £8; colstonhall.org 9 – 13 MAY, 8PM
What If The Plane Falls Out Of The Sky? The Loco Klub Join the Fear Club as they tackle our absurd fears and anxieties with a dose of playful enthusiasm in this oddball comedy from Idiot Child theatre company. Tickets from £10 to £12; bristololdvic.org.uk
13 MAY, 1.15PM
19 MAY, 7PM
Pupils of Redmaids’ High School, The Lord Mayor’s Chapel
Imelda May, Colston Hall
Students at renowned Bristol school Redmaids’ High give a lunchtime recital at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel. Entrance is free, donations welcome; lordmayorschapel.org.uk
FROM 15 MAY
Rockabilly queen Imelda May comes to Bristol following the release of her latest album Life, Love, Flesh, Blood – equal parts folk, country, gospel, soul and rock – for an unmissable performance at Colston Hall. Tickets from £26.88; colstonhall.org 20 & 27 MAY, 1.15PM
15 – 17 MAY, TIMES VARY
Pint of Science Festival, various venues Thousands of scientists in cities across the UK and beyond simultaneously present their research to the public in this international festival. Nine Bristol pubs will house discussions, live experiments, quizzes and puzzles on the hottest topics in technology, geology, biology and more. Tickets cost £4; pintofscience.co.uk 17 MAY, 7.30PM
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra: Picture Perfect, Colston Hall The music of three Russian greats – Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov – round off the Bristol International Classical season with piano soloist Freddy Kempf and conductor Yuri Simonov at the helm. Tickets from £8.50 to £36; colstonhall.org
Pupils of Angela Hickey, The Lord Mayor’s Chapel Students of operatic soloist and singing teacher Angela Hickey give a lunchtime recital at The Lord Mayor’s Chapel. Entrance is free, donations welcome; lordmayorschapel.org.uk 20 MAY, 7PM
The Undercover Hippy, Thekla DJ-turned-singer-songwriter Billy Rowan brings his latest album, Truth & Fiction, to Thekla – expect infectious reggae rhythms, soulful, topical lyrics and bags of charisma. Tickets cost £10; bristolticketshop.co.uk 21 MAY, 8PM
Comedy Night, Penny Brohn Estate Leave the stress of the working week behind and enjoy a night of laughs hosted by comedian Mark Olver, whose television
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LOCAL | EVENTS appearances include 8 Out of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You. Tickets cost £12; pennybrohn.org.uk
FROM 22 MAY
and the famous inflatable church. Tickets from £39.50 for Saturday admission; lovesavestheday.org
23 – 27 MAY, 2PM & 8PM
1 – 11 JUNE, 11AM – 5PM
The Island, Tobacco Factory Theatres
BS9 Arts Trail, various venues
This gut-wrenching, immense drama depicts the lives of two prisoners who find joy in their defiant performance of Greek tragedy Antigone. Tickets from £10 to £14; tobaccofactorytheatres.com
Take a walk around Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze to discover the work of 76 artists, from ceramics, painting and jewellery to prints, textiles and more. The arts trail is free to attend; bs9arts.co.uk
24 MAY, 6PM
8 – 25 JUNE, TIMES VARY
Birdsong: An Evening Chorus, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Festival of Nature, various venues in Bath and Bristol
Discover the ingenuity and diversity of birdsong as artist Andy Holden and ornithologist Peter Holden present a performative lecture with musical accompaniment by Roger Illingworth, followed by a performance by David Rothenberg. Tickets from £6 to £8; bristolmuseums.org.uk 26 MAY, 7PM
Casablanca, Averys Wine Cellar Bristol Film Festival presents this timeless romance as part of their Vintage Screenings series, pairing classic films with great wines. Guests will enjoy a carefully selected range of tipples that have connections with key characters and locations. Tickets £25; bristolfilmfestival.com 27 & 28 MAY, ALL DAY
Love Saves the Day, Eastville Park Headliners at this Bristol-based festival include Crazy P, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Kate Tempest, alongside a roller disco
Pint of Science festival combines beer with fact-finding in pubs throughout the city
Rediscover the great outdoors with the UK’s biggest free nature festival – this year’s dinosaur theme will see talks and activities from The Bristol Dinosaur Project, Bristol Zoo, BBC Natural History and more. Prebooking required; bnhc.org.uk 24 JUNE, 7.30PM
The Dream of Gerontius, Colston Hall City of Bristol Choir perform Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius
City of Bristol Choir present Elgar’s breathtaking choral masterpiece as the highlight of their 25th anniversary season, alongside Exultate Singers, Bristol Ensemble and international soloists. Tickets from £5.38; colstonhall.org 29 JUNE – 2 JULY, TIMES VARY
International Festival of Childhood, various venues Leading thinkers, authors and early years specialists converge in Bath for a four-day seminar, alongside free children’s events and activities from the ‘Forest of Imagination' arts initiative. Ticket prices vary; festivalofchildhood.com
Catch zany comedy What If The Plane Falls Out Of The Sky?
EDITOR’S PICK... 8 – 13 MAY, 2.30PM & 7.30PM
Wonderland, Bristol Hippodrome Remember the story of a daydreaming young girl who falls down a rabbit hole, only to discover a magical alternate world filled with unlikely adventures? Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are transformed in this Grammy-nominated adaptation, featuring an enchanting original score from Frank Wildhorn and starring Kerry Ellis (known for her role as Elphaba in Wicked) as Alice. Expect all your fave characters, including the white rabbit, Mad Hatter and the wonderfully dramatic Queen of Hearts (Wendi Peters) – off with their heads! Tickets from £21.40. • atgtickets.com
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We’ve been wowed by local photorealist artist Martin Turner
fter abandoning fine art as a teenager, Fishponds resident Martin Turner worked in IT for a decade before finding success in the field of photography. Using wide-angle lenses and bold compositions, his images focused on architecture – looming and dynamic, the hero of the piece rather than mere background. Having won the Open House London Photography Competition; been shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year; exhibited internationally as part of the Sony World Photography Competition and been published in the Times, Telegraph and Time Out; as well as in photography journals in the UK and abroad, it occurred to him to combine his talent for taking pictures with his first love. Last year, Martin made a return to the much less instantaneous but equally rewarding practice of fine art. Despite being more used to creating images in hundredths of a second than 40 to 50 hours – which his pencil drawings now take – he brings the same eye to his pieces, and followers of his photography will see a familiar approach in the new medium. Similarly precise, with perfectly observed light and texture, his images are imbued with a confidence that comes from technical mastery of his medium. We picked our favourite utterly lifelike drawings, and asked Martin to share the stories behind them...
Singer “I was looking through my archive of photos for inspiration when I stumbled over one I had taken a few years ago at a National Trust house. I just loved the amount of detail – it had been condemned to the ‘ignore’ pile as it was so different in style to my photography but I decided I was going to make it part of a continuing series I was working on, entitled ‘Mechanical’.”
The Eyes Have It, The Fine Line and Snoop “These were part of a small project with the aim of drawing on a smaller scale to tighten my technique but equally build on my portfolio of work. I figured the more detail I could pack into a small space, the more it would benefit me when working at a larger scale. I am fortunate in that I have a plethora of photographic friends (Thomas Leuthard, Michael Kistler and Tri Joko) all of whom have different photographic styles and, having two young sons, there was a natural connection to their photos. Each brought a new set of challenges but I felt really confident with my drawing and when I came to draw again at a larger size, I realised it had become easier.”
Rolleiflex “I love old machinery and, paying homage to my history of photography, I felt compelled to draw a vintage camera. I chose the Rolleiflex as it is probably the most iconic camera from years past. The challenge here was the concentric geometry and as tempting as it could be to use a template, all those lines and curves were drawn by hand. Surprisingly, the hands were the easiest part.”
...One of the lovely things with drawing is that you are your own Photoshop...
“I use Flickr for sharing my photography and at times have used it as a resource for finding a completely new subject. I searched for 'cat', set the filter to sort by 'interesting' and up popped Spike (by Lori Coleman). I contacted Lori to see if she would mind me drawing her cat, and she was delighted – although worried the original photo was a touch out of focus. One of the lovely things with drawing is that you are your own Photoshop so I was able to improvise and add in the detail missing. Anyway, the end result is really striking and despite being allergic to cats, I have to say I have a soft spot for this guy.”
“I wanted to challenge myself creatively, in a way that was different from my photography. No more clean, clinical architectural lines, but an opportunity to embrace detail, and in a big way. Skin texture was what drew me to this photograph (by Gunnar Salvarsson), the 60-plus hours brought a real sense of achievement when it was finally finished. I felt compelled to challenge myself further and made a decision to embrace the unknown rather than be wary of it.” ■ • martinturnerartist.com
The Eyes Have It – part of a project aiming to draw on a smaller scale and tighten technique
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Martin developed a soft spot for Spike, who he came across while trawling Flickr – we love how strikingly lifelike this drawing is
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Snoop brought a new set of challenges but afterwards, when Martin went back to drawing on a larger scale, he found it was easier
The challenge with etching the Rolleiflex was the concentric geometry
The Fine Line, drawn from a fellow photographer friend’s image
Inspired by a photo he had discarded, this image became part of Martin’s ‘Mechanical’ series
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With Malawi Boy, Martin wanted to challenge himself, move away from his clinical architectural lines and embrace detail
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ONLY in BRISTOL... We chat to Canopy and Stars MD Tom Dixon about the unusual lodgings he’ll be constructing on the Harbourside this month This is how they are envisioning the project will look – pretty unique, hey?
Fancy breakfast overlooking the harbour? Yes, yes you do
TBM: So how on Earth did this project come about? Tom: I have known Simon – our designer and builder – for years. We met through a love of wood, amazing spaces and sustainable design, and have worked on several treehouse projects together. We have always had a plan to create something together and, being based in Bristol, we wanted it to be here. The idea of using Crane 29 came to me at the end of a long meeting. Our offices look over the harbourside and I suddenly thought; “Wouldn't it be amazing if people could actually stay in one of the cranes?” It grew from there! We were lucky that Bristol City Council is so forward-thinking and showed their support for the project. Andy King and the team at M Shed are all helping to make it happen. What has been the trickiest part of bringing this together? This has been three years in the making! There have been hurdles along the way. We had to come up with a great design to get the project through planning, and we were delighted when that happened. One of the challenges was to create a design that didn't affect Crane 29 in any way. The cranes are listed and important parts of Bristol's heritage so we need to make sure everything will be left just as we found it. Our aim is to make the build as sustainable as possible too – we have B&Q on board helping us with brilliant solutions for this. The next challenge is the build itself – getting a team up to the crane is a challenge but luckily Bower House Construction are adept at this.
Help us visualise what’s in store... There will be a bedroom and bathroom to the rear, on the harbourside itself. We are having to be clever with the use of design because it's a smallish space – plenty roomy enough, but we're trying to pack a lot in! The front is a living area, with table and chairs and a place to relax and get your nature fix while looking out across the harbour. The living area is going to have huge windows and, without getting all 'estate agent', it's probably going to have one of the best views of the city you can find. Breakfast will be delivered in the morning so you can wake to local pastries, bread and fruit. As for dinner, you'll probably want to eat out – you’re spoiled for choice in that area, especially with Cargo on the doorstep. We are building a staircase to get up there, and plan to have secure doors on it so no one, apart from those staying, will have access. Bookings are being taken via a ballot process which is open now – register at canopyandstars.co.uk/crane29. The next draw takes place on 3 July (for August and September dates). • canopyandstars.co.uk
Why are Bristol audiences receptive to such out-there ideas as this? Bristol is such a creative and inspiring city, with so many people doing amazing things. People are always open to new ideas – including the people that run the city. Bristol has a real 'green' heritage too – something our founder Alastair Sawday has long been a big part of – so the sustainability credentials are hugely important. We want Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 to be a symbol of what's great about the city. So, you’ve got a little ecosystem planned for the treehouse? We want the treehouse to be a bubble of nature and are planning a real sensory experience, with sounds, smells and elements of nature all around you inside, and a green roof outside – planted to attract pollinators. All profits are also going to Friends of the Earth so by staying you'll be helping nature too. 44 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
The team have been planning this for around three years
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Bristol’s beloved resident ocean liner – image courtesy of Max McClure; maxmcclure.com
LIFE ON THE HIGH SEAS Jessica Hope explores the stories of those who once sailed on Brunel’s ss Great Britain and discovers what it was really like to be a passenger
hen the ss Great Britain was launched in 1843, it was hailed as one of the most significant innovations in maritime history. The ship was fitted with a powerful steam engine, and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel created a screw propeller that had never been seen before on ocean-going ships. The Great Britain transformed the way people travelled and where they could travel to, connecting countries and populations from all corners of the world. And for around four decades from the second half of the 19th century, the ship acted as a passenger vessel, transporting people from British ports to up-and-coming cities like Melbourne and New York.
Golden treasure With news of the discovery of gold in Australia in 1851, British families snapped up tickets to sail on the Great Britain in the hope of making their fortune on the other side of the world. 17-year-old Allan Gilmour made the long journey to Australia in 1852 with his brother and father, in the hope that they could set up a commission shop and benefit from the gold rush and make a life for themselves in Melbourne. The Gilmours were passengers in steerage (third class), and Allan kept a diary which describes the conditions of their living quarters during the journey, which would often take more than two months at this time. “Our berths are pretty well ventilated, but very confined and dark,” he wrote. “The distance between our berths...is 2ft broad and 6ft long, so confined that only one can dress at once, and even in this small space we have to build part of our luggage.” As you explore the present-day ship, you can feel just how crowded it must have been for up to 630 passengers and 140 crew to be squeezed into these cabins for weeks at a time. The ship’s museum curators and interpretation team have designed the different class 46 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
cabins so visitors can get the real sense of how people lived on board, recreating the size of the beds, the wash basins, and even adding the sights and smells that were once present there. In anticipation for their arrival in Australia, Allan wrote about how many people on board were preparing for making a new life, while also finding activities in order to pass the time. “The passengers for the most part are now busily engaged, a number making tents, hammocks, and some handles of picks, poles of tents etc,” he wrote. Another way to pass the time and maybe make some money was through betting, which seems to have been popular on board. Allan describes the great expense that people were risking this way: “Considerable sums have changed hands, one person having lost £500 and another £120,” he said. “A great number of rings are also being raffled, among some of which are a gold watch...rifle, double barrelled gun...” Allan’s trip to Australia was cut short however. His father died of dysentery shortly after they arrived. With no money to their names, Allan and his brother made the long journey all the way back to England without the fortune they had set their eyes on. In later life, Allan did, in fact, make a life outside of England by moving to Atlanta City in America.
Eleven not out While many passengers were anxious about what lay ahead of them when they arrived in a new country, determined to build a new life there, others travelled for much more recreational purposes. Edward Mills Grace, brother of the more well-known cricket player W. G. Grace, was on board the Great Britain in 1863/4, destined for Australia. The reason for his journey, just like his brother, was to play cricket for England against the Australian team. Grace made the most of his time on board and noted in his diary
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about taking part in the considerable amount of gambling, drinking and games of draughts taking place. And determined to fit in some practice, he also wrote about playing cricket on the top deck. One anonymous diary writer noted: “We have got on board the ‘Eleven of all England’ (cricketers) going out to play the Australians, they practice sometimes on deck which affords some amusement.” Grace clearly thought quite highly of himself and his position as a cricketer, writing in his diary in October 1863: “I appeared for the first time today in my white cap and canvass boots with the red tips which both together created quite a sensation as you may imagine.” Stuck in such confinement for weeks at a time left little space for great deal of exercise. Grace noted that one of the ways passengers exercised was to walk up and down the top deck for miles at a time. “It [the time] does go most dreadfully slowly and I cannot study,” he said. “If I go on deck there are so many people keep walking up and down, if down in the saloon there is the same objection. They are making the same noise over head and walking about and talking in the saloon...” For those in the first-class cabins below the top deck, the continuous noise from this would have been insufferable.
This crew photo was taken at sea on a homeward voyage from Melbourne Australia to Liverpool, by passenger A.E.Rowland circa 1874
Life and death Owing to the long journeys the Great Britain experienced over the years, it was almost inevitable that events such as births and deaths would occur on board. Some pregnant women went into labour during their travels. This would have been incredibly dangerous for both mother and baby, just as it would have been on land at the time. With only one surgeon on board and a lack of medical facilities at hand, it would have been a challenge if medical complications came apparent. On occasions, the celebrations for the birth of a baby turned to heartache. In July 1866, Susan Mary Crompton wrote: “Mrs Austin’s poor baby died about 10 o’clock, she has been very ill all this week and early this morning she was seized with convulsions which continued until she died...” There are even some suggestions that suicide may have taken place on the Great Britain. Susan wrote a few days later: “Last night a poor man was lost, he was seen about 12 o’clock but no one knows anything of him since it is supposed that he jumped overboard. He has been very quiet and melancholy ever since we sailed…” In addition, one morning in November 1872, panic set about the Great Britain as it was reported that the ship’s much admired Captain Gray had disappeared. Captain Gray was a popular character, who served on the Great Britain for many years, and the mystery around what happened to him even made front-page news. There have been suggestions that he was unwell at the time, but the reason for his disappearance continues to remain unsolved.
The Great Britain transformed the way people travelled and where they travelled to
Feeding the troops For many on board, their monotonous days would have been dictated by what they ate and when. Feeding up to 630 passengers and crew would have been a military operation for the chefs, especially on long journeys to Australia. One list from 1864 notes that the ship carried one cow, three bullocks, 150 sheep, 30 pigs, 500 chickens, 400 ducks, 100 geese and 50 turkeys for consumption on just one voyage – plus all of the food needed to feed these animals had to be brought on board as well. Some passengers certainly ate well on their travels. In 1852 J. M. Hardwick noted in his diary: “Dinner was first rate, quite such as you would get at the best hotels: soup, grouse, pigeon and veal pies, pork, ham and other meat dishes, sundry puddings and tarts and jelly, blancmange, cheese, celery and after all a dessert.” They certainly didn’t go hungry, or thirsty for that matter. “The ship’s bar stocked wine, spirits and porter,” Hardwick continued. “The high bar bills did not suppress a thirst and many passengers spent their voyages the worse for wear!” While life on board the ss Great Britain back then would have often been tiresome, frustrating and cramped, it seems at other times it was almost certainly light-hearted, amusing and even enjoyable. ■
The ship’s museum curators have recreated the size of the beds, the wash basins, and even added the sights and smells once present there
• If you fancy your hand at volunteering or dressing up as a Victorian passenger, the ss Great Britain is looking for volunteers to join the team; ssgreatbritain.org THEBRISTOLMAG.CO.UK
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ART & EXHIBITIONS
STATE OF THE ART Greg Harris, Averys Wine Merchants, until 4 July Born in Chelmsford in 1984, Greg Harris spent his childhood growing up in Essex, Suffolk and West Sussex before going to Leicester to complete a BA in Fine Art at De Montfort University in 2009. After taking a break from art and travelling to the Far East, Greg threw himself back into painting by joining a Leicester-based artist studio in 2012 and since then, he’s never looked back and recently moved his studio to Bristol. Greg concentrates on his creative practice as well as private commissions from individuals and organisations alike, while also teaching workshops and exhibiting and talking about his work. In his paintings, Greg asks the viewer to reconnect with the familiar by bringing together both a literal and non-literal interpretation of the people and environment around them. He achieves this through carefully considered colour combinations and a painterly style that doesn’t condemn what’s being depicted. Rather, through their execution and minimised mark-making, the paintings are brought to life with a clean and freshly finished feel. Potters Fat by Greg Harris
Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse, 12 – 14 May Britain’s best galleries converge for art enthusiasts and established collectors alike to browse the contemporary, innovative works of 400 artists – the likes of which are rarely seen en masse outside London. And if you think you’ve got something worth selling, get an expert valuation for up to three pieces from the folks at Bonhams auctioneers. • freshartfair.net
‘Wood Nymph’ by Christine Baxter
Spring Exhibition, Coldharbour Framery & Gallery, until 31 May Coldharbour Gallery is celebrating the arrival of spring with bold, bright colours and garden themes – Abigail McDougall returns with her latest Kew Gardens paintings in her trademark vibrant shades, while Rupert Blamire adds new zingy glazes to his ever-popular range of ceramics. The team is also delighted to welcome Bristol-born sculptor Christine Baxter to the gallery, with a selection of her bronze resin and cast stone pieces for home or garden, as well as ceramicist Kate Evans with her exquisite porcelain wildflower vases, perfect for bringing nature indoors. • coldharbourgallery.co.uk
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The Stars Were Aligned For A Century Of New Beginnings, Arnolfini, until 18 June The first UK solo exhibition of Egyptian artist Basim Magdy focuses on his film work – layering past, present and future, and revealing social blueprints and ideologies that unfold across time. Situated somewhere between fact and fiction; rooted in dreams, scientific theory and failed utopian ambitions; full of humour and quiet melancholy, his works on paper and in film, photography and slide projection reflect on the present social and political climate and our collective failure as, in the desire for progress, we repeat the same mistakes in a recurring cycle of aspiration, action and defeat. Magdy uses experimental techniques for developing film using household chemicals in a process he calls “film pickling”, and the nostalgically blurred images and psychedelic colours created, combined with ambient soundtracks, seem otherworldly. • arnolfini.org.uk
We Are Native Women, Rainmaker Gallery, until 31 May 2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the death, in Gravesend, of Pocahontas – famous for her involvement with the English settlers in Jamestown, and probably the only Native American woman the majority of British people could name. The popular treatment of Pocahontas has propelled her to become the poster girl for Native American culture, and the way in which this figure has come to dominate our understanding, and eclipsed the numerous Native American women whose real lives are equally as worthy of our attention, is the motivation for this exhibition. Aiming to release Pocahontas from the symbolic duty of standing for all women of this indigenous people, We Are Native Women highlights their strength and diversity through the recent work of 12 contemporary aboriginal North American artists. Including painting, printmaking, photography and basket weaving, its artworks depict women of all ages – strong, powerful, nurturing, caring, vulnerable, desirable, provocative, dangerous, real and even supernatural. Edna by Luanne Redeye
● Four Centuries of Drawing Celebrated at the RWA, until 4 June Enjoy a trio of drawing exhibitions – the ‘Drawn 2017’ open submission biennial; ‘Lines in a Landscape: Drawings from The Royal Collection’; and ‘Beyond the Sketchbook: Drawings from the RWA Collection’. ‘Drawn 2017’ will include works from artists, architects, illustrators, film makers and other disciplines that explore the concept of drawing and expand our understanding of the medium. ‘Lines in a Landscape’ features works by some of the masters of Western European drawing, and includes rarely seen works by Van Dyck, Canaletto, Gainsborough and Claude Lorrain alongside fascinating examples by lesser-known names. Celebrating the richness, variety and peculiarities of the drawings in this internationally renowned collection, the show also makes connections with contemporary drawing practice. The RWA will also display Image © Alice Hendy works from its own permanent Catching the Light Clevedon collection in ‘Beyond the Sketchbook’. Spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, by Michael Long they explore drawing in a variety of ways from spontaneous, seemingly unfinished works in pen and ink to loose watercolours. • rwa.org.uk
● Bristol Savages, The Red Lodge, until 13 May Appreciate the work of talented local artists, as Bristol Savages opens its doors to the public. This free annual event is being held in the purpose-built wigwam within the grounds of the magnificent Elizabethan Red Lodge and Knot Garden on Park Row, showcasing over 130 pieces of high-quality art across an abundance of genres and mediums. Bristol Savages was founded in 1904 by local painter Ernest Ehlers, who invited fellow Bristol-based artists to spend a friendly evening in his studio to work and socialise together. Over a century later, it has grown to accommodate over 350 members involved in the pursuit of fine arts, painting, music, poetry and other performing arts. • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matt and Ben have had a momentous year and are now expanding in Los Angeles
BRISTOL @ WORK: The Famous Company We shine a spotlight on the folk that help make up the fabric of city life.
n an increasingly competitive music market, independent selfreleasing musicians have swum upstream against the tides of the major labels and big budget management companies; and in this digital age of music streaming and releasing, penetrating said market has become more and more difficult for these autonomous musicians. Enter, The Famous Company – an innovative, forward-thinking music industry services company aimed at the unsigned sector. Their aim? To plan, design and execute laser-sharp release campaigns with all the makings of a record label project, but on an independent budget. These Bristol-based music moguls – 32-year-old Matt Allen and 25year-old Ben Rees – are now entering their third year of trade. Working out of their chic Stokes Croft office, they’ve amassed an impressive client base of over 300 independent, self-funding artists from across the UK, and are launching their first US office in Los Angeles this summer, following six-figure turnover success over here. Here the co-CEOs speak about the changing face of the industry and how unsigned musicians can stay ahead of the game. How has the music industry changed over the last 10 years and how has this affected independent artists? Ben: I think it’s fair to say the industry has been completely turned on its head. In many instances, the introduction of new technologies has left labels struggling to keep up. For me, the biggest and most exciting changes are happening for unsigned artists. Labels are becoming increasingly redundant and we’re seeing more and more artists – such
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as American artist Macklemore – retaining ownership of their masters, retaining publishing rights and, ultimately, staying in charge without signing a traditional record contract. What are the major factors affecting the success of a release campaign in the current market? Matt: From a marketing perspective, I think the rules for a successful release are constantly being rewritten. But, undoubtedly the most important factor is the music. Does it connect with the audience and are people likely to engage with it? Ben: I think one of the most exciting new marketing trends will be the introduction of ‘social influencers’ to create viral engagement – we’ve actually pioneered a really cutting-edge service that focuses on reaching new and unique audiences by working directly with these social influencers online. What advice can you give to unsigned musicians looking to get ahead in the industry today? Ben: Be innovative, break rules and learn as much as you can about the music business. To be successful you’ll need to be able to do the job of a label, or recruit people who can fill in the gaps! Matt: Don’t give up! It’s such a hard industry to get into and not everyone will get as far as they want to. There are so many artists who have written songs for other artists, and that’s where they get most of their income. It’s not all glitz, glamour and Brit Awards!
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Are there any unsigned artists that you think are doing a particularly good job in the current climate? Matt: Absolutely. Chance the Rapper is a great example of an unsigned hero right now. He’s turning down $10million deals to stay independent and retain creative control over his work. It just goes to show that, with the right team and focus, you can absolutely be as successful as some of the signed acts with major labels. As a business, what is the key to your success? Ben: I think a lot of it is down to being innovative; we always work on the basis of efficiency and often ask the question; how can we make this better? If an equal or better result can be achieved by spending less time and money, then we’ll take that option. Matt: We really care about our clients’ development. Unlike a label, we look to create short, mid and long-term plans with artists to ensure that there is always a next stage to their progression. This allows them to keep evolving and moving their career forward. What is it that you enjoy about working in the unsigned sector? Ben: For me, it’s always been about bringing someone’s creative ideas to life. Too often, labels dictate the direction that an artist should take and I love knowing our clients can have whatever their imagination can conjure up (within reason!) Matt: We also work with some heritage artists who have previously had a deal. For various reasons they are no longer working with a major label, and they’ve told us our approach is a breath of fresh air which is really great to hear.
Why did you choose Stokes Croft as the home for your office? Ben: It’s such a vibrant, creative hotspot that we really couldn't imagine being anywhere else. There's a real sense of community here and such a liberal attitude towards art and music. We hope to be able to remain here as the business grows. Matt: The street we're on is a hub of creative businesses. We're part of a really supportive community who work together to ensure everyone feels welcome and included. We even have a summer street party! What are your thoughts on the Bristol music scene? Ben: Of course we’re biased, but I’d say it's one of the best. We’re so lucky to live in a city that offers such a diverse range of talented musicians and DJs. That said, it's a real shame to see local live music venues like the Stag & Hounds closing their doors in this tough economic climate. I hope local music lovers can continue to get behind live music venues as well as the bands and acts that play them. Matt: I have lived in Bristol for seven years now and I honestly wouldn't live anywhere else. Bristol, as a city, gives you a warm hug when you arrive. Whenever I tell anyone who works in the music industry in London that I live in Bristol, they are insanely envious. It’s sometimes a juggle working in Bristol and having to travel to London for various meetings, but it's so worth it. • thefamouscompany.com
What's next for The Famous Company? Matt: With our expansion into the US, the sky really is the limit. We have so many plans, including some exciting partnerships with other independent music industry companies that will allow us to expand our offering to unsigned artists. Ben: We've just had a really killer year in the UK and are lucky enough to have a really dedicated team of 13 based in Bristol now. Obviously our attention will be heavily focused on making sure that Los Angeles takes off in the same way, and beyond that, who knows... We're both quite set on launching a publishing arm later this year as it will open up so many doors for the artists we currently work with.
The duo have recently been working with local recording artist Rhyze
The Bristol oﬃce is located in “vibrant, creative hotspot” Stokes Croft
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READ ALL ABOUT IT Foyles bookshop’s Charlotte Pope on her favourite books of the year so far
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry After fleeing the horrors of the Irish potato famine, Thomas McNulty escapes to a new life in America where he meets fellow outcast John Cole. Together, they enlist in the army and fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War, enduring bloodshed, hunger and the brutal slaughter of the battlefield. They are two halves of the same whole: John is Thomas's best friend, his comrade in arms and the love of his life. In a time where a romantic relationship between two men could barely be fathomed, let alone approved of, Thomas and John forge a life together, even adopting a Sioux child and forming their own little family. This is a beautiful story with Barry's excellent prose vividly bringing the United States of the 19th century to life. The winner of this year's Costa Prize, Days Without End is a worthy champion.
The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi
Written by an anonymous author known only by the pseudonym 'Bandi', The Accusation was smuggled out of North Korea, hidden among propaganda leaflets, by a relative of the author. Believed to be the first work of its kind by a living dissident writer, the book is a collection of seven short stories documenting the lives of ordinary people living under the Kim regime: a mother anxiously trying to protect her young son from the constant propaganda; a wife struggling to feed her husband during the great famine; the people living day to day in a nation where their every movement is watched. Each story offers a snapshot of life in the 'hermit kingdom' where even a minor misconstrued act of disobedience can have severe consequences. Already translated into 18 languages, The Accusation is an incredibly important manuscript that is a testament to the value of human rights and freedoms.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli An inspiring bedtime book for every little feminist. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls rejects pink princesses and instead tells the stories of 100 incredible and heroic women. Documenting the work and lives of writers, artists, athletes and heroes alike, this is a tome for a reinvented fairy-post-millennial generation. Beautifully illustrated by 60 female artists from around the globe, this crowd-funded book will get your little girl or boy believing they can achieve anything. These empowering and moving tales feature the kind of princesses who definitely don't need a prince to come and rescue them. Including such trailblazing heroes as Amelia Earhart, Ada Lovelace, Jane Austen, Malala Yousafzai and more, this is a book I wish I'd had when I was growing up.
Beauty & the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot A beloved fairytale, Barbot's Beauty and the Beast has been captivating generations since its original publication in 1740. With the new live-action film recently released in cinemas, the classic novel has had a sudden boost in popularity, driving many to want to seek out the original story for themselves. Look no further than this gorgeous interactive edition by MinaLima – the graphic design team behind some of the stunning artwork and design work of the Harry Potter film franchise. A charming hardback, complete with a foldout of the Beast's palace, a spinning dial to reveal Belle's various dresses, and lush colour illustrations, this is a lavish book that both adults and children can treasure.
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas When gunshots are fired at a party she is attending, 16year-old Starr flees to apparent safety with her friend Khalil. Shortly after, their car is stopped by a police officer. Khalil, a young, unarmed, black teenager, is shot and killed at point-blank range. Starr is the only witness to the crime, and suddenly a teenage girl has to bear the horrified and ferocious outrage of her race and community. She becomes overwhelmed with the pressure to testify before a grand jury, and her duty to protect Khalil's memory: what she says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. This is an important and incredibly relevant work of young adult fiction dealing with questions of police brutality, race and activism. It is also Angie Thomas' first novel and it has already topped the New York Times bestseller list – she’s definitely an author to watch.
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TASTY TITBITS FROM THE CITY’S RESTAURANTS, CHEFS AND PRODUCERS
GOOD ON THEM We’re well versed in the positive effects of shopping locally so we were pleased to hear of a Bristol business making it easier than ever. Good Sixty aims to help create better-connected communities by hooking folk up with independent food stores. Its retailers – greengrocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, patisseries, wine merchants, micro-distilleries, cafes – manage their own delivery slots, and there’s a Click & Collect service, as well as ‘bundles’ such as bread, curry or cake making ones. “I’ve always had Gloucester Road on my doorstep and value the wealth of independent shops,” says founder Chris Edwards. “We want to help make shops like these a viable shopping option for even the busiest Bristolians.” • goodsixty.co.uk
CLOONEY’S TEQUILA COMES TO BRISTOL
ALL ABOARD! After a successful Sushi Bus event last summer, that saw over 100 people take an alternative open-top tour of Bristol while tucking into delicious sushi, quirky events company Foozie has announced more themed bus tour dates! Saturday 6 May will see the return of The Sushi Bus, featuring a five-course menu created by chef Ivo Suchett-Kaye of Sushi Kai; while on 3 June, the 6 O’clock Gin Bus will be in the city with with special G&Ts courtesy of the Thornbury distillery, and on 1 July, there’ll be a ‘Bubble Decker’ Prosecco Bus with bottomless prosecco for all! • foozie.co.uk
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Tequila lovers, look out for Casamigos as it arrives in Bristol following a successful London launch. Owned by long-time friends Rande Gerber, Michael Meldman and Hollywood actor George Clooney, Casamigos is named after their houses in Mexico and was created out of a desire to enjoy the besttasting, smoothest tequila. Initially intended for personal use, the small batch tequilas are made from hand-selected Blue Weber agaves, grown in the red clay soil and cool climate of Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands. After harvest, the agave piñas are roasted for 72 hours before undergoing a fermentation process over 80 hours – nearly double the industry standard. “Blanco is crisp and clear with hints of vanilla, while Reposado is smooth and clean with hints of caramel; and Añejo is a perfect balance of sweetness, layered with barrel oak and subtle spice,” said Rande, who tastes and signs each batch with George. “We worked on Casamigos with our master distiller for years and held many blind tastings until we got it right,” added George. • casamigostequila.com
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DIG IN! We anticipate some of the highlights from this year’s Foodies Festival, taking place on the Downs from 12 – 14 May
Feeling good There’s a brand new healthy living zone at this year’s festival, running in association with local yoga schools and athletic apparel brand Lululemon. With a full timetable of yoga classes, meditation and mindfulness, visitors can get inspired by cooks and nutritionists including Amanda Hamilton – TV presenter and detox coach to Kate Moss – Deliciously Ella, Clean Eating Alice, Skinny Jeans Gardeners and winner of Vegan Bake-Off, Katy Beskow. Chefs will also be demonstrating how to cater for food intolerances and how to inspire people to reconnect with ‘real’, unprocessed food – essentially, how to indulge the foodie in you and still maintain a healthy lifestyle; and have your cake and eat it!
Taking the stage The chefs theatre line-up will showcase culinary skills and focus on culinary wellness (see point above), with farm-to-table dishes and sugarfree cooking. Expect the likes of current Bake Off champ Candice Brown, and new judge Prue Leith; Michelin-starred chefs including Adam Simmonds, Atul Kochhar and Matt Gillan, as well as TV’s Rosemary Shrager and Dean Edwards. MasterChef will be well represented via winners Jane Devonshire and Dhruv Baker; and new Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebutt will be putting in an appearance; while Miguel Barclay, the Brighton chef who rose to Instagram fame through his gourmet £1 meals, will be teaching audiences how to whip up quality meals on a frugal budget. Meanwhile, in the Drinks Theatre, expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, will host wine, whisky, champagne and gin tastings and food pairing classes, while beer connoisseur Melissa Cole (known for “taking the beard out of beer”) will be on-hand with craft beer tutorials.
Sweet! The cakes and desserts theatre is set to expand to include not only top local bakers but also local chefs renowned for their outstanding desserts. Get hands-on with practical baking masterclasses or take part in a bakeoff; indulge your sweet tooth in the Chocolate, Cake and Dessert Village and learn from local experts about their fresh breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and desserts. If you fancy a spot of afternoon tea, head to the prettily decorated vintage tea room, where teas, handmade cakes and
scones with clotted cream and jam will be served on fine china by the lovely tea ladies, with vintage music adding to the ultimate British summertime ambience.
Do it yourself The festival’s 2017 edition will see the launch of a series of creative practical workshops by chef and Vogue-featured food stylist Cicely Violet, on how to create everything from ‘psychedelic pavlovas’ and ‘midsummer cupcakes’ to summer cocktails. The hands-on masterclasses will also continue the theme of healthy living with creative twists on homemade herbal cordial cocktails and fruit sorbets.
Cook with critters “The sushi of 30 years ago is the insects of today,” says chef Dan barber of the new bug-eating trend in healthy living. So don’t recoil or shy away – with the insect food industry is booming, the festival’s Vietnamese street food stand will be demonstrating how to cook with critters and explaining the health benefits of doing so. There’s growing research that says eating insects may be the road to a more sustainable future, so stop by to learn about the benefits of chocolate-dipped and candy-coated worms, scorpions, locusts, ants, caterpillars, mealworms and crickets... For those brave enough, there’s even a daily bug-eating contest as well as the usual chilli-eating challenge.
Gastronomic Glastonbury ...That’s the term some have used over the years to describe the festival, which features local artisan producers and street food vendors from around the world, offering everything from crème brulee campervans to smoked salmon tastings. The variety is one of its strong points, and, like Glasto, it’s a really family friendly event too – with a kids’ zone and cookery school where miniature foodies can make, decorate, experiment and learn how carbon dioxide makes dough rise in bread bubble bombs, or how to make homemade sherbet. Dance to live music from local favourites including Harry and the Gondolas with a cocktail from the Rum Galleon, or bask in the sun atop the double-decker BarBus before stopping for a bite at the restaurant tents, which champion new eateries. • foodiesfestival.com
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HATTUSA Charlotte Gallagher discovers another jewel in Bristol’s culinary crown – where old-world elegance complements contemporary British cooking
idden gem. It’s a term habitually overused, but a claim perfectly justified, and used entirely in its correct context, when applied to two AA-rosette restaurant Hattusa – the fine dining eatery housed within Bristol’s beautiful boutique hotel Berwick Lodge. And here’s for why. For a start, yes it actually is a bit off the beaten track. While only a 15-minute drive from central Bristol, it’s on the outskirts of the city, not far from the bustle of the M5 – but only in terms of geography. There’s a real sense of peace about the place – every inch the calm country retreat, set within 18 acres of verdant parkland with lovely views stretching across to Wales, and reached after riding past fieldfuls of wobbling spring calves (enthusiastic chorus of aahs, duly cued). Having parked up beside an ornate fountain, we crunched over the gravel and pushed open a set of heavy wooden doors, bringing Berwick’s attractive interior into view. Dating back to the 1890s, the manor house itself is something really quite special – imposing and welcoming in equal measure, with giant crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, and gorgeous furnishings abounding. Keen to sink into some such chattel, we were shown into the lounge – replete with cosy fireside alcove, routinely plumped velveteen cushions and sumptuous sofas – and offered the drinks menu along with a slate stacked with lemon and poppyseed straws and a diminutive dish of hummus. Eager to see how the place was defining itself via
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the language of libation, I opted for the signature cocktail – Prosecco with a touch of rose, and a fat-and-juicy edible hibiscus flower floating in the centre of its tall-stemmed glass – which told me, in no uncertain terms, that the intention here is well-executed elegance. This objective matches naturally with the restaurant’s interior, which we had a chance to take note of once shown through stone pillar archways and seated among the oldworld sophistication of the setting. But unlike many a finedining establishment’s, Hattusa’s Friday night scene was less hushed formality and more relaxed, contemporary vibes – all part of the home-from-home experience envisioned for guests by the hotel’s creative owners, Sarah and Fevzi Arikan. The new season’s à la carte the focus of our attention, my hungry companion J instantly selected the braised and crispy mussels with wild garlic, samphire, asparagus and peas, and was consequently very pleased; while I ordered a similarly spring-like vegetarian dish of wild garlic – foraged from the hotel grounds – and asparagus veloute with pickled quail egg, truffle brioche and brie toastie. While some would have no doubt relished it, for me, the veloute was slightly overpowering in its garlickiness, and rather too plentiful for the delicate and perfectly delicious remaining elements of the dish, especially once a little more was poured over them by our friendly server. The highlight of Hattusa’s opening gambit was, instead, an amuse bouche of cured sea trout with burnt orange and a tangy orange sherbet dusting – as well as the light olive and harissa bread, and the incredible homemade blue cheese and
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mustard bread. That went down a storm with us two turophiles, especially between ladylike glugs of our recommended wines – handpicked by the passionate sommelier, and part of an unpretentious list assembled from across the globe, including one particularly conscientious 100% carbon neutral supplier. J supped away on a rich red, while I was rightly advised to go for a fruity sauvignon that really added to my chosen seafood. Continuing down the piscine route, J next chose the brill with wild garlic, peas, a terrific crispy-potato terrine, pickled cockles and a saltand-vinegar powder that brought back memories of visiting Poole Quay as a kid; and I joined her via my choice of gurnard. This dish came with warm spiced fennel and potato salad, as well as tasty little mouthfuls of salt and pepper squid in a lemongrass and coconut broth that demonstrated the occasional Asian twists we’d heard tell of.
... J chose the brill with wild garlic, peas, a terrific crispy-potato terrine, pickled cockles and a salt and vinegar powder that brought back memories of visiting Poole Quay as a kid... While we were expertly and affably looked after by the eatery’s waiting team, a chat with the chef – down-to-earth Roux scholar, Paul O’Neill – injected a welcome extra element of warmth and humour into the evening. Having trained with Claridge’s in London, Paul came to the Berwick kitchen from Ashdown Park Hotel in Surrey and has continued the line of modern British cuisine – supporting local producers that share the hotel’s pro-environmental ethos, and populating the menus with the sustainable produce growing in the kitchen garden now maintained by former royal gardener Robert Dunster (more on that in our gardening column next issue). Always delighted when the dessert comes our way – let alone unexpected dessert – we were pretty thrilled by the pre-pud that arrived next. The soft, unassuming oblong of bread and butter pudding with accompanying apple sorbet was the perfect precursor to my sharp yet ambrosial lime tart with squidgy cubes of lime marshmallow, honeycomb ice cream and vanilla cream cheese. J was equally satisfied by her rhubarb and ginger cake, set among poached pieces of the fruit, a scoop of rhubarb and custard ice cream, and a gingery crumb. Our only regret? Not taking up one of the hotel’s 14 opulent, individually designed bedrooms and saving ourselves the unflattering post-prandial waddle back down the driveway to the car... ■ • berwicklodge.co.uk
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NEW MINI, MORE FUN Despite the vagaries of the British weather, UK drivers remain romantically optimistic when it comes to open-air motoring. On a sunny spring day, Chris Lilly ‘drops the top’ and enjoys the many pleasures of the new Mini Convertible...
or some delightfully British reason, residents of these often rainy isles love a convertible car – and there are few models more suited to UK buyers than the latest Mini Convertible. The popular drop-top has a reputation for being stylish and fun to drive, so the newest model has a lot to live up to. Thankfully for potential buyers, there are some very strong foundations beneath that fashionable exterior. Mirroring much of the Mini Hatch's engine range, the Convertible is available in Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works specifications, with power figures ranging from 116hp for the dieselpowered Cooper D, to 231hp for the full-bodied JCW Convertible. Tested is the entry-level Cooper Convertible which comes with the BMW Group's excellent 1.5 litre, three-cylinder, turbo-charged petrol engine producing 136hp. It's well suited to the Mini Convertible and, when matched to the slick six-speed manual gearbox, is a joy to drive enthusiastically. The rev-needle flies around the dial when you put your foot down, and although it lacks the outright punch of the 2.0 litre Cooper S, the Mini Cooper Convertible is a really enjoyable car to drive down your favourite country road. The 0-62mph sprint is completed in 8.8 seconds which is sprightly enough for most, before topping out at 129mph. It's not just the engine, though, that provides all of the driving thrills. Almost more importantly for a Mini is how good the handling is. Despite the loss of chassis stiffness due to losing the roof, Mini's engineers have done a very good job of strengthening the underside and sills to compensate. The upshot is that you get a convertible that only shakes and shudders when you hit the most uneven of surfaces. This was inadvertently put to the test by taking a wrong turning and ending up on The Ridgeway during part of the test drive, but at least the Mini Convertible's strength has been fully reviewed. On more conventional roads, the Mini Convertible handles very well for a drop-top. The grip and handling available aren't going to worry hot-hatch drivers. Instead, the dynamics offer a far more usable experience, allowing drivers to have a laugh in the Mini Convertible while at sensible speeds. It's nimble, supple, and nippy – despite carrying a couple of small adults' worth of extra weight thanks to the stiffening measures required. Of greater interest to many, though, is how it drives around town. Thankfully, those previously listed attributes suit tight car parks, small junctions, bumpy roads, and traffic light getaways just as well as a sweeping B-road. The Convertible works well in urban environments, and it is only the relatively limited rear visibility that means it isn't ideally suited to life as a city car. There's either a large rear pillar limiting the over-the-shoulder visibility, or the folded roof sitting on top
of the boot lid gives something else to look over. It's all part of the Mini Convertible's charm though, and the roof folding back as it does, means the boot space is larger than it would otherwise be if stowed away. However, don't buy the Mini Convertible as a load-lugger, as you will be disappointed. The boot could hardly be described as capacious, but Mini has increased the space by around 25% over the previous version so there is now much more usable space available for a few suitcases, and more than enough for a good weekly supermarket shop. The cabin benefits from increased dimensions too. Mini has given the Convertible a longer wheelbase and wider track, which not only helps the driving dynamics, but also passenger space. Again, don't buy a Mini Convertible as a family workhorse, but there are two seats in the rear which would be usable for children – or adults at a squeeze. This motor is effectively a two-seater with occasional rear space, and those front seats are comfortable, with more than enough space for occupants. Equipment levels are extremely good too. Kit available includes rearparking camera and sensors – which help circumnavigate the rear visibility limitations – satellite navigation, DAB radio with Bluetooth/USB connectivity, a Union Jack decorated roof, alloy wheels, and electrically operated roof which opens and closes in 18 seconds at speeds up to 18mph. There is also a connected infotainment option that features a rain warning app. This will send an alert to your smartphone if rain is forecast where the Convertible is parked and the roof is open. With prices starting at £19,265, the Mini Convertible could be seen as a little pricey, but it offers good value for money for those looking for a fun drop-top with summer around the corner. It’s not expensive to run, considering the Mini Convertible isn’t pitched as a practical car either, with fuel economy figures 57.6mpg quoted as being possible. There are few rivals that can match its blend of pace, handling and practicality too. The likes of Fiat’s 500c and the DS 3 Cabrio are both smaller, while VW’s Beetle Cabriolet isn’t as fun to drive and costs more to buy and run. So with warmer weather now here, the Mini Convertible is a great choice to have as a summer runabout. As anyone who has driven a convertible car will tell you, there are few better experiences you can have on the open road than cruising with the top down and blue skies up above. There’s the added bonus that you can easily use the Mini Convertible the rest of the year too, for the majority of the days when it’s raining here in the UK... ■ • mini.co.uk
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THE ROBOTS ARE COMING Marvel or menace? Marianne Swinkels investigates the world-leading robotics work being carried out right here in Bristol as part of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’
Some projects feature robots with 3D printed fingertips that can ‘feel’; while others monitor anxiety levels, control instruments during operations, ‘eat’ pollution or identify underwater hazards
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Bristol’s state-of-the-art academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics is home to some 200 researchers and practitioners (all photography © Bristol Robotics Laboratory)
he age of the robot is nigh. And with it, huge ethical and societal implications sparking off ‘upside versus downside’ debates in political, philosophical and industrial arenas across the globe. Who knows whether the voiced concerns are justified as we head for the socalled 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution)? Will science fiction fantasy turn to scary reality? Will fears that robots are destined to take over a near apocalyptic world, RoboCop-style, be validated? Even Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest living scientific minds, has flagged up a warning – that, along with the benefits, come inevitable dangers. One thing is for sure. There’s an undeniable and unstoppable change underway as the development, creativity and sophistication of artificial intelligence technology – the power of machines to learn, communicate and interact with us – gathers force at a tsunami-like rate. You’ll have heard of driverless cars, yet in the next decade or two we can expect to see autonomous aircraft, robots at work and home, swarms – armies of small robots with a hive-like group behaviour – and software, some of which will be able to make their own decisions without human intervention, across many aspects of our daily lives. Like it or not, somehow or other the robots really are coming. And one of the epicentres of this new cyber world and robo revolution is right here in Bristol. Our innovative city is home to the world-leading Bristol Robotics Laboratory – the groundbreaking, all-singing, alldancing state-of-the-art academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research. It is, to boot, an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence where some 200 researchers, boffins and practitioners are dedicated to developing technology which will allow us access to a brave new world and undertake tasks currently well beyond our possibilities. And these finest minds are reassuringly tuned in to the sometimes controversial and divisive issues surrounding the huge ‘benefits versus risks to society’ debate as the whole embedded intelligence field catapults from mere fiction to hard fact. Few doubt that our interaction with and dependency on robots is a certainty, though many fret about the threats posed by an automated future. Will robots be our slaves or saviours? Manipulate, facilitate or obliterate? While there may be no definite answers, somewhere up the road in UWE’s Frenchay campus, the experts certainly do get the future big picture. This top lab even boasts a ‘robot ethicist’ – an impressive world-first of a role – in the form of the real-life human Professor Alan Winfield, whose job is dedicated to pondering exactly such matters. And his reasoned view is this: “Intelligent robotics is a technology likely to impact every aspect of future life and society: robots will, for
example, change the way we treat illness, look after the elderly, how we run our homes and workplaces, how we manage our waste, harvest our crops, or mine for resources and – I’m sorry to say – how we fight our wars. But as we build smarter robots, the boundaries between robots as mere machines and robots as friends or companions, will become blurred, raising new and challenging ethical questions. This potential is both exciting and frightening.” Let us look at the positives and take a drone’s-eye view of the impressive person-centered developments being spearheaded in the lab – a unique UWE and University of Bristol collaboration. It is, for sure, a real-life robot wonderland with its vast flying arena, test pool, mechanical workshops, wet labs, assisted living studio et al. And the plethora of constantly evolving research and development projects is amazing: a thousand-strong swarm of intelligent robots undergoing thought experiments; a new generation of robots set to do maintenance tasks in dangerous nuclear sites and hazardous environments; prototypes that can deal with bomb disposal, waste segregation, radiation detection and a ‘Row-bot’ that ‘eats’ pollution, generating the electricity to power itself by swallowing dirty water. They are exploring the challenges of aerial robots, giving them the intelligence to fly and help with radiation tracing, collapsed buildings surveyance, identifying underwater hazards and collecting environmental data. And the lab’s pioneering work frequently hits the headlines for its far-reaching and valuable medical, healthcare and social projects. The Assisted Living Centre focuses on the role of robots caring for the elderly and disabled: intelligent robot assistants and smart devices designed to help people with dressing, nutrition and mobility; smart garments that can monitor health status and the use of voice and gesture recognition to aid communication. Another team is pushing forward with tactile robots that have human-like dexterity, an artificial sense of touch and even 3D printed fingertips that can ‘feel’. Their healthcare goals include helping hundreds of thousands of stroke survivors regain use of their hands, and independence. And they’ve been given a £4million go-ahead for a wearable robotic project to improve keyhole surgery – a ‘gripper’ hand which fits over a surgeon’s own to control instruments during operations. And then there’s SAM, short for Self-Help for Anxiety Management – a mobile robot able to sense, monitor and manage a person’s anxiety levels in different contexts and environments. I’ve got one on order! And I’m happily in line for all and any positive robo assistance designed to make the advancing years easier to manage. Who knows what the future will bring? I guess only time will tell. Or someone in that Bristol lab. ■ • brl.ac.uk
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BRISTOL UPDATES BITE-SIZED BUSINESS NEWS FROM ACROSS THE CITY
BEMMY BOBBY BASE BACK IN BUSINESS
WELCOME TO BRISTOL
After a successful April event, Bristol FinTech is hosting its next on 5 July, for financial technology entrepreneurs and business owners looking to find solutions to their business challenges. Bristol FinTech 2017 follows a successful inaugural event last year that saw both start-ups and growth businesses gather in the city. The five-way collaboration between Barclays, Clarke Willmott LLP, Deepbridge Capital, Hargreaves Lansdown and PwC sees specialists and experts on hand to help provide answers to questions from the sector. “Last year links were forged and discussions were held that demonstrated that a FinTech conversation is needed in Bristol and not just in London,” said Philippa Hann of Clarke Willmott (pictured). “This year we are inviting questions from attendees that will form the basis of two workshop sessions where we’ll be getting the creative juices flowing and allowing businesses to work together on a specific challenge. We hope they will use the opportunity to engage the brains of our specialists and their fellow entrepreneurs on some real-life issues.”
Rehabilitation case management business HCML is opening a new office in Temple Gate which will employ 10 people within two years. The Bristol team will support people injured in accidents by project managing their healthcare and recovery, recommending treatment plans and coordinating healthcare professionals, insurers, employers and solicitors. It will work with insurance firms and solicitors by managing a fast-track rehabilitation service to support musculoskeletal insurance claims like whiplash – which have risen by 50 per cent over the past decade to record levels (878,000 in 2015, according to the government’s claims portal). “Our skill comes from knowing which cases to escalate and which to fasttrack,” said chief executive Keith Bushnell, who’ll offer a new type of “triage assessment” from the Bristol office – a speedy, structured telephone interview to put people on the right clinical pathway. “We will simplify administration for insurance firms and solicitors referring patients, and many of these firms will be from the buoyant business community in Bristol,” he added.
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A historic Bristol building has been given a new lease of life as creative studios for local creative technology firm Preconstruct Ltd. The former Victorian police station on Bedminster Parade, which first opened its doors back in July 1882 to serve as the station and administrative offices for Bedminster's 'Old Bill', will now serve as a creative hub after an extensive refurbishment. The building, which stood empty for a number of years and fell into disrepair, has seen many of the period features restored, and disused parts of the building brought back to life. Modern features were sympathetically introduced in order to marry the old with the new and the seven Victorian police cells have been restored in order to play a very different role as potential meeting rooms, AV suites and recording studios as well as a handy bike store. Preconstruct, a business which specialises in 3D animation, virtual reality and architectural visualisation, is based in part of the building, while there’s further unoccupied office space available for other businesses working within the creative and creative technology sectors. "As a company founded in Bristol, we are understandably excited to work in a building which is very much part of the city's heritage landscape,” commented Matthew Allen, founder of Preconstruct, who saw the potential of the Victorian landmark as a creative studio, and promptly took on the aptly named 'Old Police Station BS3' project. "The restoration works have really delivered an interesting workspace from which to nurture and grow our business and its convenient location also means that many of our staff can walk or cycle into work,” he continued. “It's been a privilege to return this building to its former glory."
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“TRAPPED IN A LOVELESS MARRIAGE” Alison Dukes, a family solicitor at AMD Solicitors reviews the Court of Appeal case of Owens v Owens.
FAMILY LAW BIG HITTER JOINS BURGES SALMON’S FAMILY LAW AND DIVORCE TEAM The family law and divorce team at Burges Salmon appoints legal director Alison Hawes
lison Hawes joined Burges Salmon as a consultant at the beginning of February, having previously been a partner in the family law team at Irwin Mitchell where she established and developed a team at the top of the market in Bristol and the South West. Prior to this, Alison was the head of TLT's specialist family team where she also had business development responsibility for its Private Business Group. She has been described in Legal 500 as “one of the most senior, able and respected solicitors on the circuit" and is ranked as a Star Individual in the Chambers UK Guide. Alison’s experience encompasses all aspects of family law, in particular financial cases involving complex assets including businesses. She has a niche specialism in cohabitation law, especially Schedule 1 Children Act claims. Alison is a Collaborative family lawyer and a member of both the Bristol POD and Resolution Alison says: “Burges Salmon’s family law team has an enviable national reputation and I am glad to join the firm to help the team develop its family business client-base across the South West.” This news follows the appointment of senior associate Nicky Howarth, also previously of Irwin Mitchell and TLT, who joined Burges Salmon’s family law team in November 2016. Burges Salmon’s family law and divorce team provides advice to clients both before marriage or living together and on separation or divorce. Its lawyers advise on the legal and financial implications of marriage, separation and divorce, cohabitation, civil partnership dissolution and arrangements for children. Burges Salmon is an independent UK law firm based in Bristol and London which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. The firm won CSR Firm of the Year at last year’s Bristol Law Society Awards, and was shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year at the Insider South West Dealmakers Awards 2016. Burges Salmon, One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX. Visit: burgessalmon.com or call: 0117 939 2000.
he 2017 Court of Appeal case of Owens v Owens has highlighted the difficulties that can arise in a fault based divorce system. In order to obtain a divorce a Petitioner has to prove that their marriage has irretrievably broken down by reference to one of five statutory factors. These are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, 2 years’ desertion, 2 years’ separation with the other spouse’s consent and 5 years’ separation, in which case consent is not necessary. Mr Owens was born in 1938 and Mrs Owens in 1950. They married in 1978 and separated in February 2015. The wife filed a petition three months later alleging that her husband had behaved in such a way that she could not reasonably be expected to live with him. She referred, amongst other things, to the husband having prioritised work over family, to having failed to provide her with love, attention and affection, to his mood swings and to his critical and undermining manner when speaking to her and about her. The husband indicated an intention to defend the divorce and the wife amended her petition to provide 27 specific examples of some of the behaviour detailed in her petition. At the hearing of the divorce in January 2016 the wife’s petition was dismissed and she then appealed to the Court of Appeal. It was argued on her behalf that the cumulative effect of the husband’s behaviour had worn her down, that she was unhappy and had been embarrassed and that she felt she could no longer live with the husband. By contrast, the husband viewed the wife’s allegations as “the stuff of every day married life”. The wife’s appeal was dismissed. Unless the husband will now consent to a divorce based on 2 years’ separation the wife is likely to have to remain married until she can issue proceedings again in February 2020. The result is that she will be unable to seek a resolution of all financial matters between her and her husband until that point, unless agreement can be reached in the interim. In my experience it is very rare for a petition to be defended, not least because of the cost of doing so and the publicity that may follow. Lady Justice Hallett, one of the Appeal Judges, said that she had reached her decision “with no enthusiasm whatsoever” while adding that it is a matter for Parliament to amend the law and to introduce “no fault” divorce, a step that Parliament has so far shown no signs of having the stomach for. For advice on divorce and other family issues Alison can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0117 9621460 to speak to Alison or one of AMD’s team of specialist family solicitors based at our office at 100 Henleaze Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4JZ 100 Henleaze Road, Henleaze BS9 4JZ 15 The Mall, Clifton BS8 4DS 139 Whiteladies Road, Clifton BS8 2PL 2 Station Road, Shirehampton BS11 9TT © AMD Solicitors
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THE DANGERS OF DIY WILLS AND WHY TO AVOID THEM JOELLE ALLEN,
Head of Wills at Barcan+Kirby, looks at DIY Wills and why they are best avoided.
When it comes to writing a Will, it can be tempting to follow the DIY route. After all, why pay a professional for something you can do yourself? However without the advice of an expert, it’s surprisingly easy to make mistakes.
espite the average person now living to the age of 80, many people are making a Will too late in life - or are simply not making one at all. So why is this? There are numerous reasons, but the cost of a professionally written Will is likely to be a significant factor for many.
Whether you look online or buy an off-the-shelf pack for £10, there’s plenty of information available for anyone writing their own Will, but the availability of such resources only reinforces the notion that writing your own Will is something easily done without the help of a professional.
What is a DIY Will? A Will is a legally binding document setting out how your property, personal belongings and other assets are to be distributed after your death. A DIY Will essentially lets you draw up the Will yourself – but without professional help and without paying legal fees. For those with relatively straightforward affairs, this can seem appealing. But it certainly isn’t without risks. If you have children, have been married before or have a business to protect, you really need to question whether DIY Will writing is a risk worth taking.
DIY Will versus a professional Will DIY Wills may appear good value but even the simplest of mistakes can make the Will ambiguous. If the Will isn’t witnessed correctly, or if the document is signed in the wrong place, your Will may not be valid. Or it may be that your Will simply doesn't accurately reflect your wishes due to the way in which it has been written. Of course, the danger of this is that you die intestate – or die without a valid Will in place. This means your wishes could be challenged, or worst still, disregarded entirely. It also means that your assets and possessions might not go to the people you intended. At the very least, it’s likely to be stressful, upsetting and potentially costly for your loved ones. However, having a solicitor draw up the Will for you will ensure the document meets your requirements and is valid from the day of signing.
What is the best option for me? For some people, the DIY route may appear to be suitable – for example, if you’re simply leaving everything to your spouse. But writing your own Will is a serious matter that requires careful consideration. If you have children (or step-children), you own property, have had previous marriages (and divorces) or are trying to reduce your inheritance tax liability, I strongly recommend speaking to a solicitor to ensure that your Will is drafted correctly, accurately reflects your wishes and will take effect upon your death. n Joelle Allen is an Associate Solicitor and Head of Wills at Barcan+Kirby. You can contact her at email@example.com or on 0117 325 2929. www.barcankirby.co.uk
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FAMILY PLANNER What’s on in Bristol for little ones to enjoy this month?
Gangsta Granny, Bristol Hippodrome, Wednesday 31 May – Saturday 3 June, times vary Tea and biscuits at Nanny’s house are the best, but what if all wasn’t quite as it seemed? David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book Gangsta Granny hits the Hippodrome with Birmingham Stage Company, the producers of Horrible Histories, at the helm. Watch as Ben’s quiet, cabbage-filled Friday night with his Granny quickly takes an unexpected turn, as she reveals a big secret – and takes him on a whirlwind adventure! Jam-packed with laughs and excitement, Gangsta Granny is suited to audiences of all ages. Tickets from £19; atgtickets.com
Much Ado About Puffin comes to Tobacco Factory Theatres – image © Adam Laity
Image © Mark Douet
DON’T MISS... Toddler Takeover: Come Rain, Come Shine, At-Bristol, Friday 12 May, 10am – 4pm Toddler Takeover is back and this time it’s all about the wonderful weather, with a range of exciting activities designed to delight and educate mischievous toddlers. Keep your head in the clouds and create your own at the lab, see what happens to feathers and flags in the wind machine and float back down to earth for a reading of The Missing Puddle at the end of the day. Tickets cost £6.25; atbristol.org.uk
Sport Family Fun Day, UWE Centre for Sport, Saturday 13 May, 10am – 3pm Staff, students and local families are invited to a jam-packed day of sports, including trampolining, tennis, hockey, football,
inflatables and more. Suitable for ages five to 13, this annual event will also feature a barbeque – the perfect pick-me-up after hours of exercise! Entrance is £1 per child on the door; uwe.ac.uk
Heritage Train Rides, M Shed, Saturday 13 May, Sunday 14 May & Saturday 27 May – Monday 29 May, 11am – 4pm All aboard! The Bristol Harbour Railway, built in the 1870s, is open to visitors looking for an interactive slice of Bristol history. Led by two Bristol-built steam locomotives, Henbury and Portbury, the trip runs between M Shed and the ss Great Britain, or M Shed and Ashton Bridge, offering two unique views of the city. Tickets cost £2 for a single, £3 for a return, children under six travel free; bristolmuseums.org.uk
My First Ballet: Cinderella, Bristol Hippodrome, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May, times vary Take your budding ballerinas to this perfectly tailored children’s ballet, featuring a narrator to help little ones follow the story and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s beautiful score. Watch as current students of the English National Ballet School recreate the classic rags-to-riches tale in this inspiring show, suitable for ages three upwards. Tickets from £11.50; atgtickets.com
Treasure Island Story Walk, Bristol Docks, Saturday 27 May – Sunday 4 June, 2pm & 4pm Ahoy there, me hearties! Fancy following in the footsteps of Long John Silver and the like? Show Of Strength Theatre’s Treasure Island Story Walk reveals the dark secrets, dirty deeds and hornswaggling antics of 70 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
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Much Ado About Puffin, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Tuesday 30 – Wednesday 31 May, 11am & 2pm Bristol-based artists Open Attic present a charming story about making friends, expressed non-verbally through puppetry and Sarah Moody’s exquisite score. Sail the high seas and discover the tale of a lonely man, a puffin, and a lot of fuss over nothing at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Suitable for ages four and above. Tickets cost £9; tobaccofactorytheatres.com
The Pixie’s Scarf, Theatre Tropicana, Weston-Super-Mare, Wednesday 31 May – Thursday 1 June, 11am Imagine scrabbling around in your garden one day and discovering a secret door which leads to a wonderous, beautiful world...the world of The Wee Folk. This is what happens to unsuspecting human Dicky Bundle, who has to strike a deal with the Queen of the Pixies or risk losing her magical scarf – the key to the Pixie land – forever. Tickets cost £7 or £24 for a family of four; tobaccofactorytheatres.com
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By Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
RAISING THE ROOF
t’s amazing to think that Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls opened its doors over 25 years before women were given the right to vote. This year marks the school’s 125th anniversary, and we have lined up an exciting array of events to celebrate its rich history. Kicking off the proceedings, more than 400 children performed in a momentous concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. Pupils were joined on stage by Old Girls, current staff and professional musicians as they played a series of stunning pieces to more than 800 audience members recently. The concert was a truly collaborative event, as pupils and staff from The Grange, Inglefield House, Monmouth School, HMSG and the Monmouth Male Voice Choir sang, strummed and plucked their hearts out. Challenging music by Khachaturian, Stravinsky and Bernstein was executed perfectly by the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Symphony Orchestra, and the Senior Strings gave an outstanding performance of Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings. In a glorious finale, everyone on stage wowed the crowd with a stirring rendition of In These Stones Horizons Sing by Karl Jenkins, directed by HMSG’s Mario Conway. The beloved teacher, who is retiring this summer after 35 years of loyal service to the school, was given a standing ovation at the end of the show. I’m so very proud of all the hard work by our pupils and staff. It was particularly wonderful to welcome Old Girl, Professor Jane Glover CBE, to the stage. The world-renowned Mozart conductor shows our current musicians just what is possible with hard work and passion for music. We are delighted that Professor Glover has agreed to be a patron as HMSG launches its appeal for a new performing arts centre. Still to come, we have a commemorative summer ball, an Old Girls’ reunion, and an HMSG alumnae sports day and lunch. And award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author, Clare Balding OBE, will be speaking at a special evening event in October. *The Schools have an established bus route covering the Thornbury area. For more information, visit habs-monmouth.org, call 01600 710433 for Monmouth School or 01600 711104 for HMSG. THEBRISTOLMAG.CO.UK
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Protecting Teens from Meningitis The stats, the facts, and the vaccines.
ne of the enduring myths of meningitis – is that it only affects babies and young children. In fact, meningitis can affect anyone, of any age, at any time. One of the most ‘at risk’ groups often overlooked is…young people aged between 15 and 24 years. Up to a quarter of students carry the bacteria that can cause meningitis compared to one in ten of the general population. Over 12% of all cases occur in the 15 to 24 age group, with firstyear students being at particular risk.
That’s why ‘a Life for a Cure’ is partnering with charity Meningitis Now to help raise awareness within this group and encourage greater take-up of the vaccine for Men ACWY in the build up to and during Student Awareness Week in October. They’ll be helping to extend contacts and working relations with a number of nationwide universities, supporting a social media campaign for young people and providing a range of awareness materials to help drive home the message with students and their parents. They are also asking parents to be on the lookout for a letter from their GP (addressed to their child) calling for them to get their Men ACWY vaccine before they head off to university in the Autumn. It is crucial to have this before they embark on their new lifestyle full of distractions and realistically, more interesting ways of spending their time rather than having a vaccine! This was reinforced by figures released by Public Health England last year showing that just 11.1% of 18-year-olds, eligible to get the Men ACWY vaccine, had taken up the offer. That leaves about half a million young people in England in that age group still at risk from the disease. “Ryan didn’t make it to University having lost him extremely suddenly to meningitis when he was just 16. Our aim has always been for some to good to come from our devastating loss and prevent other parents experiencing the pain of losing a child. Hopefully, our work with Meningitis Now to extend the ongoing campaign aimed at students and parents will encourage more of them to take this simple and potentially lifesaving step, and we'll see this percentage increase,” ‘a Life for a Cure’ founder, Michelle Bresnahan said.
It’s important because vaccines are the only way to prevent meningitis. It’s vital not to be complacent about the threat of the disease and for all those eligible to take up their lifesaving vaccines.
What meningitis vaccines are available? Current vaccinations include: • From August 2015 the Men ACWY vaccination programme is being delivered to teenagers and first-time students in a carefully planned programme over three years. The priority is to vaccinate all teenagers in school years 9 to 13 before they complete school year 13. This replaces the routine teenage Men C booster given in school with the Men ACWY vaccine. • Men B was added to the UK Immunisation Schedule from 1 September 2015. The vaccine is, however, only offered to babies born on or after 1 May 2015 and doses are given at 2 months, 4 months and a booster at 12 months. Despite the 823,345 signed petition presented to the Government last year, the NHS fails to protect other age groups with this vaccine, so the only option is to obtain it privately through high-street chemists Boots and Superdrug, local chemists and medical clinics. • Other vaccines for babies include Hib and Men C. Travel vaccines are available for people visiting countries where there is a risk of meningococcal disease. A vaccine is also routinely offered to the over 65s in the UK to protect against pneumococcal disease (including meningitis). More details on www.MeningitisNow.org. Medical research and improvements are constantly being made – no vaccine is 100% effective. To protect yourselves and your loved ones you must still be aware of the meningitis signs and symptoms by downloading the app from www.meningitisnow.org or obtain one of the handy cards at Ryan’s Hockey Tournament on Sunday 28th May as detailed on page 74.
The Ultimate Goal ‘a Life for a Cure’ was founded in 2010 to ultimately raise awareness and valuable funds to eradicate this devastating and most infectious disease. This local Bristol charity, operated purely on a voluntary basis, hopes to reach a landmark of £500,000 by next year to contribute to their fundamental mission and the work they do in association with Meningitis Now.
For Ryan’s story and to donate visit:
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y reducing the stresses and strains on the spine during our daily activities, the risk of developing back pain can be lessened. Constantly be aware of good posture both at home and at work.
Every day back check list: • Keep an eye on your posture and ensure your spine is straight. • Take time to improve your muscle tone. Set aside a few minutes each day for deliberately tensing your stomach muscles. • Maintain your correct weight to avoid unnecessary strain on your joints. • Remember to use correct lifting techniques and distribute the weight equally while carrying. • Don’t bend when you could kneel or squat and never stoop or bend over for prolonged periods. • If you have been bending over or sitting for a long time, gently stretch backwards when you stand up. • Good exercises for back and stomach muscles include swimming, walking, cycling and gentle keep fit. • Avoid sit ups, double leg lifts and touching toes. • Always warm up and stretch before sport, and cool down and stretch afterwards.
SPINAL AND BACK PAIN
• Remember many spinal problems can be prevented, some can be self-treated but others do need professional help and advice.
Back pain in its many forms can strike anyone at any time of life. It could be the result of a slipped disc, rheumatism, repeated minor stresses, bone deterioration or an injury. Whatever the reason, it can bring both discomfort and misery to sufferers, seriously affecting their quality of life.
y reducing the stresses and strains on the spine during our daily activities, the risk of developing back pain can be lessened. Constantly be aware of good posture both at home and at work.
Every day back check list: • Keep an eye on your posture and ensure your spine is straight. • Take time to improve your muscle tone. Set aside a few minutes each day for deliberately tensing your stomach muscles.
• Good exercises for back and stomach muscles include swimming, walking, cycling and gentle keep fit. • Avoid sit ups, double leg lifts and touching toes. • Always warm up and stretch before sport, and cool down and stretch afterwards. • Remember many spinal problems can be prevented, some can be self-treated but others do need professional help and advice.
• Maintain your correct weight to avoid unnecessary strain on your joints. • Remember to use correct lifting techniques and distribute the weight equally while carrying.
This event is for anyone who has suffered from back pain and would like to gather more information from the experts and to explore their options for treatment. The event is being at Nuffield Health, Bristol Hospital The Chesterfield on 7th June from 6.15pm. The event will include a presentation from Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Ian Harding. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Light refreshments will be provided from 6.15pm with the talk starting at 6.30pm. Free parking is available on site.
• Don’t bend when you could kneel or squat and never stoop or bend over for prolonged periods. • If you have been bending over or sitting for a long time, gently stretch backwards when you stand up.
Let’s Talk About Back Pain – Open Event
Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital The Chesterfield, 3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1BN
Space are limited so please call 0117 4058 659 to book your place or visit nuffieldhealth.com/book
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HAIR & BEAUTY
EMBRACE THE WAVE Jessica Hope overcomes her tonsurephobia at David Sinclair Hairdressing
eader, I will admit that I have a slight fear of hairdressers. It might be the reason why I have such long hair – it takes me months to pluck up the courage to even book in a trim. But after years of having my locks pulled at and de-knotted, having my hair cut isn’t usually the therapeutic process others might find it. So when asked to write a review of the hair services at David Sinclair salon in Clifton, I took this as an opportunity for my trepidation to be cured. And, oh, wasn’t I pleasantly surprised... Set in the heart of Clifton Village, David Sinclair is an elegant salon for both women and men, with an impressive window display that passersby stop to admire. On the occasion of my visit, the window was filled with large hanging spheres covered in beautifully bright daffodils, perfect for spring. After being greeted by the team – all of whom are senior stylists – I’m taken through a detailed consultation about what types of cut and finish I would like by Tracey, who makes the time to discuss how I usually wear my hair and what I would like to have done. After suggesting how she could change the cut of my hair to help how I style it on a daily basis, she recommends I first have a deep conditioning treatment. She uses the All Soft product range of American professional haircare brand Redken as this treatment moisturises and gives hair a deep condition. Stylist Patrick takes me through this treatment – washing my hair before applying the first round of moisturising cream. After covering my hair with a bag for five minutes in order to retain the moisture, Patrick rinses my hair and applies the Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets Mask – an oil-enriched intensive treatment to nourish my dry ends and roots. After another rinse, my hair is conditioned, and Patrick gives me a deep scalp massage which I can only describe as having the ability to send me to sleep in minutes. My hair is then sprayed with a Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths serum which detangles and strengthens long, damaged hair, and uses 100% vegan ingredients. Nearly all the products that are used on clients in the salon are on sale, so you can take some home with you to ensure your silky, smooth hair can continue in day to day life. With my hair protected and deeply conditioned, it’s ready to cut. I decide to have a couple of inches cut in order to take the dry ends off and ask to have some layers put in to thin my rather thick locks. Aware that I like to keep my natural wave instead of straightening my hair, Tracey says that rather than bluntly cutting the ends in a straight line she thinks giving me more of a choppy cut will give a feathery, lighter feel and accentuate my waves. Whereas previous stylists have been almost intimidated by cutting my hair in the past (it is quite long, usually sitting at waist level, and is very thick), Tracey seems excited to get stuck in and take on the challenge. She admits that hairdressing is a very physical job, especially when cutting hair as long as mine, but says she wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s apparent from the outset that the stylists in David Sinclair’s salon are experienced and dedicated. Tracey has worked at the salon for 20 years, whereas Patrick has been there for the least amount of time out of the whole team – that being all of 11 years. It’s impressive that the staff 78 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
have stayed in the same salon for such a long period of time, which is a testament to the great relationships between all of the stylists and their clients, both old and new. They have clearly built up a reputation over the years – David opened the salon nearly 30 years ago, while the building itself has been a centre for hairdressing in Clifton since 1873. As Tracey carefully cuts my hair, she tells me about how she has loved seeing her regular clients grow up over the years. She explains how one client began coming to the salon when he was just four years old with his mother, adamant that he didn’t want his hair cut and scowling while Tracey cut his hair. That little boy is now 19 and still comes into the salon on a regular basis – nowadays without his mum – and gladly chats away to Tracey during his appointments. And the salon’s clients don’t just come from the Clifton area – they travel from all across Bristol and some clients even visit from across the country – the likes of London and Wales – to have their hair cut, coloured and blow-dried, which is a testament to their service and high standards of styling. With my hair neatly cut, Tracey then sprays my damp hair with TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray before it is blow-dried with a barrel brush, curled at the ends in order to emphasise my natural wave. It is then finished with a light Pureology Smooth Perfection Smoothing Serum, making it smell delightful and adding a little frizz control. The outcome? My hair feels softer and more lightweight, the cut certainly shapes my face better, and my waves feel bouncier. And that fear of visiting the hairdressers a distant memory; I left feeling ultrarelaxed, having thoroughly enjoyed my visit. • davidsinclair.net
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Acne is a very common and sometimes stubborn skin complaint, which can really effect your self-esteem. It can be most common in teenagers, but can also appear for the first time in the mid-twenties or even later. Acne can be particularly frustrating for adults, a treatment that worked so well during our teen years can be useless — or make acne worse. Adult acne can be caused by the following; Stress • Menopause • Hormonal problems Using the wrong type of skincare • Over cleansing your skin At EF Medispa, we offer treatments that are not just for the reduction of the acne itself, but to also assist with the reduction of scarring, which can be the result of acne. Call us to book a FREE consultation on 0117 911 8628
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5 Reasons to Try Acupuncture By Acupuncturist Candice Behan for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).
cupuncture and Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and supporting people with a wide range of conditions. Here are a few for which it can be especially helpful.
Fertility Acupuncture enhances fertility by reducing stress, balancing the endocrine system, and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. This increases the chances that an egg will be properly nourished and carried to full term. And since most female fertility issues begin with irregularities of the menstrual cycle, women can choose to have Acupuncture to correct their cycle before they want to conceive. Infertility affects both women and men, and Acupuncture can be helpful for both.
Pain Relief Pain is the leading affliction for which people seek Acupuncture. Many people take extremely addictive medications to ease chronic pain syndromes which can often be effectively relieved by Acupuncture. Research shows that after traditional Acupuncture, our body’s opioid receptors are more available, or receptive, to our own types of hormones and chemicals that help stop pain. Whether it’s an injury, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, back pain, or any other type of pain, Acupuncture can be helpful.
Depression and Anxiety According to Traditional Chinese Medicine of which Acupuncture theory and practice forms
part, Acupuncture is thought to work by moving energy; stress can stop the natural flow of energy which produces symptoms such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of natural endorphins found in the brain. These substances provide a feeling of ‘wellbeing’ which positively affect mood. A 2013 study found that Acupuncture could be a more efficient and faster treatment than fluoxetine (Prozac) for depression, without the potentially adverse side-effects.
Autoimmune Diseases More than eighty chronic illnesses make up this category of ill health, which includes conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease. Conventional medications aim to supress the immune response with varying degrees of effectiveness and toxicity. These drugs do not address the underlying cause of the disorder. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, autoimmune disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. These imbalances disrupt the flow of energy resulting in a variety of symptoms. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance, addressing the root of the disorder and specific symptoms that are unique to the individual. Clinical research has shown that Acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and various parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. In this way, Acupuncture can affect a multitude of symptoms, resulting in improved quality of life, and greater control of the autoimmune disease.
Cancer Treatment Side-Effects Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can come with severe side effects. Acupuncture can help to improve nausea, pain, hair loss, mouth sores, hot flashes, and fatigue associated with these, and to increase the body’s overall immune response. Anyone going through chemotherapy may benefit from seeing an Acupuncturist as part of their treatment protocol. Acupuncture
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can help make them stronger both physically and mentally. The benefits of Acupuncture can be greatly enhanced by changes to diet and lifestyle. CNM-trained Acupuncturists are also trained as Naturopaths, qualified to provide dietary and lifestyle advice to help get the best results for their clients. If you are not sure whether Acupuncture is an appropriate therapy for your condition, consult a qualified Acupuncturist, or book in at a CNM Student Acupuncture Clinic. You can train to become a Naturopathic Acupuncturist at CNM colleges in Bristol, London or Dublin.
Attend a FREE Open Evening to find out about part time training Geoff Don with CNM Bristol for a career as a Naturopathic Nutritionist or Naturopathic Acupuncturist.
Wednesday 24th May 7pm. For more details and to book please visit:
www.naturopathy-uk.com 01342 410 505
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WALK | THE WALK
Andrew Swift looks at May’s walking festival and previews a few programme highlights
ristol is one of the best cities in the world to explore on foot, with a history and a culture as dramatic and diverse as its location. Where other cities are flat or gently undulating, Bristol has steep hills, vertiginous cliffs and rocky gorges. Prospects and panoramas abound – from the terraces of Totterdown to the slopes of Brandon Hill, from Windmill Hill to Purdown, and from Troopers Hill to Kingsweston. It is fitting, therefore, that the city is home to the UK’s biggest urban celebration of walking. Throughout May, Bristol Walk Fest offers a programme of over 150 walks, many free, and ranging from gentle strolls to strenuous hikes – catering for all ages and numerous interests. Opportunities to see the city from a new perspective include the newly developed South Skyline Walk, which follows the Malago Greenway to the high escarpment south of the city and includes such little-known gems as Perrett’s and Redcatch Parks. Other walks take you right out of the city, to Severn Beach, Wotton under Edge or Goblin Combe near Nailsea. Not that you need to go that far in search of adventure. One of Bristol’s most dramatic landscapes can be found at Coombe Dingle, where scenery of almost Alpine splendour is to be explored by architectural historian Dr Tim Mowl, who’ll lead a Jane Austen-inspired walk along ‘a carriage drive to the Castle Perilous’. Literature of a less genteel stamp is celebrated in a Treasure Island walk devised by the Show of Strength Theatre Company, which visits hidden caves and spy holes on the trail of pirates and buccaneers. The grittier side of Bristol’s history is also explored in walks recalling the riots that shook the city in 1831 and the legacy of the tobacco industry. The key to much of Bristol’s character lies in its role as a great port. The docks may have closed in 1973, but 44 years without cargo ships tying up in the city centre does not erase a spirit which took a millennium to evolve. That spirit is celebrated in a series of harbourside walks, including one by the world-famous Natural Theatre Company. Entitled ‘Bristol: The Movie’, it invites you to follow the director of a film featuring characters from the city’s past, wandering from the M Shed to the ss Great Britain and spinning an increasingly bizarre and hilarious storyline. Activity down at the docks had an impact far beyond the harbourside, however, for the wealth it generated allowed 82 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
wealthy merchants to move to the airy heights of Clifton – creating one of Britain’s most spectacular urban landscapes – or to mansions farther out, where they lived amid parks designed by great landscape gardeners. These parks are now open to all, and their delights feature in several of the walks, as do those of Bristol’s most celebrated open space – the Downs. Among the walks based here is one tracking a lost Roman road, and another following the course of a forgotten tramway down the gorge, while a third gives you a chance to clamber up a gully grazed by goats. Bristol’s history is not something preserved in aspic, but part of a living, evolving continuum, as anyone who wanders the city’s streets will know all too well. One way of engaging with that continuum is to join local street artist Rob Wheeler for an insight into the development of the city’s vibrant street-art scene. The natural world also figures largely in the festival. There are opportunities to visit Badock’s Wood to listen to birdsong, or Brandon Hill to learn about the trees that grow on its slopes. Other walks take foraging as their theme – hunt not only for plants that are good to eat, but also for those that can be used as natural dyes or for medicinal purposes. Accessibility and inclusivity are key themes, with many walks suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, and many others designed specifically for children and families. The festival not only aims to involve as many communities around the city as possible, but also to encourage more people to discover how walking just a short distance each day can make a dramatic difference to their health and wellbeing. Above all, though, it’s about enjoying yourself – whether that means going on a treasure hunt, hunting for bugs, trying out yoga on the move or discovering the delights of ping pong for pedestrians. The choice is yours. However much walking you have done in the past, and whatever your interests, there has never been a better opportunity to improve your health and find out new things about the rich tapestry of past and present that makes Bristol such a wonderful place to live. ■ • Andrew Swift is the author of Walks From Bristol’s Severn Beach Line – available from Stanfords bookshop on Corn Street and Bristol Tourist Information Centre. Full details of the festival can be found at bristolwalkingfestival.co.uk
Above: The docks may have closed in 1973, but 44 years without cargo ships tying up in the city centre does not erase a spirit which took a millennium to evolve. That spirit is celebrated in a series of colourful harbourside walks Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The Paragon, one of Clifton’s most vertiginous and dramatic terraces; Blaise Castle, featured on a walk to ‘Castle Perilous’; several events explore the spectacular Avon Gorge; Badock’s Wood is the setting for a birdsong walk
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HOT PROPERTY We check out a classic Arts and Crafts-designed Edwardian property – detached and backing directly onto the Downs, with a charming south-west facing garden
ating back to the early 1900s – when it was built as a wedding present for a young couple – and retaining original features including covered balconies and stained glass windows, 21 Downs Park West is a beaut to behold, in our book. On the ground floor, find a pleasant dining room and spacious drawing room, as well as a sitting room, morning room, and dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room. The latter space is one of our favourites – comprehensively fitted with soft-closing panelled units; wooden worktop surfaces; a stainless steel sink and mixer tap; wood-effect flooring; and pelmet lighting. In addition there’s a Kuppers Busch microwave/oven, double electric oven, four-ring induction hob, integral dishwasher and freezer. Pop your head into the cloakroom/wc/utility room for a quick butcher’s, then head up to the first floor, where a master bedroom with en-suite shower room awaits. The second double bedroom has an ornate period fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and multi-paned door with windows to either side, opening out onto a broad, charming covered balcony – meaning we, naturally, coveted it immediately – but the two other double bedrooms on this level are lovely too. One has its own en-suite, while the other has another covered balcony overlooking the back garden, and access to the ‘family’ bathroom. The remaining bedrooms – which, between them, feature exposed wooden floorboards, views of the Downs, a part canopied ceiling, access to an elevated balcony and eaves storage – are found on the floor above, as
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is another en-suite bathroom and a separate WC. Outside, there’s twin driveway parking suitable for two or three vehicles, plus well-stocked gardens on three sides of the property, and a former-coach-house garage. The house enjoys a good amount of privacy thanks to the high hedge border running along the front boundary, and there are two sets of double-opening wrought-iron vehicular gates at opposing ends of said boundary. The front section of garden has been designed to be easily maintained and has a pathway flanked by flint chippings and deep shrub borders with an array of flowering plants and mature shrubs. An established magnolia sits proudly to one corner, while white, painted picket fencing adds extra charm. The remainder of the garden is level and predominately laid to lawn – enjoying a sunny south-westerly aspect. We enjoyed a moment in the covered sitting area immediately to the rear of the house and finished up with a stroll along the path leading past a former stable block and offering private access to the Downs. ■
PROPERTY PROFILE Guide price: £1,450,000 Agent: Richard Harding, 124 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2RP
Contact: 0117 946 6690; richardharding.co.uk
Above: 21 Downs Park West is a beaut to behold, in our book, with its original covered balconies, partly stone-clad exterior and verdant surroundings
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HOMES & INTERIORS
MAKE THE CHANGE One local interior designer is offering a helping hand for those looking to embark on a little DIY
t’s all very well talking about rejuvenating your home in personal, quirky, creative ways for the new season, but if you don’t have a natural eye for interior design, or a crafty, upcycley bone in your body, it’s not as easy a task to undertake as it seems. Enter Zoe Hewett Interiors – provider of consultation and design services to both residential properties and commercial premises in the Bristol area – which has begun running interior design workshops at the artsy Hamilton House in Stokes Croft. Zoe, who has a professional background in theatre set design and art direction for film and television, has been enabling and empowering participants to confidently colour and decorate their homes by teaching them about the design process and helping them come up with great ideas that they can then take away. “Our surroundings affect us all, whether we are aware of it or not, and it has always bothered me that the exclusive, luxury nature of interior design inevitably makes it inaccessible for the majority of people,” she says. “Yet often the greatest creativity comes from having to be resourceful, so learning a few basic design principles is a great way to do it yourself with confidence. These workshops are a playful way to get started on planning a redecoration project, whatever the budget.” Zoe first had the idea for the workshops four years ago so is thrilled to be finally putting her plans into action. “It’s an affordable way for people to access interior design advice and learn some skills to help guide them through their own DIY projects,” she says. “In a former life, I ran community arts workshops making carnival costumes so it’s quite similar in some ways. It was always very rewarding to facilitate people in being creative and seeing them being so proud of what they made.” So what exactly do the sessions involve? “This time the workshop content focuses more on the design process itself,” explains Zoe. “How to generate a brief and then move from words to visuals to create a design concept. We explore the different types of colour scheme, from the comfortable safe bet to the wild and daring, using the colour wheel, and have a go at creating our own new colour combinations. There is a hands-on element too, so participants get the chance to make their own mood board, either with a real room in mind or just for the fun of it.
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“I have been so impressed by the high standard of some of the mood boards my workshoppers have put together so far, and I think it’s a bit of a barometer for how well the session has gone. It might also be because Bristol is home to so many interesting people – their homes are not likely to be bland! As I’m completely interiors obsessed, and maybe just a little bit nosey, I started using the hashtag #mybristolhome on Instagram as a way to see, share and celebrate the coolest and most interesting home interiors in the city. People are starting to use it which is fantastic, and the variety of images is great – lots of style. There’s certainly nothing boring up on there!” The next half-day workshops take place back-to-back on 13 May – excuse us while we go check out that hashtag...■ • zoehewettinteriors.co.uk/workshop
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DESIGNING THE PERFECT BATHROOM Five top tips by Hugo Tugman, from leading home design experts Architect Your Home
very home has one, but with the trend leaning towards stylish ensuites, it’s easy to overlook the ‘family’ bathroom. If the main bathroom in your home has become a wasteland for discarded cosmetics or a throughfare to reach the laundry basket, it’s time to have a rethink.
Who and how? The first step to designing any room is to define who will use the space and how. If you do have an ensuite, chances are your family bathroom will be used most often by guests or the kids, meaning your suite and design choices want to be stylish enough to impress visitors yet practical enough for family bath time. Also consider how the space could offer something different from your ensuite – perhaps your ensuite only has a shower but you prefer a long, relaxing soak or it has bright yellow tiles which wake you up in the morning but aren’t very soothing in the evening. Set a purpose (or purposes) for the room and design around them.
Make a plan Bathrooms are usually the smallest room in the house with some of the bulkiest ‘mandatory’ items of furniture and the space is often further restricted by plumbing. As well as your suite, your family bathroom will need plenty of storage for everything from shampoo to beach towels, and you’ll need to make sure you factor in enough room to dry off comfortably. All of this means that the layout of your bathroom needs to be thought out more carefully than other rooms so consider drafting in design help to avoid costly mistakes.
Are you sprucing up for a resale? If you’re updating your home before selling, consider what potential buyers may look for in the main bathroom of the house. Try to choose a suite which will appeal to as many people as possible – young professionals may not mind a standalone power shower instead of a bath, but families might be put off. Even if the house has two beautiful ensuites, potential buyers will still knock pound signs off the asking price to redo a shabby family bathroom.
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Work with flat planes Corner baths or toilets may seem ideal if space is at a premium, but their 45° angle may compromise the sleek look you envisioned, and feel dated quickly. Instead, think of the room as a series of ‘flat planes’. Rather than creating a small patch of tiles on a wall behind a basin as a splashback, tile the whole wall. If you do a glass shower screen, don’t stop it a little way down from the ceiling, take it all the way up. Thinking of the space as a series of complete rectangles in this way is a simple but effective design trick to maximise the sense of space.
Think about the ‘hero factor’ Lastly, think about the ‘hero factor’ in your bathroom. This could be anything from a quirky light fitting to a brightly tiled wall; an ornate mirror to a standalone, clawfoot Victorian bath. Having a focal point is a great idea – it draws the eye and puts your own design mark on what can be a fairly standardised space creating a room that’s truly your own. ■ • architect-yourhome.com
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MEADOW SWEET Elly West is finding inspiration in the world around her and aiding nature’s declining pollinators, to boot
esigning gardens is very much about putting the right plant in the right place, and it can be easy to lose sight of the overall picture and remember that some of the most beautiful flowering combinations occur when nature is left to do its own thing. Chelsea Flower Show, the pioneer of new trends in the world of horticulture – taking place this month from 23 to 27 May – has recently featured gardens that are recreations of the natural landscape, and for good reason. Where better to find inspiration than the world around us? English meadows are synonymous with summer, and I would challenge anyone not to feel uplifted by the beauty of a field of flowers. But unfortunately it’s estimated that 97% of our wildflower-rich grasslands were lost in the last century. Gardening is undeniably about taming nature and bending it to our will, but this doesn’t mean we can’t create our own area of meadow, whatever its size. Your own personal wildflower meadow, even if it’s just a small strip alongside an informal lawn, will look beautiful, benefit wildlife and, once established, be extremely low maintenance – simply needing an annual cut in autumn after flowering is over. Wild meadow flowers can bring so much to a space, in terms of movement, colour, the sound of grasshoppers, and the sight of bees and butterflies going about their pollinating work. When not in flower, an area of meadow looks like rough grass and blends well with the existing lawn, and when in its full majestic glory, it truly brings the space to life. A huge plus point when creating an area of meadow, as well as the aesthetic and practical qualities, is the very real benefit to wildlife. Pollinators and their habitats are under threat, and the statistics about the loss of bees are, quite frankly, terrifying. Because of pesticide use, bees – crucial pollinators of many of our food crops – have declined at an alarming rate. Quite simply, without bees, we could starve. Avon 90 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
Wildlife Trust is one of eight local organisations working in partnership on the Get Bristol Buzzing project (avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/getbristolbuzzing) to raise awareness of the need for pollinators. Communications manager for the trust, Naomi Fuller, describes the importance of Bristol as an urban centre, and the need to give wildlife enough space in the city by creating wildlife corridors to bring species in from the surrounding countryside. “Even a small window box can help,” she says. “It’s about raising awareness of the need for wildlife-friendly gardening, and extending the season for pollinators. We’re trying to encourage people to connect with nature in these urban pockets.” If you want to help by creating a meadow at home, first choose a suitable spot. An open, sunny position is best, but there are plants that will cope with more shade. Meadows prefer poor soil, and the best way to reduce your soil’s fertility is to remove the top soil to a depth of around 10cm. Once you’ve got bare soil, raked to a fine tilth, the fun can start. Choose a wildflower seed mix and sow in autumn or, for more instant and reliable results, I’d recommend buying a ready-made meadow turf. Wildflower Turf (wildflowerturf.co.uk) has different turfs for different situations, including one for shade. It’s as easy to lay as a lawn and can be put down at any time of year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. One of the many benefits to using turf is that it acts as a weed blanket, so you don’t need to worry about the less welcome weeds and grasses out-competing the meadow flowers. If you’re turning an existing lawn area into a meadow, another way is to sow seeds of yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor) – a parasitic plant that discourages grass from growing so meadow plants can thrive – and simply stop mowing. Managing a meadow couldn’t be easier. Simply leave it alone, and don’t mow between early April and August, or
Image above: English meadows are synonymous with summer and – once established – extremely lowmaintenance
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even September. Cut it a couple of times during autumn, and maybe once in early spring if it really needs it. Pull out any undesirables such as nettles, dock and thistles, then sit back and wait to see what becomes established. There’s no exact science. Some species may fare well one year, then others may start to take over. If you want to add more colour, scatter extra seeds that you’ve picked up on country walks, or bought. For a list of plants that are perfect for pollinators, visit rhs.org.uk and search ‘pollinators’. To buy wildflowers locally, try the Feed Bristol nursery – run by the Feed Bristol community food-growing project in Stapleton. Open six days a week, it stocks more than 200 varieties grown from seed gathered across the region. For more information, visit avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/feedbristol. • ellyswellies.co.uk
How to help pollinating insects • Grow more nectar and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees. • Create a meadow area or leave patches of land to grow wild. Undisturbed areas make good nesting sites for insects. • Put away the pesticides. They can harm bees and other beneficial insects. • Leave your mower in the shed. Cut grass less often to allow plants to flower. • Make a bee house. Drill holes in a log or bundle up lengths of bamboo to provide nesting sites for solitary bees. n
Plant of the month No plot is complete without the English-country-garden scent of lavender. It’s a magnet for bees and is easy to grow as a hedge lining a path, as part of a mixed border, or in a container. Lavenders like free-draining soil and full sun, and will keep flowering for years on end with the right care. To stop plants getting leggy and woody, cut them back after flowering and be bold, using shears to chop well into the tips of the new growth as well as removing the flower heads. ‘Hidcote’ is a traditional variety that stays fairly compact, with silvery-grey leaves and dense, dark violet flowers, but there are also pink, white and ‘rabbit-eared’ varieties to choose from.
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Own a property with a lease? First ever Bristol Leasehold Roadshow to give free support and advice. 4.1 million people in the UK own a home with a lease and today, plans have been announced for Bristol’s first ever ‘Leasehold Roadshow’ – a free event to give leaseholders support and advice. Leaseholders pay on average £1800 pounds a year in service charge to a Management Company who in turn are responsible for services including arranging building insurance, repairs to the building, accountancy and health & safety. In recent months, issues around leasehold property have hit the national headlines because owners do not always fully understand their responsibilities when it comes to a lease. Andrew and Ian Simmonds – the managing and operation directors respectively from Bristol based BNS Property Management, wanted to do something about this. “To help dispel the myths around leaseholds, this June we’ve organised the ‘Leasehold Roadshow’, a free event for both homeowners and landlords.” says Andrew.
Experts exhibiting on the day include solicitors, insurance professionals, health & safety experts, the fire service and energy suppliers. As well as being on hand to give advice, they will also be giving talks every hour followed by a question and answer session. Ian told us: “One of the highlights will be the talk from Avon Fire and Rescue about fire safety in blocks of flats. Since Christmas at least five fires have broken out in flats in Bristol which shows there’s no room for complacency.” “Another common issue is the under insurance of buildings. A recent report found that 9 out of 10 leasehold properties across the UK are only insured for half the re-build value leaving property owners extremely vulnerable.” The free drop in event takes place in The Bristol Pavilion on 1st June 2017 at Gloucestershire Cricket’s Ground on Nevil Road from 12.30pm until 8.30pm. It really is an event you can’t afford to miss.
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he Coach House was originally built in the 19th century to serve the neighbouring building, known as Cooks Folly. It was subsequently extended in the first half of the 20th century. Situated at the end of a no through road, the house has glorious views across the River Avon towards Leigh Woods. The spectacular views can be enjoyed from both main reception rooms on the ground floor (the dining room has patio doors leading to the terrace) as well as from the kitchen and study. There is also a sitting room looking across the front gardens, a utility room and cloak room. Upstairs there are five bedrooms in all. The master has a large en suite bathroom and dressing room which also connects to bedroom three. These two rooms could be reconfigured to form one large bedroom. There are two more bathrooms and a separate cloakroom serving the remaining bedrooms. The property is set within approximately 1.6 acres of land with ample parking, terrace, lawns and woodland. For those seeking even further living space it may be possible to incorporate the integral garage into the current layout and there is also room to extend (both subject to consents). This versatile home offers plenty of space for a growing or extending family and can be viewed by appointment with agents Knight Frank.
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COACH HOUSE COOKS FOLLY SNEYD PARK • Five bedrooms • Three bathrooms • Land approaching 1.6 acres • Quiet location at end of no through road • Ample parking • Views, views, views
Guide price £1,600,000
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his modern and well presented two bedroom, penthouse apartment is ideally situated for Bristol City Centre and all that it has to offer. This property benefits from two allocated parking spaces and comes to the market with no onward chain. In brief, the accommodation comprises, entrance hall, living/dining room, separate kitchen, two double bedrooms, en-suite and family bathroom. Solid wood flooring leads through into the light and airy living/dining room, which boasts floor to ceiling windows, providing access onto the enviable balcony area. The contemporary kitchen enjoys an array of wall, drawer and base units and has been fitted to include integrated dishwasher, fridge/freezer, hobs and eye level double oven. The room has been finished with granite work tops. Both bedroom one and two are double rooms in size. Bedroom one has access onto the balcony as well as an en-suite shower room. The family bathroom consists of a modern white suite, panelled bath with shower over, WC, basin and vanity unit. Complimentary tiling has been applied throughout this room. Located just off Park Street, this property could not be better situated to take in all that Bristol has to offer. This really is a room with a view. For further information contact Cliftons Estate Agents: 0117 946 6363, or email email@example.com
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THE PANORAMIC PARK ROAD, BS1 • Penthouse apartment with breathtaking views • Fantastic central location • Two double bedrooms - main en-suite • Contemporary, well fitted kitchen • Balcony • Secure, allocated parking
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Westbury-on-Trym Blandamour Way, The Pavilions, BS10 6WE £399,950
A rare opportunity to acquire a distinctive four double bedroom detached house set in beautiful grounds. The hallway takes you past the sitting room and cloakroom, then into a stunning extension. There’s a shaker style kitchen and a utility room. The real wow feature is the extension, with dual sliding patio doors on to the rear garden, free standing log burner and skylights. The magnificent alfresco dining area, and sun lounge area leads to the 70’ x 34’ upper garden. Ample parking to the front of the property. EPC rating: TBC
Southville Richmond Street, Totterdown, Bristol, BS3 4TJ £425,500
With arguably the finest panoramic views over Bristol, this beautifully presented Victorian mid-terrace has a wealth of period features such as fireplaces, stripped floorboards, high wood skirting and stripped wooden doors to name but a few. There’s a stylish hand built wooden kitchen/breakfast room, and on the first floor; a lovely bathroom - with claw foot bath, two bedrooms. There’s an option for a third bedroom on the lower ground floor which also has a utility/garden room which opens onto the enclosed rear, lawned garden. EPC rating: D
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Clifton 2 Clifton Close, Clifton, BS8 3LR £650,000
Clifton close is located on the other side of Christchurch Green from the village. This townhouse is set over three floors and is approached via the under croft parking area. The kitchen is fitted with integrated appliances and on the first floor there is a reception room with full height windows as well as the third bedroom and a bathroom. On the second floor there are two bedrooms. To the rear there is a courtyard. EPC rating: TBC
Harbourside Purifier House, BS1 5AU £485,000
Enjoy Harbourside living with bars and cafes on your doorstep. This open plan apartment, in a beautifully converted building, is convenient for the city centre or Clifton, offers a light and airy feel with great views towards the Harbour. Spacious entrance hall which leads onto each of the rooms, two double bedrooms, the master has an ensuite shower room. There is a further bathroom and an exceptional kitchen. Further benefits include on site storage unit and gated secure allocated parking. EPC rating: D
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A new look, and a new name for the historic Ashley Down landmark. The award winning Acorn Property Group are regenerating this iconic building to offer a selection of beautifully designed new homes
cean Estate Agents are delighted to be appointed by multi award winning independent developers, Acorn Property Group, to market an exciting and innovative new development in Bristol. Acorn will be using their renowned and unique style to develop Brunel House in Ashley Down, blending the conversion of a historic Grade II Listed stone building, with a collection of new build homes under the name Loft House. With offices in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Newquay and Southampton, Acorn have gathered a wealth of experience and awards over the last 20 years and being shortlisted for the prestigious RICS Awards 2017 in the regeneration category, demonstrates their perfect suitability to develop this historic building into new distinctive and bespoke homes, which will include apartments, duplexes and houses. Following Acorn’s ‘Different by Design’ ethos they pride themselves on delivering bespoke new homes with a strong focus on detail that complement the surrounding community. Ocean’s unrivalled knowledge of the area will be a great asset in this regard. With over thirty years’ experience and now with ten offices, Ocean are Bristol’s premier independent agent, but the ties to the bustling and exciting nearby Gloucester Road and Bishopston remain as strong as ever, being the location of Ocean’s very first office. Ocean’s specialist Land and New Homes team will be applying their considerable property knowledge and experience, collectively over 90 years, to market this flagship scheme and will work alongside the highly regarded sales team based at the Bishopston office. For further details or to register your interest, please call Ocean on 0117 946 9838 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org n
Henleaze 108 Henleaze Road, Henleaze
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6 UPPER CRANBROOK ROAD, REDLAND ÂŁ720,000 A substantial, 1930s, three storey family home positioned on the Redland and Westbury Park borders with five bedrooms, family bathroom and additional shower room. Spacious living room with bay window and stone fireplace, full width kitchen/diner with Corian worktops and a 22m family garden. The property benefits from extensive panoramic views from upper floor, garage, driveway and lean-to storage. Positioned within close proximity to Redland Green Secondary School. EPC F.
Westbury-on-Trym 25 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym
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283 CANFORD LANE, WESTBURY-ON-TRYM Price Guide ÂŁ600,000 An immaculately presented three/four bedroom detached bungalow with living room to front with bay window and dining room to rear providing access to kitchen, office/bedroom four leading to a modern conservatory providing access to a generous rear garden with an open and green outlook. Two double bedrooms and family bathroom on the ground floor and stairwell leading to additional bedroom/loft room. Ample parking and detached garage. EPC E.
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www.cjhole.com You might have noticed the advertising campaigns for online estate agents. Slick, funny and apparently simple. A cheaper way to buy a house? Possibly. But when you’re making such a big decision in reality - what price is peace of mind? The experiences and stories we’re hearing about web services are not quite so slick and funny. But you would expect me as a High Street agent to say that wouldn’t you? ‘They’re cheaper”, “It’s the way forward”, “Estate agents don’t do anything for the fees”. We all know the criticisms leveled at us. However there is a reason people use us. And it’s about trust and expertise. Our property is, for most of us, our biggest asset and not to be gambled with.
We expertly and securely manage what can be a very complicated and stressful process involving buyers, lawyers, banks, surveyors and government agencies. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is as true in buying a home as in any other aspect of life. You have to decide, are you going to trust one of your biggest financial decisions to a remote service or to someone who can look you in the eye, give you bespoke advice, and hand you the keys to your new home? Howard Davis M.N.A.E.A Managing Director - CJ Hole Clifton
REDLAND Guide Price £1,050,000 This exceptional semi-detached property is set over three floors and features three stunning reception rooms plus a kitchen/breakfast room, several original fireplaces, six bedrooms, two bathrooms, cloak rooms, generous rear garden with side gate and access to the double garage and a front garden with gates on two sides. A beautiful family house in a highly desirable area. Early viewing recommended EPC E
SNEYD PARK Guide Price £590,000 A superior Hall Floor flat within this imposing Sneyd Park property offering a spacious and versatile interior. The flat enjoys an excellent location situated within close proximity of The Downs and Whiteladies Road. The interior presents: kitchen/breakfast room, generous living room, shower room, cloakroom, dining room/ bedroom, two further double bedrooms plus a garage situated at the far end of the driveway.. EPC D
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STOKE BISHOP Guide Price ÂŁ425,000 Occupying the entire first floor level of this imposing Grade II listed building, we are delighted to bring to the market this spacious apartment. This lovely property consists of: Central entrance hallway which is large enough for a 6-8 seated dining table, generous lounge, kitchen/breakfast room, two double bedrooms plus a third bedroom/home office. In addition, the apartment comes with its own front garden plus a useful under stairs storage cupboard. EPC D
CLIFTON VILLAGE Guide Price ÂŁ410,000 - SSTC An elegant and impressive two double bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a stunning Grade II star listed period property and just a short walk from central Clifton Village. There is a wraparound hallway with all rooms leading off and offers: Living room, kitchen, master bedroom with a modern en suite shower room, second double bedroom, main bathroom plus a study area leading out to a private courtyard. EPC D
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Westbury Park ÂŁ599,950
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Three bedroom house
Found on a peaceful and attractive residential road is this superb end of terrace Victorian family home. On the ground floor there are 2 separate reception rooms and a generous kitchen/family room to the rear, which leads out to the private garden. The loft has scope to convert (STPP). EPC - D
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Westbury-on-Trym ÂŁ530,000 Three bed chalet bungalow
Tucked away close to Westbury on Trym village is this secluded three bedroom semi-detached chalet bungalow which is accessed via a woodland path is immaculately presented throughout. EPC - D
Clifton ÂŁ285,000 One bedroom flat
The perfect one bedroom garden flat located just off of Whiteladies Road but in a very secluded position. The property offers great sized rooms, modern kitchen and two bathrooms. The south facing private garden with patio area is accessed directly from the living room. EPC - D
Henleaze ÂŁ515,000 Three bed house
A three bedroom home situated close to Henleaze Infant and Junior School. The property has two reception rooms, fitted kitchen and a single garage. The first floor has three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property has no onward chain. EPC - tbc
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Failand Guide Price £1,250,000
A recently renovated and extended five bedroom family house with tranquil views of open farmland, nestled in one of North Somerset’s more sought after addresses. EPC: E
Westbury Park Guide Price £690,000
Occupying an elevated position in the heart of Westbury Park, this fabulous four bedroom family home exudes period charm in abundance. EPC: E
Failand Guide Price £565,000
Mede House is situated on the outskirts of desirable Failand village with its westerly facing outlook over un-interrupted countryside. With private gated entrance and sizeable driveway for multiple cars the front is laid to lawn and inclusive of established borders. EPC: F
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Redland Guide Price £335,000
Clifton Guide Price £599,995
Clifton Wood Guide Price £800,000
Clifton Guide Price £455,000
Situated in a highly desirable area, the property boasts charm and character in abundance. Split across two floors, this period cottage is quaint, yet surprisingly practical. EPC: exempt
A versatile 6 bedroom period dwelling steeped in historical importance, the property is obliquely positioned with an open and sunny aspect, enjoying views of the elegant Royal York Crescent. EPC: E SALE AGREED
Portishead Guide Price £775,000
A substantial, versatile three bedroom apartment occupying the entirety of the first floor of this imposing period townhouse on a most sought after Clifton road. EPC: exempt
A tasteful, spacious apartment split across two floors, offering versatile accommodation with landscaped rear garden and off street parking. EPC: exempt
Falfield Guide Price £750,000
Occupying a much sought after position on Portishead’s Lake Grounds is This period detached residence is a fabulous family home with well this fabulous example of an extended 1930’s detached, five bedroom family proportioned accommodation and a garden with raised vegetable beds, home proudly retaining a wealth of thirties elegance and charm. EPC: D large lawn and woodland. Total plot measures 1.024 acre. EPC: E
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Chew Stoke | Bristol
Guide Price £1,825,000
A wonderful family home with superb amenities, including a stunning leisure wing and circa 2 acre paddock. Three reception rooms, kitchen, study, sun room, utility room. Master bedroom suite. Five further double bedrooms. Family bathroom. Separate shower room. Box room. Leisure wing with pool, sauna & shower room. Beautifully landscaped gardens and views towards Chew Valley Lake. Separate paddock. Double garage. EPC Rating: E
Bitton | Bristol
Guide Price £1,575,000
A fabulous period farmhouse presenting an exceptional lifestyle opportunity, equidistant between Bristol and Bath. This superb property is located along a private no-through lane and bordered by its own 9 acre paddock, incorporating a small copse. In addition, the period farmhouse has an outstanding fully converted 37’ party barn, attached indoor swimming pool and a range of useful outbuildings including garaging, workshop, detached barn and store rooms.. EPC Rating: G
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Clifton | Bristol
Guide Price £1,100,000
An outstanding Clifton townhouse, situated in a convenient position with easy access to Clifton village (0.4 miles), Whiteladies Road (0.2 miles) and The Triangle (0.2 miles), the house also affords excellent access to the city centre, harbourside, the BBC and the BRI. EPC Rating: F
Redland | Bristol
Guide Price £350,000
A superb, second floor apartment in the popular, modern development of ‘The Praedium’ just 250 yards from The Downs and the top of Whiteladies Road. Further benefits include a decked balcony with stunning views of Bristol and an allocated parking space. EPC Rating: C
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CANOWIE ROAD, REDLAND
A well-proportioned and stylish, 6 double bedroom, Edwardian period family house of character with large open-plan kitchen/dining room, 48ft rear garden and driveway parking for one vehicle. An outstanding period residence offering gracious and versatile accommodation with so much to appreciate and savour – location, facilities, atmosphere, character and lots of light and space. EPC: E
SOMMERVILLE ROAD SOUTH, ST ANDREWS guide £695,000
CHANTRY ROAD, CLIFTON
An elegant & stylish family home filled with light - a real gem. A most engaging 4 bedroom, Georgian style grade II listed town house, with well-proportioned rooms, off street parking and 55ft rear garden. The property dates from circa 1670 and was altered significantly in 1820 and extended in 1976. The subject property is one of a row of 4 townhouses originally built as one house and later extended and divided – previously used as a late C17th farmhouse and early C19th nursery. EPC: D
DOWRY SQUARE, HOTWELLS guide £535,000
ROYAL ALBERT ROAD, WESTBURY PARK guide £595,000
A striking and truly impressive 3 double bedroom (1 with en suite) contemporary detached home with an incredibly high specification, gated off street parking and a pretty courtyard front garden. Completed in 2015, this beautiful new home has been fitted with high quality materials and is presented in immaculate condition. Winner of the 2016 Daily Telegraph Home Building & Renovating Award for Most Inspiring Home. EPD: C
A bright and immaculately presented 3 double bedroom, 3 bath/shower room apartment, of circa 1500 sq. ft., forming part of this elegant and imposing grade II* listed building, dating from 1748, with an abundance of period detail, access to residents’ communal gardens and secure allocated parking. Impressive accommodation with spacious kitchen/dining room measuring 16ft x 15ft, utility room and separate sitting room measuring 16ft x 16ft.
A characterful and bright 3 bedroom, 4 reception room, Victorian family home situated on the well regarded Royal Albert Road within just 200 metres of Westbury Park School and Durdham Downs, further benefitting from a charming well-stocked rear garden. This attractive period property is certainly well located for families or perhaps for those wishing to downsize. EPC: E
MYRTLE HALL, SHIREHAMPTON guide £550,000
GRANGE COURT ROAD, HENLEAZE guide £895,000
SOMERSET STREET, KINGSDOWN guide £800,000
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city whilst retaining access to all its amenities and retreat to this very large 7 bedroom grade II listed Georgian period house in need of substantial renovation set in extensive secluded grounds of approx. 0.75 acres facing the River Avon. There is an additional possibility to purchase the adjoining former coach house and stables of Myrtle Hall at a guide price of £195,000.
An attractive and incredibly spacious (2243 sq.ft.) 5 bedroom Edwardian semi-detached family home located on a desirable road in Henleaze, close to Durdham Downs. Further benefiting from some exquisite period features, off street parking and a level 65ft x 30ft rear garden. Open and leafy backdrop with the garden backing onto neighbouring gardens and Red Maids School playing fields beyond, affording the rear garden peace and privacy. EPC: E
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A charming and stylish 4 bedroom, 2 reception, 2 bath/shower room, Victorian terraced family home located in the very convenient Kingsdown area offering flexible accommodation over 3 floors with a wonderful open-plan kitchen/dining/family room with bi-folding doors leading out onto the private enclosed south east facing rear garden. EPC: D
0117 946 6690 www.richardharding.co.uk 124 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RP
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DOWNS PARK WEST, WESTBURY PARK guide £1,450,000
A classic ‘Arts and Crafts’ designed 6/7 double bedroom, 4 reception room Edwardian period detached family house, of circa 4,000 sq.ft., with large south-west facing garden, former coach house/garage and driveway parking. In a prime location backing directly onto the Downs, excellent schools and shops and facilities in nearby North View and Henleaze Road.
A fine period residence (circa 1908) of character both internally and externally, retaining most of its original features – covered balconies, stained glass windows, original fine rolled glass window panes, fireplaces and ornate moulded plasterwork. The neighbourhood has a great deal to offer. The nearby schools, whether state or private are of an excellent standard and highly regarded. The local convenience store is a nearby Waitrose. Just a short walk away there is a fishmonger, two butcher shops, cafes, good small restaurants a-plenty, a gastro pub and many varied independent shops to explore as well as the local library and cinema. Properties of this nature seldom come to the open market and an earliest viewing is unhesitatingly recommended to avoid disappointment.
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0117 946 6690 www.richardharding.co.uk 124 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RP
Abbotts Leigh - Guide Price £825,000
Shirehampton - £635,000
Individual detached five double bedroom family house set in an idyllic semi rural location with elevated countryside views in desirable Abbots Leigh. The house was built in 1983 and was discreetly tucked into the hillside The design allows the principle living space and bedroom to have access onto a good sized terrace which enjoys the best views over the surrounding valley and woodland towards Abbots Pool. EPC - D
Historic Grade II listed early 18th century five bedroom former farmhouse occupying atmospheric Village Green location. The Cottage’ appears Mid-Georgian in style with symmetrical front windows and central six paneled door. Attractive roughcast brick and stone rendered elevations are set under impressive sprocketed eves and a newly updated pan-tile roof.
Westbury on Trym - £575,000
Westbury on Trym - Guide Price £550,000
We are delighted to offer this 1950’s built 4 bedroom semi-detached family house located on this popular road for families. The house has been extended on the ground floor and has one of the early loft conversions and is generally particularly light and airy throughout. EPC - E
A very spacious 3 double bedroom detached bungalow in an elevated position that accentuates modern urban living and is right in the heart of Westbury on Trym village. EPC - C
Cliftonwood - £385,000
Sea Mills - Guide Price £145,000
This magnificent Hall and Lower garden floor maisonette with accommodation to rival some of the family homes in the area. This two double bedroom with private rear gardens Victorian conversions accommodation comes arranged over two floors. EPC - C
An immaculately presented one bedroom retirement flat situated on the first floor of this relatively new block in Sea Mills. Additional facilities include lift access, residents lounge and kitchen, parking, garden and part time warden. EPC - B
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