Today I was lucky enough to take part in the Manchester International Festival 2017, helping to create Wikipedia pages for Northern women whose achievements deserve recognition but who currently have low digital profiles.
On Monday 22 May 2017, 22 girls, women and young men were killed when a suicide bomb went off in Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert. It was the deadliest terror attack in the UK since the London bombings of 2003.
If you’re looking for interesting bubbly this Christmas that scores on taste but saves on big brand mark-ups, here are some tips from Manchester’s Cracking Wine.
Too busy to sell your stuff on eBay? There’s someone who’ll do it for you.
It’s 8.30am on a Monday morning and my dining room table is covered in Build a Bear clothes while on the floor Sylvanian Families houses are arranged along the wall. Upstairs, all the clothes I don’t wear but can’t bring myself to give away are draped across the bed.
I’m due a visit from Liz Law, eBay trader from Hale, who’s been recommended by no fewer than three people… and that was before I even knew what an eBay trader was.
On 23 June the people of Altrincham voted in the EU Referendum. Trafford voted Remain, as did Manchester, but the North West as a region voted Leave. After a week where the PM resigned, the pound fell, markets tumbled and leadership of both major political parties is in chaos, how do people feel about their vote?
I took a quick trip around Altrincham town centre to ask, starting with the independently owned shops on the Downs and Stamford New Road:
When I went to leave my house in Altrincham for my 7am shift at MediaCity, everything seemed normal. Until I opened my front door and saw this.
No great catastrophe, but one of our flagstones was pulled up and broken, and the gate left open. I’d read about thefts of entire driveways of York stone flags, so knew that someone had tried to steal ours and been disturbed or though better or if.
Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, has taken the UK and the world by storm. The Japanese ‘organising consultant’ urges us to turn our wardrobes, bookshelves and kitchen drawers inside out and keep only items that are useful or spark joy.
Three million copies of the book have been sold and Marie promises that if we do it right and by her rules, we’ll never have to tidy again. So that means that thousands of UK women and hundreds right here in Manchester have permanently scratched ‘tidying’ off their to do lists, right? Er, maybe not.