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Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Creameries, Coralie Monnet

Festive Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

The first time I ate Mary-Ellen McTague‘s food I was not long back in the North and nursing a bad break-up as well as a conscious uncoupling from my long-term London job.

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Exhibition Review – Eric Tucker: The Unseen Artist, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Exhibition Review – Eric Tucker: The Unseen Artist, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

He’s been called the ‘secret Lowry of Warrington’ but, in truth, Eric Tucker has more in common with the painter Edward Burra than the chronicler of the industrial north west.

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Review: Ice Village Manchester, Cathedral Gardens

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Ice Village Manchester, Cathedral Gardens

Some years back when I was living the high life in that there London, I was taken to Sweden’s Ice Hotel in the Arctic Circle.

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The complex

Book Review: The Complex by Michael Walters

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Complex by Michael Walters

It was Philip K. Dick, burning amphetamines and racing for deadlines, who first staked out the paranoiac territory of fiction where rabbit holes lead to competing realities, a frontier colonised further by the likes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Dick, however, had a parallel career, one more down to earth in all senses of that phrase, in which the dramas were firmly rooted in the incontestable every day.

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Review: The Art of the Brick, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Art of the Brick, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

It’s LEGO-tastic at Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse.

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Review – Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes, Manchester Arena

November 29, 2019 Comments Off on Review – Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes, Manchester Arena

In these trying times, you’d be forgiven for wanting to spend a few years living under a big rock on a remote island.

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Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, Liverpool

November 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, Liverpool

Regular Everyman panto-goers could be forgiven for thinking they’re stranded in an endlessly recurring dream.

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Theatre Review: The Nutcracker, Liverpool Empire

November 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Nutcracker, Liverpool Empire
Opposite Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, on the plaza in front of St George’s Hall, a Christmas market has installed itself for the festive season. Faux-chocolate box wooden chalets attempt an old-school Alpine vibe, which is competing valiantly for supremacy with an outsized, neon-lit Ferris wheel and an over-enthusiastic PA system with a penchant for Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. Inside the theatre, however, there is no doubting that Christmas Past has won the day over Christmas Present, at least for the next few days.
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I'm a Phoenix, Bitch Production Photos ©The Other Richard

Theatre Review: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, HOME, Manchester

November 28, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, HOME, Manchester

This is the second time I’ve been to HOME this year and cried.

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Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

November 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

For the past couple of decades Sir Matthew Bourne has been enthusiastically following his own enthusiasms and loves – often films – and transforming them into heart-on-sleeve, crowd-pleasing dance magic.

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