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The xx

In Love, Love, Love with The xx

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on In Love, Love, Love with The xx

I had the chance to see The xx some years back when they weren’t very famous and it was easy to get a spot near the stage. It was at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, one of the loveliest, most laid-back music weekends I’ve ever had the good fortune to attend. But I didn’t see the band.

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

After a career spanning more years than I care to remember, it’s not often I get nervous before interviewing someone famous.

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Birdsong

A Song That Needs To Be Heard

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on A Song That Needs To Be Heard

For months after I read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong, I was haunted by feelings of claustrophobia. His retelling of the horrors experienced by the tunnellers during the First World War stayed with me to the extent that I have never felt ready to re-read the book.

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Aumbry

The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

July 1, 2013 Comments Off on The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

I started to write this review before I had my tea. That was a mistake, like the folly of shopping at the supermarket on an empty stomach.

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Songbird

The Unwelcome Companion

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on The Unwelcome Companion

For many people, it’s a certain song. For others, a familiar place, a type of drink or a favourite dish. For lots of us, it’s absolutely nothing at all.

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Manchester Sound The Massacre

Manchester Sound: The Massacre

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Sound: The Massacre

On a muggy evening in central Manchester, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of confronting the ghosts of my past. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one experiencing unnerving flashbacks to a time when acid house, poppers and day-glow were part of everyday life.

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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

When you think of Harold Pinter‘s plays, what comes to mind? The Pinter Pause? Naturally. Dysfunctional relationships? Probably. Brutal dialogue? Maybe. But what about humour? Last night, at the Royal Exchange’s production of The Birthday Party, I was reminded of how funny Pinter could be.

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Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom, Valley of the Wild Garlic

June 3, 2013 Comments Off on Ramsbottom, Valley of the Wild Garlic

Writing about something you care about is rarely easy. You sit about, wondering where to begin, what language to choose, all the while searching for ‘urgent’ tasks to keep you busy.

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The Enough Project

The Enough Project – preview

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Enough Project – preview

I’ll come clean right now, cut to the chase, no dilly-dallying. I have a girl crush on Cathy Crabb.

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Lowry Spa

The Lowry Spa, Salford

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on The Lowry Spa, Salford

OK, you might want to be sitting down for this. Brace yourself, pour a stiff drink, get ready for some big news: heaven is in Salford.

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