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Critical Mass

Critical Mass

October 16, 2013 Comments Off on Critical Mass

What on earth is all this about? That was my overriding thought as I stood in a warm and still St Peter’s Square in Manchester.

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James Martin

James Martin comes to Manchester

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on James Martin comes to Manchester

“Northerners like bigger portions.” Ain’t that the truth. But when James Martin says so, this truism takes on a whole new resonance.

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Northern Soul party by Craige Barker

Northern Soul – The Launch Party

October 14, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul – The Launch Party

Oooh, I do like a good do. And so it was that Northern Soul ‘officially’ launched to an unsuspecting public last month.

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The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

Earlier this month the Hallé opened its 155th season. It would be reasonable to expect that the orchestra, one of the undoubted cultural crown jewels of Manchester, wanted to start things off with a bang, so to speak.

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Manchester House

Theatre of Food at Manchester House

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Theatre of Food at Manchester House

I’ve had some posh dinners in my time but I have never, ever been served a meal perched on a dish of artificial turf, all enveloped in a haze of dry ice. Until, that is, I went to the newly-launched Manchester House.

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John Cooper Clarke

Evidently Rotters

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on Evidently Rotters

Oh I did have a good time the other night. It is always good to remind oneself that sobriety may also bring euphoria; that sharing a moment with friends when clarity and understanding prevails is just as good as getting leathered and singing loudly.

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All My Sons

Carnage at the Royal Exchange

October 5, 2013 Comments Off on Carnage at the Royal Exchange

Emotional carnage was adroitly presented to a shocked and thrilled audience on Wednesday night, as Manchester’s Royal Exchange took up the challenge of presenting theatre-goers with a devastating performance of Arthur Miller’s 1947 classic All My Sons.

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Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

Manchester has a rich, diverse musical heritage – and every right to be fiercely proud of it. But you wouldn’t envy the man who tries to tell the entire story.

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Tim Burgess by Chris Payne

Hey Country Boy

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Hey Country Boy

I noted the Stone Roses (Mani), Oasis (Bonehead) and New Order (Stephen Morris) among the bands with representatives at Tim Burgess‘s solo gig at Band on the Wall – all supporting an old mate in an intimate setting, with a generous card of young bands (not sure I can remember the last time I went to a gig where there were three supports on the bill). 

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Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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