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Keeping Rosy: Christine Bottomley gives Northern Soul the low-down

June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Keeping Rosy: Christine Bottomley gives Northern Soul the low-down

On Portland Street in Manchester city centre, sandwiched between Chinatown and the coach station, there’s a large disused office block.

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The Rutles

The Rutles

June 2, 2014 Comments Off on The Rutles

There’s a rule of thumb with comedy songs: they don’t age well.

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Avenue Q

May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Avenue Q

In America during the Great Depression there was a huge underground market for so-called ‘Tijuana bibles’, small bootleg comics which depicted the family-friendly cartoon stars of the day – Popeye, Dick Tracy – getting up all sorts of rude, adult and not at all family-friendly things.

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Viva Vini Reilly

May 27, 2014 Comments Off on Viva Vini Reilly

In St Ninian’s United Reformed Church in Chorlton, there’s a stained glass window high above the altar bearing the legend ‘I am the Resurrection and I am the Life’.

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Frank Sidebottom

Frank

May 9, 2014 Comments Off on Frank

Throughout the 80s there was a constant buzz about a proposed movie featuring 2000 AD‘s helmeted future lawman Judge Dredd.

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Dum Dum Girls

May 7, 2014 Comments Off on Dum Dum Girls

The fact that Dum Dum Girls are playing the Roadhouse in Manchester is simultaneously absolutely perfect and completely wrong.

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Delia Derbyshire Day

Delia Derbyshire Day

April 18, 2014 Comments Off on Delia Derbyshire Day

From a former ice rink in west London, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop created bespoke music and sounds for the TV and radio.

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Lucy Porter: a northern soul?

April 16, 2014 Comments Off on Lucy Porter: a northern soul?

Lucy Porter has come far since the days when she lived in Chorlton-cum-Hardy and worked for Granada on This Morning with Richard and Judy.

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Scooby Doo

Scooby-Doo, where are you?

April 16, 2014 Comments Off on Scooby-Doo, where are you?

It’s a scene repeated endlessly the world over: a child in a shop wants to buy the book/magazine/toy/bedspread with their favourite character emblazoned on it

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Have you heard of Timperley?

April 3, 2014 Comments Off on Have you heard of Timperley?

Leicester, Autumn 1991. This writer was a first year student living in a university hall of residence.

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