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Karen Shaw

The Editor of Northern Life. Karen trained at the Laban Centre in London as a contemporary dancer, dancing up to 15 hours a day. She returned up North in 1992 and taught dance in the local schools, after a few years she decided a change of direction was needed and worked in sales for local and national publications. It was in 2005 that she parked up her fancy company car, took the bus home and launched Loop Publishing from the comfort of her bedroom - that was years ago and as the saying goes ‘the rest is history’.
Martha Reeves

We chat to Martha Reeves ahead of Northern tour dates

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12 Exercises of Christmas with Liam at Pure Gym

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Steve Backshall

Exclusive interview with Steve Backshall

TV presenter, BAFTA winner, children’s author and all round ‘dare-devil’, Steve Backshall is about to embark on a nationwide tour. Following on from the...
Black Swan Helmsley

REVIEW: The Black Swan Helmsley

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REVIEW: Feather Down glamping holidays

Our family love to holiday; we love to frolic on the beach and slither down waterslides. That said, we are also a pretty adventurous...
Kay Mellor

Exclusive interview with writer of In The Club, Kay Mellor

At 15 years-old one of the greatest writers in British television believed her life was over. She had a secret. It was a secret...
Titanic Spa

REVIEW: Titanic Spa, the perfect destination to escape the ‘rat race’

This huge converted woollen mill was a place of industry; accommodating hundreds of staff toiling hour after hour. There will have been very little...
Will Young

Will Young and his obsession with taking his clothes off

It was in 2001 that Will, a struggling student, was persuaded by a pal to enter Pop Idol and after beating Gareth Gates in...
George and Niall Costigan

George Costigan discusses the north/south divide

For nearly 50 years a star of stage and screen, George Costigan has a rather impressive and extensive biography, having worked alongside some acting...
John Lydon

Licence to PiL – John Lydon

It’s Friday night, and while most folk will be out partying. I’m not. I’m at work and despite it being Friday; the thought of...

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