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The Osmands - The Musical by Pamela Raith

Theatre Review: The Osmonds – A New Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

August 11, 2022 No Comments

Back when The Osmonds were in their ascendancy, I was in thrall to the considerably more credible likes of Led Zeppelin, The Byrds and, ahem, Quicksilver Messenger Service (come on, two out of three ain’t bad and in retrospect QMS actually had their moments).

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Football: A kick where it hurts for Man Utd while City are ‘too bloody good’

August 11, 2022 No Comments

A kick where it hurts

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The Man Who Captured Sunlight: actor Freddie Fox talks about his great, great grandfather

August 9, 2022 No Comments

He’s the son of Edward, the nephew of James, and brother to Emilia. It’s no wonder that Freddie Fox was born to play Hamlet.

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Theatre Review: Don’t Turn My Life Into A Musical, Oldham Coliseum

August 9, 2022 No Comments

The irony in calling a musical Don’t Turn My Life Into A Musical is evident, but it perfectly captures the solipsistic agony of the five adolescents on the cusp of adulthood whose stories are being told here. 

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Rachel Goodyear: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

August 9, 2022 No Comments

“I always consider that my practice is almost one ongoing artwork, but then the techniques and the exploration of drawing and the way that I use drawing can change and evolve over time as well.”

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Manc Noir: Author David Nolan explains how anger inspired his latest book

August 5, 2022 No Comments

Back in 2018, David Nolan took an unscheduled detour from his successful career as a journalist and music biographer to write his first novel, Black Moss. A dark crime tale set around Manchester and Oldham in 1990 during the Strangeways riots, it channelled many of Nolan’s fears and preoccupations into a new sub-genre he himself dubbed ‘Manc Noir’.

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Bjork at Bluedot Festival 2022 by Santiagraphy

Björk’s a bit bland but Bluedot Festival hasn’t lost its mojo

August 4, 2022 Comments Off on Björk’s a bit bland but Bluedot Festival hasn’t lost its mojo
Before the global pandemic we didn’t see coming, Bluedot had started to develop into a really fine festival, offering a well-curated line-up of music, talks and culture, often leaning towards science and electronica, in the remarkable environs of Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank.
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Book Review: Waiting For The Gift, Edited by Richard V. Hirst

August 2, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Waiting For The Gift, Edited by Richard V. Hirst

For the bookish, the similarities are self-evident. If the short story is the literary equivalent of a pop song, crafted for brevity and immediacy, then the themed anthology is like an LP record, affording the space for both the instantly captivating and more experimental work.

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Women’s football and the mighty Lionesses: ‘We need this to be a watershed moment’

August 2, 2022 Comments Off on Women’s football and the mighty Lionesses: ‘We need this to be a watershed moment’

A few months ago, I took my two boys (three and four) to the park with a ball for a kickabout.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Searching the sensory garden

August 2, 2022 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Searching the sensory garden

A few weeks ago I discovered a sensory garden in Southport’s Hesketh Park. It was largely overgrown but, through the mass of unruly vegetation, I could see there was a wealth of foraging delights. I decided to return at peak flowering season knowing it would make identification easier.

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