Greetings to my readers in Bristol (that’s the one in the UK) and surrounds. I wish you a very enjoyable (and, of course, cultural) 2010.

My random selection of imminent events starts here:

Sun 10 Jan, 4 pm: something new at the Coronation Tap, Clifton. The Neil Smith 4TET: standards from Coltrane to Carmichael. Neil Smith, guitar; Jon Short, bass; John Blakeley, drums, Dino Christodoulou, sax, with some Greek-flavoured originals.

Sun 10 Jan, 7.30 for 8 pm: “Sunday night at the Lansdown”. Acoustic Evening, featuring Emily Grist, Rosie Garrard, Bashema. Lansdown Inn, 8 Clifton Road, Clifton, BS8 1AF.

Tues 12 Jan, 8 pm: Science Café at @Bristol. “Waste not, want not”. Forum for discussion of waste. Representatives of local organisations, e.g. James Sessions-Hodges (Ethos Energy), Sean Spencer-Worte (Bristol City Council) and Katie Winterborne (Resource Futures) share experiences and viewpoints. “Bring an item of rubbish for a warm-up activity!”

Weekend of 15 / 17 Jan: Bristol Acoustic Music Festival at St George’s. Too many acts to list: see

.. and finally, two Festival of Ideas events: (

Mon 18 Jan, 6 pm, St George’s. “The future of environmentalism”. Stewart Brand.

Tues 19 Jan, 7.30 pm, Central Library. “The True Desperate Romantics”, Lucinda Hawksley


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