Monday, November 26, 2007

Just another manic Monday .....

... as Mrs Bangle said back in 1986....some bits and bats tonight ....much based on the Stalybridge £1.5 million refurb and railway incompetence .... yesterday - boy came home from Lancaster....now this was the Stalybridge Station Train Info System when I got there at about 1830 ... cheaper than the usual cr*p I photograph !



..and what made it worse - he'd been told in Manchester, "buses only as far as Stalybridge" - hence my picking him up. I'd checked on Nationalsh*te.co.uk which confirmed - nowt to Mossley. I get to Stalybridge - there's a great big f*ck off bus ready to go to Mossley, Greenfield and Marsden. Talking to someone on the train today - their mates had got on a bus from Stalybridge to Greenfield yesterday afternoon to be told by the driver "You're my first customers today" - well if they don't advertise the damn thing at stations, on t'internet or even at Manchester Victoria (i.e. "They're only going to Stalybridge") what chance have we got - I believe it's similar next Sunday - so forget any thought of Crimble shopping if you live in Mossley or Greenfield - because there may - or may not - be Rail Replacement Buses (as very few people used them yesterday, they'll probably think "No point" - and scrap 'em at the last minute).

In short Rail system - sh*te - communications - even sh*ter - never mind - they've got my £21-80 for another week of sh*te. We actually went for a walk yesterday - drove to Marsden - and this is what we saw outside Marsden station - should have given me a clue really shouldn't it ...



.... yep the magical "Fraser Eagle" sticker inside a bus - forget train franchises - the Rail Replacement Bus franchise is the way to fame and fortune - but I think the boys from Accrington have got that one sown up .....

Meanwhile back at Stalybridge - as part of the £1.5 million refurb - they've done up the bogs - however, if you're a chap you might well be met with this message ....



.... let's veer back to the walk - twas a circular around Marsden - and believe it or not this was - for me - the best picture to come out of the walk - was taken round the back of Pule Hill, just walking back into Marsden ..... maybe a touch of the Control-Alt-Hill ?!?!?!




FOOTBALL - Tomorrow is Mossley's biggie versus FCUM plc - hopefully a big crowd - hopefully not too many of the Mossley "amoebas" crawling out of the "primordial soup" to bring shame on the town (fingers crossed on that on !) - hopefully a win for the Lilywhites.

MUSIC - My review tomorrow/Wednesday will of course concern "Taraf de Haidouks" ...

And it's possible - just possible - that this blog could welcome its 20,000th visitor tonight....wow ...

Good night - and I LOVE you all .....!

4 comments:

nosmoking said...

Is it me?

Mike Smith said...

Sorry Ian - you were 19,992 !!

There's no prizes anyway .....15th December - I'll be there for the Prescot game !

Tameside Eye said...

Loving the rant Mike. Just how are we supposed to cope if a c charge is brought in? It will be us commuters shoved into a more tighter space and paying through the nose to subsidise the cost of administrating the whole congestion charging system.

State of the Area Address. Uncle Roy was going on about parking at Stalybridge train station and mentioned that GMPF own property and land around there. They say they are having problems with other businesses handing over remaining land so they can develop on it. I am speculating the Fire Station which will become merged into Ashton's and those industrial units further down from the buffet bar will be turned into a big park and ride as part of the TIF. The profits will then be plowed back into the pension fund. Now there is an interest!

Tameside Eye said...

Oh and this will make you laugh. Roy Oldham talked about his traumatic experience of going on a bus! Shock horror! He said that some yobs on a mini bike drove under the bus... how? Anyway I would see that as another attempted terrorist threat to our dear Uncle Roy who had a fake bomb planted outside his house a few years back.

You would of thought for a start that a mini bike going under a bus would of made frontpage headlines on the Tameside Advertiser. Not only did it have our dear Council Leader in the bus! Just what would we/they do without him? I imagine the BMW was in for a servicing :(