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  • The Last Ship is a musical with a Sting in the tale

    Karin Johnstone gives her reaction to Sting’s musical The Last Ship… The Last Ship, Sting’s musical, has arrived at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate. The musical is inspired by Sting’s experiences from his northern childhood and the shipbuilding industry that shaped his [...]
  • Late lunch a winner at the historic Lamplighter

    Review: The Lamplighter, 66 Overstone Road, Northampton, NN1 3JS Penda’s small dining companion is trying to eat with her hands again. She’s gnawing on a chunk of crackling and wiggling as she does so. “I’m trying to get this wobbly baby tooth out,” she explains, before being ordered to [...]
  • Fixing Northamptonshire: we’ve got our work cut out

    New County Council leader Cllr Matthew Golby and finance portfolio holder Cllr Michael Clarke are charged with getting Northamptonshire back on an even keel. Lena Davis sat them down with a cup of tea to hear what their plans are… Photos by John Bishop When you have seen Northamptonshire [...]
  • Who won the giant chocolate egg?

    If you’re going to shell out for a giant chocolate egg you want to make sure it ends up in the right hands. That’s why Steve and Caroline at St Giles Cheese decided to raffle it to raise money for The Hope Centre. In the end £810 was collected and the egg was won by Peter Thorpe who [...]
  • Join the fun at Blackpit Brewery birthday bash

    Silverstone’s Blackpit Brewery is celebrating its first anniversary with a birthday party, writes Elisha Dexter. Over the past year the brewery has produced over 85,000 pints and a range of ales, including Sky Rocket, Loosehead, Cloud Nine, Goshawk and Blackout Best. Oliver Whiteley, who runs the [...]
  • Just an impulsive murderer I couldn’t help but relate to…

    Writer Tré Ventour reflects on the how the cinematic and social game-changer Black Panther left him feeling… Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is a film loved by millions across the world, including those of African descent. From its cast to its music, there are numerous factors that are drawn [...]
  • The truth about Fake News and The Mitford Murders

    Reviewing the Situation with Lena Davis Lena has been a music producer, writer and Personal Manager; a photographer and journalist and, over thirty years ago, got together with Caroline Scattergood to create the Caring & Sharing Trust to bring music, hope and love into the lives of people with [...]
  • Some cultural highlights ahead

    Tre Ventour looks at some of the stand out cultural events coming up… Cinema – Errol Flynn (April – May) There is no shortage of greatness to hit the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. I’m sure their motto is quality not quantity. Awards season has finished but that doesn’t mean they’re not [...]
  • Fotheringhay – another missing Northamptonshire castle

    Mike Ingram reveals the history of Fotheringhay Castle, a forgotten jewel in Northamptonshire’s crown… Northamptonshire just drips with history. Almost every town, village and church has a story to tell, many connected to national history and events. However, if there is one village [...]
  • Cycle 4 Cynthia returns to Althorp

    14 years, thousands of pedallers and tens of thousands of miles later, Northamptonshire’s favourite sponsored cycle ride has reached a remarkable fundraising milestone, topping the £500,000 mark, writes Anna Murby. The amazing total was revealed at the launch of the fifteenth year of [...]
  • Madame Bovary by The Masque Theatre

    The Masque Theatre’s take on Madame Bovary is unveiled to the public starting Tuesday next week at The Playhouse Theatre in Clare Street. The theatre group has issued the following press statement: ‘speech is a cracked kettle on which we tap out crude rhythms for bears to dance to, [...]
  • Shrektacular family fun

    Shrek the Musical has arrived from Far Far Away and is at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from 14th March to 25th March, Karin Johnstone has sampled the fun… It’s no surprise that a musical version of the Dreamworks film Shrek will pull in audiences but the surprise is that, this [...]
  • Bumbarrels

    Richard Hollingum reflects upon the long-tailed tit… Outside my office window is a cotinus Grace, bare-branched and in need of a bit of a trim, and running over it and onto the adjacent bird feeder is a clematis armandii that is covered with leaves and, I am pleased to say, lots of flower [...]
  • Can you imagine a world without music?

    Helen Blaby reveals the importance of her tunes… Someone said to me this week that they couldn’t imagine a world without music. I don’t think I can either. For as long as I can remember music has been a part of my life. One of my earliest memories is climbing the stairs to bed with Mum [...]
  • Born to be handled, admired and loved

    Lena has been a music producer, writer and Personal Manager; a photographer and journalist and, over thirty years ago, got together with Caroline Scattergood to create the Caring & Sharing Trust to bring music, hope and love into the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families [...]
Fine writing

Queen Eleanor’s Cross – a love story

by Steve in Culture

Alarming pictures of Northampton’s Queen Eleanor Cross overgrown with weeds prompted a new Facebook group and the promise of action from Northampton Borough Council. [...]

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Restaurant reviews

Late lunch a winner at the historic Lamplighter

by Steve in Culture

Review: The Lamplighter, 66 Overstone Road, Northampton, NN1 3JS Penda’s small dining companion is trying to eat with her hands again. She’s gnawing on a chunk of [...]

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Culture

Are you still mad as hell?

by Steve in Cinema

Tre Ventour looks at the classic movie Network… Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is an ageing newsreader for UBS. Set to be sacked in a fortnight, after his ratings have [...]

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