Northern Soul

Author: Hayley-Jane Sims

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Avert your eyes, I’m a feminist

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Avert your eyes, I’m a feminist

Feminism. Only recently have I become aware of the sheer terror this word can inflict on people.

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Work, Work, Work: the unrelenting struggle for success

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Work, Work, Work: the unrelenting struggle for success

So you’re miserable in your job and desperate to fulfil your dream of being *insert perfect career here*? I hear you.

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Gronn, Bury

A hairdresser with a difference: Bury’s Grönn Hair Salon

September 23, 2016 Comments Off on A hairdresser with a difference: Bury’s Grönn Hair Salon

If you’ve bobbed about Bury recently, you might have seen an intriguing new shop front on Bolton Street.

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Manchester Pride

What Pride means to me

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on What Pride means to me

Hurrah! The Manchester gay celebrations are almost upon us.

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We Go Around - cover

Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Book review: We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire

Manchester? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gangsters? Oh, go on then. Reading the blurb of this debut novel by Jules Grant, a former barrister from Manchester, is more than enough to pique my interest.

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Turin Brakes

Olly Knights, lead singer of Turin Brakes, talks to Northern Soul

June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Olly Knights, lead singer of Turin Brakes, talks to Northern Soul

It’s been 15 years since an intriguing noise lulled soothingly out of my radio. It prompted me to obsessively listen to said radio until said song was played again and I could put a name to the tune

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Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival: nom, nom, nom…

March 28, 2016 Comments Off on Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival: nom, nom, nom…

Ramsbottom certainly knows how to appeal to the masses: chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.

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Mister Stokes: Man-Woman of Manchester

Man-Woman of Manchester: an extraordinary story

March 4, 2016 Comments Off on Man-Woman of Manchester: an extraordinary story

In 1859 the body of a man by the name of Harry Stokes washed up in the River Irwell. Upon examination, it was discovered that twice-married Stokes was biologically female and had been successfully living the life of a Victorian man in Manchester.

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Queer as Folk

Revisiting Queer As Folk

January 20, 2016 Comments Off on Revisiting Queer As Folk

Regular readers will know that I’ve wittered on loads about how Queer As Folk sparked my desire to move Manchester, the land of the gays. But I haven’t watched it again since its initial transmission 16 years ago. So when my girlfriend suggested we re-visit both series, I thought yes, it’s time.

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Cycling by Chris Payne

Time to high-five women in sport

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Time to high-five women in sport

I’m now going to pretend to know vaguely what I’m talking about regarding professional sport.

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