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What A Norf and Sarf

What a Norf and Sarf (Cockney rhyming slang, popularised by Tommy Steele, for “what a mouth”) chronicles the labyrinthine relationship between an East London boy and the territory of his mother and alma mater well above the Watford Gap.

Northern Dog by Chris Payne

How the North (eventually) made a dog owner out of me

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on How the North (eventually) made a dog owner out of me

Only in what I choose to call ‘middle age’– with the implicit intention to live to at least 114 – did I become a dog owner.

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Manchester- black and white shot by Chris Payne

Violence: is there a North-South divide?

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Violence: is there a North-South divide?

It seems rough, tough Northern lads and lasses can still really show those Southern namby-pambies a thing or two when it comes to settling a dispute with a bit of a scrap.

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What a Norf and Sarf: returning to Holme Moss

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on What a Norf and Sarf: returning to Holme Moss

I’m an East London boy with strong Northern connections, proud and grateful about my maternal links to Manchester and the fine-tuning of my thought processes by a doctorate in Sheffield (fish glands, since you ask).

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