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CHEERS! Here’s my super six ale houses

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:20pm Thursday 31st July 2014

This week I have taken the liberty of swerving the usual pub review.

PUB OF THE WEEK: Griffin Inn, Haslingden

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:52pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE smell of malted barley was in the air as both me and beery compatriot Bob Fletcher approached this week’s selection for the pub review.

BOOK REVIEW: Fairynan's Flights of Fancy

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FAIRYNAN’S FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Dulcie Matthews, £6.99 ISBN 978-1-908098887

BOOK REVIEW: A Vicarage Changes Hands

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A VICARAGE CHANGES HANDS by John Ward, £6.50 ISBN 978-0-948655142

BOOK REVIEW: McDougalls and Gunpowder

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

MCDOUGALLS AND GUNPOWDER by Dennis McDougall

BOOK REVIEW: Lancashire Folk Tales

1:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

LANCASHIRE FOLK TALES by David England and Jennie Bailey, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-742489933

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Rifle Volunteer, Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:20pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THIS week's pub review calls in at a friendly, community hostelry that has been transformed in recent years. “The Vols”, as it's known locally, was a tired-looking and relatively run-down establishment up to a few years ago.

PUB OF THE WEEK: The Crown, Colne

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:33pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE ecstasy and the agony of top-end sport was there for all to see at the climax of Wednesday night's big-match encounter in Colne.

Survivor of the great pub exodus

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:04pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Adelphi is an historic Blackburn town centre pub in a prominent position with a very loyal customer base.

BOOK REVIEW: The Lake District - A Dog Walker's Guide by Peter Naldrett, £7.95 ISBN 978-1-846743214

Lancashire Telegraph: PET PROJECT: Guide to great dog walks in the Lakes

7:30am Sunday 22nd June 2014

THIS pet owners’ guide could prove a useful gift for those people who say that having a dog is the only thing that gets them out and about.

Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

Lancashire Telegraph: Shout! The Mod Musical - Accrington Theatre Group

4:26pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

DUSTY, Petula and Lulu were the faces – and more importantly – the voices of the 60s.

PUB OF THE WEEK: Coach and Horses, Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: Coach and Horses, Burnley

2:40pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

THE Coach and Horses is a traditional pub I thought had been lost forever when previous owners Robinson’s pulled down the shutters and put this historic boozer up for sale nine months ago.

BOOK REVIEW: Lake District Icons

2:00pm Sunday 15th June 2014

LAKE DISTRICT ICONS by Michaela Robinson-Tate and Phil Rigby, £12.99 ISBN 978-0-7509-5910-0

BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: The Yorkshire Shepherdess

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS by Amanda Owen, £16.99

BOOK REVIEW: The Photographer's Guide To The Yorkshire Dales by Ellen Bowness, £12.95 ISBN 978-0992683412

Lancashire Telegraph: ICONIC: Pointer to best places to take landscape photos in the Dales

5:20pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

LAKE District-based publisher Ellen Bowness has turned her attention to the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales for this landscape photography guide.

Watchdog raps Chorley care home

Lancashire Telegraph: Care Quality Commission

12:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A CARE home has been rapped by a watchdog after failing to meet more than half the essential standards that were examined during a recent inspection.

BOOK REVIEW: Special Forces Pilot

Lancashire Telegraph: Special Forces Pilot

10:10am Sunday 8th June 2014

SPECIAL FORCES PILOT by Richard Hutchings, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-473823174

BOOK REVIEW: The Railways of Carnforth

Lancashire Telegraph: The Railways of Carnforth

2:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

THE RAILWAYS OF CARNFORTH by Philip Grosse, £25 ISBN 978-0-956970916

Review: Butlers, Blackburn Market

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Butlers, Blackburn Market

12:45pm Monday 2nd June 2014

IT was a blistering Friday lunchtime and a spot of alfresco dining beckoned.

Avenue Q, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of Avenue Q  Photo Credit Darren Bell

4:40pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WAKING up the morning after seeing Avenue Q at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, to the news that a third of Britons admit being racially prejudiced was kind of perfect.

Debut novel depicts horrors of war

Lancashire Telegraph: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

11:27am Friday 23rd May 2014

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee (Atlantic Books, £12.99, hardback)

Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

Lancashire Telegraph: Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester’s Opera House

11:25am Wednesday 21st May 2014

IN the late 1980s, I wasn’t fussy about Jason Donovan’s vocal prowess, bopping along to his heyday chart hits.

BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Cross Fell and Mines of the Cumbrian Fells

3:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014

CROSS FELL AND MINES OF THE  CUMBRIAN FELLS by Ian Tyler

BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost of the Trenches

3:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

THE GHOST OF THE TRENCHES by Helen Watts & Taffy Thomas, £5.99 ISBN 978-1-4729-0787-5

BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland

1:00pm Sunday 11th May 2014

THE QUARRIES OF LAKELAND by David Glover, £15 ISBN 978-1-904147763

Review: The Old Function Room, Darwen

7:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

FOOD has only recently started being served at The Old Function Room in Darwen and with a love of pub grub, it would be rude for me not to try out their menu.

BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Walk Borrowdale and Keswick

3:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

WALK BORROWDALE & KESWICK by Bill Birkett, £9.95 ISBN 978-0-956429636

Review: The Hoax @ Burnley Rock and Blues Festival

Lancashire Telegraph: The Hoax are back to headline Burnley Rock and Blues Festival

9:37am Thursday 8th May 2014

VERY rarely do you come away from a gig knowing that you’ve just witnessed something special.

Review: Brewsters, Oakenhurst Farm, Lower Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Brewsters, Oakenhurst Farm, Lower Darwen

10:24am Tuesday 6th May 2014

HALF-term was coming to an end and we needed a venue to fill one rainy afternoon as well as some hungry bellies.

BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Inside Story of The Dales

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Yorkshire's Three Peaks: The Insidde Story of The Dales

3:00pm Sunday 4th May 2014

AS ONE of the many thousands of walkers who have scaled the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales in one day, I’m well aware of the beautiful scenery to be encountered.

BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Grow Your Own In Lancashire

8:00pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

GROW YOUR OWN IN LANCASHIRE by Malcolm Greenhalgh, £12.99 ISBN 978-1-874181934

Film review: The Quiet Ones

Lancashire Telegraph: Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones. Left, Jared Harris as Professor Coupland

11:10am Tuesday 29th April 2014

STRAP in for a shockingly good horror filled with twists and turns and enough jumpy sequences to ensure the audience will be satisfied throughout.

BOOK REVIEW: Tandem

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Tandem

7:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

TANDEM by Alex Morgan, £8.99 ISBN 978-0-957695740

BOOK REVIEW: Flights of Fancy

Lancashire Telegraph: BOOK REVIEW: Flights of Fancy

8:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

FLIGHTS OF FANCY by Harry Fancy, £6.99 (Amazon) ISBN 978-0-982552506

Blackburn director's life-changing film that earned him an Emmy

Lancashire Telegraph: David Barnes

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WINNING an international Emmy award for making a documentary wasn’t on the ‘to do’ list for one East Lancashire producer and director.

Cumbrian film outfit receives Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant

9:10am Sunday 20th April 2014

Signal Film and Media has landed a three-year grant from an eminent arts funder.

REVIEW: Lloyd Cole, King George's Hall, Blackburn

4:27pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

"He can write a song can't he?"

REVIEW: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of The Crucible take part in a dress rehearsal at the ACE Centre in Nelson.

2:30pm Thursday 27th March 2014

THE witch hunt exhibited in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, penned in the 1950s, may date back to the 1600s, but the play’s themes echo on in modern society.

REVIEW: Kate Rusby, Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley Mechanics

2:23pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A sold out Mechanics welcomed the corkscrew-haired chanteuse like a long-lost daughter as she stepped out on the first date of a UK tour.

Review: Healy’s at Lily Mae’s, Accrington

Lancashire Telegraph: Dessert at Lily Mae's

5:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

DINING out in East Lancs can sometimes be a bit of a chore.

Review: Tiggis Ribble Valley, Clayton-le-Dale

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Tiggis Ribble Valley, Clayton-le-Dale

2:00pm Saturday 15th March 2014

IT was getting late, in dining terms, on a Sunday night when I ventured to Tiggi’s Ribble Valley on the A59.

Review:Hazel O'Connor, Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre

9:19am Thursday 13th March 2014

THERE have been occasions in the past when the non-appearance of artist due to a breakdown would have been a blessed relief.

Breaking the Code: Thwaites Empire Theatre, Ewood Blackburn Drama Club

Lancashire Telegraph: Thwaites Empire Theatre

11:21am Monday 10th March 2014

Any dramatic depiction of the life of the genius of mathematician, scientist, inventor Alan Turing is going to need determination.

Review: The Tyburn Tree - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

3:58pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

THERE can’t be many artists who can get away with singing London Bridge is Falling Down while dressed as a priest and wearing a bejewelled crucifix being accompanied by a man playing a child’s toy piano.

Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

Lancashire Telegraph: Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

3:45pm Friday 21st February 2014

WHILE love and hate are common themes in musical theatre, exploring the deeper psyche of humanity is a rarity.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

Lancashire Telegraph: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

4:35pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

UNDER grey winter’s skies, the sunny and oh-so funny new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels put a spring in the step of a packed Opera House audience.

Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

Lancashire Telegraph: Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

WHY NATIONAL PARKS? by Ian O. Brodie, ISBN 978-1-904098522, £14.50

Book Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

Lancashire Telegraph: Boor Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

6:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

DO I HAVE AN ANGEL? by Amanda Tooke, ISBN 978-0-992751418, £9.99

BOOK REVIEW: Live a Life of No Regrets

Lancashire Telegraph: Live a Life of No Regrets

6:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

LIVE A LIFE OF NO REGRETS, by Suzie Hayman, 978-1-444187076, £10.99

Review: Oswaldtwistle Mills’ Terrace Tea Room

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Oswaldtwistle Mills’ Terrace Tea Room

11:20am Monday 3rd February 2014

AFTERNOON tea has become a popular treat; for foodies on a budget it is a special dining experience at a much lower cost than a three-course dinner.



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