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Monthly Archives: July 2013

The xx

In Love, Love, Love with The xx

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on In Love, Love, Love with The xx

I had the chance to see The xx some years back when they weren’t very famous and it was easy to get a spot near the stage. It was at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, one of the loveliest, most laid-back music weekends I’ve ever had the good fortune to attend. But I didn’t see the band.

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Dyfan Dwyfor as Yegor Dimitrich Gloumov and Hayley Carmichael as Kleopatra Ilvovna Mamaaev in TOO CLEVER BY HALF (Royal Exchange to 17 August). Photo - Jonathan Keenan and

Told by An Idiot, Loved by the Audience

July 18, 2013 Comments Off on Told by An Idiot, Loved by the Audience

It was a riot! Hilarious, cheesy and extravagant, Too Clever By Half  by Alexandr Ostrovsky, (adapted by Rodney Ackland) was exactly that.

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Macbeth

Macbeth

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Macbeth

I know how lucky I was to have this ticket – it was as coveted as the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – and almost everyone I spoke to about my plans for Saturday afternoon was mildly envious.

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Robin Hood at Williamson Park

A Meteorological Gamble Pays Off

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on A Meteorological Gamble Pays Off

“Fancy driving to Lancaster to see an outdoor performance in the park?” came the request from Northern Soul a couple of months ago. With a pinch of the Dunkirk spirit I said “yes”

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White Scar, credit Anne Ward

Caving for Amateurs

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Caving for Amateurs

There is something slightly surreal walking from the North Yorkshire countryside into the cold and damp of Britain’s longest series of underground caves.

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New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division

There’s more than a little irony in the fact that a subsequent generation seems to be just as fascinated by the ‘romantic’ early death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis as he himself was with the likes of Jim Morrison.

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The Deep

The Deep

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on The Deep

In March 1984, the Hellisey VE 503 fishing trawler capsized off the south coast of Iceland, leaving only one man, ‘Gulli’ Fridthórsson to survive the tragedy.

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Macdonald Townhouse

Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

To the Macdonald Townhouse with the editor of Northern Soul to visit the hotel’s 101 Brasserie. It’s one of those lovely Manchester buildings with a hidden history and a modern reinvention.

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Honest

Honest

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Honest

I found myself at the home of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at Chorlton Mill in the city centre last night.

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Bruce Springsteen

Land of Hope and Dreams

July 13, 2013 Comments Off on Land of Hope and Dreams

Wednesday July 24 is a momentous day for Leeds: it marks the debut gig at the new First Direct Arena and the opening act is Bruce Springsteen.

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