In the heart of Bristol city centre is a jazz venue called Jazz at Future Inns. It is underneath Chophouse Restaurant, both of which are part of Future Inn Bristol. That’s right, a restaurant with live music in Bristol, and Thursday nights are dedicated to Jazz. Each week sees a different local or internationally known artist, duo, ensemble or group.
Me that’s who! The last couple of years, one of the highlights in my social calendar has been attending a Christmas in July event. I love celebrating the festive season, in my summer clothes, while digging into a Christmas in July menu, with festive drinks and entertainment. This year the venue was at Steinbeck and Shaw and PRYZM Cardiff, who got to showcase that they are more than just a nightclub.
Many people would have spent months eagerly awaiting the date, after buying the tickets months in advance for the Spice Girls Reunion Tour in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Not me! When the tickets went on sale last year, I was caught up in the excitement of the “Power of Five”, but with saving to buy a house and seeing them in the O2 Arena on their last reunion tour in December 2007, I could not commit. However, after a drunken brunch with friends, we purchased tickets, deciding to “Never Give Up on the Good Times”, after too many cocktails just over a week ago.
The 13th February is World Radio Day. It is a day where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes their lives.
Radio was a big part of my life for nine years. My first ‘real’ job (and you will get the pun shortly) was working in radio. At age 16 I did work experience in the promotional crew, and by age 18 had a full-time job at Real Radio Wales, part of the Guardian Media Group.