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The Fat Huntsman

I’ve lived my life in the shadow of the name Grosvenor. My first address was Grosvenor Place; I studied art in Grosvenor Building; I met my husband in…

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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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Wilson & The Angry Brigade

Was Tony Wilson influenced by Situationism or was he just posing? (At the risk of harping on, this follows on from the previous post. Quotes are from The…

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Smith vs Wilson

Tony Wilson and Mark E Smith have loomed so large over Manchester’s recent cultural history that I’ve felt inclined to ignore them both as much as possible, in…

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We Had Doubt

I first heard Prefab Sprout on Radio 1 late in the evening circa 1983, singing Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone). A wordy title for an oddly…

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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…