Westoe Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (05 February 2023)

Classy performance by South Tyneside band in swan song for musical director

All was happy in the Chew valley last night as Westoe Brass Band gave its live and streamed audience another great concert from Boarshurst Band Club. For the regulars who braved the cold conditions on foot, the warmest of receptions could be found, to the tunes of Cole Porter, Paul Lovatt-Cooper and Lionel Richie to name a few.

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Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, 29 January 2023: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Accessible programme and a trio of tremendous solos open new season in style

Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band opened 2023 in style at Boarshurst Band Club with an easy going and likeable concert on Sunday. Throughout each concert, one of the world’s oldest brass bands have never failed to entertain nor captivate the audience.

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The Trans-Pennine Ten Pound Challenge

Can you cross the Pennines by bus for a tenner?

With the £2.00 single fare in full swing on our buses, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to some weird and wonderful places for the price of a red top tabloid’s holiday offer. As well as offering great savings on a bog-standard journey from Preston to Walton-le-Dale, it offers potential for lengthier trips if you don’t mind travelling at a more leisurely pace.

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Terrific Two Quid Bus Trip Tips

Scenic single journeys on a £2.00 single ticket

Three months on from the start of Greater Manchester’s £2.00 fare scheme, the Department for Transport began a similar scheme at the start of this month. In many parts of the UK, a £2.00 bus trip typically covers six stops. Outside Greater London, a five mile journey could be as high as £4.70 one way, encouraging many passengers to plump for the operator’s day rover tickets or season tickets.

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S.V.’s Formative Years Festive 50 (1985 – 1986)

The Fifty Tracks of My Years from September 1985 to August 1986

Popular music can take us to a particular point in our lives. It is the soundtrack of our youth, birth, marriage, random bus journey, schooldays or not-so-happier times. Throughout my life, music has played a massive part. You can either see this on East of the M60 in written form, or in my professional capacity with Future Directions CIC on Fun Time Friday. As my co-star on Fun Time Friday Kevin Phoenix says, ‘music is also a time machine’.

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The Ghost of Quizmas Past: 24. Cyberzone (1993)

Virtual reality insanity with Craig Charles

Our Clip of Quizmas Past:

  • Quiz: Cyberzone;
  • Presenter: Craig Charles;
  • Made by: Broadsword Productions and BBC North for BBC Two (1993);
  • First shown: Monday 4th January 1993.

In 1993, computer gaming was only a few years away from being a mainstream hobby instead of a niche interest. It was seen as something nerds or teenagers did on their Commodore 64s, SEGA Master Systems or Amiga 500s. Other than that, it was Space Invaders on the Atari VCS or down the local amusement arcade.

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The Ghost of Quizmas Past: 23. All Clued Up (1988 – 91)

TVS’ top class letters based quiz with an oversized keyboard

Our Clip of Quizmas Past:

  • Quiz: All Clued Up;
  • Presenter: David Hamilton;
  • Made by: TVS Television for ITV (1988 – 91);
  • First shown: Sunday 17th April 1988.

Twenty years before this show made its debut, ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton was the voice of ABC Television. Up until August 1968, he was a continuity announcer for the aforementioned ITV contractor who had the weekend franchise in Northern England (May 1956 – July 1968). By the 1970s, he was a famous name on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, as well as Thames Television.

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The Ghost of Quizmas Past: 22. First Class (1984 – 88)

Computer games without frontiers and spinning discs

Our Clip of Quizmas Past:

  • Quiz: First Class;
  • Presenter: Debbie Greenwood;
  • Made by: BBC Scotland for BBC One (1984, 1986 – 88);
  • First shown: Wednesday 3rd October 1984 (BBC One Scotland); Wednesday 8th January 1986 (BBC One).

Back in 1984, the BBC liked its iconic 8-bit computer. As well as being the tie-in computer of Making the Most of the Micro, and Micro Live!, the BBC Model B’s graphics was used in title sequences and on-screen graphics. Most notably, the vortex round of The Adventure Game and (before The Broom Cupboard) Children’s BBC’s continuity graphics.

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The Ghost of Quizmas Past: 21. Sporting Triangles (1987 – 90)

The forgotten rival to A Question of Sport

Our Clip of Quizmas Past:

  • Quiz: Sporting Triangles;
  • Presenter: Nick Owen (1987 – 89), Andy Craig (1989 – 90);
  • Made by: Central Independent Television for ITV (2003);
  • First shown: Wednesday 7th January 1987.

1987 was an unforgettable year on both a personal and not-so-personal level for me. On a less personal level, the Shopping scenario as per The Pet Shop Boys’ Actually LP was in full swing with the Tories’ popular capitalism and privatisation in full swing. Competition was everything: British Telecom v. Mercury; GM Buses v. The Bee Line Buzz Company; All Saints v. Duki High; Thatcher v. Kinnock; and A Question of Sport v. Sporting Triangles.

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The Ghost of Quizmas Past: 20. I’m The Answer (2003)

Dale Winton’s forgotten ITV quiz show

Our Clip of Quizmas Past:

  • Quiz: I’m The Answer;
  • Presenter: Dale Winton;
  • Made by: Unique Television for ITV1 (2003);
  • First shown: Sunday 5th October 2003.

Nearly a year into ITV’s formation as a single entity, the unified broadcaster was still reeling from the ITV Digital debacle. It also tried to find its feet in the teatime slot, a position where it had lost some ground to the BBC, Channel Four, and satellite television channels.

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