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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Review: Delia Derbyshire Day, HOME, Manchester

January 22, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Delia Derbyshire Day, HOME, Manchester

It can be an overused term but Delia Derbyshire definitely qualifies as a ‘cult hero’. Among the cognoscenti she’s revered as a pioneer of British electronic music, and one of the first true artists in the field. 

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Murder on the Nile

Review: Murder on the Nile, People’s Theatre, Newcastle

January 22, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Murder on the Nile, People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Crimes of passion. Glamour. Menace. Intrigue. Slim cigarettes, cocktails and pussy bow blouses. Exotic-sounding European names, dubious French accents, Lords, Ladies and business tycoons.

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Queer as Folk

Revisiting Queer As Folk

January 20, 2016 Comments Off on Revisiting Queer As Folk

Regular readers will know that I’ve wittered on loads about how Queer As Folk sparked my desire to move Manchester, the land of the gays. But I haven’t watched it again since its initial transmission 16 years ago. So when my girlfriend suggested we re-visit both series, I thought yes, it’s time.

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Turandot

OperaWatch: What’s on in Winter

January 18, 2016 Comments Off on OperaWatch: What’s on in Winter

As I look out of the window of the OperaWatch offices, housed on the 43rd floor of Northern Soul Towers, I can see snow-covered lands as far as the Lakes.

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The Mantells

The Northern Soul Podcast: The Mantells

January 17, 2016 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast: The Mantells

Hurrah and huzzah! It’s the January Northern Soul Podcast.

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The North-South Cultural Divide

January 16, 2016 1 Comment

Are you bored stiff of the national press’s attitude towards the North of England? Do you think that it pays scant attention to culture in this part of the world? Northern Soul asked leading artists, playwrights, poets, arts professionals and journalists what they think about the North-South cultural – and media – divide.

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The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

All aboard! Riding the rails on The Flying Scotsman

January 14, 2016 Comments Off on All aboard! Riding the rails on The Flying Scotsman

Ah, the golden age of steam. This phrase brings to mind the glorious engines that once choo-chooed across Britain.

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The National Wedding Show

Win tickets to The National Wedding Show, Manchester

January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Win tickets to The National Wedding Show, Manchester

Win tickets to The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Yorkshire Playhouse

January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Some people hate the M62 – that windy, high-peaked, lugubrious trek from east to west or west to east. But I like the journey, especially the one from Manchester to Leeds.

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Clog Makers

Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

January 8, 2016 Comments Off on Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Believe it or not but naked clog fighting was a mysterious and illegal sport that existed in Northern mining communities for hundreds of years. Now Gallery Oldham is staging an exhibition examining the myths of the brutal underground ‘purring, clogging or Fighting Wigan Fashion’.

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