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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Riding the north

On Yer Bike

August 15, 2013 Comments Off on On Yer Bike

There’s no time like the present. This is an oft-quoted platitude but, in my view, true of cycle commuting today.

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Cocks o’ the North

August 14, 2013 Comments Off on Cocks o’ the North

When a band kicks off its set with a piece of indolent pop perfection like Boredom, you know they must have tons of classics tucked up their sleeves.

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It Would Be A Crime to Miss It

August 9, 2013 Comments Off on It Would Be A Crime to Miss It

Bill Clinton, it is alleged, once described the Hay-on-Wye book festival as the “Woodstock of the mind,” a proposition that would presumably make the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate the “Woodstock of the criminal mind”.

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Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

August 9, 2013 Comments Off on Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

A few minutes in and alongside the fancy credits the ninny from Norwich is belting out Roachford’s Cuddly Toy with passion and sass, while keeping his eye on the road and taking advantage of the instrumental break to warn another driver about his fog lights.

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Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

August 8, 2013 Comments Off on Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

In these times of austerity and the rising popularity of staycations, it is little wonder that people are turning to old favourites like the Youth Hostel Association to cut costs.

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View across lake at Chorlton Water Park

A-Foraging We Will Go

August 6, 2013 Comments Off on A-Foraging We Will Go

Forget BBQs, the true art of eating outdoors is sticking your hand in a nettle bush and eating what you pull out.

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Treetop Trek

High Wire Jinks

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on High Wire Jinks

Welcome to middle-aged dad hell or, as it better known, the Treetop Trek Ariel Adventure.

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24 7 festival

Applause, Applause, Applause

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on Applause, Applause, Applause

This year’s 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester was a triumph. Following her reviews of the first few shows last week, Lucia Cox talks us through the rest of them.

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The Naked Truth

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on The Naked Truth

Naturism is much like any other hobby expect trainspotters and Goths don’t let it all hang out.

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Inside the Holy Name

What’s in a name?

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on What’s in a name?

Over the years many things have helped to shape and define Manchester, including, and in no particular order: the weather, football, cotton, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, coal, the Luftwaffe, the Manchester Ship Canal, music, rich people, poor people, poor people who became rich people, foreign people, 24 hour party people…and religion.

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