Clifton in Bristol

21 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Clifton Suspension Bridge during Bristol Balloon Fiesta © - Matt Prosser/cc-by-sa-3.0

Clifton Suspension Bridge during Bristol Balloon Fiesta © – Matt Prosser/cc-by-sa-3.0

Clifton is both a suburb of Bristol, England, and the name of one of the city’s thirty-five council wards. The Clifton ward also includes the areas of Cliftonwood and Hotwells. The eastern part of the suburb lies within the ward of Clifton Down. Parts of Clifton itself are now in the process of being pedestrianised. Notable places in Clifton include Clifton Cathedral, Clifton College, Clifton High School and Clifton Down. Clifton is home to many buildings of the University of Bristol, including Goldney Hall. Notable places in Clifton include Isambard Kingdom Brunel‘s Clifton Suspension Bridge; the Roman Catholic Clifton Cathedral; Christ Church; Clifton College; the former Amberley House preparatory school; Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, The Clifton Club; and Bristol Zoo.   read more…

Theme Week New England – Rhode Island

23 February 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  13 minutes

Newport © MVASCO - Michael Kagdis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Newport © MVASCO – Michael Kagdis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. The state also shares a short maritime border with New York. On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and was the fourth among the newly sovereign states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778. It boycotted the 1787 convention that drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th and last state to ratify the Constitution.   read more…

Theme Week New England – Connecticut

22 February 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Hartford - Connecticut State Capitol © - jglazer75/cc-by-2.0

Hartford – Connecticut State Capitol © – jglazer75/cc-by-2.0

Connecticut is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. The state is named for the Connecticut River, a major U.S. river that approximately bisects the state. The word “Connecticut” is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for “long tidal river”. The capital is Hartford. Other big cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk, Danbury, New Britain, Meriden, Bristol, West Haven, Milford and Middletown. Connecticut is the third smallest state by area, the 29th most populous, and the fourth most densely populated of the 50 United States. It is known as the “Constitution State“, the “Nutmeg State”, the “Provisions State”, and the “Land of Steady Habits”. It was influential in the development of the federal government of the United States. Much of southern and western Connecticut (along with the majority of the state’s population) is part of the New York Metropolitan Area, as well as New York City and the five largest cities in New Jersey (Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, and Edison), which is widely referred to as the Tri-State area. Connecticut’s center of population is in Cheshire, which is also located within the Tri-State area.   read more…

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

24 June 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Events Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Bradleylewis/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Bradleylewis/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held annually England. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to Bristol and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time. The event was first held in 1979 and is now one of the largest in Europe. It is common to have crowds of over 100,000 on each of the four days of the festival. It takes place in a large country estate Ashton Court. Mass launches are made twice a day, at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions.   read more…

The museum ship Great Britain

7 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Tall ships, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  6 minutes

© mattbuck/cc-by-sa-3.0

© mattbuck/cc-by-sa-3.0

SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company‘s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days.   read more…

Portrait: John Locke, the father of Classical Liberalism

1 March 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  8 minutes

John Locke signature

John Locke signature

John Locke (1632 – 1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.   read more…

Bristol – City, coast and country life

20 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

River Avon from balloon © Adrian Pingstone

River Avon from balloon © Adrian Pingstone

Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, with an estimated population of 433,100 for the unitary authority in 2009, and a surrounding Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) with an estimated 1,006,600 residents, it is England’s sixth, and the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, one of the group of English Core Cities and the most populous city in South West England.   read more…

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