Manchester

A large cast is mostly led by shouty men, who lead shouty meetings: Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

It’s like being trapped in an episode of Poldark: Peterloo reviewed

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo is one of those films where you keep waiting for it to get good, and waiting and…

The Factory (image: OMA/Factory)

The Bilbao effect

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Twenty years ago I wrote of the otherwise slaveringly praised Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao: I’m in a minority of, apparently,…

Northern rock

16 September 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago, the debut album by a young British guitar band entered the chart at No. 6. You might…

Manchester isn’t oppressed, Andy Burnham – it’s wildly overrated

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘The shortest way out of Manchester,’ it used to be said, ‘is notoriously a bottle of Gordon’s gin.’ But that…

Nick Robinson’s diary: What dog will donate its vocal cords to me?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Scientists are experimenting with growing replacement vocal cords in the lab, as well as transplanting them from dogs. That was…

Spittle is the only thing Labour has left

10 October 2015 9:00 am

I have started salivating excessively at night. I wake each morning in a pillowed swamp of my own effluvium, a…

Manchester has marvellous wines, and it’s not finished yet

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It will seem an ungrateful comment after the lunch which I am about to describe, but Manchester has some way…

On Jim O’Neill, the new ‘Northern Powerhouse’ supremo

23 May 2015 9:00 am

A doff of my flat cap to Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist who has been made a peer,…

George Osborne interview: smaller government is not enough

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Puccini’s doesn’t seem like George Osborne’s sort of restaurant. It is a pizza-and-pasta place in the safely Labour constituency of…

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of…

Consummately psychotic: Mark E. Smith of The Fall

If the idea of disturbing kraut-punk sung by a troll appeals, you'll love The Fall

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I had a fair idea of what I was in for when I went to see The Fall at Brixton’s…

Marriage and foreplay Sharia-style

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Needless to say, it’s not uncommon to hear single British women in their thirties and forties saying that all the…

From Burma — or maybe Saigon — to Manchester via Calcutta

27 September 2014 8:00 am

England   We dropped off our daughter Eve at her new school in the Midlands and started the long journey…

Your starter for ten: why do we Brits so love University Challenge?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Fingers on buzzers!’ says Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge. But technically this is inaccurate. Only one of the teams actually…

Sam Neill’s diary: Back in Blighty, remembering drinking binges of yore

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I am back in the UK for work. Great time to turn up — after the grim, grey grind of…

The Morrissey myth

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Drinking in Corbières, a dingy basement bar just off St Ann’s Square, 30 years ago, you could bump into any…

'If I can barely speak, then I shall surely sing'

26 October 2013 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, I was wandering with a friend around West London when our conversation turned to the reliable…

Nobody takes a flight from London to Manchester. So why would we take HS2?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

From Edinburgh airport there are more than 45 flights a day to London. And, I imagine, the same number back.…