Many thanks to Mohammed, Israel, Vitaliy, Pilar, Abdisamad, Olya, Tanuja and Hyoshil for your much appreciated messages of welcome.
Hyoshil - I was very impressed that you used ‘hogwash’ – what a great word that is! It dates back to 1400 and literally means the leftover food you give to a pig. Today it means nonsense.
Tanuja – I wasn’t aware of Tagore’s Bristol connection – but I had unforgivably forgotten to mention the tomb of Raja Rammohan Roy, the great Indian social reformer. He is buried in the cemetery which my house backs on to. The Indian government pays for the upkeep of the tomb and there is a regular stream of visitors to it
I commute by train (16 minutes) using Brunel’s great station Temple Meads, his railway line (Great Western) and his historic Box Tunnel. A very pleasant journey but an expensive season ticket!
How does the animation film’ The Wrong Trousers' connect with Roman Baths? It doesn’t really – a poor attempt at comic irony on my part. The Roman Baths are usually considered very grand and historical while The Wrong Trousers is a fun film from the 1990s. But it did win an Oscar!
BOSKA – I was a little confused, though you accidentally reminded me of another Bristol claim to fame – we used to have the Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory. Sadly that’s now closed but there is a Cadbury’s factory down the road. And Cadbury can give those Belgians a run for their money! (strong competition)
Jiae – First of all congratulations for your terrific blog last month. You set a high standard for us to try and meet!
Your experience of Bristol & Bath typifies the point I was making. Bath is fabulous but Bristol has some lovely architecture, too. Hope you come again some time to check it out.
Thanks for all your contributions. This blog has now closed and can no longer accept new comments.