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Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?

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Blown Away in Liverpool: From Kazimier to Invisible Wind Factory

June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Blown Away in Liverpool: From Kazimier to Invisible Wind Factory

There really was nowhere quite like the Kazimier.

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Salty Kiss

Brew North: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose by Magic Rock

April 22, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose by Magic Rock

God knows how much time has passed since I last saw a gooseberry. It seems to me that nations have risen, civilisations have collapsed and entire continents have drifted apart since I last set eyes on any of those translucent little fellows in their furry phlegm-coloured jackets.

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Brew North: A Night Out by the Mad Hatter Brewing Company

February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: A Night Out by the Mad Hatter Brewing Company

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. Drink a beer and write about it I mean. But time and again, as sip followed sip, I found that the bottle was sunk well before I was ever able to reach for my pen.

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The Princess and The Pea: we talk to director Nina Hajiyianni

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on The Princess and The Pea: we talk to director Nina Hajiyianni

One of the best things about being a parent in Liverpool used to be our family’s Christmas trip to the Unity Theatre.

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A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

For many years, I thought I could take it or leave it. It wasn’t something I needed to discuss.

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Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

In 1981, Roy Hattersley, then Shadow Home Secretary, made a short film for Yorkshire Television about the Sheffield in which he grew up.

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A Taste of the HB Source: Inside the Cumberland Pencil Museum

October 4, 2015 1 Comment

It was summer’s end. Across the land, shop-fresh school shirts were being slipped from the cellophane and given an inaugural airing in public.

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Review: Café at Tate Liverpool

September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Café at Tate Liverpool

There is a scene in the classic comedy film Carry On Up the Khyber in which a party of dignitaries from the British Raj sits down to dinner in a grand colonial residence.

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Review: The Hook, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

July 7, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Hook, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Just a few days ago I was sitting in the Liverpool Small Cinema watching a film called Still the Enemy WithinElegiac and accusatory, it’s the story of the 1984-85 miners’ strike from the perspective of the striking miners themselves. 

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