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Author: Jack Stocker

Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong: the video games that changed the world

February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong: the video games that changed the world

The 1980s was a transformative time for video games.

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Smoove & Turrell by Jack Stocker

Review: Smoove & Turrell, Band on the Wall, Manchester

November 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Smoove & Turrell, Band on the Wall, Manchester

It’s a bit chilly at Manchester’s Band on the Wall.

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Bella legumi antipasto

Bella Italia: a gastronomic ramble around Manchester’s Little Italy

February 21, 2016 Comments Off on Bella Italia: a gastronomic ramble around Manchester’s Little Italy

Regular readers of Northern Soul know that we love to celebrate every aspect of the North of England.

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Snow Queen

Snow Queen: a short film about the Z-arts xmas show

December 19, 2015 Comments Off on Snow Queen: a short film about the Z-arts xmas show

Northern Soul’s Jack Stocker interviews director Jonathan McGrath and artistic director Liz O’Neill about the Z-arts production of Snow Queen in Hulme, Manchester.

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Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom Festival: the Northern Soul out-takes

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Ramsbottom Festival: the Northern Soul out-takes

The fifth Ramsbottom Festival was a humdinger – and we liked it so much we made a film.

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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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eneral Manager Giordana Annibal and Asha Bhosle

Review: Asha’s, Manchester

October 7, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Asha’s, Manchester

I’ve never been much of a cook. It takes skill and patience and neither of those skills are innate to me. As a result, my meals at home are relatively uncomplicated. I won’t lie to you, it’s basically just omelettes and sandwiches in the Stocker kitchen.

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Ramsbottom’s World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

The World Black Pudding Throwing Championship, Ramsbottom

September 24, 2015 Comments Off on The World Black Pudding Throwing Championship, Ramsbottom

It was back in February when I first learned of the World Black Pudding Throwing Championship.

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Artisan Cafe Bar, Spinningfields

Review: Artisan, Manchester

May 1, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Artisan, Manchester

Recently I learned the folly of doing favours for people.

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Review: Rule 35, Z-arts in Hulme, Manchester

April 11, 2015 1 Comment

“Don’t be late,” said the director when I interviewed her for Northern Soul.

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