Northern Soul

Author: Helen Nugent

Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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Ramsbottom Festival pic

Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

I once described the Ramsbottom Festival as a “real humdinger“. This came back to haunt me when I spotted the quote on this year’s marketing material.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Sefton Park

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

August 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a free concert at Sefton Park, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The event was part of The Liverpool International Music Festival. Paul Jamieson was there.

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Crime novels

Why are there no crime novels with British Asian characters?

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on Why are there no crime novels with British Asian characters?

By AK Nawaz

Heard the one about the easily fatigued detective unable to outpace crooks during Ramadan? What about the drug boss who breaks off torturing his victims for midday prayer?

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Liverpool Gay Pride 2013 copyright Paul Jamieson

The Pride of Liverpool

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on The Pride of Liverpool

Northern Soul visited Liverpool’s Gay Pride earlier this month. Paul Jamieson was there to record it.

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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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