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Red Lanterns, Chinese New Year, Manchester

Crouching Tiger(beer), Hidden Dragon: Chinese New Year in Manchester

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on Crouching Tiger(beer), Hidden Dragon: Chinese New Year in Manchester

I am starting to think that my greed for gyoza and Tsingtao beer displeases the gods.

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The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

It’s the eggy bread I’m worried about.

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Back to Black: World Black Pudding Throwing Championships 2016

September 21, 2016 Comments Off on Back to Black: World Black Pudding Throwing Championships 2016

As another season of sporting achievement draws to a close, we Brits can look back at the Olympics, the Paralympics and Wimbledon with a sense of pride and achievement. But there’s one other competition, held at the tail end of the summer, that eclipses all of the above for importance. I speak, of course, of the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships.

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The Northern Soul Podcast: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

September 7, 2016 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Hurrah! It’s the September Northern Soul Podcast.

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Tall ships by Imogen Kate

Tall Ships Regatta, Blyth 2016: Northern Soul finds its sea legs

September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Tall Ships Regatta, Blyth 2016: Northern Soul finds its sea legs

I’m the first to admit that I know very little about ships.

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Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Review: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

After a summer of uncertainty and a national divide following Brexit, it was perhaps fitting that Rochdale’s Feel Good festival should be accompanied by a near constant downpour.

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Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

What’s on in Chester: an insider’s guide

August 14, 2016 Comments Off on What’s on in Chester: an insider’s guide

For a city famous across the globe for its rich past, Chester is very much focused on the present and the future when it comes to its diverse cultural offering.

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Legoland

Review: Legoland, Manchester

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Legoland, Manchester

It is testament to the longevity and all-round brilliance of Lego that, after a day spent in a pricey Lego wonderland, a four-year-old’s best memory is “playing with the Lego”.

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Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I’m standing in woodland near Wakefield, mallet in hand, looking at a piece of stone and wondering what on earth I’m supposed to do with it. It’s not your average Saturday: I’m on a stone-carving course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Game, set, match in Manchester’s Didsbury

June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Game, set, match in Manchester’s Didsbury

For the next few weeks, the sound of racquets thwacking yellow balls and the aroma of barley water will be everywhere.

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