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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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Faux Leopard vs Headless Woman

Throughout the 1980s, I admired second-hand fake “leopard-skin” coats very much but I never could find one which passed muster. There was always something not quite right; a…

July 2011

New Broadcasting House

The BBC began to consider proposals for a TV and radio headquarters in Manchester in 1953. In 1967, Manchester Corporation suggested the All Saints Oxford Road site and…

Mark Mulligan, David Byrne & Dave Haslam

Hedd To Head

Belated review of Plug In, Tune Out with David Byrne, Mark Mulligan and Dave Haslam: Does music matter less in the current era? Royal Northern College Of Music,…

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Rats’ Tales

December 2012 was the Month Of The Rat in my house: two of my kids, along with 88 others, have been performing in Rats’ Tales at The Royal…

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150 Years Brewing in Moss Side

Hydes officially vacated Queen’s Brewery in Moss Side, this week, in order to move to a new premises in Salford on Kansas Avenue. The administration staff have moved…

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Sparks @ The Ritz

It didn’t get off to a good start. Dave, Head of Security, wouldn’t allow my camera over the threshold, declaring its detachable lens “professional” according to Bouncer Law,…

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One Day wonder[ment]

Hosted by Alexandra Arts, One Day Wonderment was an ambitious art and film event in Alexandra Park, on the borders of Whalley Range and Moss Side, on Sunday…

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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…

Flyposters on Oldham Street, August 2012

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…

Location of Plymouth Terrace, Sedgeborough Road, August 2012

Emmeline Pankhurst’s Birthplace: Alexandra Park Estate

In 1863, Slater’s Directory of Manchester and Salford listed Emmeline’s father, Robert Goulden, as head of the household at 8 Alpha Terrace on Sloane Street in Moss Side:…

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Eid Festival @ BMHC

Eid Festival 1st September 2012 British Muslim Heritage Centre, College Road, Whalley Range There was a great atmosphere but the rides were expensive. The BMHC will soon have…