East of the M60′s Summer Mix – Rebellious Mixtape #9

A special summertime jam for East of the M60

The schools have broken up for the summer holidays, and the sunshine has inspired this playlist. For once, I shall break with the usual Rebellious Mixtape rules and consider a possible continuous playlist.

Let’s have it!

Oh, and I know there’s also Spotify, but I am also enabling you to make a few suggestions and additions by displaying the playlist. Continue reading

Mossley Open Market: A Case Against Privatised Public Space

Why Mossley market ground must remain in public hands

Last Whit Friday, the people of Mossley and a few others from surrounding areas (myself included) saw the town’s procession of witness in glorious sunshine. Almost 35 years ago, the same venue played host to Mossley AFC’s F.A. Trophy side. The then Mayor of Tameside, Stalybridge North Labour councillor Charles Meredith, gave the F.A. Trophy finalists a civic reception. Continue reading

Treasures of Stock, Aitken and Waterman – The Not So Perfect Ten

The definitive ten tracks ever to have been produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman

February 1987: a month on from starting the Ewing School. Not least the (oft-mentioned on this blog) fringe benefits of listening to Piccadilly Radio on my 30 mile round trip. At around that time, I started to gain a greater interest in chart music, looking at a long dog-eared copy of Chez Vall’s Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (second edition, 1978). I used to enjoy listening to the songs of the day since my formative years, though never too interested in the record labels and chart positions. Continue reading

1980s Television Nightmares: #3 That’s My Dog

Yet they say, never work with children or animals…

Television South West, one of Britain’s shortest lived ITV franchisees, didn’t quite have the same commercial clout nor profile as the Big Five ITV contractors [Granada, Yorkshire, Thames, Central and London Weekend]. Locally, TSW was best known for Gus Honeybun, a glove puppet rabbit who accompanied continuity announcers whilst announcing younger viewers’ birthdays.

Nationwide, Television South West was synonymous with this production…
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Tameside Bus Service Changes, 27 July 2014: Summertime Special

Some slight tweaks and the usual Summer timetable changes

  • Extra journey added to 217 service;
  • Operator revision to peak hour 345 service;
  • Alt Estate no longer served by 408.
S&S Travel Services, Optare Solo, KX04 HPV Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Newcomers S&S Travel Services have ran the truncated 217 service since late April. Seen here is an all white Optare Solo, usual fare for the meandering service via East Manchester.

A few changes to Tameside’s tendered services and the usual summer timetable form part of this season’s raft of service changes. In the former category, only minor changes in the Tameside and Oldham areas. Continue reading

Golden Girl Wins Free Bus Travel

Shelter worker wins a year’s free journeys on Stagecoach in Manchester services

Golden Ticket Winner Saira Hillyard, at a Meet the Bus event in Wigan, Lancashire.
‘The best thing I’ve ever won!’ – Golden Ticket winner Saira Hillyard, at this year’s Meet the Bus event in Wigan, Lancashire.

A charity worker from Manchester has won free bus travel for a year thanks to Stagecoach Manchester and their Catch the Bus Week promotion.  Saira Hillyard, 19, who works for Shelter, won the Golden Ticket last month, after she attended a Meet the Bus event in Wigan, held to celebrate Catch the Bus Week.  Continue reading

Some Kind of Wonderfuel: Publicly Owned Gas and Electricity in Tameside

When NORWEB and North West Gas was king

If you were born some time before 1985, a common feature of our High Streets was the gas and electric showrooms. They were the public face of our gas and electricity boards, nationalised and consolidated upon in 1948 and 1949. At one time they belonged to us, rather than a clutch of investment banks and overseas subsidiaries. Continue reading

From Moor Lane to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Trophy

East of the M60‘s preview of one of the F.A.’s non-league cup competitions from a Greater Mancunian perspective

It may be a while off yet, but the preliminary round draw for the F.A. Trophy has already been made. Ties will take place on the 18 October 2014. Continue reading

The Roads of John Metcalf: 1. Guide Bridge to Bredbury

A ‘Down Our Street’ Extended Edition

Before I begin this first ‘Down Our Street’ entry, in the original round-up of John Metcalf’s roads, I erroneously stated that his Bredbury to Ashton turnpike road went via King Street, Dukinfield. On further examination, I found it actually goes via Denton, ironically close to my present employer’s office. Continue reading

From Alder Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Vase

East of the M60‘s preview of one of the F.A.’s non-league cup competitions from a Greater Mancunian perspective

Who’d have thought by this of writing we would have seen Brazil turned over by Germany. What score was it again: 7-1? I bet Pele threw a wooden clock through his living room window. Never mind. Continue reading