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Gurning Winners 2013

How To Be A Northern Sports Fan

December 22, 2013 Comments Off on How To Be A Northern Sports Fan

Since the first meeting of the Rugby League in 1895 at Huddersfield’s George Hotel, it’s fair to say that the physical wars of the average match have always made its Southern competitor Union look like the soft option.

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Behind the Scenes at Man United

November 24, 2013 Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at Man United

Last month, I had the good fortune to accompany the winners of the seventh annual Young Creative Chevrolet Awards on an event-packed weekend – mainly taking place in and around Old Trafford.

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Resplendent in neon orange skates

November 19, 2013 Comments Off on Resplendent in neon orange skates

Karen Connolly get her skates on for a bit of festive fun at The Ice Rink at Selfridges, Manchester Trafford.

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Movember comes to Manchester

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on Movember comes to Manchester

You’ll no doubt have noticed that it’s time for this year’s crop. It’s a crop that gets bigger each year too.

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Saltaire – the model village

September 17, 2013 Comments Off on Saltaire – the model village

When Victorian entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt created a model village in Saltaire for his mill workers he could never have imagined it would become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, putting it up there with the pyramids of Giza.

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Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

Northern institutions don’t come much bigger than the Blackpool Illuminations. They’re right up there with the Rugby League Grand Final and the Angel of the North, and they’ve been around a lot longer.

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Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

August 8, 2013 Comments Off on Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

In these times of austerity and the rising popularity of staycations, it is little wonder that people are turning to old favourites like the Youth Hostel Association to cut costs.

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Treetop Trek

High Wire Jinks

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on High Wire Jinks

Welcome to middle-aged dad hell or, as it better known, the Treetop Trek Ariel Adventure.

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Caving for Amateurs

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Caving for Amateurs

There is something slightly surreal walking from the North Yorkshire countryside into the cold and damp of Britain’s longest series of underground caves.

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Chorlton Coffee Festival

Keen on the Bean

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Keen on the Bean

Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.

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