Continental influence adds variety to enjoyable concert programme
Macclesfield’s Silk Brass gave the Boarshurst faithful a flavour of the continent in the second part of a brass banding double header, at the BBC last night [25 September]. Prior to Silk Brass’ concert was the first Sunday Lunchtime Youth Concert with Elland Silver Youth Band.
Mobile ticketing now available on Stagecoach Manchester’s app
After FirstGroup and Arriva started their mobile apps, Stagecoach Manchester has launched a new mobile app that offers mobile ticketing facilities and improved journey information for passengers. The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices. As far as we know, there are no plans for a Windows 10/Windows Phone version. Continue reading Mega Riders Go Mobile→
The previous weekend’s National Championships of Great Britain at The Centaur, in Cheltenham Racecourse, was a good one for Yorkshire’s brass bands with top Second and Third Section honours. Taking the Second Section title was Stannington Band led by Derek Renshaw. In the Third Section, it was Crofton Silver Band led by Dean Jones. Continue reading How Three Was a Magic Number for Boarshurst Silver Band→
Remembering the commercial twilight era of the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC
1992 was a strange yet eventful year in British home computing. The Sega Mega Drive rose in popularity, the NES was replaced by the 16-bit SNES in many homes. In Dear Old Blighty, there were two factors which delayed their supremacy (for another year at least). One was the recession. Another was the dominant home computer market. Former C64 users were just as likely to plump for an Amiga, which led to 1993 being some sort of a memorable year for Jay Miner’s wonder machine. The console may have been an extra, filed under ‘nice to have’. Continue reading 1992: The Last Great Year of 8-Bit Computing→
No-one would believe that in the space of two hours, we would have been treated to yet another fine concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. This time, it was the turn of the highest ranking brass band in Trafford MBC boundaries. Standing comfortably in Section Two, Flixton Band, gave us a varied programme with traditional pieces, plus a few from stage and screen. For the price of a bog-standard lager, the Boarshurst faithful were treated to a magnificent seventeen pieces including encore.
They say in relation to the arrival of a new person that a new broom sweeps clean. In the case of Stalybridge Celtic, it was an industrial vacuum cleaner. A petrol powered one that swept away a miserable run of seven straight defeats after an opening day win. Continue reading Celtic’s New Broom Sweeps Home Blues Away→
Autumn concert season opens with a bang (and Besses offered a lot for your buck)
Boarshurst Band Club’s autumn season began in fantastic style on the 04 September where Besses O’Th’ Barn Band captivated audiences for the best part of two hours. The Section Three – soon-to-be Section Two – brass band offered a traditional and accomplished programme. For the price of a pint of lager and the quality of their performance, Sunday’s concert was a real snip.