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Film Review: The Batman

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: The Batman

In this latest iteration of the Batman story, which nods heavily to acclaimed comics stories such as The Long Halloween, Robert Pattinson plays Gotham City’s brooding billionaire orphan-cum-masked avenger, who has forged an alliance with veteran police office James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) in following the trail of a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano) blah blah blah…

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Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

April 10, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

I am many things but I am not a good cook.

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The Marriage of Figaro, RNCM. Image by Robin Clewley

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

March 30, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

I’m always amazed by the success of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

We are living in strange times. For the first time in more than 40 years of opera-going, I was about to hear a national anthem.

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Erland Cooper

Opera Review: The Wind, Erland Cooper and the Chorus of Opera North, RNCM, Manchester

March 4, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Wind, Erland Cooper and the Chorus of Opera North, RNCM, Manchester

Eschewing my usual Friday night supping gin with pals at Manchester’s HOME, I strolled down Oxford Road to the Royal Northern College of Music for an evening of culture and wine.

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Sally J. Morgan. Image credit: Jessica Chubb Jan 2022

“It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

February 9, 2022 Comments Off on “It was a story I needed to tell.” Portico Prize-winning author Sally J Morgan on gender inequality, friendship and the North

A staple of Manchester’s cultural and literary life, The Portico Library is situated above The Bank pub on Mosley Street. The 19th century library houses more than 25,000 books and is filled with archives covering 450 years. While The Portico is a subscription library, it works with diverse communities in the region to create events, exhibitions and learning programmes. It is also the home of The Portico Prize, established in 1985, a biennial award which accepts submissions across all literary formats and gives £10,000 to an overall winner.

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Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes.

Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

January 18, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Earthshot – How to Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes

We’re at the start of a critical decade that will determine the future of our planet.

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Into the Unknown: Nigel Kneale at HOME

January 5, 2022 Comments Off on Into the Unknown: Nigel Kneale at HOME

It’s often remarked that we’re living in a golden age of television, one where the intermingling of the TV and film industries is widespread and fruitful.

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Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music

December 24, 2021 Comments Off on Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music

It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon as The Blonde and I walked down Oxford Road towards the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to attend its reopening to the public.

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Kung Po Turkey with Oriental Stuffing. 

Recipes to spice up your Christmas from Wing Yip: Kung Po Turkey with Oriental Stuffing

December 8, 2021 Comments Off on Recipes to spice up your Christmas from Wing Yip: Kung Po Turkey with Oriental Stuffing

If you’re anything like the team at Northern Soul, you’ve probably commenced the countdown to Christmas.

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