Stalybridge Splash 2011

Even more so in the literal sense!

A picture of 'Dangerous Dave', one of the side shows at this year's Stalybridge Splash
Dangerous Dave and Herbert: one of the street theatre acts at this year's Stalybridge Splash.

Some of us must have been gluttons for punishment. There may have been the counter-attractions of a new series of Come Dine With Me, the Whit Walks and Manchester United’s Premier League winning side parading the streets of Manchester. Or BBC One’s showing of Wall-E. Some 5,000 to 10,000 hardy souls braved a rain sodden Stalybridge for the tenth Stalybridge Splash festival. Continue reading “Stalybridge Splash 2011”

Streets Full of People, All Alone…

Remembering the Moon Disco, Oxford Street, Dukinfield

Following the closure of the Oxford cinema in 1968, the one time picture house was transformed into a lunar themed night club. Given the then recent Moon landings in July 1969, it was appropriate that Dukinfield’s Superclub (before Superclubs ever existed in the provinces) would be called ‘The Moon’. Continue reading “Streets Full of People, All Alone…”

Gardner’s Question Time (or Leyland’s, Cummins’ and Volvo’s)

How clued up are you on your Greater Manchester bus history?

As a bit of light relief from the recent bus posts I thought it would have been a good idea to have had a quiz on all things bus related. For gardeners looking for anything to do with Bill Sowerbutts or Alan Titchmarsh, the spelling of Gardner’s refer to the Salfordian engine company, not the often back breaking hobby. So accept my apologies for expecting this post to feature references to Begonias, Nasturtiums or hardy perennials.

I have split this quiz into two rounds: a GM Knowledge round and a picture round, one with a difference. Without further ado… Continue reading “Gardner’s Question Time (or Leyland’s, Cummins’ and Volvo’s)”

High Peak Practice

Could Trent Barton’s future foray with Centrebus benefit Glossop and surrounding area?

A surprise move by Wellglade, owners of Trent Barton and TM Travel, could see a new company hit the streets of Glossop, Marple and New Mills possibly by the end of 2011. Uniting the undertakings of Trent Barton and Bowers Coaches, the new company will be known as ‘High Peak’. Operations will be ran from Trent Barton’s Dove Holes depot and Bowers’ depot in Chapel-en-le-Frith. As well as consolidating a network in the High Peak area, its other aim is improved job security between both depots. The new company will have 50 buses and around 100 employees. Continue reading “High Peak Practice”

Ashton Depot’s New Enviro 200s

New buses formally handed over to Ashton depot by Shadow Transport Minister

Andrew Gwynne MP, Chris Bowles, staff 15 new Enviro 200s
Andrew Gwynne MP, Chris Bowles and staff seen with Ashton depot's new Enviro 200s

Almost a week after entering service, Stagecoach in Manchester’s new buses have made their presence known on the 346 and 347 routes. Prior to then, they were formally handed over to Ashton depot by Shadow Transport Minister and Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne. Also present was Chris Bowles, Stagecoach Manchester M.D. and a number of staff at the depot, just off Clarence Street. Continue reading “Ashton Depot’s New Enviro 200s”

Enter the Enviro 200

First review of Stagecoach Manchester’s new buses for the 346 and 347 routes

For the 346 and 347 routes, new buses have been a long time coming. Prior to this week, the bulk of journeys were ran by MAN buses, which formed the mainstay of Stagecoach Manchester’s fleet since 1998. Some of which were getting long in the tooth and climbed Crescent Road at speeds akin to SHMD’s Daimlers on a bad day. Continue reading “Enter the Enviro 200”

Tameside’s Domesday Scenario

Remembering the BBC’s 1986 Domesday Project in Tameside

25 years ago, the BBC commemorated the 900th anniversary of The Domesday Book by means of an ambitious multimedia project. A million volunteers from schoolchildren to pensioners participated in Britain’s early attempt at building user generated content. The data, written and pictorial was saved on a then state-of-the-art laser disc system, but there was one problem: the non-standard device was priced beyond the means of most schools, and it used non-standard file formats. It was deemed impossible, featuring a multitude which the 1086 Domesday Book didn’t have at all.

Thankfully, the BBC have found a way of opening the 1986 Domesday Book by publishing it on the internet, and what a great snapshot of our history it is. Continue reading “Tameside’s Domesday Scenario”

Holiday Snaps in the Recent Pre-Digital Past

“Every Time Someone Points A Camera At You…” think of John Alderton reminding you to send your film off and hope the pictures from your holiday turn out well


The digital revolution has made photography a more accessible hobby than in previous years. Today we can snap away using mobile phones as well as compact cameras, rangefinders and SLRs. Digital memory has enabled us to print our own pictures off, share it on social networking sites. If we’re not happy with the results, we can turn to our friendly photo-manipulation package and remedy them. Or we could stick funny faces, glasses and the like to our portraits. Continue reading “Holiday Snaps in the Recent Pre-Digital Past”