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A Weekend in Bristol

This weekend Rosie and I took a long weekend break in Bristol – one of my favourite cities. Setting off on Thursday from Paddington we shared the concourse (but luckily not the train) with scores of revelers heading for Glastonbury. On arrival at Temple Meads Station we headed straight for our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn which is only 5 minutes stroll from the station and overlooks the Temple church and its leaning tower. On Thursday afternoon we headed down to Harbourside for some drinks and an Indian. Friday was spent shopping whilst on Saturday we headed up to Clifton to look at the suspension bridge, relax on the Downs and Clifton village. On Sunday we ventured back in to town for a little more shopping before returning to London in the afternoon after a lovely weekend.

Ninebot One @ Bristol

Ninebot One @ Bristol

Kings Head Bristol

Today I visited Bristol for work. On the way back to Temple Meads station I popped into the Grade II Kings Head on Victoria Street which has a fantastic old-fashioned interior.

Bristol Half Marathon

Bristol Half MarathonThis weekend I headed across to Bristol to take place in the half marathon. I headed over on Saturday to meet up with Rebekah and Tim who had just returned from their honeymoon in Kenya. I spent the morning shopping and wandering around harbourside before heading up to Ashton Court to visit the International Kite Festival. The kites were very impressive, it’s just a shame that the guy on the PA system wouldn’t shut up for more than a few seconds and let people enjoy the atmosphere. On Saturday evening we headed back to Rebekah and Tim’s house where we cooked up some food on the BBQ. I managed to have one too many drinks considering I was meant to run 13 miles the following morning.
Awaking early on Sunday morning I prepared myself for the exercise ahead. Arriving into the centre of Bristol I somehow managed to find my friend Carrie and eventually we set off at the back of the final wave of runners. I ran really well, settling down into quite a rhythm and the first ten miles flew by. In the end I finished in 01:57:08 – not bad considering I had not completed any training and had been drinking the night before. But, boy will I pay for it over the coming days.

A Short Pub Crawl in Bristol

Jonathan with a PintAfter a long sleep on Friday night trying to catch up on lost sleep I headed over to Bristol on Saturday to meet up with my sister Rebekah and her Fiance Tim. We first headed down to the waterfront where we lunched at a floating bar “The Grain Barge” which is owned by The Bristol Beer Factory. We then walked up the hill to Clifton for a pint in the White Lion before heading back down the hill and in to town for a few more drinks at Bristols oldest pub. My 2010 attempt to drink 365 different drinks at 365 different pubs was off to a flying start! I headed back to Swindon on the train in the Evening.
A good start to 2010!

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Photographs (2009)

Bristol Balloon Fiesta and The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows On Saturday I headed off to Bristol for the day to attend the annual balloon fiesta in Bristol. Unfortunately I missed the early morning mass launch as there was not an early enough train. I arrived at Ashton Court where I looked around the site. The Armed Forces were obviously on a bit of a recruitment drive with numerous recruitment vans attending from all three services. In the afternoon I went back across the Clifton Suspension bridge where I met my sister and Tim. Over some food and a  beer we watched the spectacular red arrows before waiting patiently for the evening mass releas of the balloons which began 45 minutes late. Definately worth the wait – the ballons are a great spectacle.

Jonathan Tolhurst

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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