Northern Soul

Author: Chris Park

Hotel Gotham

Na na na na na na na na…we stay at Hotel Gotham (in Manchester)

July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Na na na na na na na na…we stay at Hotel Gotham (in Manchester)

Although I always approach reviews with an open mind and an open heart I must confess that I was a big fan of Hotel Gotham before I came to stay.

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Park Inn

Manchester’s Park Inn: a four star experience?

July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester’s Park Inn: a four star experience?

To say that Park Inn’s location is a double-edged sword is something of an understatement.

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Hotel Football

Hotel Football: all to play for?

May 29, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel Football: all to play for?

Walking into Hotel Football, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped onto Wonder Woman’s island.

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Star Wars-7 by Chris Payne

May the force be with you: Star Wars in Spinningfields

May 16, 2015 Comments Off on May the force be with you: Star Wars in Spinningfields

Some mornings you need the Force to get to the office. But workers in the high-rise Hardman Street building in Manchester’s Spinningfields have a dogfight between a TIE Interceptor and an X-Wing to inspire them.

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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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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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Jon Snow opens Election! Britain Votes

Election! Britain Votes at The People’s History Museum, Manchester

February 25, 2015 Comments Off on Election! Britain Votes at The People’s History Museum, Manchester

In the run up to the General Election, the People’s History History Museum in Manchester is hosting a ground-breaking exhibition, Election! Britain Votes.

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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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Scuttlers at Royal Exchange Theatre

Review: Scuttlers at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 12, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Scuttlers at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Rona Munro is a playwright of some note, having won a number of major accolades including a Writers’ Guild award for best play of 2014. So it is something of a coup that she has turned her attention to recreating a seldom explored part of Manchester’s history: the original youth cult and gang culture of the ‘scuttlers’.

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Review: The Cellar Key, Chorlton, Manchester

January 12, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Cellar Key, Chorlton, Manchester

Chorlton has more than its fair share of restaurants and bars to choose from but when someone opens a ‘wine-led restaurant/bar’ at the bottom of your road it would be rude not to investigate.

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