Columns & Opinion
Save The Blue Room

Save The Blue Room

It was simply awful to see the doors of The Blue Room close. I feel bad. I had stopped going long before then, but I still wanted it for Christmas festivities and birthdays. But there is hope! A group of Blackpool residents set about finding out how to open those

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E-BOOK VS ACTUAL BOOK: the ongoing debate

E-BOOK VS ACTUAL BOOK: the ongoing debate

When was the last time you took a walk around a bookshop?  Revelled in the peace that only comes from rooms insulated by reams of novels?  Felt the wonder of words wresting to burst out of their pages and lodge themselves in your brain.  As I listened to the debate

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Pounds for Pook Appeal

Pounds for Pook Appeal

It’s one of those clichéd questions we all ask each other, ‘If your house caught fire, what would be the first thing you would save?’ For most musicians the answer is easy, ‘My guitar’, ‘My Laptop’, ‘My Drums’, ‘My PA’, ‘My Decks’. On the night of Sunday 10 April, musician

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Editor’s Note: I Love Blackpool

Editor’s Note: I Love Blackpool

So last week we heard from Jeremy Clarkson and Coleen Nolan on the downsides of Blackpool. From Clarkson I’d expect this, he is hardly renowned for his tact and diplomacy, even though he was perfectly happy to switch on the world famous Blackpool Illuminations back in 2008 – presumably he

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Lindy Hop at West Coast

Lindy Hop at West Coast

Are you looking for an amazing new hobby? One which is fun, healthy and won’t cost the earth? Well your search might just be over, thanks to Keith McGee and his brilliant Lindy Hop courses at West Coast Rock Café. I went along with Richard Oughton, one of altBlackpool’s wonderful

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The Model Citizen

The Model Citizen

What does the naked human body mean to you? Generally, the naked form is perceived as a purely sexual tool, its appearance an object of lust or humiliation. The majority of nudity we see in the media these days is just this. Take Page 3 for instance, or Kim Kardashian

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Where are Baseline?

Where are Baseline?

The Baseline studio is set in a bijou shop at the rear of M&S on the edge of the Houndshill Shopping Experience.  Oops! Rewind… Where have they gone? Baseline established themselves as a place where the great washed and unwashed could experience contemporary Urban Art first hand. Initially set up as

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Best of 2014: Alfresco

Best of 2014: Alfresco

Now firmly a part of the kick off to summer in Blackpool, Alfresco was strutting its stuff to jubilant crowds at Blackpool Cricket Club again in May.  Kirsty Jennings was there to soak up the atmosphere and Jill Reidy caught a weekend of family entertainment on camera.  Enjoy a little

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Best of 2014: FY Westcoast

Best of 2014: FY Westcoast

In February, Jill visited Sam Bell, the driving force, along with Mel Ramsey, behind FY Westcoast Dance (now FY Wingz) to find out about her background and inspiration.  The result was a heart-warming article which showed how one person can use their experiences to change lives.

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Best of 2014: Rebellion

Best of 2014: Rebellion

If there is one thing Jill and Dawn (aka Two Old Birds with Cameras) love, it’s the chance to get snapping on the streets and catching people in their native grace. Rebellion never fails to deliver a plethora of photographic opportunities and in August 2014 they went into full action mode to

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