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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Shed1 Distillery

Hamiltonic: Shed 1 Gin, Cumbria

October 20, 2018 No Comments

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Gin Correspondent Robert Hamilton samples the best gin that the North has to offer and talks to the people who make it. This week, he chats to the good folk at Shed 1 Gin in Cumbria and sips a few samples. 

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24 Stories, Unbound

Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 No Comments

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Tony Baker - Blasphemy 1

Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

October 19, 2018 No Comments

George Orwell had relatively little comment on the subject of the visual arts save to say that he didn’t much care for Salvador Dali whose autobiography he described as “simply a strip-tease act conducted in pink limelight”.

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Carys Davies, image credit Jonathan Bean

Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 No Comments

From ITV big gob (and all-round cockwomble), Piers Morgan has suggested that papoose-wearing fathers look ’emasculated’. 

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Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené

Review: Slay In Your Lane – The Black Girl Bible, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 No Comments

Rebels with a cause, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke, are challenging the barriers surrounding race.

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Hamiltonic: The Gin Lounge, Upper Campfield Market, Manchester

October 19, 2018 No Comments

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Gin Correspondent Robert Hamilton samples the best gin that the North has to offer and talks to the people who make it. This week, he heads to the Gin Lounge at Manchester’s Upper Campfield Market, part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, and samples some tasty tipples. 

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The Egyptian Collection, Bolton Museum

Review: Bolton’s Egypt, Bolton Museum

October 19, 2018 No Comments

I have visited Bolton museum many times in the past 30 years. So when I learned about its £3.8 million refurb I was expecting the usual neat display cases.

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Halle Choir

Review: Thus spoke the Hallé, Strauss and Janácek, Bridgewater Hall

October 19, 2018 No Comments

The Hallé Orchestra and the Hallé Choir came together in Manchester recently to deliver a performance of epic proportions in a highly accomplished presentation of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass.

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Food review: The Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

October 19, 2018 No Comments

It’s not the first time I’ve been greeted by front of house at a restaurant with the words “you don’t look like a Helen” and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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Gill Sims, Kilearn, All Pics © Martin Hunter

Preview: Raworths Literature Festival, Harrogate

October 19, 2018 No Comments

They don’t hide their light under a bushel in Harrogate. But then again, why would you when you’re about to host what has been described as “one of the UK’s best literary festivals”?

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