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Monthly Archives: May 2019

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Food Review: Lunya, Barton Arcade, Manchester

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Lunya, Barton Arcade, Manchester

It is one of my good fortunes to visit Barcelona twice a year, something I have done since 2011. I almost feel like a returning resident.

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Animals Eat Each Other

Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

This might sound weird but I love reading books where I spend time with objectionable fictional people.

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Caroline Harker and Eve Matheson in Handbagged. Photo Helen Murray

Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

Well, that was odd. A comedy about Margaret Thatcher and the Queen and it’s very funny. Who’d have thought it?

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Northern Sustainable Fashion Revolution, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Photo Gallery: Northern Sustainable Fashion Revolution, Newcastle upon Tyne

May 20, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Northern Sustainable Fashion Revolution, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fast fashion is cheap, convenient, and helps the more frugal among us to experiment with new looks.

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L-R Kirsty Holtby, Simon Hedges, Andrew Clay in Scarborough Art Gallery ©Tony Bartholomew

Reinventing Scarborough’s cultural offering

May 19, 2019 Comments Off on Reinventing Scarborough’s cultural offering

Scarborough’s Crescent is at the heart of the town’s cultural quarter, the location for its historic Art Gallery and creative centre Woodend. A short walk through the surrounding gardens takes you to one of the world’s earliest purpose-built museums, the iconic circular Rotunda. It completes a trio of buildings overseen by a new team which has big ideas for the North Yorkshire’s town’s cultural scene – starting with a new exhibition of work by leading contemporary British artist, Annabel McCourt.

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Jackie Chambers. Copyright: Marc McGarraghy 2019

The Girl from Gotham City: Jackie Chambers on growing up in Leeds

May 19, 2019 Comments Off on The Girl from Gotham City: Jackie Chambers on growing up in Leeds

With her shock of blonde hair, studded leather outfits, huge smile and time-honoured rock poses, Jackie Chambers is known as the lead guitarist with all-female heavy metal band Girlschool, as well as for her latest project, Yorkshire-based rockers Syteria.

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Naples and Vesuvius

Travel: Vedi Napoli e poi muori (see Naples and then die)

May 19, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: Vedi Napoli e poi muori (see Naples and then die)

Many people flying from the UK to Naples head straight for the Amalfi coast, put off entering the city by stories of the Camorra, handbag snatchers on scooters, crazy traffic and Vesuvius, an active volcano.

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Tom Hughes and Dean Brocklehurst, The Talleyrand

“We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

Levenshulme is rising. To say it is gentrifying is perhaps too strong but it’s certainly becoming bohemian.

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Ponte Pietra Vista

Travel: Verona

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: Verona

I knew Verona was going to be rather special.

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“I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

My journey with voice training goes back generations.

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