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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

I have the propensity to be anxious about most things – electrical goods, being late, saying no, upsetting people, gas hobs, plug sockets, disease, forgetting things – so a book titled Notes on a Nervous Planet calls to me like a gin & tonic on a hot day. 

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Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

In my mind, there are two types of plays: the ones where you keep checking your watch and the ones where you leave the theatre and it’s suddenly dark.

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“Morrissey chose it. Morrissey chose everything.” Northern Soul talks to photographer Stephen Wright

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on “Morrissey chose it. Morrissey chose everything.” Northern Soul talks to photographer Stephen Wright

Neither of us intend it, I’m sure, but our conversation circles back time and again to a once-forgotten corner of Ordsall on a bitter December day in 1985.

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QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE - L-R Jane Hazlegrove (Dot) & Conor Glean (Michael)- image Keith Pattison

Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I have a confession.

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What Love Would Want

What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

July 3, 2018 Comments Off on What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

Somewhere out there in a lovingly mischievous, poly-morphously sexual world – where Ziggy Stardust meets The Wicker Man, Kate Bush sends flowers and Derek Jarman catches it all on film, while Marcel Marceau, Lou Reed, Ken Russell and Fellini are all waiting for the man – is where you might expect to come across legendary mime artist, dancer and self-proclaimed “poofter in pink tights”, Lindsay Kemp.

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Chester Mystery Plays 2018, Mark Carline

Review: Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral

Most of the surviving mystery plays come from the North.

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Salt House Tapas

Food Review: Salt House Tapas, Liverpool

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Salt House Tapas, Liverpool

“Tapas is all about context.”

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1872 Shirt, National Football Musuem

The Northern Soul Sports Round-Up

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Sports Round-Up

In the first instalment of a regular series focusing on sport in the North of England, Margaret Brecknell examines stories from last month as well as looking forward to what’s on in July.

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Take Me to Church

Take Me To Church: Prestwich goes clubbing

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Take Me To Church: Prestwich goes clubbing

When friends Marie Grant, Jane Thomson and Liz Gregory went for a night out in their home town of Prestwich, they came home disappointed with the dance floor offering, and with a clear resolution to do something about it.  

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Bilbao ginnel by Phil Pearson1

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty, jetty and our new favourite…a weind.

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