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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Herdwick

Herdwick sheep: a fixture on the fells

May 31, 2014 Comments Off on Herdwick sheep: a fixture on the fells

For anyone who has visited the Lake District or if, like me, you were brought up there, Herdwick sheep are commonplace.

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Lucie-Mae Sumner as Kate Monster in Avenue Q. Photo Credit Darren Bell (2)

Avenue Q

May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Avenue Q

In America during the Great Depression there was a huge underground market for so-called ‘Tijuana bibles’, small bootleg comics which depicted the family-friendly cartoon stars of the day – Popeye, Dick Tracy – getting up all sorts of rude, adult and not at all family-friendly things.

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Shauna Mackin by Chris Payne

Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

You know how upsetting it is when a singer has the temerity to cover your favourite artist?

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John Cooper Clarke at BBC 6 Music Festival

John Cooper Clarke: the Bard of Salford

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on John Cooper Clarke: the Bard of Salford

“Last time I came here,” says John Cooper Clarke, “it were 1958 and I’d come to see Bob Hope.” 

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Viva Vini Reilly

May 27, 2014 Comments Off on Viva Vini Reilly

In St Ninian’s United Reformed Church in Chorlton, there’s a stained glass window high above the altar bearing the legend ‘I am the Resurrection and I am the Life’.

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On the Trail of the Great Artists at Manchester Art Gallery

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on On the Trail of the Great Artists at Manchester Art Gallery

On a recent trip to Manchester Art Gallery, it struck me how little attention the gallery draws to the more famous names who populate its permanent collection.

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The Late Shows in Newcastle and Gateshead

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on The Late Shows in Newcastle and Gateshead

Weekends are a big deal in Newcastle and Gateshead and the last one was no exception.

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Enjoy at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on Enjoy at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

‘Dark’, ‘strange’ and ‘disquieting’ are not descriptions you tend to hear in reviews of Alan Bennett plays

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Stephen Mangan as Postman Pat

Northern Soul interviews Postman Pat (sort of)

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul interviews Postman Pat (sort of)

On a beautiful sunny day in Kendal, two local heroes returned home. Yes, Postman Pat and Jess,

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From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

From There to Here is a major new BBC drama. The editor of Northern Soul met the writer Peter Bowker and director James Strong.  

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