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Right Psyche for Mobike?

I love them – the idea of them; the orange, black and silver; the way they pop up like computer game power-ups… but when I was faced with…

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House Of Holland Man

My 2012 “roots” prediction about London-based fashion designer Henry Holland was accurate, if somewhat premature: in 2016 he collaborated with documentary photographer Martin Parr on the presentation of…

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Shelf Life

I peroxided my hair for the first time a few weeks back, with one of those kits you can buy from the chemist for a fiver. I called…

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Domestically Challenged

This month Word Of Warning flags up a series of small-scale performances called Domestic staged in an obscure local arts venue, Cooper House. “Sounds familiar” I thought when…

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The Smiths 1983

The Smiths meant a great deal to me in 1983 for some reason… But what were they on about? What were they telling us thirty years ago? ‘This…

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Feeling Sheepish

I bought this ticket on a friend’s recommendation in 2012, but have since realised that I don’t like Alt-J. Not only is their sound very contrived, but their…

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Affleck’s Palace: Don’t Dream It, Be It!

I first met Goths in 1982, although I probably thought they were “Punks” at the time… and maybe they did too. Their appearance was dramatic: pale faces, black…

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Re-rooting?

Henry Holland and Agyness Deyn famously left the Manchester area at the earliest possible opportunity… but their roots are still evident occasionally. Here, Henry’s knitwear references the Man…

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Tweaked Kondratiev Cycle

Last month, this caught my eye outside Night & Day on Oldham Street… I thought: It looks like 1983! …black & white photos, the violinist’s short-back-and-sides and white…

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Fanzines & The Alternative Press

On Saturday March 3rd, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival, Dave Haslam gave a talk, A Brief Introduction to Manchester’s Alternative Music Magazines, at the Quaker Meeting…

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Orpheus & Narcissus 1983

Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike – Norman & Narcissus (1983) I heard this song on John Peel’s Radio 1 show in 1983 and taped it. The vocals are by…

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‘Urban’ = London?

Concerning Lowkey & Radio 1Xtra’s massive London bias. On my way to the Clarendon Road shops, I passed some lads on the corner and I asked them what…