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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad - Season 5, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/AMC

Storing Up Trouble

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Storing Up Trouble

Many of my American friends harbour a dark secret: they keep stuff in storage units, pretty much permanently.

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To Walk Invisible, BBC

Review: To Walk Invisible, BBC, Hebden Bridge Picture House

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: To Walk Invisible, BBC, Hebden Bridge Picture House

It is a cold, wet and windy night in Hebden Bridge.

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Co-working: it’s not all about the free beer

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Co-working: it’s not all about the free beer

Co-working company WeWork, noted for providing free beer for its members, has recently announced plans to open its first centre in the UK outside London in Manchester.

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Review: Rudy’s Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Rudy’s Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

As an ex-hippy, I found style guru Peter York’s Hipster Handbook on BBC4 a blast from the past. The similarities are remarkable. None of us considered ourselves hippies, though we undoubtedly were, and none of the people he interviewed would admit to being Hipsters, despite the beards.

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Review: A Christmas Carol, Oldham Library

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Christmas Carol, Oldham Library

Suranne Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Jane Danson – all successful Northern actors and all alumni of Oldham Theatre Workshop.

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Review: Azuma Restaurant, Manchester

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Azuma Restaurant, Manchester

Manchester is famous for its Chinese restaurants. So why are they so hit and miss? 

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Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Festive Fizz

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Festive Fizz

In the first of a new series entitled Chef Tony’s Wine Club, our resident chef, gastronome and purveyor of fine wines casts his expert eye over two excellent fizz selections from Aldi.

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Living with tinnitus: The Northern Soul Christmas Charity Appeal

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Living with tinnitus: The Northern Soul Christmas Charity Appeal

“There would be nights where I’d be crying, crying and crying in the chair, shaking my head, trying to get it out. But I couldn’t.”

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It's a Wonderful Life

It’s Christmasssss! Northern Soul writers pick their favourite festive films

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on It’s Christmasssss! Northern Soul writers pick their favourite festive films

Christmas, as we all know, is a time for traditions. For some that might mean decorating the tree, writing cards, going out carolling or visiting relatives.

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Review: The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

Manchester’s Spinningfields is not my usual haunt. There’s something about the glossy buildings that simply doesn’t appeal. It conjures images of suits and fancy-ish women in fancy-ish dresses congregating by the bar. I prefer the pre-war graffiti-daubed grunginess of the Northern Quarter, and the undoneness that only comes with old buildings.

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