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Mayfield Depot

I finally managed to get over to Mayfield Depot last week to take pictures of The Big Doors. I’ve wanted to photograph them ever since I saw this…

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Dodie Smith: Look Back With Love

Last month, Jacqueline Wilson spoke to a packed hall at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music about her 100th book Opal Plumstead, which is set in Edwardian England…

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When Ziggy played B&Q

A Defining Me contributor whom I didn’t mention in my previous post is Bill Mather, because I thought his subject deserved a post all to itself. I was…

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MDMA @ The Lowry

Manchester District Music Archive is an on-line collection of musical memorabilia. Anyone can submit an ‘artefact’, which might be a picture (or scan) of a poster, a ticket,…

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Pankhurst In The Park

If Beetham Tower is a phallic landmark, then perhaps Alexandra Park is its yonic opposite. (I didn’t know the word “yonic” until I looked up “phallic opposite” just…

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The Realness of Rob & Rachel

A couple of posts back, Ian Hough made a comment which made me wonder: How could someone living abroad easily get a flavour of what it’s really like…

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About Jon & Frank

Jon Ronson at the Dancehouse 30/3/14 By Fishkid Frank Sidebottom is not everyone’s cup of surreal nonsense. Half my chums still don’t understand why I find his silly…

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Weirdstone Of Brisingamen

The title still impresses me. I must have read Alan Garner’s first novel (published 1960) in the late seventies, by which time I was already a Tolkien/C.S.Lewis veteran….

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Princemania!

I couldn’t afford or justify a £70+ ticket to see Prince last week but I didn’t want to ignore his visitation either… so here’s my friend’s account of…

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What is Common Knowledge?

Ex-Manchester journalist Jon Ronson wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats… That should ring a bell, because the film of the book stars George Clooney, and even if…

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Carmel 1984

In January 1984, the second issue of City Life proclaimed the four great hopes of the Manchester music scene to be Carmel, The Smiths, The Fall and New…

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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…