Indie Brewers Aim to Make Next Month ‘Tryanuary’

Smaller breweries’ counteraction to Dry January A number of UK independent breweries and bottle shops aim to turn January into a month for supporting microbreweries and nano breweries. Known as ‘Tryanuary’, it aims to highlight the wares of local breweries, bottle shops and independently owned off-licences. Though the United Kingdom has the highest number of breweries since Edwardian times, […]

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2014, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle How would historians look at Greater Manchester’s transport system in 2014? The answer, could well have been from the front seat of a train. Or a train outside the evening peak. Or, it could have entailed a journey on one of Manchester’s […]

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Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Twenty Four): The Pullman Combination Personal Organiser

And they called it ‘Yuppie’, love… Yuppiedom reached the heady heights in 1988. In a big way. In that big a way they were a ‘different class’ with their fast cars and ‘loadsamoney’ dichotomy. A short lived boom and another tax cut for the rich not only saw greater competition, but also a sense of loss […]

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Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Twenty One): The Starhunter Astronomical Refractor Telescope

“…Says the girl with the mousey hair…*” 1986 was a seminal year for many an amateur astronomer. Hailey’s Comet appeared in the spring. Back then, Oldham’s very own Professor Brian Cox celebrated his eighteenth birthday. With the hubbub at the time, this addition to the house would have been useful:

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