Manchester Cathedral

It's a somewhat disheartening thought that, whilst many of us will travel across the country, the continent and even the globe to visit famous sites, we can often neglect the places in our immediate vicinity. Even travel magazine Wanderlust, which famously publishes articles about trips to North Korea and other countries on the Foreign Office's … Continue reading Manchester Cathedral

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Full time: Top pop culture moments 2018 (July – December)

Back at the end of June, I posted a list of my top pop culture moments of the first half of 2018. Now, as 2018 reaches its close, it is only natural that we gaze back over what has been a tumultuous year. Our country is in a political shambles; we are shedding ministers at … Continue reading Full time: Top pop culture moments 2018 (July – December)

The Tailor of Gloucester: A different Christmas tale

December is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: an avalanche of twee and sentimental Christmas media, with its crisp, snowed covered mornings, trees leaden with tinsel and baubles and presents, heaving tables of rich foods, and a lesson in morality and the joy of simple pleasures and kindness is bestowed upon the … Continue reading The Tailor of Gloucester: A different Christmas tale

Questions of Feminism and Fashion: The Barbie Expo, Montreal

The feminist credentials of Barbara Millicent Roberts is often a divisive topic. Created by Ruth Handler nearly 60 years ago, the Barbie doll has evolved into an instantly recognisable cultural and capitalist icon. Based on the design of a more sultry, adult orientated German doll named Lilli (a cartoon strip character from German newspaper Bild), … Continue reading Questions of Feminism and Fashion: The Barbie Expo, Montreal

Women Who Shaped Manchester – John Rylands Library; & Other Thoughts.

The John Rylands Library is one of Manchester’s most beautiful architectural gems, a wondrous neo-Gothic style cathedral of learning. It attracts visitors from all over; it is even featured in the New York Time’s guide to 36 hours in Manchester. However, despite the name, this building was not established by Rylands himself, but rather by … Continue reading Women Who Shaped Manchester – John Rylands Library; & Other Thoughts.

The Art of the Northern Quarter, Manchester

The M1/M4 neighbour of Manchester, nestled between the bustling metropolis of Piccadilly and the currently-undergoing-gentrification Ancoats is known as the Northern Quarter. It has long had a reputation as a haven for creative souls and independent businesses, and is often likened to places such as London’s Shoreditch. I always enjoy a stroll around this part … Continue reading The Art of the Northern Quarter, Manchester

Idea catharsis; or the unfinished articles memorial post

My ideas for blog posts come from various different sources: books, movies, places I visit, but often my most fertile source is that of articles and posts by others. I keep a folder of these marked “inspiration”, and many of them do form the basis of some of my writings. However, for many, my idea … Continue reading Idea catharsis; or the unfinished articles memorial post

Wednesday’s Child: First Birthday and a Digest

One rainy afternoon in 2016, with a radio play nattering in the background, I started to write. What flowed out wasn’t a short story, or a chapter of my on-again/off-again attempt at novel writing. It wasn’t a trite reflection for my ePortfolio; it wasn’t even a stream of consciousness narrative. It was a blog post. … Continue reading Wednesday’s Child: First Birthday and a Digest