A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
INSPIRING TALES |MEET THE ADVENTURERS
Ellis Brigham and Clifton High School present: Adventurous Tales
On 20 October at 7pm, the Great Hall at Clifton High School will become the setting for an evening of inspiring tales as four debut authors share their stories of adventure and perseverance. From paddling the Amazon to a solo hike across the Continental Divide, hiking the length of Israel to championing diversity, the four women have been powered by determination to overcome the challenges that stood in their way to achieving their goals. The evening will close with a ‘meet the adventurers’ and book signing session. Tickets cost £10.
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Navigating new waters: lockdown folk sensations The Longest Johns
With Bristol hosting its first sea shanty festival this weekend, we thought it was a pretty good time to catch up with the city’s lockdown folk sensations The Longest Johns – now working on an album with Decca. Going viral on TikTok may have provided a bit of validation, but they’ve always been playing the long game. Words by Jeremy Blackmore.
This luxurious but satisfyingly simple curry is one of those dishes that, once made, you'll return to again and again and again.
Aubergines (which are at the peak of their season right now) tend to soak up a lot of oil during any cooking process; this is, in part, what gives this dish its silky texture. But if you'd prefer to cut the oil content by half (to 3 tbsp), salt the sliced aubergines for 30 minutes, give them a good rinse and pat dry before cooking. On the spice front: the gentle heat in this dish comes largely comes from the ginger, but if you want to turn the heat up use a medium or hot curry powder, and/or add fresh red chillies with the garlic and ginger.
Leftovers? Unlikely! But if you happen to be left with a surplus, use as a filling for samosas or spicy vegetarian pasties.
Ingredients (serves 3-4 as a main course, with rice; 6 as a side dish.)
2 large onions, peeled and chopped 2–3 medium aubergines, sliced 6 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tbsp finely-chopped (or grated) fresh ginger 2 level tbsp mild curry powder 700g ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 x 400ml can of coconut milk (reduced fat is fine) 1 tbsp garam masala To serve: fresh coriander; thick yogurt (or vegan alternative)
1. Heat the oil in a large wok or saucepan and gently sauté the onions and aubergines for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and the aubergines are silky soft, adding the garlic and ginger for the last 3–5 minutes.
2. Add the curry powder and continue sautéing for a couple of minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes and all the lovely tomato juices. Allow the tomatoes to gently stew for 5 minutes before adding the coconut milk. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for around 25–30 minutes or until the curry has thickened (if it starts to look a bit too thick, add the odd splash of boiling water).
3. Season well with salt, pepper and 1 tbsp of garam masala and serve hot, topped with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkled with fresh coriander.
WEEKEND WINE | THE HUNT FOR REDS
Welcome in the Autumn with these big, smooth reds
Brouilly - Pierre-Marie Chermette
Wild cherry aroma. Dry with bright acidity, a beautiful naturalness to the fruit and some tannic grip to go with food. A serious and long-lived Beaujolais. France. 14%. £19.95
Fleurie – Louis Tête
Bright brick red in the glass, with attractive ruby highlights. The nose is forward and fruit driven, overflowing with cranberry and raspberry and a touch of green spiciness. The palate is medium bodied, soft and supple, with good acidity supporting vivid forest fruit flavours. The finish is elegant, dry and poised. France. 13%. £15.95
Merlot - Bogle Vineyards
Amazing aromas of fresh, ripened cherries and plums burst from this perfectly balanced Merlot. On the palate the full fruit leads beautifully into the complex finish: soft and silky, yet with firm tannins and spicy, smoky oak. Earth tones of pipe tobacco and leather round out the experience. USA. 14.5%. £16.50
Graves - Château des Gravières
Deep garnet-red with a slightly woody and toasted nose and aromas of prunes and liquorice. Fleshy, robust and well-balanced in the mouth with a firm, lengthy finish. This is a fantastic value classic Graves red that delivers loads of pleasure at a very modest price. France. 13.5%. £14.95
660 Reserve Shiraz - McWilliams
GOLD - International Wine Challenge 2019 We absolutely love this fabulous Shiraz from the outstanding, high-altitude Hilltops region of New South Wales. It shows delicious black fruit and spice character with a deep, savoury, concentrated richness. Gorgeously rounded, dense and velvety, it also possesses beautiful freshness and fine balance. Highly recommended, and superb value for money. Australia. 14%. £15.95
Barolo DOCG - Ascheri
Intense garnet colour with a rich, complex bouquet of sweet spices, dried flowers, leather and undergrowth. It's an harmonious wine: well structured with elegant tannins, great balance and complexity. Italy. 14.5%. £35
On 4 October, multi-award-winning KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar opened its third restaurant on King's Road, Clifton Village.
Following a major refurbishment, the new restaurant, designed by Cheltenham-based architects, Q&A Interior Design Ltd and incorporating the talents of illustrator, Martyna Sabadasz, is bursting with colour and Japanese-inspired attention to detail. With a vision to transport guests to the eclectic streets of Tokyo, KIBOU Clifton draws upon traditional Japanese art and design, juxtaposed with a more contemporary depiction of this uber modern city.
The two-storey neighbourhood bar and restaurant includes a range of intimate dining areas, a spacious lounge, standalone marble decked bar, and open sushi kitchen with high top seating. The venue also benefits from an additional covered terrace.
The menu at KIBOU Clifton centres on showpiece sharing platters, such as the 20-piece Jo Moriawase mixed sushi and sashimi selection, signature sushi rolls, including their famous tempura-battered and deep-fried salmon, avocado and tobiko volcano roll, alongside a range of classic and contemporary Japanese dishes. Steaming bowls of ramen, made with pork, chicken or vegan broth, freshly prepared katsu curry, crisp tempura, including softshell crab, and a selection of pillowy steamed bao buns and gyozas with a variety of fillings. With an extended vegan offering now available and a range of seasonal specials on offer, KIBOU’s diverse menu caters to all Japanese food-loving tastes and dietary requirements.
To complement the restaurant offering, KIBOU also features a standalone bar serving an ambitious selection of Japanese whisky and sake along with Japanese brewed beers, authentic high-balls and signature Japanese-inspired cocktails.
For more information about KIBOU Restaurants Ltd and the new site in Clifton, visit kibou.co.uk
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HEALTH & WELLBEING |NOURISH YOUR SKIN
CBD Infused Night Cream & CBD Infused Facial Scrub by Ethica CBD
Ethica's best-selling CBD-infused night cream is a hydration hero. This nourishing deep-impact CBD moisturiser is infused with a powerful blend of carefully-chosen natural oils to offer your skin the restorative recovery it has been longing for.
Not all CBD-infused night creams are created equal. Packed with natural ingredients to condition and soften, the gentle formulation of sesame seed, hazelnut, shea and hemp seed oils is a moisture magnet for tired skin.
Free yourself from the daily grime… the ‘Cleanse and Smooth’ facial scrub enhances your skin’s natural radiance with its carefully-formulated blend of natural plant extracts. Exfoliation is the key to glowy skin – lather up and experience improved texture, a smoother appearance and softer skin than ever before.
Ethica CBD-infused facial scrub nourishes the skin whilst revealing its true potential. The result? A brighter, refreshed and more radiant you.
Giovanni Panerai opened his first shop in Florence in 1860, serving not only as a watch shop and workshop, but also as the city's first watchmaking school and one of the finest outside of Switzerland. With a specialty for diving watches, Panerai is well known for its timepieces used by the Italian Navy. One of the company’s most groundbreaking inventions is a luminous substance, called Radiomir, used for improved legibility under the water. Only since 1993, has Panarai’s watches been on sale to the public but it has enjoyed a huge celebrity following and become more and more popular every year as a cool alternative to the better known luxury brands.
The PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE shown here is one of the most coveted recent editions to the range. Featuring a unidirectional rotating bezel it enables the dive times to be calculated with confidence, while legibility in the dark is ensured by Super-LumiNova® (a strontium aluminate–based non-radioactive) coating applied to the markers and the large skeleton hands.
The case is a 42mm satin brushed steel with a black ceramic bezel on a black rubber strap which is perfect for diving and very tough. The iconic crown guard is a unique feature to Panerai’s action watches. It has an automatic self-winding movement and is water resistant to 300 metres. A lovely, all action timepiece. £8,500
Join Harvey Nichols for a celebration of beauty trends, tips and tricks.
From mini masterclasses to on-counter treatments, 1:1 consultations and live demos, visit the Bristol store on Wednesday 13 October from 6.30pm – 9pm for a 'beauty-ful' evening as they showcase the very best the new season has to offer.
Discover the latest cult brands and hero products, from pro-worthy eye shadow palettes to winter skincare solutions. Find your inner glow this autumn and rediscover the art of getting made up ahead of the festive season.
Tickets are £10, redeemable on beauty purchases made on the evening.*
Joanne Froggatt fans have been eagerly awaiting the Downton Abbey star’s return in new ITV drama Angela Black.
Written by Baptiste’s Harry and Jack Williams, Angela Black is landing on our screens this Sunday at 9pm.
"Angela Black’s life appears idyllic, with a charismatic and hard-working husband, Olivier (Michiel Huisman). However, beneath this façade of charmed domesticity, Angela is also the victim of domestic abuse," reads ITV's description of the highly-anticipated Sunday evening thriller.
Set your reminders and don't miss it here: itv.com
CINEMA |BOLD SOLO ASCENTS
Watershed: The Alpinist
As the sport of climbing turns from a niche pursuit to mainstream media event, Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Marc-André’s approach is the essence of solo adventure.
Intrigued by these quiet accomplishments, veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Marc-André. But the Canadian soloist is an elusive subject: nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car, and is reluctant to let the film crew in on his pure vision of climbing. As Peter struggles to keep up, Marc-André's climbs grow bigger and more daring. Elite climbers are amazed by his accomplishments, while others worry that he is risking too much. Then, Marc-André embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing...
The Alpinist is an intimate documentary of a visionary climber who follows the path of his own passion, despite the heaviest of possible consequences.
Taylor made: an interview with pop force Self Esteem
Ahead of her Bristol show at The Fleece, singer, musician, writer and forensic examiner of millennial muliebrity Self Esteem ( AKA Rebecca Lucy Taylor) talks mutual bluffing, music industry misogyny and putting the punk into pop. Brace (and embrace) yourself. Words by Amanda Nicholls.
"Affable and articulate, thoughtful and perceptive, witty and down to earth, Taylor exudes in conversation the same warmth and kindness as her musical note to self– Be very careful out there/ Stop trying to have so many friends/ Don’t be intimidated by all the babies they have/ Don’t be embarrassed that all you’ve had is fun. It has attracted so many positive comparisons to 1997’s spoken word advisory Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) that Taylor, in trademark tongue-in-cheek fashion, imagines passing mourners will still bend down to whisper ‘it’s like a Baz Luhrmann for women’ in her ear when she’s out cold in a casket."
Following on from her 2019 debut, Compliments Please, Prioritise Pleasure mixes high-energy, high-octane electro-pop with pensive ballads. The album is fun, indulgent and includes her highly-acclaimed recent single I Do This All The Time, which made the Radio 1 and 6 Music playlists. Self Esteem also recently performed the hit on Later… With Jools Holland.
It’s always especially pleasing to highlight local work and even better when it’s as rarified as M—A (A SPACE BETWEEN), a new project from a new Bath-based multidisciplinary design partnership. Their first magazine is an imposing, numbered, short-run edition wrapped in repurposed lighting gel in a range of transparent and opaque super gloss grey and black covers.
Themed ‘Birth, Life, Death & the Afterlife’, it’s a gorgeous concoction of b&w fine art photography that flows through the volume in a sequence of thoughtful and imaginative stagings and juxtapositions. The spreads are breathtaking and seem to gain extra width from the flatness afforded by the magazine's spiral binding. Contributors are drawn from a mixed pool of creatives – from the well-known to the recently graduated – but the seamlessness of it all is remarkable. £24
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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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS |BRISTOL HIPPODROME
WIN tickets to see Everybody's Talking About Jamie
The smash-hit musical comes to the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre from 19 to 23 October, featuring West End star Layton Williams, EastEnders' much-loved Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle and TV favourite Shobna Gulati as Ray, reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production.
Funny, fabulous and feel-good, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
Jamie New is 16 and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn't quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant, loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
With an original score of catchy pop tunes by the lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling – Dan Gillespie Sells – and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.
Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true...
For your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to see Everybody's Talking About Jamie, simply enter our competition via: Instagramor Twitter.
Terms and conditions: One reader will win a pair of tickets, valid for a performance of their choice from 19 to 22 October 2021, subject to availability. No cash alternative. Travel and accommodation not included.
West Bristol Arts Trail returns on 16 & 17 October
West Bristol Arts Trail is running from 11am – 5pm on 16 and 17 October. The trail will be formally opened by the current president of the RWA, Fiona Robinson MA PRWA, at a public preview on 15 October at Clifton High School, 6.30pm – 8pm.
This free event is set to showcase approximately 100 local artists in 50 venues. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse each artist’s work and buy directly from the creator. West Bristol Arts recommends using public transport or a bicycle to tour the venues, as car-parking facilities are notoriously scarce. Visit West Bristol Arts for more information about the trail, the local artists appearing over the weekend and the venues included in the event.
Caring in Bristol marks World Homelessness Day with a shop like no other
Caring in Bristol is launching a charity shop like no other this World Homelessness Day (10 October). The virtual Caring Shop will be stocked with one-off items from some of Bristol and beyond’s best-loved creators, makers and talent. Gifts such as a signed Broadchurch script by beloved Bristolian actor Joe Sims, a cookbook signed by Tom Kerridge, and a year's subscription to Crack Magazine are lining the virtual shelves of the online shop.
Customers are invited to log on and place a bid on these unique gifts, with prices starting from as low as £5. The first bidder on each item will be successful.
* Weekend tickets to Love Saves The Day in 2022 * Dinner vouchers from The Gallimaufry * Goodies from local artist Turbo Island * Home and beauty items from Good Store Studio and DIY Supermarket
The shop will remain open until 17 October. To get your hands on some of the unique items log onto thecaringshop.co.uk on Sunday. All proceeds raised will go directly to Caring in Bristol.
Bristol Beacon & London Symphony Orchestra say thank you to care homes
Last night, Bristol Beacon live streamed a London Symphony Orchestra concert with Sir Simon Rattle at Bath Forum to care homes around the country as a thank you and gift to staff and residents for their hard work and resilience during the pandemic.
The free concert was organised thanks to sponsorship from Bristol Care Homes. It saw Sir Simon Rattle lead the orchestra in Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola with violist Antoine Tamestit and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. It was the first time the orchestra had performed in Bath since 2008.
Bristol Bears make a trip to the Stoop in Twickenham tonight to take on the 'Quins in round 4 of the Gallagher Premiership.
Kick off at 7.45pm and promising to be a great game... in fact far more than a grudge match as the play-off semi final in June against the Quins is still very fresh and painfully remembered. There's points, pride and revenge to be enjoyed. Come on the Bears!
With over 50 years’ experience, Bracey Interiors has earned an enviable reputation for its design services. Working throughout the UK and abroad, the team creates unique and bespoke interiors for clients. Within the showroom in the heart of Clifton Village, Bracey showcases fabrics and wallpapers from all the major suppliers as well as a unique and eclectic mix of home accessories. Paints by Little Greene and Paint & Paper Library are also mixed to order in a matter of minutes. No matter how big or small your requirements are, Bracey Interiors has friendly staff ready to help. With their own workrooms they ensure all soft furnishings are made to their exacting standards, and offer an installation service. 2017 saw their Silver House project win three awards in the RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards.
15 Canynge Square is a stunning Grade II listed Clifton townhouse, beautifully maintained and sensitively and creatively improved by the current owners. Settled in the middle of a handsome stucco-fronted terrace of townhouses and overlooking the Square's highly regarded shared central garden, it enjoys a delightful entrance, accessed via an enclosed front-courtyard garden complete with a mature wisteria and steps down to the secondary lower ground floor entrance.
The ground floor front-door opens into the entrance porch, and then into the welcoming entrance hall. Like the rest of the house, the hall gives a clue to the property's numerous retained period details, and leads to two reception rooms as well as a curved balustrade staircase leading to the upper floors.
Stairs lead down to an exquisite full-depth open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room; this area is beautifully finished with glazed sliding doors pulling in an expanse of natural light from the rear garden.
The limestone floor has underfloor heating and the sitting area feels cosy with a recessed wood-burning stove. The kitchen is meticulously finished with an oversized central island and breakfast bar, a state-of-the-art Mercury range cooker plus a number of other integrated appliances include a wine-fridge, ceiling speakers and a video door-entry system.
Below the kitchen lies an incredibly useful cellar; perfect for long term storage or use as an excellent wine cellar.
On the hall floor are two useful reception rooms. The front room (currently used as a games room) and the back room as a large utility and bike store, present numerous possibilities. Both retain original features such as a fireplace, ceiling plasterwork and shuttered sash windows.
Over the first floor is a sumptuous full-width drawing room, with a near full-height shuttered sash window leading out onto a west facing balcony and views over the communal gardens.
Wooden floor boards, retained fireplace and ornate ceiling plasterwork add to the period charm.
To the rear is a versatile fourth reception room (currently dressed as a home office) but equally useful as a fifth bedroom, with an en-suite cloakroom.
Over the top two floors are four further double bedrooms; two full width bedrooms to the front, and two to the rear.
Each floor enjoys a generous bath or shower room; with the second floor presenting a particularly inviting walk-in shower.
Outside the communal gardens are beautifully maintained, but the prooperty does have fully enclosed front and rear courtyard gardens with plenty of space for outdoor dining and entertaining. Offers in excess of £1,795,000.