Ship-ahoy! Summer fun at Brunel’s SS Great Britain @ssgreatbritain #summerspectacular

We first came to Bristol way back in the 70s, not long after Brunel’s SS Great Britain had been rescued and towed all the way back from the Falkland Islands. Like Concorde it was very much part of our new neighbourhood. Since then we’ve seen the ship restored to her former glory and now transformed … Continue reading Ship-ahoy! Summer fun at Brunel’s SS Great Britain @ssgreatbritain #summerspectacular

Launch of Proper Bristol Postcards: no more suspension bridges, easy on the balloons!

Wednesday evening saw the culmination of a project which began a year ago when Bristol photographer Colin Moody and community arts group the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft found themselves bemoaning the restricted and stereotypical images of Bristol seen in holiday postcards. A competition was mooted and the city invited to send in alternatives along … Continue reading Launch of Proper Bristol Postcards: no more suspension bridges, easy on the balloons!

Kinky Boots – a great night out in Bristol with #kinkybootsuk

Now for something completely different! In January I joined two new groups, one writing-related (of which more later) and one for Bristol Bloggers which last night took me to the current Bristol Hippodrome production of the musical Kinky Boots. It proved to be not just a great night out but also a fascinating insight into … Continue reading Kinky Boots – a great night out in Bristol with #kinkybootsuk

Save the dates!

It’s great to see everyone emerging from the winter gloom and getting together again. Here are a few dates which should be of interest to anyone who loves writing, reading or just listening. March 19th: Story Sunday ‘Another Country’ As you know I’m a member of Writers Unchained and hopefully this poster says it all. … Continue reading Save the dates!

Fry’s Chocolate Dream

Sweets and chocolate bars must be as  evocative of past times as smells or music. One of the first errands I ever ran was when my granny sent me for a bar of ‘Caddy Pep’(Cadbury’s Peppermint Cream) and my vocabulary was given an early boost by all those long words experienced by Fry’s Five Boys.  … Continue reading Fry’s Chocolate Dream

Bristol Suffragettes – historical walk, historic day

Well before the tennis action got under way last Sunday, I was over in Clifton learning about Bristol Suffragettes from local author Lucienne Boyce  whose book from local publishers Silverwood has just come out. Assuming like many people that the suffragette movement was London-based,  I was fascinated to learn on our walk around leafy Clifton how … Continue reading Bristol Suffragettes – historical walk, historic day