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Nothing funny about being a decent human being

by Steve in Culture

Chris Harris continues Diary of a Stand Up with a look at his life when not gigging… The past month has been a bit of a dry patch in the comedy element of my life, with [...]


  • Nothing funny about being a decent human being

    Chris Harris continues Diary of a Stand Up with a look at his life when not gigging… The past month has been a bit of a dry patch in the comedy element of my life, with only one gig, albeit one for a good cause. As this is “Diary of a Stand-Up”, that one gig really is the focus of the [...]
  • Cheese of the Month: Curds & Croust Truffler

    Steve and Caroline Ward bring you choice fromages… Autumn has well and truly arrived and there are few things more autumnal than mushrooms, hunting tasty ones is fast becoming my new hobby. Sadly other than a few nice puffballs, most of my bounty has been inedible. I certainly haven’t found [...]
  • The Caretaker – a new gateway to Pinter

    Royal & Derngate’s latest production of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker’ provides a gateway to Pinter for a new generation of theatre visitors, through Christopher Haydon’s direction and the power of the themes from 1960 to the present day. ‘The Caretaker’ is part of the Made in [...]
  • Go with the Flo for vegan treats…

    Vegan food is not usually associated with luxurious eating but Ben and Jess of Flo’s Kitchen want you to think again… Hello! We are Ben and Jess and we own and run Flo’s Kitchen! Flo’s Kitchen is a fully vegan-friendly bakery in Northampton and it’s ‘Flo’s’ as Jess’ middle [...]
  • I wish I’d paid more attention to mum and dad

    Helen Blaby reflects on some things she wishes she had asked about when she had the chance… I really wish I’d paid more attention to things that Mum and Dad told me about their past, and the history of our home town. Recently I was thinking about places that Dad had worked. I have a vivid [...]
  • Gunpowder, treason and Kit

    Gunpowder begins on Saturday 21 October on BBC One. The full series will be available on BBC iPlayer, with all episodes available immediately after the broadcast of episode one. Developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West, written by Ronan Bennett, directed by J Blakeson and produced [...]
  • Lette gets physical at Althorpe Literary Festival

    Julie Teckman looks back on an eye opening Literary Festival at Althorpe … I’m a simple soul at heart and can be kept happy with just a few annual events that punctuate the year for me. Christmas, birthdays, a bit of sun in the summer and the occasional trip to the seaside will top up my [...]
  • The Gunpowder Plot in Northamptonshire

    Mike Ingram takes a forensic look at history’s most famous terror plot and how it was very much a Northamptonshire conspiracy… Everyone knows Bonfire night, but just who and what are we remembering? We all know the name Guy Fawkes, however he was just the man that was given the task of [...]
  • Beer of the month: Cotton End Brewery Co Coffee Porter

    It is a two time award winning beer at Northampton County Beer Festival for ‘Best Porter’. Served at The Pomfret Arms in Far Cotton, it is brewed using black and pale malt, British bittering hops and is infused with freshly ground and filtered Kenyan coffee beans. Coffee Porter is dark and [...]
  • Rushden Lakes – a walk on the wild side

    Caroline Fitton of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire describes how a new shopping development is also a gateway to the natural world… A lakeside retail development was the final piece of the puzzle in a wetlands jigsaw, helping join up important [...]
  • Jazz Colossus: it’s a band only bigger

    Miles Hancock tells the story of the Northampton big band Jazz Colossus… The situation that sparked the idea of Jazz Colossus was quite a simple one really. It was late 2014 and I was looking for a big band to play in. It seemed ludicrous to me that there wasn’t a big band already in [...]
  • What does the tenth dog eat?

    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 [...]
  • Dr Pomatia and the Magnificent Seven

    Steve Scoles delivers a self-absorbed musing upon the business of being in a play following his unexpected casting in Northampton Arts Lab’s Lullaby of a Bottlecap Queen. For a full review and summary of the show NeneQuirer recommends the excellent Super Weird Substance… It turns out [...]
  • My life as a reluctant activist

    An upcoming LGBTQ season at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse prompts Karin Johnstone to reflect on her own part in an historic struggle for civil rights… A few months back I went to the cinema to see a film called Freeheld. The biographical film follows the battle of Laurel Hester a Police Officer [...]
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It was festival season in the medieval era

by Steve in Culture

Historian Mike Ingram reveals that real medieval tournament’s were sprawling and chaotic – and some of the best took place in Northamptonshire… [...]



Hip Hops: Straight outta Hamtun

by Steve in Events

With dozens of micro-breweries and the Carlsberg mega-brewery, Northamptonshire is quietly becoming the unofficial capital of beer in the UK. Alaric Neville, famously once a [...]

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Five things Jimmy must do to stop the rot

by Steve in Cobblers

Sadly we start this column with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink going through a difficult early period as Cobblers boss. As of mid-October, Town sit second bottom of League 1 racking [...]