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Melvyn Bragg writes for Northern Soul

February 19, 2016 Comments Off on Melvyn Bragg writes for Northern Soul

Melvyn Bragg writes for Northern Soul about the cultural asset stripping of the North of England.

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A cartoon from the museum's exhibition

Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

February 5, 2016 Comments Off on Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

Like many people I have, as they say, a bit of Jewish blood in me. As such, I’ve grown increasingly curious about this part of my heritage.

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Abel top left with family, Whitley Bay 1916 (from his daughter)

Spy on the Tyne

February 2, 2016 Comments Off on Spy on the Tyne

The North East, home to New-cy Brown and the Angel of the North. But did you realise it’s also the childhood home of a Cold War spy?

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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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The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

All aboard! Riding the rails on The Flying Scotsman

January 14, 2016 Comments Off on All aboard! Riding the rails on The Flying Scotsman

Ah, the golden age of steam. This phrase brings to mind the glorious engines that once choo-chooed across Britain.

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Clog Makers

Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

January 8, 2016 Comments Off on Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Believe it or not but naked clog fighting was a mysterious and illegal sport that existed in Northern mining communities for hundreds of years. Now Gallery Oldham is staging an exhibition examining the myths of the brutal underground ‘purring, clogging or Fighting Wigan Fashion’.

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Royal Exchange © Matthew J Graham, 2013 (2)

Northern Soul’s Top Places to Visit in the North

December 19, 2015 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Top Places to Visit in the North

At Northern Soul, we make no bones about it: we love the North. I mean, we REALLY love it. With that in mind (and mindful about the Christmas spirit), we thought we’d share some of our favourite Northern places with you.

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Jesmond Dene

The Splendour of Jesmond Dene

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on The Splendour of Jesmond Dene

When the sunlight is thrown in a certain way through horse chestnut tree leaves, I am reminded of all the times that I’ve been an aspiring cyclist.

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Heaton Park bonfire night by Chris Payne

An Elegy for Bonfire Night

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on An Elegy for Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, or ‘Bommy Night’ as I’ve always known it, is incredibly special.

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Vampires in Manchester

Black Swans, Cultural Vampires and Sanguinarians in the North

October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Black Swans, Cultural Vampires and Sanguinarians in the North

Somewhat aptly, very little natural light reaches the spot where I sit in a small shop in Stockport’s industrial Houldsworth Mill.

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