Jason and the Argos Gnomes: East of the M60’s 2014 Advent Calendar

The unofficial follow-up to ‘Did I Want One Of Those?’ Last year’s Advent Calendar, our affectionate celebration of tat, was probably the best received of the East of the M60 advent calendars. So much so that we’ve decided to perpetuate the theme, only with better items.

Christmas 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015 Bus Services in Tameside

Christmas and New Year service information for bus users in Tameside and surrounding area As sure as eggs are eggs, the run-up to Christmas has surely come upon us. Reports of excellent footfall at the Christmas Markets and the kerfuffle on Black Friday have been well documented which augurs well for retailers.

It Was Twenty Years Today… Since I First Saw the Celtic Play

From passive fan to their Poet Laureate in two decades: a post of two halves What were you doing on a typical Saturday in late 1994? There was a new fangled game known as The National Lottery. Noel’s House Party was ‘must-watch’ TV with 15 million viewers each teatime. Sleaze allegations continued to haunt John…

The Night The Christmas Lights Went On In Grosvenor Street

Christmas lights switch-ons in the Tameside area Christmas Day is a only a calendar month away at this time of writing and so far, Denton’s and Mossley’s switch-ons have already taken place. The former was preceded with a Christmas market. Mossley’s switch-on took place on Thursday 20 November, and this included a lantern parade from…

Bus Boss Celebrates 40th Year in the Industry

Stagecoach Manchester chief marks four decade tenure Greater Manchester, 1974: a truly different place to the conurbation we see today. Firstly, our buses were orange and white. Manchester United was playing Second Division football; the Hulme Crescents, over a year after completion saw rats and cockroaches. Stalybridge Celtic was members of the Cheshire County League whilst…

Official: M25’s No Longer The Road To Hell

And it certainly isn’t the A666 either! Regular drivers may be far from surprised as to where the UK’s real Road To Hell lies. The M6 between Cheshire and Staffordshire can be troublesome at times, and the M62 seems to have had road cones and a 50mph speed limit, between Ainley Top and the M1/M62 interchange…

Bad Robots: Redefining Candid Camera for the 21st Century

E4’s dystopian answer to Allen Funt’s programme Featuring: Sir Michael Gambon (voiceover); Episodes: 6 x 24 minute episodes; Time: 2100 hours, Tuesdays (repeated on Sundays, 2330 hours); Channels: E4 and E4+1; Producer: Objective Productions for Channel Four Corporation. The Luddites had a point. Not only for the amount of job losses caused by automation but also for the…

In Defence of ENCTS: Why Concessionary Travel is a Social Good

How reduced rate travel connects people with places, and does so very well   This week saw mixed messages for passengers on the national concessionary travel scheme. To start with, a 36 year old disabled man won £5,500 damages after it was stated his local bus operator breached the 2010 Equality Act. He was denied access to a…

The Golden Oldie Bus Picture Show ’14: Autumnal Gold

This autumn’s collection of elderly buses in the Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside areas. In the last quarter, the step entrance double decker seems to be dwindling in numbers. Older low floor equivalents seem to have been cascaded. Most notably in Bury and Rochdale where Mercedes Citaros ply their trade. This summer saw the departure of Greater…

Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside: November 2014

More changes to the borough’s retail offerings New KFC opening in Hyde; Five Guys set for Ashton Moss début; Stalybridge comings and goings; Long established electronics shop closes. Shortly after last month’s despatches, the Tameside retail scene has been rather busy. So much so we were out by several weeks on one development. The imminent opening of Hyde’s…