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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Acropolis Museum, Athens 3 - This is Athens

On the trail of galloping horses: Northern Soul heads to Athens

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on On the trail of galloping horses: Northern Soul heads to Athens

Standing in the central hall of Manchester Art Gallery looking up at the decoration on the walls, a row of sculptures of men riding on horses caught my eye.

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Glastonbury pod

Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage does Glastonbury – the town

My first trip to Glastonbury was to the festival in 1995 when the town was a passing blur before we joined the throng.

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The Refuge by Volta, Manchester

Review: Sunday Best at The Principal Hotel and The Refuge, Manchester

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Sunday Best at The Principal Hotel and The Refuge, Manchester

Recently, I came across a snap of the new signage on the old Palace Hotel building. It was posted on Instagram and the photographer had commented how it was odd to see another name on the iconic, Victorian building.

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Blackpool Beach, Adam Ralston

Painting the North: Blackpool Beach, Adam Ralston

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Painting the North: Blackpool Beach, Adam Ralston

In the sixth instalment of Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England.

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We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange Young Company, Royal Exchange, Manchester

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange Young Company, Royal Exchange, Manchester

The starting point for this Royal Exchange Young Company production, directed by Matt Hassall and created by the Manchester Theatre Award-winning company to note fifty years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, was the question “what is it to live in a world that denies you your most simple human right – to feel love, to share love and to be in love?”

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Di Viv Rose © Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media

Review: Di and Viv and Rose, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Di and Viv and Rose, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The simple, yet complicated relationships of women are often overlooked in theatre, unless it’s to make some sort of point, or a political score.

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Room on the Broom

Review: Room on the Broom, The Lowry, Salford

August 17, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Room on the Broom, The Lowry, Salford

“I’ll just turn my shoes off.”

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God Save The Queen: how the US views the monarchy

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on God Save The Queen: how the US views the monarchy

The other day I fell into a random conversation, the way that we Northerners often do, with two fellow commuters on a Los Angeles train.

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Recollections of Winter Hill

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on Recollections of Winter Hill

When I heard a radio review of a play called Winter Hill being staged at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, it was like an electric jolt had sparked 200-miles across England from the transmitter that sits on its summit.

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Sugarhill Gang, Cotton Clouds Festival

Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

A drunk woman gesticulates at me. “The back of the line for beer is there.”

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