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Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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Starflyer

The Manchester Starflyer

March 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Starflyer

The publicity for Manchester’s newest attraction calls it “The Tower of Thrills”. I prefer to refer to use my sister’s description, “Not for all the tea in China, my friend”.

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Shimmerdancers, JonathanGoddard & Ino Riga. Photo Chris Nash

Richard Alston Dance Company at The Lowry

March 28, 2013 Comments Off on Richard Alston Dance Company at The Lowry

Salford has a world-class venue for touring shows. The Lowry has seen some of the most spectacular performances – sometimes on the same evening – from across the globe due to its capacity to house three touring productions in three separate spaces on any one night.

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The Avenue at Spinningfields

The Avenue

March 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Avenue

Shopping. Shopping in posh shops. Shopping in stores, salons and boutiques. Mmm, shopping.

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Doctor Caligari

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at the RNCM

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at the RNCM

In 1895, the Lumière brothers developed the world’s first commercially successful movie projection system, the cinématographe.

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Othello, keep calm

Othello at the John Thaw Theatre

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on Othello at the John Thaw Theatre

The John Thaw Theatre in Manchester University’s quadrangle is a hidden gem. Earlier this week, Black Box Theatre Company performed at the theatre with their innovative adaptation of Othello, set in the First World War.

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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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Portico Library & Gallery

The Portico Library & Gallery

March 26, 2013 Comments Off on The Portico Library & Gallery

Hands up who has heard of the Portico Library & Gallery in Manchester city centre? Nope, neither had I until recently.

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Beyond the 4th Wall

Beyond the 4th Wall

March 26, 2013 Comments Off on Beyond the 4th Wall

Dignity, independence, beauty. These are simple words which convey complex ideals. Yet many of us are guilty of taking these concepts for granted; sometimes we need reminding what it is to be to be this lucky.

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Alan Bennett, copyright Paul Wolfgang Webster

Made in the North at The Albert Square Chop House

March 26, 2013 Comments Off on Made in the North at The Albert Square Chop House

Ah, if only everything I wrote began with Alan Bennett. Alan, I wish you were my dad. Well, maybe not my dad. A kindly uncle perhaps, with a penchant for farce and swearing.

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