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…

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…

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…

Stagecoach Manchester Sets Gold Standard for a Greener Stockport

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

Returning to Analogue Photography: 2. Different Types of Cameras

An introduction to the types of cameras you may come across 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.

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…

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…

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…

HMV to Leave Ashton-under-Lyne and Rochdale

And Manchester’s Market Street store also faces closure along with Wigan’s branch On the 07 February 2013, it was confirmed that 66 HMV stores would be closed by the end of March this year. Today, another 37 stores have joined the list. Over half of Greater Manchester’s nine stores will close with a loss of…

The Joy of 600s: A Not So Perfect Ten Special

East of the M60’s 600th post Where did the time go? Did I used to have a life before I began blogging? To be honest I still do (how on earth do I manage to write the other 599 posts). Right, that’s enough of the histrionics, time to go back on track… *    …

Iconic Non League Football Stands, Past and Present: The Not So Perfect Team

Non league football’s most distinctive main stands. Some lost, some intact, some on the way out, and some which have seen Football League action 1. Goalkeeper: A Slate Roofed Double Stand, Horton Park Avenue (Bradford Park Avenue AFC); 2. Defender: ‘Harold’s Lugs’, Kingsway (Bishop Auckland FC); 3. Defender: Built By ICI, Central Avenue (Billingham Synthonia FC); 4….