Northern Soul

Author: Helen Carter

Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat, Staffordshire

Review: Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat, Staffordshire

August 24, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat, Staffordshire

I was so relaxed after my stay at Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat in Staffordshire that it took me several hours to notice my t-shirt was inside out.

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Peterloo Memorial

“Rebooting democracy”: Northern Soul attends the Peterloo Anniversary Weekend

August 19, 2019 Comments Off on “Rebooting democracy”: Northern Soul attends the Peterloo Anniversary Weekend

“Let’s reboot democracy,” the man on the microphone says, to a loud roar of cheers from the crowd.

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Pier Eight's Waterside Terrace. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Food Review: Waterside Terrace, Pier Eight Restaurant, The Lowry, Salford

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Waterside Terrace, Pier Eight Restaurant, The Lowry, Salford

Is there a better way to spend a sunny northern summer’s afternoon than at The Lowry listening to singer Rob King while sipping Sipmith’s orange and cacao gin and enjoying a selection of small plates from Pier Eight?

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Adam Rowe, photo by Steve Ullathorne

Comedian Adam Rowe wrote the funniest joke at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Northern Soul met him

September 29, 2018 Comments Off on Comedian Adam Rowe wrote the funniest joke at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Northern Soul met him

When I realise that Adam Rowe’s award-wining Edinburgh Fringe joke came at the end of a long rant about a job centre, I tell him my story about the humiliation of signing on after redundancy and complaining to the member of staff that I don’t belong there.

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Copyright Save Grange Lido

Could a crowdfunding campaign save an Arc Deco gem – the Grange-over-Sands lido?

September 18, 2018 Comments Off on Could a crowdfunding campaign save an Arc Deco gem – the Grange-over-Sands lido?

This is a tale of stupidity beyond belief. It’s 25 years to the week since Grange Lido in the Cumbrian coastal town of Grange-over-Sands was shut.

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oppies: Wave outside IWM North by Artist Paul Cummins and Designer Tom Piper.Photographed 7th September 2018.

Review: Wave, Imperial War Museum North, Trafford

September 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Wave, Imperial War Museum North, Trafford

Ah ceramic poppies, you never fail to disappoint.

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Dairy Queen: award-winning Syrian cheesemaker Razan Alsous talks to Northern Soul

September 6, 2018 Comments Off on Dairy Queen: award-winning Syrian cheesemaker Razan Alsous talks to Northern Soul

I am sat in Razan Alsous’s office in Sowerby Bridge admiring the clutch of awards that she’s amassed as a cheesemaker.

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Minton tiles at St George’s Hall in Liverpool

“It felt wrong to walk on these tiles, such is their beauty and delicacy.” The Minton tiles, St George’s Hall, Liverpool

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on “It felt wrong to walk on these tiles, such is their beauty and delicacy.” The Minton tiles, St George’s Hall, Liverpool

The window of opportunity is slender. I’m usually on holiday or working, but this year I got lucky.

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Travel: A week in Northumberland

July 29, 2018 Comments Off on Travel: A week in Northumberland

It’s no surprise that the coast of Northumberland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Val Thorens, French Alps

Travel: Northern Soul goes skiing in the French Alps

May 16, 2018 Comments Off on Travel: Northern Soul goes skiing in the French Alps

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you don’t ski in May.

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