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A LOCAL HOTSPOT | UNCOVERING HISTORY
Green Park Brasserie set to hit our screens
Green Park Brasserie will be coming to a screen near you in the form of Tim Dunn's new series of The Architecture the Railways Built.
Airing on Freeview channel Yesterday (UKTV) the series was shot back in October and will explore the history of Green Park Station and reveal the stories behind the stunning space that Green Park Brasserie now occupies. The programme will also reveal the hidden vaults beneath the station.
Green Park Brasserie owner Andrew Peters was interviewed by presenter Tim Dunn and will be sharing secrets of the station including the lesser known uses of the vaults during its years as a station.
The Brasserie which is known for their four nights of live jazz, funk soul and swing will celebrate 30 years of business next year is run by Andrew and son, Alex Peters. In 2016 they founded Bath Pizza Co which has become another popular casual dining hang out for locals.
Alex Peters, said: "We're incredibly passionate about our unique setting here in Bath and the history and atmosphere that Green Park Station embodies. The afternoon of filming took place back in the autumn and we hope to have shared some interesting tales about the station, its people and what it means to the city of Bath today."
The show will air on 25 February on Yesterday and will be available on UKTV soon after. In the meantime, historians can view then and now images of Green Park Station here:
Last year Bath Children's Literature Festival collaborated with book festivals from the UK and abroad to create Reading is Magic Festival, 25 online kids literature events with bestselling authors and illustrators.
With schools currently closed and many children learning at home, free access to Reading is Magic Festival has been extended until the end of the current lockdown.
There are videos and podcasts for primary and secondary school ages with authors and illustrators including Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell, Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon, Alex Wheatle, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Jasbinder Bilan, Robin Stevens, Jason Reynolds and many more.
Themes covered include creativity, protecting the planet and the importance of seeing ourselves reflected in books and the festival is presented by CBBC star Karim Zeroual.
Start learning now by using the promo code FREEMAGICBCLF when joining as a member here.
This code will give you free access until the end of the lockdown – the discount will be applied at checkout.
Organisers say they'd love this online learning resource to be available to as many children and parents as possible during this time.
With over 60 wines on sale here's a few highlights:
Vinho Branco Artolas
From Portugal a lovely wine with refreshing nose of tropical fruit and citrus notes, with emphasis on the passionfruit character. The palate is bright with mineral notes and has a long, lemony finish. This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking white wine perfect for a party - or at least a very small gathering for the time being. £6.95, was £8.75.
Massaccio Verdicchio, Fazi Battaglia
This Italian beauty has the richest and most concentrated version of Verdicchio, the outcome of years of experimentation. With intense golden yellow hue, the precious noble rots then pervades Massaccio with ripe fruit, particularly golden delicious apples and pears with notes of honey, fruit and nuts, aniseed and Mediterranean herbs. In the mouth it is rounded and crisp, with well-balanced notes of bitter almond, which are characteristic of the grape variety. With long months of bottle ageing, finally, the wine expresses pleasant, intriguing and complex notes. £14.95, was £18.85.
Ice Cuvée Sparkling, Peller Family Estates
An intriguing sparkling wine. For starters, it's from Niagara in Canada. Even more interestingly, unlike Champagne, the final adjustment is made by adding ice wine (from frozen grapes), which gives complexity and not just sweetness. The finished result is a little less dry than Brut Champagne, with gloriously unique nuances of yeast, ripe apple honey, apricot and citrus zest. £25, was £30.
Red Boar Bobal, Bodegas Gallegas
From Spain, a wine with very attractive colour with great intensity, exhibiting youthful primary fruit characteristics of currants, and has a slight touch of nutmeg. It has a smooth, soft tannic mouth feel with balanced acidity. £6.95, was £8.95.
Picpoul de Pinet, Château Morin Langaran
This French wine is both gentle and refreshing with notes of Mediterranean white peach, apricot kernel and zesty lime peel culminating in a silky mouth feel and crisp, vibrant acidity. £9.50, was £11.95.
Organic Primitivo, Vigne e Vini
On the nose, this fine Italian wine has fruity notes of currants and blackberries elegantly join an aromatic bouquet of nutmeg, liquorice, chocolate and vanilla, released after a brief refinement in French oak. Its low alcoholic degree (12.5%) is supported by a slightly acid structure that makes it balanced and long, leaving the palate full of coconut and fruity notes. Of course, it perfectly matches with pasta, white meat and fresh cheese. £10.95, was £13.95.
Twenty7 underwear is a new UK men's luxury underwear brand based near Bristol. Specialising solely in men's underwear, often an afterthought for larger clothing brands, design houses or women's underwear brands, allows the company to focus on the importance of comfort and style for men. Business owner Chris Kelly commented "We believe that a man shouldn't need to choose between quality, luxury, comfort or style. When it comes to the item of clothing worn next to a man's most intimate area, it should feel good as well as look good too." Twenty7 underwear has been designed with the thought of both comfort and style in mind.
There's a 3D pouch for the important bits and the care label – often a cause of irritation – is removed, care instructions printed onto the inside of the rear panel instead. The fabric used is 95% cotton and 5% elastane to give enough stretch for a comfortable wear throughout the day but retain shape and support. The slightly wider waist band with front facing only logo gives an understated look. The 'T7' model of trunk has its logo in gold on the left thigh to give an additional touch of elegance. "We've kept it simple – you won't find garish patterns or over-the-top branding at Twenty7. A man who has genuine style doesn't need to tell the world he's wearing a certain brand."
The Twenty7 range of socks follow the same ethos. A range of cotton based socks in stylish, but not over-the-top, stripes that suit both casual and formal wear, along with the classic plain black, give choice for whatever the occasion.
The socks range are sold in trio packs and are available in traditional cotton and bamboo.
The company has an online shop as well as a range of monthly subscription packages with regular free deliveries of underwear with savings over the 'buy when you like' shop pricing. A good deal of thought has also gone into Twenty7's luxury and bespoke packaging meaning that it comes as a ready-to-give gift.
Monday 25 January is acclaimed Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday – had he not passed away in 1796, he would have been 261 this year. But 'Rabbie' lives on in spirit, and Burns Night offers us all an opportunity to raise a dram (or several!) to celebrate the great man's life, work … and penchant for feasting.
As Burns dedicated his 1787 poem Address to the Haggis to Scotland's national dish – a savoury pudding made of offal, onion, oatmeal, suet and spices that tastes far nicer than it sounds – Haggis, accompanied by Neeps and Tatties (swede and potato mash) is the traditional Burns Night centrepiece. But while few domestic chefs have the skills or equipment needed to make a Haggis at home, all of us are more than capable of making Scotland's second most famous dish, Cullen Skink: a rich, creamy soup made of smoked haddock, leeks, potatoes, onions and – if you're feeling really celebratory – double cream (which can be replaced by half-fat crème fraiche, which works well but offers a less creamy consistency).
Ingredients (serves 4) 300g smoked haddock fillets, preferably undyed 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 large or 2 small leeks, chopped 300g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks 750ml chicken or vegetable stock 200ml double cream Plenty of ground white pepper Handful of freshly chopped chives (optional), to serve
1. Put the haddock into a baking dish and cover with just-boiled water. Leave for 15 minutes before draining thoroughly and allowing to cool enough to handle. Once cooled, remove the skin and flake the flesh into chunks. Set the prepared fish to one side.
2. Melt the butter in a large pan and slowly sauté the onion and leek until really soft. Add the cubed potatoes and sauté with the onions and leeks for another 5 minutes before adding the stock, bringing to the boil and allowing to simmer for around 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
3. Carefully mash around half the potato chunks into the broth, stir well, then add the haddock, cream and plenty of white pepper and salt to taste (you may not to add much as smoked haddock can be quite salty.) Gently simmer for 2–3 minutes until the whole soup is heated through. Serve in warm bowls sprinkled with chopped chives.
TV DRAMA | BACK TO THE 1980S
Words by Melissa Blease
It's a Sin
1981: Margaret Thatcher ruled the UK, inner-city riots dominated the headlines, HRH Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, Salman Rushdie published Midnight's Children, Duran Duran, Ultravox and Adam and the Ants ruled the charts... and a then-mysterious virus called AIDS was set to cut a swathe through the LGBTQ community with the ferocity of a Californian wildfire.
In his brand new 5-part TV drama series, screenwriter and TV producer Russell T. Davies (of Casanova, Queer as Folk, Cucumber and the 2005 revival of BBC1 sci-fi franchise Doctor Who fame) takes us back almost 4 decades to show us what 1981 looked, felt and sounded like to five 18-year-olds who move to London filled with excitement, hope and ambition... only to find themselves “walking straight into a plague that most of the world ignores.” But don't expect It's a Sin to bring you down.
“I wanted the series – named after The Pet Shop Boys' defiant 1987 chart-topper – to be exhilarating,” Davies told a Times journalist in a recent interview; “it's not all about sad moments or misery, because that wouldn’t be true. Life doesn’t stop when terrible things happen. Life is beautiful.”
It's a Sin stars former lead singer of synth-pop trio Years & Years Olly Thornton as young gay law student Ritchie Tozer, Keeley Hawes as Ritchie's conservative, downtrodden mum Valerie and Stephen Fry as politician with-a-secret Arthur Garrison, and introduces us to Omari Douglas as the fabulously flamboyant Roscoe Babatunde: an 18-year-old Nigerian man whose family disown him when he comes out about his sexuality.
The series premieres on Channel 4 at 9pm on Friday 22 January.
RICHARD WYATT DEBATES | THE CLEAN AIR ZONE
Have your say before 31 January
In the depths of the winter gloom, and in the middle of our third national pandemic lockdown, it’s probably hard to divert your energies to life beyond the virus but that is what our local authority would like us to do in examining and commenting upon various proposals that will affect the economic and social life of the city – and its citizens and visitors – when we emerge from this viral nightmare.
Local authorities like B&NES have received a government directive to clean up atmospheric pollution. In our area it will see the introduction of a Clean Air Zone in the centre of Bath this coming 15 March.
While the majority of private cars won’t be affected, social media has seen accusations levied against the Lib-Dem controlled council as instigating ‘car hating’ and ‘anti-business’ policies.
The same taunts have been directed against proposals to introduce Liveable Neighbourhoods to provide residents’ parking schemes and reduce through traffic in an effort to improve health and safety. It’s another public consultation that’s been underway.
Protection from danger is also the aim behind council proposals to improve security measures in the city centre. It’s part of their job to keep our inner streets and spaces safe and secure from the threat of terrorism, especially as Bath tries to rebuild its tourism industry.
Temporary measures, installed with guidance from the police, are going to be bolstered with an array of permanent – and additional moveable – bollards to provide a higher quality of protection around tourist attractions like Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, but also to safeguard the retail core of the city centre. Although it’s been pointed out that it would take more than a bollard to stop a crazed weapon-carrying terrorist.
B&NES says it’s aware of how important vehicle access is for businesses, residents AND people with restricted mobility. Many citizens are able to give their views and feedback will be used ‘to inform refinements to the draft proposals’ before traffic regulation orders are brought in. Directly or indirectly, these are measures that free up streets for people at a time when the high street, too, is changing.
Add your twopenny worth before the end of January.
Good news, your grace! Netflix’s hit period drama Bridgerton is officially returning for a second season.
The news was received with written confirmation from Lady Whistledown herself (well, Netflix). “The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honour to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion,” Whistledown wrote.
Production on season two will begin in the spring of 2021, with the upcoming series looking set to focus on Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) efforts to find a wife.
“This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season," Lady Whistledown continues. "I will have my pen to report on any and all of his romantic activities.”
“However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time. Patience, after all, is a virtue.”
Based on Julia Quinn's novels of the same name, Bridgerton revolves around Regency era London’s high society as debutantes across the town enter the competitive marriage market.
Bath was heavily featured as a location in series one; so watch out for the camera crews this spring.
Preheat oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. Sauté 1 large, chopped onion in a glug of olive oil for about 4 minutes, until soft. Add 1 large peeled, grated carrot and 1 clove garlic (crushed) and sauté for a further 1–2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Drain 2 x 400g cans of red kidney beans, mash well and stir the beans into the warm carrot and onion mixture along with 1 large beaten egg, 1 tsp ground coriander, a sprinkle of chilli powder to taste (optional) and a generous handful of fresh breadcrumbs. Divide the mixture into 8 patties, coat in more breadcrumbs and place on an oiled baking tray. Cook in the pre-heated oven for around 30 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time, until crisp on both sides.
Butterbean and Spinach Stew
Serves 4, vegan
Sauté 2 large, chopped onions in a glug of olive oil for about 4 minutes, until soft. Add 4 large, peeled, diced carrots and fry for a further 6–10 minutes, adding 2 crushed garlic cloves for the final couple of minutes. Add 600ml passata, 200ml vegetable stock or water and 1 level tsp sugar; bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes before adding 2 x 400g tins drained butterbeans and 200g frozen spinach. Bring back to the boil and simmer for a further 10 minutes (if using fresh spinach, add 200g towards the end of the cooking time and allow to wilt into the sauce.) Season to taste and serve hot, preferably accompanied by big chunks of crusty bread.
Mixed Bean and Pasta Soup
Serves 4, vegan
Sauté 1 large, chopped onion in a glug of olive oil for about 4 minutes, until soft. Add 2 large, peeled, diced potato and cook with the onion for a further 4 minutes. Add 2 tbsp tomato purée and cook with the onions/potato for 1 minute before adding 2 x 400g tins of drained mixed beans and 750ml vegetable stock or water. Bring to the boil, add 200g dried pasta (macaroni, fusili, farfalle or orrechiette) and simmer until the pasta has cooked according to the timings on the packet (usually 10–12 minutes). Season to taste and serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese (or vegan alternative) and a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley.
Baked Bean Brunch
Serves 2, vegetarian option
Sauté 1 large, chopped onion in a glug of olive oil for about 4 minutes, until soft. Chop 4 vegetarian, pork or cooking chorizo sausages and continue to sauté until the sausages are cooked through. Add 1 tsp smoked paprika, a generous grind of black pepper and 1 x 420g tin of baked beans in tomato sauce to the pan. Continue to cook, stirring continuously, until the baked beans are heated through. Remove from the heat, stir in 3–4 tbsp grated Cheddar cheese. Serve on hot toast... topped with poached eggs if you really want to push the brunch boat out!
REMEMBER |THOSE MUSICAL VIBES
Bath's live music and club scenes
Bathonians are being encouraged to share their memories of live music and nightlife in Bath as part of a major project to document the history of music in the city.
Researchers and journalists from Crack Magazine in Bristol and Bath are urging members of the public to contribute to the project by uploading stories, photos and memorabilia via a special online form. People will also be asked to leave their contact email so that researchers can get in touch to find out more.
The project is an attempt to document the rich musical history of Bristol and Bath through the words, images and sounds of people who live in the two cities. It will feature contributions from gig-goers, event promoters, local musicians, DJs and dancers, as well as the major recording artists from the region who have already confirmed their participation. The results will be shared with the public later in the year.
Researchers are looking for stories and images related to the live music and club scenes in Bath since the 1950s and are particularly keen to hear from those who remember venues, clubs and events that no longer exist, as well as those who recall the early days of now celebrated musicians from the city.
Examples of former venues and events include the Island Club on Bog Island, Tiffany’s club, the Keel Club at Bathampton Mill, the 1969 Bath Festival of Blues, the Ye Olde Farmhouse and Long Acre Tavern pubs, the Players Club and Tioergarten nightclubs, Walcot Village Hall and the Brillig Arts Centre.
To take part, Bathonians should head to the form here and fill it in, sharing as much detail as they can: All photographs, images and stories will be fully credited.
Talking of Bath's musical past...
...Let's celebrate the role of Moles Nightclub in George Street, whose aim was always to make live music accessible to all. Conceived as a vegetarian café with a jazz and folk club beneath, it was later dubbed ‘one of the coolest music venues in the UK’ by Shortlist, and voted BBC Radio 6’s and NME’s Best Venue for Upcoming Bands. Moles’ rollcall of past performers, DJ’s and bands reads like an A-Z of music history, including artists such as Ed Sheeran, Geno Washington, Peter Green, The Smiths and Radiohead. Find out more in Catherine Pitt's Bath Magazine feature about the history of Moles Nightclub.
BBC TV crime drama The Serpent has drawn us compellingly into the unsettling story of the lives of murderer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) and his partner Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman). The eight-part series, produced by Mammoth Screen, which premiered on BBC One this month, tells the remarkable story of how Sobhraj was captured. As the chief suspect in unsolved murders of young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976, Sobhraj had repeatedly slipped from the grasp of authorities worldwide to become Interpol's most wanted man, with arrest warrants on three different continents.
On top of the crime intrigue, the drama has made viewers become obsessional about the glamorous and bohemian fashions of the era that are featured, as worn by Jenna Coleman as Marie-Andrée, Ellie Bamber as Angela Knippenberg and Mathilde Warnier as Nadine Gires. Marie-Andrée in particular sports a hypnotic mix of jewel-toned tailored suits, oversized sunglasses and floaty geometric blouses and kaftans. It’s been said that The Serpent’s looks offer a perfect mood board for influencing our own wardrobes.
For authentic inspiration, let’s turn to our very own Fashion Museum’s collection of British fashion from the 1970s and 1980s, which are part of the museum’s collection of historic and contemporary dress. They have recently released an image gallery of the fashions of the 1970s and 1980s here.
Woman's printed jersey dress, Ossie Clark, 1972; Woman's long printed cotton dress, Laura Ashley, about 1973–1978; Woman's long printed silk gauze dress, Gina Fratini, about 1970–1975
THE KIOSK|MAGAZINE MOMENTS
Curated by Daniel McCabe – Magalleria
Published at the end of 2020 and just released here, the anniversary issue of Dutch art magazine See All This provides what it calls 'a dazzling voyage of discovery of women artists'. We're always excited when international magazines in any genre decides to publish an English language version and this Pretty Brilliant Women in the Arts issue really, truly dazzles, delivering 300 sumptuous pages ranged into seven 'exhibition rooms' to pay homage to hundreds of women artists from around the world over the past century.
Following the announcement of the latest lockdown, and wishing to abide by the guidelines, we have postponed publication of our latest issue.
In view of the increased risks and concerns, we felt that it was not appropriate to deliver magazines door-to-door. We hope to resume publishing soon.
In the meantime, if you fancy catching up on some great reads that you may have missed, there's an often overlooked link on our website, which will take you to a wondrous digital bookshelf of The Bath Magazine's back issues. Explore and enjoy. It'll help keep you off Netflix.
Perfect for serving water or wine, the Cobra stainless steel pitcher (£130) or the Cobra glass carafe (£75) are two elegant and harmonious designs by Constantin Wortmann for the iconic Danish brand, Georg Jensen. As well as a beautifully decorative way to serve drinks, they double up perfectly as a stylish vase or simply pieces to be displayed as much-loved possessions.
A Swim in A Pond in the Rain, the latest work from George Saunders, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo, emerges from his last two decades spent teaching an MFA course on the 19th-century Russian short story. Taking the form of several essays interspersed by short stories from writers such as Chekov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, it is a deconstruction of and an ode to storytelling. Saunders breaks apart the mechanisms of fiction writing, both as a technical craft and as a cipher through which we engage with and comprehend reality, recasting the short story as “a continual system of escalation.” His sharp humour, radical insight and warmth ensure the book is a delight to read- akin to spending an afternoon with a brilliant professor of literature.
“My attempt to write as painting, not about it” is how Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, describes his latest piece of writing. A fictitious account of the final days of Francis Bacon (think 20th-century painter rather than 17th-century polymath), confined to isolation and near silence in a hospital in Madrid, solely tended to by one Sister Mercedes. Here the aporia surrounding the final week of Bacon’s remarkable life is exploded into colour. Throughout Bacon’s mind drifts and distorts, heavy with imagery, mercurial and snarling, jumping through past and present. It is an act of ventriloquism that shifts at one point from Bacon to a Porter-esque figure, a medium. Porter plays with language as physical and textured as impastoed paint congealing on rough hessian cloth. In his own words, “it stinks, I hope, this book, of turpentine and oil and fags and cologne and breath mints.”
This season Pantone’s colourful conversation point is a divisive duo promoting solar shades and soft, muted grey. The choice is designed to sum up the mood of the time, positivity supported by fortitude.
Pantone’s announcement of their shade of the year is a double whammy, with the bright and hopeful ‘Illuminating’ (yellow) paired with ‘Ultimate Grey’, for a two-tone combo that many will be looking to weave into their schemes and spaces for 2021.
In the words of Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “The union of an enduring ‘Ultimate Grey’ with the vibrant yellow ‘Illuminating’ expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.
The image shows the Deverell Sofa Collection, a luxurious take on the classic Chesterfield sofa. The bold, deeply buttoned sofas are upholstered in velvet and have turned wooden legs on castors.
Image shows Deverell round footstool, £369; Deverell large chair, £839; Deverell two-seater sofa, £1,115; Deverell three-seater sofa, £1,295, all from TR Hayes.
The beautifully designed three-bedroom penthouse apartment within an exclusive Grade II listed manor house is set across two spacious floors. Warleigh Manor is nestled within elegantly manicured grounds on Bath's eastern fringes that enjoys far-reaching rural views. The breathtaking, opulent interior-designed accommodation has handsome Boniti oak parquet flooring throughout. The bespoke well-equipped kitchen and utility room has been designed by Halycon Interiors of London and boasts a central island and breakfast bar. Externally, the large private sun terrace enjoys magnificent 180-degree views over open countryside. Offers in excess of £1,100,000
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