Feast of the M60 muses over what seems to be a dying art in public houses
On the rare occasions that you go to the pub (for anything besides family occasions), you may fancy a quick snack with your pint. You yearn for something quite filling though not over facing. A quick sandwich, a tasty ham muffin or the like – anything besides pickled eggs, salted peanuts and crisps. Continue reading Pub Food Classics: The Cheese Toastie→
A special edition of The Not So Perfect Ten celebrating ten years of East of the M60
Was it really ten years when East of the M60 began to trouble the deepest recesses of cyberspace? Indeed it was.
East of the M60 started life as a secondary blog to The Stuart Vallantine Web Experience. Its original aim was to promote my activities as speaker with an autism spectrum condition. It was also seen as an extension of the ‘old school’ website – the Mouth of S.V. to the MacNeil of the portfolio. In the early days, blog posts went out on a fortnightly basis, usually written in the last twenty or so minutes of my work dinner hour. As Chez Vall didn’t get broadband access till 2009, anything written at home was done via a 56k dial-up modem. Continue reading Now We Are Ten: Our Not So Perfect Ten→
Moovit 4.13 for Android enables users to record temporary station closures and track maintenance issues
When Allen, Brady, and Marsh prepared their advertising pitch for the British Rail contract in 1976, the newly-appointed BR chief, Peter Parker, was ushered into a scruffy reception area. There were cigarette dimps, used coffee cups and a table with tea, coffee and beer stains. This gave the chief a look at Britons’ popular perceptions of waiting rooms in British Rail stations. Continue reading App Update Details Station Closures and Engineering Works→
Long-awaited alternative to Rail Ale Trail launched along Trans-Pennine routes
Passengers cheesed off with the ale trail on Saturdays have been given a new way of exploring both the red and white rose counties. Starting on the 15 August 2016, it aims to provide a gentle alternative to doing battle with assorted Spidermen, Batmen and cowboys. Continue reading Tea Trip Tempts Ale Trail Abstentionists→
Controversial mixed-use development approved in Stalybridge
Plus the usual retail changes in the Tameside area.
This July has been a quiet one for the local retail scene. Most of last month’s events have been dominated by the murder of Bradley Moore (43) outside McDonalds, Warrington Street. Our condolences go out to his family, including his four children who survive him and their hitherto departed mother.
Drivers from Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road and Middleton depots take up Tarka trail
For thirty miles across Devon, Stagecoach Manchester staff from their Middleton and Hyde Road depots swapped four wheels for two. Their aim: to raise some money for Manchester-based charity, Prevent Breast Cancer. Formerly known as Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, they undertake ground-breaking research into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. 50,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Continue reading Drivers Accept Devon Cycle Challenge→
They do exist! Such as this long forgotten quiz show
Channel 5. Or Five, or just the number five, was Britain’s last nationwide terrestrial channel to have started out on the 625-line PAL format. Launched on the 30 March 1997 with The Spice Girls and that oh-so-1990s phrase “gimme five”, it has established itself as the nation’s fifth channel. (Unless you’re Rupert Murdoch or Kelvin MacKenzie and think Sky One is more deserving of that tag).
A Look at the Public Transport Network in a Cornish harbour town
In the last month, the head honcho of East of the M60 has taken a well-deserved break in Falmouth. For the uninitiated, Falmouth is a busy Cornish harbour town with the third deepest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney and Rio de Janeiro). It is a popular place with sailors, whether your choice of craft is a modest dinghy, or a multi-million Pound yacht. The best way of exploring the resort is along the Carrick Roads on one of FalRiver’s or Enterprise’s ferries (to St. Mawes or Truro). Or on many boat trips exploring the area. Continue reading Now You Know What I Did This Summer: Falmouth, 2016→
Good clean bus fun for all the family, ages 5 and up
The summer holidays are in full swing. Yes, four to six weeks of “Mum, I’m bored”, or trying to find suitable childcare options. Or trying to budget for six weeks of lunches without breaking the bank. On some occasions you may wish to leave the house. A bus trip could be a good excuse for visiting Greater Manchester’s finest attractions, or somewhere further afield. Or for notching up your Pokémon Go score. Continue reading Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester→