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An entertaining first week in Bristol

7th April 2011 - Laura Crosby

First week feedback
After only a short while inhabiting Cabot Circus, we feel very welcomed. We have also been collating your suggestions for what to do with our first floor (currently colonised by hordes of boxes). We aim to please at Foyles and hope a further range of books to tickle everyone's fancy, a beautiful selection of gifts and stationery to go hand in hand with the wide variety of cards and in time possibly a lovely little indie style café will do it.

Plus, there's a very strong feeling of community from our customers, and we want to give them what they give to us... smiles, basically. A good start was helping a distressed student convinced she'd never find the play she was looking for (but yes, we did),

I believe this is just the beginning of a magnificent love story between Bristolians, visitors to the area, and us, the book-crazy staff at Foyles. We hope for nothing more than that people from any background and walk of life will join us in the sharing of book-related anecdotes, whilst trying to find that impossible present for the aunt who slobbers wet kisses all over your face or other such task. See you there... or rather, here, soon.

Fun Family Saturday

Our circus experience took place the weekend of 2nd April. Despite it happening on my weekend off, that didn't stop me from harassing the lovely circus folk! I bumbled my way down to our brand spanking new store anyway, and what did I find?

Family Fun day photoA man rather skilfully rollerblading with a crystal ball and a book that he was using for 'contact juggling', eagerly entertaining children and big kids alike. What's contact juggling? In layman's terms, the art of juggling without letting the balls leave contact with one's body, or in this case, the book - which I quote, "is something everyone can do with a book, even if you can't read", according to Tim, the man on the wheels.

Gracefully ducking his way in and out of the shop was a headmaster on stilts, or Merlyn if you get onto first name terms.Which as you can see on the left, I did. And right at the back of the store was Juan - our entertainer extraordinaire. For hours this talented man was teaching the public how to juggle with hats, batons and balls, and I was really quite impressed. I was tempted to have a go, but by the time I wriggled my courage up, he had to go on his lunch break. Oh, what a shame!

So I will take the time to thank Circomedia, who celebrate 25 talent-filled years, and Cutting Edge Circus. You can buy the book on Circomedia entitled Flying High by Monica Connell, either at our Bristol branch (all of our copies are signed) or through this website.


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