On Reflection: The Definitive Collection of Visual Works by John Tribe

A profile and reappraisal of the illustrator’s works.

Previously published on East of the M60 as On Reflection: The Collected Visual Works of John Tribe on the 10 June 2014.

Though not one of East of the M60’s most read pieces, the original piece attracted the attention John Tribe himself! He was ‘flattered and speechless’ to say the least, and needless to say, I was amazed too. Amazed in the same sense how Joe Royle described 1989-90 as his ‘pinch-me’ season with the Latics going to Wembley.

Since then, I have had continued contact with Mr. Tribe who has kindly furnished me with further details, corrections and clarifications. Hence the slight change to the title.

Many thanks to John, not only for the research notes,  but also for the two lovely architectural books I received. One of which had been on my Christmas or birthday present list for the last five years.

Stuart Vallantine,
John Tribe,
Saturday 20 September 2014.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: September 2014

Recent changes to the borough’s retail offerings

The Ladysmith Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne
A general view of The Ladysmith Centre, photographed on a quiet Sunday in February 2013.
  • Return of the Ashton Christmas Market;
  • Stalybridge health shop closure;
  • Last link with Ashton-under-Lyne Cooperative Society ended;
  • Ashton and Denton affected by Phones4U liquidation.

With one quarter of the financial year over comes the latest rent reviews. The recent summer plus fear, uncertainty and doubt over The Great EU Vacuum Cleaner Panic seen in the mid-market newspapers, may have been a fillup for the economy. Closer to home, the last month has brought mixed news for our borough’s shoppers. Continue reading

Tameside Hippodrome Reopening Confirmed

Curtain up for 2015 reopening

Tameside Hippodrome, 29 March 2008: Last Night
“The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated…” – Mark Twain. Professional theatre is set to return to Tameside next year.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the return of professional theatre to the Tameside area. Dominating the front page of this week’s Tameside Reporter is news of the Tameside Hippodrome’s reopening. The theatre, closed since 2008, is set to reopen in 2015 – 111 years since its original opening – and 39 years since its reopening for live theatre. Continue reading

Scottish Independence Referendum: The Problem is Westminster

An alternative view on the possibilities of Scottish independence or maintenance of the status quo

Eilean Donan
Eilean Donan, 11 July 2013: Tomorrow [Thursday 18 September 2014] could determine if visiting this picturesque castle may be subject to passport controls north of the border or otherwise.
During the term of this parliament, I have doubled the amount of days I have spent in Scotland during my lifetime. Besides the joys of Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley railway stations, I have added the Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh lines to the numbers of lines I have travelled on in my time. Continue reading

Ashton Baker Retires After 45 Years

Popular bakery set to close

Bowker's Meat and Meat and Potato Pies
Two of their finest: the large meat pie, and their meat and potato pies. Hurry while stocks last.

It has survived the three-day working week, Thatcherism and BBC Radio One’s alienation of its core audience. After 45 years, baker Richard Bowker is set to hang up his apron for good. Continue reading

Trouble Over Bridgwater: Summer Bussing in Weston-super-Mare

Where a revived Crosville dominates the Somerset resort

For five days, the genius behind East of the M60 was holidaying in the West Country resort of Weston-super-Mare. Yours truly was baffled as to why a proud Cestrian name was seen on the streets of Weston which inspired this year’s look at bus operations in the resort. Continue reading

The Shock of the Old: Royal Mail Versus Email

Is new really cracked up to be or is old better? Starting this week is the first of a series of posts on East of the M60.

For the first of a series of posts, I am inspired by both my personal experience and recent (analogue and digital era) interaction with a fellow creative. A fellow whom by coincidence happens to have similar architectural interests and the same horoscope.

In our first post under The Shock of the Old, we focus on the differences between Postman Pat and Postman POP3. In other words Email versus the Royal Mail. Continue reading

Non League State of Mind: Non League Day, 06 September 2014

The joys of Non League Football in Greater Manchester

It’s that time again, the greatest day in non-league football: Non League Day. Tomorrow sees the non-league sides of Greater Manchester enticing Premier League and Championship football fans with the joys of real football. Continue reading

Greater Manchester’s Architectural Monstrosities: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten terrible buildings and structures throughout Greater Manchester

You may well have heard of a prize known as the Carbuncle Cup. This year’s recipient is a mixed-used development in Woolwich, London. It is a TESCO Extra store topped by some rather grim looking flats. Continue reading

Non League Day Comes to Bower Fold: Stalybridge Celtic v Leamington F.C.

Saturday 06 September 2014: Real football, plus mascots, live music and discounts 

New Windmill Ground covered end
Saturday’s opponents will be of significance to Keith Briggs, whose second match in the dugout was a 2-0 win at Bower Fold. Seen here is a view of the ‘Bridge’s travelling army at the previous away match. A late winner for the Brakes separated the sides and the heavens literally opened – a thunderstorm appeared seconds later.

Over the last five years, Non League Day has become an established part of the footballing calendar. It coincides with a point where English Premier League sides have a Saturday. This for international fixtures; this season, three days after England’s match against Norway. A friendly. With a nondescript starting XI. Continue reading