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Best Before Death

Film Review: Best Before Death

September 28, 2020 No Comments

At a time when certain noted indie chart figures have proved to be a let-down, Bill Drummond is looking more and more like a proper hero.

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Review: LEGOLAND, Trafford Centre, Manchester

September 23, 2020 No Comments

It’s four years since I last took my niece to LEGOLAND at Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

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Travel: Three days in Filey and Flamborough

August 14, 2020 Comments Off on Travel: Three days in Filey and Flamborough

I love a good holiday. I feel happiest with the sun on my skin, a strong cocktail in hand, and the prospect of a trek around a European city. So, with COVID-19 scuppering any chances of jetting abroad for a break (a holiday to Cyprus I’d booked for June was cancelled and, personally, I don’t feel comfortable heading off to another country while Greater Manchester is in the grips of a local lockdown), it looked like Costa del Patio was the only destination where I’d be soaking up the rays.

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GinnelWatch: Tidying up ginnels with Our Edgeley Alley

August 12, 2020 Comments Off on GinnelWatch: Tidying up ginnels with Our Edgeley Alley

It’s no secret that the team at Northern Soul love a good ginnel.

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“We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg

August 10, 2020 Comments Off on “We know the North isn’t one place, it’s not just one voice.” Northern Soul talks to HarperNorth’s Publishing Director, Genevieve Pegg

The North-South divide has long been a contentious issue but recent events seem to have accentuated the gap.

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The Stinky Chef: Panna cotta with local strawberries and aged balsamic

August 4, 2020 Comments Off on The Stinky Chef: Panna cotta with local strawberries and aged balsamic

During these strange and uncertain times, we’re all in need of a pick-me-up. And what better than something to feed the body as well as the soul?

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Belper ginnel by David Gladwin.

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

August 3, 2020 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 favourite…a weind.

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Tasting Beer with Soul: Twisted Wheel Brew Co.

July 30, 2020 Comments Off on Tasting Beer with Soul: Twisted Wheel Brew Co.

On the face of it, beer and music seem like natural bedfellows.

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A tribute to CP Lee

July 27, 2020 Comments Off on A tribute to CP Lee

Christopher Paul ‘CP’ Lee, who has died aged 70, was a man whose whole life was driven by enthusiasm.

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The new Arts and Humanities Building at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford Road—home of Manchester Poetry Library.

“It helps you explore what it is to be human.” Becky Swain, Director of the new Manchester Poetry Library, talks to Northern Soul

July 24, 2020 Comments Off on “It helps you explore what it is to be human.” Becky Swain, Director of the new Manchester Poetry Library, talks to Northern Soul

When you think about a traditional library, what comes to mind? Books from floor to ceiling? Maybe a frosty librarian and a lot of dramatic shushing? Growing up I adored the library, but years spent at university, pouring over textbooks and watching the person sitting next to me sneakily wolf a smelly tuna sandwich, dampened my library-loving spirit. It’s only in recent years that I’ve rekindled the flame.

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