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Don Giovannis, Manchester

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on Don Giovannis, Manchester

Maybe I’m a bit jaded or maybe I’ve had too many meals that were overpriced, overcooked and, praise the lord, over quickly, but I never expect very much from city centre dining. So it’s really, really nice to be able to write a positive restaurant review about a central Manchester eaterie.

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A Bury black pudding recipe for a summer’s day

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on A Bury black pudding recipe for a summer’s day

Grilled Bury black pudding with crispy bacon salad and wholegrain mustard dressing

CHEF TONY SAYS: a classic pub favourite using not only a Lancashire favourite but a product from my home town. You will see this dish on menus in most pubs in this part of the world.

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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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Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

April 17, 2013 Comments Off on Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

It’s hard to be critical of a play that includes the phrase “nobbut a lad” four glorious times.

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Edwyn Collins

Edwyn Collins at Hebden Bridge Trades Club

April 17, 2013 Comments Off on Edwyn Collins at Hebden Bridge Trades Club

There are all sorts of reasons to celebrate why an Ivor Novello award-winning musician and record producer is playing the Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

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Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

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.

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House of Love

House of Love at Sound Control, Manchester

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on House of Love at Sound Control, Manchester

You could say that timing has never been the House of Love’s forte… just when they looked set to dominate the world with their brand of visceral, thoughtful indie-rock, along came grunge in the early 1990s and swept them away in a tide of lank hair and lumberjack shirts.

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Ricky Champ as Josef The Fool (left) and Ony Uhiara as Lizaveta in CANNIBALS by Rory Mullarkey (Royal Exchange Theatre until 27 April). Photo - Jonathan Keenan

Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

April 9, 2013 Comments Off on Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

Theatre reviewing is an odd job. For the most part, you are asked to form a response to a play within a matter of hours, leaving little time to ponder the whys and wherefores.

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Earth Cafe, Manchester

Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

March 28, 2013 Comments Off on Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

As a long-time veggie who works in Manchester’s Northern Quarter I thought it was high time I got myself some lunch at the Earth Vegetarian Cafe and Juice Bar. I wasn’t disappointed.

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The dazzle of the poplars

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on The dazzle of the poplars

Kilvert's DiaryThe Reverend Francis Kilvert should be famous. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest diarists of modern times. He should, if wishing made it so, be read widely and deeply. But the Reverend Francis Kilvert is not a household name.

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