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CITY NEWS |SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE SECTOR
Metro Mayor opens new support programme
Metro Mayor Dan Norris has opened a brand new support programme to help people working in the West of England's thriving creative sector.
The Mayor addressed the event at the Watershed in Bristol and met freelancers and people who work in 55 local businesses including music recording, web design, photography, theatre, illustration, film, video and TV production. These talented individuals will take part in the new programme which is run by the West of England Combined Authority that the Metro Mayor leads.
Participants in the five-month long programme will benefit from access to workshops and training delivered by Watershed; £3,000 of mentoring, coaching and consultancy expertise; and bring people together to learn from each other.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: "I wanted to get this brand new scheme up-and-running quickly because it will help these freelancers and creative businesses get back on their feet and face the future with growing confidence. We are a region of innovation and creativity – let's make sure it's the best it can be."
Photo: Briony Phillips, Gill Wildman, Nona Hunter, Dan Norris and Mark Leaver
SEPTEMBER ISSUE – OUT NOW!
As always, our current issue has a collection of great features by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read!
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Got a big, chunky marrow on your hands? At this time of the year, most gardeners have. But even if you haven't grown your own, don't overlook the juicy monster marrows that are abundant right now; cheap and cheerful, they're fabulous stuffed and roasted... and this punchy, flavoursome filling brings a little bit of Spanish-themed sunshine to the party.
If you prefer to go meat-free, decent vegetarian chorizo alternatives are readily available – or omit the chorizo altogether and add an extra sprinkle of paprika.
For the cheese topping, Manchego is in keeping with the Spanish theme, but Edam, Emmental or Gruyere are all wonderfully waxy melters too. But if you've only got Cheddar to hand, go right ahead; you'll still get a lovely cheesy result.
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 large marrow 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 150g cooking chorizo, cubed 1 tsp each of smoked paprika, dried oregano and dried thyme ½ tsp cayenne pepper 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 150g roasted red pepper from a jar, sliced 1 tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar 1 tsp white sugar 1 generous handful of chopped fresh parsley 125g fresh breadcrumbs 125g Manchego, Edam, Emmental or Gruyere cheese, grated
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 5. Cut the marrow in half lengthways and scoop the middle part out before putting the prepared halves, cut-side up, in a large roasting tin. Season well.
2. Sauté the onion and chorizo in the olive oil on a low heat for about 6–10 minutes or until the chorizo has released its fragrant oil and the onion has turned translucent, adding the garlic, dried herbs and spices for the last couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, peppers, vinegar and sugar to the pan, stir well, and simmer on a low heat for around 10 minutes until thick and saucy.
3. Add the chopped parsley before spooning the mixture into the marrow halves. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the marrow flesh is tender. Meanwhile, mix the breadcrumbs and grated cheese together.
4. Take the marrow out of the oven, remove the foil, sprinkle the breadcrumbs and cheese across the top and return to the oven for 10 mins until the crust is crisp and golden.
5. Serve hot with wholegrain rice or crusty bread to soak up the juices.
EATING OUT |A NEW RESTAURANT YOU MUST TRY
Haveli: Indian street food
A great new restaurant, Haveli, has opened in central Bristol – a stone’s throw from the Bristol Royal Infirmary on Upper Maudlin Street – aiming to bring a vibrant, exciting South East Asian experience to its diners.
Born and bred in Bristol, owners Shahid Farooq and his 18-year-old son Amir fell in love with the central Bristol community and everything about it. Farooq, having previously run Rajpoot in Clifton and Oh! Calcutta on Cheltenham Road, wants to make Haveli a place to appreciate the beautiful, authentic, rich flavours and spices of the Indian street in a stylish lounge setting.
“We hope we fit right in and can contribute all we have to this new venture,” he says. “Bristol, we hope you can welcome us with open arms – we will not disappoint!”
Vidal Icewine 37.5cl – Peller Family Estates Boasting a long and impressive list of awards – and they just keep on coming for this delicious half bottle fine dessert wine from Canada. Delicate gold colour with an aromatic bouquet of lemon marmalade, caramelised oranges, golden pineapple and a touch of honey. A rich, medium to full-bodied wine with explosive flavours of honey, golden pineapple, star anise and brown sugar and butter. A sensational treat £39.95.
Late Harvest Tokaji Katinka 37.5cl – Patricius No dessert wine list should be without a great Tokaji. This is one of the best. Light golden straw in colour, medium-bodied, reflecting its 12 months in barriques with appealing vanilla and caramel notes. Showing a light botrytis influence. Lightly sweet, showing dried orange, tobacco and white chocolate on a lightly spicy background. Just the right hints of complexity and elegance. Exquisite length. Delicious. £15.95.
Cyprès de Climens Sautenes-Barsac Half Bottle – Château Climens Aromatic nose with hints of vanilla and aromas of candied yellow fruits, apricot and honey. Mellow, ripe and fresh in the mouth. An outstanding Barsac. This is the second wine of Château Climens, known as 'the Yquem of Barsac' - with justification, as this is one of the very best châteaux in all of Sauternes and Barsac. £24.
Colección 125 Vendimia Tardia, 37.5cl – J. Chivite Family Estates This natural sweet wine is produced from the best 'Moscatel de Grano Menudo' grapes, from Chivite's vineyard 'El Candelero', planted in 1969 and handpicked in 12 separate selections, from October to December. The must is fermented naturally in French oak barrels, which gives the wine great ageing potential. The wine has a lovely golden colour, intense and bright. Beautiful on the palate with acacia, sandalwood, candied fruit – elegant and multi-layered. Lovely balance of acidity, sweet and fruit leads to fig and honey on the finish. £29.
Passito di Noto – Planeta At 50cl this bottle is more than a half measure - and a good thing too as every drop is fantastic. Engagingly fresh and succulent on the nose, exhibiting classic floral and grapey aromas. The palate is medium bodied, sweet and sensuous with fine flavours of ripe apricot, honey and melon with good balancing acidity and a crisp, mouthfilling finish. £29.50.
Identical to 007's watch in No Time To Die, this Omega Seamaster 007-Edition Diver timepiece delivers outstanding performance and effortless style.
The 007-edition Diver is powered by OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8806 Calibre, self-winding movement, this watch has achieved the industry's highest standards of precision and performance. Water-resistant up to an impressive 300 metres and resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss, you can wear this durable timepiece with confidence.
On the back of the watch you will find a series of engraved numbers, including 62, which recognises the year the first every James Bond film was released. These numbers follow the exact format for genuine military-issue watches.
Housed by a robust 42mm Titanium case and framed by a black aluminium bezel, the coordinating black aluminium dial is organised with striking brown hour markers and sword-shaped hands. Protected by Sapphire crystal glass for protection, this eye-catching time accessory is complete with a striped brown, grey and beige NATO strap with 007 engraved on a titanium loop. £6,950
Smooth, frim and mattify your skin. This ultra-high-performance alternative to the cream refines the skin's texture and diminishes shine and the appearance of pores with a new, mattifying fluid formula. Its airy texture is lightweight on the skin, but its benefits are deep-acting. Skin is smoother, firmer and evenly matte. 50ml £108
David Fincher's The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent: a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation, and perhaps forever. Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humour, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that follow. Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Starring Armie Hammer, Jesse Eisenberg and Max Minghella. Amazon Prime
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK |PRINT IS READ
By Daniel McCabe, Magalleria
Beautiful Bizarre is an Australia-based art magazine published in the US with a fairly limited distribution, printing only enough copies to meet its sizeable subscription base and to stock a few lucky retailers like us in the UK. BB is focused less on fine art and more on fantasy art, and when I say ‘fantasy art’ I know a good few readers will have moved on to the next item, but stay with me – this is high quality figurative visual art from some seriously talented practitioners who provide jaw-dropping excursions to the far boundaries of the imagination. It doesn’t resort to the tired surrealism and infantile erotica that can blight the genre so, if this is your bag or you’re looking for fresh ideas, give this a go. £13
Magalleria is a Bath-based shop and online retailer, selling fine and interesting magazines from independent and selected publishers from all over the globe. Visit the website to find out more: magalleria.co.uk
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THEATRE |CREATIVE CO-PRODUCTION
The Wardrobe Theatre: The Great Gatsby, 8 September – 2 October
This year marks a decade for both The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre, an anniversary they’re celebrating with an exciting collaboration. The Great Gatsby is a witty, creative new co-production from the people who brought you Winners, Education, Education, Education, The Last Of The Pelican Daughters and pop-up theatre festival, The Theatre On The Downs. A unique two-woman retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, this is not one to miss.
Sea Exhibition, Portside Gallery, 18 September – 3 October
A collection of works from 26 artists who are inspired by the sea. The popularity of the seascape has grown in recent times as we have had our lives and our travels interrupted and restricted. In response to this, Portside Gallery has curated an exhibition that celebrates the sea, inviting artists from across the country to contribute a single painting. The joy of this collection is the unique insight each artist gives us into their own personal relationship with the sea. Through the artists bringing their own processes and practices to painting and their personal history with the sea, we see it with their eyes and hear what they have to say about its mysteries. Each artist has also written a short personal piece about what the sea means to them and why they are drawn to it.
The Makershed mission is to provide space for making, learning and for everyone, no matter their level of experience, to be as creative as possible. You’ll receive a friendly welcome by the team of talented tutors who offer a vast range of skill sets, knowledge and experience to teach students. After expanding their workshop spaces at St Paul’s Learning Centre, they offer plenty of courses and workshops alongside their already popular woodwork, upholstery, upholstered furniture, sharpening, finishing and pallet wood workshops. Their varied timetable now includes wood carving, fabric and tapestry weaving, woodwork with power tools, lino printing and sewing classes with daytime, evening and weekend courses for all skill levels, bookable from now until autumn/winter via their website.
Grange Fell, along with its neighbour, form a pair of stunning semi-detached Grade II Listed townhouses, built in 1901 and each a superb example of Arts & Crafts architecture with flashes of Art Nouveau brilliance dotted throughout the interior.
The house has been meticulously maintained by the current owners, both preserving the integrity of the internal features (mentioned by Pevsner no less) whilst at the same time presenting a home with an enormously versatile interior layout.
From a pretty gated pedestrian entrance is the covered entrance porch with a part stained-glass front door with heart emblem leadwork leading into the entrance hall. This is a fabulous space, with an impressive groined vaulted ceiling and solid wooden parquet floor. To the rear of the hall is a pair of French doors opening out into the rear courtyard, with stairs to the upper floors. Either side of the hall are three reception rooms, each with stripped wooden floor boards and each boasting beautiful period fireplaces.
The sitting room runs the full depth of the house, but can be split by recessed "pocket" sliding doors to provide a snug or separate downstairs study. Both of these rooms have a wonderful Art Nouveau style fire surround with "delft" style blue and white tiled inserts - with porthole windows in the main sitting room adding to character and providing further natural light.
On the opposite of the hall side is a formal dining room, with views directly over the front garden. To the rear of the house is the light-filled breakfast room, with an adjoining original scullery complete with its pine dresser providing plenty of China and glassware storage. The breakfast room leads into the family kitchen, with French doors opening out into the fabulous family garden beyond, with a paved dining terrace immediately outside the doors.
Upstairs, accessed via a charming stairwell with carved wooden balustrades and elegant newel drops is the first floor landing. From here, there are four exceptionally well-proportioned double bedrooms. Two lie to the front, a fourth bedroom to the side and the master bedroom with its en-suite shower room to the rear.
The remaining bedrooms enjoy a recently fitted shower room, with a separate cloakroom situated to the top of the stairs. Up a further flight of stairs is the top floor, with three exceptional double bedrooms, an en-suite bathroom and a guest shower room. For families of all size and ages the upper floor layout presents a wonderfully versatile footprint; with plenty of storage, space for home-offices and playrooms to choose from. Above this is an extensive, mostly boarded, loft-space.
Accessed from the rear of the house is a fitted indoor "resistance" swimming pool, providing year-round enjoyment.
The gardens are delightful, from the deceptively spacious front garden laid mostly to lawn, with a riot of red roses flowering over the summer months, to the beautifully maintained rear gardens.
From the front, a gated drive leads down the side of the house culminating with off-street parking for three to four cars in the rear courtyard, in addition to the detached double garage and work-shop.
To the rear east corner of the lawn is a further paved terrace, positioned to catch the late afternoon and evening sun in the west, with plenty of room for a dining table and chairs and space for a gas grill and BBQ. Guide Price, £1,550,000