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Monthly Archives: November 2015

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A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

For many years, I thought I could take it or leave it. It wasn’t something I needed to discuss.

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Cloud 23 Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea, Cloud 23, Manchester

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea, Cloud 23, Manchester

I had the highest afternoon tea in Manchester.

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Wonderland

Wonderland & Other Adventures: Julie Hesmondhalgh

November 27, 2015 Comments Off on Wonderland & Other Adventures: Julie Hesmondhalgh

I’m sitting in the Royal Northern College of Music, a leading international conservatoire a mile south of Manchester city centre. Next to me is Julie Hesmondhalgh.

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Stretford Sip Club

Review: The Sip Club, Stretford, Manchester

November 27, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Sip Club, Stretford, Manchester

As Storm Barney battered Manchester, I set out like an intrepid explorer to discover a mysterious bar in Stretford.

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Euston Road

Chips ‘n’ Gravy: braving the Big Smoke

November 27, 2015 1 Comment

As a Manchester lass, I faced a bit of a struggle when it came to choosing my university.

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The BFG

Review: The BFG, Bolton Octagon

November 24, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The BFG, Bolton Octagon

There’s no two ways about it: in the field of children’s literature, Roald Dahl is, well, a giant.

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle by Phil Pounder

Photo Gallery: Newcastle’s Grainger Town

November 24, 2015 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Newcastle’s Grainger Town

A gorgeous black and white gallery of Newcastle’s Grainger Town by Phil Pounder. Of Grainger Town’s 450 buildings, 244 are listed, of which 29 are grade I and 49 are grade II*. Just lovely.

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Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show. Saturday night in the Spa at Whitby Goth Weekend by Bob Slassor

Review: Whitby Goth Weekend

November 24, 2015 1 Comment

Back in the late 80s I used to stride out of my parents’ house in tie-dye leggings, thick black eye liner and clumpy boots. It caused a bit of a stir in my small town in Cheshire – though that wasn’t difficult to do back then.

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Cathy Rentzenbrink and her brother Matty

The Last Act of Love

November 19, 2015 Comments Off on The Last Act of Love

“We read to know we’re not alone.” If, like me, you sat in a darkened cinema in the early 1990s watching Shadowlands, all the while trying to stifle unrelenting tears, then you may remember this line.

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The Barber of Seville

Review: The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Kiss Me, Kate, Salford

November 18, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Barber of Seville, Jenůfa, Kiss Me, Kate, Salford

Kiss Me, Kate opens with Another Op’nin’, Another Show, a hymn to hoofers and thespians everywhere.

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