ALFRED SEARLS’ BLOG
This year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Hugh Benson at the tragically early age of 43.Read the full story..
Over the years many things have helped to shape and define Manchester, including, and in no particular order: the weather, football, cotton, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, coal, the Luftwaffe, the Manchester Ship Canal, music, rich people, poor people, poor people who became rich people, foreign people, 24 hour party people…and religion.Read the full story..
Some experiences simply make you smile. If you’re lucky that smile won’t have been raised at someone else’s expense or require cynicism or guile to be unlocked.Read the full story..
Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.Read the full story..
It is 7.10am on April 12, 1961. Major Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin of the Soviet Air Force climbs into the tiny capsule a-top of the nascent soviet spacecraft, Vostok 1. Gagarin, the son of a carpenter and a milkmaid, is a volunteer who knows that many in his country’s space programme privately think he has no more than a 50 per cent chance of surviving this mission.Read the full story..
When I was about eight or nine years old I went on a school trip to the Manchester Liverpool Road Station, and I can still vividly recall the diminutive astonishment of class 3a upon learning that we were standing in the world’s first railway station.Read the full story..
- “Bollocks to that, we’ll do it here.” The Fall’s Paul Hanley talks about his history of Manchester music
- “You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul
- Henry Normal: What Manchester Gave Me
- Win a Michelin-star dinner at Don Giovanni in Manchester this Christmas
Northen Soul Awards 2017
Congratulations to all the winners at the Northern Soul Awards 2017. It was a cracking night. For the full list, click here http://awards.northernsoul.me.uk/2017-winners
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Paul Hanley will be taking part in special Q&A at Manchester Central Library on December 2nd. Tickets are free but you must register. More details at librarylive.co.uk/event/libra…
Poem for the Weekend: Uninvited Guests by Gill Lambert (chosen by our Poetry Correspondent Wendy Pratt) pic.twitter.com/aj6PSf6iJx
Henry Normal: What Manchester Gave Me Ooh but we've got some proper good columnists on Northern Soul. Here's the latest article by Henry Normal, he of Paul Calf, Mrs Merton, Gavin & Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Alan Partridge, Red Dwarf etc etc. northernsoul.me.uk/henry-norm… pic.twitter.com/3PBi1RbKKD
'the latter's unbridled turn is a proper show-stealer, making this one of those rare occasions when one can honestly use the phrase “I really enjoyed that film with Hugh Grant in”' Our Film Editor @MrGeetsRomo reviews Paddington 2 - and loves it northernsoul.me.uk/review-pad… pic.twitter.com/jF7e4y9SEM