Ever wondered about the Wakes Weeks and when they are?
Many moons ago, before East of the M60 was as well-known as it is nowadays, we posted a review of Channel Five’s documentary on the Oldham Wakes. It was part of a series called Disappearing Britain, the Oldham Wakes episode was hosted by Sarah Lancashire (or Raquel off Corrie if you watched the soap in the 1990s). The programme had vox-pop interviews with Ms. Lancashire decrying the state of Blackpool.
On the lengthiest of bus or rail journeys I take, I always think of the first track on side two of Supertramp’s Breakfast in America album.
The appropriately titled Take The Long Way Home, also a staple tune of Roger Hodgson’s solo concerts.
You may be wondering how I mentioned this classic tune in a part work on autism spectrum condition friendly holidays. It is partly my love of all things Supertramp and of public transport. Sometimes I call catching the all stations train from Huddersfield into Stalybridge (over TPE’s faster one) as Operation Helliwell (as in Supertramp’s saxophonist and concert Master of Ceremonies John Anthony Helliwell).
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Oops! We seemed to have strayed from the original premise of our fourth part. By Friday, there’s every chance we may have got used to the holiday routine. We would have known which times are good for breakfast or evening meal. Owing to the change from ‘holiday mode’ to ‘home mode’, the transition might be a little upsetting. Continue reading “Autie Friendly Holiday Planning: 4. Taking The Long Way Home”→
The joys of summertime bus and coach travel in the North of England
For bus enthusiasts, the 1980s was a transitional period which made other transitional periods seem halcyonic. It was a decade which opened with the dawn of coach deregulation and finished with the privatisation of former National Bus Company subsidiaries. Not to mention bus deregulation, an abomination which wreaked havoc in many an urban area and cut off rural communities from affordable alternatives to private motoring.