In the spotlight

Nick Cochrane to direct Peter Pan at The Deco

by Steve in Culture

Former Coronation Street star Nick Cochrane is back at The Deco Theatre this Christmas as one of the stars of the Peter Pan Panto. But more than that, this year he is [...]


  • Nick Cochrane to direct Peter Pan at The Deco

    Former Coronation Street star Nick Cochrane is back at The Deco Theatre this Christmas as one of the stars of the Peter Pan Panto. But more than that, this year he is directing the show, too. Nick, who played Andy McDonald in the ITV Soap Opera for eight years, is joined by singing star Lydia Lucy, [...]
  • How to turn your screen into a gateway to adventure

    Computer Aficionado James Sheppard goes on some wild adventures….. The action adventure genre of games is probably the broadest and cluttered in the history of computer games. From the first entry, simply titled Adventure all the way through to the Tomb Raider franchise and beyond. Many combine [...]
  • What is the enduring appeal of Stoke Bruerne at War?

    Roger Hasdell, Mick Butler, and Lynda Payton (Friends of The Canal Museum) talk about the history and success of Stoke Bruerne at War… pictures by Dave Ikin Over the last 10 years, the annual Village at War weekend staged at the canalside village of Stoke Bruerne has established itself as one [...]
  • How late can you leave it with a uke and a cape?

    Chris Harris shares his Diary of a Stand Up and his mission to bring the funny to Northampton… Trying to tie together Darwin jokes, playing the ukulele, and the genetic abnormalities that affect the taste of coriander into a one-hour comedy show was possibly the biggest challenge of my comedy [...]
  • The Pomfret: a series of hipster-based coincidences

    Barney Felce tells the story of The Pomfret Arm’s journey from abandoned shell to thriving Northampton pub (and it’s not a hipster bar)… Back in 2013 my brother Matthew and I stood in the garden of The Pomfret or “The End” as it was in its last incarnation.  We had been [...]
  • Detroit: are the facts more important than the feel?

    Emily Shears asks whether Detroit should have stuck rigidly to reporting events or is it starting a debate that needs to happen? As a film enthusiast, it’s hard, in 2017, to find a film that isn’t rife with superheroes, unnecessarily remade or ridiculously predictable, or so I find. But once in [...]
  • Autumn – a feast in four acts

    Countryman Richard Hollingum considers autumn… Prologue The thing about Autumn is that it is easy to recognise when it starts. There is a sort of prelude that accompanies the rapid shortening of the days, when the mornings are a bit sharper and you can start to watch the sunrise without [...]
  • Blow away your worries by giving them an airing

    Broadcaster Helen Blaby talks about the ways she has confronted anxiety… As I write this, it’s just gone 3 in the morning and I just can’t shut my brain off. You probably have similar times, times when you just can’t silence your inner voices. It doesn’t matter how tired you are, how [...]
  • Rules for Living review: audience must go for a great night out

    The. Best. Stage. Fight. Ever. Period. Maybe that sounds a bit over the top but know this: there is a stage fight in Rules for Living (at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton until the end of the month) that is at least good enough to make me go over the top. By the time it comes, though, the [...]
  • Is the new pollution policy really a breath of fresh air?

    Northampton Borough Council is discussing a new policy on dealing with air quality issues in the town centre, here Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson Martin Sawyer gives his reaction and concerns… The Borough Council has finally conceded to establish an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) around [...]
  • Are you a 20th century fox?

    Tre Ventour is a young film fan but says his generation is missing out on the pleasures of older movies… “And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge” [...]
  • Get into a thriller, get over yourself and then write about it

    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 [...]
  • Northampton Half Marathon – an emotional journey

    Stephanie Steward describes what inspired her to complete her first half marathon in Northampton last weekend… The 21st February was when my half marathon journey began. I work as an Events Fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and our staff conference that day is one I [...]
  • Cyclists visit every Queen Eleanor Cross site in annual ride

    Keith Busfield describes an annual bike ride that takes in all 12 sites of all the Queen Eleanor crosses including Northampton… August Bank Holiday weekend was a scorcher. Cyclists taking part in the 9th Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride raising money for a London homeless person’s charity, The [...]
In the spotlight

Four years later the masses are still critical

by Steve in News

Critical Mass Northampton celebrated its fourth birthday as you would expect – with a group cycle ride around the town at a sedate pace on the last Friday of the [...]


Restaurant reviews

The Smokepit is still hot

by Steve in Food and Drink

It took a while for us to get to The Smokepit in Northampton, which opened in 2015. The building had been so many things before, including the Blue Plate Diner and briefly [...]



Cycle 4 Cynthia raises over £76,000

by Steve in Events

  Cycle4Cynthia has raised a record-breaking total of more than £76,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, writes Anna Murby. The amazing sum, contributed by the 1100 riders who [...]