Escape To The Pantry: Word Search Puzzles for Greater Manchester Bus Geeks

More lockdown fun for all the family – especially bus enthusiasts

At this very moment, England is in its second lockdown. Non-essential retail premises have closed, which has meant only chemists, supermarkets and variety stores can continue trading. Whereas supermarkets are able to sell ‘non-essential’ merchandise, managers have reserved the right to cordon off non-essential items. Like books (no good if you have mock exams), clothing (no good if you have a Traditional Non-Zoom Job Interview) and toys (no good if you want to get your Christmas shopping out of the way).

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Answers to Escape to the Pantry’s Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks

At last, we have the answers to East of the M60’s bus and train livery quiz

If you have been taking part in our bus and train livery, we now have the answers to Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks. In true tradition, the answers have arrived a week late.

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Escape to the Pantry: Guess the Bus and Train Livery Blocks

East of the M60’s back with a nifty follow-up to the seat moquette quiz

In the last year, you might have seen the use of minimalist colour blocks on t’ internets. In most cases, they form part of a quiz with video gaming characters and Walt Disney characters being popular subject areas.

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Guess The Moquette: The Answers

Were you as clued up on your bus, train, tram or tube moquette as everybody else at East of the M60 Towers? Fret not, here’s the answers

One or two of you might have been racking your brains over our moquette quiz during the lockdown. After several weeks, we have either put you out of your misery, or had you feeling smug.

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Phoenix Cinema Auditorium, East Finchley by Basil Jradeh, 2010 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0)

Escape to the Pantry Goes to the Movies: Host Your Own Film Night

How to turn the living room or person cave into your local ODEON, ABC, or Bug Hut

In the last two decades, I have pontificated over the vapidity of our multiplex cinemas. So much so that I wrote a lengthy poem about it in 2003, that was published in the Tameside Reporter. Sadly, the cinema where I saw my first film in Greater Manchester closed that year with American Pie III: The Wedding.

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Escape to the Pantry: Video Battleships

Or Zoom Battleships, Facetime Battleships, or Skype Battleships if you prefer (yes, you get the drift)

The new normal, thanks to this blasted virus thingy is the use of videoconferencing technology for meetings. This has meant your Skype, Facetime or Zoom account taking over from the office or boardroom table. More often than not, it has been used for meeting family members and friends.

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Classic Bus Lotto: Another Escape to the Pantry Special

Do you have a young child who is mad on Greater Manchester’s buses?

Due to Coronavirus-orientated cabin fever or stir craziness, you may be wondering what a bus looks like. You might have a youngster who wants to go to the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport, though couldn’t do thanks to recent events. You know, the very rugrat whom in later years might want a British Rail moquette cup coaster for his or her office.

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Guess The Moquette: An Escape to the Pantry Special

Are you as clued up on your bus, train, tram or tube moquette as everybody else at East of the M60 Towers?

Moquette is something we take for granted on our local buses, trains, trams or underground systems. It is that fairly ugly pattern on the seats that is complex enough to hide any stains on your seat.

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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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