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10 Photos of Shabby Bristol



Shabby Bristol is the best Bristol

Feature by Bristol Instagrammer – Bristol_Shabby.

I have lived and worked in Bristol all my life and have always taken a keen interest in its architecture and history.

I recently started taking photographs with my phone and set up an Instagram account called Bristol_Shabby

The account was inspired by a quotation from the film ‘Withnail and I’. The line spoken by Uncle Monty was, ‘there can be no true beauty without decay’. This led me to photograph decaying objects and buildings that many of us consider eyesores and walk past without taking a second look.

However, to me, many neglected buildings have truly wonderful architectural features with beautiful colours and textures. Sadly, many of these buildings have been left to decay and are now very vulnerable. Many are likely to be demolished or redeveloped.

Here is a selection of 10 of my photographs.

1. Crown Tavern – Lawfords Gate

the crown tavern in bristol

This was the first photo I took for my Instagram account. I love the symmetry of the building. The pediments above the windows and the different coloured bricks. It looks like its not changed for 50 years. In all its shabby glory, it would be a shame if it were to close down.

2. Disused Garage

disused garage bristol

This photo harks back to the days when there was a back street garage on every street. This one had been a family business for many years and only closed recently.

Sadly, the pumps have now been removed and the site is being redeveloped.

3. Girl with the pierced eardrum – Harbourside

girl with the pierced ear drum bristol

This is an often photographed Bristol landmark. I liked the fact that my daughter had no interest whatsoever. She was more preoccupied with her phone.

4. Stan Butt – East Street

stan butt butchers

This traditional butchers shop is another of the old school type shops that once would have proliferated the city. I love the awning and the bold sign writing.

5. Bristol cars

bristol old cars

I stumbled upon this quite by accident while out visiting a friend. These two cars were manufactured in Bristol by the Bristol Motor Company. They would have once been very luxurious and expensive cars. Their sad condition is strangely captivating. They have now been removed and are hopefully being restored.

6. Concrete Bridge – Brislington

concrete bridge brislington

This bridge appears unremarkable but to me it has a brutal simplicity. The concrete has a lovely weathered patina.

7. The Bell – Redcliffe

the bell

This pub has sat abandoned for many years. I fear that it is vulnerable to demolition which would be a shame.

I like the juxtaposition between the pub and the block of flats.

8. Pastimes


This little shop is in the heart of the city centre. Even though it looks like it is falling down and abandoned, it is still trading and open for business.

9. Cash Machine – Stokes Croft

stokes croft cash machine

I like how modern technology quickly becomes a part of everyday life. 20 years ago a cash machine would have been cutting edge. Now we don’t give them a second thought.

10. Rising Sun – Windmill Hill

the rising sun

I loved the quirky architectural features on this old pub. The contrast between it and the 1970s tower block behind is quite striking.

That was 10 shabby photos of Bristol from the great Instagram account – Bristol Shabby.

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Don’t Be A F***ing No Show, Bristol



Don’t be a Fucking No Show

This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but the recent chaos that the snow caused in Bristol reminded me to get on with it – as apparently our lives had to stop and we all lost our minds. Restaurant no shows are becoming a real problem in Bristol, especially for our independents. They’re losing money, and if we’re not careful we’ll lose them.

I do understand that plans/life can change, I don’t want to hold a gun to your head and force you to stick to every plan you’ve ever made. However, there are some very easy rules to follow if you want to go out and enjoy a lovely meal at one of our restaurants. They’re called manners. Simple, basic manners.

1. If you book somewhere and then your plans change, maybe you were snowed in or you got sick? Call and fucking cancel!

If you were going to meet a mate and then you couldn’t make it would you just think “ah fuck it, they’ll work it out when I don’t turn up”. No, you’d call, apologise and make new plans (unless you’re a complete prick). If the restaurant knows you aren’t coming they can try and find someone to fill your place, especially if they are popular and have waiting lists – but they need to be allowed the time to do that.

2. Don’t make multiple bookings and then choose one closer to the date and cancel the rest.

This is still complete fuckery. How hard is it for you to make up your mind? Why does the restaurant have to pay for you being a complete wet flannel? It seems that this is quite a common “thing” for people to do and think it’s ok if they cancel far enough in advance, and fair that takes away some of your dickishness, however, there are lots of other people trying to book restaurants. What if they call and can’t book because you’re holding a table just because “you can’t decide” and then they go somewhere else and then you cancel – see how cuntish this is? You’re basically a German hogging a sun bed on holiday, even though you spend all of your time in the pool. (Sorry for the horrible stereotype to my German friends.)

3. You are a grown ass person, start acting like one. The restaurant does not need to call you to remind you of an appointment you made.

Put it in your diary and sort your life out. I am a self-confessed idiot when it comes to organising my life and I still know when I’m booked to eat somewhere (mainly because I get all the food feels and think about what I’m going to eat for days pre-booking). If you fuck up, and we all do it, call to apologise. If the restaurant calls you, apologise. Don’t hang up, or pretend like life isn’t happening outside of your bubble.

That’s it. Three simple points. In summary, if you make a restaurant booking turn up to it, if you can’t make it apologise and cancel, don’t book multiple restaurants and then select your chosen one closer to the date, if you fuck up make sure you apologise. BASIC FUCKING MANNERS.



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Bristol’s First Ever Seabin Could Be Coming To Harbourside



Crowd funder for a Seabin in Bristol

You may not have noticed but Bristol’s harbourside is filled with rubbish, plastic and pollutants.

However ‘The Bristol Seabin Project’ is looking to increase clean up efforts by raising enough money for Bristol’s first ever Seabin.

What’s a Seabin I hear you ask?

sea bin

Well it’s essentially a bin that can catch;

  • 90,000 plastic bags/pieces of debris a year
  • an estimated 1.5 Kgs of floating debris per day (depending on weather and debris volumes) including microplastics up to 2 mm small

seabin catch

And how does a Seabin work?

It will cost £3,000 to get Bristol it’s first Seabin and in the last few days over £2,585 has been raised and it’s looking likely that the target will be hit.

The project has managed to get the full go ahead from Bristol City Council, Harbourmaster and several other organisations now with more support coming in everyday.

You can help the project hit the goal even faster by donating here 

More about Bristol SeaBin Project






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The Downs Bristol Tickets Go On Sale



downs festival
Credit Chris Cooper

Forget the snow, this is the most Bristolian thing you’ll do all summer

Yep, it’s a winter wonderland out there. Bristol looks beautiful in the snow, people have been skiing down Park Street, making snowboards out of ironing boards, and being good Samaritans helping cars and people out of the snow. Bristol, you’re good in the snow. But, know what you’re also good at Bristol? The summer, with a pint of cider in hand and amazing music in your ears.

So, for one minute let’s delay that snow angel, hold fire on the snowball fight, put the toboggan fashioned from a bin lid down because tickets for The Downs are on sale- RIGHT NOW! And this year looks like the best one yet. We’ve got Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Orbital, Basement Jaxx, The Heavy and Goldie and the Heritage Ensemble all playing at what will be Bristol’s biggest outdoor music event. Sweet Bristol goodness!

If you are among the Bristol hardcore today then you can get your ticket in person from the Bristol Ticket Shop in Broadmead and The Love Inn at Stokes Croft.

For the rest of us we can just get the via, and



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