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When Cotton Was King

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on When Cotton Was King

Who had more cotton spindles turning than the combined cotton industries of France and Germany in 1913? Oldham, that’s who!

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Robin Hood at Williamson Park

A Meteorological Gamble Pays Off

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on A Meteorological Gamble Pays Off

“Fancy driving to Lancaster to see an outdoor performance in the park?” came the request from Northern Soul a couple of months ago. With a pinch of the Dunkirk spirit I said “yes”

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The Deep

The Deep

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on The Deep

In March 1984, the Hellisey VE 503 fishing trawler capsized off the south coast of Iceland, leaving only one man, ‘Gulli’ Fridthórsson to survive the tragedy.

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Honest

Honest

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Honest

I found myself at the home of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at Chorlton Mill in the city centre last night.

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A Field in England

A Field in England

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on A Field in England

In his own introduction to the film, director Ben Wheatley describes A Field in England as “pretty fucking mental”. For all the right reasons, that’s exactly what it is.

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Injured Soldiers

In Balance With This Life, This Death

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on In Balance With This Life, This Death

When I was a serving soldier, inter-corps rivalry was everything. The British Army encouraged soldiers to take a fierce pride in each level of the structure, right down to platoon or section level.

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The Shop of Little Horrors

The Shop of Little Horrors at The Met, Bury

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on The Shop of Little Horrors at The Met, Bury

I know I’m not on my own when I say that I’ve always found puppets scary. I trace it back to watching a black and white film from 1945 called Dead of Night.

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John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

June 8, 2013 Comments Off on John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

Isn’t it always the way? You wait for one Northern comedy hero and then two come along at once.

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Posh Tramps and Papooshes

Posh Tramps and Papooses, Chorlton

May 30, 2013 Comments Off on Posh Tramps and Papooses, Chorlton

The differences between North and South Manchester – both real and imagined – are presented to hilarious effect in Posh Tramps and Papooses – the new production from Manchester’s excellent MaD Theatre Company.

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peterloo-cartoon

The Story of Peterloo

May 29, 2013 Comments Off on The Story of Peterloo

Being a tourist in your own city is an unusual and dislocating experience.

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