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Don’t worry ’bout a thing – back in conversation with Mark Steel

Have a chat with stand-up comic Mark Steel and it won’t be long before cricket, football or politics come up in conversation. And in my case all three, with geography and history thrown in. The 57-year-old Kentish comedian, broadcaster, writer … Continue reading

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Four-eyed handsome men – introducing Doug Perkins and the Spectaculars

  I wouldn’t expect the fervour of a 1950s audience when Doug Perkins and the Spectaculars make their latest return to Chorley Little Theatre this weekend. For the sake of the team at this Lancashire venue you’d hope those days of … Continue reading

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On the write wavelength – the Jenn Ashworth interview

Jenn Ashworth is part-way into a busy schedule of promotional visits, travelling to and from her North Lancashire base spreading the word about newly-published, critically-acclaimed novel Fell, a haunting, mysterious tale set on the edge of Morecambe Bay. Born in … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at the Little Theatre

I don’t tend to plug successful local community ventures and thriving venues so much on this blog. But organisations like the Chorley Little Theatre – not far from my doorstep – deserve credit for surviving in these days of austerity … Continue reading

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Punchlines, headlines, good times and hard lines – the Dave Spikey interview

I go a few years back with Dave Spikey, first meeting this ever-entertaining Lancastrian when he dropped in at my old workplace, the Chorley Guardian, with fellow comedian Peter Kay in early 2000. At that point the pair had already … Continue reading

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Uninformed As I Am – the Jo Caulfield interview

Jo Caulfield is having a bit of a domestic crisis, and is pleased to be distracted by her gentleman caller. Let’s not panic though. These are First World problems. They involve the comedian and panel show regular’s cooker and its … Continue reading

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Phil Cool, John Foxx and the Swing Park Incident

To coincide with my recent John Foxx and Phil Cool interviews on this blog, here’s the part of the jigsaw that links those features – the true story of that broken nose incident, or at least Phil Cool’s version of … Continue reading

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End of an impressionable era – the Phil Cool interview

Forty years after swapping the electrical trade for the comedy circuit, Phil Cool is all set for his final shows back in his native Lancashire. And it’s perhaps rather apt that there’s been no great fuss about the former TV … Continue reading

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From Ultravox and Underpass to overground success – the John Foxx interview

John Foxx has become something of a cult hero in discerning circles over the last four decades, making a big noise in the art and music world. He has strong associations with the new wave of electronic music that saw us … Continue reading

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Walsh reaches Turning Point in stellar career

This week former Starsailor front-man James Walsh returns to his native North-West, showcasing songs from his new album in Liverpool and Manchester. The talented singer/songwriter will be at The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, on Monday, December 2, then the following … Continue reading

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