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University of Bristol Open Day 2018


University open days are essential for students to see not only the university and their course offerings but also the location. They can be quite variable. Bristol have got it absolutely right.

Registration was simple and quick online and all confirmation details followed by post .

All the plethora of events were clearly signposted and hundreds of students were there to direct and answer questions.

Bristol is a city centre campus and a number of the roads were helpfully closed off to allow easy walking access between venues. Food stands serving good food but at parents prices not student prices were all around. That might be a little unfair as £5-7 would get you a nice food item.

Seemingly all the presentations were good and mostly 30-40 minutes with separate stalls set up where students gave out literature on their courses . The university was busy but not overcrowded so seem to have got their numbers right. Security personnel were in attendance giving a safe feel rather than a persecuted one.

Some of the sports clubs were showing their wares with basketball and badminton clubs having areas where students were playing.

Lastly a shoutout to Murray’s a cafe in the city centre . A good place for folks to feed and water. Orange Polenta cake can be recommended.

Overall impression of Bristol university was excellent .

Bishop Paul Bushe 1490- 1558 Bristol Cathedral


Bishop Bushe was the first Bishop of Bristol Cathedral appointed by Henry 8th in 1542. He lasted 12 years before getting married in 1553 and then being thrown out for being a married priest in 1554. Nonetheless he has a decent tomb inside Bristol Cathedral. My interest in all this is that I am descended from him. He wrote some poetry and other small itesm that include, according to Wikipaidia  ” ‘Certayne Gostly Medycynes necessary to be used among well disposed people, to eschew and avoid the comen plage of pestilence’ (Redman, no date). This is a small trac containing prayers and conjurations against the plague.”  Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe

Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe
Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe

Bishop Paul Bushe by chris Bushe

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel


The very fact that someone could build a bridge across the Avon river has always impressed me, and the clifton suspension bridge is a truly amazing thing. the fact thay could build it 150 years ago defies even incredulity. Elena 11-yr old, trainee teenager, has a project to research a Victorian person and write about them. She has decided to do Brunel. Tonight she did a little research and what we found was amazing too. Not only did he build the bridge ( and others as well), but he built the first tunnel under the thames ( now used as part of the Tube line), built Paddington and Temple Meads station, then built the railway line to connect them, then built the docks at Bristol and finally built two massive boats, including SS Great Britain, that carried 4000 passengets to Australia. I am already looking forward to tomorrows history lesson.

Otherwise a very dull day today. Foggy and damp all day. The office building was almost empty with marketing folks all at some conference ( as usual) and the temperature was turned down a good few notches. Elena and I finished ” The Dragonfly Pool” by eva Ibbottson tonight, a great book.

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