Moovit Uber Allies: Private Hire Service Integrated Into App

Moovit users in 22 countries and 131 cities set to benefit from new addition to app

In the last year, one private hire company more than anything has never been out of the press. Whether for good or bad reasons, Uber has been uttered on many a taxi or minicab themed discussion. In the last six months, Greater Manchester has seen its Uber footprint extend eastwards, towards most of the Tameside area. For many, it is a cheaper alternative to established minicab and Hackney Carriage operators. Continue reading Moovit Uber Allies: Private Hire Service Integrated Into App

It’s Up the Poll! 2016: The Mossley Town Council Election

A look at Tameside’s only Town Council election of 2016

Micklehurst
Looking out to the Cheshire ward: a view of Micklehurst from the other Whitehall. Oh, and here’s a neat factoid: the late Rik Mayall is descended from the Mayalls who owned Whitehall, in Mossley Park. Interesting.

If you live in Mossley Town Council’s Cheshire Ward, you shall receive two ballot papers at your polling station tomorrow. One will be for Tameside MBC’s Mossley ward (two-thirds of the ward up for election due to a vacancy). The other will be for the Cheshire Ward that covers Micklehurst and Roaches Lock (which takes in a fair chunk of the 340 and 343 bus routes within Mossley). Continue reading It’s Up the Poll! 2016: The Mossley Town Council Election

It’s Up the Poll! 2016: Tameside’s Local Elections

East of the M60‘s preview of this year’s Local Elections

Stalybridge
A view of Dukinfield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester from Wild Bank. Image by Ian Roberts, 2006 (Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved: Attribution-Share Alike).
  • Labour and Conservative parties go for youthfulness;
  • Independents set to add spice to this year’s campaign;
  • Third time lucky for ex-Hyde player?

The last year has been a fairly tumultuous one for the borough, after the Tories clinched their first majority since 1992. There has been much talk of the Northern Powerhouse, with its rail plans temporarily stuck at Ardwick Junction last June. The next five years will see councils getting full control of its business rates, though with the local government grant being phased out.
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Eccles Borough Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Mareika and Co.’s marvellous May Day treat

Making their second visit to Boarshurst Band Club, of 2016, was Eccles Borough Band. Our fellows from Lancashire were one of five brass bands at the North West Regional Championship Preview Evening. Our May Day concert was one of the highest quality.
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Nutritionally Incorrect Anthems: A Feast of the M60 Rebellious Mixtape

20 Golden Greats, of the nutritionally incorrect variety

Burger King, Manchester
24 Hours from Whopper: Burger King, Mosley Street, Manchester. Image by Mikey (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

Take a good look through your record collection. Can you think of any memorable songs or instrumental tunes extolling the joys of Iceberg Lettuce? Have you heard of a concept album dedicated to tofu? Or even a song? Well, apart from Killer Tofu by The Beets (the fictitious group in Nickelodeon’s/Jumbo Productions’ animated series, Doug), little of note. Continue reading Nutritionally Incorrect Anthems: A Feast of the M60 Rebellious Mixtape

Besses Boys Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Let’s Hear It For the (Besses) Boys

Last night [24 April], Besses Boys Band gave the Boarshurst faithful a fabulous concert. The band, formed in 1943 to save the senior band from a possible demise, have come from strength to strength. This year saw a sensational start, with the Lancashire band picking up the Second Section title at the Butlins Mineworkers’ Contest in Skegness, Lincolnshire. The Second Section test piece this January gone, was Fire in the Blood by the excellent Paul Lovatt-Cooper.
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Memoirs of a BBC Micro Maniac, Aged Six

Or: how the school computer became my gateway drug to all things of an 8-bit nature.

Acorn BBC Model B - Retrosystems 2010

If you know a thing or three about 8-bit computing, you would have come across the excellent drama, Micro Men (starring Alexander Armstrong as Sir Clive Sinclair). Or, you might have had first-hand experience with a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, or an Amstrad CPC. Even if you didn’t have access to a microcomputer in the home, you would have had first-hand experience at school. Continue reading Memoirs of a BBC Micro Maniac, Aged Six

Phoenix Brass Ensemble: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Ensemble offers ten good reasons for a great night

Breaking from the norm a little, last night’s [Sunday 17 April] concert was brought to us by a ten-piece ensemble. The Phoenix Brass Ensemble gave a great concert at the Boarshurst Band Club, with the ten players providing a powerful and well-rounded sound.

The band with musical director Alan Widdop, have been going for 36 years, established in Littleborough. Recent changes in personnel have seen the arrival of players from the disbanded Versatile Brass. One of them took a back seat from being our front man, the flugelhorn player we shall mention later.
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Last Bus from Ashton: The Night I Saw Jeff Lynne’s ELO

The Mother of All Memorable Concerts at Manchester Arena, 10 April 2016

The rave reviews of their Manchester gig were well deserved. Surpassing my previous all time #1 gig (Roger Hodgson, 29 May 2013, Bridgewater Hall) and my last trip to Manchester Arena (Peter Kay’s Comic Relief gig), Jeff Lynne and Co. more than exceeded my expectations. By several notches. Continue reading Last Bus from Ashton: The Night I Saw Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Top Beer: 3. Stockport Brewing Company’s Stock Porter

Top Beer on Stockport Brewing Company’s porter

For lovers of cask conditioned and bottle conditioned ales, Greater Manchester is some sort of a metropolis for its microbreweries. Stockport town centre also has three microbreweries alongside Frederic Robinson’s Unicorn Brewery. Two of them are yards apart, with the third one closer to Heaviley. Continue reading Top Beer: 3. Stockport Brewing Company’s Stock Porter