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We had 9 at #Altern8 on Monday. (Get well soon, Richard.) Newbie Rosie was working on her 3 ball half showers both ways, and 4 balls, and also asked us how long the club had been going. We don't know exactly, but guessed about 25 years. Other new arrivals to the club were Anton & Angie, fresh to the area. Angie & Annette tried a dual booty-hoop which was more hilarious than successful. Anton and I had a little "remember when we both used to be able to do 5 clubs?" session. (41 catches, go me. Not sure what Anton got.) fak, Ian & Hazel passed clubs, and Hazel tried throwing tomahawks in passing for the first time, at Annette. (No-one was injured.) Biscuit quality: medium.
The juggling edge listing for Altern8 says it was established on 1 June 1994, so you maybe have another 2 1/2 years to meet your quarter century.
Pretty sure it was me that entered that date. It was a guess. Hmmmm... might have to have a look in some old issues of The Catch....
First listed in The Catch in the Winter '97 edition, but that may just have been when Tarim started running it, or maybe when it first had the name Altern8. There was mention on Monday that it used to be in a different venue...
Oh, and I also remember that after I'd moved to Bristol (probably winter 1997) Tarim announced a 're-launch' of the club after the summer break (the club used to close down over the summer due to lack of interest).
I was lead to believe that previously the club was quite sparse, with maybe 3-6 people attending. But Tarim did a good job of publicity, so about a dozen people (myself included, and quite a few students) turned up on the re-launch night. That made a great 'buzz' and I think cemented the 'social' aspect of the club. Most of us carried on coming every week after that as it was so special. We also socialised outside the club a lot, and I made some great friends.
But I'm not sure if that re-launch was when Tarim took over, or whether he was already running it prior to that point.
My memory for dates of events around that time is somewhat hazy, but I believe Altern8 was established up when the Freaks Unlimited workshop at the Elmgrove Centre in Redland lost their venue.
I have a feeling that the name of the club has its roots in it being an alternative to the freaks workshop - but I can't confidently claim that as fact.
Not sure what prompted the loss of venue - I think the Elmgrove Centre either had a refit, or started becoming more of a sports centre than a community centre. I only went to the Freaks workshop 3 or 4 times. If you think parking is bad where Altern8 is, you haven't tried parking near the Elmgrove Centre - which was a nightmare even in 1994 (and is pretty much impossible now)
The Freaks workshop is last mentioned in The Catch in 1994 - which would tie up with the foundation date mentioned above.
Tarim will have the full story though, as he was more directly involved.
Gutted that I'm missing so many sessions. My back is getting a lot better, and not stopping me do much now, except that sitting in a car is still very painful, making travel very difficult!
But Angie and Anton stopped off for a cuppa on their way to the club to give me some company :-)
The club was being run by Tarim in 1997 when I moved to Bristol. But it was run by Paul and Kelly from Freaks before Tarim ran it (I used to go to the sister Freaks unicycle hockey club for a year or two before I moved to Bristol).
I believe the Altern8 name change happened when Tarim took over (Altern8 was Tarim's domain name). But I think the spirit of the club remained from the Freaks days.
So the change to Altern8 probably happened in the mid-1990s. I don't know when Freaks started. Ian might remember more as I believe he previously lived in Bristol before moving to Liverpool, and went to the Freaks club (in a different venue) back then.
Ah, well in that case, there was a Monday night workshop run by Freaks advertised in the 1st issue of The Catch (Sep-Nov 92), in the Elmgrove Centre on Redland Road. If that's the one, then were at least in the 25th year. But I think Ian said it used to be in St Werburgh's: perhaps that was between Redland Rd and the current address...?
Paul and Kellie ran the Freaks Juggling Club at the Elmgrove Centre in Redland Road and later moved it to the Horfield United Reform Church. They also ran a unicycle hockey night and team. When they moved out of Bristol, Tarim took on the juggling club and renamed it Altern8 - as Paul and Kellie were still running the Freak's Juggling Business (still got some of their fire torches). Since then, the club has also been run by Chocolate Jon and Ian but it's always felt like the same club. It's occasionally been in the other hall and once or twice in the church itself. There have always been biscuits - though not the same ones.
I have a very vague recollection of a club briefly running in St Werburghs Community Centre (or was that a story-telling club?) but that wouldn't have been connected either way. Fool Time (now Circomedia) started in St Pauls but I don't think they had a drop in juggling club.
I can't remember any dates though. It's possible Freaks at the Elmgrove started in the late 80s - I'll see if Kellie can remember.
Nice one Tarim. I have a feeling the Freaks workshop at the very wonderful Elmgrove Centre started late '90 or '91 because I remember going there, and I didn't arrive in Bristol until Sept. '90. I suspect it didn't start up until around the time Freaks moved out of their Picton Street premises. But of course Kellie would know far better than me.
St. Werburgh's Community Centre got used a lot as a practice and rehearsal space by Fool Timers but I can't recall any kind of regular juggling club there. As you well know there were quite a few juggling clubs to choose from at that time anyway. And I'm pretty sure Fool Time itself never hosted a juggling club during my time there, because the space was pretty much booked solid by courses, classes, and people using the specialist equipment there. But there was for a while the Friday evening kids' sessions which would've been the closest thing to a regular juggling club.
Cheers for the memories, Tarim, Richard, & Cedric. I've changed the start date of the club to "1990", until any more definite info comes along.
Kellie says she's fairly sure that Freaks' Juggling Club opened at the Elmgrove Centre in 1989 around the time Freaks' Juggling Shop moved from Picton Street to Perry Road (where the famous tile pattern can still be seen) as she can remember cycling up the steep hill to get to the Elmgrove Centre. If you know St Michael's Hill - you know you wouldn't forget cycling up it.
The club moved to Horfield Church in 1994. The shop moved to Park Street in 1993 where it ran until 1996 and it would have been not long after that I took over running the club. The name Altern8 came from "Alternates" - a (little used) term for 3-count.
Thanks Tarim and Kellie. I've changed the start date to 1989. So, we're 28ish then.
I've just dug out my old diary (sadly I only started keeping my calendar on the computer from 17 June 1995, so I'll have to go through old papers to find anything earlier).
According to that I was definitely going to the Freaks Thursday unicycle hockey sessions in the Horfield Hall by December 1995, because I've got the fancy dress unicycle hockey session marked down on 14 December 1995.
I dressed up in my wizard cape, which was very dangerous when going backwards as it got trapped under the wheel. I remember that anyone who turned up without a costume was forced to wear clothing out of the boxes of jumble sale items at the back of the stage. There were a lot of people wearing middle-aged lady's dresses that night.
We've resurrected the fancy dress tradition when Freaks unicycle hockey team reformed as the Severn Wheelers. We now do a fancy dress hockey game every time Halloween falls on a Wednesday. So we've done them in 2007 and 2012, and will hold the next one in 2018 :-)
We also had a Bristol unicycle hockey tournament on Sunday 17 March 1996. I believe that was the one at the Whitchurch sports centre, because I remember I had been there before the BJC at the same venue in 1997. By the time of that tournament I had been upgraded to the Freaks A-team, so I must have been playing with the Freaks for a while. I think that tournament was the one where Ali fell into a 'wall', which turned out to be a door, making her disappear off the pitch, complete with unicycle and stick, with the door closing automatically behind her. We were all left wondering where she'd disappeared to.
Sadly I can't find mention of the Altern8 launch night in the diary. However I have an entry for a party at Laura's (one of the Altern8 jugglers) on 29 November 1997, and the same day a Portishead gig in Bath (which I attended with some of the Altern8 jugglers). So the club was definitely running by then. I moved to Bristol in June 1997, and my memory says that the relaunch was after that summer.
Interestingly, I do have an entry for juggling on a Wednesday (19 November 1997). From memory Rod Laver used to run an evening juggling club at Circomedia in Kingswood on a Wednesday night, so I'm guessing that was one of those sessions?
Good to hear a report on the biscuit quality. My shoulder was (still) bothering me enough that I didn't want to go an aggravate it. Sorry that I missed greeting some fresh blood!
I'm not 100% sure I'm thinking about the right place, but I think I used to go to Altern8 in the early 90s, '91 maybe. But you should ask Tarim, I have a feeling it might've been him that started it. Or maybe even ask Pippa Tee.
Back up to the dizzying heights of double figures this week. All the way up to eleven, in fact. Rob continued his fight with 7 clubs. Rupert, Jon, James and I were all having bashes at 5 - I got 2 runs of 50+ catches, one of them clean! It's almost as if practise makes a diffe.... Nah, can't be true. Richard's back had recovered enough for him to show up and make sure that neither the tea nor the biscuits weren't neglected. Biscuit report: good range but slightly disappointed that the "double chocolate" digestives were milk choc, not plain. Henry, Ian, Hazel and fak all did some passing, I'm not sure if Dee did too. Jon was jumpy, in a good way, but not quite skippy enough. However, he did fulfill his crisps obligation at the pub afterwards. And revealed his desire to go to prison for a year.
A round dozen tonight. Including new-to-Bristol-but-returning-to-juggling-after-10-years Marcus. Didn't seem to stop him getting his 7 ball pattern up. Richard's back's fixed enough for light passing. Local convention venues were pondered.
Ten people tonight. Plus a baby. Fak did some snakeboarding, and 4 clubs. Rupert and I both worked on 5 clubs. Marcus & I did some old school 4-count passing. Jon got two skips with a head bounce. Richard brought a birthday biscuit box. *click*
13 this week, boosted by freshly-back-from-The-Canaries Sam. Pistachios in the biscuits.
Last week: 13. Posh biscuits: ginger, dark chocolate.
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This week: 14, with a disappearing Rupert, but the return of the Robin. Posh biscuits: Salted caramel choccy thing.
Passing, 5 clubs, leg hooping, combination tricks, 7 balls and siteswaps.
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A round dozen tonight. The best biscuits were back. Anton, Rupert & I mucked about with overheads, and I ended up revisiting 4 club pistons on singles. (It's been a while.)
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How's it going?
I am new here and stuff, I am an Irish juggler currently living in Bristol. I am currently working on three balls in one hand with both hands, so I guess 6 balls but I want to make it interesting. I am not sure what the next convention I will attend is but I will be at the EJC in Lublin. If you want to know more feel free to ask and stuff.
I think they were quite pleasant, so would happily see them again.
They might be improved with the addition of some chocolate, which would also help with the crumbling issue.
I didn't know him very well, just on nodding terms really. He once or twice came to #Altern8. Crap way to go. Be careful out there, folks.
I just picked that up on the interwebs a few minutes ago. Terrible news, and one wonders if there is more to it than meets the eye.
I hung out with Ashton a bit years ago at Bristol, then watched him grow and get fit as he attended Circomedia. He was perhaps the kind of character of whom one might not be so surprised by such a happenstance, but that really, really sucks as a bad end to a short life, both for him and his poor family.
From what I've heard, it sounds accidental. Possibly a misjudged fire breathe that went wrong (although that appears to be pure conjecture, take it with a pinch of the proverbial)
It's a nasty way to go, and a terrible thing for his friends and family to be dealing with.
Play safe out there people...
Someone posted a different story on Facebook that I don't want to repeat yet because I find it hard to believe.
Did he perform in BYJOTY one year? I remember the name but not the face.
He performed in BYJotY in 2011 in Nottingham. He seemed like a nice chap from the interaction I had with him during that period.
I also heard a different story on Facebook. From the evidence I've read in the news it seems consistent, but I'm not going to perpetuate rumour. I'm just shocked and sad right now.
Just saw Jon Udry do a Scilly Gallop at tonight's #Altern8. It's a really nice 423 club variation
#Altern8 is free next week, Feb 8th, so come along for free tea and bi^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H juggling. Definitely juggling.
I almost made it to #Altern8 last night. I got within a handful of meters away at my closest point.
I was in the area anyway (on my way home from ikea) but I couldn't find any parking within a reasonable distance so gave up and drove home.
I'm sure you missed me terribly...
I usually park slightly down the hill on the main road (Muller Road). I've never had to park more than about two minutes walk away.
Parking near the hall on Downend Road has got much harder in the last couple of years (since they painted loads of double yellow lines), but Muller Road is still pretty reasonable.
Very healthy turnout last night, and I think I counted about a dozen people down the pub too :-)
The nearest spot I saw was a looong way down muller rd (by the old bus station) and I just couldn't be bothered walking up the hill from there. Had I been about 20 minutes earlier I could probably have parked in the car park!
Oh well, I polished off the lemon drizzle cake when I got home, that made up for it.
I've been unwell, but I think of altern8 every Monday evening :)
Hope I'll be back to see you all soon.
I am currently a snot factory (nice image I know), so won't be at #altern8 as planned this evening.
Hope everyone there has a grand Christmas and I'll see you all in 2016 :)
Get well soon.
Tonight we had about 10. Lizzie was wisely refusing to go along with Henry's "open your eyes and catch it when I say 'now'" passing advice. Rob was playing with his rugby balls in preparation for a gig. I played with a paper kendama. Hazel brought posh biscuits. Richard reused some gold paper to enposhify some unposh ones. Sam strolled in for his severalmonthly visit from the Canaries. Henry also dragged along a couple of Russian friends. We were shockingly undersupplied with props, so I got them having a go at kendama. Ivan wandered off to play with a club, and bashed himself in the cheek with it.
We are closed next week, open again from Jan 4th as usual.
Yes, it was a very nice evening, unexpectedly busy with people who aren't usually there - a very nice pre-Christmas surprise :-)
We had four vaguely competent passers there, and was encouraged by Tarim to give the Urban Terror Feed another try. Last time was at least ten years ago, when it was preceded by my statements "how hard can it be?" and "it's only ultimates isn't it?" Promptly followed by that expression of terror that characterises its name :-)
So of course I again went through the ritual incantations of "how hard can it be?" and "it's only ultimates isn't it?" before starting. But this time I got at least 7 passes into it, which was at least a 100% improvement on last time :-)
Suburban terror* feed is a much easier way to build up to it.
*there possibly exist multiple patterns by this name, but the one I mean is where A does BBCC, B does AAss, C does ssAA.
Suburban terror feed traditionally, at least in my circles, means one count feeding, with one feedee doing pass pass self, one doing three count, with 3 clubs each.
It's possible to add a club, and have 7 one count feeding the same patterns, but with all passes on 3.5p.
And for the ambitious, you can do 9 club one count feeding 8 club pps and 7 club 3 count.
You add clubs in the same way to Tom's version, or indeed for the passer passing one count to the feedees in any preagreed order.
#Altern8 is FREE next week!
15 folks at the club tonght. And since there's a little cash in the kitty, next week's meeting is free.
Tonight I couldn't decide if I liked the chocolate/caramel digestives best, or good old classic choc chip cookies.
17 bodies at #Altern8 this evening. All butter stem ginger cookies were the "special" biscuits (chocolate digestives and chocolate chip cookies were also available)
Hmmm. We'd probably need a regular turnout that high before we started investing in fancy biscuit trays.
["fancy true-to-life biscuit tray":]
["fancy biscuit tray that you want to juggle":]
["made in china fancy biscuit tray that you want to juggle but don't know how":]
I'm glad you had an enjoyable time as I feel strongly that everyone called Bez should have Happy Mondays
Hadn't spotted that link!
I chose it because it's how my niece used to pronounce my name...
Be the change you want to see in the world. Turn up with biscuit.
By which I don't mean those savoury scone-looking things.
However I'm not part of any juggling club at the moment because:
1.my orchestra rehearses Monday nights, which is the night that closest juggling club meets
2. The other juggling club is an hours drive away
3. The other other juggling club is like 3 hours away, and it's more "flow arts" maaannnnn......peace and love maaannnn;) Fire circles maaaaaannnn......
This is what happened at York Jugglers, ~15 years ago, two of the members started making tea for everybody (who wanted it) and brought cake to share and we have carried on having tea each week ever since. Though these days it is tea with shop-bought biscuits rather than homemade cake.
No juggling for me tonight either; flying in from Dublin this morning means that my day started at 4am... so I'm not exactly fit for much at the moment.
Well, we had 16 tonight, even without the two of you. So that's an i crease, right?!
This week's specials were posh choc-chip & hazelnut cookies, and jaffa cakes. (Plus the usuals such as chocolate digestives, chocolate hobnobs, and something boring that I didn't pay any attention to.)
Tea was delayed though due to lack of milk as Ian was late arriving. After 35 minutes I put my coat on and walked to the end of the drive to go and buy milk. That was of course sufficient motivation to the universe to cause Ian to appear with the milk :-)
Ha ha, a tea & biscuit report.
I like it.
Irony is I can't have either.
But it still amuses me ;-)
That would be i decrease surely? Or i smooth?
Anyway, get you, knowing what an app is. ;-P
Well I've always used an iron to put the perfect crease down my trousers and an app is a pointless piece of software designed to part a fool from his money.
24 tonight! Swelled a little by the monthly kendama crew.
I almost forgot to eat a biscuit. Oh, and Stumpy had happy birthday sung to him, and there was cake. fak was teaching Will to pass balls, James was working on his crossing Infinite Suicide, and had a unicycle run as the hall was clearing. Club passing was happening at both ends, and I saw Lucas almost get an excellent wall pass to his partner. Rob has his big green rings up.
Hi everyone! My name is Mario, I'm from Spain and I'm going to stay in Bristol this summer. I like diabolo, clubs, devil sticks and balls. My favourite is diabolo, I learnt a lot of tricks some years ago but when I got into the university I couldn't continue practicing. Last thing I was learning was doing tricks with two diabolos.
I would like to learn and teach some tricks here in Bristol.
See you soon!
You should make your way over to the Monday night club: http://jugglingedge.com/club.php?ClubID=4
They're a friendly bunch. I'd be going over there tonight but I'm exhausted so am having an early night instead.
It was lovely to meet you last night. #Altern8 had quite good attendance, with a good variety of props. Did myself a juggling related injury [seriously!]. I won't be able to make it to the next few sessions as I'll be at #EJC2015
We had chocolate hob-nobs this week but no cake for those more interested in that part of juggling clubs.
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