Northern Soul

Author: Lyndsey Skinner

Jesmond Dene

The Splendour of Jesmond Dene

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on The Splendour of Jesmond Dene

When the sunlight is thrown in a certain way through horse chestnut tree leaves, I am reminded of all the times that I’ve been an aspiring cyclist.

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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

October 24, 2015 Comments Off on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley talks to Northern Soul

The telephone purrs ominously in my hand. I swirl the last dregs of lukewarm coffee at the bottom of the cup while sitting cross-legged on my desk chair, and stare at the pile of press releases and hand-written notes in scratchy blue biro on my desk.

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An obsessive Morrissey fan attempts List of the Lost

September 26, 2015 Comments Off on An obsessive Morrissey fan attempts List of the Lost

‘Of course the same thing happened to Keats, you know.’

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The Herb Garden

Review: The Herb Garden, Newcastle

September 12, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Herb Garden, Newcastle

“I’m going to The Herb Garden on Wednesday,” I said to a friend. “Oh,” she replied, “I’ve been past there a few times. It’s the one with the rollerskating horse in the doorway, isn’t it?”

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Jeremy Corbyn photo by Phil Pounder

Jeremy Corbyn rally: Newcastle says “Jez we can”

August 26, 2015 Comments Off on Jeremy Corbyn rally: Newcastle says “Jez we can”

On a relentlessly grey, damp and oppressive Tuesday afternoon on Newcastle’s Thornton Street, Jeremy Corbyn took to a makeshift stage to address the crowds in hats and waterproofs who had gathered there to listen to him.

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Cartoon by David Haldane

Cartoonist David Haldane on Blyth library, Private Eye and the North

August 25, 2015 Comments Off on Cartoonist David Haldane on Blyth library, Private Eye and the North

Some children respond to the question “what would you like to be when you grow up?” in outlandish ways.

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Newcastle bridges by Phil Pounder

Last orders at Intermezzo…

July 24, 2015 1 Comment

On a cloudless June day in Newcastle, the news sounded like a church bell: unable to secure an extension of its lease, Intermezzo Coffee Bar is to close in April 2016.

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Hay Fever at The People's Theatre

Review: Hay Fever at The People’s Theatre, Newcastle

June 21, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Hay Fever at The People’s Theatre, Newcastle

If, as Oscar Wilde once said, “a little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal”, then Noel Coward’s delightfully flippant Hay Fever stays well away from the danger zone.

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Painted Elephant

Painted Elephant: Newcastle’s first vegan restaurant

May 9, 2015 Comments Off on Painted Elephant: Newcastle’s first vegan restaurant

It was on a camping holiday with friends in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs that I encountered the worst meal I’ve ever had.

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The God of Carnage

Review: The God of Carnage, People’s Theatre, Newcastle

May 7, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The God of Carnage, People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Years of consuming art in its different forms – seeing plays, reading novels, listening to music and watching films – has left me with a profound fear of the institution of marriage.

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