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Bill Ayres, Salford

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

September 15, 2017 No Comments

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul.

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I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

September 7, 2017 No Comments

When I was a 20-something cub reporter in the late 90s and early noughties, sexism was rife. And I don’t just mean in journalism, although there was plenty to speak of. 

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Crossings, by Shaun Smyth

Painting the North – Crossings: Constructing the Mersey Gateway Paintings, Shaun Smyth, Catalyst Museum, Widnes

September 7, 2017 No Comments

In the seventh instalment of Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England.

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Pork burger. Turtle Bay

Review: Turtle Bay, Northern Quarter, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Turtle Bay, Northern Quarter, Manchester

When Turtle Bay first cropped up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, I didn’t go.

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GinnelWatch

GinnelWatch: a new series celebrating the brilliance of the ginnel

September 1, 2017 Comments Off on GinnelWatch: a new series celebrating the brilliance of the ginnel

ginnel; ˈɡɪn(ə)l/
noun; Northern English
a narrow passage between buildings; an alley

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Australasia

Review: Australasia, Spinningfields, Manchester

September 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Australasia, Spinningfields, Manchester

Brilliantly, either by accident or design, entrance to Australasia is gained by going literally down under: down a flight of stairs from a glass pyramid by John Rylands Library and under Manchester’s Deansgate.

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Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

August 28, 2017 Comments Off on Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

When I wore out my Suzanne Vega cassettes in the 1980s, playing them over and over again, never in my wildest dreams did I think that, one day, I’d be explaining builder’s tea to my musical hero.

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Glastonbury pod

Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

My first trip to Glastonbury was to the festival in 1995 when the town was a passing blur before we joined the throng.

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The Refuge by Volta, Manchester

Review: Sunday Best at The Principal Hotel and The Refuge, Manchester

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Sunday Best at The Principal Hotel and The Refuge, Manchester

Recently, I came across a snap of the new signage on the old Palace Hotel building. It was posted on Instagram and the photographer had commented how it was odd to see another name on the iconic, Victorian building.

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Blackpool Beach, Adam Ralston

Painting the North: Blackpool Beach, Adam Ralston

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Painting the North: Blackpool Beach, Adam Ralston

In the sixth instalment of Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England.

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