Bristol’s Best Christmas Markets - t’is the season….to shop!

November 28th, 2008

Sick to the back teeth of the same old tat on offer at Christmas time? Yearning for those days gone by where roasted chestnuts glowed in the twilight while cheeky cockney street urchins ran filthy-faced and barefoot amongst Christmas carollers knee-deep in snow? Well why not get into the spirit of Christmas at one of Bristol’s much-loved Christmas markets?!


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Everything you need to know about Bristol if you’re into…ART

October 18th, 2008

Ok, so it’s not 1900s Paris and yes, unlike Berlin, artsy people are not the majority of its inhabitants but Bristol is a city where art is alive, is produced, exhibited, discussed and taught so whatever your taste and fancy, you will find your spot in the Bristol art world.
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Word From The Wise: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

October 17th, 2008

Although not Bristolian himself, while you are in the city, you will hear a hell of a lot about Mr. Brunel, the renowned and revolutionary engineer, workaholic and semi-officially the 2nd Greatest Briton! Ever! We popped along to his statue in Temple Quay to pose him a few questions about his favourite city:
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Everything you need to know about Bristol if you’re into…SPORTS

October 17th, 2008

Welcome to the West Country, home to combine harvesters, cider and chivalry. Of course, there is much more than this to our beloved city but combine the three and you may begin to appreciate the fine art of Bristolian sporting heritage. Not for the faint hearted, Bristol is notorious for being a merciless away fixture. Steeped in torrential rain, strong winds and a home crowd that if you could understand, you would wish you hadn’t. So, as the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! Endearing West Country custodians are more than accommodating to the outsider and will happily drink with anyone who wears their colours and shrieks “Stone him!” every time the opposition winger touches the ball.
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Everything you need to know about Bristol if you are into…SHOPPING

October 15th, 2008

Face it, you’re a student which means one thing - for the next three years you are going to be skint. But just because you don’t have two brass pennies to rub together doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. So for those fashionistas new to the city that never sleeps and drinks rather a lot of cider, here’s your fast guide to fashion, Bristol-stylee:

Broadmead
The home of the high street brand, Broadmead is currently undergoing a mega makeover and thank your lucky stars you have arrived on the eve of its almighty unveiling. With more shops that you can shake a stick at, the new centre will have a Selfridges as well as the usual high street names like Debenhams and Top Shop. And check out The Galleries for chavvy-cheap shops full of regulation tat.
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There are five different gross stereotypes of student…Which are you?

October 14th, 2008

The Indie
Forget Top of the Pops, it’s all about Topshop; but with jeans so immensely tight, it sometimes seems as if there just wasn’t enough fabric to go around. The Indie’s world revolves around three ideals: smart yet scruffy; arrogant yet amiable; and memorising the NME Cool List. Don’t you dare tell them you like the bands they’ve got tiny badges of though because nobody’s supposed to have ever heard of them! They’re indie for fuck’s sake!

The Rah
Jack Wills has to be the single most ridiculously mindless fashion in the world. It’s incredibly easy to feel sorry for these people, but buying something with a made up price tag for a style that resembles Harry Potter on parade cannot be easy. It’s ill advised to cross one before their daily caffeine hit though or you will feel the full wrath of the Ugg boot!
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An Introduction to Graffiti and Street Art in Bristol

October 12th, 2008

So, here you are in Bristol then, home of the infamous Banksy, and you probably fancy seeing a bit of work by the city’s most notorious son. Well, sorry to disappoint, but he moved to London years ago and apart from a piece at the bottom of Park Street and another opposite the BRI, along with a few scattered and faded stencils here and there, there’s not a lot left of him here. But that really doesn’t matter. Banksy didn’t happen in a vacuum, and the city’s stuffed full of graffiti and street art by tons of other artists, some of whom you may even prefer.
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Everything you need to know in Bristol about…TRANSPORT

October 11th, 2008

The city is teaming with them but cars take the back seat in Bristol; parking is war and a London style congestion charge might be on its way but nonetheless, A to B in Bristol is easy.

Walking:
Bristol is rare in having all you could want in easy distance and walking from one side of the city to another can be done effectively in less than an hour.

Cycling:
Two wheels have just got a great big thumbs up from the government when it named Bristol the first ‘Cycling City’; it will receive the bulk of funding intended to make England’s cities more bike friendly. Hoorah! On the cards are an on-street rental service and many new cycle lanes.
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Word From The Wise: The Editor

October 10th, 2008

Editor of the divine Suit Yourself Magazine, Matt Whittle BA is a graduate of UWE (You What!!) himself. He escaped from the sleepy hillsides of Devonshire nearly 5 years ago to study…ahem…geography and fell in love with Brizzle! When not checking spelling mistakes, Matt can be found cycling up hills that are far too steep and waving his arms around at gigs that are far too loud.
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Everything you need to know about Bristol if you are into…GREEN ISSUES

October 10th, 2008

Just how green is the city of Bristol? Well for starters we have 450 parks and green spaces totalling over 1300 hectares, with loads of events hosted in them. Green spaces are one of the city’s most valued features and millions visit them every year. No other city in England has as much green space.

There’s plenty of green space just outside the city boundaries within easy reach, like Ashton Court Estate, and one of the most refreshing things about Bristol is being able to see that countryside from all over the city, including when you’re right in the centre. As in many parts of the country though, green spaces are constantly threatened by development. Bristol is a very popular place to live and its population is forecast to rise by over 30% by 2031, exerting very significant social and environmental pressure at a time when we need to cut it. Bristol City Council has agreed a strategy to sell off of 2.4% of the city’s green space as demand for thousands of new houses the possibility of the ring-road around South Bristol grows. The future of these green spaces is a key, ongoing issue and one we must keep fighting for.
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