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Bristol Chronicles 1990 - 2008

1990 - Massive Attack’s first single, Daydreaming, released on October 15th.


1991 - Blue Lines, the first Massive Attack album is released on January 6th.


1991 - New shopping centre the Galleries opens in Broadmead. It’s a ‘totally enclosed mall with three levels of shopping and eateries and a 950 space car park’ and replaces the old concrete montrosity, Fairfax House with a new brick monstrosity.


1995 - Portishead win the Mercury Music Prize with their debut album Dummy.


1996 - The second Severn crossing opens. It cost about £300 million.


1997 - Roni Size wins the Mercury Music Prize with his album New Forms.


1999 - Pero’s Bridge opens linking the Watershed with the Arnolfini. Designed by Irish artist Eilis O’Connell and named after a slave brought back to Bristol by John Pinney, the bridge is generally regarded as one of the better things to have been built in Bristol in recent years.


1999 - The new-look City Centre opens to the public on Millennium Eve.The mixture of concrete, cobbles and fountains that don’t work properly and even more traffic than before fails to capture the popular imagination. By 2004 the City Council is still fiddling around with the design of the Centre and the fountains still don’t work properly.


2000 - The £97 million @Bristol project opens, comprising Explore,Wildwalk and the max cinema.The project is the first stage of a £450 million urban rejuvenation scheme, covering 11 acres of Bristol’s Harbourside. By the summer of 2003 @Bristol was losing money and had to ask the City Council for a loan of £500,000 to continue trading.


2001 - The population of Bristol is 380,000.


2001 - Prime Minister Tony Blair is hit by a tomato during a protest against sanctions against Iraq when he visits Bristol to open the City of Bristol College.


2001 - PJ Harvey wins the Mercury Music Prize with her album Stories From The City~ Stories From The Sea.


2002 - In October. Bristol is short-isted as a candidate for European City of Culture 2008.


2002 - Downing Street insists there was nothing wrong in Cherie Blair’s purchase of two Bristol flats with the help of a convicted fraudater. She has faced much criticism in December after confirming Peter Foster had helped her, despite earlier denials from the Number 10 press office. The flats are in the Old AA building opposite the nice Victorian toilets on Park Row.


2003 - The Labour Party is swept from power in the May local elections after the best part of 30 years in power. No party has an overall majority and it takes the local politicians a couple of weeks to come to agreement about how to share power. Strangely, the city seems to run itself perfectly efficiently without anybody being in control.


2003 - Liverpool is chosen ahead of Bristol as European City of Culture for 2008. According to the judging panel. Bristol was the most European of the nominated cities, but its road system counted against it. - The judges felt that the districts were ‘divided by motorways’.


2003 - Massive Attack make a triumphant homecoming in August with a huge gig in Queen Square. 'Keep Bristol music progressive!' is Robert Del Naja’s message to his home-town crowd. He dedicates Teardrop from the Mezzanine album to Bristol.


2003 - Tens of thousands of people stare into the Bristol skies on November 27 as Concorde returns to the city for the last time. For many it’s an emotional moment as the beak-nosed supersonic jet appears out of the clouds and zooms over the Clifton Suspension Bridge.


2003 - Plans for a major expansion of Broadmead are approved by Bristol City Council on December 10. Retailers and developers are delighted; residents and businesses in St Paul’s are less enthused because, they claim, the expansion will destroy a community that has already been split in two by the M32. According to Bristol Alliance, the group behind the plans, three new shopping streets are planned including 15 major stores and more than 100 new shops plus bars and restaurants. A landmark four-storey department store will anchor the development and create a new gateway to Bristol,’ they enthuse.


2004 - The Advertising Standards Authority criticises Bristol City Council for a poster campaign discouraging the public from giving money to beggars.The campaign suggests that people who help the homeless may be funding lethal drug habits.

2005 - marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the most extensive and terrible conflict of the 20th century. All places for the 2005 Bristol half marathon are filled - even though the race is not until October. At the end of 2005 Bristol Zoo's horticulture team successfully germinated seeds collect from Cantley Marsh in Norfolk, with help from Norfolk's greater water parsnips biodiversity action plan team.


2006 - Bristol Rovers paid Rochdale £200,000 for Lambert in June 2006. As temperatures rise with global warming, an increased risk of forest fires, droughts and flooding is predicted for the next 200 years by climate scientists from the University of Bristol, UK. Bristol police made a fresh appeal for help to solve a murder, two year's after a man's death. Dean Jeffrey was assaulted in Ridgeway Parade, Fishponds, on September 21, 2006, and died a week later in hospital from his injuries. Despite a two year-long investigation, reconstructions and an appeal by Dean's mother, the person responsible for his murder has never been found. In 2006 Bristol and the south west celebrated the life and work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


2007 - All Easyjet flights in and out of Bristol Airport are cancelled for a second day, as a row over runway safety continues. In 2007, Avon and Somerset constabulary handed out a total of 95,346 fixed penalties for motoring offences.


As the end of the 20th century approached, new ideas were taking shape in the old dockside area. To bring life back to this part of the city it was planned to construct homes for educational resources that would attract, inform and entertain, without destroying those buildings judged worthy to be retained. Something different was called for from the architects.


Michael Hopkins & Partners in their building (at the time called Wildscreen) opted for an interesting 'perched butterfly' shape fusing into the circular 150-seat Imax cinema at the corner of the site.


The attraction housed in the building was Wildwalk, full of plants and brightly coloured butterflies


Connecting the building to the old Leadworks is a tent-like pvc coated polyester fabric canopy. Perhaps this also symbolises the sails of the ships that used the harbour in previous centuries.


Unfortunately both Wildwalk and Imax closed in April 2007 after managers stated they were no longer financially viable but there are plans for an aquarium to be housed in the building.


2008 - In 2008 a memorial was erected on St Peter's church inscribed with the names of those civilians and auxiliary personnel killed in Bristol during the Blitz. Bristol City fc pay £2.25 million to Crewe Alexandra for Nicky Maynard.


New £500m shopping centre opens - High wire performers entertained the crowds before the opening ceremony - Thousands of people packed Bristol's new £500m Cabot Circus shopping centre for its official opening ceremony. Thursday's official opening marks the completion of a project which has been 10 years in the planning and building.


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Taken on October 17, 2009