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Colin Moody’s Amazing Bristol Pictures

Colin Moody is a bit of a Bristol legend. Presenter of The Source on Made In Bristol TV, host for events companies and charities. iPad guru to Bristol’s elders, on BCfm 93.2fm and a phenomenal Bristol photo blogger. Armed with just his iPad, Colin takes glorious photos of Bristol, completely capturing Bristol’s essence. We take a look at 20 of his best Bristol photos.

1. Duck – St Philips

Duck St PhillipsI just had to wait for someone to make this shot work. This is my favourite composition of all. Thank you the wind, graffiti artist and mountain of bricks.

2. Bird Storm – Cumberland Basin

Bristol Storm BirdsDuring a scouring of the harbour hundreds of fish got stranded which attracted the birds. I love the way they space themselves in light and shadow and the leader has turned.

3. Balloon seller – St Werburghs City Farm Summer Fair

bristol subway graffitiIt’s great to catch people holding objects interacting with the graffiti in our city. This is one of my favourites.

4. Bristol water fight – two domes – Millennium Square

water fight bristolI wrapped the iPad up good and proper and waded in. By getting behind the light water forms domes to match the planetarium. Bristol at its most fun loving, free and solid at the same time.

5. Gull tree – Durdham Downs

Bristol BirdsI nodded off then saw one gull. Turned around as they all took off. Click. I use this image a lot in my charity work with Aliveactivities.org to stimulate our elders into talking about the Downs.

6. Banksy dog – Harbour

Bristol Banksy DogI don’t know who owns the dog, but together they work. This is one of my less square pictures.

7. Style and  protest – Centre

Bristol austerity protestLoving their style as they take time out from protesting to stare at me, text and still look cool.

8. Underfall yard – Harbour

Bristol underfall harbourThe light was right and the boat selection just so. This area is a constantly changing landscape of awesome boats, bits and bobs.

9. Weed on the line – Harbour

bristol-flower-harbourCome the weekend the steam train would have rolled this weed flat, so a short life but a great chance for me to capture this early summer optimism.

10. Protest – Centre

Bristol migrationTaken during the migrant boat crisis protest this I like for the levels above and below the banner.

11. Get up! – University Library

Bristol running man statueHumour shot, with the statue about to kick…

12. Bus queue – Broadmead

Bristol Bus QueueA bird for every weary waiting traveller. Spirits above them.

13. “Is it a banksy…?” – B.R.I.

Bristol GraffitiNoticed these two art lovers. When one leaned in I just had to click. The crown and the umbrella tie in well. Thanks to my Insta mate Jess for correcting me on the artist! It’s Incwel.

14. Ferry passing – Harbour

Bristol Gromit BoatWhen the ferry passes under Peros bridge you can get a great drone type shot without the hassle. I’m a big fan of thinking where the camera needs to be to make a shot work in a new way.

15. Crossing the tracks – New Cut

Bristol train trackNever take photos on railways but this one one operates at the weekend. It’s being replaced with a bus route soon so I wanted a poignant picture to remember it by.

16. Eclipse hunters – Clifton Observatory

Bristol EclipseDon’t try this at home, but these students made an eclipse cinema you wear to see the celestial event. It worked very well! One wears it, the other guides you to target. For me this is pure performance art. Love it.

17. Nepal Fundraiser – Stokes Croft

bristol-girlI occasionally if the mood is right, and where we are has an interesting backing, ask people if I can take their portrait. This one for me really sums up the Bristol spirit with a tropical spirit that we have gained from such a diverse mix of cultures in Stokes Croft.

18. Cycle city – Temple Meads

Bristol Bike BoardThis photo appeared in the Observer on Sunday representing what is great about our city. I just waited ages for the right cyclist to come by. Click.

19. Wings – Peros Bridge, Harbour

Bristol BridgePairs of wings, one natural and fleeting, one architectural and permanent. Again a kind of Bristol shot.

20. Bridge pairs – Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge WalkI knew I had to photograph this bridge eventually. One day the sun was setting and this man was walking his dog so I waited until they blocked the sun and clicked. This photo is on show at the Radisson Blu hotel restaurant.

These photographs are available in square prints framed or unframed / signed or unsigned from Colin Moody. Print Sizes recommended are 15x15cm or 20x20cm. You can also select 9 of your favourites to appear in a square compilation image 30x30cm.

For all enquiries call 07957 324 351 or tweet me @moodycolin.
I hand deliver in Bristol so I get to visit even more of this city!

Keep up to date with new work at Instagram @moodycolin319 where new work appears every day. Prints can be ordered of any there with delivery within 1 week for prints and 2 weeks for block prints and framed work.

A selection of work will be on view at the Celebrating Age Festival at the M Shed on 27th September 10 am till 4pm. 

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New Year Menu Twist at Woky Ko

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Woky Ko launch new menu

Nestled in Wapping Wharf on Bristol’s buzzing harbourside, Woky Ko: CARGO swung open its doors in late-October, 2016 – capturing attention with a bold menu of delicate flavours. Talented chef-owner Larkin Cen has recently added to the family with Park St’s Woky Ko: Kauto, and the two combined offer some of the finest Asian cuisine you’ll find anywhere in the South West.

Woky Ko: Kauto

Woky Ko: Kauto has perhaps become the flagship venue, offering a little more space and a stronger restaurant feel than its waterside cousin. Sleek lines, muted tones and a contemporary feel combine to create a warm and welcoming space, with a row of high stools offering hungry diners that intimate ‘kitchen table’ experience.

There’s a strong crossover of influence and flavour between the Cargo and Kauto menus – with dishes like noodles, sharing sides and baos featuring in both. But with a larger kitchen, Kauto offers a fuller range.

Photo credit: Larkin Ken

Ramen recommendations (Ramenations? No…)

On my most recent visit I broke with previous form and tried the Woky Ko ramen; a large bowl of steaming noodles swimming in an umami (look it up) broth based on the saltier shio recipe. Larkin has spent hours perfecting the balances of salt, soy and spices across his dishes, and, with delicate jamon bone and rich roasted garlic, Woky Ko ramen is simply stunning.

But yes, I do have form here. On my first Kauto visit I fell a bit in love with the KFC ramen. This show-stopping blend of Korean spices leaves you slurping from the bottom of the bowl – perhaps not very fitting for a stylish restaurant setting, but it’s all too easy to get carried away… 

Sichuan ox cheek and hot and sour aged tofu complete Kauto’s ramen offerings, complemented by a mouth-watering selection of sides like onglet steak, tiger prawn toast, crispy duck pancakes and tenderstem broccoli that will change the way you look at greens forever.

Photo credit: Paolo Ferla

New Year deals from Monday to Friday

Woky Ko’s new weekday deals started up recently, offering diners a little added value for money from 4.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

Down on the harbourside, Woky Ko Cargo is offering either chicken vermicelli noodles or edamame bean and sunflower seed yakisoba noodles plus a Tsingtao beer for £10.

And on Park St, just opposite the Wills Memorial Building, Woky Ko Kauto’s early-evening deal brings you a free beer, glass of wine or soft drink with any of the four ramen dishes.

For an idea of the dishes available, check out Woky Ko’s sample menu. And to read more of @cjcallaghan’s write-ups and reviews, nabber over to his Best of Bristol page and fill your boots.

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Behind the Scenes at Thatchers Cider

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I have a confession to make… I’m a cider snob. I like it dry or medium-dry, and cloudy – with the heady scent of fermented apples still brimming in the glass. The kind of cider that’s been greasing the wheels of agriculture and industry in Somerset for centuries. Not for me, the sugary, sweet, supermarket stuff… I’ll have a pint of real zider, and you can leave the twigs and leaves in, too.

Spanning four generations in the same family, Thatchers is our region’s most famous cider-maker – and their range of produce is broad. Although most of their ciders are slightly over-processed for my liking, they do still make cider the traditional way. I’d say a visit to their orchards at Myrtle Farm in the heart of Somerset’s cider country is a must-do for any cider-lover in Bristol.

Exploring the orchards

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My recent visit began in the Thatchers Exhibition Orchard, where manager Chris oversees over 450 different apple varieties. The weather conditions in Somerset offer the perfect conditions for growing apples – with cold winters allowing the trees to lie dormant, and temperate springs promoting bee pollination and blossom-growth. True to form for this time of year, it was pissing with rain as we strolled among the lines of fruit-laden trees – but the apples like a little of that, too.

Hearing how Chris and his team fuse new apple buds to young root stocks to produce varieties like Dabinett and Jonagold was insightful, and his ability to harness the power of nature to produce the finest harvests made for fascinating listening. Our tour continued past the huge apple vats and ancient fermentation tanks to the state-of-the-art canning plant, and it was a joy to hear the various Thatchers team members share their passion for the product.

To the tasting…

Thatchers brought a selection of their lovely cider to Bristol a few months ago, so this was a fortunate second tasting for me. We sampled diverse brews including Redstreak, Old Rascal, Vintage, Haze, Katy, and more – each offering a different balance of scent and flavour to the last. It turns out Old Rascal is the team’s overall favourite Thatchers’ cider – a very fine drop indeed.

Lunch at The Railway Inn

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The Railway Inn is Thatchers’ local pub, with a broad selection of beers and ciders alongside a full menu of delicious dishes sourced, of course, from in and around Somerset. The pub has been lovingly converted from its original stone structure to a warm and welcoming space – with traditional snug, open bar area and stylish oak-beamed dining room. There’s garden seating for summer visitors, and a seasonal menu that makes the very most of the region’s natural produce.

Take a tour

If all this talk of apples and cider has got your taste buds tingling, you can find details on Thatchers’ guided tours and tastings on their website here. October is Cider and Perry Month, so now’s the ideal time to celebrate and support our local orchards and cider-makers. Harvest season is upon us too, so if you visit Thatchers there’s a good chance you’ll get to see the trucks arriving from across Somerset – their fruity haul ready for pressing.

If you head over, do book a table at The Railway Inn – it makes a good visit great. I can recommend the Thatchers Gold-battered fish and chips, and the sticky toffee pud hits the spot. Cider’s not bad ‘n’ all. Cheers!

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For more of @cjcallaghan’s reviews and write-ups, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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Pata Negra Revamp Kitchen And Menu

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Pata Negra Steps It Up for the Autumn Season

Bristol’s proud independent streak is well-documented, and we’re lucky to have so many vibrant and exciting bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from in this city.

If you enjoy visiting and supporting Bristol’s varied independent venues, it’s likely you’ll have a list of places old and new that you’re just waiting for the right time to tick off.

The Ox on Corn Street had been sitting on my must-visit list for months when I went last month, and I was very, very impressed.

But from the style-savvy team behind The Milk Thistle and Hyde & Co, what else could I have expected?

Also on Corn Street, and also run by the same talented team, Pata Negra is another venue I’d been curious about for a while — but on those occasions when I’d peered in past the door, I’d never felt encouraged in. Despite the great location and classical décor, it somehow just didn’t feel tempting.

Fresh changes at Pata Negra

That’s all changed now. In the latest round of developments at Pata Negra, the kitchen has been brought up from the basement to take pride of place at the forefront of the room — and the difference is striking.

You step through the doorway to skilled chefs preparing delicious dishes in their new open-plan setting, with a fine haunch of cured Ibérico ham hanging from the wall.

Further towards the back of the room, welcoming window seats and banks of plush red-leather benches offer the perfect settings for intimate gatherings of friends.

A menu re-vamp for the autumn season

The engine-room of the restaurant is now fully on show, and a menu re-vamp has changed things up for autumn. Diners can expect seasonal twists on authentic Spanish classics alongside new dishes created to bring the best out of the kitchen’s open grills.

Meanwhile, the wine and sherry list showcases the best of the Iberian Peninsula — the perfect accompaniment to the delicious tapas dishes, fresh seafood and decadent desserts on offer.

For full details on Pata Negra’s refreshed autumn menu, head over to the website here.

For more of @cjcallaghan’s reviews and write-ups, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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