Pablo: A Look at CBeebies’ and RTEJr’s Autie-Friendly Animation

Why Pablo draws upon the experience of people with autism spectrum conditions

Before I start this entry, I would like to declare an interest. Over the last year, the creator of this blog has been involved in the production of CBeebies’ and RTEJr’s exciting new children’s television series. Entitled Pablo, it is a groundbreaking new animation and live action programme aimed at children under five years of age and their parents. There will be 52 episodes over two series. The first episode of the first series was aired on CBeebies and RTEJr at 0900 today [02 October].

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Hebden Bridge Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Celtic theme marks David Hamilton’s first visit to Boarshurst Band Club as Musical Director

In brass banding, there are some parallels with football. Instead of divisions we have sections. There isn’t a transfer window that closes a month before the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. Players and musical directors do move to other bands. Last night, we were treated to David Hamilton’s first trip to Boarshurst Band Club, as Musical Director for Hebden Bridge Brass Band.

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Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (September 2017)

Memorable return to Boarshurst for Cheshire band

Once more at the Boarshurst Band Club, Silk Brass gave us a stupendous concert. There was a good variety of classic brass banding pieces, and a couple of tunes you seldom see in concert programmes. In layperson’s terms, there was something for everyone.

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‘Rough Streets’ Sweep Community Radio Awards

Two Gold Awards for Tameside Radio, and a Silver Award for Oldham Community Radio

At the 2017 Community Radio Awards, it was a good night for Tameside Radio and Oldham Community Radio at The Station in Bristol. Both Tameside Radio and Oldham Community Radio were nominated for three awards and picked up two apiece. Continue reading “‘Rough Streets’ Sweep Community Radio Awards”

Inside The Oldham Times’ First Edition

East of the M60 looks at the first edition of The Oldham Times, the Lancashire town’s newest weekly title

On the 31 August, it was the end of an era as the Oldham Evening Chronicle printed its last edition. Its parent company, Hirst, Kidd, and Rennie, went into receivership. As well as its weekday daily newspaper, they also printed stationery. Their office on Rhodes Bank was also a bookshop and a booking office for the newspaper’s excursions. Continue reading “Inside The Oldham Times’ First Edition”

Linthwaite Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Fifteen fine pieces from Linfit

A healthy turnout at Boarshurst Band Club saw a fine concert from Linthwaite Brass Band. With a mix of Paul Kershaw’s good humoured delivery and a relaxing programme. A warm reception away from the longer nights and cooler weather. With reference to his theatrical background, pieces from stage musicals (or inspired by musicals) were well represented.
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The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

Remembering Manchester’s express route to Chesterfield which, at one time, continued to Lincoln

Chesterfield ... where to catch a bus.
The East Midland Bus Station has changed dramatically since North Western Road Car Company was one of the X67’s joint operators. Image by Barry W*******, 2011. (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

Once upon a time, almost fifty years ago, it was possible to cross the Pennines by bus from Manchester, via a number of different routes. Without a change of bus en route. Today, there are only three routes where you can do just that. Two of which are National Express coach services: the 351 to Sheffield, and the 060 to Leeds via the M62. The only proper service bus to do that is First Greater Manchester’s 184 service to Huddersfield. Continue reading “The X67: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

Bus App Now Supports Apple Pay and Android Pay

Stagecoach Manchester’s smartphone app adds another way of paying for bus travel

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Fruit-based device payment channels are now welcome on Stagecoach Manchester buses. Image by Digital Desktop Wallpapers (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

With the recent launch of Transport for Greater Manchester’s GetMeThere hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, Stagecoach Manchester’s recent upgrade was trouble free. This week, they have integrated Apple Pay and Android Pay facilities through the Stagecoach Bus smartphone app.

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J.A. Griffiths’ Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special

A look at the 223 and 227 routes from Hyde

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A steam engine shed in Dinting formerly part of the Dinting Railway Centre, close to the terminus of the long forgotten 227 service. Image by Trevor King (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

The start of bus deregulation gave us a mix of smaller operators, trying to muscle in on the big boys’ territory. Some had great success, identifying niche markets and developing new bus routes. Among the new wave of bus operators were established coach operators. Some of which, like Mayne of Manchester, had operated buses in their earlier years, and prior to deregulation. Continue reading “J.A. Griffiths’ Bus Routes: A Lost Bus Routes of Greater Manchester Special”

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