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The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2017

December 31, 2017 Comments Off on The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2017

Feeling a little sluggish after too much time in front of the telly box or one too many mince pies? Have no fear. The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz is back and ready to get the cogs turning again. Is your Northern knowledge is up to scratch? How much can you recall about 2017? No prizes, just a lovely feeling of smugness when you get them all right (answers are at the bottom…).

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Detectorists

Detectorists: small-scale, low-key and utterly perfect

December 31, 2017 Comments Off on Detectorists: small-scale, low-key and utterly perfect

In a year when pure joy has generally been in short supply, the third series of the BBC sitcom Detectorists has been a cultural highlight.

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GinnelWatch: Northern Soul’s Best Ginnels of 2017

December 28, 2017 Comments Off on GinnelWatch: Northern Soul’s Best Ginnels of 2017

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty and jetty.

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Southern end of Beadnell Bay, image by Phil Pounder

Our Year in Pictures: Northern Soul’s Favourite Photos of 2017

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Our Year in Pictures: Northern Soul’s Favourite Photos of 2017

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s hard to believe that the end of the year is fast approaching.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

Despite our hopes that 2017 would be a marked improvement on the turbulent 2016, this year came with more bumps, twists and turns than the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But, as usual, it was an excellent year for bookworms and the good reads kept on coming. 

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The cast of ELF The Musical 2017. Credit: James Everett Photography

Fancy a festive show? Look no further than our Christmas theatre round-up

December 19, 2017 Comments Off on Fancy a festive show? Look no further than our Christmas theatre round-up

It’s been a busy – and chilly – December at Northern Soul Towers. In the name of Christmas, our writers have travelled across the North of England to review the best of yuletide theatre.

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Northern Brass Bands and Christmas Carols: a Victorian tradition in the 21st century

December 19, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Brass Bands and Christmas Carols: a Victorian tradition in the 21st century

As Christmas approaches, the streets are alive with the sound of brass bands playing carols.

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The Last Jedi

Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Just two Christmasses ago, the prospect of a new Star Wars film felt like a gob-smacking novelty.

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John Bramwell by Chris Payne

Review: John Bramwell, Royal Northern College of Music

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Review: John Bramwell, Royal Northern College of Music

At this time of year, there are some traditions that I can take or leave.

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Snow Day by Paul Hunter

The Northern Soul Christmas Poem: Snow Day

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Christmas Poem: Snow Day

It’s nearly Christmas…and to celebrate Northern Soul‘s Poetry Correspondent Wendy Pratt has written another stunning poem in response to our North Yorkshire Photographer’s Snow Day image.

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