Saturday, March 11, 2017

Calder Vale Real Ale Rail Trail - website now up

Have a look here if you are looking for an alternative to the ever more crowded Transpennine Ale Trail..

Calder Valley Real Ale Rail Trail

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Calder Valley Railway Ale Trail

Just a quick link to my new experiment...
The Calder Vale Railway Ale Trail.
An alternative to the Transpennine Ale Trail on the Halifax to Manchester branch of the Calder Valley Railway Line.
Calder Vale Railway Ale Trail.
This takes you on the Halifax to Manchester Victoria branch of the Calder Valley Railway Line.
Stops off at a selection from the following stations:
  • Sowerby Bridge
  • Mytholmroyd
  • Hebden Bridge
  • Todmorden
  • Walsden
  • Littleborough
  • Smithy Bridge
  • Rochdale
  • Castleton
  • Mills Hill
  • Moston
  • Manchester Victoria

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Recommend this place for showers, taps, plumbing etc

Showers Direct Showers Direct can not be faulted for speed of response, customer service, special offer prices and reasonable fast delivery. Was looking for a new shower, had been recommended Grohe by my dad, found their special offer on the Grohe 34156 Grohtherm 1000 Thermostatic Bath/Shower Mixer and they did the bath mounting pillars (which several supposed professional plumbing outlets had never heard of!) and they even had a helpful notice about VAT Free for disabled customers. Quick e-mail on a Sunday afternoon - emailed back with price confirmation and a link to pay via PayPal or card - arrived Wednesday! Strongly recommended.

Friday, September 30, 2011

EDF Energy Supplier in meltdown?

EDF Energy seem to be struggling to do the most basic things - like sign up a new customer. Quote from a 'Ryan Millar' (fictitious person as it's a no-reply address??):
We are currently upgrading our systems to enhance our customer service; as a result we have seen higher than usual volumes within our business and this is inevitably impacting our ability to respond promptly.
Which equates to 'we tried to change things but we've f**ked up' as far as I can tell.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Friday, July 08, 2011

Last traces of A V Roe (Avro's) to disappear

Jobs will be lost, most people will get to travel 30 miles to Blackburn to work if they want to, some old codgers will have to take their pension a little earlier than they have to to get max cash (ah diddums), but the saddest thing is that the Manchester area will lose its final link with aviation history. You'll have to find it in the MoSi.
BAE to close historic Chadderton plant which built WWII Lancaster bombers | Oldham Advertiser -

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Can you trust Endsleigh Insurance?

Seems that Endsleigh won't honour the 30 day guarantee on the quotes they give online - will investigate further & provide updates.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Santander are shite

Over 6 weeks since opening a so-called on-line account with Santander, I still can't log in. I've had 7 or 8 letters (by snail-mail durrrr) but they've still not managed to send me letter 2 of 2 with a registration code.

A friend who is suffering mental health & addiction problems has been met with absolutely no help whatsoever. She's on benefits, and has been struggling not to go overdrawn, but is being hammered with 175-200 pounds of charges every month. She is switching to the co-op bank and the cashier at the local branch told us thet are getting 2 out of 3 new accounts form dissatisfied ex-Santander customers.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Peter Hook - The Light perform Closer @ The Factory Club May 19th 2011

Overall a brilliant gig, but let’s get the grumpy old git grumbles out of the way:

– Venue: not a brilliant live music venue, with its low ceilings and consequently only very slightly elevated stage – heaven help any tall-ish persons who might get a bit carried away by the music and attempt a bit of pogo-ing – perhaps they should issue hard hats to audience members over 6 foot tall? Sub-optimal maybe and reminiscent of a pub cellar or other rehearsal space rather than a ‘designed’ performance venue – not that I’d wish to be seen dead at the Arena, Apollo or other soulless mass market pop pulp parade performance.

– Lighting: because of the poor headroom, the stage is lit from the side and from ceiling mounted remote spots which seem to hit the unlucky lead singers right between the eyes. Given the age spread of the audience this had an amusing side effect of bouncing off the balding bonces of all the 50-something blokes in the crowd – all those lucky buggers old enough to have been to a Joy Division gig.

– Space: The lofty cathedral that was the Hacienda it is not, one saving grace being the PA, which unlike that at New Order gigs at the Hac, had sufficient power to control the sound within the space whether you’re up front or propping up the bar at the back.

But the music, the main aim of the event, far exceeded my expectations – fabulous! I’d seen one or two critical comments on the web regarding ‘others’ performing Ian Curtis’ / Joy Division songs, or former band members ‘cashing in’ on previous glory, but this gig made it clear that this music needs to be played live. Surely the greatest respect for a musician/composer is to have the music played live for years after they have departed. No one says it’s disrespectful to Mozart or Beethoven to play their music live (& get paid for it). And live, and loud, and in front of an appreciative audience is miles better than listening through the tinny headphones of an iPod, or even through a top-notch speakers cranked up to 11. Hooky’s vocals could have been brought up a level, but were definitely in keeping with the originals. Rowetta’s contributions gave those couple of songs a new dynamic (& let Hooky actually play his bass) – different sound, yet definitely all good. Highlights of the set were Isolation, and then a stunning rendition of Transmission – not a Closer track but who’s being picky? – and then finishing with ‘that song’ (you can guess? can't you?), as Hooky called it, providing a chest thumping finale to a top gig?. Let’s have more of the same, please!