Bus Regulation The Musical: The Review

How Ellie Harrison’s show brought us fifty years of Greater Manchester transport history on wheels Bus Regulation The Musical. Manchester Art Gallery, 28 September 2019 (2pm and 3pm). Produced by Ellie Harrison. I could think of several ways of spending half an hour of my leisure time. One is listening to the entire ‘B’ side…

A Brief History of Teen Travel in Greater Manchester

Who remembers Greater Manchester’s previous attempts at wooing teenagers onto the bus? Over the last week, details of Andy Burnham’s Opportunity Pass have been revealed in the Manchester Evening News and on the GetMeThere website. From the 01 September, young people aged 16 to 18 years old – so long as they produce a smart…

The Three Ages of Greater Manchester’s Bus Stations

A look at the evolution of Greater Manchester’s bus stations from 1969 onwards In the last fifty years, Greater Manchester’s bus stations have changed dramatically. More recent trends favour single terminals and improved connections with other modes of transport. In smaller towns, they form part of a focal piazza, as seen at Radcliffe’s bus station.

Britain’s Greatest Television News Themes: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60’s latest Not So Perfect Ten looks at Britain’s greatest television news signature tunes …And now, the headlines from the East of the M60 newsdesk: Leading blog’s countdown of the ten best news themes; Countdown includes nostalgic look at best news tunes from the 1950s onwards; Most of which are from BBC and ITN news programmes. In…

Now We Are Ten: Our Not So Perfect Ten

A special edition of The Not So Perfect Ten celebrating ten years of East of the M60 Was it really ten years when East of the M60 began to trouble the deepest recesses of cyberspace? Indeed it was. East of the M60 started life as a secondary blog to The Stuart Vallantine Web Experience. Its…

Defining Features of Northern Rail’s Franchise: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten key characteristics of Serco/Abellio’s 12-year franchise term By the start of next month, the Northern franchise will be taken over by Arriva/Deutsche Bahn Rail. This will be Arriva’s second stint with a Northern English heavy rail franchise (the previous being Arriva Trains Northern) and, most notably, it entails the withdrawal of Class 142 and Class 144 railbuses.

Obscure Games Consoles: The Not So Perfect Ten

Forgotten handhelds and overlooked games machines Over the last 40 years, we have seen video games evolve from blocky tennis games to that of a multi-billion pound industry. In the late 1970s, Atari ruled the roost with its colour graphics offering a real advance on the Pong clones. After the great video game crash, Nintendo and Sega emerged…

Television Puppet Stars Through the Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

From Sooty to Hacker John Logie Baird demonstrated his early televisual experiments with a ventriloquist dummy’s head. On the 02 October 1925, his dummy’s head known as Stookie Bill, was used to demonstrate early television pictures. 90 years on, we still use puppetry to entertain viewers young and old. Whether it’s a mule and Annette Mills or the…

Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part One: Inner City Tour

Retracing City of Manchester Corporation’s tours from their 1978 pocket guide Manchester in 1978: though a year before the creator of this blog emerged, the city’s Arndale Centre was a year from completion. University Challenge and Coronation Street was filmed at Quay Street instead of MediaCity. The Manchester Ship Canal’s Manchester Docks was in its…

Scottish Independence Referendum: The Problem is Westminster

An alternative view on the possibilities of Scottish independence or maintenance of the status quo During the term of this parliament, I have doubled the amount of days I have spent in Scotland during my lifetime. Besides the joys of Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley railway stations, I have added the Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh…

One Borough, Several Stories: Television Documentaries Set in Tameside

From Park Bridge to Gee Cross, in 576i or 625 lines Since the launch of Granada Television on 03 May 1956, a fair amount of the borough’s activities have been detailed in regional news bulletins. It has included the high points of Tameside’s fortunes such as the Queen’s visit to Ashton-under-Lyne in 1987, or the…