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WHSmith – Beyond Upselling

May 23, 2014


Oh WH Smith, once king of the high street, inventor of the ISBN number, and number one newsagent – where has it gone so, so wrong for you? For the second year running, they’ve come bottom of the Which? Magazine survey of UK stores. Shoppers have been ranking stores according to price, products, service and after-sales […]

On Writing: Putting Pen to Paper

April 29, 2014


Regular readers of the blog may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here of late. I’ve recently acquired a weekend job showing guests around the old Granada studios up on Quay Street as part of the new Coronation Street: The Tour. This is on top of my existing day job, and as such, […]

Is immersive theatre killing the Industry?

February 19, 2014


I remember the first time that I picked up one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books based on Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories. It eschewed Blyton’s gentle stories for a more interactive experience. But it was an experience that left me feeling hollow. Screw up, and you can just turn back the pages. Get […]

Manchester Matters: Boycott the Breweries?

January 2, 2014


Manchester’s been hit with a triple whammy of venue closures within the last few months. Three iconic ale houses have shut up shop across the city – each of them had diversified their efforts to stay afloat. Oxford Road’s Jabez Clegg and The Lass O’Gowrie and Chapel Street’s Black Lion have, or will shortly,  close their […]

Who and I

November 4, 2013


This month, we’re going Doctor Who crazy here on the Fiction Stroker – but just before we do, it’s important to me to set out how and why we’re going down this path.. I cant ever remember being interested in anything else, save Roland Rat, when I was younger. One of my first memories as […]

Manchester Matters: Museums Under Threat

June 5, 2013


BREAKING: As this article went to press it was announced by Ian Blatchford, Science Group Director that “almost certainly” one of the three museums could close as a results of cuts.  It was first with bafflement, then shock and absolute horror that I read the news this week that we might be losing a hat […]

Manchester Matters: Saving Levenshulme Library

February 9, 2013


Today marks National Libraries Day, a day according to the website that is “a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK”. Yet in Manchester, a very real battle to save a library from closure is unfolding. Originally opened in 1904 as one of the ‘Carnegie libraries’ […]