Seven Go Camping in Crowden

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…

Could You Spend a Week in Oldham?

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’s Big Bang Update

Moovit 5.0 sees radical change in design 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…

App Update Details Station Closures and Engineering Works

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…

Brexit Fails to Curb Brits’ Enthusiasm for International Travel

Survey Reveals Britons’ Spirit of Adventure 43.2% wish to travel internationally this summer; 20.3% are planning a staycation; 65% of participants cited affordability as the key factor when choosing a holiday; 80% of Britons abroad opt to live live a local and use public transport in their host country. In spite of Brexit fever, our love…

The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times

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…

A Call on the Fylde: The Shard Riverside Hotel

Inside a real gem on the banks of the River Wyre I don’t leave the house as often as I should, for reasons besides work or following The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, but this time last week I had good reason. A very good reason as to why East of the M60 was quiet.

Autie Friendly Holiday Planning: 4. Taking The Long Way Home

Part Four of our useful guide 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…

Autie Friendly Holiday Planning: 3. Enjoying Your Holiday

Part Three of our useful guide We’ve made it to our temporary home for the week, carried the cases up to our room, caravan or living room, and had our first coffee on arrival. In the hotel or guest house, you may see a desk or table beside your bed. Along with the kettle, two…