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Bioblitz hits Bristol!

  • Posted by howies
  • 21 May 2010

The other day Scott was going on about his lovely walk in the sunshine, well tonight I'm going to the BioBlitz Twilight Walk to spot owls and bats. Today's sunshine is very welcome indeedy but there is something magical about summer walks at dusk too.

BioBlitz is an annual event,  a 30-hour race against the clock to find as many species of wildlife as possible, taking place during the UN’s International Day of Biodiversity.

Scientists, naturalists, the public and over 250 schoolchildren will work in groups across Blaise Castle Estate to find and identify as many species as possible on Friday 21 May and Saturday 22 May. Information will be recorded, with some specimens brought back for identification to a temporary base camp lab. TV presenter and nature expert Philippa Forrester and wildlife filmmaker and photographer Charlie Hamilton-James, will also help the team and announce the findings at 3pm on 22 May.

In addition, there will also be the following special sessions taking place:

    • Lichen Walk with David Hill, lichenologist and botanist at 4:00pm on Friday 21 May
    • Twilight Joint Dusk Walk with Roger Moses of the Hawk and Owl Trust and David Brown of Avon Bat Group at 8:30pm on Friday 21 May
    • Moth Trapping with Bristol & District Moth Group at 9:30pm on Friday 21 May
    • Dawn Chorus Bird Walk with ornithologist Ed Drewitt at 4:30am on Saturday 22 May
    • Spot the Lady Bird with Dr Remy Ware, coordinator of the UK Ladybird Survey, two walks at 9:30am and 1:30pm on Saturday 22 May
    • Fungi Blitz with members of the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group at 10:30am on Saturday 22 May
    • Mini Beast Bug Hunt with Pete Dawson, local educational ecologist, two walks – one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm on Saturday 22 May

These events are free of charge and open to anyone interested, but spaces are limited. People who want to take part need to sign up at the BioBlitz website: www.bioblitzbristol.org

The life.still exhibition and open slideshow event is fast approaching and we just wanted to remind you to come along and to take part!
The howies store in Bristol will be making itself host to a range of work from five documentary photographers from the 21st - 30th May 2010. Come and see some fresh and exciting photography and if you can make it on the opening night, join us for a beer and the open slideshow event which you can take part in.
life.still have had a great response to their request for everyday people and photographers alike to submit photography slideshows to their event. But it's not too late for you to take part, so head to their website at www.lifestill.co.uk to find out more and become part of this exciting event.
If you're still not convinced here's a photograph from the collection 'When I close my eyes' by Rebecca Harley. This collection of portraits explore the hopes and desires of people lost in their own environments often rushing from a to b without much time to reflect. What happens when we take a moment to close our eyes, shut out the world and think about our dreams?

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So 20 minutes left to vote...


Just a quick reminder about the upcoming photography exhibition that you can be involved in at the Bristol store. life.still is a fresh and exciting exhibition showcasing the work of local artists and is being held at howies in Bristol from the 21st - 30th of May 2010.

life.still want you to be involved, by submitting your work in the open slideshow event that will take place on the opening night on the 21st May from 7-10pm. The slideshow is open to all, you can be a professional or an amateur - it doesn't matter. The only stipulation is that your photos have a theme or a story.  Head to www.lifestill.co.uk for more information, follow their tweets or check out the facebook page. 

To get your creative juices flowing, here's a sneak preview of the work that will be shown in the exhibition next month.Tamany Bakers' "Living with Wolfie" series documents her response to the 'presents' that Wolfie, her beloved cat, brought into her home.

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For more information on the exhibition pop into the howies Bristol store and pick up a leaflet or head to their website www.lifestill.co.uk

Iceland diving

  • Posted by ruben
  • 16 April 2010

We just got this email in -

Hi lovely howies people,

Iceland is in the news a lot today which reminded me to send you these pics from our weekend there a few weeks ago.

We went diving in the Silfra Ravine, crystal clear, glacial melt water - amazing visibility!  At 1 degree it was a bit chilly but we were kept nice and toasty in our howies thermals, love the New Bay Surf top.

We also got up close and personal with the now rather famous volcano.

Amazing trip - happy days


Doodle jump up the mountain

  • Posted by ruben
  • 14 April 2010

Ade and I just got home from a whirlwind trip up to Manchester to meet some people and learn some stuff.

On the way there we passed one of Wales' most famous mountains, Cader Idris, and had a go at running up it.

The low clouds and mist coupled with the fading light made for a great atmosphere filled with looming rock faces and peaks rising out of the gloom.

We made it up the hundreds of beautifully built stone steps and to the lake in the middle, where we turned around and came back down to beat the dark.

40 minutes of real life doodle jump.

It was an amazing place and a great run. Must go back.

(And in case you were wondering, the echo up there was brilliant)

The Bristol Bike Project

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 April 2010

The third installment of An Evening with A Beautiful Machine was packed. it was lucky that we have so much room in the shop to hold all the bikes people arrived on. There were 4 speakers last night, each with very different cycling tales to tell.

James from The Bristol Bike Project told us about the work him and the dedicated volunteers do to recondition old bikes with refugees and asylum-seekers and then give them the bikes to get around Bristol!

You can see their website here.

20% off the weekend.

Well bank holiday weekend is around the corner and things are getting a bit warmer... (That said the sea is as cold as ever).

So if you’re looking to stay warm (New bay surf Thermal) or cool down (Good old fashioned tees). Not only do we have the works but we have 20% off the lot until midday Monday. That includes all our awesome samples. After a good surf you may find yourself sat around a camp fire wrapped up in one of our cuddy shirts thinking 'best weekend ever'.

You can use this offer online and in our other shops as well - click here for more details on that.

Last week Dave Sparshott came into the store for a few days to do a mural up our stairwell.  It depicts a journey from Cardigan to Bristol to Carnaby Street.  It was really nice having Dave around for a couple of days (we were all inspired to doodle works of art while he was here!)

It looks awesome...so come by and check it out!  If you want to find out about more of his work click here.

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