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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Harrogate Flower Show

Monster Vegetables at the Harrogate Show

September 30, 2014 Comments Off on Monster Vegetables at the Harrogate Show

You can see them crouching beside the tables, cameras out, tape measures at the ready: show groupies. A selective and determined small group of people, like myself, who coo and ooh at the size of someone’s plums.

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The British Lawnmower Museum

The Turf of a Nation: Inside the British Lawnmower Museum

September 29, 2014 Comments Off on The Turf of a Nation: Inside the British Lawnmower Museum

It was a fine Sunday morning. As I peered out of the bedroom window at the sun-dipped street, I could sense that the neighbourhood was already in its joggy bottoms, easing into a wash-worn T-shirt, ready to take on the tasks of the day.

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Lisa Dwan as the mouth in Not I, by Samuel Beckett

Beckett is the new black: actor Lisa Dwan talks to Northern Soul

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Beckett is the new black: actor Lisa Dwan talks to Northern Soul

Friends of mine tell me two things about the colour black and its significance in theatre and performance.

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Harry Smith

If only all Party Political Conferences had a Harry

September 27, 2014 2 Comments

A few years ago, while visiting a friend of mine who is a self-confessed political anorak, I stumbled across a VHS cassette on his bookshelf – Best Party Conference Speeches.

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michael palin

Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

It’s one of those glorious instances of “of course!” casting: the makers of the forthcoming new version of The Clangers have announced that the narrator will be none other than Michael Palin.

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Tour de France

What a Norf and Sarf: returning to Holme Moss

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on What a Norf and Sarf: returning to Holme Moss

I’m an East London boy with strong Northern connections, proud and grateful about my maternal links to Manchester and the fine-tuning of my thought processes by a doctorate in Sheffield (fish glands, since you ask).

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Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom Festival: Northern Soul fills its musical boots

September 26, 2014 Comments Off on Ramsbottom Festival: Northern Soul fills its musical boots

Northern Soul was out in force at this year’s Ramsbottom Festival. So, in the spirit of an event that has something for everyone, we offer you three different perspectives on the summer’s final festival.

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David Thacker

David Thacker, Artistic Director of Bolton Octagon, talks to Northern Soul

September 24, 2014 Comments Off on David Thacker, Artistic Director of Bolton Octagon, talks to Northern Soul

David Thacker cut his theatrical canines in the capital.

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Tobias Batley as Dracula and Jessica Morgan, Hannah Bateman and Antoinette Brooks-Daw as the Brides of Dracula in Northern Ballet's Dracula. Photo Justin Slee

Review: Ballet with Bite thanks to Northern Ballet’s Dracula

September 24, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Ballet with Bite thanks to Northern Ballet’s Dracula

In 1993 at the pliant age of 17, I went to Bury flicks with my cousin Claire to watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Fell

Review: Fell at the Page to Stage Festival, Liverpool

September 24, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Fell at the Page to Stage Festival, Liverpool

A surreal moment in Liverpool, just as the polls are about to close in the independence referendum in Scotland.

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