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Author: Robert Hamilton

Barcelona’s Liceu

OperaWatch: Lockdown Edition

July 10, 2020 No Comments

It’s been a quiet old time here at OperaWatch HQ. The furniture is dust-covered, the trainee opera critics have all been furloughed and I sit here like Miss Havisham dripping in cobwebs and waiting for news, any news.

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Erst Manchester

Takeaway Review: Erst, Manchester

June 22, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Erst, Manchester

One of the great pleasures of writing for Northern Soul is being able to review many of the best restaurants in Manchester.

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Contagion

Pandemic: The Movie

May 15, 2020 Comments Off on Pandemic: The Movie

It might seem a little perverse to pen a column about pandemic films at this point but, truth be told, I find it a little comforting.

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Siam Smiles Cafe, Manchester

Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

May 14, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

For many years, my Thursday treat was a green chicken curry at Siam Smiles on George Street in Manchester’s Chinatown.

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Banish gin

Hamiltonic: Bashall Gins

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Bashall Gins

I first met Ben at The Gin Society do at Manchester Cathedral a few weeks ago.

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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

For OperaWatch, it’s a welcome return to The Lowry for Opera North’s 2020 spring season.

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Wahaca

Food Review: Wahaca, Corn Exchange, Manchester

March 10, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Wahaca, Corn Exchange, Manchester

Manchester has never been well served by Mexican food.

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The Gin Society

Hamiltonic: The Gin Society, Manchester Cathedral

March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: The Gin Society, Manchester Cathedral

I was meant to attend The Gin Society do at Rochdale Town Hall but Storm Dennis put paid to that.

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street scene

Preview: OperaWatch, Winter 2020

February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Winter 2020

On the eve of the EU referendum in 2016, Richard Mantle, the general director of Opera North, warned of the detrimental effect a no vote would have on the “enormous talent pool which is Europe”.

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Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

December 21, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

It was a disgustingly wet Friday 13th and the day after the General Election when I found Helen Nugent, Editor of Northern Soul, at the bar of Canto.

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