A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
SPREADING THE LOVE |BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD
The hearts are back!
The Upfest crew have been busy spreading the love this week, painting socially-distanced hearts at Queen Square, College Green and Castle Park ahead of Bristol businesses reopening on Monday. We can't wait to get back out there!
HUGE ACHIEVEMENT |BRISTOL START-UP
Always on guard
Specialist masks made by Bristol-based start-up company, Muzl, will be making their debut appearance at the Skateboarding National Championships held at Graystone Action Sports Academy in Manchester this Sunday (11 April). The face masks, which are waterproof, sweat wicking, breathable and reflective, will be worn by Great Britain's skateboard team, who are competing to make the Tokyo 2021 Olympic team. This is a huge achievement for the start-up as American multinational corporation Nike is supplying the Olympic kits for both France and the USA.
Muzl was originally developed by athletes after realising how many people needed to take their mask on and off regularly at work or at play. They needed a two-in-one mask that was always close to hand and enabled flexibility around sports, working and eating out.
Outside of sport, the face masks are designed to be put around your wrist as a wallet (pictured left) and, according to Muzl, are ideal for electric scooter users and for nights out when lockdown ends. Muzl provides a free pollution filter and uses compostable sugar cane packaging.
10 per cent of sales will be going to the mental health charity, MIND. On 19 April, Muzl's director, Tony Higson, will be speaking live at midday on BBC Radio Bristol about mental health.
The one-day competition will be the only British Olympic qualification event leading up to the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Watch the championships this Sunday on iPlayer and look out for Muzl's masks!
As always, there are many great reads by our team of wonderful writers and contributors as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read!
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GRAND REOPENING |HARVEY NICS BRISTOL IS BACK
In need of a style refresh?
With many of us in desperate need of a top-to-toe post lockdown makeover, Harvey Nichols Bristol, located in Cabot Circus, opens its doors on 12 April.
As we re-emerge from our homes and loungewear and look towards a new season of warmer weather and re-joining friends in the flesh, Harvey Nichols is here to help you do it style. To celebrate the re-opening, Harvey Nichols Bristol are also offering double Rewards points on all purchases for a limited time and the first 50 Rewards app customers who shop on Fashion, Accessories, Beauty or Food can also receive a complimentary gift to take home (see website for more details).
Set those tweezers aside and get brow ready at the Blink Brow Bar and the brand-new Nail’d it counter will soon be opening, allowing you to give those neglected nails a treat.
If you’re off for a picnic in the park, or even a dinner party in the not-too-distant future, head to the Foodmarket and choose from the carefully edited range of treats, nibbles, wines, spirts and the finest of foodie goods.
First eco-powered fitness studio launches in Bristol
Opening in Bristol on Monday (12 April), the sustainable fitness brand, Feel Fit, will proudly be the South West's first eco-powered fitness studio using the latest in ECO-POWR ™ G516 Indoor Cycles to power and energise the space.
Performing like any other piece of fitness equipment the SportsArt’s G516 Indoor Cycles, supplied by SA Green Fitness, convert and capture energy created during a workout with 74% of the electricity generated instantly used to power the space, therefore lowering the number of watts needed from the utility company and reducing carbon footprint – a truly inspiring and new way eco-friendly way to power!
Feel Fit’s fitness studio and sustainable retail space is across two floors, with a relaxed retail area as you walk in from Regent Street in Clifton, moving through to a comfortable fitness/class area, and a wellness space for people to come and feel at home while they discuss their health and fitness needs and goals with the team.
Feel Fit’s collections of sustainable and eco-friendly fitness and activewear will be sold within a retail section of the space offering customers the chance to buy high quality apparel wear created consciously. Feel Fit teaches and promotes long lasting change to your health, fitness and nutrition and now offers that change for your wardrobe. Created and design with sustainability in mind our items are produced with ECONYL® regenerated nylon fibre made of pre and post-consumer waste.
The Feel Fit brand is created by Ellie Crawley and will offer a 360’ approach too sustainable, holistic fitness and wellbeing to Bristol and beyond.
Local illustrator Niki Groom has crowdfunded five billboards and three posters across the city to display her artwork, All Under the Night Sky, featuring people holding placards at the Sarah Everard vigil. The campaign will run for two weeks from 5 April, with the aim of sparking debate around women’s safety and the policing of protests. Pictured above is a map showing where in Bristol you can see Niki's billboards.
Niki’s print features protestors standing on Clapham Common holding placards and banners, the messages on which were crowd-sourced from social media. Messages include: ‘On my way home, I want to be free, not courageous’; ‘let us live fear free’; ‘I can’t believe we still have to protest this sh*t’ and ‘today I choose rage’.
The image is also available to purchase as a giclee art print, with a donation from each print split equally between Refuge Charity, The National Stalking Helpline, and local charity Refugee Women of Bristol.
Niki’s artwork quickly went viral, with one video of the work in progress attracting over 50,000 views on Twitter, and Instagram reels set to a soundtrack of Kate Bush and Björk being watched 20,000 times each.
Bristol women explore African Queens in film premiere
A short film featuring Bristol women exploring the legacy of historical African Queens’ and relevancy for our contemporary world.
Fix your Crown is a the culmination of an innovative project developed by Bristol-based Razana Afrika, a Community Interest Company, which aims to empower communities through African history. The project was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The short film captures monologues written and performed by eight Bristol community women, who have used the stories of historical queens to inspire their performances. They took part in a series of virtual African Diaspora Performance workshops initiated and organised by Razana Afrika with Co-producing, Direction and Facilitation from Patrice Naiambana. They were coached by a team of international collaborators (Patrice Naiambana, Ayo-Dele Edwards, Richard Ọlátúndé Baker and Harold George) in the area of writing and interdisciplinary performance anchored in the African Diaspora Imaginary.
Everyone is invited to watch the online screening of the film, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the performers and the collaborators at 6:30pm on 18 April 2021 via Zoom.
The Q&A session will be chaired by Dr Marie-Annick Gournet. Book your place here: eventbrite.co.uk
Greenwich Mean Time sets the standard for all time zones around the world. The GMT bezel was developed in the 1950s due to the rise in commercial air travel. It was a clever way to help transatlantic pilots keep track of local and Greenwich Mean Time.
A GMT watch allows you to quickly see the time in multiple time zones. The additional GMT hand rotates over a period of 24-hours and points to whichever hour is set by rotating the 24-hour bezel one click anti clockwise for every hour for the destination time zone.
The Rolex. Reminiscent of the iconic ‘Root Beer GMT’ the GMT Master II Everose Rolesor continues to impress since its Baselworld release in 2018. Housing the new technically advanced 3285 calibre, with 70 hour power reserve, this model is eye catching and stylish with its two-colour brown and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, moulded numerals and graduations as well as all the qualities one would expect of this marque. £11,850
The Tudor. In recent years, Tudor has seen a meteoric rise courtesy of its über cool Black Bay GMT. Demonstrating its iconic roots with the 1969 inspired ‘Snowflake’ hands this popular watch has the practical advantage of displaying worldwide time zones by way of the in-house manufactured movement and the blue and red ‘Pepsi’ bezel makes the perfect companion for the modern discerning traveller. £3,040
The Iford Festival is returning to the stunning 18th-century grounds of Belcombe Court on 21 August. Rarely open to the public, the Grade I listed house is set in 60 acres of glorious formal gardens, parkland and woodland, and the organisers are taking full advantage of the outdoors for this exciting (socially distanced if applicable) series of events in a spectacular saddlespan structure, starting with an ever-popular evening Picnic Prom!
Expect at least three different class acts in the garden – the perfect way to while away a summer evening with picnics shared with friends.
Following last year's sell out show, Harry Bunce returns to Clifton Fine Art with a new collection of originals, limited edition prints and sculpture.
Consisting of three sections, Beat the Blues, Biting the Hand & Nine and a Half Lives, the exhibition charts Harry’s journey through the second and third UK lockdowns from confusion to positivity.
Expect some of Harry's trademark characters as well as scaled back studies, sleek new sculptures and homages to contemporaries and heroes.
If planning to visit Clifton Fine Art, please book an appointment via email - firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it keeps in line with social distancing. The exhibition will run in the gallery and online from 16 April – 1 May.
Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, this is the fifth collaboration between McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who wrote, directed and starred in Thunder Force.
In a single gesture, the richness of the lipstick and the shine of the lip shine are finally reconciled. Intensity, long-lasting hold and plumping effect combined in an exclusive patented formula developed by Chanel Research: this is the feat of Rouge Coco Bloom.
This traditional Greek pie is the ultimate spring/summertime flexible friend, perfect for picnics, parties or a light lunch. Vegetarian-friendly and adaptable to all occasions, the exceedingly moreish combination of crisp flaky filo, succulent spinach and melted cheese is downright irresistible.
Spanakopita is a doddle to put together, but a handful of rules must be adhered to. Be fast when working with the filo pastry, as it tends to dry out quickly if left out of the packet for too long. Melted butter can be substituted with olive oil, but don't skimp on laminating the layers. Don't add salt to the filling as the feta is salty enough, and don't forget to pre-heat the baking tray on which you'll cook the pie as nobody likes a soggy bottom. And finally... when out of the oven, resist the temptation to eat your Spanakopita hot as it's prone to meltdown, so allow the filling to settle for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
I've made a big Spanakopita here, but you can easily adapt the same recipe into a tray bake for picnics or dinky triangular patties, perfect as part of a mezze feast (just reduce the baking time accordingly). If you're serving it a main course, team it with a well-dressed seasonal salad, a selection of Greek dips (taramasalata, tzatziki, skordalia etc) and warm pitta bread. Yiamas!
Ingredients (makes one large pie, serves 4–6)
1 x 270g pack filo pastry 400g spinach, steamed until wilted 5 large free range eggs 350g feta cheese, crumbled 50g Cheddar cheese, grated Around 175g sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped Handful of chopped black olives; handful of lightly toasted pine nuts (optional) Melted butter, for laminating the pastry Lemon juice, nutmeg, dried oregano and black pepper, for seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/gas mark and place a baking tray on the middle shelf to heat up.
2. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk briefly with a fork. Add both cheeses, the sundried tomatoes, the spinach, a splash of lemon juice and generous sprinkles of dried oregano, nutmeg and black pepper. If using olives and pine nuts, add them to the mix too. Stir well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
3. Brush a large cake/pie tin (preferably springform) with a generous amount of melted butter. Unroll the filo and – working quickly – line the tin with 3-4 layers of pastry, brushing each layer with melted butter as you go, leaving a slight overhang around the top of the tin.
4. Spoon the cheese/spinach mixture into the pastry case and top with another 3-4 layers of filo, again brushing each layer with melted butter, folding the pastry overhang in on the second layer to make a neatly encased 'parcel'.
5. Brush the top of the pie with a final slick of melted butter, place onto the preheated baking sheet in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes until crisp and golden on top.
TAKE FOUR RECIPES |... AND A FOOD PROCESSOR
As indulgently luxurious as classic combos such as chicken liver or Ardennes may be, pâté doesn't need to be rich, meaty or complicated. Most people don't realise it, but everybody has a pâté in their fridge and/or store cupboard – as long as you've got a food processor raring to go, you're just moments away from either an elegant starter or a speedy on-toast quick fix. Or, add a simple salad, a pile of roasted vegetables and a wedge of fresh baguette to any of the recipes below, and that's a spring supper, sorted!
Mackerel and Horseradish Pâté
Roughly shred approx. 160-200g ready-to-eat smoked mackerel fillets into the bowl of a food processor. Add approx. 30g melted butter, the juice and zest of half a lemon and three roughly chopped spring onions, and blend until smooth. Divide the mixture between 4 lightly greased ramekins and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley. Melt approx. 20g butter with 1 generous tsp hot horseradish sauce and carefully pour or spoon over the top of the pâté. Finish with a flourish of freshly ground black pepper and refrigerate until the horseradish butter has set.
Mushroom & Tarragon Pâté – Vegetarian
Gently sauté 2 finely chopped shallots and 1 finely chopped leek in around 50g butter until soft and translucent (about 5–6 minutes). Increase the heat slightly and add 200g finely chopped chestnut mushrooms and cook for around 10 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and their juices have evaporated, adding 2 cloves of garlic (crushed) for the last couple of minutes. Add 2 tsp wholegrain or Dijon mustard and 2 tbsp crème fraîche, stir well and cook for a further couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 2–3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon before dividing between 4 ramekins. Allow to cool; serve chilled or at room temperature. No fresh tarragon to hand? Add 1–2 tsp dried tarragon to the mushrooms.
Mushroom & Tarragon Pâté – Vegan
Tip approx. 10–12 plump sun-dried tomatoes (from a jar) into the bowl of a processor with 2 tbsp oil (from the sun-dried tomato jar), the juice of 1 lemon and 2–3 tbsp cold water. Blend until smooth. Add 1 x 400g tin butterbeans, cannellini or white kidney beans (drained) and the leaves from 5–6 sprigs of fresh thyme, season to taste and blitz again until creamy. Serve chilled.
Sun-dried Tomato and White Bean Pâté – Vegan
Tip 1 x 400g tin kidney beans (drained) into the bowl of a food processor with around 70g chopped walnuts, 1 clove garlic (peeled), 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp ground cumin and a handful of fresh coriander (inc. stalks). Season well and blitz thoroughly until smooth. Serve chilled. Also makes a wonderful topping for jacket potatoes.
WINE TASTERS |PLANET FRIENDLY VINO
Thursday 22 April is Earth Day. Here are six wines that are not only delicious but are produced as sustainable, organic and kind to their environment.
Côtes de Provence 'Esprit Gassier' – Château Gassier. France
Officially certified organic in 2016, to "preserves the natural balance and ensure the wines are a truer expression of the terroir" This wine also won a Gold Medal at Global Rosé Masters 2018. It has great complexity of floral aromas, white peach and exotic fruits. It is round, full and elegant, with lovely juicy pear on the mid-palate and a vivacious finish. £14.50
Cuma Organic Malbec – El Esteco. Argentina
Made with organically grown grapes, this savoury red wine is a thrilling mix of dark, brooding fruit and fragrant, punchy spice. Cuma is a project born in 2005 with the objective to develop agriculture and winemaking in harmony with the environment and the culture. Meaning “pure and clean” in the language of the Aymará, Cuma expresses a commitment to continue with the legacy of the indigenous peoples and to preserve the environment for future generations. £8.95
12e Mezzo Bianco Puglia IGP – Vigne e Vini. Italy
This is an Organic white wine, with a straw yellow colour and green hints. On the nose, its elegant aromatic bouquet is reminiscent of floral mimosa notes, with fruity and citrus aromas. On the palate, its slightly acid balance makes it fresh and long. It perfectly matches with raw fish, shellfish and season salads. £12.50
Tresor Brut Reserva Cava – Pere Ventura. Spain
Pere will only use organic treatments in the vineyard and everything is geared towards preserving the local ecosystem. As well as a member of “Wineries for Climate Protection”. A vivacious, fresh wine with a fine bead and golden sparkle that brings you the true taste of Barcelona. £13.25
Kottabos Grenache-Syrah – Boschkloof Wines. South Africa
Reenen Borman utilises a sustainable approach in both farming and winemaking, all grapes are handpicked to secure the quality of fruit and a hands-off approach towards the winemaking to showcase the sense of place in the wines. Beautifully perfumed red fruit aromas. Fresh but with a firm tannin structure. Elegantly poised.£17.75
Sauvignon Blanc – Seresin Estate. New Zealand
Michael Seresin set out to create wines in the most natural way possible - organic and biodynamic certifications are matched by full biodiversity in the vineyard, animal husbandry farming, alongside cultural/social diversity of staff in the winery. This Sauvignon Blanc is highly textured and, above all, delicious and poised. Showing a positive effect from extended aging on lees and barrel aging, wild yeast and a splash of Sémillon. £17.25
In support of Earth Day The Great Wine Co are donating 5% of all sales of Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable and Kind wines to UK conservation charities: Rewinding Britain and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
That Art Gallery continues its In the Windows series with another walk-by exhibition, Would you brush your teeth with Dettol if you ran out of toothpaste? by sculptor Pascoe Kelly-Sinclair.
Running until 20th April, the exhibition features two large concrete works and is a timely expression of the artist’s continuing practice of repurposing construction materials to celebrate (in larger than life forms) the beauty of everyday objects.
John Boyce Plasterwork Ltd is a locally based company with over 30 years’ experience in the plastering trade, tackling any size of job from a simple repair to a complete restoration project. The team has a large range of moulds built up over the last three decades and is capable of matching and reproducing any type of plasterwork. The company also has a large range of stock cornices and ceiling roses to pick from, with something to suit most tastes and budgets. They carry out ceiling surveys and repairs, lime plastering and rendering and bespoke one-off pieces; offering free, no-obligation quotes and advice. Visit the website for a taste of what John Boyce Plasterwork can offer.
Thinking of starting a new business but don't know where to start?
Enterprise Orchard is running a free online event on the 28 April to provide advice to those thinking of starting a business. The event, hosted by the journalist, Dan Martin, aims to offer some insight to those who have a business idea but are apprehensive about taking the first step.
The free online event aims to help people who want to take back control of their careers by working for themselves. It aims to address concerns identified in a recent Innovate UK survey, which found that common barriers to starting a business include a lack of business knowledge, not having the money or the right networks in place.
Only two remaining. Lydstep Terrace is an exciting development of 9 contemporary, family townhouses, all built in a quiet cul-de-sac directly overlooking Dame Emily Park in Southville.
The architects have created a unique design for each house at Lydstep Terrace, with connected living areas, a large kitchen and separate study, allowing the perfect blend of family, work and social life.
The kitchen is considered to be the heart of the home, so this has been carefully designed to include a dining area that opens through bi-fold doors onto the garden. The first floor family room is directly connected to the kitchen from above by an internal glass balcony. With three more living rooms on the first floor each one can operate separately or to open out as one large open living space
The study on the third floor has been designed for a comfortable working from home option - it opens up onto a private terrace with views over the park and fitted with its own kitchenette and generous desk.
On the second floor, space and detail have been designed into the master bedroom suite with a walk in wardrobe, dual washbasins and a separate shower, which along with the quality of the fittings, gives a strong feeling of luxury. This high specification continues with the additional 4 bedrooms on the second and third floor each having its own en suite.
At street level there's an integral garage with direct access into the house through the utility room. Price £875,000.
Visit Lydstep Terrace. Coming up on Saturday 24th April there's an Open Morning to view the properties. 9:30am and 12:30pm. Appointments Only.
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