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.
S.V’s night under the stars along with six others from Ewing School
As I write this entry, it is exactly thirty years since my last breakaway with a few fellows from Ewing School. In addition to the Middle Group’s annual holiday, yours truly with four other pupils (who left Ewing School the following month) had a weekend away in Crowden.
Why a Wigan travel company is offering an inclusive train tour from Wigan North Western to Pyongyang
A wee while back we looked at a 1976 Nationwide clip on Oldham MBC’s drive to promote Oldham as a tourist attraction. We looked at how you could spend a week in Oldham town centre and its surrounding area.
Does Oldham and surrounding area have enough attractions for a week’s holiday?
This week, Northwest Tonight and its predecessor Look North West have celebrated its fiftieth birthday. Via social media channels, the BBC Archive has scoured the library for weird and wonderful regional clips.
Moovit 5.0 has been given a complete redesign. Its recent developments have been based on fully understanding its users and their needs. These have been from primary research and user input over the four years since the app’s existence. The new version restructures the incredible amount of data transport available so that users get the information they need at a glance.
Moovit 4.13 for Android enables users to record temporary station closures and track maintenance issues
When Allen, Brady, and Marsh prepared their advertising pitch for the British Rail contract in 1976, the newly-appointed BR chief, Peter Parker, was ushered into a scruffy reception area. There were cigarette dimps, used coffee cups and a table with tea, coffee and beer stains. This gave the chief a look at Britons’ popular perceptions of waiting rooms in British Rail stations. Continue reading “App Update Details Station Closures and Engineering Works”→
A look at the North Wales resorts in the 1980s and 1990s
With the Wakes Weeks upon us (Oldham’s starting on the 27 June, Stalybridge’s being from the 19 July), a great many of us may be in holiday mood. Today’s holidaymakers – thanks in no small part to our continued membership of the EU – think nothing of boarding a flight to Spain, Greece or Turkey. For some, as second nature as boarding a 216 bus into ‘Town’. Continue reading “The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times”→
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”→