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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Goat's cheese Spread

Lancashire cheese – more than meets the eye

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Lancashire cheese – more than meets the eye

When you think of Lancashire cheese, what comes to mind? Creamy, tasty, crumbly and nowt else? Wrong, there’s tons of other stuff.

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Manchester Sound The Massacre

Manchester Sound: The Massacre

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Sound: The Massacre

On a muggy evening in central Manchester, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of confronting the ghosts of my past. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one experiencing unnerving flashbacks to a time when acid house, poppers and day-glow were part of everyday life.

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Bonnie Raitt

Making Music in the Slipstream

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Making Music in the Slipstream

When Bonnie Raitt launched her career in the late 60s, she took her lead not from flash-in-the-pan chart-botherers but from the blues and folk greats she would see on the Boston club circuit, people like Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and, a particular favourite of hers, Sippie Wallace.

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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

When you think of Harold Pinter‘s plays, what comes to mind? The Pinter Pause? Naturally. Dysfunctional relationships? Probably. Brutal dialogue? Maybe. But what about humour? Last night, at the Royal Exchange’s production of The Birthday Party, I was reminded of how funny Pinter could be.

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Coriander

Coriander, Chorlton

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on Coriander, Chorlton

The trouble with coriander is this: it’s a herb that divides opinion.

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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

June 9, 2013 Comments Off on Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

There’s really no better way to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon in Manchester in June – in my humble and correct opinion – than in the dark. Not everyone likes the sun, you know.

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John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

June 8, 2013 Comments Off on John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

Isn’t it always the way? You wait for one Northern comedy hero and then two come along at once.

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Prisoner of Words

June 6, 2013 Comments Off on Prisoner of Words

Who would be the usual suspects? Reading groups, maybe. Bookshops and libraries, definitely. Book bloggers, with their ever-rising influence, worth a try. Local media, yes. And the review sections of the national press, a cert.

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Olafur

Ólafur Arnalds, RNCM

June 6, 2013 Comments Off on Ólafur Arnalds, RNCM

In his publicity shots, Ólafur Arnalds looks like a model in a Topshop advert. But at his concert at the Royal Northern College of Music he was more rugged, befitting someone who had spent two weeks travelling and sleeping in a coach criss-crossing Europe.

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Southern Cemetery

Chorlton and The City of the Dead

June 5, 2013 Comments Off on Chorlton and The City of the Dead

In the city of the dead, life is to be found in abundance.

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