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Author: Andy Murray

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 No Comments
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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‘With World of Twist, people didn’t always get it.’ Gordon King talks to Northern Soul

July 26, 2022 Comments Off on ‘With World of Twist, people didn’t always get it.’ Gordon King talks to Northern Soul

The release of World of Twist’s debut album Quality Street on October 28, 1991 should have been a watershed moment for the Manchester-based band. Over previous months, their singles and live shows had been rapturously received and they’d built up an adoring fan base plus a huge sense of anticipation.

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Review: Power UP, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Power UP, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

We’re now at the point where the video games age has accumulated a history that stretches back across generations.

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Review: Doctor Who – Worlds of Wonder, Liverpool World Museum

June 21, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Doctor Who – Worlds of Wonder, Liverpool World Museum

Back when Doctor Who was first heading to TV screens in 1963, there was a behind-the-scenes intention for it to provide improving, semi-educational content about science and history for young viewers.

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Theatre Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Opera House, Manchester

May 31, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Opera House, Manchester

Here’s the thing. On paper, Mischief’s The Play That Goes Wrong might not sound like much.

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Count Arthur Strong

Review – Count Arthur Strong: And This is Me!, Stockport Plaza

May 30, 2022 Comments Off on Review – Count Arthur Strong: And This is Me!, Stockport Plaza

Steve Delaney’s comic creation Count Arthur Strong is so unique, so distinctive and so perfectly-formed that it must be a constant head-scratcher thinking up new things to actually do with him.

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Theatre Review – Alan Partridge: Stratagem, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

May 17, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review – Alan Partridge: Stratagem, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

How much Partridge is too much? It’s a question that Steve Coogan seems to have wrestled with over the years.

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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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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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