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Review: Mowgli, Manchester Corn Exchange

November 18, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Mowgli, Manchester Corn Exchange

When I was little, I went through a phase when I thought I couldn’t read.

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moove & Turrell by Chris Payne

Video: Smoove & Turrell talk to Northern Soul

November 12, 2016 Comments Off on Video: Smoove & Turrell talk to Northern Soul

We love these guys. 

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Julian Cope by Paul Husband

Northern Soul chats to arch-drude, Julian Cope

October 31, 2016 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to arch-drude, Julian Cope

Ah, Julian Cope, arch-drude and all-round bluddy fantastic musician.

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Ann Cleeves

Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Vera, Shetland and the North: Ann Cleeves talks to Northern Soul

“She’s driving from her home towards Newcastle but that’s the Holy Island causeway and that clearly isn’t right.”

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Ben Batt: meet the Wigan actor making a name for himself

September 20, 2016 Comments Off on Ben Batt: meet the Wigan actor making a name for himself

“I love the mentality behind it,” Ben Batt tells me.

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange, Manchester

It was a night to remember – and not just because of Maxine Peake’s scorching performance.

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Maxine Peake: “I am proud of being Northern”

September 3, 2016 Comments Off on Maxine Peake: “I am proud of being Northern”

When I was first starting out as a journalist, all fresh-faced, keen and not unlike an eager puppy desperate to please, an experienced hack gave me some invaluable advice. “When writing up an interview, start with the most interesting thing the person said.”

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Legoland

Review: Legoland, Manchester

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Legoland, Manchester

It is testament to the longevity and all-round brilliance of Lego that, after a day spent in a pricey Lego wonderland, a four-year-old’s best memory is “playing with the Lego”.

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Betty Tebbs

Betty Tebbs: a lifelong activist for peace, workers’ rights and equality

July 2, 2016 Comments Off on Betty Tebbs: a lifelong activist for peace, workers’ rights and equality

In an unassuming Manchester suburb there’s a living room with a piece of furniture you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s a lamp made from a Greenham Common section of fencing. It belongs to lifelong equality activist and peace campaigner, Betty Tebbs.

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Artisan

Review: Artisan, Spinningfields, Manchester

June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Artisan, Spinningfields, Manchester

The last time I visited Artisan, shortly after this Manchester eaterie opened, the city was holding its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. Three years on and there are loads of puce faces out there.

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