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CLAIRE Tomalin BY MICHAEL

“However unhappy you are, you can always escape into a book.” Claire Tomalin talks to Northern Soul

November 20, 2017 No Comments

The last time I saw Claire Tomalin in Manchester she was battling some sort of rave act in order to be heard.

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Review: Tattu, Manchester

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Depending on your point of view, this is either the best name ever for a restaurant or a bit weird.

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Hilton Deansgate - Cloud 23 afternoon tea

Review: Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23, Manchester Hilton

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Rejoice! There’s an afternoon tea offering in Manchester that eschews crustless cucumber sandwiches and dry scones. It’s the autumnal-themed tea at Hilton Deansgate.

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Review: The Greatest Play in the History of the World…, Royal Exchange, Manchester

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Julie Hesmondhalgh knows a fair bit about famous streets.

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Review: Slava’s Snow Show, The Lowry, Salford

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Slava’s Snow Show, The Lowry, Salford

The real low point was the person in the seat behind sneezing on the back of my neck. 

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RET Our Town Rehersals . Sarah Frankcom

“Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

October 3, 2017 Comments Off on “Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

I have an enduring memory of a production of King Lear. I think it was a school trip, probably because the play was on the curriculum.

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Head for the Hills 2017 (Ramsbottom Festival): a film by Northern Soul

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Head for the Hills 2017 (Ramsbottom Festival): a film by Northern Soul

Ah, Rammy. Previously the Ramsbottom Festival, Head for the Hills is one of the loveliest, yummiest festivals in the world ever.

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I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

September 7, 2017 Comments Off on I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

When I was a 20-something cub reporter in the late 90s and early noughties, sexism was rife. And I don’t just mean in journalism, although there was plenty to speak of. 

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GinnelWatch: a new series celebrating the brilliance of the ginnel

September 1, 2017 Comments Off on GinnelWatch: a new series celebrating the brilliance of the ginnel

ginnel; ˈɡɪn(ə)l/
noun; Northern English
a narrow passage between buildings; an alley

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Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

August 28, 2017 Comments Off on Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

When I wore out my Suzanne Vega cassettes in the 1980s, playing them over and over again, never in my wildest dreams did I think that, one day, I’d be explaining builder’s tea to my musical hero.

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