Night at the Cemetery

Dusk-at-Arnos-ValeFriday 13th May, 7:30-9:00pm

Night at the Cemetery

Join us at dusk on Friday the 13th for an atmospheric torchlight tour of Arnos Vale Cemetery. Taking a route past grand monuments and down dark paths, we'll explore the folk customs and funeral traditions of Victorian society, and the the life stories of some of those remembered in Arnos Vale, Bristol's Necropolis.

How to Book

Tickets are £6 Adults and £4 Concessions (OAPs, Guardian Angel Members, Children) and can be purchased securely on-line via the Paypal link at

Alternatively visit our Gift Shop located in the East Lodge, the building to the left of the main entrance just off the Bath Road. The Gift Shop and Reception is open Monday - Saturday 10:00-4:00pm.

You can send a cheque for the full amount of the tickets required - please also add £1.00 for P&P to the total amount. Cheques made payable to Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Your tickets will be posted directly to you.

For more information please contact Felicia Smith on 0117 971 9117 or email e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Additions for loooooonglist

Please excuse the community post; I seem to have mislaid other contact details.

1. Jeffrey Eugenides, MiddlecatMiddlesex.
Some people inherit houses; others painting or highly insured violin bows. Still others get Japanese tansu or a famous name. I got a recessive gene on fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeed.

As Cat Cal recounts the experiences of the Stephanides clan in their new land--from the Depression to Nixon--he unfurls his own symbiotic odyssey to a new sex. Cal's narrative voice is arch, humorous and self aware, continually drawing attention to its authorial sleights of hand, but never exasperating. This is big, brainy novel--The Oracle of Delphi puts in an unlikely appearance in the middle of a teenage tryst--but one full of compassion. [As long as the Oracle of Larry Ellison isn't involved -- pungoose].Eugenides' astonishingly rich story persistently engages the heart as well as the mind. --Travis Elborough (review from amazon).

Caveats: Long (500 pages?).

2. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Cat Swan. Nicholas Taleb's (non-fiction) attempt at describing randomness, and how humans tend to misunderstand it badly. Hilarity Ensues. Fascinating, arguably charming, discursive. Obnoxious, if you're an economist. Changes the way you look at the world. Does get accused of arrogance, but most of those to whom NNT is obnoxious (a) aren't best known for humility, (b) deserve it. I'd not have posted it, except for the fairly high-powered discussion of complexity science that happened last time I was at bibliogoth, which make me think bibliogoth might take on something vaguely heavyweight (though no mathematics is needed to read & understand the book).

Caveats: Despite mention of dark-coloured avians, less Gothic than it sounds (unless you view a respect and awe for randomness as Gothic in spirit, which, possibly, makes a great deal of sense). Said Black Swan doesn't appear, doesn't say "nevermore", and fails to perch on a pallid bust of Leibnitz (though it would make sense if it did, apart from swans' notorious bulk and inability to perch on small objects). Non-fiction. Somewhat anvilicious. Will Self likes it.


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Satyricon-y links

Vaguely related to Satyricon:

Arthur Herman's The Idea of Decline in Western History. It's, well, about the idea of decline. I recall it being fairly readable (but I read it nearly ten years ago, I guess), and it may well be full of dubious claims that someone who knew more relevant stuff would argue with fiercely.

Everyone and their dog has a pet theory on why the Roman Empire collapsed, apparently.
  • nimstar

Urgent help please!!!


Just got home from my mother's to discover I have left my copy of "Utopia" there, and I am nowhere near finished... anyone know if/where the text is online so I can still read it in time for Sunday? (my local libraries don't have it, I've already checked)



  • nimstar

Andre Gide

I kan haz discovered a new author!!*

By chance my college was selling off "La Symphonie Pastorale / Isabelle" for the princely sum of 10p so I grabbed it and loved it.

I've not read any Gide before although the name rings a bell. Anyone here a fan and if so, any recommendations for what I should grab next?

<i>*as in new to me, not someone who has just started writing....!</i>