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Ma Boyle's interior

Ma Boyle’s: a Liverpool institution

July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Ma Boyle’s: a Liverpool institution

Steve Regan reports on the reopening of an historic Liverpool bar.

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Staithes estuary 2 by Chris Payne

Northern Rural and Urban Landscapes: A Photo Gallery

July 3, 2015 Comments Off on Northern Rural and Urban Landscapes: A Photo Gallery

The North is awash with beautiful landscapes, both rural and urban. Here for your delectation are a selection ranging from Whitby, Scarborough, Staithes, Manchester and beyond, all taken by Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne.

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You know you’re Up North when…

July 3, 2015 Comments Off on You know you’re Up North when…
  1. Someone calls you ‘luv’ and you don’t sue them for sexual harassment.
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Election 2015: The Whig Party

May 4, 2015 Comments Off on Election 2015: The Whig Party

Working in a busy office as the country prepares to take to the polling stations, everyone is talking about who they are voting for and what the election means to them.

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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

April 27, 2015 Comments Off on Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, one of my favourite things was meeting my Gran in Jesmond Dene.

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Epstein Theatre auditorium and stage

Lifting the Curtain at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

March 22, 2015 Comments Off on Lifting the Curtain at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Theatres are all about secrets. They may open their foyers and welcome you in but the heart of each building stays hidden – a world of darkness and silence and stealth.

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Wonder Women

Review: Women in World War One

March 12, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Women in World War One

It’s easy to get caught up in your own life and run around enclosed in a little bubble.

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Scuttlers Tour

Walking in the footsteps of the scuttlers

March 11, 2015 Comments Off on Walking in the footsteps of the scuttlers

On a suitably grey Saturday, I retraced the steps of the formidable gangs of the 19th Century known as scuttlers, recently recreated by Manchester’s Royal Exchange in Rona Munro’s play of the same name.

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From grain to grand dining: the rebirth of Manchester’s Corn Exchange

March 6, 2015 Comments Off on From grain to grand dining: the rebirth of Manchester’s Corn Exchange

There’s a small, dark space in the bowels of Manchester’s Corn Exchange called ‘The Dead Room’. Rumoured to be the spot where two druid lines intersect, it’s an unnerving place, not least because it’s permanently ice-cold and pitch-black.

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Greengate Baths

Historic Greengate Baths in Salford: on the risk list

February 13, 2015 Comments Off on Historic Greengate Baths in Salford: on the risk list

As 2014 drew to a close, The Victorian Society released its list of the top ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales. Included on this was the Grade II* listed Greengate Baths in Salford.

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