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Author: Claire Fleetneedle

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Fleetneedles Forage: Slug-Hunting and Fertilising the Natural Way

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Slug-Hunting and Fertilising the Natural Way

We have some pretty resilient slugs down our way happily munching lots of things, not least foxgloves, a plant they are supposed to loathe.

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Harry Long, Dan Parr and Lauren Samuels

Theatre Review: The Big Corner, Bolton Octagon

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Big Corner, Bolton Octagon

Gleaned from a collection of short stories by Bill Naughton (of Alfie fame) and adapted into a play by Lawrence Till, The Big Corner is a heartfelt homage to life in Bolton when cotton was king.

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All I See is You, Bolton Octagon

Review: All I See Is You, Bolton Octagon

April 12, 2018 Comments Off on Review: All I See Is You, Bolton Octagon

Set in Bolton in 1967, All I See Is You is a stark reminder of how life was for young gay men before decriminalisation.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Idle Women’s Physic Garden

March 29, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Idle Women’s Physic Garden

As the first Spring shoots appear, my mind inevitably wanders to what more I can squeeze into my little garden.

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Theatre Review: East is East, Bolton Octagon

March 21, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: East is East, Bolton Octagon

East is East will be familiar to a fair few people thanks to the hugely successful late 90s film.

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Book Review: Sir Edwin Lutyens – The Arts and Crafts Master by David Cole

March 19, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Sir Edwin Lutyens – The Arts and Crafts Master by David Cole

Sir Edwin Lutyens – The Arts and Crafts House is a new take on the legacy and astonishing beauty of Lutyens’ design and architecture by author David Cole.

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Jorvik Viking Festival: A Geek’s Guide

February 27, 2018 Comments Off on Jorvik Viking Festival: A Geek’s Guide

I’ve known about the annual Jorvik Viking Festival in York for years.

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Scran: Grandma’s Potato Cakes

February 9, 2018 Comments Off on Scran: Grandma’s Potato Cakes

This little gem of a recipe was originally one of my Grandma’s favourites.

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Scran: Grandma’s Parkin

February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Scran: Grandma’s Parkin

I own a very few recipes which are precious, and all of them came from my grandmother.

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Wine making, Claire Fleetneedle

Fleetneedles Forage: Fermenting Fun (or winemaking for beginners)

January 5, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Fermenting Fun (or winemaking for beginners)

So 2017 has departed and most people are trying to stick to whatever New Year’s resolution they’ve set themselves.

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