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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.

Type Motion exhibition, 2014, Installation at FACT Liverpool, Gallery 1

Moving Stories: Type Motion at FACT, Liverpool

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Moving Stories: Type Motion at FACT, Liverpool

I have a friend who has just finished training as an archivist. I have an idea what this means: I think it involves blowing cobwebs off boxes of old photos while wearing a pair of rave-style white gloves, then occasionally appearing on Who Do You Think You Are? and talking Richard Madeley through his tear-jerking past.

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Sheffield 1987

Brutalism, Bus Fares and The Box 

October 30, 2014 Comments Off on Brutalism, Bus Fares and The Box 

Think of the camera’s shutter as a scalpel. See the photograph as a slice through time.

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The British Lawnmower Museum

The Turf of a Nation: Inside the British Lawnmower Museum

September 29, 2014 Comments Off on The Turf of a Nation: Inside the British Lawnmower Museum

It was a fine Sunday morning. As I peered out of the bedroom window at the sun-dipped street, I could sense that the neighbourhood was already in its joggy bottoms, easing into a wash-worn T-shirt, ready to take on the tasks of the day.

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner soars again in Liverpool

September 9, 2014 Comments Off on The Kite Runner soars again in Liverpool

A kite doesn’t come alive until it’s licked by the wind. Only then does it make a dash for freedom, bursting towards the sky with an energy that seems to come from within.

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Playing Into the Night

Revolution in the Bedroom at Gallery Oldham

July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Revolution in the Bedroom at Gallery Oldham

The game was startling in its simplicity but my 12-year-old son stared at the screen as if bringing an Airbus in to land.

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Betty Blue Eyes

Betty Blue Eyes: Ham Fare For The Common Man

July 11, 2014 Comments Off on Betty Blue Eyes: Ham Fare For The Common Man

The last few weeks have been hectic for Liverpool’s veterinary community – or the ones qualified to look after puppet animals at any rate.

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Thanks for the Memorex: rewinding the past with Record and Play

June 19, 2014 Comments Off on Thanks for the Memorex: rewinding the past with Record and Play

It’s a comment that was once so common, but is now never heard.

“I’ve made you a tape,” we would say, “a few tracks you might like.”

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