Bristol Times – Under New Management


I officially become editor of the Post’s Bristol Times this week, following the retirement of Gerry Brooke. He’ll be a hard act to follow as he really does know everything about Bristol’s history.

BT is the Bristol Post’s local history/nostalgia section and it’s in the middle of the paper every Tuesday.

This week’s includes articles by me on the day Prince Albert (not the male jewellery) came to launch the ss Great Britain, the new edition of the Dictionary of Bristle and the rise and fall of Inmos, a local firm set up by the government (a company set up by the British government!) in the 1970s, and which played a small but influential part in what people used to call the microchip revolution.

I’m chuffed to bits to be taking this on for all sorts of reasons. For one thing, it’s a great excuse to continue putting off the novel I’ve been successfully putting off for ten years now.

It also means I get my grubby paws on the archives of one of the country’s leading regional newspapers; it’s probably too much to hope that we’ll find a photo of the Lord Mayor greeting the deputation from the Hitler Youth that visited in the 1930s with a Nazi salute, but there’s all sorts of other cool stuff down there. Whatever does turn up will be in the Post every Tuesday, so I’d place a regular order with your newsagent now if I were you.

And then there are the readers. BT gets loads of feedback from Bristolians of all ages; memories, stories, yarns and family legends. Not to mention the expert input from individuals with the most encyclopaedic knowledge of recondite subjects (especially anything with engines).

So that’s me. In local history spod heaven. If you have any ideas, requests, suggestions, information etc. you know where I am.


3 Responses to “Bristol Times – Under New Management”

  1. 1 alan richard hale

    Hi Eugene,
    I hope your stay with Bristol Times will be a long and happy one. Could you please give the readers you website address?

    • Thanks Alan! I think we’ll hold off on web addresses until I can get round to making the site look slightly less insane and untidy. Cheers!

  2. Just came across your excellent article on Inmos. I worked in the futuristic Newport factory (or wafer fab, as these places are known) from 1983 to 1989, so saw both the rise and at least the beginning of the fall. It was such an exciting and optimistic working environment in the earlier years. I then moved to Plessey Semiconductors in Swindon just before the GEC takeover (followed by Mitel, Zarlink et al) where it was nearly all downhill!

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