Hills and Mills 2013: The Third New Mills Beer Festival

Chalkers’ Snooker Club, Newtown, New Mills, Derbyshire, 05 – 06 April 2013.

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Starting this Friday is North East Cheshire and High Peak CAMRA’s ‘Hills and Mills’ beer festival. With an excellent turnout on its first night in 2011, bettered only by last year’s, the local CAMRA branch covering Tameside, parts of Stockport and the High Peak have opted for a third one. Since its first festival, it has started to establish itself as a regular fixture in the real ale fanatic’s calendar.

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Go Cheapway… With A Dog

Travelling on public transport with your canine friend

Sammy, 8 years old
Companion and sometime editorial assistant for East of the M60: Samuel H. Sausage La Trobe de Trafford Le Baptiste Vallantine.

For the purpose of this article, I shall introduce you to my nine year old Jack Russell Terrier, Sammy. He’s the archetypal short-legged JRT: hyperactive, jolly, devious, yet loving at the same time. He likes his home comforts, and loves travelling on public transport, though he shudders a little on the 409 (especially on the Waterloo/Limehurst section when we pass his V E T). Continue reading “Go Cheapway… With A Dog”

Happy World Autism Awareness Day

East of the M60 celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

This year, Tuesday 02 April is (other than the 39th anniversary of Piccadilly Radio’s launch) is World Autism Awareness Day. In the UK, there are 600,000 people with an Autism Spectrum Condition of some description. As a fellow autie, I believe that persons on the Autism Spectrum never get fair representation in public life, and in the benefits system (possibly made even harder from this week forward thanks to the abolition of DLA). The problem – and great joy – is that there is no homogenous form of autism, and this baffles the populace as much as the ruling classes. Which is why Social Security provision doesn’t fully address these concerns, leaving some worse off than they should be. (I shall leave the politics for another post). Continue reading “Happy World Autism Awareness Day”