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Bristol: the city that lauds the slave trader

A fter 150 years, Bristol’s prime music venue is to finally change its name and thereby cut its link to the infamous slave trader Edward Colston. The charity that runs Colston Hall – Bristol Music Trust – announced this week that it would think up a new name before the venue reopens in ...

yesterday 20:29 open_in_new
Bristol's Colston Hall to drop name of slave trader after protests

Bristol’s biggest concert hall is to drop the name of the slave trader Edward Colston from its name after protests and a boycott by musicians, the Guardian can reveal.

The charity that runs Colston Hall, Bristol Music Trust, said on Wednesday it was a new beginning for the ...

2017-04-26 14:31 open_in_new
The case for an anti-Tory electoral alliance

Martin Robbins’ acerbic attack on progressive alliances (Tactical voting to beat the Tories: does the maths equal a coalition?,, 20 April) is both misinformed and misleading. For a start, he assumes that any alliances would be the only tactic used to beat the Conservatives when ...

2017-04-24 20:43 open_in_new
Edward Braun obituary

Along with Konstantin Stanislavski, Vsevelod Meyerhold was the leading theatrical innovator of the early 20th century, certainly in Russia and arguably the world. A victim of Stalin’s purges (he was shot in 1940), Meyerhold had anticipated the mid-century move away from naturalistic drama ...

2017-04-24 16:19 open_in_new
Anything but the Tories: Bristol West voters weigh up their options

M artin Wells, a psychotherapist from Bristol, admitted he had not voted for a while. “I’ve been Labour all my life but I fell out of the habit of voting. I think I had just lost interest in all politicians.”

But then came the 2015 general election, Brexit and the triumph of Donald ...

2017-04-21 09:05 open_in_new
Alan Griffiths obituary

Alan Griffiths, who has died aged 57 from cancer, was a gifted musician, songwriter and producer, working with Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears as well as performing in his own bands and writing music for film and television.

Born in Bristol to Clifford, who worked for Bristol Aircraft ...

2017-04-20 20:59 open_in_new
Greens kick off election campaign by reaching out to young people

The Green party focused on young people at its election campaign launch in Bristol, pledging to fight to scrap tuition fees, give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote and protect the environment that youngsters of today will grow up in.

In a city where there has been a spate of suspected suicides ...

2017-04-20 18:47 open_in_new
The fight for independents: should cities ban chain stores?

Dylan first heard Levon and the Hawks – the band who would become The Band – in 1965, at a club on Yonge Street in Toronto called Friar’s Tavern.

Yonge Street in those days was hip. An offshoot of the Yorkville neighbourhood – whose many music clubs helped give rise to Neil Young, ...

2017-04-20 09:57 open_in_new
Having the perfect date in Severn Beach

I was pleased to read Peter Tyzack’s paean to Severn Beach (Letters, 11 April). However, he neglected to mention Adge Cutler’s 1968 song Aloha Severn Beach which begins “There’s a little corner of heaven/Down there, by the River Severn” and includes the romance that can be found in ...

2017-04-12 21:21 open_in_new
Vibrant community in Severn Beach village

While we recognise that there are some very serious issues around homelessness in Severn Beach, that your newspaper must rightly report (Wave goodbye to your support network, 5 April), and we are aware that, for pure commercial reasons, homeless people are being housed in a building in our ...

2017-04-10 21:59 open_in_new
Pedants have their uses, but why such fury over apostrophes?

W hatever persuaded Bristol’s self-styled “grammar vigilante” to be interviewed by Radio 4, subsequent public acclaim has presumably justified the risk of prosecution for criminal damage.

For anyone who missed the show, this anonymous individual has spent the past 13 years defacing ...

2017-04-09 03:03 open_in_new
'Banksy of punctuation' puts full stop to bad grammar in Bristol

He has been branded “the Banksy of punctuation” and describes himself as a “grammar vigilante”.

For more than a decade, an unknown corrector of poor English has been venturing out in the dead of night and tidying up the punctuation on Bristol’s shop fronts and street signs. ...

2017-04-03 14:25 open_in_new
Ghosts of Bristol’s shameful slave past haunt its graceful landmarks

M ark Horton sits on a bench in Bristol’s Queen Square pointing at the elegant Georgian houses surrounding him. “There’s one!” he exclaims, as if there is a danger that the house will disappear from view. “And there, that was a slave trader’s house. And that one, that one had slaves ...

2017-04-02 02:01 open_in_new
Fifth Bristol university student takes own life this academic year

A third-year languages student is understood to have killed herself in the fifth case this year of suspected suicide involving students at the University of Bristol.

Elsa Scaburri, who was studying for a degree in French and Italian, was halfway through her year abroad. According to a ...

2017-03-29 21:49 open_in_new
Can Bristol University’s Wills Memorial Building escape its legacy of slavery?

Name: Wills Memorial Building.

Age: 92.

Appearance: Features a 65m-high gothic revival tower, clad in Bath and Clipstone stone.

Where is it? Bristol. It houses the university’s Schools of Law and Earth Science, and it’s where they do graduations.

Why is it called the ...

2017-03-29 16:19 open_in_new
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