Northern Soul

Author: Claire Fleetneedle

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Film Review: Sorry We Missed You

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: Sorry We Missed You

Not many directors have spent their careers highlighting the need for social reform in the same way as Ken Loach.

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“I’m just Kris the plumber from Salford.” Kris Hitchen, star of the new Ken Loach film, talks to Northern Soul

November 2, 2019 Comments Off on “I’m just Kris the plumber from Salford.” Kris Hitchen, star of the new Ken Loach film, talks to Northern Soul

I first met Kris Hitchen when he fitted my shower.

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Fleetneedles Forage: The Origins of Halloween

October 27, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Origins of Halloween

I prefer Halloween to Christmas.

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Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

September 28, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Embellish with Relish: Bring Your Store Cupboard to Life

Embellish with Relish, written by the co-founder of the Hawkshead Relish Company Marie Whitehead, is a treat.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Heavenly Hives at Manchester Cathedral

Since cultivating my bee garden, I’ve grown increasingly interested in the life cycle of bees. I’ve fancied doing a beekeeping course for ages so I was over the moon to be able to visit the hives at Manchester Cathedral.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

July 31, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Sustainably Local

No one who watched the BBC‘s recent War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita could fail to be affected by the reality of plastic pollution on our planet.

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Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: How to please the bees

As a proud emblem of Manchester’s industrial past, the bee has always been a familiar symbol.

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“I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “I’m always amazed at the many ways in which voice coaching can help people.”

My journey with voice training goes back generations.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Nature’s Way – The Accidental Organic Gardener

May 6, 2019 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Nature’s Way – The Accidental Organic Gardener

Although I’m a forager through and through, two things have slowed my enthusiasm for rustling through the hedgerows of late.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

December 19, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

Every year I try to pin Christmas down – an atmosphere, a perfect gathering, a woodland walk on a crisp December day.

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