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Monthly Archives: February 2022

Theatre Review: Fatal Attraction, Opera House, Manchester

February 23, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Fatal Attraction, Opera House, Manchester

First, the good news. Even though it’s yet another stage show based on an 80s hit film, Adrian Lyne’s glossy and controversial 1987 tale of an extra-marital affair gone horribly wrong hasn’t been inexplicably transformed into a musical (although I can see the attractions of some sort of ‘bunny boiler’ singalong).

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Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

February 23, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

I’ve always thought that the length of a good lunch should be about the same as a football match: around two hours (give or take a few minutes for injury time and the obligatory half-time break).

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Bosh! on a Budget

Book Review: Bosh! on a Budget

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Bosh! on a Budget

Bosh! on a Budget. Its promise is affordable plant-based recipes at roughly £1-£2 per person. Convenience isn’t cheap and neither is eating animals. We all know that by now, right?

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Gina Shaw and Graham Gavin take a virtual trip on the Liverpool Overhead Railway. Picture by Gareth Jones

“Museums are experts at recording and caring for people’s memories.” Carol Rogers, Director of House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on “Museums are experts at recording and caring for people’s memories.” Carol Rogers, Director of House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool

House of Memories is an award-winning dementia awareness programme created by National Museums Liverpool.

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Food Review: District, Oldham Street, Manchester

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: District, Oldham Street, Manchester

When I booked my tasting menu at Manchester’s District, its website informed me that Discovery (£50 a head) encapsulated ‘a new life in the off-world colonies’ and ‘a new chance in a golden land of opportunity and adventure’.

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Cotton On MCR - Art All-Dayer Winter

“I’d rather try and fail than never try at all.” Domino Panton-Oakley, Founder of Cotton On MCR

February 15, 2022 Comments Off on “I’d rather try and fail than never try at all.” Domino Panton-Oakley, Founder of Cotton On MCR

Cotton On MCR has been hard at work building a fan base of Manchester art lovers.

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Sally J. Morgan. Image credit: Jessica Chubb Jan 2022

“It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

February 9, 2022 Comments Off on “It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

A staple of Manchester’s cultural and literary life, The Portico Library is situated above The Bank pub on Mosley Street. The 19th century library houses more than 25,000 books and is filled with archives covering 450 years. While The Portico is a subscription library, it works with diverse communities in the region to create events, exhibitions and learning programmes. It is also the home of The Portico Prize, established in 1985, a biennial award which accepts submissions across all literary formats and gives £10,000 to an overall winner.

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Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Deansgate Mews

Food Review: Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Manchester

February 8, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Manchester

During the first lockdown, when the great and the good were allegedly being ambushed by cakes, I contented myself with a weekly bike ride to the Northern Quarter and Ancoats in Manchester.

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The Shambolics. Image credit: Lewis Baillie.

“We formed a band at the right time.” Northern Soul talks to Shambolics

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on “We formed a band at the right time.” Northern Soul talks to Shambolics

It’s no secret that the Scottish indie scene has soared in popularity over the past few years.

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The Reactor

Book Review: The Reactor by Nick Blackburn

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: The Reactor by Nick Blackburn

Reading is my way of making sense of the world around me.

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