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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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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Bored This Week? Let's Play a Dice Based Race Game

Introducing The Transpennine Train Game, a dice based race game exclusive to East of the M60

With the Coronavirus leading to many people self-isolating and social distancing, there may come a time when you have tired of Facebook or had your fill of YouTube. You may be one of the lucky ones who can work from home, or you need to look after your children because the schools have closed.

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Now on the ZX Spectrum: Bobby Carrot

Games Review: why the ZX Spectrum version of FDG Mobile’s smartphone game is worth a bash

  • Coder: Couvej;
  • Will run on: any ZX Spectrum with 48k or 128k of RAM (including +2s and +3s), emulators;
  • Available file formats: .tap and .tzx – 48k and 128k versions available to download;
  • Controls: Keyboard (Q, A, O, P, and Space), Cursor keys, Sinclair Joystick and Kempston Joystick interfaces.

At this time of the year, rabbits seem to be the flavour of the month. Easter is less than a month away and a certain rabbit themed film is taking box offices by storm. For lovers of 8-bit computers, spring is associated with 1982’s launch of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Continue reading “Now on the ZX Spectrum: Bobby Carrot”

(The Board) Games People Play: #24, Dial Away

A board game that was made for you-oo…?

Monday 17 January 1983

I returned home from my paper round to find something strange. My mother didn’t have the radio tuned into Piccadilly Radio for Pete Baker’s show. Instead she was watching television, at 7.30 am. 7.30 am? Who in the right mind would have the telly on this early? Little did I know she was witnessing television history in the making. That of Selina Scott and Frank Bough on BBC Breakfast Time.

“What’s going on?” I thought “Soon they’ll be doing 24 hour television next”, which means no more closedowns. Ten minutes later, before I got my bus to Mossley Hollins, I asked my mum if I could ring Tricia to tell her about Breakfast Time. She refused.

10.30 pm: at 7.00 pm, I found the Tom Jones special a good excuse for doing my Geography homework. Going through the radio stations, I came across this song: it was Phone Home by Jonny Chingas. Obviously released to cash in with ET but a cool tune nonetheless.

In 1983, the soon-to-be-privatised British Telecommunications released a telephone themed board game.

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