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Mary Tisdall obituary

My mother, Mary Tisdall, who has died aged 84, was a groundbreaking newspaper columnist and BBC radio journalist who focused on the lives of ordinary women who, like her, came from modest backgrounds and whose aspirations and concerns she felt were often ignored.

Born in Redcliffe, ...

2017-03-19 18:19 open_in_new
'Crane treehouse' rises above Bristol docks

Spending the night in “alternative” locations has become a travel trend in recent years (hotel rooms = boring, remember), with guests getting the chance to stay in unusual digs such as an Ikea store, a bookshop, up the Eiffel tower and, now, suspended from a crane.

Due to open this ...

2017-03-09 13:53 open_in_new
Would Jesus be a gentrifier? How Christianity is catching on to urban renewal

I n the 1990s, the Bristol neighbourhood of Stokes Croft was a hub of unchecked creativity. The vast Victorian façades, many of which had been abandoned to the elements, were a ready-made canvas for street artists such as Banksy and Robert Del Naja (also known as 3D), who became household ...

2017-03-07 09:59 open_in_new
Orpheus beneath a bridge, Macbeth in a cave: theatre's ever stranger locations

We knock on the red door. A bell rings. The door is opened and we are on the way to the underworld. The audience – only 12 of us – follow in single file down the wet path until we come to a metal ladder. One by one we descend. Then we pass into a damp, dark space, press a coin into the palm ...

2017-03-01 16:21 open_in_new
Bristol’s Colston Hall is an affront to a multicultural city. Let’s rename it now

T he zombie walks again. The same threadbare straw man has been clumsily wheeled out and the same mantra repeated. The same song from the same hymn book once again fills the air. Yet the rhetorical stance taken by those opposed to the renaming of Bristol’s Colston Hall is less a cogent ...

2017-02-26 02:11 open_in_new
Man jailed for two years for shooting toddler with air rifle

A man who shot an 18-month-old boy in the head with an air rifle leaving the youngster with brain damage and limited vision has been jailed for two years.

Jordan Walters, 25, fired the gun at Harry Studley, the son of a friend, in his Bristol flat after taking the weapon out to clean ...

2017-02-24 19:19 open_in_new
Police officers under investigation after Tasering own adviser

Two police officers involved in an incident in which a race relations adviser was Tasered have been served with gross misconduct notices.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has told the pair that their conduct is under investigation after Judah Adunbi, 63, was Tasered by ...

2017-02-22 16:33 open_in_new
Bristol Cathedral 'would consider' removing slavery-linked Colston window

Bristol Cathedral has said it is prepared to consider removing its biggest stained glass window because of its close association with the slave trader Edward Colston.

The dean of the cathedral, Rev David Hoyle, said if a way could be found of getting rid of the window, he would have a ...

2017-02-22 13:13 open_in_new
The GP practice sharing data to transform care for homeless people

S teve Benson* is happy. He’s just come out of a a 10-minute consultation with a GP he has never met, yet she was able to instantly pinpoint the help he needed. Thanks to the data sharing system being pioneered at BrisDoc, Bristol’s homeless health service, he didn’t have to go over his ...

2017-02-22 09:51 open_in_new
Bristol university chemistry lab evacuated in explosive scare

A university building was evacuated after a student accidentally made the same explosive that was used in the Paris terror attacks.

The University of Bristol said triacetone triperoxide (TATP) was “unintentionally formed” in its chemistry laboratory on 3 February.

Police, fire ...

2017-02-16 16:03 open_in_new
Alf Perry obituary

My father, Alf Perry, who has died aged 64, following a cardiac arrest, was a respected structural engineer. His career encompassed the growth of Hong Kong’s skyline, the preservation of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the revitalisation of Bristol Harbourside.

The son of Douglas ...

2017-02-14 18:55 open_in_new
Great Western line electrification 'deferred' amid cost overruns

Work to electrify key branch lines on rail routes to Oxford and Bristol has been suspended, the government has announced. The troubled programme has been beset by delays and cost overruns, with its budget trebling to £2.8bn.

Although a review of the work by Network Rail in 2015 led to ...

2017-02-09 06:01 open_in_new
Bristol anti-FGM video is an online hit

A youth-led charity has had online success with a music video that rejects claims that there are “minor” forms of female genital mutilation (FGM). Integrate UK created #MyClitoris to educate on the impact of Types I and IV FGM. The video has praised by Lily Allen and Caitlin Moran.

The ...

2017-02-06 17:29 open_in_new
Jack Thorne's Junkyard: how I turned an adventure playground into a musical

M y dad recently retired after 50 years of public service. In that time, he wore many hats: treasurer of this, secretary of that, chairman of this, agitator of that. He was a town planner, teacher, playgroup leader and union organiser. He worked in council offices, community centres, citizens ...

2017-02-06 09:47 open_in_new
Woman, 89, trapped in hospital for six months despite being fit to leave

An NHS trust has launched a formal inquiry after an 89-year-old woman who was medically fit to leave hospital was trapped on a ward for six months, costing the NHS more than £80,000.

Iris Sibley and her family were left feeling “distressed and let down” after she was kept isolated ...

2017-02-06 08:41 open_in_new
Three men jailed over Bristol child abuse ring

Three men have been jailed for their part in an inner-city sex ring involving the abuse, rape and trafficking of young girls.

Victims as young as 14 were subjected to sexual abuse that was “degrading, violent and horrible” in Bristol. Some of the girls were given drugs and alcohol and ...

2017-02-02 05:31 open_in_new
Letter: Bob Gannicott obituary

I was sad to read of the death of my old classmate Bob Gannicott (Other lives, 29 October) but not surprised to learn about his eventful life. As a teenager, Bob had amazing nerve, shown in various scrapes at Bristol grammar school and in his obsessive interest in the sport of caving. He ...

2017-02-02 05:31 open_in_new
Bristol woman cleared of encouraging partner to shoot crying child

A woman has been acquitted of encouraging her boyfriend to shoot a crying child in the head with an air rifle pellet.

A jury took 35 minutes to find Emma Horseman, 24, not guilty of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on 18-month-old Harry Studley.

Horseman’s ...

2017-01-31 20:25 open_in_new
A great mayor can shape a city. A bad one will ruin it

A long with urban cable cars, bids to stage the Olympics, cycle hire schemes and the building of outposts of the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry, creating elected mayors has become one of those ubiquitous remedies for all urban ills. For a while they are presented everywhere as a ...

2017-01-29 05:21 open_in_new
'Offers of help flooded in': The councils that are helping refugees

I n Bristol, a house awaits. There is food in the cupboards. Beds are made up with crisp blue linen. A cheery red hot water bottle has been placed on each duvet.

This is a home for a family about to arrive on the official Home Office sponsored Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement ...

2017-01-28 05:07 open_in_new
Dead curious: the artist inviting questions in a Bristol cemetery

A s dusk falls on the Victorian angels and leaning tombstones, voices will ring out across Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol, questioning the dead. The questions range from heartbreaking to barely printable: “Why didn’t you let me say goodbye?” one woman will ask, while a man wants to know ...

2017-01-27 05:59 open_in_new