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Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

I once described the Ramsbottom Festival as a “real humdinger“. This came back to haunt me when I spotted the quote on this year’s marketing material.

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Mmm, Mille-feuille

September 7, 2013 Comments Off on Mmm, Mille-feuille

CHEF TONY SAYS: This week I’m whipping up a mouth-watering and melt-in-the-mouth mille-feuille.

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Madness 2 Poster and Pier

Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

Northern institutions don’t come much bigger than the Blackpool Illuminations. They’re right up there with the Rugby League Grand Final and the Angel of the North, and they’ve been around a lot longer.

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Home-grown goodies

August 27, 2013 Comments Off on Home-grown goodies

CHEF TONY SAYS: The joy of this recipe is that all the vegetables and herbs can be grown in the garden or on your windowsill.

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On Yer Bike

August 15, 2013 Comments Off on On Yer Bike

There’s no time like the present. This is an oft-quoted platitude but, in my view, true of cycle commuting today.

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A-Foraging We Will Go

August 6, 2013 Comments Off on A-Foraging We Will Go

Forget BBQs, the true art of eating outdoors is sticking your hand in a nettle bush and eating what you pull out.

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Inside the Holy Name

What’s in a name?

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on What’s in a name?

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.

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Plait

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Plait

Many moons ago, when I was a young and hungry journalist trying to make my way in the world, I had the good fortune to work with Emma Simon.

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Start Spreading The News

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Start Spreading The News

‘Experience Manhattan in the heart of Spinningfields‘. So says Neighbourhood, a restaurant and bar opened in Manchester by the same people who brought BBQ specialists Southern Eleven to the city. Could they pull it off?

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‘Avin’ It At Artisan

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Avin’ It At Artisan

It’s not so long ago that a culinary night out in Manchester was a toss up between a random pizza joint and a Chinese banquet. But things have moved on, so much so that the city holds its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

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