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Steven Mackintosh: From the Muppets to Manchester

June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Steven Mackintosh: From the Muppets to Manchester

There’s a moment in the BBC1 drama From There To Here when, not long after the IRA bomb detonates and destroys Manchester city centre, the character of Robbo stands with his hands on his head, surveying the ruins.

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Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

You know how upsetting it is when a singer has the temerity to cover your favourite artist?

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From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

From There to Here is a major new BBC drama. The editor of Northern Soul met the writer Peter Bowker and director James Strong.  

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John McArdle talks Brassed Off, Brookside and Billy Corkhill

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on John McArdle talks Brassed Off, Brookside and Billy Corkhill

Like many people, I spent my teenage years crushing on various people off the telly.

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Behind the Scenes at The Hepworth Wakefield

April 30, 2014 Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at The Hepworth Wakefield

There’s a sculpture in The Hepworth Wakefield so moving, so tender, that I can’t get it out of my mind.

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Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

April 28, 2014 Comments Off on Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

Manchester hasn’t had a Michelin-starred restaurant since the year I was born. I’m 40 next month.

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Is this John Thomson? Oh yes it is!

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Is this John Thomson? Oh yes it is!

A successful TV show following the lives of six people broadcast its final episode a decade ago.

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Bury Art Gallery: bold, beautiful and brilliant

March 29, 2014 Comments Off on Bury Art Gallery: bold, beautiful and brilliant

There is a painting hanging in Bury Art Museum which, once seen, is never forgotten.

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Strength, stoicism and sea fret: The Once talk to Northern Soul

March 18, 2014 Comments Off on Strength, stoicism and sea fret: The Once talk to Northern Soul

Today I came across an extraordinary song written by a musician from Newfoundland called Wince Coles.

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Froggy Fun at Manchester’s Vivarium (and vital conservation work to boot)

March 12, 2014 Comments Off on Froggy Fun at Manchester’s Vivarium (and vital conservation work to boot)

It’s a well-known fact that amphibians and reptiles are cold-blooded. But it wasn’t until I held a red-eyed leaf frog, stroked a python and tickled a chameleon that I realised the truth of that observation.

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