Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Food Review: Patisserie Valerie, Albion Street, Leeds

July 30, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Patisserie Valerie, Albion Street, Leeds

This is a bit of a nostalgic trip for me. In the late 70s I studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic when art schools were still the ‘sandboxes of the disaffected’.

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Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

July 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

Well, it’s over for another two years. No, not the Tory Party leadership contest, I mean the Manchester International Festival.

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Food Review: Hawksmoor, Deansgate, Manchester

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Hawksmoor, Deansgate, Manchester

According to my records (random scraps of paper in a Clarks shoebox) it has been some months since I broke bread with Helen, esteemed editor of Northern Soul.

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Andiamo! Festa Italiana is coming to Manchester

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Andiamo! Festa Italiana is coming to Manchester

I remember my first encounter with Italian culture well. It was in a fish and chip shop on Dalry Road in Edinburgh.

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Food Review: Tampopo, Albert Square, Manchester

June 27, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Tampopo, Albert Square, Manchester

I had been forewarned that my esteemed Editor and sometime luncheon companion was on Scout duty, the Brunette was two-timing me with another lunch date and the Blonde was at work, so it was to be dining solo.

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Hamiltonic: Monkey 47 Gin, Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds

June 12, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Monkey 47 Gin, Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds

Every time I pull into Leeds Station I look out for the three Italian towers. Over the years they have become increasingly hard to spot among the plain, anonymous new-builds along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and I suspect they will be lost forever one day.

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Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Of all the iconic Italian operas, I had yet to see Verdi’s Aida.

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Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

For some reason, May 23 stuck in my mind. It was an important day, but I couldn’t remember why. At my age, this happens with frightening regularity.

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Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

Some years back I spent a weekend at a farm outside Lisbon. It was run by Maria, a widow in her 60s, with the strength of a bull and the wit of a fox.

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Hamiltonic: World Gin Day

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: World Gin Day

Things have been a little quiet here at Hamiltonic.

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