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Bradford Festival Choral – We Will Remember

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
With the Great War came a sense of urgency as aspects of life were unwittingly concertinaed, lest the talent of an age was prematurely snuffed out by the brutality of barbaric combat, before it had…
11th Nov 2018 01:36 PM

Writing As Your New Career – And Having Fun In The Process!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
I am delighted to be joining the Next-Up conference on 20 November in Leeds – a day of ideas, inspiration, contacts and more for your next steps.
I will be giving a short talk about how Yorkshire…
31st Oct 2018 04:21 PM

Europe – In Or Out?

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Tessa Parr (Adele) and Jo Mousley (Katia). Photography by The Other Richard
My train stopped on the Ukraine Russian border and I felt nervous as the only ‘minority’ travelling into the former…
21st Oct 2018 11:32 AM

Spellbound In Western Visayas

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Phil Hopkins boiling in a traditional Kawa bath!
A visit to the seafood capital of the Philippines will not only tantalise your taste buds, but it also promises to make your blood boil…..quite…
5th Oct 2018 11:42 AM

Flying Local - Don't Just Look At The Ticket Price!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor

There’s something incredibly indulgent about being able to walk to check-ins at Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) although few believe me when I quote my elderly mother as once having…
29th Sep 2018 06:37 PM

Zamboanga - A Very Special Love Affair

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Traditional vinta boats line up to take part in the Regata de Zamboanga
"Sir Philip will you honour us by starting one of the regatta heats?" said one of my smiling hosts, as an Army officer released…
1st Nov 2018 10:02 PM

Rain Man Brings Sunshine To Leeds Grand

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Strip away the versatility and sheer expanse of cinema and it takes large performances to fill a stage, especially when the movie you are seeking to emulate won four Oscars and featured two of the…
30th Oct 2018 11:27 AM

Brassed Off? Yeadon Town Hall Remedy!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
The soothing tones of one of Britain’s top brass bands will emanate from the gothic walls of Yeadon Town Hall in Leeds later this month, as BBC celebrity musician Frank Renton returns to the town…
16th Oct 2018 11:00 PM

Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano National Park Re-Opens To The Public

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano National Park has re-opened to the public after a 16 month closure with a raft of new safety measures in place.

It is one of Costa Rica’s must-see wonders, covering…
1st Oct 2018 04:06 PM

Sex, Chips & Rock ‘N’ Roll!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Jim Cartwright’s award winning play, Road, crashed on to the Leeds Playhouse stage, after lying dormant for three decades, and slammed into its unsuspecting audience with all the subtlety of a…
8th Sep 2018 04:45 PM

Jools Holland To Open Scarborough Spa’s Summer Season

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Tickets go on sale in Scarborough tomorrow for Jools Holland who will make a welcome return to the town's Spa for the 2019 Summer Season.
The former Squeeze ivory tinkler and presenter of the…
1st Nov 2018 12:01 AM

Festival Of Brass Yeadon Town Hall

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Frank Renton with the Hepworth Band at Yeadon's Festival of Brass concert
The word brass has many connotations in the former textile town of Yeadon in Leeds, where men have been known to have surgery…
27th Oct 2018 04:54 PM

Manila – Seeing Things From A Different Perspective!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Talk to many people leaving the UK for Manila in the Philippines and they will advise you that the capital is big, threatening and a place you should merely use as a transit destination for your…
7th Oct 2018 02:01 PM

Alhambra Crowned 'Most Welcoming Theatre' In Yorkshire & The Humber

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
The winners of the regional and national UK Most Welcoming Theatre Awards 2018 have been announced – and the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford has once again scooped the title for Yorkshire and The…
1st Oct 2018 08:59 AM

Teary Females As The ‘Officer’ Returns!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
There’s a female fantasy fight going on in British musical theatre as Dirty Dancing and now An Officer and a Gentleman, square up for the ultimate bare knuckle showdown!

First Richard Gere donned…
4th Sep 2018 08:25 AM
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