Northern Soul

Author: Lizzie Wood

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Northern Scran: Easy peasy cottage pie

June 3, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Scran: Easy peasy cottage pie

During lockdown I’ve found that it’s even more important to make an occasion of meal times.

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Travel: 48 hours in Leith

March 24, 2020 Comments Off on Travel: 48 hours in Leith

It’s important to start by saying that I inadvertently chose to coincide my trip with the weekend that Storm Ciara hit, meaning there was not much sunshine in Leith (and a pretty grim seven-hour coach journey home).

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“Where do you go back to?” Northern Soul explores Stretford Public Hall

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on “Where do you go back to?” Northern Soul explores Stretford Public Hall

An unassuming red-brick building on the corner of a main road (cue attractive pelican crossing), Stretford Public Hall has been home to some pretty incredible moments.

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The White Hart at Lydgate

Hotel Review: The White Hart at Lydgate, Oldham

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Hotel Review: The White Hart at Lydgate, Oldham

The checking-in process at hotels can be laborious.

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Hotel Review: Andaz London Liverpool Street

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Hotel Review: Andaz London Liverpool Street

Hotels near airports or train stations can conjure up images of pokey rooms with a sad looking ironing board in the corner.

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Christmas Markets: Manchester, Berlin, Naples

December 14, 2018 Comments Off on Christmas Markets: Manchester, Berlin, Naples

With the big day just around the corner, mulled wine on special offer and more Christmas crackers than you can shake a string of tinsel at, December is one of Northern Soul’s favourite months.

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Travel – Hotel Review: Assembly London

November 23, 2018 Comments Off on Travel – Hotel Review: Assembly London

Finding a hotel in the capital that strikes the right balance between comfort, location and price isn’t always easy.

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Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: On Behalf of the People, Burgess Foundation, Manchester

In my mind, there are two types of plays: the ones where you keep checking your watch and the ones where you leave the theatre and it’s suddenly dark.

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Review: The Newspaper Boy, 53Two, Manchester

February 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Newspaper Boy, 53Two, Manchester

There are a handful of Corrie favourites mingling as I head to a hidden archway under the Deansgate / Castlefield Met to celebrate the launch of Manchester’s newest play.

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Review: A Woman’s Work, Harriet Harman, Manchester Literature Festival

October 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: A Woman’s Work, Harriet Harman, Manchester Literature Festival

What do breakfast kippers, a curry and a book about law all have in common?

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