Great Exhibition of the North’s River Talk

A leisurely stroll along an urban riverbank on a ridiculously hot June day was never going to be an easy sell to two teenage girls, but the idea of a sound walk was intriguing enough to get them to agree, albeit reluctantly, to give it a go. So it was that a friend and I, daughters in tow, experienced Aeons, a new musical journey which takes you on a voyage of discovery along Hadrian’s Wall Path on the North Bank of the River Tyne.

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Keep kind and Fettle on: a blog series by Fi Mason – Northern Fettle – Part 1: lending a hand to the local independents

This week marks the beginning of a new blog series by Fi Mason, one half of Northern Fettle – a small business support service that offers a holistic and modern approach to helping independent businesses. Fi will be exploring some of the inspirational minds behind the best independent businesses, sharing her own experiences, while also urging us to remember that running your own business requires not only grit, but support from those around you. In her first post, Fi asks the question, is being an independent business just a little too independent?

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Community Matters: A Small Good Thing

A Small Good Thing, a community greengrocers with a focus on seasonal, organic produce and waste reduction, is the product of a long term friendship originally forged 11 years ago in a pub in Bolton, where Lisa and Emily, founders of the business, were brought together by a shared love of Joni Mitchell…

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Getting to Know: Jane Haigh

Few people have quite the career portfolio of Jane Haigh. Originally from Leeds, the Freelance Designer, Stylist and Consultant, has travelled the world, worked for the likes of Topshop, Debenhams, Phase Eight and Monsoon, and has recently moved back up north, setting up her own Personal Stylist business which aims to help women define their style and grow their confidence.

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Sex and the Suffragette

This year marks a hundred years since the first steps were taken towards women’s access to democracy. In 1918, after more than twenty years of organised action, women over the age of thirty who owned property, female graduates voting in their university constituency, and female members of government, were trusted with the vote. It took a further ten years of continued organised pressure before all women were considered capable of engaging in the democratic process. Many different tactics were used to win the vote including: protest marches, hunger strikes, and the damage of property. Lesser known, however, is the suffragette’s engagement with the science of sexology.

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Cut from a Different Cloth: Why Halifax is ‘On Trend’

With the Beast From the East hopefully behind us (fingers and toes crossed), Faye Chambers gives us a reason to embrace Spring and venture out to the West Yorkshire town of Halifax. Currently in the midst of a cultural revolution, the Calderdale hot spot is reinforcing that it’s not so grim up North!

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