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Book Review: British Football’s Greatest Grounds

Not only a coffee table book for groundhoppers; a must for any football fan

  • Title: British Football’s Greatest Grounds: One Hundred Must-See Football Venues;
  • Author: Mike Bayly;
  • Photography: various contributors including David Bauckman, Paul Paxford, Colin McPherson, Andy Nunn, Stuart Tree, Ben Webster,
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Limited (2020);
  • Recommended Selling Price: £30.00 (hardback).

At this moment in time, you may be missing your football fix if you often go out to see your favourite team. Due to the lockdown, only Elite League football teams (National Leagues North and South upwards) can continue their season. In what is now known as The Trident Leagues (Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian leagues), league football has been suspended till further notice. Likewise with its regional feeder leagues.

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Escape to the Pantry: Indoor Boredom Busters

East of the M60’s back with some more indoor amusement ideas

If you haven’t noticed, the warm spring weather couldn’t have come at a worse time. Deep down, you want to enjoy the weather, but there is one massive problem. The matter of a global pandemic, with Britain in near-lockdown. This means only going out for an hour’s exercise, or your only outdoor trip being to the chemist or local shops.

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The Readers on the ‘Bus are Quite Relaxed…

East of the M60’s World Book Day posting

Unfortunately for me, I am too young to dress up as a literary character. Not least the fact I left school nearly 20 years ago. For someone whose reading habits include bus timetables, left-of-centre newspapers and websites, there was no way I was going to dress up as the GMT M-Blem. Or a Leyland Atlantean. Thomas the Tank Engine or The Fat Controller (I know the P.C. brigade prefer to call him Sir Topham Hatt) probably, owing to the fact Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s books were my concession to fictitious works. Continue reading “The Readers on the ‘Bus are Quite Relaxed…”

On Reflection: The Definitive Collection of Visual Works by John Tribe

A profile and reappraisal of the illustrator’s works.

Previously published on East of the M60 as On Reflection: The Collected Visual Works of John Tribe on the 10 June 2014.

Though not one of East of the M60’s most read pieces, the original piece attracted the attention John Tribe himself! He was ‘flattered and speechless’ to say the least, and needless to say, I was amazed too. Amazed in the same sense how Joe Royle described 1989-90 as his ‘pinch-me’ season with the Latics going to Wembley.

Since then, I have had continued contact with Mr. Tribe who has kindly furnished me with further details, corrections and clarifications. Hence the slight change to the title.

Many thanks to John, not only for the research notes,  but also for the two lovely architectural books I received. One of which had been on my Christmas or birthday present list for the last five years.

Stuart Vallantine,
John Tribe,
Saturday 20 September 2014.

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On Reflection: The Collected Visual Works of John Tribe

A profile and reappraisal of the illustrator’s works.

One afternoon, I caught the end credits of The Pallisers which are being rerun on BBC Two. I loved the ornate titles – obviously hand drawn and far removed from today’s CGI based examples, being of 1974 vintage. It had echoes of John Ruskin’s maxim of building something to last forever, something likely to stand the test of time in future generations. 40 years on, they looked perfect for a period drama. Continue reading “On Reflection: The Collected Visual Works of John Tribe”

34 Years a Bibliophile: My Most Influential Books

My life between pages

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
The source of my bibliophile leanings since the 21 November 1984: Dukinfield Library, Concord Way.

There are several habits, rituals and substances we acquire throughout our lives, some of which are risky. Others are less risky; some take up square metres shelf space or need a few circuits around the block (and beg for treats every so often). Continue reading “34 Years a Bibliophile: My Most Influential Books”

Televisual Gems of the 1980s: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4

Yours profoundly in love with Thames Television’s adaptation of the Sue Townsend novel

In the 1980s, back when Bridget Jones was taking her ‘O’ Levels (prior to being the subject of a fictitious diary), the most seminal diary read by adolescents of that decade was set in Leicester. It explored teenage angst from a candid angle and became a best seller throughout the first half of the decade. Since then, its regular readers have grown up with the canon well in to the 21st century. Continue reading “Televisual Gems of the 1980s: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4”

Local Libraries on Borrowed Time? (Part One) An East of the M60 Cuts Scene Investigation

An East of the M60 Cuts Scene Investigation report:

CSI:Tameside Episode 1: The False Economics of Library Closures (Part One)

In the last half decade, I have maintained a successful blog, created my own website, and had had written material published in dead tree and electronic form. Most of which would have been impossible without a love of words and being encouraged to visit the local library from an early age. Continue reading “Local Libraries on Borrowed Time? (Part One) An East of the M60 Cuts Scene Investigation”

Two Tameside Bus Routes Among 50 of the UK’s Favourite Bus Journeys

343 and 350 routes listed in new book on scenic bus routes

Dennis Dart, First Pioneer

In the midst of the half term holidays, or during the forthcoming Christmas ones, you may wish to take a more scenic route between Ashton and Oldham, or Mossley and Oldham away from the crowds. In Mossley, you have the joys of getting to Oldham the quicker way via Lees, or the circuitous route via Saddleworth. Continue reading “Two Tameside Bus Routes Among 50 of the UK’s Favourite Bus Journeys”

Holiday Reading for Left-Wing Transport Geeks

Five ‘must read’ transport books and five political/historical books.

Class 101 DMU, Bury Bolton Street

Nearly two years ago, East of the M60 had a rundown of five transport books and five autism spectrum books. This time, as a follow-up, East of the M60 has chosen five more transport books. In place of five autism spectrum books are five political/historical books. Once more, trashy airport terminal type novels are gleefully omitted. As for the Star Trek/Star Wars type stuff, ditto the above. Continue reading “Holiday Reading for Left-Wing Transport Geeks”