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It’s Not Grim Up North

It’s Not Grim Up North is Emma Yates-Badley’s blog for Northern Soul. It documents her rekindled love affair with the city of Manchester.

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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Love Island, ITV

Can we learn valuable lessons in love from ITV’s Love Island? (No, I’m not kidding)

June 25, 2018 Comments Off on Can we learn valuable lessons in love from ITV’s Love Island? (No, I’m not kidding)

Ah, Love Island.

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Greyhounds

“I’m trying hard to be more open and break some of the stigma.” Playwright Laura Crow talks about OCD

June 21, 2018 Comments Off on “I’m trying hard to be more open and break some of the stigma.” Playwright Laura Crow talks about OCD

Writing is a fantastic form of therapy.

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Upskirting: why isn’t it a sexual offence?

June 4, 2018 Comments Off on Upskirting: why isn’t it a sexual offence?

A young woman waits at the bus stop.

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Clitheroe ginnel by Jane Emanuel

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

June 4, 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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Vegan/veggie pizzas at PLY, Manchester

Food Review: PLY, Northern Quarter, Manchester

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: PLY, Northern Quarter, Manchester

In recent years Manchester has stepped up its veggie/vegan culinary game with a host of dedicated venues, menus, food festivals and events.

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Not Quite Light, image by Alison Boyes

Review: Lone Women in the Not Quite Light, Not Quite Light Festival, Salford

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Lone Women in the Not Quite Light, Not Quite Light Festival, Salford

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

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Manchester Cathedral, Chris Payne

Manchester Cathedral is nearly 600 years old. Northern Soul explores its nooks and crannies

May 27, 2018 Comments Off on Manchester Cathedral is nearly 600 years old. Northern Soul explores its nooks and crannies

When we were brainstorming venues to host this year’s Northern Soul Awards, there was one building at the top of our list – the iconic Manchester Cathedral.

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The North by Liz Foster Design

Nesh. Bobbins. Brew. How well do you know your Northernisms?

May 13, 2018 Comments Off on Nesh. Bobbins. Brew. How well do you know your Northernisms?

Back when I was a Manchester newbie, my then boyfriend was a Yorkshireman.

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