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James Martin

Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

I have a huge crush on James Martin. I’ve spent many a hungover weekend morning watching Saturday Kitchen and scoffing scrambled eggs made with a tonne of butter.

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The Crystal Dome, The Crystal Maze Experience

Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

Locating the entrance to The Crystal Maze Experience in Manchester is a bit like taking part in one of its infamous challenges.

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Lawrence Batley Theatre exterior

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station.

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Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

There’s something about Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. It’s the welcoming, colourful displays and the passion with which they celebrate local talent and history alongside bestsellers that makes it feel like a local bookshop.

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Review: Paul Auster’s City of Glass, HOME, Manchester

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Paul Auster’s City of Glass, HOME, Manchester

No matter how old we get, there’s something about public nudity that can still shock and amuse.

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Yard & Coop, Manchester

Review: Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter, Manchester

March 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter, Manchester

For a vegetarian, the self-proclaimed ‘home of buttermilk fried chicken’ might seem like a peculiar restaurant choice.

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Andrew McLain who plays John , image by Lee Baxter 

Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

I am infuriatingly punctual. I can’t bear tardiness which means I’m usually left standing outside in the cold, or at the bar, waiting for others to show up.

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Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer at 42nd Street, Manchester (image by Paul Husband)

The team at 42nd Street talk mental wellbeing, The Horsfall and Ancoats

January 30, 2017 Comments Off on The team at 42nd Street talk mental wellbeing, The Horsfall and Ancoats

I once set up a creative writing class at a youth centre. I went armed with Berol handwriting pens and my own teenage experience. Only two lads turned up. They laughed, teasing me and each other.

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Make Up

Sexism and the supermarket: is it OK for women to wear pyjamas and apply make-up in public?

January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Sexism and the supermarket: is it OK for women to wear pyjamas and apply make-up in public?

We’ve all got our own procedure. I do mine in front of Netflix. Housemate lays out her tools in the bathroom sink like she’s preparing for an operation.

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Central Library, Manchester by Andrew Moor

It’s Not Grim Up North

April 29, 2016 Comments Off on It’s Not Grim Up North

‘As you dry your clothes once again
Upon the radiator
What makes Britain great
Makes Manchester yet greater’

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