The Shape of Memes to Come!

Brian Moore’s Almanack looks at what could be the shape of memes to come

If you have spent the last twenty years of your life in front of a computer screen, tablet or smartphone, you will have seen many a social media channel or fad come and go. When I dipped my toe into the world of SEO and content creation nearly two decades ago, you shared things by email attachments. There was chatrooms – ICQ, AOL and newsfeeds – and Friends Reunited. Then MySpace came along in 2005, taking us to what was known as Web 2.0, followed by Facebook and Twitter.

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Westoe Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (23 January 2022)

Welcome return to Boarshurst for North Eastern band with well presented concert

Absence they say makes the heart grow fonder. Whether it’s two minutes away from your dog or two years away from your last concert, this maxim applied to Westoe Brass Band at the Boarshurst Band Club. They opened this year’s season of concerts with a programme that was traditional, yet had a nod to the band’s history.

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Stalybridge: Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture for 2022

Greater Manchester Combined Authority £50,000 grant to go towards creative events in town centre

Stalybridge is this year’s Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture, thanks to a successful bid for the accolade. For being a successful bidder, the town will get a £50,000 grant from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture Fund. The grant submission was led by Tameside MBC, in partnership with The Bridge Cultural Consortium. Additional funding came from last year’s Town of Culture partners: Bury Council, Arts Council England and the Victoria Wood Foundation.

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Enviro400, First Greater Manchester, Oldham bus station

First Manchester Strike Starts Tomorrow

‘Reasonable offer’ not good enough for drivers set to strike

This coming Monday, First Manchester’s drivers are set to go on strike over pay and conditions. Over the last two years, Britain’s bus drivers have been at the sharp end of the pandemic through staff absences, sickness and deteriorating pay and conditions. This has been exacerbated by more favourable pay and conditions in the haulage industry.

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Time for a Cross-Boundary Bus Strategy?

England’s deregulated bus network has a fair few cross-boundary routes. Many are conventional stage carriage services where the travel-to-work area happens to be a county or unitary authority away. One example is the 237 route from Ashton-under-Lyne to Glossop via Stalybridge. Another one is the 125, a Stagecoach Gold route between Preston and Bolton.

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