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→
A look at Tameside’s only Town Council election of 2016
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→
East of the M60‘s preview of this year’s Local Elections
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. Continue reading It’s Up the Poll! 2016: Tameside’s Local Elections→
20 Golden Greats, of the nutritionally incorrect variety
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→
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. Continue reading Besses Boys Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club→
Or: how the school computer became my gateway drug to all things of an 8-bit nature.
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→
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 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→
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→