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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Alice Nutter

Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation

October 11, 2013 Comments Off on Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation

It’s a crisp, sunny autumnal morning in the canteen of Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse and Alice Nutter is doing her best not to be angry.

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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas Stirs It Up

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on Mark Thomas Stirs It Up

There’s a video on Mark Thomas‘ website featuring the rather jolly sight of people singing in an Apple store. It seems remarkable that – considering this was a protest against Apple’s tax arrangements – it took staff around six or seven minutes to chuck them out.

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Hitchhiker's Guide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

October 9, 2013 Comments Off on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Back in the summer of 1981 when the more patriotic section of the country were digging out the bunting in readiness for Charles and Di’s marital knees up, the eight-year-old me bore witness to a far more interesting spectacle.

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Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby talks to Northern Soul

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Kate Rusby talks to Northern Soul

Kate Rusby is something of a legend, which is some going for someone who is the same age as I am (39, since you ask). Occasionally known as the Barnsley Nightingale, Rusby has been described as the “first lady of young folkies”.

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Manchester House

Theatre of Food at Manchester House

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Theatre of Food at Manchester House

I’ve had some posh dinners in my time but I have never, ever been served a meal perched on a dish of artificial turf, all enveloped in a haze of dry ice. Until, that is, I went to the newly-launched Manchester House.

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Stewart Lee

Much A-Stew About Nothing

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Much A-Stew About Nothing

If 2011’s Carpet Remnant World was Stewart Lee’s ground-breaking psychedelic album, then Much a-Stew About Nothing could – as its title suggests – be his next batch of unfinished demos.

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Kathryn Williams

Crushing on Kathryn Williams

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on Crushing on Kathryn Williams

Some musicians have the ability to write songs that gnaw at your heart. Kathryn Williams is one of them.

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The Society of the Spectacles

The Society of the Spectacles

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on The Society of the Spectacles

It’s been nearly two years since the idea of The Society of the Spectacles came to me.

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John Cooper Clarke

Evidently Rotters

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on Evidently Rotters

Oh I did have a good time the other night. It is always good to remind oneself that sobriety may also bring euphoria; that sharing a moment with friends when clarity and understanding prevails is just as good as getting leathered and singing loudly.

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All My Sons

Carnage at the Royal Exchange

October 5, 2013 Comments Off on Carnage at the Royal Exchange

Emotional carnage was adroitly presented to a shocked and thrilled audience on Wednesday night, as Manchester’s Royal Exchange took up the challenge of presenting theatre-goers with a devastating performance of Arthur Miller’s 1947 classic All My Sons.

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