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Theatre Review – Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters, Royal Exchange, Manchester

March 20, 2019 No Comments

When I heard about writer and performer Rachel Mars’ one woman show, Your Sexts Are Shit: Older and Better Letters, I was expecting an hour of laughs and covering my mouth in mock horror. I wasn’t expecting to feel moved.

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Opera North, The Lowry

Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

March 19, 2019 No Comments

It’s the end of a fantastic spring season by Opera North at Salford’s Lowry.

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Chefchaouen, Morocco by Cameron Welk

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

March 18, 2019 No Comments

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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Opera Review: Katya Kabanov by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, The Lowry

March 16, 2019 No Comments

About a third way of the way through Opera North’s Spring season we moved away from the 18th Century absurdism of late Mozart to the early days of the 20th Century, and three works made in the shadow of the First World War.

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Time for a Tanqueray - an evening of literature and gin, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Hamiltonic: Time for a Tanqueray, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

March 15, 2019 No Comments

One of the great pleasures of this job is the occasional invitation to evenings such as this.

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The Magic Flute

Opera Review: The Magic Flute, Opera North, The Lowry

March 15, 2019 No Comments

The excitement in the office at OperaWatch was palpable.

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Scranchester Tours

It’s great scran: Northern Soul eats the city on a Scranchester Tour

March 13, 2019 No Comments

Getting Housemate out of bed on a Saturday morning is often an impossible task. But she’s up bright and early (well, she’s on time) to Eat the City with Manchester-based Scranchester Tours.

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Food Review: El Gato Negro, King St, Manchester

March 10, 2019 No Comments

Back in the olden dias, seeking out Spanish cuisine in Manchester city centre entailed a visit to La Tasca or the venerable El Rincon.

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The Sisterhood

Book Review: The Sisterhood – A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me by Daisy Buchanan

March 4, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Sisterhood – A Love Letter to the Women Who Have Shaped Me by Daisy Buchanan

I don’t have sisters. I’m the youngest of two children and, much to my dismay (and eternal torture), the only girl in my family.

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Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Mary’s Hand, Lancaster Priory Church

I was going to start with that old OperaWatch standby: “It’s been a quiet time here at OW offices.”

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