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Gardening is glorious

June 21, 2022 No Comments

My Gran used to say that the best thing about gardening was the anticipation.

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“Libraries are hanging on by their fingernails.” Author Patrick Gale talks to Northern Soul

June 15, 2022 No Comments

The novelist Patrick Gale knows how to write an opening line.

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Gardening is good

May 25, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening is good

It may sound a bit twee, but my garden is my sanctuary. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, overworked or overwrought, I open the back door, step outside and immediately feel better.

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Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

April 10, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

I am many things but I am not a good cook.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat. Lizzie Henshaw. Z-arts

Review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat, Z-arts, Manchester

June 9, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat, Z-arts, Manchester

As I looked at the oversized cat flap, built to let children into Mog the Forgetful Cat’s world, I let out a sigh.

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Review: LEGOLAND, Trafford Centre, Manchester

September 23, 2020 Comments Off on Review: LEGOLAND, Trafford Centre, Manchester

It’s four years since I last took my niece to LEGOLAND at Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

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Review: The Black Bull, Sedbergh

March 15, 2020 Comments Off on Review: The Black Bull, Sedbergh

Is Sedbergh a town that can’t make up its mind?

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The spirit of the north: actress Holliday Grainger talks to Northern Soul

January 18, 2020 Comments Off on The spirit of the north: actress Holliday Grainger talks to Northern Soul

It’s not all about the glamour when you’re a famous actress, as I find out when I chat to Holliday Grainger. “I was in Mauritius yesterday and now I’m in Blackburn,” she tells me.

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Northern noir: crime author M.W. Craven talks to Northern Soul

January 5, 2020 Comments Off on Northern noir: crime author M.W. Craven talks to Northern Soul

Morse, Vera, Poirot and, um, Kojak.

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The Creameries, Coralie Monnet

Festive Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

The first time I ate Mary-Ellen McTague‘s food I was not long back in the North and nursing a bad break-up as well as a conscious uncoupling from my long-term London job.

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