Monday, 23 November 2009

What now?

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...


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Big Brother

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!

Friday, 13 November 2009

New Lake

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.

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.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

and more tar

The tar gang have moved onto Union Road now.

Monday, 9 November 2009


No one about. Didn't look like they were loading or unloading. Nothing else there. Just an abandoned old washing machine on Mossley Road.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Memorial Sunday

Memorial Sunday in Memorial Gardens, Ashton-under-Lyne.

Friday, 6 November 2009


Still working on the road, Canterbury Street. Now the new tarmac is being laid.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Canterbury Street

They're digging up Canterbury Street. We can see down to the old cobbles.
I guess they are just re-surfacing it.

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'.

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.