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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 Monday 1st Sep 2014

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 2nd Sep 2014

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 3rd Sep 2014

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 4th Sep 2014

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 5th Sep 2014

5 september


Congratulations to western outlaw Jesse James and the late pop superstar Freddie Mercury, who both celebrated their birthdays on September 5th.

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 6th Sep 2014

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 7th Sep 2014

mon 1 - sun 7 september

mon 1 - sun 7 september

Zero Waste Week invites you to reduce landfill waste and cut down your impact on the environment while saving money. Get involved and make your pledge to be a zero hero: you’ll get daily emailsthrough the week to keep you on track and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes too.

Sign up at:

http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 8th Sep 2014

8 september

8 september

literally saying something

For over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.

http://www.unesco.org/new/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/lite

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Events for Wednesday 10th Sep 2014

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Events for Friday 12th Sep 2014

12 september


happy endings

poets and star-crossed lovers Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning were married on Sept 12, 1846.

Cycle To Work Day


If you miss it today do it tomorrow... or the next day... or the next day...

http://www.cycletoworkday.org/

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 13th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 14th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

september 14

september 14

With 40 boats raising thousands of pounds for charity, the Dragon Boat Festival has been part of Bristol’s annual calendar for the last seven years. Held in Bristol’s Docks, the spectacular festival is an exhilarating day for the competitors, a thrilling show for the spectators, and last year raised over £50,000 for the charities involved. Now run by Sue Ryder, the national charity which provides free care to people affected by life-changing illness, this year’s event takes place on September 14 and is open to anyone and everyone, including other local charities wanting to raise funds. If you fancy having a go you can register online:

http://www.sueryder.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 15th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 16th Sep 2014

16 september


The international Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

is celebrated on the 16th of September, to mark the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, in 1987.

http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 17th Sep 2014

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

film fest

Bristol’s annual Encounters Festival brings some of the best unseen short films, animations and new talent to the city with pop-up cinemas, workshops and music to enjoy. Ich bin’s Helmut, (above, Nicolas Steiner, 2009) is just one of the Swiss-themed attractions this year.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 18th Sep 2014

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

film fest

Bristol’s annual Encounters Festival brings some of the best unseen short films, animations and new talent to the city with pop-up cinemas, workshops and music to enjoy. Ich bin’s Helmut, (above, Nicolas Steiner, 2009) is just one of the Swiss-themed attractions this year.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 19th Sep 2014

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

film fest

Bristol’s annual Encounters Festival brings some of the best unseen short films, animations and new talent to the city with pop-up cinemas, workshops and music to enjoy. Ich bin’s Helmut, (above, Nicolas Steiner, 2009) is just one of the Swiss-themed attractions this year.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 20th Sep 2014

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

film fest

Bristol’s annual Encounters Festival brings some of the best unseen short films, animations and new talent to the city with pop-up cinemas, workshops and music to enjoy. Ich bin’s Helmut, (above, Nicolas Steiner, 2009) is just one of the Swiss-themed attractions this year.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk

fri 20 - sun 22 september

fri 20 - sun 22 september

yoga is as yoga does

Events are taking place in Camerton, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Bristol, Manchester and Brighton for this year’s Yoga for Peace weekend. Why not join in, help celebrate peace & raise money for charities supporting people affected by war?

http://www.yogasara.co.uk

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 21st Sep 2014

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

film fest

Bristol’s annual Encounters Festival brings some of the best unseen short films, animations and new talent to the city with pop-up cinemas, workshops and music to enjoy. Ich bin’s Helmut, (above, Nicolas Steiner, 2009) is just one of the Swiss-themed attractions this year.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk

fri 20 - sun 22 september

fri 20 - sun 22 september

yoga is as yoga does

Events are taking place in Camerton, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Bristol, Manchester and Brighton for this year’s Yoga for Peace weekend. Why not join in, help celebrate peace & raise money for charities supporting people affected by war?

http://www.yogasara.co.uk

21 september


International Day of Peace

On the 21st of September, millions of people join together across the world to create a day of peace.

http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org

21 september


Zero Emissions Day. Take a 24 hour break from using fossil fuel energy.

http://www.zeroemissionsday.org

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 22nd Sep 2014

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

tues 17 - sun 22 sep

film fest

Bristol’s annual Encounters Festival brings some of the best unseen short films, animations and new talent to the city with pop-up cinemas, workshops and music to enjoy. Ich bin’s Helmut, (above, Nicolas Steiner, 2009) is just one of the Swiss-themed attractions this year.

http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk

fri 20 - sun 22 september

fri 20 - sun 22 september

yoga is as yoga does

Events are taking place in Camerton, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Bristol, Manchester and Brighton for this year’s Yoga for Peace weekend. Why not join in, help celebrate peace & raise money for charities supporting people affected by war?

http://www.yogasara.co.uk

22 september


World Carfree Day

Take the bus, dust off your bike or grab your walking boots, it doesn’t matter which alternative you choose, just leave the car at home today!

http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 23rd Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 24th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 25th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 26th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 27th Sep 2014

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 28th Sep 2014

sat 28 & sun 29 september

sat 28 & sun 29 september

doors of perception

Bristol Green Doors brings together householders & organisations to celebrate how people can make their homes fit for the future: a unique chance to peek behind front doors & discover energy-saving measures from low-energy lighting to biomass heating systems.

For more on making your home green see this issue of The Spark & our spotlight on energy.

http://www.bristolgreendoors.org

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

saturday 13 & sunday 28 september

weston super suppers

Love food? Then you’ll love the Weston Super Food Festival, a celebration of all that’s good about the wonderful food & drink made in the West. Explore vibrant food markets, grab a snack from the street food stalls & pick up some tips from professional chefs.

photo: Hannah Sarah Johnson

http://www.westonsuperfoodfestival.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 29th Sep 2014

sat 28 & sun 29 september

sat 28 & sun 29 september

doors of perception

Bristol Green Doors brings together householders & organisations to celebrate how people can make their homes fit for the future: a unique chance to peek behind front doors & discover energy-saving measures from low-energy lighting to biomass heating systems.

For more on making your home green see this issue of The Spark & our spotlight on energy.

http://www.bristolgreendoors.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 30th Sep 2014

*yellow entries are paid for ads

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