Imagine going to bed being fearful of not waking up. Or spending each waking moment not knowing if a seizure could strike at any time. For many people that’s part of daily life with epilepsy. Each moment a potential step into the unknown. Today (March 26) is Purple Day, a global event aimed at raising awareness and dispelling myths of epilepsy. To raise awareness, Bristol Live has spoken to Ki Usherwood from Easton, and Sam Downie who is based in central Bristol, about what it's like to live with epilepsy. Ki Usherwood Graphic artist Ki Usherwood is a father of two daughters, who grew up in Easton and St Pauls. Now in his mid-30s, he has been living with epilepsy most of his life, and distinctly remembers when he was first diagnosed at just 11 years old. He said: “I had no idea what had happened, I was just woken up by my brother and mum, and I had paramedics all around me. It was strange. It was then I was told it was a seizure.” A doctor informed Ki he had epilepsy … [Read more...] about Bristol men share their experiences of living with epilepsy
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Bristol is a city that hasn't always been synonymous with sporting success, but it has produced some amazing sport stars over the years. We have listed what we believe are the top 15 sport stars of all time from the city and the surrounding area. The only caveat is they all have to be retired - because we have a new list of current best coming soon. This has taken lots of agonising and debating but the factors at play include: - Success they had - How sustained it was - How competitive an era - How hard in the respective sport - How much time they played in and around the city The list is in order of brillance. Do you agree? Is there anyone we have missed, let us know. 1. WG Grace W. G Grace is considered one of the greatest ever cricket players of all time. He was born and raised in Downed, and played first class cricket for 44 seasons between 1865 and 1908. This remains a record. W.G as he was known captained England and Gloucestershire, whilst being a qualified medical practitioner. … [Read more...] about Are these the greatest sport stars of all time from Bristol?
In the world of politics it's safe to say that this year has mainly been dominated by one thing - Brexit. The twists and turns have sometimes made it seem like a rollercoaster - one which we will hopefully be coming to the end of soon. And with all the bouts of high drama on the national stage it's sometimes easy to forget the big moments that have happened right here in Bristol. So here is a round-up of the good, the bad, the ugly - and in some cases bizzare - political moments that have made headlines this year. Public toilets In January Bristol City Council closed all of the city’s on-street public toilets across the city, which resulted in the loss of 18 public conveniences. The decision was lambasted by opposition councillors and campaigners who argued that the closures would affect the most vulnerable including the elderly, children and people with mobility issues. In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the closures the authority launched a ‘Community Toilet … [Read more...] about The stories that changed Bristol in 2018
High street giants have launched their annual Boxing Day sales early, following a difficult year for retailers. Twice as much money was spent on Boxing Day than Black Friday last year, while the period between Christmas Day and New Year generated £12 billion in sales, according to ShopperTrak. Many retailers have been running significant sales in the run-up to Christmas , with Debenhams offering up to 50% off some items ahead of its traditional Boxing Day sale, which starts online and in stores on December 26. John Lewis started its clearance online at 5pm on Christmas Eve, with reductions on homewares and electrical products. Its stores in the Trafford Centre, Heathrow and St Pancras are set to open on Boxing Day but most shoppers will have to wait until December 27 to browse the shops for a bargain. Cabot Circus, meanwhile, will be open from 10am on Wednesday. The same can be said for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Boxing Day deals at Marks & Spencer will go live online at … [Read more...] about Boxing Day 2018 sales