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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

(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…

(The Board) Games People Play: #23, Offshore Oil Strike

The fun of drilling your way to millions in an obscure board game Sunday 16 January 1983 Gawd, I hate Sundays. Such a boring day, apart from one thing: homework, bathtime, and bed before school on a Mondays. The only interesting diversion I had was this weird dream last night. I dreamt that oil had…

(The Board) Games People Play: #22, Master Mind

“Your specialised subject…” 1970s board games Saturday 15 January 2017 Till I discovered the joys of the Lilywhites, I had never heard of Goole. For an aspiring musician like me, this is no good. Especially when you’re visiting obscure pubs in and around Yorkshire in a Transit van across the Woodhead Pass. Shortly after my…

(The Board) Games People Play: #21, Sporting Triangles

“If you ever wondered how you get triangles from a cow you need…” Friday 14 January 1983 Still buzzing from last night’s disco date with Tricia but I was brought back down to Earth at 11.21 am by my Maths teacher Mrs Powell. Before last night’s date, one thing I had forgotten about was a…

(The Board) Games People Play: #20, Knock Your Block Off

“All in all it’s just another brick in the wall…” Thursday 13 January 1983 Just come back from the George Lawton Hall after a wonderful time in the teenage disco. Tricia looked amazing without her school uniform in her ra-ra skirt and neon pink legwarmers. It was a great night though I thought the DJ…