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Chester Zoo, image by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: Chester Zoo

July 11, 2018 No Comments

Much like a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry or a trip to the Palace Theatre panto, a school outing to Chester Zoo was a rite of passage for North West children born in the 1970s.

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Lynne Bateson

Tequila, por favor

July 10, 2018 No Comments

At first, I blamed my two pre-dinner margarita cocktails for the man who wasn’t there.

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Who is your Great Northerner?

July 9, 2018 No Comments

Who is your Great Northerner? Who gets your vote as a Great Northern Soul?

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Think cross-stitch is for old ladies? Think again. Northern Soul talks to a self-confessed crosstitute

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Think cross-stitch is for old ladies? Think again. Northern Soul talks to a self-confessed crosstitute

Cross-stitch is a much-loved art form which comes with certain connotations, namely of a homely, old-school, maybe slightly twee craft which enables its practitioners to immortalise pets, flowers and warm, welcoming slogans.

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The Northern Soul Awards 2018: a celebration of culture and enterprise

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Awards 2018: a celebration of culture and enterprise

Hurrah and huzzah! Entries for the 2018 Northern Soul Awards are now open – and the best bit? It won’t cost you a penny.

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Food Review: Mr White’s English Chophouse, Manchester

July 5, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Mr White’s English Chophouse, Manchester

Manchester city centre already has its fair share of Chop Houses what with Sam’s, Mr Thomas’s and the Albert Square one, but Mr White’s English Chophouse is a different proposition unrelated to them.

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Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

I have the propensity to be anxious about most things – electrical goods, being late, saying no, upsetting people, gas hobs, plug sockets, disease, forgetting things – so a book titled Notes on a Nervous Planet calls to me like a gin & tonic on a hot day. 

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QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE - L-R Jane Hazlegrove (Dot) & Conor Glean (Michael)- image Keith Pattison

Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

July 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Queens of the Coal Age, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I have a confession.

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Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty, jetty and our new favourite…a weind.

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Berlin to Broadway, Leeds, Credit Ant Robling

Review: Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties, Leeds

June 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties, Leeds

Off to Leeds again for a night of musical entertainment courtesy of Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the City Varieties Music Hall, carried across the moors in a timely manner by TransPennine Express.

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