Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

Don Giovannis

Don Giovannis, Manchester

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on Don Giovannis, Manchester

Maybe I’m a bit jaded or maybe I’ve had too many meals that were overpriced, overcooked and, praise the lord, over quickly, but I never expect very much from city centre dining. So it’s really, really nice to be able to write a positive restaurant review about a central Manchester eaterie.

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A Bury black pudding recipe for a summer’s day

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on A Bury black pudding recipe for a summer’s day

Grilled Bury black pudding with crispy bacon salad and wholegrain mustard dressing

CHEF TONY SAYS: a classic pub favourite using not only a Lancashire favourite but a product from my home town. You will see this dish on menus in most pubs in this part of the world.

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Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

Apr 17, 2013 Comments Off on Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

It’s hard to be critical of a play that includes the phrase “nobbut a lad” four glorious times.

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Ricky Champ as Josef The Fool (left) and Ony Uhiara as Lizaveta in CANNIBALS by Rory Mullarkey (Royal Exchange Theatre until 27 April). Photo - Jonathan Keenan

Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off on Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

Theatre reviewing is an odd job. For the most part, you are asked to form a response to a play within a matter of hours, leaving little time to ponder the whys and wherefores.

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Earth Cafe, Manchester

Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

Mar 28, 2013 Comments Off on Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

As a long-time veggie who works in Manchester’s Northern Quarter I thought it was high time I got myself some lunch at the Earth Vegetarian Cafe and Juice Bar. I wasn’t disappointed.

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The Manchester Starflyer

Mar 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Starflyer

The publicity for Manchester’s newest attraction calls it “The Tower of Thrills”. I prefer to refer to use my sister’s description, “Not for all the tea in China, my friend”.

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The Avenue at Spinningfields

The Avenue

Mar 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Avenue

Shopping. Shopping in posh shops. Shopping in stores, salons and boutiques. Mmm, shopping.

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The dazzle of the poplars

Mar 27, 2013 Comments Off on The dazzle of the poplars

Kilvert's DiaryThe Reverend Francis Kilvert should be famous. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest diarists of modern times. He should, if wishing made it so, be read widely and deeply. But the Reverend Francis Kilvert is not a household name.

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Portico Library & Gallery

The Portico Library & Gallery

Mar 26, 2013 Comments Off on The Portico Library & Gallery

Hands up who has heard of the Portico Library & Gallery in Manchester city centre? Nope, neither had I until recently.

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Beyond the 4th Wall

Beyond the 4th Wall

Mar 26, 2013 Comments Off on Beyond the 4th Wall

Dignity, independence, beauty. These are simple words which convey complex ideals. Yet many of us are guilty of taking these concepts for granted; sometimes we need reminding what it is to be to be this lucky.

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