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Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Fleetneedles Forage: Deck the Halls

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Deck the Halls

It’s hard to believe it’s December and Christmas is upon us. It’s the time of year when fairy lights in various hues begin to adorn houses along our street, and Christmas trees appear overnight with neon twinkles and gaudy baubles.

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Wow! Said the Owl

Review: WOW! Said the Owl, HOME, Manchester

December 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review: WOW! Said the Owl, HOME, Manchester

When it comes to writing theatre reviews, I’ve always been of the opinion that you should speak the truth.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

One of the most trenchant criticisms levelled at last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it cleaved altogether too closely to the shape of the original Star Wars film (aka Episode IV: A New Hope).

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Altrincham Bistrot Pierre

Review: Bistrot Pierre, Altrincham

December 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Bistrot Pierre, Altrincham

The dining scene in Altrincham has been going through some big changes lately.

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The Slow Readers Club

Film: The Slow Readers Club chat to Northern Soul

December 19, 2016 Comments Off on Film: The Slow Readers Club chat to Northern Soul

It’s been a stonker of a year for The Slow Readers Club.

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Fenwick window by Phil Pounder

Photo Gallery: Fenwick Christmas Window Display, Newcastle

December 19, 2016 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Fenwick Christmas Window Display, Newcastle

Northern Soul‘s North East Photographer Phil Pounder takes a trip to Fenwick in Newcastle, to view this year’s Christmas window display, celebrating 150 years of The Tales of Beatrix Potter.

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The Lowry spa

Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

The last time I was offered a full body massage, I was staying on Gili Trawangan, an island just off the coast of Bali. It was so brutal that I felt like I’d accidently entered a wrestling competition – and lost.

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Review: The Star, Liverpool Playhouse

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Star, Liverpool Playhouse

It’s amazing what a difference two and a half hours can make.

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Review: Aladdin, Manchester Opera House

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, Manchester Opera House

There were ructions in the pantomime world this week when it emerged that reality TV star Stacey Solomon – currently appearing in Dick Whittington in Milton Keynes – was holding a clipboard with her lines on it throughout her performance as Fairy Bowbells.

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Pizza the Action: we review the Christmas menu at Pizza Express on Manchester’s Oxford Street

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Pizza the Action: we review the Christmas menu at Pizza Express on Manchester’s Oxford Street

With a brand new interior and a special festive menu, Pizza Express on Manchester’s Oxford Street is well worth a December visit.

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