Well Done Latics

East of the M60 Comment:

Congratulations are in order for Oldham Athletic, whose F.A. Challenge Cup run ended last night at Goodison Park. Well done to all those involved, especially the players, Youth Team Boss/Caretaker Manager Tony Philliskirk, and the supporters. I extend my congratulations to former Droylsden player Matt Smith, who almost single handedly continued their run. Continue reading “Well Done Latics”

Another Take Out: Alternative Fast Food Outlets to the Totalitarian Multinational Offerings

Other eateries are available – and lovingly recommended by Feast of the M60

20 to 30 years ago, a trip to McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Wimpy would have been quite a novelty. The then big three of the 1980s would soon become two, as Wimpy lost town centre branches. By the start of the noughties, the new third force in take out food became Subway. Continue reading “Another Take Out: Alternative Fast Food Outlets to the Totalitarian Multinational Offerings”

Tameside, In the Eye of the Tory Storm: April 2013 and Beyond

A Cuts Scene Investigation Special: Prospects for our borough

In 2009, our borough was in the midst of recovering from the global economic downturn along with numerous others in the United Kingdom. Even so, there was some optimism in the air. Despite voting ‘no’ to the congestion charge, Ashton-under-Lyne – thanks to a different funding package – got her trams. Though internet shopping began to make inroads, the Arcades Shopping Centre was slated for future extension. Public services were well funded. People still had money, and confidence, though energy prices started to climb. The new IKEA Store also helped things. Continue reading “Tameside, In the Eye of the Tory Storm: April 2013 and Beyond”

Crimes Against Music #1.1 – Kick Out The Jams, Tubthumper (1974)

Somewhere deep in the archives of East of the M60 was a post which referred to K-Tel’s gloriously bad yet strangely listenable compilation album entitled ‘The World’s Worst Record Show‘. Almost 35 years ago, the late Kenny Everett did a run down of the worst music ever committed to vinyl. Part of the show, which aired on Capital Radio was recorded for posterity and made publicly available to an unsuspecting public. Needless to say, the creator of this blog is a proud owner of the said album. Continue reading “Crimes Against Music #1.1 – Kick Out The Jams, Tubthumper (1974)”

Stagecoach Manchester Sets Gold Standard for a Greener Stockport

Environmental award presented to bus company following introduction of electric hybrid vehicles to 192 route

(L-R) Stagecoach Manchester’s Environmental Officer, Bill Priday, Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Stagecoach Manchester’s, MD, Christopher, Stockport Depot’s Operations Manager, David Frenz and Councillor Stuart Bodsworth with the Environmental Business Pledge Award.
(L-R) Stagecoach Manchester’s Environmental Officer, Bill Priday, Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Stagecoach Manchester’s, MD, Christopher, Stockport Depot’s Operations Manager, David Frenz and Councillor Stuart Bodsworth with the Environmental Business Pledge Award.

Stagecoach Manchester’s Daw Bank garage has been presented with the Gold Environmental Business Pledge award by Stockport Council in partnership with community charity, Groundwork, in recognition of its commitment to creating a cleaner, greener Stockport. They were honoured with the award following its recent investment into environmentally friendly hybrid buses for the 192 route. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester Sets Gold Standard for a Greener Stockport”

Returning to Analogue Photography: 2. Different Types of Cameras

An introduction to the types of cameras you may come across

Manchester Day Parade 01
Part of the Manchester Day Parade, May 2012: gloriously captured with a 1980s 35mm film camera.

In our first part, we gave you a primer on how to return to analogue photography. We detailed where to purchase film, cameras and accessories. For our second part, we shall give you an overview of the types of cameras you may opt for. Continue reading “Returning to Analogue Photography: 2. Different Types of Cameras”

Down Our Street #6: Katherine Street and Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne

Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne:

  • Distance: 1 mile;
  • Start: Moss Lane/William Street junction;
  • Finish: Beaufort Road/Mossley Road junction (or the Beau Geste public house);
  • Buses: any bus to Ashton-under-Lyne or (Penny Meadow) Mossley, Stalybridge, Saddleworth;
  • Trains: Ashton-under-Lyne railway station.

For our sixth Down Our Street feature, we look at a street which is in two parts. It is split by a shopping centre, goes along the open market ground, and finishes near Tameside College’s Ashton Centre. Just to confuse things a little, it originally finished at Beaufort Road, and finishes at a crossing between the Arcades and Ladysmith shopping centres. The section between the open market and Beaufort Road no longer bears its original name. Continue reading “Down Our Street #6: Katherine Street and Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne”

Eyes in the Sky: Tameside’s Mighty Towers of Power

A (as much as possible) rough guide for non-geek types to the radio and television transmitters covering our area

If you tune in to your local radio station or switch your Freeview box, there’s a great chance you’ll be getting your TV programmes from Winter Hill, or your radio station from Harrop Edge. Given how far Winter Hill is from Tameside (about 20 miles or so away), you will find that it is supported by a number of relays. Continue reading “Eyes in the Sky: Tameside’s Mighty Towers of Power”

Top Beer: 1. Liverpool Organic Brewery’s Kitty Wilkinson

A Beer and an Imbiber: East of the M60’s new real ale feature

The United Kingdom’s most unique contribution to the food and drink world is its multiplicity of cask conditioned and bottle conditioned ales. Real ale is enjoying a rise in popularity, but the amount of beer (crappy keg lagers and bitters included) supped in licensed premises has fallen. Therefore, the same crappy keg beers are – increasingly – drank at home thanks to nasties like the Beer Tax Escalator which favours superstore chains over pubs. Continue reading “Top Beer: 1. Liverpool Organic Brewery’s Kitty Wilkinson”

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