Category Archives: Anti-reviews

Here, you will find my anti-reviews of film, theatre, music and art, mostly in Manchester, but occasionally from further afield. These are vignettes inspired by and responding to the city’s cultural offerings and contain original ideas and thoughts expressed with a certain abstract lyricism.

I believe the response to great art should be to create more, create new, create something else. Anti-reviews do not peddle critiques. Anti-reviews create new forms of energy.

Am I Awake?

“Come through!  Come through the door!”  I don’t know where the voice is coming from.   I think it’s my mother.  All I can see is the darkness.  Beneath my hands the glossy layers peel away, the grit of wood chip … Continue reading

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Going Under

Off the train at Victoria, I pass the great tiled map of the north. The red and black routes swerve and strike out like recalcitrant snakes, besieging my mind, encircling me, my horizons coiling tighter until every breath is a … Continue reading

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The Englishman’s Castle

“In most cases,” Sylvie pushed the chicken onto her fork. “If you can truly define your problem you’re onto a winner, no matter how big your problem is. You can set it up, work against it… develop strategy. If you’re … Continue reading

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Nowhere But Now

Resistance begins underground and explodes from a standing start, Johnny’s in the basement, the B of the BANG.  In every eye blink heartbreak beat the skyline shifts, the city reconfigures, the horizon fractures, sunny canyons are cast in shadow.  Simple … Continue reading

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Looking for Answers

She held my chin, perhaps a little harder than intended, my jawbone between between her forefinger and thumb, and raised my face up to the thin winter light. Seen less vivid rainbows, she winced, inspecting the bruise. Her fingers were … Continue reading

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Comfort Zone

“February 2016 may have been one of the wettest on record so far… and we’re not even half way through the month yet… but thankfully, the levels inside are acceptable.  We’re going to carry on but we may have to … Continue reading

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The lines intersect, the grid is behind me.

I can see a cast of my own face superimposed on the landscape, an untethered avatar, two-dimensional, flickering on the screen of the train window, perhaps in the vacuum between the double glazing.  I catch myself not quite looking at … Continue reading

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