I’ve taken a rest from the blog as I’ve rented out my old place and I’m now living in Norwich, so I don’t know what to do with my blog. Originally it was there just to keep up with mates I lost touch with, as I’ve worked aboard quite a lot, but it evolved into a local blog. So as most people look at it because as it covers Ashton, I’m not sure how a switch to Norwich would go down. Badly probably.
So I’m still wondering what to do with it. Nothing for now...
Monday, 23 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Took the picture below in the Ladysmith shopping centre, but was spotted on the security cameras. They sent a security guard to stop me. You can't take photo's in here as it's a security risk, I was told. Anyway, turns out the security guard had seen this blog, and he also knows Oldham 100. So I got off lightly with just a telling off!Later on, just to get my own back, I stood in front of another security camera and photographed it as they watched me.
Might keep a low profile now for a while... see ya!
Posted by Calvers at 16:49 7 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Big Brother
Friday, 13 November 2009
I wonder how many people know about this little lake, just by the Sheldon Arms. It appeared as the new roads round Ashton were built. It's squeezed into the triangle of land between Lord Sheldon Way, Manchester Road and Moss Way.
While I was there, one lonely Canada Goose was standing guard over the lake. Ready to peck me if I went too close.
Posted by Calvers at 16:38 3 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, lake, Sheldon Arms
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Prince of Orange
The Prince of Orange, seen through a clutter of orange street furniture.
I did use this pub as a handy place for meeting people off the bus. The volume of the 1950's karaoke in here is outrageous and so I no longer use it.
I lived in Dublin for three years and there they had stricter laws on sound levels in pubs/clubs. The system used was truly excellent. They had a small traffic light system up on the wall for all to see.
Noise OK - Green
Loud - Yellow
Over limit - Red
Now bands could peek into the red (set at 75 decibels) but if they persistently did this, all power to the stage was cut dead. What a grand cheer this always brought! 10 seconds of relief from the wall of sound. Bands/DJ's soon learned to respect the rules.
I'd love that system in the UK.
Posted by Calvers at 09:59 3 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, decibel, Prince of Orange
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
and more tar
Posted by Calvers at 11:04 2 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Tardis, Union Road
Monday, 9 November 2009
Posted by Calvers at 10:25 3 comments:
Labels: abandon, Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley Road
Sunday, 8 November 2009
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Labels: Memorial Gardens, Memorial Sunday
Friday, 6 November 2009
Posted by Calvers at 11:49 3 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Canterbury Street, tarmac
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
They're digging up Canterbury Street. We can see down to the old cobbles.
Posted by Calvers at 10:41 2 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Canterbury Street
Monday, 2 November 2009
So here we are. A charming little square, just off the main road, containing Sid's Café as featured in 'Last of the Summer Wine'.
Posted by Calvers at 12:23 2 comments:
Sunday, 1 November 2009
This was the town near to the farm I stayed on. Quite a small place, but picturesque.
It's famous for the TV series 'Last of the Summer Wine'. There are special bus tours you can take showing all the memorable sites used in the program. Not a fan myself, but plenty people were climbing on the old bus.
Posted by Calvers at 08:46 4 comments:
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Spent the week in Hepworth looking after my girlfriends cousins farm (as you do!). It's not a full working farm, but there are chickens, rabbits, cats and dogs. Actually the girlfriend did all the work as she's the trustworthy one. But I did make great friends with Maggie the young Alsatian. She followed me everywhere. We played football, until the ball died a grizzly death. Good fun.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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Labels: sculpture, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Friday, 30 October 2009
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Posted by Calvers at 11:13 1 comment:
Labels: sculpture, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Big place, didn't get round all of it. Second visit required some time.
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Labels: sculpture, Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Posted by Calvers at 09:21 2 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Mosslay Road, Sun Flowers
Saturday, 24 October 2009
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Labels: Ashton market, Pumpkins
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Ashton-under-Lyne, Wellington Court
Wellington Court, next to Albion Mill.
Wellington Court was Ashton's Building of the Year 2005. And very nice too with it's matching brickwork.
This is the view up Crickets Lane.
Posted by Calvers at 13:33 3 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Crickets Lane, Wellington Court
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Glory of the Garden
Glory of the Garden, by Paul Margetts.
The date on the sculpture tells us that it was finished on 1.3.1994
This fascinating sculpture sits in the ornamental gardens in front of the impressive and very blue Asherton House.
Posted by Calvers at 12:08 2 comments:
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Wasteland may be, but this is rumoured to be the site for the Ashton Centre Metro stop. From memory there were some flats here, but they were knocked down a year or two back.
This site is on Wellington Road next to the bus station. Across the road from Gala Bingo.
Posted by Calvers at 14:01 5 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Wasteland
Monday, 19 October 2009
Modern transport. M60
When the M60 opened in October 2000, I jumped in the car and drove all the way round. 35 miles.
Well I've not had a car for a few years now, and indeed the M60 claimed my car in a fury of rain, burnt rubber and multiple visits to the central barrier. See here.
But I still find the motorway an impressive piece of civil engineering.
This is the view clockwise from Lumb Lane, looking towards junction 23, the turn off for Ashton.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
The Woodman Inn
This is the pub just to the side of our mystery twin towers at the Junction of Oldham Road and Wilshaw Road.
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Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham Road, The Woodman Inn, Wilshaw Road
Friday, 16 October 2009
Waterloo & Taunton Conservative Club
As it was built in 1891, the driveway would indeed have been the horse and cart entrance to the building. Now closed to all but pedestrian traffic as there is access via a side road.
I'm sure the unsightly entrance shed is a later and ill considered addition to the fine old building.
In case you were wondering about the name, Waterloo and Taunton, they are names of areas local to the building within Ashton-under-Lyne.
Posted by Calvers at 10:12 6 comments:
Thursday, 15 October 2009
So here they are. I think I've worked out why they are here. Any one else have ideas?
Posted by Calvers at 10:19 2 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham Road, towers
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
The Clock Shop
Martin did a piece about how the Clock Shop didn't actually have a clock on it any more, as seen here.
Well, they've done it up a bit, and now once more, it has a clock on the Clock Shop. (Still doesn't actually sell clocks though).
Posted by Calvers at 14:36 3 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, The Clock Shop
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Tameside Hippodrome Theatre
Tameside Theatre closed on 30th March 2008. I went a couple of times. Once to see a Pink Floyd tribute band and once to ... no, I've only been once I think. Not sure now.
Anyway, looks like it's going to be bulldozed.
See here and here.
Posted by Calvers at 10:42 2 comments:
Labels: Tameside Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday, 10 October 2009
How not to tile
On the right, we have my first attempt. This tile fits round the sink perfectly, if I turn it over.
On the left is my second attempt, which fits round the sink the right way up.
I was going to smash the first one in anger when I saw my stupidity. But then realised I could use it as a template for version two!
And finally, here is the tile in place.(Think calm thoughts, calm thoughts ...)
Posted by Calvers at 00:04 5 comments:
Friday, 9 October 2009
IKEA, good or bad.
Well it's not the best bit of architecture I've ever seen. Not even the best in Ashton, but I think it's good to have a world famous multi-national company in our town centre. So it gets the thumbs up from me.
So here it is, overlooking Oldham Road, dispassionately staring towards the Theatre Tavern, not that we actually have a theatre any more.
Posted by Calvers at 00:22 4 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, IKEA, Oldham Road, Theatre Tavern
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Taxi driver emptied his cab onto the road.
He just chucked out all the rubbish into Old Street, then got back in his cab a drove on.
Posted by Calvers at 19:01 2 comments:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Old Street
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Dukinfield - River Tame
Someone told me Shaw's Brewery was alive and well and somewhere on Park Road.
Took a look, but I couldn't find it.
Posted by Calvers at 09:59 6 comments:
Labels: Dukinfield, Park Road, River Tame, Rock Terrace, Tameside
Friday, 2 October 2009
Illegally parked car at Harper Mill?
Well the sign tells us that it will be towed away.
Don't think so!
Posted by Calvers at 09:38 1 comment:
Labels: Ashton-under-Lyne, Harper Mill
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