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…

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…

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’…

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…

34 Years a Bibliophile: My Most Influential Books

My life between pages 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).

Holiday Reading for Left-Wing Transport Geeks

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

Hooray, Hooray, It’s an Autie Holiday

Five ‘must read’ autism spectrum books and five ‘must read’ Aspie/Geek Chic books for the summer Despite running the risk of turning this subject into an adaptation of the Boney M song, this focuses on essential reading material for the summer holidays.  If you’ve not already booked your holidays, this little article is for you….

Leylands, Daimlers and Guys… Ooh My!

The Colours of Greater Manchester: Michael Eyre and Peter Greaves (Capital Transport, £22.00) Tram Sunday: I hate that day with a passion.  This is not so much for the lack of buses, but more so the stalls.  It is an absolute incitement for me to spend silly money on transport books and DVDs.  This year’s…

The Alternative Christmas Reading List

Christmas is coming, repeats are fast looming, as people in Argos are still queueing and awaiting their number – some twenty minutes later… As eventual as death and taxation, the terrestrial television will face another repetition of Bonds from Moore to Dalton, and furniture adverts.