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Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

No one who watched the BBC‘s recent War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita could fail to be affected by the reality of plastic pollution on our planet.

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Theatre Review: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out: Scenes From the Luddite Rebellion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There was no little irony in the fact that the press night opening for a play about the luddites should be delayed by a malfunctioning microphone.

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Food Review: Patisserie Valerie, Albion Street, Leeds

July 30, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Patisserie Valerie, Albion Street, Leeds

This is a bit of a nostalgic trip for me. In the late 70s I studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic when art schools were still the ‘sandboxes of the disaffected’.

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Why we should be deeply concerned by Boris Johnson’s toxic attitude to mental health

July 30, 2019 Comments Off on Why we should be deeply concerned by Boris Johnson’s toxic attitude to mental health

Is it just me or is there a distinct whiff of apocalypse in the air?

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Open Music Archive at Castlefield Gallery. Photos Jules Lister. (cc) by-sa 4.0. Courtesy of the artists.

Review: Open Music Archive, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Open Music Archive, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

It all changed with the gramophone.

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“We’ve encouraged people to feel like the festival is theirs.” Folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby talks about Underneath the Stars

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on “We’ve encouraged people to feel like the festival is theirs.” Folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby talks about Underneath the Stars

As festival destinations go, Underneath the Stars takes place at one of the UK’s most attractively named places: Cinderhill Farm.

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Review: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory

Technically, this year’s Bluedot festival kicks off with a few performances on the Thursday night, but for Northern Soul, as for many other folks, it starts on arrival around teatime on the Friday.

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Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

First things first: the original two-series TV version of Early Doors was an utter gem.

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Food Review: Pie Port, Anchor Courtyard, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Pie Port, Anchor Courtyard, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Full disclosure: I have emotional skin in the game here.

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Olly Dobson and Bob Gale Pic copyright Phil Tragen 2019

“If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

July 25, 2019 Comments Off on “If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

Here’s the thing. The blockbuster film Back To The Future was first released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a rock ‘n’ roll-loving teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean (ask your parents) invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.

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