2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: The Cat or the Hat?

Game 6, Group E (Sidebottom): 11A v. CAT5  

For our forty-second fixture, we look at two routes which more or less shadow the former Edgeley to Warrington Arpley railway line.

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Iconic Routes with Industrial Leanings

Game 5, Group E (Sidebottom): 247 v. 53  

For our forty-first fixture, we look at two routes which served formidable industrial sites in the last century. At one point, the gas industry had something in common with today’s bus routes.

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Burnley or Blackburn?

Game 6, Group D (Garvey): X43 v. 481  

For our fortieth fixture, a real Clash of the Scenic Route Titans. Do you go for the Witch Bus or the Guide Bus?

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Local Bury Routes

Game 5, Group D (Garvey): 524 v. 474  

For our thirty-ninth fixture we look at two local routes in Bury boundaries. Do you take the circular one, or the longer way to Bolton?

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Accrington or Alkrington?

Game 6, Group C (Stansfield): 464 v. 17  

For our thirty-eighth fixture we ask you this question: would you prefer to go to Accrington or Alkrington? Let’s find out. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Accrington or Alkrington?”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: A Tiger In Your Tank?

Game 5, Group C (Stansfield): X58 v. 471  

For our thirty-seventh fixture we look at two routes that terminate in Rochdale which offer potential for an epic bus journey. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: A Tiger In Your Tank?”

Blackley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Blackley Band’s scorcher of a concert at The Mecca of Brass Banding

In conditions more akin to barbecues than indoor brass band concerts, Blackley Band gave us all a wonderful concert last night. There was a vibrant mix of favourites, a bit of cheese, and a few unique compositions. In last night’s programme was the rarest of beasts: a quiet Paul Lovatt-Cooper composition.

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Sapphire or Shale?

Game 6, Group B (Formby): 362 v. 600  

For our thirty-sixth fixture we look at another two bus routes from Wigan MBC boundaries. This time, taking in the northern and southern parts of the borough. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Sapphire or Shale?”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: A Tale of Two City Routes

Game 5, Group B (Formby): 113 v. V1  

For our thirty-fifth fixture we look at two bus routes from Wigan MBC boundaries which serve three cities. One takes us the long way to Preston, whereas another takes in two (yes, two) cities. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: A Tale of Two City Routes”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Howe Bridge or Astley Bridge?

Game 6, Group A (McGuinness): 582 v. 535  

For our thirty-fourth fixture we look at two sides of the Bolton Council boundaries. This is the last of our final fixtures in the McGuinness group stage. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Howe Bridge or Astley Bridge?”