Greater Manchester Bus, Train, and Tram Fare Updates 2018

A look at Greater Manchester’s fare changes It’s that time again. Next to the obligatory Bond film, the 12 days of Christmas also covers another custom: fare increases. With (in England at least) the 02 January 2018 being the next ‘normal day’ after New Year’s Day, our bus, train and tram fares will be rising….

2017, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle If 2016 was eventful, 2017 was even more eventful to the power of five. Testing our city region’s bus operators, rail franchisees, and the Metrolink was the terror attack at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester also gained a newly elected mayor, and powers…

Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2018 from East of the M60

A Christmas Card for all our readers Here we go again, another eight days left of 2017 to enjoy. You know what that means: turkey, tinsel. If you can find anything on the ol’ telebox this Yuletide, good luck to you! O.K., forget that line: there seems to a few festive goodies across the channels….

(The Board) Games People Play: #24, Dial Away

A board game that was made for you-oo…? Monday 17 January 1983 I returned home from my paper round to find something strange. My mother didn’t have the radio tuned into Piccadilly Radio for Pete Baker’s show. Instead she was watching television, at 7.30 am. 7.30 am? Who in the right mind would have the…

(The Board) Games People Play: #23, Offshore Oil Strike

The fun of drilling your way to millions in an obscure board game Sunday 16 January 1983 Gawd, I hate Sundays. Such a boring day, apart from one thing: homework, bathtime, and bed before school on a Mondays. The only interesting diversion I had was this weird dream last night. I dreamt that oil had…

(The Board) Games People Play: #22, Master Mind

“Your specialised subject…” 1970s board games Saturday 15 January 2017 Till I discovered the joys of the Lilywhites, I had never heard of Goole. For an aspiring musician like me, this is no good. Especially when you’re visiting obscure pubs in and around Yorkshire in a Transit van across the Woodhead Pass. Shortly after my…

Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 Trains and Trams in Tameside

Christmas and New Year train and tram service information for passengers in Tameside and surrounding area Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Following on East of the M60’s look at Yuletide buses in the Tameside area, we turn our attention to local trains and trams. Besides being a good time for…

(The Board) Games People Play: #21, Sporting Triangles

“If you ever wondered how you get triangles from a cow you need…” Friday 14 January 1983 Still buzzing from last night’s disco date with Tricia but I was brought back down to Earth at 11.21 am by my Maths teacher Mrs Powell. Before last night’s date, one thing I had forgotten about was a…

(The Board) Games People Play: #20, Knock Your Block Off

“All in all it’s just another brick in the wall…” Thursday 13 January 1983 Just come back from the George Lawton Hall after a wonderful time in the teenage disco. Tricia looked amazing without her school uniform in her ra-ra skirt and neon pink legwarmers. It was a great night though I thought the DJ…

Have Yourself a Merry Disco Christmas: A Cheesy Tunes Special

Reflections on Mirror Image? A spin with the Roller Disco Orchestra? Cheesy Tunes bites back Christmas: such a great period to spend time with our family, or put aside a few musical differences. Or the good use of a few days or fortnight away from work (unless the Tories use Brexit to stop this). At…

(The Board) Games People Play: #19, Magic Robot

You will like this, not a lot… Wednesday 12 January 1983 This morning, the Careers Advisor came to school from Ashton Careers Centre (the office next to Presto). Tricia said she fancied working with the mentally ill – either for Tameside MBC Social Services or at Tameside General Hospital. I said in future years that…

A Sunday Brass Christmas: Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2017 Christmas Concert

More silliness, sublime music, and a time for giving From Denshaw to Friezland, the Saddleworthian Christmas spirit is alive and well. Especially at its band clubs from Delph to Boarshurst. As always, the Boarshurst Silver Band concert never fails to disappoint. The programme is, as you would expect, more Christmassy but always different. This time,…