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Thursday, 17 March 2005

Brigg Stow

I've just arrived home after spending a wonderful day visiting a friend of mine in Bristol, on a misty but warm spring Saturday; I can definitely say it is in my top four cities (along with Salisbury, Canterbury and Brighton), as every time I go there, I find another wonderful aspect to the town, be it a building, causeway, fountain or statue.

Recycled drummersIt was difficult not to be out on such a lovely day, and we started off wandering through the Broadmead shopping centre (I had my eyes open for a present for Beth, as it's her birthday in the next couple of weeks). We were treated to a rather surreal sight and sound - a percussion band, who played bits of recycled junk such as sinks and shopping trolleys. They were (of course) promoting recycling, although I can't think of a more entertaining way of doing it. There's a brief clip here (260kB MP3), but it doesn't really do it justice.

It put me in mind of a hilarious bit of performance art that I came across - this is definitely worth watching, not least for the unusual use for a chest freezer: plaza.ufl.edu/njh/vids/hurratorpedo.wmv (Windows Media video)

Other highlights of our meanderings (and hill-climbs) around Bristol include - as pictured below : Balamory style houses : a church in Clifton : the Clifton suspension bridge : the amazing engineering building at the University of Bristol : a 'hand' statue : St Mary Redcliffe church.

Balamory-style houses A church in Clifton Clifton Suspension Bridge from the lock
Bristol University Engineering building Mooncatcher statue St Mary Redcliffe

Links of the day:

*"Brigg Stow" (meeting place by the bridge) is the original name for Bristol; Luton's name comes from the "Lea Tun" or "farm by the river Lea".

Posted by james at March 17, 2005 12:32 AM

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