Christmas Countdown | 3 | Bath Christmas Market and Bath Abbey

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The Bath Christmas Market is already in full swing. Here’s a pic of Bath Abbey, that I snapped after a late meeting last week. To my surprise, this photo was chosen by IgersBath as photo of the day!

This month, I’m again attempting to blog every day to turn this corner of the internet into a sort of advent calendar. Posts will be tagged ChristmasCountdown2015 or you can look at the calendar in the sidebar ⇒

Christmas Countdown | 1 | Hello December

Holburne Museum lantern procession 2015 jennybegoode.wordpress.com
Start of the annual lantern procession at the Holburne Museum, Bath

Is it too early or too late to start thinking about Christmas? December has crept up on me this year, despite the music and gifts in the shops since September. Some friends have already put their trees up, while we’re still wondering where we’ll be living come December 25th!

Last December I tried a daily blogging experiment to try and boost my Christmas spirit. It worked pretty well and I know some of my family enjoyed the random photos and memories I posted.

So, this month, I’m again attempting to blog every day to turn this corner of the internet into a sort of advent calendar. Posts will be tagged ChristmasCountdown2015 or you can look at the calendar in the sidebar ⇒

Interesting links this month

Paris in mourning
Paris in mourning – photo from Twitter
One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. This month I’ve read little beyond news reports about the Paris attacks, Belgian lockdown (we are visiting next month) and the debate around air strikes in Syria. This article struck me particularly: “Bombing civilians will recruit new terrorists.

Here are a few less serious links:

Interesting links this month

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One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. It’s also a handy way to remember what I was reading about in any given month. With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• The Mayor of Bath talks about mental wellbeing and confronting stigma.

• I discovered  The Physic Blog by Bristolian Sara Venn via Instagram and it lead me down a rabbit hole of reading about gardening, allotments and community projects. I especially loved this post and this video and this other blog and the Edible Bristol movement.

Sanctum is an incredible arts project happening in Bristol for the next three weeks. We dropped in on Friday and saw potters, spoken word poetry and an impromptu lecture on the ideas behind the project. The temporary structure alone is worth the trip.

This new-ish blog, The Spike, is like helpful advice from a cool aunt or sister.

A slightly scary but also hopeful podcast about our relationships with our smartphones and how they affect us as humans. And a similar article about parents and their phones.

• “If you have more stuff than you do space to easily store it, your life will be spent a slave to your possessions

• Finally, the grass isn’t greener in Norway (with regard to relations with the EU).

Links I found interesting this month

Bournemouth sunset (jennybegoode.wordpress.com)
Bournemouth beach at sunset earlier this month.

One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. Not only is it a great way to share/find new and useful things to read, but it also means I’ll be able to find the links to those articles later on! With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• There’s a proposal in Bath to build an observation attraction called the AquEye or AQ-Y, which is causing plenty of debate. The local paper last week had a debate with Bath Tourism Plus in favour and a local businessman and former Councillor against (also on video here).

• Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol has the “biggest screen in the country“, a new sports bar & grill and “English tapas” by the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion team. This could be the best place in town to watch the Rugby World Cup Final!

• Two points of view on housing in Bristol: gentrification says Bristol 24/7 vs social change, according to The Bristol Cable.

• Did you hear about the string quartet stuck in a jam who gave a spontaneous recital on the M5?

• The Humans of New York photographer is sharing stories from refugees in Greece on Instagram.

• How to turn off ‘Wi-Fi Assist’ mode in iOS 9 and save your mobile data allowance.

• Finally, this mash up of movie dance scenes and Uptown Funk has many of my favourite movies in it: