Northern Soul

Author: Paul Clarke

Sunday Assembly

The Church for Atheists

October 26, 2013 Comments Off on The Church for Atheists

It may seem an oxymoron but people who don’t believe in a god are the world’s third largest ‘faith’ group. Now the Sunday Assembly movement aims to give Britain’s nine million atheists their own church.

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Blood, Chocolate and a walk in York

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Blood, Chocolate and a walk in York

The York of today is a tourist hub but at the turn of the last century it is was Chocolate City, churning out the sweet stuff by the ton. Now a new promenade production is looking at the impact of the Great War on the city’s workers.

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Marianna Benedict, Helen Power

Windy City revival is a winner

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Windy City revival is a winner

Instead of hiring a soap star, Oldham Coliseum took the bold step of recruiting an ensemble cast of unknowns for the first revival of Chicago in a decade – and the gamble paid off.

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Saltaire

Saltaire – the model village

September 17, 2013 Comments Off on Saltaire – the model village

When Victorian entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt created a model village in Saltaire for his mill workers he could never have imagined it would become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, putting it up there with the pyramids of Giza.

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Roxie and Velma come to Oldham

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Roxie and Velma come to Oldham

The movie of Bob Fosse’s Broadway epic Chicago picked up numerous Oscars and the live version has toured endlessly with, to my mind, a series of soap actors blunting its cynical edge. 

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Norman Jay

‘The Queen has met far worse criminals than me’

August 27, 2013 Comments Off on ‘The Queen has met far worse criminals than me’

Norman Jay may have spinning discs for four decades but his Good Times night is still packing a new generation in at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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Cocks o’ the North

August 14, 2013 Comments Off on Cocks o’ the North

When a band kicks off its set with a piece of indolent pop perfection like Boredom, you know they must have tons of classics tucked up their sleeves.

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Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

August 8, 2013 Comments Off on Hosteling Holidays Are Back In Vogue

In these times of austerity and the rising popularity of staycations, it is little wonder that people are turning to old favourites like the Youth Hostel Association to cut costs.

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Treetop Trek

High Wire Jinks

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on High Wire Jinks

Welcome to middle-aged dad hell or, as it better known, the Treetop Trek Ariel Adventure.

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The Naked Truth

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on The Naked Truth

Naturism is much like any other hobby expect trainspotters and Goths don’t let it all hang out.

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