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