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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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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Secondhand Wonderland: A Noob’s Guide to Charity Shops, Flea Markets and Reconditioned Goods

Sometimes, New Isn’t Always A Better Option

Kodak No.2 Brownie Cartridge Hawk-Eye, Model B
Purchased by the creator of this blog for the princely sum of £5.00 from a collectors’ shop in Glossop.

I’ve never been one for profligate spending habits. I may like my gadgets but I always buy based on need rather than impulse. If for example the latest lower case third vowel related item hits the streets, there’s no way you’ll see me outside the Manchester Arndale at 4am. My reasons are twofold: one, being an early adopter before the bugs are ironed out isn’t always a good idea; and two, I like my bed too much. Continue reading “Secondhand Wonderland: A Noob’s Guide to Charity Shops, Flea Markets and Reconditioned Goods”

A Tale of Two Platform Games: Hyde’s and Rochdale’s Place in ZX Spectrum History

Two derivative platform games, two towns east of the M60 motorway, and their role in the history of Sinclair ZX Spectrum gaming

In reference to 8 bit computer gaming, Greater Manchester is often associated with Ocean Software. At one time, the Manchester software house was the last name in 8 bit and 16 bit computer gaming with film tie-ins and arcade game conversions their forte. In 1982, they had modest beginnings with a bolt hole on Stanley Street, on the banks of the River Irwell. Within five years, they would absorb Imagine Software, the Liverpudlian software house who imploded following its ‘Mega Games’ concept and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. By 1987, they were among the big boys, alongside Birmingham’s US Gold, Microprose in Tetbury and Thalamus, a small up and coming software house bankrolled by Newsfield Publications, creators of Crash and Zzap! 64 magazines. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Platform Games: Hyde’s and Rochdale’s Place in ZX Spectrum History”