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Mondrian at Tate Liverpool

June 23, 2014 Comments Off on Mondrian at Tate Liverpool

There was the most spectacular thunderstorm when I went to visit the Mondrians at Tate Liverpool.

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MaryEllenMcTague_Aumbry1 by Chris Payne

Aumbry and Great British Menu Chef Mary-Ellen McTague talks to Northern Soul

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on Aumbry and Great British Menu Chef Mary-Ellen McTague talks to Northern Soul

The smell emanating from the kitchen at Aumbry when I arrive on a damp, grey Manchester day almost defies description.

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Ladies’ Day: an excuse for the press to trot out Northern stereotypes?

April 4, 2014 Comments Off on Ladies’ Day: an excuse for the press to trot out Northern stereotypes?

It is a day when women from Merseyside are encouraged to dress in their finest clothes and enjoy a day at the races. It’s Ladies’ Day.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Keep Calm and Carry On

Ubiquitous really does apply to the Keep Calm logos that have appeared on everything from maternity clothing and mugs to posters and t-shirts.

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Yorkshire’s East Coast: an undiscovered cultural oasis

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Yorkshire’s East Coast: an undiscovered cultural oasis

Bridlington, once a forgotten East Yorkshire coastal town, has had a new lease of life thanks to David Hockney, one of the UK’s greatest modern artists, who now lives there.

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(c) RNLI Grace Darling Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Grace Darling, the reluctant Victorian heroine

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Grace Darling, the reluctant Victorian heroine

I first heard the name Grace Darling when a friend of mine was involved in a singing group named after the reluctant Victorian heroine. Initially, I’d misheard their name and wrongly assumed they were the Grey Starlings, which made some sense as birds sing, right?

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Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers

The literary loop

April 26, 2013 Comments Off on The literary loop

It’s a view that is widely held: printed books are doomed and ebooks and self publishing are the only way forward. If you’re out of London well gosh, poor you, you’re in the provinces. You might as well as be on Mars.

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