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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Newcastle Quayside Bridges

Newcastle’s Quay of Life

February 27, 2014 Comments Off on Newcastle’s Quay of Life

There’s a point in Byker where, just between the 60s council flats and the Legoland maisonettes, you catch a glimpse of the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside.

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Comma Press: a story of success

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Comma Press: a story of success

The cosy world of the short story is undergoing a renaissance and this is due in part to the Manchester based publishing house, Comma Press.

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Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg wows Manchester

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Jake Bugg wows Manchester

The crowd here at Manchester’s Ritz is a right old mix – there are your 17-year-old girls obviously (and no shortage of 17-year-old boys, I have to say) but also folk old enough to be Jake Bugg‘s grandparents.

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Grand Pacific

Grand Pacific: high tea without being high brow

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Grand Pacific: high tea without being high brow

Grand Pacific is the lighter-bite little sister of Australasia. Nestled in Manchester’s Spinningfields behind the huge Versace emporium and having only opened six months ago, this neat, sweet Colonial-shabby-chic eatery is fun, friendly and filling.

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Suranne Jones as Orlando

Theatre at its most theatrical: the must-see production of Orlando

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Theatre at its most theatrical: the must-see production of Orlando

Christ, Jesus, the Royal Exchange‘s production of Orlando is good.

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The Seagull: gently savage and compelling theatre

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on The Seagull: gently savage and compelling theatre

I’ve long suspected that a significant proportion of actors have a secret masochistic streak in them.

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From Steel Town to Hy Brasil

February 25, 2014 Comments Off on From Steel Town to Hy Brasil

When Chris Watson was driving around Sheffield with the rest of Cabaret Voltaire blasting out their music to an unsuspecting public little did he think he would be staging a major sound installation in the historic Howard Assembly Room in Leeds.

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SHIT HAPPENS: Jeremy Kyle meets The Thorn Birds

February 25, 2014 Comments Off on SHIT HAPPENS: Jeremy Kyle meets The Thorn Birds

Eileen Wharton, a novelist from County Durham, says that you don’t have to be posh to be published. 

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The Northern Soul Podcast

February 23, 2014 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast

Ah, ‘mazing, it’s time for the Northern Soul Podcast once again.

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War Games, 2011

Past, present and future: Joana Vasconcelos at Manchester Art Gallery

February 23, 2014 Comments Off on Past, present and future: Joana Vasconcelos at Manchester Art Gallery

In the atrium between the old and the new buildings at Manchester Art Gallery – a space which its director Maria Balshaw describes as “no man’s land” – hangs the first piece in a new exhibition by one of Portugal’s most famous daughters, Joana Vasconcelos.

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