Bristol

Old and older, or not so old and oldish

I’ve taken a few photos of old things juxtaposed against modern… here we have an old crane beside an old ship… except the ship isn’t as old as the crane… it is a 1997 replica of the Matthew, in which John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland, five hundred years ago. The crane, one of four was […]

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Elegant Bristol… and its other side

Walking from Temple Meads, that magnificent palace of a railway station built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel I saw this beautiful building. Isn’t it graceful, isn’t it well proportioned? I have no idea what it was in a former life but I guess the large gated entrance on the right was the way horse-drawn vehicles entered, probably into […]

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Upstairs… or downstairs?

I saw this ugly metal fire-escape bolted onto the side of what might have been an elegant nineteenth century building except for the metal boxes bolted to the side which I guess are something to do with air conditioning or central heating or ducts for something or another… Oh and there are grills over the windows […]

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Gurt Lush

Gurt lush is a Bristolian and west country saying meaning really lush, or really great/lovely/gorgeous etc. Gurt means great in terms of size, and lush presumably comes from luscious. It’s an exclamation of approval,and usually delight. I couldn’t help but chuckle when, outside Bristol Temple Meads Station was a café in a yurt, a large Mongolian […]

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1497

  John Cabot is celebrated in Bristol as a hero and an extraordinary adventurer. He was a Venetian merchant who crossed the Atlantic not long after Columbus’s voyage and probably made landfall on Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, although it may have been Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Labrador, or Maine. Cape Bonavista,  His men were the first Europeans in the Americas since […]

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The cloaked man

In Bristol the other day and we walked past this piece of sculpture that we have driven past a dozen times. It is a man on a horse with an inquisitive expression (the man’s expression, the horse just looked slightly bored and restless) There is a little plaque nearby telling us that he is the […]

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