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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

Dundry is beautiful in any season!

4. The Thekla

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

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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It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

Monday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Others:

Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.

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Rosa Opens in Bristol

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Rosa Review

The rising chill of autumn had descended, and I was a Bristol girl in need of a stiff drink to warm my gills. Red coat on, black heels donned and a long overdue catch up with an old friend in the diary, we headed on over to the newly opened Rosa on Whiteladies Road for a night of tapas and prosecco.

Rosa has some big shoes to fill. Bristolians will remember the good old days of Rocinantes and Quartier Vert and more recently the Townhouse at this treasured venue.

tapas rosa

Credit: Ellis Fox

Spread over two floors, with candles, old typewriters and flowers galore, this new bar-come-eatery, which promises “world inspired food to share” is romantic, cosy and stylish.

If you can’t quite justify spending money on a round-the-world plane fare, a trip to Rosa will go some way to taking you on a global foodie adventure.

Chef Tim Denny – formerly of Totterdown’s Historical Dining Rooms – is at the kitchen helm and he’s created a menu that simultaneously tantalises, impresses and surprises.

Sharing dishes include mixed bread with salt and paprika butter (£4), spiced flatbread with curried chickpeas, yoghurt and fresh lime (£5.50), steamed bao with pulled oxtail, miso mayonnaise and crispy shallots (£6 and my personal favourite), as well as burrata mozzarella with picked mooli, radish and mint salad (£6.50).

rosa food

Credit: Ellis Fox

For meat lovers, there’s a sliced shoulder of Iberico pork option (£7) and a mouth-watering whole Galican beef rib (£25) cooked over hot coals and served on the bone with baby gem salad. Seafood fans can opt for hot seared salmon sashimi with sesame and soy (£7.50) or flame grilled octopus with crisp noodles and spring onions (£6.50). There’s also the classic Spanish tapas dish of patatas bravas (£5.50) up for the tasting, and its rich, spicy tomato  sauce, doesn’t disappointed.

rosa menu

Credit: Ellis Fox

For dessert, there’s churros with olive oil Nutella (£5.50) and BBQ salted milk ice cream with caramel coconut sponge (£6.50), among other options. What’s more there’s always a cheese of the month. Now we’re talking…

Alongside the main tapas menu, there is a fantastic value set lunch menu at £11.95 for two courses and £13.50 for three courses.

Fancy a tipple? There’s a large selection of wine available by the glass or carafe starting at £4.50 and going up to the most expensive £48 Bordeaux from Chateau Paveil de Luze. A generous cocktail selection is available, in addition to a plethora of local gins (Psychopomp), Spanish sherries, sparkling Japanese sake and beer from a range of local breweries including Wiper and True and Arbor Ales.

rosa wine

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It’s unlikely you’ll get through the entire menu on your first visit. But don’t they say it’s always best to leave wanting more?

Rosa, 85 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2DT. Tel: 0117 973 9302.

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9 Amazing Vans Spotted In Bristol

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Top 9 Vans of Bristol

Art galleries sometimes on the move sharing the art all over the city.

1. This is either very fresh or the van is a permanent feature (look at the back wheel)

montpellier van

2. Unusually the best work on this van in Easton is on the back. Looks like an anti surveillance grannie to me. Ironically I’m watching it though

bristol van

3. St Werburghs now, and it’s like a go faster type tag on the wall behind trying to photobomb this shot

st werburghs van

4.  It’s Easton again. Not a van, an ambulance but this stick on lettering is good enough to get it an entry here. It’s taken food to the needy and it’s earnt it’s place

easton van

5. Edge of Easton by the M32 and its festival food van me thinks, looking at the mud it’s picked up on the underside. Would be nice to snap it with the pizza smoking out the unseen chimney

another easton van

6. St Paul’s. This one was camouflaged for the area

van in st pauls

7. Same artist as Pizza truck so this one must be fam

van in bristol

8. St Werburghs again. This one really has some landscape length to it. Who does those dinos?

another st werburghs van in bristol

9. My fave, and popular with the owner. My dog sighs did this and instead of eyes following you round the room it’s eyes following you round the city. Kobra street art to the right from Upfest and of all the shots of vans this one is the most pleasing to my eye. Deffo a Basquiat thing going on here

kobra street art van

10? Go look around these postcodes and find it… Take your pick

Do you know any of the artists? Tell us in the comments or tweet me @MoodyColin and let me know

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