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Barbara Barbara Nicholls, The Turnpike, Leigh

Art Review: Barbara Nicholls, The Turnpike, Leigh

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Art Review: Barbara Nicholls, The Turnpike, Leigh

Watercolours can get a bad press. For me they conjure up an image of legions of Sunday painters out in the field with their Windsor & Newtons.

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Food Review: Brunch at The Tea Room, Midland Hotel, Manchester

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Brunch at The Tea Room, Midland Hotel, Manchester

When the Northern Soul Editor was called away at the last minute, our willing Opera Correspondent stepped into her shoes and joined me for mid-morning brunch at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

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The Turnpike, Relief by William Mitchell

“It’s absolutely bonkers.” How a Brutalist building is leading Wigan’s cultural revival

May 26, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s absolutely bonkers.” How a Brutalist building is leading Wigan’s cultural revival

So, what’s going on at The Turnpike in Leigh? The answer: loads.

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Naples and Vesuvius

Travel: Vedi Napoli e poi muori (see Naples and then die)

May 19, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: Vedi Napoli e poi muori (see Naples and then die)

Many people flying from the UK to Naples head straight for the Amalfi coast, put off entering the city by stories of the Camorra, handbag snatchers on scooters, crazy traffic and Vesuvius, an active volcano.

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Food Review: Store Street Exchange, DoubleTree, Manchester

May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Store Street Exchange, DoubleTree, Manchester

Having previously appeared in Northern Soul restaurant reviews merely as Robert Hamilton’s dining companion The Brunette, I was honoured to be entrusted with writing as well as eating (as Mr Hamilton was stuck on the tarmac at El Prat).

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Paul Mason

“Progress will win.” Journalist and author Paul Mason talks to Northern Soul

April 29, 2019 Comments Off on “Progress will win.” Journalist and author Paul Mason talks to Northern Soul

Paul Mason’s latest book, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being, comes in at 300 pages followed by 20 pages of notes then a delicious 36-page index (Marx and Marxism fills a page).

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Travel: 100 Years of the Bauhaus, Berlin

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: 100 Years of the Bauhaus, Berlin

As if you needed another reason to visit Berlin. Throughout 2019, Germany is celebrating 100 years of the Bauhaus, and Berlin is putting itself centre stage.

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the finca

Travel: Northern Soul spends a month in Extremadura, Spain

February 22, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: Northern Soul spends a month in Extremadura, Spain

At the end of 2018, I swapped cold, damp Manchester for the cold but dry climes of Hoyos in the Sierra de Gata, Extremadura in the middle of Spain and just 15 minutes from Portugal.

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