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Stunning Bristol Photos From Neil James Brain

It’s been almost a year since I did a ’10 of the best’ for Best of Bristol so I was very pleased when I was asked to do another. However, I take so many photos of our beautiful city that this time it had to be 15! This time it’s a sort of journey around my favourite spots in Bristol. It includes photos taken at some of the brilliant festivals in Bristol that I attend.

1. Starting off at the New Cut at high tide with A Bond

New Cut at high tide

I live my life by tide times and sunsets these days

2. Peeking Penguin

penguin balloon fiesta

A shot from the balloon fiesta last year. Love taking candid shots of balloons as much as I do the standard shots.

3. View of Chew Valley lake from Dundry


Dundry is beautiful in any season!

4. The Thekla


Great to see it back and with a new paint job. Many great memories of moshing on that boat.

5. The Eye, Temple Quay

temple quay

Very photogenic building (especially with a very long exposure).

6. Clifton Suspension Bridge

clifton suspension bridge at night

It’s just such a magnificent view. I could take this shot over and over again!

7. The Bristol Whales

bristol whales

Now in their new habitat. Fantastic for the Avon Wildlife Trust to have them in the ‘People’s Nature Reserve, Sea Mills’.

8. Sunset over the Lloyds Building

sunset over lloyds building in Bristol

Was graced with a spectacular sunset that evening.

9. Sunset Flyboarder

sunset flyboarder

Took this shot at the amazing Bristol Harbour Festival 2015. Loved watching these guys practice whilst having a pint at the Cottage.

10. Bristol Honey Bee

honey bee close up

Macro photography is still my favourite and primary genre of photography. This shot links in nicely as was taken at Bristol’s Bee and Pollination Festival last year.

11. ‘Under the Boat’

ss great britain underneath

A shot of the SS Great Britain’s hull. A great place to visit and get some shots of this Bristol icon.

12. Upfest


A shot of my amazingly talented cousin Jody working on a piece called Fragile Love. Can’t wait for this years Upfest!

13. Cabot Circus

cabot circus

Love the glass roof here! This particular shot will feature in PhotoPlus magazine later this month.

14. View from Cliftonwood Crescent

view from cliftonwood crescent

Have been visiting this spot for well over 10 years now. It never gets old!

15. Finally back to the New Cut and B Bond at High tide

newcut at hight tide

Ashton Avenue Bridge is currently undergoing renovation and makes for an interesting reflection.

Thank you, I hope you enjoyed viewing the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

That was 15 superb Bristol photos from Neil James Brain. You can find Neil on Twitter @NeilJamesB and you’ll also find his work on his new website that is coming soon. Watch this space!





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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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