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Just an idea taking shape in my toad-like brain at the moment, but it could be reality by 2018, which is now only 12 months away. No-one has written a proper cultural history of Bristol in the second half of the twentieth century, and half a million people are simply crying out for it!  Just think: Acker Bilk, Angela Carter, the Arnolfini, Fred Wedlock, Keith Floyd, the St Paul’s Carnival, the Dockland Settlement, Ashton Court Free Festival, Aardman Animations, Radio On, Casualty, Shoestring, The Young Ones, Trip Hop, Banksy… the list is, if not endless, fairly long. I’ve asked my former teacher (and jazz critic) Phil “Jazz” Johnson to write it, but he remains curiously silent on the subject, so it behoves me to shoulder the burden in sui generis fashion. Yer tis (or will be in 2018)…

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