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Hebden Bridge, image by James R Holdsworth

Hebden Bridge is the best place ever because…

February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Hebden Bridge is the best place ever because…

…it is, it really is.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2017

Despite our hopes that 2017 would be a marked improvement on the turbulent 2016, this year came with more bumps, twists and turns than the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But, as usual, it was an excellent year for bookworms and the good reads kept on coming. 

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Armacao de Pera, Algarve, Portugal, Chris Park

Travel: Armacao de Pera, Algarve, Portugal

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Travel: Armacao de Pera, Algarve, Portugal

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s called Armacao de Pera and it’s a hidden gem nestled in the Algarve.

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Alan Hollinghurst (c) Robert Taylor, 2017

Review: Alan Hollinghurst, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Alan Hollinghurst, Manchester Literature Festival

Life as a fan of Alan Hollinghurst is a game of patience. You have to wait a good few years for the next fix to come along – but it’s worth it.

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Rochdale-Literature-Festival

“It’s about bringing literature alive.” Punam Ramchurn, director of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on “It’s about bringing literature alive.” Punam Ramchurn, director of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

“I don’t think you should be snobby about reading,” says Punam Ramchurn, director of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival which is returning for the fifth time this month.

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BBC Philharmonic

Review: BBC Philharmonic, Mahler – Symphony No. 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BBC Philharmonic, Mahler – Symphony No. 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

“You’re reviewing a classical music concert?”

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All aboard the flycycle

Landlines and Watermarks: Northern Soul chats to the brains behind art project, Water Works

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Landlines and Watermarks: Northern Soul chats to the brains behind art project, Water Works

It’s December 2015 and West Yorkshire’s beautiful Calder Valley is celebrating Christmas. Then the rain comes.

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York Minster, York

Northern Soul takes a trip to historical York

June 27, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul takes a trip to historical York

It’s the early 80s and I’m on my first school trip. Everything is going swimmingly.

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Grand Pacific, Manchester

Food Review: Grand Pacific, Manchester

June 27, 2017 Comments Off on Food Review: Grand Pacific, Manchester

Those of us who have been in Manchester for many a year wistfully remember the restaurant Reform, one of the city’s leading eateries until its closure in 2003.

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Valencia

Travel: Northern Soul takes a solo trip to sunny Valencia

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Travel: Northern Soul takes a solo trip to sunny Valencia

Last year I decided I was going to be a big brave boy and go on holiday as a solo traveller.

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