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The Spark magazine issue 72 - Spring 2013

the spark magazine

the UK's biggest alternative magazine
 

The spring issue is out now and lasts to the end of May.


We were delighted to celebrate our 20th birthday in 2013! Yes, we've been inspiring change in the west country for two decades now and feel we deserve to blow our own trumpet a little... why not check out our 20 reasons to advertise in The Spark?

With up to 34,000 copies distributed around the West every quarter, we're the biggest free, green, holistic health & positive change magazine in the UK.

• meet the team, read about our history, ethics & what we do here
• read our archive of the best of our previously printed articles here
• read online-only articles, book reviews, blogs & tea-tastings here
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• The Spark Awards - who did our readers rate, love or admire in 2013?

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spring issue highlights:

• seven page courses special: find your new direction

• q&as: peace man Satish Kumar, Severn Project founder Steve Glover

• OUT! stunning scupture trails in our area

• our new Growing page: no-dig gardening, seasonal food & news

• family: camphill communities

• body & soul: feeling good about depressed cake shops

• food: food skills, food in schools, lazy detox

planet:saving surplus crops by gleaning plus Bristol's blue finger

• community: Bristol's unique Palestine Museum & Radical Film Festival

• cartoon Kate is on the watch for anti-social behaviour

• and, of course, all of our regular features on local green issues, activism, events, news and campaigns

plus

everything from acupuncture to zen in our unique A-Z directory...

The Spark is your three-month guide to the best of the alternative West Country! 

... not forgetting our fab competitions

• win a retreat for one or two at Healing Waters in Glastonbury

• organic hand & body products from Amphora Aromatics

• tickets to world famous world music concert Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble at St George's Bristol.

The Spark Events

Apr 2014
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Events for Tuesday 1st Apr 2014

Don’t be a fool


The origins of April Fool’s or All Fool’s Day are unclear, but could date back to the reform of the calendar. When the Gregorian Calendar was introduced in 1582, New Year’s Day was moved from a week-long celebration at the end of March to January 1. Communication was slow then and some people, especially in remote areas, were only informed of the change several years later. Others, rebelling against the change, continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. Labelled ‘fools’, these people were subject to ridicule, sent on ‘fool errands’ and had practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a ‘poisson d’avril’ (April fish) because a young fish is easily caught: one common practice was to attach a paper fish on someone’s back as a joke. This custom of prank-playing still continues: the tradition spread to Britain in the 18th century and was introduced to America by the English and French. Because of this, today April Fool’s Day has an international flavour, each country marking April 1 in its own unique way.

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Events for Wednesday 2nd Apr 2014

2 april


I wanna tell you a story

Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805: his earliest known work, the Tallow Candle, was re-discovered in October 2012.

april 2

april 2

meet the Kogi

Get over to Glastonbry to catch a screening of Aluna, an incredible film made by, and following the lives of, the Kogi, a lost civilization from Colombia. It costs just £7: £5 goes to the Kogi who are purchasing land in Columbia to prevent further destruction, and £2 covers the cost of a super soup supper.

http://www.alunathemovie.com/en

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Events for Thursday 3rd Apr 2014

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Events for Friday 4th Apr 2014

april 4

april 4

let’s talk art

‘Site, Sound and Place’ at The Little Theatre Cinema in Bath, is an afternoon of talks and film across visual arts, sound and dance with discussions with artists Shobana Jeyasingh, Louisa Fairclough and art/sound collective Liminal.

http://www.bath.ac.uk/icia

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Events for Saturday 5th Apr 2014

april 5


April 5 is the anniversary of both the wedding of Pochahontas (to John Rolfe in 1814) and the birth of acting legend Bette Davis (in 1908).

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Events for Sunday 6th Apr 2014

6 april


can you hear me mother?

The oldest known recording of an audible human voice was made by the Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville who recorded himself singing the French folk song Au Clair de la Lune on his phonautograph machine on April 6, 1860 - 16 years before Thomas Edison recited Mary Had A Little Lamb into his newly-invented phonograph. The earliest known device for recording sound, the phonautograph transcribed sound waves by tracing them on smoke-blackened paper or glass using a stylus, initially as a visual aid to measure the waveforms of speech and other sounds. It was several years before it occured to anyone that these recordings, or phonautograms, could be played back. Several phonautograms recorded before 1861 were successfully reproduced in 2008 after they were scanned by computer and digital audio files created. While it was initially believed that the voice on Au Clair de la Lune was of a woman or adolescent, further research revealed the playback had been too fast and that it was actually the voice of Scott. Also recovered were recordings of Vole, Petite Abeille (Fly, Little Bee), a song from a comic opera.

april 6

april 6

tai chi for all

Interested in Tai Chi? Discover everything about this ancient art at a seminar given by the Bristol School Of Tai Chi. Learn the 75 traditional movements and classes will be split between novices and the more experienced.

http://www.bristoltaichi.com/weekends2014.htm

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Events for Wednesday 9th Apr 2014

Happy Birthday Isambard

Happy Birthday Isambard

Esteemed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, born 9 April 1806, died 15 September 1859

april 9

april 9

get on my land

Put on some old clothes and get ready to work. Kids aged 8-12 can spend a day with farmer Tim at Windmill Hill City Farm: feeding animals, collecting eggs and learning all about old-fashioned farm work. £10.

http://www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

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Events for Friday 11th Apr 2014

april 11

april 11

the world on your plate

Local meets global at the Bath Street Feast. This new street food market at Green Park Station happens every Friday. 5-9.30pm from Apr 11. Local farm produce and international stalls.

http://www.greenparkstation.com & and click ‘upcoming events’

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Events for Saturday 12th Apr 2014

april 12

april 12

sing your heart out

Discover the Joy of Singing with teacher Jules Olsen at Tyntesfield Orangery in Somerset. Learn simple but beautiful harmonies in this informal workshop for all ages. £10. Booking essential.

http://bit.ly/Mbrkso & search ‘singing’

april 12

april 12

buried treasure

Arnos Vale Cemetery is one of Bristol’s undiscovered gems with wild, rambling woodlands, beautiful grounds and hidden corners. Why not take a guided walk and learn about its history? If you can’t make this date, there is another tour on April 19 at 11am.

http://www.arnosvale.org.uk

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Events for Tuesday 15th Apr 2014

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

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Events for Wednesday 16th Apr 2014

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

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Events for Thursday 17th Apr 2014

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

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Events for Friday 18th Apr 2014

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

april 18-21

april 18-21

eggs-hibition

Ceramic pomegranate seeds and Indonesian floral batik sound interesting? Go see these, and more, at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden’s Easter Sculpture & Botannical Art Exhibition. Admission is £3.50.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

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Events for Saturday 19th Apr 2014

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

april 18-21

april 18-21

eggs-hibition

Ceramic pomegranate seeds and Indonesian floral batik sound interesting? Go see these, and more, at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden’s Easter Sculpture & Botannical Art Exhibition. Admission is £3.50.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

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Events for Sunday 20th Apr 2014

20 april


bram packed

Bram Stoker, Mr Dracula, was born more than 100 years ago - his birth date was 20 April 1912.

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

april 18-21

april 18-21

eggs-hibition

Ceramic pomegranate seeds and Indonesian floral batik sound interesting? Go see these, and more, at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden’s Easter Sculpture & Botannical Art Exhibition. Admission is £3.50.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

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Events for Monday 21st Apr 2014

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

april 18-21

april 18-21

eggs-hibition

Ceramic pomegranate seeds and Indonesian floral batik sound interesting? Go see these, and more, at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden’s Easter Sculpture & Botannical Art Exhibition. Admission is £3.50.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

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Events for Tuesday 22nd Apr 2014

22 april

22 april

Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate every year. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes in 1970. Earth Day Network manages and organizes Earth Day and related environmental education and policy activities, such as school greenings, year-round.

http://www.earthday.org/

april 15-26

april 15-26

time flies

Artist and therapist Millie Wood Swanepoel is exhibiting her ceramics and mixed media pieces, which capture her ideas about time, at the Lansdown Gallery, Stroud. ‘Passage of Time’ is open daily 10am-5pm with Millie around to talk about her art.

http://www.milliewoodswanepoel.com

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Events for Wednesday 23rd Apr 2014

23 april


St. George’s Day is celebrated in a host of countries aside from England, including Canada, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal and the Republic of Macedonia.

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Events for Thursday 24th Apr 2014

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Events for Friday 25th Apr 2014

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Events for Saturday 26th Apr 2014

april 26


Charles Richter, inventor of the scale which used to be used to measure earthquakes (nowadays siesmologists use the moment magnitude scale) was born on April 26, 1900.

april 26


From April 26, the excellent Remix Academy (based at the Colston Hall in Bristol) is offering a creative workshop for kids every Saturday morning during term time. Called Get Inspired the session features music, costumes and craft to enable young people to develop new skills. The sessions end with a performance or a sharing activity.

http://www.colstonhall.org

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Events for Sunday 27th Apr 2014

april 27

april 27

spring has sprung

See the first flowers blooming in Sparkland, on a walk titled Spring Flowers in Eley’s Fields in Somerset. Mark Ridgard will lead the walk through the grassland and point out the spring flowers all around you. Booking essential.

http://www.somersetwildlife.org & search events

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Events for Monday 28th Apr 2014

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Events for Tuesday 29th Apr 2014

29 april


International Dance Day was established by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated on April 29th as this was the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.

http://www.international-dance-day.org/en/index.html

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Events for Wednesday 30th Apr 2014

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