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Blasts from the Furnace

Reviews, features and hot air by Damon Fairclough, a writer based in Liverpool via a long lost Sheffield of the soul.

Alan Dosser

Did you learn to dream in the morning? A tribute to Liverpool Everyman’s Alan Dossor

November 29, 2016 Comments Off on Did you learn to dream in the morning? A tribute to Liverpool Everyman’s Alan Dossor

It’s an afternoon of images. It’s an afternoon of love.

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Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool: we talk to curator Darren Pih

October 23, 2016 Comments Off on Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool: we talk to curator Darren Pih

It seems obvious to me now that Yves Klein‘s Leap into the Void was a fake.

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Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

October 18, 2016 Comments Off on Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

I feel as though I’m about to die. Not in a horrific, life flashing before my eyes kind of way, but in a dreamlike, out-of-body experience. Except, if I really was about to die, I would hope that a failed 1960s underpass might not be the last thing on which I rested my earthly gaze.

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Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?

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Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Everyone knows that 1966 was a great year. England won the World Cup, the phrase “swinging London” was used for the first time and, over in Italy, the events that led to Shakespeare writing The Two Gentlemen of Verona were being played out.

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Review: The Rivals, Liverpool Playhouse

October 11, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Rivals, Liverpool Playhouse

I love a good laugh, me.

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The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

It’s the eggy bread I’m worried about.

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Tracey Emin's Bed, Tate Liverpool

That Bed: Tracey Emin and William Blake, Tate Liverpool

September 30, 2016 Comments Off on That Bed: Tracey Emin and William Blake, Tate Liverpool

When you’re raising kids, it can be difficult to decide on the right moment to bring them face to face with life’s nether regions.

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Review: Tony’s Last Tape, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

September 23, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Tony’s Last Tape, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

At the turn of the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, my school English class had a debate.

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Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge: days like these?

August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge: days like these?

In 1986, my favourite band was called Easterhouse.

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