Northern Soul

Author: Helen Carter

Copyright Save Grange Lido

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

September 18, 2018 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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Christopher Eccleston

Review: Christopher Eccleston, Pilot Light Festival, Manchester

May 9, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Christopher Eccleston, Pilot Light Festival, Manchester

Christopher Eccleston has recently been described as a ‘northern powerhouse’.

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Review: St George’s Day – The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: St George’s Day – The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Imagine that you’re so moved by a performance that you get up out of your seat, raise your arms in the air and dance around exuberantly.

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Claiming back the day: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in Liverpool

April 21, 2018 Comments Off on Claiming back the day: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in Liverpool

On St George’s Day, a day which has been misappropriated and twisted beyond recognition by the far-right to further their cause, it seems apt that Damon Alban is performing in Liverpool with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians along with Mounir Trudi.

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Review: The Lowry Hotel Spa, Salford

March 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Lowry Hotel Spa, Salford

It’s been more than a decade since I first visited The Lowry Hotel Spa.

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