A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
WILL YOU BE WATCHING? |EUROVISION
The party we've been looking forward to
Glitter on cheeks, check. Red feather boa, check. 1.5 litres of Lambrusco… oh, go on then.
Yes, it’s Eurovision time and our publisher Steve’s Saturday night is sorted.
Catching up for the lost year – it’s broadcast from Rotterdam and the Dutch Government has confirmed that it will proceed with a live audience of up to 3,500. However the real hip-to-hip stuff will be going on at homes where, across the globe 180 million viewers in 45 countries will be shouting out “Good God what’s he come as?”
True to form there will be plenty of macho leads, divas, anthems, electro-pop, some folkie stuff, skimpy costumes, big costumes, angel wings, and a chanson by a French person. Last and probably least… the UK entry. Joking aside, James Newman might surpass the expected ‘nul points’ for the UK, as Portugal owes us big time.
Behind the scenes there’s already been plenty of drama; Ireland’s hopes of qualifying were dashed as were (our European neighbours) Australia’s, while the whole delegation from Iceland has been placed in quarantine.
However, if they are allowed to perform we think the Icelandic entry, 10 years, will be a big hit.
The band, with the catchy name, Daði og Gagnamagnið is led by the brilliant Daði Freyr @dadimakesmusic – as if storyboarded and inspired by Will Farrell’s Eurovision movie –the group comes complete with Thunderbird style jumpsuits and some impressive looking electronica… Think Gary Numan's Tubeway Army meets the Smurfs; it's fun. They will surely go far!
Eurovision is back - Jah Jah Ding Dong! BBC One. Saturday 22 May. 8pm
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WEEKEND WINE |EUROPEAN SPARKLERS
Euro Party poppers
Did someone say Lambrusco? Here's our pick of some top European, easy drinking fizz to help get that Eurovision party started.
Brut di Pinot Nero Rosé VS – Ruggeri
Cherry red with a hint of salmon pink. The nose is fresh, fragrant and inviting, offering light red fruit aromas and hints of biscuity yeast. Finely textured with a consistent mousse. This wine is medium bodied and dry, but posesses a ripe cranberry fruit intensity that balances the bubbles and the crisp finish beautifully. £16.95
Sassomoro Lambrusco di Modena – Castelvetro
Intense purple, with shocking pink foam. Morello cherries, elderberries, blackberries, gentle tannin and a little prickle from the bubbles. £14.95
Mas Pere Brut Reserva Cava – Pere Ventura
Fresh and balanced with a creamy texture. This is an elegant and distinctive cava with aromas of apple and nuts. £12.95
Sparkling de Léoube Organic – Château Leoube
A traditional method sparkling from Provence, made from cabernet franc grapes. Lively and fresh, with a beautiful translucent rosé petal colour. This Brut Nature sparkling has vibrant bubbles and delicate aromas of pink grapefruit and peach. With lovely golden brioche notes and mineral characters on the palate, leading to a round creamy finish. £35.00
Asti DOCG – Fontanafredda
An aromatic medium sweet sparkling wine with notes of musk, sage and honey on the nose and a taste of just picked grapes.£15.95
Divina Cava – Pere Ventura
Fresh and intense, this Cava has beautiful notes of green apple and honey and a refreshing acidity. £11.50
Gallery and Online Exhibition: Safari Paintings from Wild Animal Kingdom of Africa, 5 June – 17 July
East Lambrook Manor Gardens is hosting watercolour artist and traveller Moish Sokal for his 26th annual summer exhibition.
Sokal realised a lifelong dream of visiting Africa and found it as exciting as he had expected. His safari trips covered the Kruger National Park (South Africa), Victoria Falls, (Zimbabwe), and Chobe Wildlife Park (Botswana).
Africa’s wildlife has inspired Sokal to make a stunning series of paintings, which form the body of the exhibition. Sokal’s work was set to appear in an exhibition last year but the event was cancelled due to Covid. Now, Sokal has not only added more to this body of African-inspired work but has painted a series inspired by his lockdown walks from winter into spring around his lovely Somerset village.
Double lined with smooth slipsilk™ inside and out, the Slip pure silk turban helps to protect your hair from the effects of friction throughout the night. The timeless design features a twist detail and is made with specially selected (slipsilk™ covered) elastic to suit a range of head sizes.
STARSKIN Coco-Nuts Nourishing Hot Oil Hair Mask; £9.
The ultimate hot oil pre-shampoo hair mask with Mother Nature’s best hair superfoods and time-tested Ayurvedic herbology. Virgin coconut oil is scientifically proven (Princeton University) as the only natural oil that can fully penetrate the hair shaft to repair and strengthen from inside out.
Shooting Stars: Carinthia West, Britain and America in the 1970s, American Museum & Gardens, until 31 October
Carinthia West’s intimate photographs of rock and film stars of the 1970s in America – and in particular on the glorious beaches of Malibu in California – present an upbeat and buoyant view of the decade that should remind us of the outstanding music and the great design of this much-maligned period. The exhibition’s colour, fun, and vivid exuberance are just what we need as we emerge, bleary-eyed, from the nightmare of Covid.
The traditional picture painted of the 1970s is one of doom and gloom: the inevitable hangover after the party of the Swinging Sixties. However, as Carinthia West’s fascinating photographs demonstrate – alongside home interiors, fashion, posters, album covers, and the music of the Seventies – this is only part of the picture. The 1970s was a decade of bright colours, of fun, and of self-expression.
Image: Mick Jagger ‘Diamond Smile’ California 1976 by Carinthia West
NEW MUSIC |BRISTOL CREATIVES
Bristol Beacon to release weekly tracks
Six new tracks by Bristol-based artists working with Bristol Beacon’s ‘A New Song For Bristol’ project are to be premiered weekly from now, via Bristol Beacon’s website and social media channels.
In November 2020 Bristol Beacon launched ‘A New Song For Bristol’, a city-wide project calling out to the Bristol public to submit their experiences of life in Bristol over the course of the last year, through words and music.
Following the call out, Bristol Beacon received creations from Bristolians of all ages, communities and backgrounds, sharing a huge range of experiences, subjects and emotions. Many pieces were associated with the pandemic, but also explored themes such as Black Lives Matter and the toppling of the Colston statue.
Now, these creations have been used as inspiration for a new collection of songs by a host of Bristol-based artists. The first of these tracks entitled ‘Trousers Optional’ by This Is The Kit was premiered in March.
‘A New Song For Bristol’ track will be released every week following, sharing the work of the New Song For Bristol collective and artists and the groups they have been working with. Electronic artist Kayla Painter has collaborated with Bristol Beacon’s accessible music making programme Flow Creative; songwriter, musician and Filwood resident KALA CHNG worked with members of the Filwood community; Composer and associate director of Paraorchestra Lloyd Coleman has been working with Bristol Youth Choir, Saffron Records artist Grove collaborated with Bristol Beacon’s programme for children in care, Hope Creative, and songwriter Lady Nade has created music inspired by Bristol Beacon’s choir for Key Stage 1 children, Mini Singers.
All submissions for ‘A New Song For Bristol’ are being collated into a living archive, which will be included in the heritage displays at the re-opened Bristol Beacon.
To listen to these new tracks, the public can visit the Bristol Beacon website at bristolbeacon.org
Image: This Is The Kit
BRISTOL CRAFT BEER |NEW DELIVERY SERVICE
Bristol Beer Box – a new beer delivery business – is championing Bristol's vibrant craft beer scene. When its founder, Isabel, moved to Bristol she was thrilled to discover the number of craft breweries in the city and the high standards of quality and creativity that they all maintain. The only problem was that there was nowhere that you could buy beer from all of the breweries. Her new venture seeks to change that.
Bristol Beer Box offers a selection of locally-brewed beer, bringing the variety of the taproom home to you. There is a choice of the pale box, which features a selection of light beers, lagers and ales ranging from pale to amber, and the mixed box that includes 2-3 stouts and porters.
Try a box for yourself, send one as a gift to the beer-lover in your life, or sign up for a subscription to enjoy the convenience of a new selection arriving at your door every month.
Use offer code HELLOBRISTOL for 10% off your first box.
This make-ahead, super-pretty vegetarian centrepiece is the perfect party (or picnic?) pie, packed with colourful vegetables and a layer of creamy, pesto-infused ricotta and spinach, all wrapped up in crisp pastry.
I've used store-bought pastry here because this pie is all about keeping it simple. Similarly, frozen butternut squash chunks and ready roasted peppers (in a jar) make the prep an easygoing assembly job rather than a chore... and what little work there is can all be done up to two days in advance of serving, as this pie is at it's very best served at room temperature, when the flavours have had a chance to get to know each other and the texture makes it perfect for cutting into neat slices.
Once you've mastered the (very simple) art of putting this pie together, feel free to experiment by, for example, replacing the butternut squash with roasted beetroot and cooked red lentils, or using steamed broccoli and blanched frozen peas instead of spinach. If you're not keen on pesto, omit it completely and add a sprinkle of grated nutmeg to the ricotta instead.
Ingredients (serves 8–10)
700g shortcrust pastry 700g fresh/frozen butternut squash chunks 6 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp dried thyme 500g spinach 2 x 250g tubs ricotta Half a jar of pesto The zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon 460g jar ready-roasted peppers, drained and chopped 50g finely grated Parmesan 30g breadcrumbs Salt and freshly ground pepper, to season Beaten egg for glazing
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 5.
2. Lightly grease a 23cm springform cake tin and line with 500g of the shortcrust pastry (rolled out to around the thickness of a £1 coin), leaving a slight overhang. Prick the base all over with a fork and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, spread the squash in an even layer across a large roasting tin and muddle the chunks with the crushed garlic and thyme. Drizzle with olive oil, season well and roast for 25–30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Set aside to cool but keep the oven on, placing a flat baking tray on the middle shelf to heat up while you get on with assembling the rest of the pie.
4. Put the spinach in a large saucepan, cover with boiling water and allow to wilt for around 3 minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain thoroughly and squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, pesto and lemon zest with the wilted spinach; season to taste.
5. Scatter half the breadcrumbs over the base of the chilled pastry case, followed by the roasted squash in a single, even layer. Top with the ricotta/spinach mixture followed by a layer of roasted peppers. Scatter with the remaining breadcrumbs.
6. Roll out the remaining pastry to a 24cm circle and lay it on top of the pie and press the edges together, crimping as you go to create a pretty seal. Trim the excess pastry, brush the top of the pie with beaten egg and make a couple of incisions in the centre to allow steam to escape.
7. Carefully slide the pie onto the pre-heated baking tray (this ensures that the cooked pie will have a nice crisp base) and bake for around 45–50 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
8. Leave the cooked pie to cool completely before releasing from the tin. If you're making ahead, cover the top of the pie with foil when completely cool and refrigerate in the tin for up to 2 days, allowing it to come back to room temperature before serving.
OBJECTS OF DESIRE |SHOP CHOPARD
Classic Accessories by Chopard
Le Petit-Fils de L.-U. Chopard & Cie S.A., more commonly known as Chopard, is a Swiss manufacturer and retailer of luxury watches, jewellery and fine accessories.
Founded in 1860 by the 24 year old Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the son of a farmer in Sonvilier, Switzerland, Chopard's innovative designs helped him gain a reputation by making watches for 19th-century nobility such as the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. The precision and reliability of his pieces were highly sought-after qualities, and remain the foundation of the business today. Louis-Ulysse Chopard has been owned by the Scheufele family of Germany since 1963 and the brand is one of the most respected houses of highly desirable luxury items across the globe.
As well as an excellent range of ladies' and gentlemen's watches, here are just three of Chopard's most popular and wanted pieces.
When Bathroom and kitchen showrooms were closed across the country, Gardiner Haskins put the precious time to good use by planning and building exciting new displays. Investing in excess of £100,000 in their Bristol kitchen showroom they have created a fabulous display to showcase their new partnership with Stoneham Kitchens, holders of the Royal Warrant.
The vast showroom is home to four new luxury kitchens featuring some of the incredible attention to detail and high quality to be expected from Stoneham Kitchens. These exquisite kitchens handmade in Great Britain highlight the latest trends designed to inspire and excite customers when they enter the store. Stoneham kitchens specialise in highly crafted, bespoke fitted kitchens blending traditional craftmanship with modern technology. Classic or modern style kitchens, state-of-the-art design and a wide range of colour combinations, the choice is yours.
Managing Director, Ben Allen, says: “Following the success of our new showroom launch in 2018 we are continuing to invest in our showrooms to keep them up to date with the latest kitchen trends to inspire our customers. Stoneham is the perfect partnership for us with their 150-year history and high-quality products that are approved by Royal Warrant. The COVID-19 pandemic has made trading more difficult in the past year, but we thank our customers for their continued support.” Rest assured, customers can browse the whole showroom in a safe, hygienic environment with regular cleaning carried out daily and distancing measures in place.
Gardiner Haskins Interiors offer home measure and design appointments with one of their experienced team who boast decades of experience between them.
Okay so the weather ain't looking too great this weekend, but keep the faith, the sun will return and heck will it feel good.
We love these Extreme Lounging bean bags. Engineered to defeat the elements, the Outdoor B-bag by this fabulous Brit brand takes lounging to new places and extremes. All eleven fabric colours are fade-resistant even in direct sunlight. Plus the tough and waterproof fabric of the outdoor bean bags is double-stitched for extra durability. Available in Mini, Mighty and Monster sizes, and priced from £99, the Extreme Lounging bean bag collection and many more great products - such as the new B-bed (shown, from £249) can be found at:
Forming part of a beautiful church conversion, and with a spacious 1808 sq ft of floor space, this is a smart, breathtaking, two double-bedroom, two bathroom maisonette that has been cleverly arranged over three floors.
This charming property has recently been completely refurbished and maintains an array of incredible, original features.
In brief the layout is as follows: Ground floor entrance hallway with stairs to first floor landing, and stairs down to the second bedroom and main family bathroom.
On the first floor, the landing leads into the large living/dining area - featuring spectacular vaulted ceilings - and has stairs to the galleried mezzanine reception/office space. There’s a fully-fitted kitchen. Oat the mezzanine level there’s an office space with glass balustrade overlooking the living area. Up to the second floor is a large main bedroom with en-suite and walk-in wardrobe area. The property also comes with allocated off street parking and bike storage.
The apartment is situated in a very popular location with local amenities on its doorstep such as Whiteladies Road high street, Durdham Downs, Redland Park and within walking distance to Redland train station. Guide price £500,000.