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Grace North Run

In September I will be running – stop laughing – I will be running the Great North Run (aka Grace North Run), which is a half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles. If you remember me from PE – or have, indeed, ever seen

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Grace North Run

In September I will be running – stop laughing – I will be running the Great North Run (aka Grace North Run), which is a half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles. If you remember me from PE – or have, indeed, ever seen

My speech to council on International Women’s Day 2013

Friday 8th March was a day for the world to celebrate women. I’ve written on this blog before – pretty comprehensively, I like to think – about what International Women’s Day is for and why it’s important, so I won’t

My speech to council on International Women’s Day 2013

Friday 8th March was a day for the world to celebrate women. I’ve written on this blog before – pretty comprehensively, I like to think – about what International Women’s Day is for and why it’s important, so I won’t

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Michael’s Manchester

Regular conference-goers of a certain age will be familiar with Peter Wheeler’s annual guides to the best local pubs – now there’s a new generation. My friend Michael Wheeler has produced an exhaustively researched (I can attest) guide to some

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Michael’s Manchester

Regular conference-goers of a certain age will be familiar with Peter Wheeler’s annual guides to the best local pubs – now there’s a new generation. My friend Michael Wheeler has produced an exhaustively researched (I can attest) guide to some

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Leaflets, licensing and the Lass O’Gowrie: what I’m up this week

Got a bit of a busy one for the rest of the week! Today’s mostly a #labourdoorstep day – I’ve just come back from delivering thank-you leaflets (yes, I know the election was a while ago) and I’ve got several

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Leaflets, licensing and the Lass O’Gowrie: what I’m up this week

Got a bit of a busy one for the rest of the week! Today’s mostly a #labourdoorstep day – I’ve just come back from delivering thank-you leaflets (yes, I know the election was a while ago) and I’ve got several

Young, Bright and on the Right

Review: Young, Bright and on the Right

Reading over the notes I made during Young, Bright and on the Right last night on BBC2, three points stand out, because I wrote them in capitals. One is MY GOD THEY LOOK YOUNG, the second is WHY IS HE

Young, Bright and on the Right

Review: Young, Bright and on the Right

Reading over the notes I made during Young, Bright and on the Right last night on BBC2, three points stand out, because I wrote them in capitals. One is MY GOD THEY LOOK YOUNG, the second is WHY IS HE

Retro review: The Breakfast Club

When Emerald Street offered the chance to go to a free screening of The Breakfast Club at Hulme’s Zion Arts Centre, I jumped at it, and not just because of the free wine. The Breakfast Club, like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen

Retro review: The Breakfast Club

When Emerald Street offered the chance to go to a free screening of The Breakfast Club at Hulme’s Zion Arts Centre, I jumped at it, and not just because of the free wine. The Breakfast Club, like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen

breakfast club girls

Why it sucks to be a woman in The Breakfast Club (spoilers alert)

If you don’t count Brian the Brain’s pushy mom, there are two women in The Breakfast Club: Claire the Princess and Allison the Kook. The three main male characters all land in detention for doing Very Bad (and therefore Interesting)

breakfast club girls

Why it sucks to be a woman in The Breakfast Club (spoilers alert)

If you don’t count Brian the Brain’s pushy mom, there are two women in The Breakfast Club: Claire the Princess and Allison the Kook. The three main male characters all land in detention for doing Very Bad (and therefore Interesting)

Being Elmo poster

Being Elmo review

Not just any old fly on the wall – Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is what happens when a behind-the-scenes documentary meets The Muppets, with a quick squirt of Hairspray for good measure. The story of how shy little Kevin

Being Elmo poster

Being Elmo review

Not just any old fly on the wall – Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is what happens when a behind-the-scenes documentary meets The Muppets, with a quick squirt of Hairspray for good measure. The story of how shy little Kevin