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20 Cracking Candid Bristol Pictures



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 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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The Time I Beat Bristol’s Scariest Escape Room



Hell in a cell Bristol

I’m put in many a tricky situation exploring the very ‘Best of Bristol’.

Usually up high, scaling buildings and cranes (#antimitchclimbs), but I didn’t think it would result in being locked in a prison cell with a psycho killer called Pig Face (pictured above). Welcome to Hell in a Cell, ay?

Now for some of you reading, Hell in the Cell will make you think of wrestling but I can promise you this is scarier than when Shane McMahon jumps off the top of that cell.


Hell in a cell Bristol

The rather terrifying Pig Face.

Hidden beneath the old Crown Courts on Bridewell Street, within the cells, this has been dubbed “Bristol’s scariest attraction”. And so in the interest of research I took on Pig Face, and lived to tell the tale!

I can’t actually give away too much of the game, because this is an escape room and that just wouldn’t be cricket, would it?

What I can reveal though, should give you a taste of what to expect.

Hell in a cell bristol

You don’t know what you’re getting yourself in for until they handcuff you and throw a bag over your head..

Like any escape room, Hell in a Cell Bristol sets players challenges that they have to complete. Perhaps the first challenge is not backing out after you’re handcuffed with a sack placed over your head.

It’s then trying not to cack yourself as you’re led into the pitch black cells, where you know you’re not alone, but you can’t quite tell what’s there.

It’s that lovely fucker by the name of Pig Face.

Pig Face is reasonably fair at this point and allows you an hour to make your escape. It’s go time!

Oh, and all your belongings have been taken off you, so you can’t use your phone torch or ask Siri for help.

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What I will say is that you bond pretty bastard quickly when you’re scrambling to find light and remove your handcuffs. I was with my good friend Colin Moody, but with three other people I did not know, and we came out of it with an unwavering sense of camaraderie.

That probably explains why this Bristol escape room has proven so popular with corporate clients in the city. Hell, it’s proven pretty popular with all but one reviewer on a popular site that rhymes with whip chastiser. That person claimed it wasn’t very scary. Ooooooo sorry ‘ard.

The game itself was challenging, terrifying and fun (if you like being scared). It will most certainly fill you with adrenaline and leave you in need of a celebratory drink if you do make it out.

This is NOT for the faint hearted. I don’t scare easy, and if you’re like me you won’t feel a sense of fear, but you’ll definitely be made to jump. Nobody is immune to that.

If you do scare easily, go to the bathroom beforehand. Or don’t, these are real holding cells so you could always have a pee in there..

Fancy it? Then click here to book.

Tag us in your psycho selfies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you take on Pig Face



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Sampling The Lesser Known Ciders From Thatchers



Thatchers Cider

Despite the recent rain, bbq season is upon us, and no camping trip or garden gathering is complete without a few ciders to sweeten the deal.

With honey notes and a golden colour, the medium-dry Thatchers Gold is the flagship cider from one of Somerset’s oldest cider makers – and it’s a great go-to cider on any occasion – but Thatchers Cider have been producing and pressing apples in the Somerset village of Sandford since 1905, and their selection these days is broad.

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Katy, the 7.4% single variety cider well-known to Bristolians who want something a bit stronger than Gold or Dry..

An introduction to Thatchers Cider and Pasture

To showcase the full range of their cider offerings, the Thatchers Cider team descended on Pasture – the stylish new bar and restaurant near St Mary Redcliffe – last week.

With butcher Sam’s enthusiasm for local produce and Thatchers’ chief cider-maker Richard Johnson on hand, it was the perfect pairing.

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Redstreak, a multi-award winning cider with accolades such as Supreme Champion at International Cider Challenge 2017, and World’s Best Sparkling Cider at the World Cider Awards 2017.

Richard introduced us to the Thatchers Cider story – starting over 100 years ago with farmer William Thatcher making cider to help pay his workers, and ending with William’s great grandson Martin (the current managing director) overseeing Thatchers Cider distribution throughout the UK. In between tastings, Pasture’s Sam talked us through the menu selections he’d made to bring out the best in the ciders chosen.

Thatchers Cider

Cured duck breast with juniper and orange marmalade, on a chai cracker.

Food and cider pairings

The Thatchers team opened with Katy, a light and softly sparkling cider made from Katy apples, and with it came Pasture’s scallop ceviche with pickled gooseberry and lime – the delicate seafood working beautifully with the light, bubbly cider. There followed five further mini-courses, each paired with a different Thatchers’ cider.

The meaty steak tartare with oyster mayonnaise met its match in Thatchers’ Old Rascal – a peppery 4.5% cider made with Tremlette and Somerset Redstreak apples for a bittersweet flavour. And Pasture’s short rib croquettes with delicate gochujang aioli balanced nicely with the bold and beautiful Thatchers’ Vintage – an oak-matured 7.4% cider with fruity aroma and crisp flavour. 

Thatchers Cider

Pasture’s Signature Short Rib Croquette with gouchong aoili and nasturtiums.

It was a great chance to try lesser-known Thatchers ciders you don’t regularly see in the big supermarkets, and clear to see the thought Sam had put into the food pairings he chose.

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Family Reserve, a sparkling Somerset Apple Wine that rediscovers the recipe for champagne cider originally created by William Thatcher in the early 1900s.

If you’d like to give a few of Thatchers’ lesser-known ciders a try, take a look at the full range and buy online here. And for more details on the flame-grilled offerings over at Pasture, check out their website here.



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Bristol’s Biggest Food Festival Is Back



Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections 2018 is nearly here, so it’s time to plan your festival!

Bristol Food Connections is one the highlights of Bristol’s food calendar, with a ridiculous amount of events (130 at the last count!) taking place across the city from 11-17th June.

It’s a fairly huge festival, covering everything from growing your own food to huge gala dinners and talks on sustainability. We’ve decided to break down what’s happening and pick out a few of our favourites from this year’s programme.

Bristol Food Connections

Booze it up

There are plenty of ways to hit the hard stuff (and find out more about it too)…

See more of Bristol

With events dotted in every far flung corner of Bristol, now is the time to get out and explore!

  • World Food Passport (All week, £8)
    Taste your way around the food businesses of Gloucester Road, collecting stamps as you go (or you can also do a guided food tour of Gloucester Road that week too).
  • Behind the Scenes of a Gin Distillery (Sat 16th, £25)
    Head out to Thornbury for this special tour of 6 O’clock Gin’s distillery to find out more about how their delectable spirit is made (with plenty of tasters along the way, obv).
  • Shroomshop (Sun 17th, £30)
    Get some hands-on tips about mushroom cultivation at this workshop in St Werbs.
  • Thyme Trail (Fri 15th, £15)
    Visit various vendors in Wapping Wharf, hearing the stories behind the businesses and getting tasters as you go.
  • TimeZone: Eat Your Way Around the World (Sat 16th, £4)
    Try a range of international cuisine in Easton, including Jamican, Indonesian and Spanish.
  • Eco day at Hartcliffe City Farm (Sun 17th, Free)
    Try your hand at pond dipping, searching for bugs and other activities.

Bristol Food Connections

Educate yourself

It’s not just about filling your face with food, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn a new skill or hear some interesting perspectives on the food we eat too:

Fantastical feasts

Some seriously special dinner events from well-known chefs and local producers…

  • FUTURE: FEAST (Mon 11th, £25)
    Star Trek meets Come Dine With Me in an ‘immersive dining experience’.
  • A Summer’s Feast (Fri 15th & Sat 16th, £30)
    The next generation of Bristol chefs serve up a seasonal feast.
  • It’s a Bristol Ting! (Sun 17th, Free)
    Celebrate Bristol’s Jamaican community with rum & jerk chicken at Lakota.
  • Chocolate Gala Dinner (Mon 11th, £35)
    A special dinner to kick-off festival week, with all 3 courses featuring chocolate.
  • Summer Dine & Vine Feast (Thu 14th, £30)
    A three-course tasting menu paired with bio-dynamic wines.
  • Homegrown Collective Supper Club (Fri 15th, £35)
    Three-courses of local, seasonal food accompanied by music.


There are also loads of free talks and demos at the Festival Hub (next to Watershed) throughout the week, so it’s worth stopping by to see what’s on!


See the full Bristol Food Connections Programme




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