Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

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Review: Sipsmith Tasting, Mecanica, Manchester

November 30, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Sipsmith Tasting, Mecanica, Manchester

It’s been a while since I posted as Hamiltonic. I kind of went into retirement over lockdown and confined myself to drinking only Aldi gin.

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Festive Menu Review: Piccolino, Manchester

November 16, 2021 Comments Off on Festive Menu Review: Piccolino, Manchester

Christmas seems to start earlier every year, or so they say.

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Carmen by George Bizet, Opera North, The Lowry

Opera Review: Carmen, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

November 16, 2021 Comments Off on Opera Review: Carmen, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

It’s been so long that I had to check my notes for when I last went to a live opera.

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One Star Doner Bar, Escape to Freight Island, Manchester

Food Review: One Star Döner Bar, Escape to Freight Island, Manchester

October 29, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: One Star Döner Bar, Escape to Freight Island, Manchester

Sometimes I think that I live in a parallel universe to the food critic Jay Rayner.

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The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location. Image by Gareth Widdowson.

Opera Review: The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

September 22, 2021 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

As regular readers of this column will know, it has been a quiet year or so here at the OperaWatch offices, which are situated deep inside Northern Soul Towers.

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Qbic Hotel

Hotel Review: Qbic Hotel and Motley’s Restaurant, Deansgate, Manchester

June 12, 2021 Comments Off on Hotel Review: Qbic Hotel and Motley’s Restaurant, Deansgate, Manchester

It’s the first week of relaxed lockdown restrictions, according to Boris Johnson’s roadmap to freedom, and, despite the odd speed bump in Bolton and Blackburn, we’re allowed to eat indoors (with certain restrictions) and even stay in a hotel.

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Fidelio, Opera North

Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

This week sees a landmark in my long walk on this weird and mostly wonderful world, although weird has the upper hand at the moment.

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Jasmin Kent Rodgman nineteen ways of looking

Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

December 3, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

As we hurtle towards 2021, I realise that it’s been eight months since I last saw a live opera and who knows when I will see one again.

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Erst

Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

November 2, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

With Manchester hanging onto Tier 2 lockdown by Andy Burnham’s fingernails, it’s a pleasure to still be able to eat out.

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Canto

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

September 15, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

As I write this, were about a fortnight away from six months into lockdown. Im still not exactly sure of the rules as Matt Hancock and his cronies play hide-and-seek with our very own Andy Burnham and the North West has more COVID-19 spikes than a punk hairdo.

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