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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Open University ceremony

The OU: the only truly open university

November 21, 2014 2 Comments

I remember watching Open University videos in school.

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Type Motion exhibition, 2014, Installation at FACT Liverpool, Gallery 1

Moving Stories: Type Motion at FACT, Liverpool

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Moving Stories: Type Motion at FACT, Liverpool

I have a friend who has just finished training as an archivist. I have an idea what this means: I think it involves blowing cobwebs off boxes of old photos while wearing a pair of rave-style white gloves, then occasionally appearing on Who Do You Think You Are? and talking Richard Madeley through his tear-jerking past.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

There is a moment in Rupert Wyatt‘s 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes that stops the viewer in their tracks. A moment when a good film becomes a great one, a moment rarely seen in slam-bang, effects-driven blockbusters in these franchise-saturated times.

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4244 food

Review: Fantastic Festive Fare at Manchester’s 4244

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Fantastic Festive Fare at Manchester’s 4244

When I first left home all I ate was Crispy Pancakes and Bird’s Eye Potato Waffles.

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John Hegley

John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on John Hegley on Bus Conductors, Barbers and Potatoes

I saw John Hegley at Just So Festival in August this year, performing to a crowd of parents and young children. It had the potential to be a difficult gig.

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Andy Warhol - Do It Yourself (Seascape)

Review: Transmitting Andy Warhol, Tate Liverpool

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Transmitting Andy Warhol, Tate Liverpool

Even people who think they know nothing and, quite possibly, care even less about contemporary art have probably heard of Andy Warhol.

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David Mitchell

Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: David Mitchell at the Manchester Literature Festival

The word ‘epic’ is one of those overused words that publishers bring out for every book more than 500 pages long. But it’s easy to believe that this word was coined for the work of David Mitchell.

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Tampopo Pop-Up, Exchange Square, Manchester

Review: Tampopo’s Pop Up Restaurant, Manchester

November 19, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Tampopo’s Pop Up Restaurant, Manchester

Tampopo has brought its signature brand of Pan Asian cuisine to Manchester’s Exchange Square. Karen Connolly takes her ‘hard to please’ 13-year-old son for lunch.

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Review: Cinderella by Northern Ballet, Manchester

November 19, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella by Northern Ballet, Manchester

I’ve seen Northern Ballet perform before. I’ve liked Northern Ballet before. I genuinely wanted this production to be a success.

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Chris Cutler

Chris Cutler on Henry Cow, Lindsay Cooper and Huddersfield

November 19, 2014 Comments Off on Chris Cutler on Henry Cow, Lindsay Cooper and Huddersfield

To celebrate the life and work of musician Lindsay Cooper, four bands are coming together to perform Cooper’s music at the Lawrence Batley Theatre as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

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