For whiter whites the ecological way?
03 January 2014: Woken up by my partner at 3.45am who in a dream was seen at the Gudrun Laundrette in Fallowfield. I was woken up to the strains of ‘Margaret: get me some Persil!’ and a loud scream. Probably from the Hot Apple Pie purchased at the DriveThru McDonalds a few doors away.
East of the M60 compares two Christmas lights switch ons over the space of a month
Crowded scenes from the opening day of Ashton-under-Lyne’s Christmas market.
07 November 2013: Trafford Centre’s Christmas lights switch-on.
08 December 2013: Ashton-under-Lyne’s Christmas market and lights switch-on.
02 January 2014: Lucky Scots, they’ve got an extra day off for New Year! Me, back to the grindstone. A quiet day, but just as I was about to tidy my desk a support call came to me at 5.28pm. He was on for a good 32 minutes talking about his Windows 8.1 installation. Yours truly, somewhat mad, was caught up on Stockport Road with assorted shoppers. Could have done with a stiff one, but Marple Fish Bar sufficed instead. Fish, chips, peas and the hot curry: priceless. No cooking for my partner: ditto the above.
Ass-pirational kitsch for the thinking fellow’s smoker.
01 January 2014: New Year’s Day, often a time to make resolutions. I remember how my parents gave up smoking in 1986. They said it was down to money. Perhaps it may have been a certain present I gave them the previous year.
New glasses from old.
31st December 2013: New Year’s Eve! I was having a real laugh with my children when I spoke to them about 1970s Stockport. I told them how on one occasion we ran out of glasses and used jam jars.
Shoppers flock to new store in former Marks and Spencer unit
A discount store is born: the new Bargain Buys store in Ashton-under-Lyne and its mascot, BB.
Earlier today [06 December 2013], customers flocked to the new Bargain Buys on Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. From the same people behind Poundworld, it is one of four Bargain Buys outlets from the Normanton based retail group and one of two in Lancashire (the second Lancastrian branch is in Kingsway Retail Park on the outskirts of Rochdale). Continue reading
Shredded knuckles? Moi? Non.
30th December 2013: Realised tomorrow we’d be having visitors on New Year’s Eve. Heck, this means buffets, cheesy pineapple sticks, vol au vents. (Holy Cack, I’m going all Abigail’s Party here before you could say ‘Demis Roussos’).
Christmas and New Year service information for bus and tram users in Tameside and surrounding area
Apologies for the fact this vehicle is photographed in Oldham almost a month after Christmas 2012. Still, the snowy backdrop could make for a good Christmas card though.
Is it really that time of the year again? Yes indeed. As with 2012/2013, East of the M60 brings you the Christmas schedule which matter the most, at least for us bus and tram users. Yes, the Christmas and New Year bus and tram schedules in the Tameside area. Continue reading
Frequencies restored and upgraded on key First Greater Manchester routes.
- Upgraded Sunday and Evening journeys on 180 and 184 services;
- Half hourly frequency restored on 180 service.
The 184 will see an increase in mid-evening and Sunday journeys. Following three consultation events, the 180 will see its daytime half hourly frequency restored. Seen here is SN12 AEX, an Enviro400 double decker about to depart for Huddersfield.
People power is behind most of First Greater Manchester’s latest service changes. Last October, the daytime service of the 180 from Manchester to Greenfield [Clarence Hotel] was cut from half hourly to once hourly. From the 28 January 2014, the 180 will revert to its pre-October 2012 frequency. Continue reading
East of the M60′s verdict on this year’s autumn statement
The start of this week saw George Osborne stating that the Welfare State as we know it today is ‘unaffordable’. Contrary to his statement in The Daily Telegraph, the cheque book is well and truly open for the Corporate Welfare State. This was proven today as non-renewable energy companies were given tax breaks, along with a further £1billion worth of public sector cuts per annum. Continue reading