Former Burton Shop, Old Square

Tameside’s Autism Hour, 05 – 12 October 2019: Ashton Review of Shops Extra

Which Tameside shops are taking part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour?

If you have an autism spectrum condition, a trip to the shops can be a daunting prospect. One issue could be the bright lights, another could be the background noise. In a supermarket, even the sheer variety of items can be overloading.

As for the queues and the crowds, say no more… This eejit in his formative years used to squeal his way through department stores. Shoppers thought I was being mistreated when it was the bustle of John Moores’ most famous retail concern that drove me nuts. The background noise in Ashton’s Pound Bakery is enough to put me off from being a regular customer (the one in Hyde isn’t as bad for that).

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Go Cheapway to… Rochdale

An alternative way to explore the Lancashire town

Seven Sisters Flats, Rochdale
Seven Sisters Flats and Touchstones Museum from Broadfield Park.

A lot of bad press has been made about Rochdale’s lack of shops, particularly how the closure of its McDonalds was played upon as part of its town’s failings. It is true that the Wheatsheaf Centre and its market has lost trade to Bury. The big picture lies within the prosperity of the town itself, which along with nearby Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham, has been dealt a bad rack by present company in Westminster.

For the purpose of this post, I shall put the politicking over to one side and dare to defend the indefensible about Rochdale. You might be surprised.
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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”