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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Bury FC

The Forgotten Fifteen: Bury FC and football’s worst year

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on The Forgotten Fifteen: Bury FC and football’s worst year

James Bentley is a lifelong fan of Bury Football Club. Now he’s published a book about the team’s extraordinary 1984/85 season and the state of British football in the 1980s. He writes for Northern Soul about how it all came about.

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Amphora with Peacocks (about 1888-1898) by William De Morgan, painted Halsey Ralph Ricardo

From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

A new exhibition in Sheffield brings together old and new artworks to explore the world of John Ruskin. Do modern artists have just as much to say about the role of creating beautiful things as the Victorians did?

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Derrick Greaves, Sheffield, 1953 © Derrick Greaves, courtesy James Hyman Gallery in London

Decline and Fall: how language shapes the North

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on Decline and Fall: how language shapes the North

Language shapes how we see places and the people living in them, says Laura Brown. But the North loses the language game, and has done for generations.

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Sean Wilson

From Corrie to Cheese: the Saddleworth Cheese Company

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on From Corrie to Cheese: the Saddleworth Cheese Company

“I bet you didn’t know I made cheese.” This banner can be spotted at food markets up and down the country.

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Manchester- black and white shot by Chris Payne

Violence: is there a North-South divide?

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Violence: is there a North-South divide?

It seems rough, tough Northern lads and lasses can still really show those Southern namby-pambies a thing or two when it comes to settling a dispute with a bit of a scrap.

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Echinacea (purple cone flower)

Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

With Winter well underway, the next few months are traditionally chilly, drab and punctuated by an assortment of coughs, colds and viruses.

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The Creative Process: something from nothing

January 28, 2016 Comments Off on The Creative Process: something from nothing

Mountain climbers have it easy, don’t they? When asked why they want to tackle a treacherous peak, they have a pre-packed cliché tucked away between their long johns and the Kendal mint cake.

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Wit

Review: Wit, Royal Exchange, Manchester

January 28, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Wit, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Julie Hesmondhalgh always makes me cry. Whether it’s during those last few scenes in Coronation Street when she portrayed Hayley Cropper’s final moments or as Sylvia Lancaster in the heart-wrenching Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, there’s something about Hesmondhalgh’s performances guaranteed to make me blub like a small child.

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Wanksy

Graffiti artist Wanksy talks to Northern Soul

January 27, 2016 Comments Off on Graffiti artist Wanksy talks to Northern Soul

I’ve been a journalist for nearly 20 years and during that time I’ve written some pretty weird stories.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

A Gothic Gem: John Rylands Library in Manchester

January 22, 2016 Comments Off on A Gothic Gem: John Rylands Library in Manchester

Deansgate is one of the most well-heeled areas of Manchester city centre. It’s home to large department stores, major shopping developments and the Beetham Tower. But it wasn’t always this way.

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