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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Journey's End at Bolton Octagon

Review: Journey’s End at Bolton Octagon

September 24, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Journey’s End at Bolton Octagon

Commemorations of the First World War – there’s a lot of them about and for some, despite the poignancy, the saturation of the subject can be off-putting.

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Boy George

Boy George talks to Northern Soul

September 18, 2014 Comments Off on Boy George talks to Northern Soul

Some songs are heard and never forgotten. Love Me Do by The Beatles? Check. Elvis singing Always On My Mind? Definitely. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit? Yes. Karma Chameleon? Absolutely.

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Romeo and Juliet

Review: Romeo & Juliet at Victoria Baths, Manchester

September 18, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Romeo & Juliet at Victoria Baths, Manchester

Taking a break from the search for “some sort of post-industrial site” for his planned version of Romeo & Juliet, HOME’s second site-specific production, director Walter Meierjohann, a newcomer to Manchester, went on one of the weekly tours of Victoria Baths, just like any other tourist.

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Win Free Tickets to the National Pet Show

September 17, 2014 Comments Off on Win Free Tickets to the National Pet Show

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL PET SHOW

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet

Review: Hamlet at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

September 17, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Hamlet at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

There’s a terrific, often overlooked sketch in the first series of The League of Gentlemen.

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Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

September 14, 2014 Comments Off on Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

It’s not often I get nervous before an interview. Sir Richard Branson 30,000 ft over the Atlantic? He was more anxious than I was. Nigella Lawson via a crackly line on Boxing Day? An absolute dream. The Dalai Lama in a five-star Manchester hotel? A total pussycat.

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Where’s the Bacon Dip? Breakfast in America

September 13, 2014 Comments Off on Where’s the Bacon Dip? Breakfast in America

The waitress was big, and looked scary. My partner, Bill, started ordering, but she told him to “shut up”, stared at me, and barked: “I’ll have your order first, Toots.”

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elderberries

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Autumn is my favourite time of year.

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rushcart dance

Rushcart: The Last Bells You Will Ever Wear

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Rushcart: The Last Bells You Will Ever Wear

Most Northern traditions involve beer.

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Jarvis Cocker

Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets

Last week Keanu Reeves turned 50. Just let that sink in for a minute. Keanu Reeves. ‘Woah, dude! Excellent!’. Fifty. It’s enough to send you running to the nearest mirror gasping, ‘So, hang on… how old am I?’

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