Archive for April, 2011

(Pic: Detail from mural depicting 1831 Queen Square riot by Scott Barden, near Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, 2011. See http://www.scottbardenart.com) Funny things, riots. The problem is that so much rubbish gets talked, printed (and blogged!) about them. And that’s always been the case. Recent events in central Bristol conform to this traditional pattern. First, though, […]


The last ever weekly edition of Venue is in the shops now. This will in years to come be a collector’s item, and a pecious and much-loved family heirloom, to be handed down along with the photos, the jewellery and the hereditary diseases. It’s got loads of great stuff in it, including several brilliant articles […]


Another story from John Latimer’s Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century, is it? In 1863, a company, The Bristol & North Somerset Railway, was formed to run a railway line from Radstock to Bristol, and to build tramways in the city. The firm was a failure early on, several directors were ruined financially and […]


Are you always getting those mysterious emails from people who claim they’ve seen your picture on Facebook or somewhere and fancy you? Or from lonely Eastern European maidens who would like to, you know, meet a nice guy and maybe one day settle down and start a family? Or is it only me that’s such […]



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