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Monthly Archives: May 2017

#WeStandTogether

May 28, 2017 Comments Off on #WeStandTogether

Louise Bolotin lives in Granby House, the city centre building where the Manchester bomber built his devastating device. Here she describes the police raid on her home and why she refuses to be cowed by the events in Manchester last week.

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Bee mural, Manchester Town

Chips ‘n’ Gravy: “I am proud to call Manchester my home”

May 23, 2017 Comments Off on Chips ‘n’ Gravy: “I am proud to call Manchester my home”

Writing for Northern Soul seems particularly pertinent today.

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Jenn Ashworth, Dead Ink Books

The Night Visitors: horror fiction, obsession and catfishing

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on The Night Visitors: horror fiction, obsession and catfishing

I can’t watch horror films. Not since my teenage years when we used to watch VHS copies of Scream and IT and I’d have to walk a mile home through the darkening countryside, imagining that each sound contained my grisly demise.

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Daphnes Flight

Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

At around about the time of ‘the great roots rock scare’ of the 80s and early 90s, one of the most familiar faces and admired voices around the Manchester music scene was that of Helen Watson.

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Review: Slapstick for Kids and Beggars of Life, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Slapstick for Kids and Beggars of Life, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

The opening of a new public venue is always cause for celebration and a flurry of interest.

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Wine bottles by Chris Payne

Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Lidl’s Spring Collection

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Lidl’s Spring Collection

In May’s edition of Chef Tony’s Wine Club, our resident chef, gastronome and purveyor of fine wines casts his expert eye over two bottles from Lidl’s new wine range, launched at Easter.

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Double Parked, image by Pete Alderson

Photo Gallery: Moody Manchester

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Moody Manchester

Manchester and Leeds-based photographer, Pete Alderson, takes beautiful and atmospheric shots of Manchester city centre.

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The Wedding Present

Preview: GIGANTIC Indie All-Dayer, Manchester Academy

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Preview: GIGANTIC Indie All-Dayer, Manchester Academy

Indie fans looking for a day-long dose of nostalgia are in for a treat this month when the fourth volume of the Gigantic Indie All-Dayer takes place at Manchester Academy on May 27.

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Turnadot

Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

Turandot by Puccini has long been my favourite opera. There is something about the scale of its ambition, the dark tragedy at the heart of what is essentially a love story, and the sheer power of the music that rips my heart out every time I hear it.

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Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

At a time when the sort of ‘classic’ film that’s adapted into a stage show is more likely than not to be some 70s or 80s confection with feelgood singalong potential, it’s cheering that La Strada, based on a genuine classic of world cinema, even exists.

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