2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Ways Along the Pennines

Match 2, Semi Finals: 343 v. 184  

Forget England versus West Germany in Italia ’90. The second semi-final clash ought to be a cracker, following the Mossley route’s shock victory over the 192 service. Both routes follow each other from Oldham to Grotton. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Ways Along the Pennines”

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Which One’s Going to Take Advantage?

Game 1, Semi Finals: X43 v. V1  

For our first semi final, two bus routes noted for their luxurious nature will clash for a place in The 2018 World Cup of Greater Manchester Bus Routes Final. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Which One’s Going to Take Advantage?”

Pemberton Old ‘B’ Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Pemberton Old ‘B’ Band’s memorable Boarshurst debut 

In recorded music, particularly 45 RPM singles, the ‘B’ side is a source of curiosity to the listener. Some people (thanks to cinema and educational streaming) think of ‘B’ as inferior. Or the middle carriage of a Greenfield train. In music there are some exceptions. The Model, a double ‘A’ side is better known than Computer Love, the ‘A’ side of Kraftwerk’s UK Number One single from 1982. In brass banding, the ‘B’ bands can surpass the senior bands in their virtuosity and technique.
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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: An Urban Trek or a Rural Ride?

Game 4, Quarter Finals: 53 v. 184  

For our sixtieth fixture we have two, genuinely iconic routes, that are operated by the same company. Brace yourselves for another exciting quarter final. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: An Urban Trek or a Rural Ride?”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Pre-1974 Cross-Boundary Routes

Game 3, Quarter Finals: 192 v. 343  

For our fifty-ninth fixture we have a real crunch match, featuring two routes that would have been cross-boundary routes prior to 1974. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Pre-1974 Cross-Boundary Routes”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Busway Ad-Vantage or Desirable Vantage Point?

Game 2, Quarter Finals: V1 v. 481  

For our fifty-eighth fixture we look at two more Lancastrian routes, offering two sides of the Red Rose County. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Busway Ad-Vantage or Desirable Vantage Point?”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Scenic Lancastrian Routes

Game 1, Quarter Finals: X43 v. 1  

For our fifty-seventh fixture we look at two Lancastrian routes operated by two different Transdev subsidiaries. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Two Scenic Lancastrian Routes”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Peak District Passages

Last 16, Match 8: 184 v. 237  

For the seventh match of our knockout stages, we look at two bus routes that tickle part of the Peak District National Park boundaries. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Peak District Passages”

2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Ringway or MediaCityUK?

Last 16, Match 7: 199 v. 53  

For the seventh match of our knockout stages, we look at two iconic bus routes. One serves an institution that is 80 years old this year. Another serves two notable football clubs and BBC Sport’s base in MediaCityUK. Continue reading “2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Ringway or MediaCityUK?”

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