Manchester

Cultural regeneration is a racket

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Twenty years ago I wrote of the otherwise slaveringly praised Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao: I’m in a minority of, apparently,…

The music snobby London critics love to ignore

16 September 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago, the debut album by a young British guitar band entered the chart at No. 6. You might…

Why I’ve had it with Donald Trump

3 June 2017 9:00 am

I feel like an obituary writer, what with Nick Scott, Roger Moore, Alistair Horne — all great buddies — and…

Islamists are very clear about what they want — we just aren’t listening

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Terrorists are very clear about what they want – we just aren’t listening

I always thought the North and classical music didn’t mix

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Years ago, when I met a famous concert pianist, I was surprised when he greeted me in a northern accent.…

Manchester isn’t oppressed, Andy Burnham – it’s wildly overrated

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Manchester isn’t downtrodden, whatever Andy Burnham says. Quite the opposite, in fact

Nick Robinson’s diary: What dog will donate its vocal cords to me?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Scientists are experimenting with growing replacement vocal cords in the lab, as well as transplanting them from dogs. That was…

Spittle is the only thing Labour has left

10 October 2015 9:00 am

I have started salivating excessively at night. I wake each morning in a pillowed swamp of my own effluvium, a…

Manchester has marvellous wines, and it’s not finished yet

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It will seem an ungrateful comment after the lunch which I am about to describe, but Manchester has some way…

Spectator letters: Atomic morality; Norman Stone on migrants and Greek islands

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The morality of the A bomb Sir: In questioning whether we should celebrate VJ Day (Diary, 15 August), A.N. Wilson…

On Jim O’Neill, the new ‘Northern Powerhouse’ supremo

23 May 2015 9:00 am

A doff of my flat cap to Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist who has been made a peer,…

George Osborne interview: smaller government is not enough

7 March 2015 9:00 am

George Osborne on his love affair with Greater Manchester, and his party’s need for ‘a bit of the Heseltine’

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of…

Consummately psychotic: Mark E. Smith of The Fall

If the idea of disturbing kraut-punk sung by a troll appeals, you'll love The Fall

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I had a fair idea of what I was in for when I went to see The Fall at Brixton’s…

Marriage and foreplay Sharia-style

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Needless to say, it’s not uncommon to hear single British women in their thirties and forties saying that all the…

From Burma — or maybe Saigon — to Manchester via Calcutta

27 September 2014 8:00 am

England   We dropped off our daughter Eve at her new school in the Midlands and started the long journey…

Your starter for ten: why do we Brits so love University Challenge?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Fingers on buzzers!’ says Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge. But technically this is inaccurate. Only one of the teams actually…

Sam Neill’s diary: Back in Blighty, remembering drinking binges of yore

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I am back in the UK for work. Great time to turn up — after the grim, grey grind of…

The Morrissey myth

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The sad end of the Morrissey myth

'If I can barely speak, then I shall surely sing'

26 October 2013 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, I was wandering with a friend around West London when our conversation turned to the reliable…

Nobody takes a flight from London to Manchester. So why would we take HS2?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

From Edinburgh airport there are more than 45 flights a day to London. And, I imagine, the same number back.…

How do you define a 'northerner'?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

No one seems to agree on what characterises a ‘northerner’, says Philip Hensher, and Paul Morley’s latest book leaves us none the wiser

Taking Olympic history to Manchester

9 March 2013 9:00 am

To Manchester for an address to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society for the Kilburn Lecture on ‘The Future of…