Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2014: The Ashton Review of Shops

It’s (nearly) Christmas!

  • Two pubs set to reopen;
  • Recent additions to the Arcades Shopping Centre;
  • Tameside¬†Christmas Market commences.

Taking us by surprise this month is the reopening of two public houses and another card shop for Ashton. Continue reading “Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, December 2014: The Ashton Review of Shops”

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A Fool’s Overture of Jam Tomorrow and Cuts Forever: The 2014 Autumn Statement

‘The Island’s Sinking, Let’s Take To The Sky…’: East of the M60’s verdict on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Back in the early 1990s, Salfordian musician and radio presenting legend Mike Sweeney used to have a slot known as ‘Message in the Music’. This featured on his morning show on Piccadilly Gold, and listeners were encouraged to find an appropriate song for that morning’s news stories. For example, an ideal song for the split of GM Buses in 1993 could have been Breaking Us In Two by Joe Jackson. Continue reading “A Fool’s Overture of Jam Tomorrow and Cuts Forever: The 2014 Autumn Statement”

Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Three): The Pye 1225 Stereogram

Last of the teak-aged idols

The 1974/75 edition was the last Argos Catalogue to boast a mainly plain cover. After the 1974 catalogue incurred a 20p charge (equivalent to £2.11 today), the 1974/75 catalogue was back to being a free publication. One marked difference was editorial direction. Firstly, the Woodstock/Fairport Convention style typefaces were replaced by Helvetica. Secondly, cameras were moved from the first pages of the catalogue in favour of crockery.

There was two other changes of a shift in order and consumer trends. One was a greater page count for jewellery – later the Elizabeth Duke range. Another was a solitary example of an item which may have looked aesthetically out of place for 1974.

Continue reading “Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Three): The Pye 1225 Stereogram”

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