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It is with great sadness that we must announce the closure of Blue Sax Publishing, the owner of The Spark magazine.

Operating as a free, ethical, independent magazine has never been easy and despite the best efforts of our core team and all our contributors, we are unable to continue to produce the magazine.

We are very proud to have been part of a magazine that has not only represented a unique, free and brilliant resource for so many people in the West Country, but which has also been a much-loved Bristol institution. The Spark has embodied much of the radical, creative and independent spirit that makes the West Country such an amazing place to live. Our hope is that the connections and the community The Spark has helped to foster continue to go from strength to strength.
 

We pay tribute to the Spark’s founder, John Dawson, and we give thanks to everyone who has supported The Spark these past 21 years: our loyal advertisers and distributors; our wonderful writers, designers and photographers; our amazing community of readers and everyone who has helped and supported us, and especially those of you whose stories have inspired us and filled the pages of our magazine for two decades.

As our readers, and anyone else who knows us, will know, for all the team working here at The Spark it's never been just another job: it’s a life-style, it's our values, our core beliefs; it expresses our hopes and optimism. Everything we've said, we've meant, and we feel this loss deeply and personally, and we know this loss will also be felt by our readers, and by the green/ethical/holistic community.

 

The Spark is now up for sale and may reappear; however Blue Sax Publishing will not be involved.

 

In the short-term, our Facebook page will still be in operation and if you would like to leave us a message, please do so there. (Search The Spark, Bristol).

 

Thanks for reading.

Love from The Spark team x

 

 

 

 

PS The Spark team are no longer in the office and cannot be contacted using any @thespark email addresses.

If you believe you are a creditor and have not already been contacted by the liquidators, then please find their contact information below.

FRP Advisory
Kings Orchard
1 Queen Street
Bristol BS2 0HQ

tel: 0117 203 3700

Sam Talby is dealing with the liquidation of Blue Sax Publishing

The Spark Events

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Events for Friday 1st Aug 2014

Lammas Day


Lammas Day, from the Anglo-Saxon loafmas or festival of the wheat harvest. In Celtic and Pagan tradition this day is celebrated as Lughnasadh, started by the god Lugh as a funeral feast for his fostermother, Tailtiu, who died exhausted after clearing the plains of Ireland so that people could grow crops. Traditionally people would bring a loaf made from the new crop to church on this day to be blessed. A book of Anglo-Saxon spells states that the Lammas bread should be broken into four pieces and placed at the four corners of the barn to protect the harvested grain. In many parts of England tenants were expected to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before August 1, a ceremony referred in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as “the feast of first fruits”. The blessing of first fruits was performed in churches on either Aug 1 or 6. The former coincides with the feast of St. Peter in Chains, the latter being the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ.

sad endings


Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry on this day in 1944.

August 1-3

August 1-3

Yoga for all

The Devon Yoga Festival, held near Newton Abbot, offers a chance to immerse yourself in over 40 workshops, enjoy delicious local food and bask in a wonderful sense of community. Features include a Yoga DJ Dance evening, traditional Kirtan chanting and a wide range of teaching styles.

http://www.devonyogafestival.co.uk

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Events for Saturday 2nd Aug 2014

August 1-3

August 1-3

Yoga for all

The Devon Yoga Festival, held near Newton Abbot, offers a chance to immerse yourself in over 40 workshops, enjoy delicious local food and bask in a wonderful sense of community. Features include a Yoga DJ Dance evening, traditional Kirtan chanting and a wide range of teaching styles.

http://www.devonyogafestival.co.uk

August 2

August 2

in the Red

Redfest is a community-run arts and music festival that takes place every year in and around St George’s Park, Bristol. East Bristol’s largest free festival, expect lots of family-friendly fun in the park, plus bands and other acts in the local cafes and pubs throughout the day and into the night.

http://www.redfestbristol.co.uk

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Events for Sunday 3rd Aug 2014

August 1-3

August 1-3

Yoga for all

The Devon Yoga Festival, held near Newton Abbot, offers a chance to immerse yourself in over 40 workshops, enjoy delicious local food and bask in a wonderful sense of community. Features include a Yoga DJ Dance evening, traditional Kirtan chanting and a wide range of teaching styles.

http://www.devonyogafestival.co.uk

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Events for Thursday 7th Aug 2014

August 7-10

August 7-10

up, up and away!

Europe’s largest ballooning event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 36th year. Featuring mass ascents morning and night, with over 130 hot air balloons taking to the skies plus the famous nightglows, plus loads of family entertainment.

http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

up, up and away


The Above & Beyond charity raises money for Bristol’s hospitals. If you can spare some time to volunteer at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from 7-10 August, proceeds raised will go to the charity.

Tel Jenny Sheriff at the charity on 0117 370 0482 or email her on jenny.sheriff@aboveandbeyond.org.u

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Events for Friday 8th Aug 2014

August 7-10

August 7-10

up, up and away!

Europe’s largest ballooning event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 36th year. Featuring mass ascents morning and night, with over 130 hot air balloons taking to the skies plus the famous nightglows, plus loads of family entertainment.

http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

up, up and away


The Above & Beyond charity raises money for Bristol’s hospitals. If you can spare some time to volunteer at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from 7-10 August, proceeds raised will go to the charity.

Tel Jenny Sheriff at the charity on 0117 370 0482 or email her on jenny.sheriff@aboveandbeyond.org.u

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Events for Saturday 9th Aug 2014

August 7-10

August 7-10

up, up and away!

Europe’s largest ballooning event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 36th year. Featuring mass ascents morning and night, with over 130 hot air balloons taking to the skies plus the famous nightglows, plus loads of family entertainment.

http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

up, up and away


The Above & Beyond charity raises money for Bristol’s hospitals. If you can spare some time to volunteer at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from 7-10 August, proceeds raised will go to the charity.

Tel Jenny Sheriff at the charity on 0117 370 0482 or email her on jenny.sheriff@aboveandbeyond.org.u

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Events for Sunday 10th Aug 2014

August 7-10

August 7-10

up, up and away!

Europe’s largest ballooning event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 36th year. Featuring mass ascents morning and night, with over 130 hot air balloons taking to the skies plus the famous nightglows, plus loads of family entertainment.

http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

up, up and away


The Above & Beyond charity raises money for Bristol’s hospitals. If you can spare some time to volunteer at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from 7-10 August, proceeds raised will go to the charity.

Tel Jenny Sheriff at the charity on 0117 370 0482 or email her on jenny.sheriff@aboveandbeyond.org.u

mooning about


Over the summer we in the West will witness two Super Full Moons, one in July and one in August. A supermoon occurs when the moon is in full or new moon phase when its orbit brings it closest to the earth, resulting in an apparently larger than usual size. The moon orbits the earth in an ellipse: at its most distant point (or apogee) the moon is about 251,000 miles away, and at its closest (perigee) it’s about 225,000 miles away. The association of the moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. One thing for sure is that the moon affects tides: every full moon we experience extra high high tides, and extra low low tides, but the supermoon means that these will be even higher (or lower) than usual. The one to watch for is on August 10. The opposite phenomenon, when the full or new moon is at its furthest from earth, is sometimes known as a micromoon.

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Events for Monday 11th Aug 2014

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Events for Tuesday 12th Aug 2014

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Events for Wednesday 13th Aug 2014

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Events for Thursday 14th Aug 2014

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Events for Friday 15th Aug 2014

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Events for Saturday 16th Aug 2014

gothic tragedy


Bela Lugosi’s dead: the Dracula star passed away on August 16, 1956.

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Events for Sunday 17th Aug 2014

August 17

August 17

Tarka’s tail

Learn all about the West’s elusive otters, with expert guidance from the Somerset Otter Group. Get to know more about these special animals, and maybe catch a glimpse of one of them at Otters on the Marshes, Avalon Marshes Centre, Westhay, Somerset. Free, but booking essential.

01458 860120l

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Events for Monday 18th Aug 2014

Aug 18-21

Aug 18-21

take a rest-ival

Do you long to slow down? Hawkwood’s Restival is a chance for you to make some space for rest and renewal, with daily mindfulness practice, meditation and qigong or yoga sessions, nutrition, de-stressing and sleep advice, as well as laughter yoga and time to be alone, and access to their craft studios.

http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

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Events for Tuesday 19th Aug 2014

Aug 18-21

Aug 18-21

take a rest-ival

Do you long to slow down? Hawkwood’s Restival is a chance for you to make some space for rest and renewal, with daily mindfulness practice, meditation and qigong or yoga sessions, nutrition, de-stressing and sleep advice, as well as laughter yoga and time to be alone, and access to their craft studios.

http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

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Events for Wednesday 20th Aug 2014

Aug 18-21

Aug 18-21

take a rest-ival

Do you long to slow down? Hawkwood’s Restival is a chance for you to make some space for rest and renewal, with daily mindfulness practice, meditation and qigong or yoga sessions, nutrition, de-stressing and sleep advice, as well as laughter yoga and time to be alone, and access to their craft studios.

http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

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Events for Thursday 21st Aug 2014

Aug 18-21

Aug 18-21

take a rest-ival

Do you long to slow down? Hawkwood’s Restival is a chance for you to make some space for rest and renewal, with daily mindfulness practice, meditation and qigong or yoga sessions, nutrition, de-stressing and sleep advice, as well as laughter yoga and time to be alone, and access to their craft studios.

http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

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Events for Friday 22nd Aug 2014

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Events for Saturday 23rd Aug 2014

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Events for Sunday 24th Aug 2014

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Events for Monday 25th Aug 2014

terrible times


Kiss legend Gene Simmonds shares a birthday, on August 25, with Ivan the Terrible.

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Events for Tuesday 26th Aug 2014

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Events for Wednesday 27th Aug 2014

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Events for Thursday 28th Aug 2014

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Events for Friday 29th Aug 2014

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Events for Saturday 30th Aug 2014

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Events for Sunday 31st Aug 2014

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