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Veteran journalist, food & wine writer and public speaker who is proudly born & bred here in Manchester.

When Heaton Park was the horse racing capital of the north

Gloriously restored Heaton Park Hall will reveal its secrets again this summer with special guided tours offering rare opportunities to see inside one of...

Manchester’s got everything except a beach… but Salford is getting a lido

A lido: an open air swimming pool where back in the 1950s and 1960s bathing belles  tottered around in their white one pieces and stilettos...

‘Feisty, passionate and brimming with spirit’: New York Post praises Manchester’s resilience

Manchester may be the second most visited city in England after London, but it's not a big player with tourists from the United States. After...

5 reasons for Mancunians to holiday at home this year

Manchester is, after London, the most visited city in England. The Lonely Planet Guide puts Manchester in the Top 20 places in the world...

How we eat in 2017: simple, folksy, authentic and out of town

The line-up of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes nominated for prestigious awards at the climax of the 20th Manchester Food and Drink Festival is...

St Ann’s Square floral tributes preserved in memory of Arena terrorist attack victims

Images of the tributes honouring the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack moved people to tears, not just in Manchester, but around the...

It’s THE END for the Odeon Oxford Street: the 1930s blockbuster building to be...

Three months short of 13 years since the last picture show at the former Odeon cinema on Oxford Street, the landmark art deco building...

Greater Manchester is even redder as UKIP heads for oblivion

Labour’s grip on Greater Manchester’s Parliamentary constituencies has tightened following the General Election, boosted by the meltdown of the UK Independence Party’s vote. Any hopes...

The Port of Manchester is dead – long live Port Salford

The Port of Manchester is long gone. The docks were redeveloped as Salford Quays and MediaCity, but that’s not the end of the story for...

Manchester and Salford MPs’ outside financial interests revealed

An exclusive investigation by freelance journalist Chris White has revealed that nearly half of outgoing MPs own a second home for rental purposes, even though many Britons...

Murder on the Orient Express’s connection to a 19th Century mansion in Cheadle

The trailer for the latest star-studded movie version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express has just been released. But few know that...

How should Manchester remember the victims of the terror attack?

After the horrific train bombings at Madrid's Atocha railway station in March 2004, the city raised a 36ft high glass brick cylinder as a...

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