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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Radisson Blu Manchester Spa Treatment Room

Heaven is a place on Peter Street: a treat for Mother’s Day

February 27, 2015 Comments Off on Heaven is a place on Peter Street: a treat for Mother’s Day

Some years ago, after a particularly enjoyable spa experience at London’s swanky Sanderson Hotel, I knocked over a megastar’s daughter.

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Review: Electrik Bar in Chorlton, Manchester

February 27, 2015 2 Comments

Chorlton-cum-Hardy has never been short of bars. The place is teeming with the blighters, some of which last about as long as mayflies.

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Frozen sing along

Sing-a-long-a-Frozen at The Lowry, Salford

February 27, 2015 Comments Off on Sing-a-long-a-Frozen at The Lowry, Salford

It all started with the film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. When my six-year-old self saw it for the first time I couldn’t get over the fact that singing was part of the story. Coming from a tone-deaf family, it seemed crazy…but I loved it.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Living with Fibromyalgia

February 27, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Living with Fibromyalgia

When I began writing about foraging and herbalism almost a year ago, it was impossible to explain my journey without talking about my battle with fibromyalgia.

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Internet Cat Festival

Internet Cat Video Festival: an on/offline phenomenon

February 26, 2015 Comments Off on Internet Cat Video Festival: an on/offline phenomenon

As a freelancer, I’m always looking for new forms of income. Shifting for a national newspaper? Yes please. Corporate writing? I don’t mind if I do. Radio presenting? You betcha.

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Jon Snow opens Election! Britain Votes

Election! Britain Votes at The People’s History Museum, Manchester

February 25, 2015 Comments Off on Election! Britain Votes at The People’s History Museum, Manchester

In the run up to the General Election, the People’s History History Museum in Manchester is hosting a ground-breaking exhibition, Election! Britain Votes.

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Carnival of Souls at Cornerhouse

Carnival of Souls at Cornerhouse, Manchester

February 25, 2015 Comments Off on Carnival of Souls at Cornerhouse, Manchester

I’m reminded of the scene in The Blob when, seated in a vintage movie theatre, a nonchalant cinema audience – all ra-ra skirts and pomaded hair – chuckle away and snarf popcorn as a terrified woman upon screen is strangled by multiple assailants.

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Crime novelist Paula Hawkins talks to Northern Soul

February 23, 2015 Comments Off on Crime novelist Paula Hawkins talks to Northern Soul

Helen Nugent, the Editor of Northern Soul, talks to crime novelist Paula Hawkins, author of the international bestseller The Girl on the Train.

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Blackpool, c. 1968 by Tony Ray-Jones from the National Media Museum

Only in England at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

February 23, 2015 Comments Off on Only in England at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Isn’t it the case that we’re permanently on the cusp of changing times, stranded between memory and the unknown?

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Leonora Carrington, The Pomps of the Subsoil, 1947

Preview: Leonora Carrington at Tate Liverpool

February 20, 2015 Comments Off on Preview: Leonora Carrington at Tate Liverpool

Athough artist Leonora Carrington was one of our own – a Northerner no less, originally from Chorley – it comes as something of a surprise to learn how much better known she is in her adopted home of Mexico.

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