This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows Have you seen any signs of the New Normal, or would this New Normal be a mere interlude in advance of a possible second wave? Whatever happens, August 2020 will be a world away from August 2019, never mind August 2009. Shortly after the publication of last […]Read More Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, August 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops
Midweek meal ticket plan offers no real deal for families hit by Coronavirus In the last two days since Chancellor Rishi Sunak made his Summer Statement, I was reminded of two things. The first was a children’s television programme which inspired two stunning C64 games. The second one was a more contemporary reference: a radio […]Read More Rishi’s Meal Deal: Let Them Eat Luncheon Vouchers
East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass […]Read More Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!
This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows By the time you have read this, you may have had your first pint in a pub in 14 weeks. Instead of celebrating this, your first pint in a pub since lockdown might be your last for a while because of recent redundancy announcements. You might be […]Read More Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, July 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops
A Top Beer Special: would you return to your local once the pubs reopen? Before the pandemic led to our lockdown, having a pint of your favourite ale was a binary choice. You either went to the pub, or had it at home. You could have had a quick one between buses, train or trams. […]Read More A Quick One at The Lockdown Arms: The Shape of Post-Pandemic Boozing
Ashton Review of Shops Extra looks at the reopening of ‘non essential’ retailers For some commentators, the 15 June 2020 would be seen as the day when normality returned to the High Street. With the reopening of ‘non essential’ retailers, it has been represented as part of our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More Shopping With Confidence, Tameside Style: Ashton Review of Shops Extra
Stagecoach Greater Manchester introduces new app to ensure safe social distancing Data and artificial intelligence to help with social distancing; Traffic light indicator enables passengers to consider alternative, quieter routes. The Stagecoach Group is launching a new smartphone “Busy Bus” indicator app. This will help customers plan their journeys as service frequencies increase across the […]Read More ‘Busy Bus’ App to Help With Journey Planning
Clipper ticket resurrects spirit of the Clippercard on Metrolink trams The Clippercard is dead… long live the Clippercard! Well, that’s how we may have reported on the self-cancelling ticket’s demise if East of the M60 was around in 2004. Years after the original ticket’s demise, Greater Manchester Transport’s ten-trips-for-the-price-of-nine tickets still carry fond memories. You […]Read More The Clippercard Makes a Comeback!
This month’s semi-quarantined window on the shop windows It is fair to say that in this edition of the Ashton Review of Shops would be little different to the previous one. Over the last week, these assumptions went out of the window. Especially as some parts of the lockdown have been relaxed. On reading these […]Read More Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, June 2020: The Ashton Review of Shops
Face coverings compulsory from the 15 June in England If you haven’t already ordered a face mask or face covering like the genius behind East of the M60, now is the time to buy one. Especially so if you make your daily commute on public transport. In today’s COVID-19 statement from the Houses of Parliament, […]Read More Face Masks to be Made Compulsory on Public Transport