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“My mental health is at its best when I’m active.” Northern Soul does RED January

January 10, 2019 No Comments

It’s January. The weather is rubbish, the piggy bank is empty and we’re all feeling a little bit sluggish. It can also be the time of year where our mental health needs some TLC. Northern Soul’s Emma Yates-Badley has registered for RED January 2019, a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by doing something active every single day. Emma will be writing about her experience in a weekly blog. In partnership with independent mental health charity, Mind, RED January can provide a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on. 

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The Northern Soul Christmas Poem

December 19, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Christmas Poem

Oh my, it’s nearly Christmas.

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Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

December 19, 2018 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Festive Flummery and a History of Christmas

Every year I try to pin Christmas down – an atmosphere, a perfect gathering, a woodland walk on a crisp December day.

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

December 17, 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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Theatre Review: The Grand Old Dame of York, York Theatre Royal

December 17, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Grand Old Dame of York, York Theatre Royal

This year’s York Theatre Royal pantomime concerns the Motley family’s attempts to protect their mother Molly from the dastardly Les Miserable who means to knock her off as the last source of hilarity in a joyless kingdom, with only the help of the brave fairies of the Land of Lovely Thoughts to blah blah blah. 

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I’m sick to the back teeth of women having to carry the blame for violence inflicted by men

December 15, 2018 Comments Off on I’m sick to the back teeth of women having to carry the blame for violence inflicted by men

Tabloid journalism is a joke. But it’s not a funny one, no-one’s laughing and it keeps getting worse.

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Where the Road Runs Out, Gaia Holmes

Poetry Review: Where the Road Runs Out by Gaia Holmes

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Where the Road Runs Out by Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes is an expert in her field, and this is obvious in her skilled, careful and beautifully strange poetry collection.

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Review: Julia Holter, Gorilla, Manchester

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Julia Holter, Gorilla, Manchester

When Julia Holter last played Gorilla in February 2016, she was touring her Have You in My Wilderness album, an unexpectedly poppy proposition relative to her previous work.

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Music Review: Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Yes, Manchester

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Yes, Manchester

Who’s present at tonight’s Vic Godard gig? That’s easy.

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Theatre Review: Doctor Dolittle, The Lowry, Salford

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Doctor Dolittle, The Lowry, Salford

Doctor Dolittle is totally barmy.

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