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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Ally

Photo Gallery: More than Bricks and Mortar by Caroline Wallbank Photography

May 18, 2020 No Comments

The COVID-19 crisis has altered how we interact with others in a drastic way.

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Contagion

Pandemic: The Movie

May 15, 2020 Comments Off on Pandemic: The Movie

It might seem a little perverse to pen a column about pandemic films at this point but, truth be told, I find it a little comforting.

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Siam Smiles Cafe, Manchester

Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

May 14, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

For many years, my Thursday treat was a green chicken curry at Siam Smiles on George Street in Manchester’s Chinatown.

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Ordsall Hall Garden Party - Celebrating the re-opening of the Ha

Lost and Found: Ordsall Hall, Salford

May 14, 2020 Comments Off on Lost and Found: Ordsall Hall, Salford

There’s a place in the heart of Salford, nestled in the most incongruous of surroundings, that is very special.

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Palisander

Online Review: Palisander – Beware The Spider! National Centre for Early Music

May 13, 2020 Comments Off on Online Review: Palisander – Beware The Spider! National Centre for Early Music

There’s a certain delicious irony to the way that the York-based National Centre for Early Music (forced like so many other independent venues to temporarily close its doors to the public) has been leading the way with an enthusiastic embrace of that most contemporary of technologies, video streaming, to continue to celebrate the live performance of (mostly) medieval music.

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Eggs in Purgatory

The Stinky Chef: Eggs in Purgatory with Calabrian Nduja and Wild Garlic

May 13, 2020 Comments Off on The Stinky Chef: Eggs in Purgatory with Calabrian Nduja and Wild Garlic

During these strange and uncertain times, we’re all in need of a pick-me-up. And what better than something to feed the body as well as the soul.

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The North

Good News: positive stories from across the North

May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Good News: positive stories from across the North

Northern Soul and People’s Powerhouse are partnering to share good news stories about businesses, people and communities coming together in the North of England and showing us the best of humanity during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve heard so many examples of people showing great kindness and compassion and we think that these stories deserve to be shared far and wide. Let’s bring a little sprinkle of joy to people’s news feed and show the world how great Northerners really are, especially in challenging times.

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Riana Duce as Avalon - The Good Book

“We believe that access to culture is a fundamental part of a happy life.” The Good Book, Slung Low

May 11, 2020 Comments Off on “We believe that access to culture is a fundamental part of a happy life.” The Good Book, Slung Low

After relocating to the oldest working men’s club in Britain (The Holbeck in Leeds), the adventurous team at Slung Low established the Leeds People’s Theatre Company.

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Lockdown entertainment: The best of the best Northern Films

May 10, 2020 Comments Off on Lockdown entertainment: The best of the best Northern Films

With us all cooped up inside and scrambling to find things to do, help is at hand from Northern Soul. We’ve canvassed an array of contributors and friends to ask for their favourite Northern films. Among what follows, we hope that you find some inspiration for your viewing pleasure.

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Henry Normal

My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

May 6, 2020 Comments Off on My New Normal: Operation Provisions and a Life in Lockdown

So, I arrive back from my weekly shop and my wife Angela says: “You’ve done so well. When this COVID-19 business is all over, you should still do the weekly shop.” It’s at this point I wonder if there’s some sort of conspiracy going on.

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