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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Plait

Plait

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Plait

Many moons ago, when I was a young and hungry journalist trying to make my way in the world, I had the good fortune to work with Emma Simon.

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Start Spreading The News

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Start Spreading The News

‘Experience Manhattan in the heart of Spinningfields‘. So says Neighbourhood, a restaurant and bar opened in Manchester by the same people who brought BBQ specialists Southern Eleven to the city. Could they pull it off?

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‘Avin’ It At Artisan

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Avin’ It At Artisan

It’s not so long ago that a culinary night out in Manchester was a toss up between a random pizza joint and a Chinese banquet. But things have moved on, so much so that the city holds its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

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Noir in the North

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Noir in the North

In all manner of creative endeavours from music to cooking, fusion is all the rage. So why not in fiction too?

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Evita

Surprisingly Good For You

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Surprisingly Good For You

Evita is a bizarre ‘ole musical, isn’t it? Let’s do a musical about a dictatorship in South America and in particular, the life of Eva Peron, says Tim Rice, who was obsessed with the life of the former First Lady. Go on then, says his then long-time writing partner, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Delicious Desserts

July 29, 2013 Comments Off on Delicious Desserts

It’s been a bit, er, rainy of late but the weather men are promising more sunshine by the weekend. With that in mind, here’s how to make a classic dessert and a frozen cocktail.

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The World's End

The World’s End

July 29, 2013 Comments Off on The World’s End

I saw that video recently with Dustin Hoffman crying over how Tootsie made him realise that women who aren’t deemed beautiful (by him and thus by everyone) are sometimes more interesting to talk to.

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Manchester Jazz Festival

July 27, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Jazz Festival

With the 24:7 Theatre Festival winding down this weekend and Manchester International Festival a fond memory, what’s a bereft festival fan to do? Why, check out the daddy of Manchester festivals, that’s what.

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Bruce Springsteen

Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

July 26, 2013 Comments Off on Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

“It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” is a phrase from Bruce Springsteen‘s song Badlands that, for various reasons, has been haunting me lately.

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CocoRosie-images by Anne Ward

CocoRosie mesmerises Hebden Bridge

July 25, 2013 Comments Off on CocoRosie mesmerises Hebden Bridge

Not many gigs start with a Tibetan bloke ringing a bell over some beats. But this is CocoRosie, an integral part of the New York art rock scene.

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