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Richard Gill is the foremost retailer of vintage clothing in Manchester. Having occupied various retail spaces around the Northern Quarter of the city over a ten year period,…

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Rarely would you find a shop inspired by a culture of shoplifting so it’s no surprise to see that the only example of such a place is in Liverpool. Tired and predictable stereotypes aside, Transalpino is a genuine source of impressive footwear for match going types countrywide despite only being a year old. The business itself was established just 14 months ago in September 2006, with the website following a few weeks later.

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Old bastards like myself will remember the early incarnations of Clive Sinclair’s ludicrous Brit-computers like the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 being lampooned for the ‘hilarious’ rubber keys on their keyboards. I still take exception to this, and I still can’t really fathom out why such an innovation was unceremoniously dumped in history’s rubbish bin, reduced to being blathered about, along with white dog shit, spangles and Limahl, by the likes of Zoe Ball on some ‘I Love the 80’s’ documentary.

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It’s a Saturday morning, 11.13 am to be precise. The weather outside is clement. Mums go visiting family, people are going to Weddings, dads chat over the fence to neighbours about grass growing techniques (more fertilising than hydroponics), lads go to the football match, have a few scoops, discuss latest signings, maybe even get their hands dirty.

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Video or DVD? Well I personally don’t own either but that’s because I’m bad at poker, I think that cinemas should re-introduce the interval & we should all start going back to the flicks, I don’t care if you have got a 32 incher Widescreen with dolby surround sound, nothing captures your attention like a huge screen, massive speakers & darkness does it (especially playing guess the Revel)?

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Have you started seriously thinking about joining the National trust? Do you try and round crowds of people up at the match by whistling and saying ‘come by, come by’? Are you on first name terms with the nice ladies in the Barbour shop? Do you look like the fifth member of the Arctic Monkeys?

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If you take a tape of dance music history and rewind it back to the start, it doesn’t stop where house music started in the late 80s. Looking further back than that we have soul and disco, then jazz-funk. However, quantum changes in the way dance music sounded and also the way it was played occurred in the early 80s with the development and use of electronic technology, such as synthesisers and drum machines.