Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

Earth Cafe, Manchester

Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

March 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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Starflyer

The Manchester Starflyer

March 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

March 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

March 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

March 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

March 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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Alan Bennett, copyright Paul Wolfgang Webster

Made in the North at The Albert Square Chop House

March 26, 2013 Comments Off on Made in the North at The Albert Square Chop House

Ah, if only everything I wrote began with Alan Bennett. Alan, I wish you were my dad. Well, maybe not my dad. A kindly uncle perhaps, with a penchant for farce and swearing.

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Night & Day, Manchester

Night & Day, Manchester

January 2, 2013 Comments Off on Night & Day, Manchester

Whenever a friend from out of town comes to visit, I take them to Night & Day. Why? Because it encapsulates what real Manchester is all about: within these four walls there is no pretence, no faux industrial heritage, no 21st century makeover.

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