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My Bristol Favourites: Chris Arnold

By martin booth, Saturday Feb 9, 2019

Chris Arnold is a television and radio presenter, stand-up comedian, and DJ. The Chris Arnold Experience, a comedy show with PowerPoint, panpipes and pandas, is touring the UK in March, with a Bristol date at the White Rabbit pub in Clifton on March 29. For more information, visit www.coolbeansproductions.co.uk.

Here are Chris’ top-five Bristol favourites:

Mr Wolf’s

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Mr Wolf’s will always hold a special place in my heart as it’s the first place I performed live in Bristol. It was back during the heady days of 2014 at its old location on St Stephen’s Street with an electro-swing act called The Legitimate Gentlemen. My duties included pressing play on the backing tracks, singing out of tune and at one point during the show, wearing a Thom Yorke mask for some reason. I still DJ there occasionally and always inhale their noodles upon arrival. Honorary mentions for great live music spots go out to The Golden Lion, Old Market Assembly, The Exchange and the good ship Thekla.”

Beese’s

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“It’s no secret that Bristol is brilliant in the summertime. You’re only a cycle ride or short stroll away from a secluded patch of greenery. People come from all around to Beese’s to walk their dogs, bathe in the river, camp, barbecue or simply enjoy a chilled cider on a hot afternoon. Beese’s itself has actually been open since 1846 where they provided refreshments for workers using the reputedly oldest ferry-crossing on the Avon, a ferry crossing that is still in operation to this day. I once met a particularly friendly labrador there, solidifying it’s place in my top Bristol spots.”

Prime Cuts

Photo courtesy of Michael Savage

“I always enjoy having a nice long sift through the rows of vinyl at the various record shops around the city and I have a soft spot for Prime Cuts as it’s run by Michael Savage, aka DJ Michael Vinyl. In November last year he played the song Africa by Toto for 12 hours straight at the Exchange. I joined Michael on his voyage for some but not all of the stretch and now remain convinced that he accomplished one of the greatest feats of endurance the human race has ever witnessed. All together now – Daa da da dadada daahhhhh!”

Royal Mail Sorting Office, Filton

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“Working for BBC Radio Bristol, you never know where you might end up exploring from day to day. During my time with the breakfast show I’ve wandered around the loft at Ashton Court Mansion, interviewed a psychic goat at St Werburgh’s City Farm and been sent out to find the origin of a mysterious smell (this has actually happened twice now). One place that I genuinely and surprisingly found fascinating was the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Filton. I went during the run up to Christmas. Five million letters and parcels would have passed through on the day that I was there. Letters whizzing past all around you, big vacuum type machines churning out parcels, folks driving mini vehicles around inside. It was like an admin version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory!”

The White Rabbit

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“There are many reasons why I love this place – the delicious pizza, the tasty ales and the brilliant bar staff to name a few. And every Wednesday at the White Rabbit you can watch some tip top stand-up comedy for only £2 courtesy of Bristol legend Mark Olver and pals. Big names like James Acaster, Suzi Ruffell and Russell Kane join newer but still brilliant acts like Riordan DJ, Jeremy Flynn and Morgan Rees. No matter how you feel about this boozer, there’s no denying it’s come a long way since one of the previous landlords was murdered there 20 years ago. And on March 29, if you’re not up to much, you can come watch me mess around with Microsoft PowerPoint for an hour or so. And I’m sure by that date most of us would be in need of a stiff drink.”

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