Category Archives: Anti-reviews

Encounters with art, theatre, film and music in Manchester and beyond

Bitter Familiar

What is it with gooseflesh? Invisible ripples cast from a distant/not so distant shore, configures my skin into miniature mountains, hairs stand high, the nape of the wind blasted treeline, heavy legs climb the stairs. I feel it blow through … Continue reading

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The Shortest Day

She walks across the road to the pharmacy. She sees the city in the far distance, down on the plain. The door and shopfront window are a milky sheen, reflecting the December clouds. She swings the old Saab onto the … Continue reading

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Christmas Party

In the office the mood is tense.  I am aware that I have stepped between worlds.  Saturated with anticipation for what is about to happen, yet excited by how the room is now in contrast with how it used to … Continue reading

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Almost Certain We Are Here

The rhythm insistent, set by the oars dipping and sweeping the grey. Fingers, tendrils, a seaweed of mists easing the hull onto shore. Sand and shingle, skindistinguishable, barefoot whispers, soles exposed, first hand, second hand, we find the way onto … Continue reading

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An Alphabet for Young Capitalists

America Bulls and Bears Consumer Debt Equity Finance Goldman Sachs Hedge fund Interest JP Morgan Kondratiev Wave London Monopoly NASDAQ OPEC Product Quantitative Easing Real estate Shareholder Trade Unit price VAT Worker X the spot, the treasure, the lottery win … Continue reading

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Pomona Palace Go!

This is exactly the kind of place where I expected to find one.  The problem is, as all Taggers know, finding these kinds of places nowadays – by definition, they don’t tend to exist.  The initial frustration of realising I’d … Continue reading

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Down at the Docks

The madness I feel is neither wild nor remote but intense and sickeningly particular. Particular yet not singular – therein lies the specific swoon and stench of this malady. Where once, in a distant and undoubtedly idealised past, certain borders … Continue reading

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