Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

Plait

Plait

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Plait

Many moons ago, when I was a young and hungry journalist trying to make my way in the world, I had the good fortune to work with Emma Simon.

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neighbourhood

Start Spreading The News

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Start Spreading The News

‘Experience Manhattan in the heart of Spinningfields‘. So says Neighbourhood, a restaurant and bar opened in Manchester by the same people who brought BBQ specialists Southern Eleven to the city. Could they pull it off?

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Artisan

‘Avin’ It At Artisan

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Avin’ It At Artisan

It’s not so long ago that a culinary night out in Manchester was a toss up between a random pizza joint and a Chinese banquet. But things have moved on, so much so that the city holds its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

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The xx

In Love, Love, Love with The xx

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on In Love, Love, Love with The xx

I had the chance to see The xx some years back when they weren’t very famous and it was easy to get a spot near the stage. It was at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, one of the loveliest, most laid-back music weekends I’ve ever had the good fortune to attend. But I didn’t see the band.

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Dyfan Dwyfor as Yegor Dimitrich Gloumov and Hayley Carmichael as Kleopatra Ilvovna Mamaaev in TOO CLEVER BY HALF (Royal Exchange to 17 August). Photo - Jonathan Keenan and

Told by An Idiot, Loved by the Audience

July 18, 2013 Comments Off on Told by An Idiot, Loved by the Audience

It was a riot! Hilarious, cheesy and extravagant, Too Clever By Half  by Alexandr Ostrovsky, (adapted by Rodney Ackland) was exactly that.

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

After a career spanning more years than I care to remember, it’s not often I get nervous before interviewing someone famous.

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Birdsong

A Song That Needs To Be Heard

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on A Song That Needs To Be Heard

For months after I read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong, I was haunted by feelings of claustrophobia. His retelling of the horrors experienced by the tunnellers during the First World War stayed with me to the extent that I have never felt ready to re-read the book.

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Aumbry

The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

July 1, 2013 Comments Off on The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

I started to write this review before I had my tea. That was a mistake, like the folly of shopping at the supermarket on an empty stomach.

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Beethoven Remix

RNCM Beethoven Remix

June 25, 2013 Comments Off on RNCM Beethoven Remix

The RNCM is having a big year: 40 free concerts to celebrate its 40th anniversary, an awesome Beethoven festival and a catalogue of events at its home on Oxford Road and around the city.

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Songbird

The Unwelcome Companion

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on The Unwelcome Companion

For many people, it’s a certain song. For others, a familiar place, a type of drink or a favourite dish. For lots of us, it’s absolutely nothing at all.

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