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Monthly Archives: April 2022

Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

April 30, 2022 Comments Off on Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

We all know that Northern England, home to the Industrial Revolution, has been a land of great engineers. Does that mean it must be second rank when it comes to poets, musicians and artists?

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Film Review: The Batman

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: The Batman

In this latest iteration of the Batman story, which nods heavily to acclaimed comics stories such as The Long Halloween, Robert Pattinson plays Gotham City’s brooding billionaire orphan-cum-masked avenger, who has forged an alliance with veteran police office James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) in following the trail of a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano) blah blah blah…

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Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

In 1983, the last time the Red Guitars performed in Manchester, they played at The Haçienda.

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Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

In these tentative, post-lockdown times, many theatre venues tend to programme safe, obvious, well-known shows, those crowd-pleasers that will guarantee them an audience.

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Food Review: Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

April 27, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

As I travelled to Cheshire’s Alderley Edge to sample the new spring menu at Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, my mind turned to Valentina Harris.

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Festival Preview: Underneath the Stars

April 26, 2022 Comments Off on Festival Preview: Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars festival will return this summer (July 29-31, 2022) with an all-female headline bill to Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley.

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Book Review: Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

April 26, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

Potentially, at least, the author is a time traveller, and the novel their time machine, one which – Tardis-like – contains the whole of their fixed point in history while being simultaneously their means of stepping outside of it and into the future.

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100 Voices

Book Review: 100 Voices edited by Miranda Roszkowski

April 21, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: 100 Voices edited by Miranda Roszkowski

Like many women I know, there have been times when I have struggled to voice my achievements. Perhaps this is because they haven’t seemed big enough or the right sort of accomplishment.

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Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

April 18, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

There have been considerable developments since The Psychedelic Furs last commanded a Manchester stage.

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Exhibitions: Martin Grimes’ Fault Lines and Paula Chambers’ Working Girls, The Whitaker, Rossendale

April 17, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibitions: Martin Grimes’ Fault Lines and Paula Chambers’ Working Girls, The Whitaker, Rossendale

As The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rossendale approaches its first birthday since reopening, it continues to share the best emerging and established contemporary artists in its visual arts programme.

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