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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
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tel: 0117 203 3700

Sam Talby is dealing with the liquidation of Blue Sax Publishing

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Events for Tuesday 1st Jul 2014

1-5 july

1-5 july

National Insect Week

is designed to show you more about the insect world in all its fascinating diversity. Use the website to wow your friends and family with amazing insect facts and to find out about events to be held near you.

photo credit: Igor Iwanowicz

http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/

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Events for Wednesday 2nd Jul 2014

1-5 july

1-5 july

National Insect Week

is designed to show you more about the insect world in all its fascinating diversity. Use the website to wow your friends and family with amazing insect facts and to find out about events to be held near you.

photo credit: Igor Iwanowicz

http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/

July 2-6

July 2-6

just for laughs

The Bristol Comedy Garden is back for five amazing nights of laughs. Queen Square will be transformed into a comedy wonderland with some of the biggest names on the circuit, including Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti and Al Murray (pictured).

http://www.bristolcomedygarden.co.uk

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Events for Thursday 3rd Jul 2014

1-5 july

1-5 july

National Insect Week

is designed to show you more about the insect world in all its fascinating diversity. Use the website to wow your friends and family with amazing insect facts and to find out about events to be held near you.

photo credit: Igor Iwanowicz

http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/

July 2-6

July 2-6

just for laughs

The Bristol Comedy Garden is back for five amazing nights of laughs. Queen Square will be transformed into a comedy wonderland with some of the biggest names on the circuit, including Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti and Al Murray (pictured).

http://www.bristolcomedygarden.co.uk

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Events for Friday 4th Jul 2014

1-5 july

1-5 july

National Insect Week

is designed to show you more about the insect world in all its fascinating diversity. Use the website to wow your friends and family with amazing insect facts and to find out about events to be held near you.

photo credit: Igor Iwanowicz

http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/

July 2-6

July 2-6

just for laughs

The Bristol Comedy Garden is back for five amazing nights of laughs. Queen Square will be transformed into a comedy wonderland with some of the biggest names on the circuit, including Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti and Al Murray (pictured).

http://www.bristolcomedygarden.co.uk

Born on the 4th of July?


Louis Armstrong, Gina Lollobrigida and playwright Neil Simon were too.

July 4-6

July 4-6

meditate on this!

A weekend of healing, meditation and relaxation is being hosted at Ragman’s Farm in the Forest of Dean. Revitalise and reconnect with experienced yoga teachers Rob Simpson and Claire Amos. Accommodation and veggie food provided.

http://www.ragmans.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 5th Jul 2014

1-5 july

1-5 july

National Insect Week

is designed to show you more about the insect world in all its fascinating diversity. Use the website to wow your friends and family with amazing insect facts and to find out about events to be held near you.

photo credit: Igor Iwanowicz

http://www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/

July 2-6

July 2-6

just for laughs

The Bristol Comedy Garden is back for five amazing nights of laughs. Queen Square will be transformed into a comedy wonderland with some of the biggest names on the circuit, including Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti and Al Murray (pictured).

http://www.bristolcomedygarden.co.uk

July 4-6

July 4-6

meditate on this!

A weekend of healing, meditation and relaxation is being hosted at Ragman’s Farm in the Forest of Dean. Revitalise and reconnect with experienced yoga teachers Rob Simpson and Claire Amos. Accommodation and veggie food provided.

http://www.ragmans.co.uk

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 6th Jul 2014

July 2-6

July 2-6

just for laughs

The Bristol Comedy Garden is back for five amazing nights of laughs. Queen Square will be transformed into a comedy wonderland with some of the biggest names on the circuit, including Reginald D Hunter, Milton Jones, Ardal O’Hanlon, Nina Conti and Al Murray (pictured).

http://www.bristolcomedygarden.co.uk

July 4-6

July 4-6

meditate on this!

A weekend of healing, meditation and relaxation is being hosted at Ragman’s Farm in the Forest of Dean. Revitalise and reconnect with experienced yoga teachers Rob Simpson and Claire Amos. Accommodation and veggie food provided.

http://www.ragmans.co.uk

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

strange bedfellows


The Dalai Lama and George W Bush were both born on July 6.

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Events for Monday 7th Jul 2014

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 8th Jul 2014

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 9th Jul 2014

happy birthday to Ted and Tom


Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath and Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks were both born on July 9.

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 10th Jul 2014

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 11th Jul 2014

11 july

11 july

no joke

To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper Lee’s novel about racial injustice in the American Deep South, was first published on 11 July 1960.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 12th Jul 2014

July 5-12

July 5-12

party for pride

This year’s Bristol Pride week is packed with comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance, and culminates with Pride Day - a massive free outdoor festival in Castle Park. A supporter wristband (starts at £5) gets you discounts and offers throught the week.

http://www.pridebristol.co.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

July 12

July 12

a taste of Dursley

Dursley’s annual Town Festival includes a food, arts & crafts market in the town centre in the morning followed by a children’s procession kicking off an afternoon of free, family-friendly performances and activities on the recreation ground.

http://www.dursleyfestival.co.uk

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Events for Sunday 13th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 14th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

picture this


Bastille Day, July 14, is also the birthday of artist Gustav Klimt.

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Events for Tuesday 15th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 16th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 17th Jul 2014

death tsar


July 17 saw the deaths of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia and most of his family and several servants (including his cook and doctor) at the hands of revolutionaries in 1918. By strange coincidence this event took place on the anniversary of the death (in 1762) of his predecessor, Emperor Peter III.

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 18th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 19th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

content?


July 19 is the 200th anniversary of the death of Matthew Flinders, who first identified Australia as a continent.

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Events for Sunday 20th Jul 2014

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

kiss and make up?


July 20 is St Wilgefortis’s Day - patron saint of difficult marriages.

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Events for Monday 21st Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 22nd Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 23rd Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 24th Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 25th Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

July 25-27

July 25-27

six string sessions

The International Gypsy Guitar Festival, held near Dursley, is a family-friendly weekend celebrating the passion, melody & technical ability of Gypsy Jazz, with performances from professional artists as well as spontaneous jam sessions that can run late into the night.

http://www.iggf.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 26th Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

July 25-27

July 25-27

six string sessions

The International Gypsy Guitar Festival, held near Dursley, is a family-friendly weekend celebrating the passion, melody & technical ability of Gypsy Jazz, with performances from professional artists as well as spontaneous jam sessions that can run late into the night.

http://www.iggf.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 27th Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 11-27

July 11-27

to be or not to be

Now in its 11th year the Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back with a range of traditional and innovative shows to mark the 450th anniversary of the bard’s birth. Look out for local and national companies performing in unusual places.

http://www.bristolshakespeare.org.uk

July 25-27

July 25-27

six string sessions

The International Gypsy Guitar Festival, held near Dursley, is a family-friendly weekend celebrating the passion, melody & technical ability of Gypsy Jazz, with performances from professional artists as well as spontaneous jam sessions that can run late into the night.

http://www.iggf.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 28th Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 29th Jul 2014

21 - 29 July

21 - 29 July

park life

Love Parks Week, a great way to make the most of your local park and a chance to bring families, friends and the community together at the start of the summer holidays, when outdoor entertainment is a must and (hopefully) the sun is shining!

Find out what’s happening at

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk

July 29 - August 3

July 29 - August 3

the Goddess within

The 19th annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference takes place over six days, with priestesses, presenters and participants journeying through sacred ceremony, workshops & performance. This year’s theme is “Crone Goddess: the Cauldron & the Loom.”

http://www.goddessconference.com

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 30th Jul 2014

Monopolies commision


Copyright was registered for the board game Monopoly on July 30 1933: Charles Darrow became the first millionaire game designer after he sold his patent to Parker Brothers.

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Events for Thursday 31st Jul 2014

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