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Rosie Garland

Author, singer and vampire Rosie Garland talks to Northern Soul

March 13, 2015 Comments Off on Author, singer and vampire Rosie Garland talks to Northern Soul

If you’ve been out and about in the North at any time over the past 30 years, you may well have seen performances by the likes of burlesque chanteuse and Vampire Queen Rosie Lugosi, seminal post-punk outfit The March Violets (with a shock-haired female Goth singer), or the charmingly powerful poet Rosie Garland.

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Electrik

Review: Electrik Bar in Chorlton, Manchester

February 27, 2015 2 Comments

Chorlton-cum-Hardy has never been short of bars. The place is teeming with the blighters, some of which last about as long as mayflies.

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Essence

Review: Essence Indian Restaurant in Altrincham

February 13, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Essence Indian Restaurant in Altrincham

Back around the turn of the millennium, Altrincham centre wasn’t looking too clever.

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Russell T. Davies

Cucumbers and Canal Street: Russell T Davies talks to Northern Soul

January 20, 2015 2 Comments

There’s a real lump-in-the-throat moment part-way through the first episode of Russell T Davies’s new Channel 4 drama Cucumber.

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One Man, Two Guvnors

Review: One Man, Two Guvnors at The Lowry, Salford

January 16, 2015 Comments Off on Review: One Man, Two Guvnors at The Lowry, Salford

If you haven’t encountered it already, the key thing you need to know about One Man, Two Guvnors is that it is fun. Like, loads and loads of fun. An uproarious two-and-a-half hour barrage of fun.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at The Lowry

December 23, 2014 Comments Off on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at The Lowry

If you’ve become a parent during the last 20 years, you’ll most likely know the picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

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Frank Sidebottom

Mick Middles on Frank Sidebottom‏

December 23, 2014 Comments Off on Mick Middles on Frank Sidebottom‏

If you’ve passed through the South Manchester village of Timperley in the past year or so, you’ll have noticed a new landmark by the main crossroads.

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Browns Restaurant

Festive Fare at Browns, Manchester

December 19, 2014 Comments Off on Festive Fare at Browns, Manchester

At this particular time of year, people are prone to eat lots of things things they don’t really like because it’s Christmas.

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David Leonard

York panto regular David Leonard talks to Northern Soul

December 19, 2014 Comments Off on York panto regular David Leonard talks to Northern Soul

Over several decades, the annual pantomime production at York Theatre Royal has built up a formidable reputation for delivering the best in expertly-staged traditional family fun.

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Paddington Bear

Review: Paddington – melting the hearts of UKIP MEPs everywhere

December 11, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Paddington – melting the hearts of UKIP MEPs everywhere

When the first, short trailers for the Paddington film surfaced, it looked suspiciously as though it might be rubbish, with its hints of a broad, slapstick CGI-fest.

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