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Confusion over Westbury-on-Trym Post Office fate

The notice in questionI walked past the Westbury-on-Trym Post Office branch this morning to find bewildered-looking locals, clutching their letters …

Review: Ian McKellen as King Lear

Plays that remain as powerful, awesome, and resonant as they were when first written are few and far between. King Lear, with its tale of tragedy, …

Valediction 2018

This year I report the retirement of a vintage crew of hacks. Together they have pushed our publication to unimagined heights and as they go off to …

Review : Solo – A Star Wars story

After a troubled production, multiple directors, and general rumours, fans came to the conclusion that Solo, the new Star Wars spinoff was going to …

Letter: Metrobus – a review

After delays of over a year the Metrobus has finally started running its first route around Bristol. Having little faith in the transport around the …

Thoughts on Pride

Gay Pride: parades, rainbows, glitter, face paint, and music. But Gay Pride is deeper than the festivities, and as we reach the end of Pride Month …

Power to the People?

The right to a peaceful protest is an intrinsic part of democratic society – as well as a long and respected tradition within the UK, enshrined in …

Review: Private Peaceful

There are few novels that fully capture the horrors and injustices of war like Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful. With each chapter bringing us …

XXXTentacion: Obituary of a confusing mind

The life of US rapper XXXTentacion (also known as X) was cut tragically short at just the age of 20 earlier this week, after he sustained multiple …

Does Chris Froome’s recent Giro d’Italia win cement his place in cycling history?

Chris Froome has now won all the Grand Tours, the epitomes of road cycling. Not only that, but he has won them consecutively- a feat only the defined …

Dear 2018 Leavers

Bristol Airport is a strange place for a revelation. A terminal, not because it’s where our journeys end, but because it’s a portal into the void, …

Graffiti, Vandalism… Art

Click to view slideshow.Humans have always had a fascination with making their mark. From early cave paintings and graffiti found in Pompeii, to …

How will the Bristol Metrobus fare?

The new Metrobus transport system is set for its inaugural trip later this month on May 29, a long twelve years since it was first proposed back in …

Thoughts from Places: the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

<i>“Arbeit Macht Frei”.</i> These words, punched into the grey sky of a cold March afternoon, haunt the empty spaces between the barracks of the camp – a …

Safe standing: Will the 12th man finally have its say?

The 1989 Hillsborough Disaster is an event that will long live in the thoughts of football fans across the globe. As a result of overcrowding in the …

Ravel Morrison: Wasted talent or late bloomer?

Nowadays, when I mention the name Ravel Morrison the general reaction is “Who?” or “What?” But if we were to turn back the clock eight years, then …

Merci Arsène?

When Arsène Wenger leaves his position as Arsenal manager at the end of the 2017/18 season it will mark the end of an era. While a large section of …

Bristol Bears: A step too far?

Just days after confirming promotion back to English Rugby’s top flight, Bristol Sport announced the rebranding of Bristol Rugby to the Bristol Bears …

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 at the IWM

When looking down from the atrium of the Imperial War Museum, it’s hard to look away from the unguided missiles of WWII, or the spitfire and harrier …

Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Well, we are finally here. 10 years of anticipation and trailers led me to the cinema with mixed expectations. Of course, even before they had seen …

Review: Love, Simon

As one of the last films I may ever review for this website, we find ourselves at a dramatic milestone for Berkeley Squares. We entered our very …

Ball tampering and crocodile tears

The cricketing world has recently been rocked by the Australian ball tampering scandal, resulting in bans for captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David …

Ball Tampering

What can we learn from England’s final two friendlies before the World Cup squad selections?

After a rather unexpectedly impressive couple of friendlies during the most recent international break, a selection headache seems to be on the cards …

Soccer

Review: Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Macbeth

Murder, superstition, regicide, and revenge. For a play that is among the most produced of Shakespeare’s scripts, a production of Macbeth must be …

Macbeth

Review: Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Macbeth

Murder, superstition, regicide, and revenge. For a play that is among the most produced of Shakespeare’s scripts, a production of Macbeth must be …

Macbeth

Yanis Varoufakis: Globalisation vs Internationalism

The Southbank Centre hall set up for the talkExterior view of the Hayward Gallery displaying the Gursky Exhibition, overshadowed by new developmentAs …

Economics

Review: Journeyman, and Paddy Considine Q&A at the Watershed

Once the credits had rolled and the lights had come on, two men walked onto the stage. One was a member of staff at the Watershed cinema, and the …

Question marks remain over Bristol Arena

Since the First Direct Arena opened in Leeds in 2013, Bristol has been the largest city in the UK without a major arena-style venue. Currently, …

The key to eternal life: Can we stop the clock?

Ageing as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon. In the last 200 years, life expectancy in the UK has almost doubled from 43 to 81 years. What we …

“Spring” back into reading: The post-winter reading list

The so-called “Beast From the East” brought snowfall across Britain and, predictably, we were caught off guard: raiding our local supermarkets for …