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Experience Days giveaway

Experience Days have offered to provide one reader of the blog with a £50 certificate for one of their adventures. Some adventures available in the south west include a Make-up lesson, a Chocolate Workshop, a Helicopter Buzz Flight and some Grand Prix Indoor Go Kart Racing.

To enter, just add a comment to this post so I can know who you are and then I will randomly draw a winner using The winner will need to send me their name and address and I will then pass on this information to Experience Days who will send them the voucher directly.

Note: No payment or benefit is provided to the blog. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 4 and posted soon after. You will need to reply within two days of being contacted or I will choose someone else. Good luck.

Update – the winner was Rosa who has now been contacted.

Let’s Get Creative

Finding activities on offer in Bristol is not difficult, Bristol classified ads are crammed full of classes, workshops and lessons. So this month get creative and take part in some of these exciting programmes.

Worlds In A Box (Saturday, 15th October)

The Bristol Drawing School is putting on a unique event for the over 8s. During the daylong class budding artists will learn to create a layered paper and card dream box. The pupils will be encouraged to use their imagination to create this world in a box, bringing home with them a masterpiece created from paper and colouring pens. The class will be led by Rose Popay, who will guide the children through the creation of this mini world whilst exploring the classes’ favourite things.

Bring with you:

  • Pictures of your favourite things and some boxes

More information:

  • Tickets cost £35 pounds and the class will take place from 10am – 4pm
  • For more information call 0117 906 7601 or have a look at

Creative Writing (Tue 25 Oct)

For the creative adults out there, The Writing Edge is putting on workshops for all the budding novelists out there. The supportive group aim to cherish and nourish your words, and help them come out onto the page. Whether you are new to the scene or have been jotting down tales for years, everyone is welcome.

The workshop aims to provide an environment which will help your musings transform into words, and it is not all about being published. Bring a pen, paper and enthusiasm; you will be scribbling away in no time.

More information:

  • The Writing Edge ask for donations of £3.50 or more
  • The workshop is held at The Pierian Centre on Portland Square
  • Classes run from 7:30pm–9pm
  • For more information contact or visit
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Poetry with Romola Garai at St George’s

Romola Garai read poetry at St George’s on Monday, September 19. Luckily for Jonathan Davidson, the special guest, she went second because no matter how lovely his poetry was, it would have been difficult to compete with the smoldering and sensuous tones of the young actress.

The most surprisingly sensual poem of all was about a pint of stout. The most inspiring poem about love was by Derek Walcott.

It was all a bit surprising but it was a real pleasure to discover some poets of whom I’d never heard before. The following was my favourite.

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome
and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott, Collected Poems 1948-1984, New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1986.

Jump in the sack with Comic Relief in Bristol?

A happily timed coincidence of school half term and comic relief mean that there is something to do next Tuesday 22 February.

Jump In The Sack? is part of the event which is taking place between 2-5pm at the following location:

Brunel Old Station
Clock Tower Yard

Be warned though that you may need to interact as it involves family fun sack races and celebrities -kind of- such as Big Brother winner Josie Gibson, actress Georgia Taylor and yachtsmen Tony Bullimore.


Indian food banquet for charity, 5 March, Bristol

An authentic Indian banquet on Saturday, 5 March, will include 12 traditional Indian dishes, entertainment, a cheap bar and over 100 guests in what promises to be a fantastic evening. The social event will also be raising money for research into muscular dystrophy with tickets selling for £25 per head.

Kharum Arshad, and his team from the Bristol and Bath Fundraising Group, have organised the evening in order to raise funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at Oxford University.

Helping to raise funds for this “life-limiting condition” is a personal cause for Arshad  as his younger brother Auzair has the disease which “makes the simplest of tasks like eating and dressing impossible to carry out without care.”

This is a great chance to enjoy a fabulous meal and entertainment while giving something back in return. For more details, use the contact information below, or check out the group’s Facebook page.

There is a raffle for £2 per ticket, with prizes donated by a variety of local companies. Please leave a comment below if you would like to show your support by donating a raffle prize or get in touch with the team directly using the contact details below.

Saturday 5 March 2011, The Elmgrove Centre, Cotham.

Bar Opens at 7pm Seating at 7.30pm. Price per Ticket: £25

Tickets sold in advance. No tickets available on door.

Dress Code: Smart Dress (Indian Attire Optional)

For further information contact Khurm Arshad. Tel: 07920 746058, email:

Thanks to Bristol Bites who recently mentioned this event.

Arbor, Andrea Dunbar and the London Independent Film Festival too

The Arbor is a documentary about the writer of Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Andrea Dunbar, who died aged 29 in 1990. Directed by Clio Barnard and produced by Tracy O’Riordan, the production is based around audio interviews conducted with the family members of Dunbar which include her two daughters who have widely differing views of their mother’s effect on their lives.

Barnard says the film “was originally meant to be for TV. When the UK Film Council got involved, they insisted it had a theatrical release. All the great reviews helped, too. In retrospect, a big part of it was the subject matter: it’s about inter-generational neglect, and how it’s important to understand it. I realise now there was a need for this sort of story.”

Dunbar was raised on the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, which is well known for being rough. She led the life of a poor, stuggling mother and at the same time was a significant playwright telling the story of working-class struggles.

The documentary tells the story of her life through lip-synced interview answers played out by actors and this has led some people to comment on a blurred line between “reality” and fiction. It has gained some impressive publicity after it won the 2010 Guardian First Film award  and was described by one of the judges, Peter Bradshaw as an “experimentalist docudrama close to genius”, while another, actor Saffron Burrows, said it was “utterly unique and devastating”.

For a chance to watch this independent production see the screening at the London Independent Film Festival 2011 which runs between April 14 and 25.

Tinsel for Tots, December 10

‘Tinsel for Tots’ is part of the ‘Cots for Tots’ campaign which aims to raise £1 million to expand the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

On December 10, people are encouraged to donate £1 to wear tinsel and dress up for the day much as they would on a casual Friday type of activity at work. A film has been created to raise awareness which features two tiny tots who were born premature.

Three year old twin brothers, Ben & Sam from Bishopsworth, Bristol, are starring in the film to launch this new festive fundraiser for the hospital unit that saved their lives. Ben and Sam spent the first nine weeks of their lives at NICU after being born three months premature.

The money raised from the Appeal will enable an expansion of NICU, providing a new suite of four intensive care cots for the care of up to 150 more babies a year. It will also create new, dedicated family accommodation to help a further 200 families each year to stay close to their babies when they are being treated on the Unit. NICU currently treats around 600 babies per year.

The ‘quaternary’ Unit, the only one of its kind in the region, currently needs more cots in order to meet the demand for the high level care that the team provides. Babies born in Bristol or from across the region with serious and complex problems are referred to NICU because of the extra‐specialist and life‐saving treatment the team here can provide.

Esme and George Calloway in the NICU

To register to take part in ‘Tinsel for Tots’, visit , email or call 0800 919 649 and request your free fundraising pack.

As If It Were The Last Time, Subtlemob

Tiny gestures in big cities, cinematic experiences without cameras

Try to remain invisible say the Subtle Mob. Find a partner, download an MP3 and be at a secret location at the right time.

Two of us under a horse chestnut tree, between the fountains and the cascading steps. There’s nothing embarrassing or dangerous says the voice on the recording. Stay in the area marked on the map.

Narrow Quay, Bordeaux Quay and Pero’s Bridge.


Stay where you are and look down at your feet. Look carefully at the ground beneath you. Right now, you’re here, and you’re not alone. Keep looking at the ground. You can’t see them all right now but around you are friends and strangers.

Now, raise your head, very slowly, and take in everything around you. This vision, this street. People in this place. To your left and to your right.

The instructions are simple and unhurried. The story interweaves with the soundtrack but it’s more of a series of fragments than a cohesive narrative. I wait for the next thing to do, not wanting to miss anything. I miss some of the fragments.

We smile hello and try to find a reflection in the water. We stroll along the Narrow Quay and I mishear so I smile at too many people. Past the Bristol Hotel and leaning against a tree. Autumnal hair and autumnal leaves on the ground. Orange light from Pero’s Bridge and we end up facing the steam cranes and the boats in the harbour. I can’t figure out how to lean as if I’m holding up a wall. Ah well. There’s dancing. Slow dancing, then faster, then spinning, then back to slow.

Two women are shuffling at the edge of the bridge and they wear mittens and woollen hats. A couple kiss and then walk away and then the soundtrack stops. 33 minutes are up.


In contrast to a flashmob, which gathers hundreds of people to create a big and obvious impact, the silentmob is an apparently small experience which leaves an individual impact.

Two MP3 files were made available, so the audience were divided in half. While one group was instructed to perform a simple scene the other group heard this described as if it were a film scene, but they could actually see it happening around them.

Throughout the piece these roles of watcher/performer alternated between the groups, ever increasing in pace until by the end they are all performing/watching simultaneously.

We walked away without instructions and chatted about it briefly. Now and then, however, I think ‘wait, I could have done that part better, I would have liked that moment a little more, enjoyed the stroll without looking at what others were doing. I would have been less self-conscious, appreciated my own partner’s smiles more than looking at other people. I hadn’t realised it would finish so quickly. That this instruction would be the last thing’.

Oh, I see.


The next one in Bristol is on December 2. Our Broken Voice premieres as part of the Inbetween Time Festival and you can sign up on the website.

Watching the Procession, College Green

By SomethingDoing.

Not Quite The ABSOLUT Experience in Bristol

ABSOLUT were meant to be launching their live event in Bristol today at Bristol and Exeter House, Bristol Temple Meads but due to unforeseen circumstances the fun and games will not be taking place.

If you cannot make their other events in Manchester (12/11), Leeds (18/11) or Edinburgh (20/11) then maybe you’ll want to mix your own cocktail that would have been provided.

Recreate the ABSOLUT Limited Edition drink at home by mixing ABSOLUT with the ingredients below. Enjoy!
50 ml vodka (ABSOLUT recommend their limited edition)
15ml Lillet Blanc or White Vermouth
15ml Elderflower Cordial
25ml Cloudy Apple juice
5ml sugar syrup
6 mint leaves