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Ancoats Dispensary

The Ancoats Dispensary is on the mend

August 25, 2014 Comments Off on The Ancoats Dispensary is on the mend

Over the last century, Ancoats in Manchester has seen a period of massive change. Victorian mills, where many toiled to make ends meet, are now expensive apartment blocks. But one building which stood firm in the face of this gentrification has been under threat.

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Playing Into the Night

Revolution in the Bedroom at Gallery Oldham

July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Revolution in the Bedroom at Gallery Oldham

The game was startling in its simplicity but my 12-year-old son stared at the screen as if bringing an Airbus in to land.

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Jerome Caminada

Jerome Caminada: Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes

July 26, 2014 Comments Off on Jerome Caminada: Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes

Life in Manchester’s streets in the latter part of the 19th century was treacherous, with all manner of conmen, murderers and villains roaming the alleyways and ginnels. 

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BBC

Here’s an exhibition we made earlier at The Lowry

July 14, 2014 Comments Off on Here’s an exhibition we made earlier at The Lowry

Muffin the Mule. Val, John and Peter. Zammo. Teletubbies. Mr Tumble. Tracy Beaker.

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Herdwick

Herdwick sheep: a fixture on the fells

May 31, 2014 Comments Off on Herdwick sheep: a fixture on the fells

For anyone who has visited the Lake District or if, like me, you were brought up there, Herdwick sheep are commonplace.

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A working party of the Manchester Regiment moving up to the trenches near Serre in France, January 1917

Dulce Et Decorum Est

May 3, 2014 Comments Off on Dulce Et Decorum Est

One of the saddest things I’ve ever seen was a group of young squaddies queuing in a motorway service station, clearly excited about their journey, buying their crisps and pop.

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Re-building a city: Northern Soul talks to architect Ian Simpson

April 20, 2014 Comments Off on Re-building a city: Northern Soul talks to architect Ian Simpson

It is impossible to walk through Manchester city centre without experiencing the creativity of leading architect Ian Simpson.

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Exterior Window, IABF, by Kim May

Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive

It’s off the beaten track but that would probably have sat well with Anthony Burgess. 

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Scuttlers

The Scuttlers of Manchester: Britain’s first youth cult

March 27, 2014 Comments Off on The Scuttlers of Manchester: Britain’s first youth cult

“…parents should be taught their duty, at present they seem either regardless of this or utterly afraid of correcting their children”.

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The Sage Gateshead at night credit Mark Savage

Sage Gateshead: Northern Soul talks to the boss

March 2, 2014 Comments Off on Sage Gateshead: Northern Soul talks to the boss

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, a trip down the Quayside meant one of two things: drinking in Offshore (a pub that strongly resembled a smugglers’ tavern) or a (usually ill-advised) club night on the Tuxedo Royale, a floating former car ferry moored on the banks of the River Tyne.

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