Lifting Shambles

Lifting Shambles

Buildings have often been known to sink, but very few have been known to rise. Even fewer that are more than 600 years old! But that was the extraordinary prospect in Manchester in July 1971 when architects designing the Arndale centre were faced with a monumental...
Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada TV shows like Coronation Street, University Challenge and the Comedians will forever hold a special place in the nation’s viewing memories. But how many will remember less familiar productions like The Man in Room 17, Nice Time or the 1970s pop sensation...
Z Cars

Z Cars

Believe it or not, popular Merseyside TV series Z Cars started life on a scriptwriter’s sickbed. Creator Troy Kennedy Martin was so bored when he was laid up with mumps that he tuned into police messages on his radio to pass the time. It gave him the idea for the...
Northern Soul Takes the North West by Storm

Northern Soul Takes the North West by Storm

iNostalgia remembers a music phenomenon that took the North West by storm in the late 1970s – Northern Soul It’s odd to think that Northern Soul probably got its name from a record shop in London’s Covent Garden. Journalist Dave Godin coined the term to cater for...
Picketers’ Hard Fight to Save Their Jobs

Picketers’ Hard Fight to Save Their Jobs

The 1970s were a time of industrial upheaval in Manchester. Mills closed, strikes were common – and the lights went out. iNostalgia looks back at the dark days… Everyone has their own personal memories of the power cuts – playing cards by candle light, reading a...
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