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Lucie-Mae Sumner as Kate Monster in Avenue Q. Photo Credit Darren Bell (2)

Avenue Q

May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Avenue Q

In America during the Great Depression there was a huge underground market for so-called ‘Tijuana bibles’, small bootleg comics which depicted the family-friendly cartoon stars of the day – Popeye, Dick Tracy – getting up all sorts of rude, adult and not at all family-friendly things.

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Viva Vini Reilly

May 27, 2014 Comments Off on Viva Vini Reilly

In St Ninian’s United Reformed Church in Chorlton, there’s a stained glass window high above the altar bearing the legend ‘I am the Resurrection and I am the Life’.

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Frank

May 9, 2014 Comments Off on Frank

Throughout the 80s there was a constant buzz about a proposed movie featuring 2000 AD‘s helmeted future lawman Judge Dredd.

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Dum Dum Girls

May 7, 2014 Comments Off on Dum Dum Girls

The fact that Dum Dum Girls are playing the Roadhouse in Manchester is simultaneously absolutely perfect and completely wrong.

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Delia Derbyshire Day

April 18, 2014 Comments Off on Delia Derbyshire Day

From a former ice rink in west London, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop created bespoke music and sounds for the TV and radio.

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Lucy Porter: a northern soul?

April 16, 2014 Comments Off on Lucy Porter: a northern soul?

Lucy Porter has come far since the days when she lived in Chorlton-cum-Hardy and worked for Granada on This Morning with Richard and Judy.

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Scooby-Doo, where are you?

April 16, 2014 Comments Off on Scooby-Doo, where are you?

It’s a scene repeated endlessly the world over: a child in a shop wants to buy the book/magazine/toy/bedspread with their favourite character emblazoned on it

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Have you heard of Timperley?

April 3, 2014 Comments Off on Have you heard of Timperley?

Leicester, Autumn 1991. This writer was a first year student living in a university hall of residence.

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Northern Soul sees Northern Soul (the film)

March 1, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul sees Northern Soul (the film)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Northern Soul scene has all the makings of a brilliant film.

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Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

February 18, 2014 Comments Off on Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

The Manchester punk scene was never meant to be a weighty chapter in history. Quite the opposite: it emerged as a short, sharp breath of fresh air.

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