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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.

Red Lanterns, Chinese New Year, Manchester

Crouching Tiger(beer), Hidden Dragon: Chinese New Year in Manchester

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on Crouching Tiger(beer), Hidden Dragon: Chinese New Year in Manchester

I am starting to think that my greed for gyoza and Tsingtao beer displeases the gods.

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Interior, Cottonopolis, Manchester

Review: Namas-Tea, Cottonopolis, Manchester

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Namas-Tea, Cottonopolis, Manchester

I have an issue with chopsticks. I just don’t get them. Over the years, my friends have attempted to teach me but, like figuring out a Rubik’s Cube, I find them impossible.

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Make Up

Sexism and the supermarket: is it OK for women to wear pyjamas and apply make-up in public?

January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Sexism and the supermarket: is it OK for women to wear pyjamas and apply make-up in public?

We’ve all got our own procedure. I do mine in front of Netflix. Housemate lays out her tools in the bathroom sink like she’s preparing for an operation.

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Manchester - Dining area, image by Drake and Morgan

Review: The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

Manchester’s Spinningfields is not my usual haunt. There’s something about the glossy buildings that simply doesn’t appeal. It conjures images of suits and fancy-ish women in fancy-ish dresses congregating by the bar. I prefer the pre-war graffiti-daubed grunginess of the Northern Quarter, and the undoneness that only comes with old buildings.

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The Lowry spa

Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Mulled Wine Scrub at The Lowry Hotel, Salford

The last time I was offered a full body massage, I was staying on Gili Trawangan, an island just off the coast of Bali. It was so brutal that I felt like I’d accidently entered a wrestling competition – and lost.

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Why so anxious? The silent epidemic plaguing our young people

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Why so anxious? The silent epidemic plaguing our young people

Have you ever woken up in the middle of night with the terrible feeling that something isn’t quite right?

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Theresa May: is it sexist to report on the Prime Minister’s choice of footwear?

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Theresa May: is it sexist to report on the Prime Minister’s choice of footwear?

I used to work as a receptionist in the City. It was a tedious job which saw me required to wear a tight, impractical uniform and a mandatory pair of heels. My male colleagues, naturally, were allowed to wear flats.

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Victoria Beckham Kisses Daughter on the Lips, Social Media Loses its Mind

August 14, 2016 Comments Off on Victoria Beckham Kisses Daughter on the Lips, Social Media Loses its Mind

“I won’t give you a kiss,” I say to my Mum and point at my swollen pout. “For obvious reasons.” She laughs and gives me a big hug instead.

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Sanitary Products

The Price of Periods: why do homeless women have to beg for tampons?

July 19, 2016 Comments Off on The Price of Periods: why do homeless women have to beg for tampons?

Ah, periods. Your insides feel like they are being scraped away with a spoon, like egg from a shell, and there’s this weird dragging sensation in your womb. I spend most of the time in the bath or curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle, a box of paracetamol and a block of Cathedral City cheddar.

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In Defence of Women Who Don’t Want Children

May 24, 2016 1 Comment

I am pissed off.

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