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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Byron

Burger Brilliance at Byron

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Burger Brilliance at Byron

We like our colloquialisms and slanguage here at Northern Soul and, to be frank, the more vernacular the better.

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Hayfever

Hayfever at the Oldham Coliseum

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Hayfever at the Oldham Coliseum

I really wish I liked Noel Coward.

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Environmental Photographer of the Year - 2013 exhibition

Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Cumbria

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Cumbria

If you want to see some moving, environmentally-conscious, high-quality photography, the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition is for you.

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The French

The French at The Midland, Manchester

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on The French at The Midland, Manchester

Let me say from the outset that The French at The Midland doesn’t come cheap. At £55 for the six course tasting menu and £50 for the wine flight to go with it, it took up the £110.07 I got from a pre-emptive raid on my piggy bank

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BBQ

Can you barbecue anywhere? Chef Tony finds out

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on Can you barbecue anywhere? Chef Tony finds out

The definition of a barbecue is cooking over an open flame, either over coals or gas (I prefer charcoal, gives the food a better flavour). So, when the editor of Northern Soul asked me to review the new Calor Grill-2-Go portable BBQ, I quibbled over the use of the word ‘barbecue’.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

If I was going to dress up as any character in The Rocky Horror Show, I always thought it would be Magenta. For many years we shared the same style: a back-combed mop, too much eye make-up, fish nets. All I really had to do was find a French maid’s outfit.

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Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention at The Met, Bury

June 16, 2013 Comments Off on Fairport Convention at The Met, Bury

“I recognise so many faces…and so much clothing,” says singer Simon Nicol, as Fairport Convention settle down on stage and the applause from an expectant full house at the Bury Met dies down.

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Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt and Martin Simpson at The Apollo, Manchester

June 16, 2013 Comments Off on Bonnie Raitt and Martin Simpson at The Apollo, Manchester

Typical. You wait ages for a sassy redhead to strut her stuff in town, then two show up at once. But a discerning audience eschewed the attractions of Rihanna at the Arena to celebrate the, shall we say a tad more mature, virtues of Bonnie Raitt and her seasoned band at the Apollo.

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Chorlton Coffee Festival

Keen on the Bean

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Keen on the Bean

Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.

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(c) RNLI Grace Darling Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Grace Darling, the reluctant Victorian heroine

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Grace Darling, the reluctant Victorian heroine

I first heard the name Grace Darling when a friend of mine was involved in a singing group named after the reluctant Victorian heroine. Initially, I’d misheard their name and wrongly assumed they were the Grey Starlings, which made some sense as birds sing, right?

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