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Monthly Archives: September 2017

God's Own Country, photo by Agatha A. Nitecka

God’s Own Country: Film Director Francis Lee talks Yorkshire, Farming and Sundance

September 9, 2017 Comments Off on God’s Own Country: Film Director Francis Lee talks Yorkshire, Farming and Sundance

God’s Own Country, written and directed by English filmmaker Francis Lee, is a remarkable film in many ways, and I’m not alone in believing it’s quite probably the best debut of the year.

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Sophie Mercer and Josie Cersie – The Ruck - Photo credit Amy Charles Media IMG_6946

Northern Soul chats to director Joyce Branagh about new writing, girls rugby and fighting spirit

September 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to director Joyce Branagh about new writing, girls rugby and fighting spirit

Director Joyce Branagh is working on what sounds like the perfect premise for an ensemble piece.

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I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

September 7, 2017 Comments Off on I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

When I was a 20-something cub reporter in the late 90s and early noughties, sexism was rife. And I don’t just mean in journalism, although there was plenty to speak of. 

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Crossings, by Shaun Smyth

Painting the North – Crossings: Constructing the Mersey Gateway Paintings, Shaun Smyth, Catalyst Museum, Widnes

September 7, 2017 Comments Off on Painting the North – Crossings: Constructing the Mersey Gateway Paintings, Shaun Smyth, Catalyst Museum, Widnes

In the seventh 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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Susie Quatro

Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

September 6, 2017 Comments Off on Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

It’s 1973. Industrial action has plunged the UK into darkness and things are pretty gloomy (except for this pre-teen excitedly reading comics by candlelight). But there is one shining light: glam rock.

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Win a bottle of Opihr Gin and Taste the Spirit of Adventure

September 5, 2017 Comments Off on Win a bottle of Opihr Gin and Taste the Spirit of Adventure

Win a bottle of Opihr Gin and Taste the Spirit of Adventure

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The Fizz

“I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

Bucks Fizz will forever be remembered as UK Eurovision winners. A plucky quartet, put together for the 1981 contest, bopping their way to victory with the chart-topping Making Your Mind Up.

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Review: Iberica, Spinningfields, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Iberica, Spinningfields, Manchester

On the cusp of September, on a fresh sunny afternoon, I made my way down to Iberica in Manchester’s Spinningfields to lunch with Northern Soul head honcho, Helen Nugent.

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Pork burger. Turtle Bay

Review: Turtle Bay, Northern Quarter, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Turtle Bay, Northern Quarter, Manchester

When Turtle Bay first cropped up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, I didn’t go.

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Freak, 53two, Manchester

Review: Freak, MAP Productions, 53two, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Freak, MAP Productions, 53two, Manchester

So much has been written about women from the male perspective that it’s hardly a surprise when things are misconstrued.

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