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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Steve Bewsher - Ardwick Still Life

Photo Gallery: Ardwick Still Life, Steve Bewsher, Gateway Gallery, Hale

September 10, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Ardwick Still Life, Steve Bewsher, Gateway Gallery, Hale

A controversial painting titled Ardwick Still Life has been causing a bit of a stir.

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The Gin Society

Win a bottle of gin and a pair tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral

September 7, 2018 Comments Off on Win a bottle of gin and a pair tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral

Win a bottle of gin and a pair tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral. 

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Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig

The book that changed my life: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

September 6, 2018 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

When I first picked up Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, I never anticipated how much it would change my life. Let me share the extract that made me realise that it’s OK not to be OK.

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Dairy Queen: award-winning Syrian cheesemaker Razan Alsous talks to Northern Soul

September 6, 2018 Comments Off on Dairy Queen: award-winning Syrian cheesemaker Razan Alsous talks to Northern Soul

I am sat in Razan Alsous’s office in Sowerby Bridge admiring the clutch of awards that she’s amassed as a cheesemaker.

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Relaxation room, The Spa, The Midland Hotel

Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

I absolutely adore a massage. Lying comatose on a heated bed with a shed load of essential oils being kneaded into my face and body is my idea of heaven.

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Preview: The Leeds International Piano Competition

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Preview: The Leeds International Piano Competition

The Leeds – as it’s commonly referred to – has come a long way since 1963 and former concert pianist Fanny Waterman’s vision of a piano competition in the heart of West Yorkshire.

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William Hogarth, The Gate of Calais, 1748. The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

Exhibition Review: Prints of Darkness – Goya and Hogarth in a Time of European Turmoil, The Whitworth, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Prints of Darkness – Goya and Hogarth in a Time of European Turmoil, The Whitworth, Manchester

Poverty, homelessness, alcoholism and inequality are all things you might expect to encounter on a short walk around a city centre.

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Football Writing Festival, National Football Museum, Manchester

Review: Football Writing Festival, National Football Museum, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Football Writing Festival, National Football Museum, Manchester

I love being in a museum when it’s closed – there’s all manner of weird sights and sounds after hours.

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Burnley football programme from one of the club's recent European ties

The Northern Soul Sports Round-Up

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Sports Round-Up

The bad news is that the glorious summer weather has disappeared as quickly as it arrived. The good news is that there’s plenty of sporting action to enjoy as we head into autumn. In this month’s sports column, Margaret Brecknell looks back at some of August’s sporting highlights from the North, before previewing what we can look forward to in September.

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Stylish marchers passing through Manchester city centre (c) John Sturrock

Photo Gallery: We Are Dynamite! NIAMOS, Manchester

September 3, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: We Are Dynamite! NIAMOS, Manchester

From the symbolic solidarity of black and white youths to the punk power of local heroes, Buzzcocks, the vibrant resistance to the rise of 1970s racism by 40,000 people in Manchester on July 15, 1978 is documented in a series of evocative, and previously unseen, photographs as part of the We Are Dynamite! Exhibition opening at NIAMOS in Manchester from September 3 to 22, 2018.

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