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.

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.

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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Word From The Wise: Adam Hart-Davis

October 9th, 2008

Bristol’s favourite TV historian (well, joint favourite with Baldrick) Doctor Adam Hart-Davis is a great lover of Bristol, its theatre and its cycling facilities. Renowned throughout BS1 to BS19 as the presenter of What The Romans Did For Us and Tomorrow’s World, we caught up the blue-blooded, white haired eccentric to ask these three taxing questions on your behalf:

What are three things you love about Bristol?
I love the fact that Bristol is a real city with all the facilities you could want, that it’s small enough to go everywhere by bike and that Bristol is full of fabulous history.
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This is what I saw in town that day: A poem for Bristol

October 8th, 2008

The warm breeze eases my pedalling, along the harbour side I fly…Such a magnificent great ship! Hiding tales of love and despair and death and hope, all history made stagnant in its own view…Flags flapping, warm-cool breeze, sun high, a small boy walks with his grandfather, cheeky smile, sweetness, wise warming laugh protects. I see her gaze lingering on a handsome man; brown, wavy soft curls, bright eyes, T-shirt and scruffy jeans…She turns her head…and casts a smile his way…
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Uninteresting Facts about Bristol

October 6th, 2008

And if that didn’t work then you can endure the long, inevitable, awkward silences by reading these utterly uninteresting facts about Bristol.

According to the National Audit Office, Bristol is the least anti-social place in England. Boy, that really is uninteresting!
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Interesting Facts about Bristol

October 5th, 2008

As conversation rapidly dries up with your brand new flatmates, why not dip into these fantastic facts about Bristol? Could ignite something! Well, they are pretty mind blowing…

Bristol is officially the smiliest city in the UK. Psychologists randomly smiled at thousands of people in the streets in cities all over the county and Bristol is where the highest number smiled back; conclusively proving we live in the happiest place in the UK!
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Ten Reasons to Love Suit Yourself Magazine

October 3rd, 2008

1. Suit Yourself Magazine was born out of pure need; the need for an independent magazine, a voice for all those young at heart, those interested in music, fashion, adventure, art and their environment. A magazine which investigates, uncovers and promotes the arts in all its forms throughout Bristol.

2. We are FREE and can be found in over a thousand pubs, clubs, restaurants, bars, shops, cafés, venues, hairdressers, galleries and everything in-between in Bristol.
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Word From The Wise: Roxy’s Wardrobe

October 2nd, 2008

One of the most exciting new bands coming out of Bristol at the moment, SY catches up with Roxy’s Wardrobe to ask them a few question’s about Bristol!

What are 3 things you love about Bristol?
The nightlife definitely; you can go out on the same night every week and yet have a different type of music each time. The live music scene is so diverse in this city that everyone’s taste is so easily catered for no matter how random. We love Pizza Palace next to the Hippodrome on a Friday night after Ramshackle or Reflex; gotta be done!
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Big Up Big Jeff

October 1st, 2008

One can’t talk about gigs in Bristol and not mention a certain local character who goes by the name of Big Jeff. If it’s a gig worth going to, Big Jeff will be there, any night, any venue, front-row-centre, dancing frantically (more often than not topless) and sweatily waving his giant blonde afro along to anything with a beat. Described as a human metronome, Big Jeff reportedly goes to eight gigs a week and has become somewhat of a local celebrity. A self confessed live music addict, Bristol is fiercely proud of Big Jeff, even more so because when dancing he’s not smashed off his face on drink or drugs, he’s just there for the love of the music man!
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