Opinion

Opinion

Not so emotional downloads

Music might be the food of love but it’s also the soundtrack to many a dodgy memory throughout my life.

Opinion 1
Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure in Line of Duty

Line of Duty - Fact is, this is the best drama on TV

Apparently, we are living in a post-truth world, one in which the truth can be anything you like, as long as it fits your own view of the world.

Arts
An example of Shank's pony

Dialects and sayings from yesteryear

Local historian Keith Johnson looks at the phrases and sayings Leythers used in yesteryear...

Lifestyle
The Throwdown finalists - Richard, Clover and Ryan

The Great Pottery Throwdown - The natural successor to Bake-Off's crown

It may have escaped your notice, but the BBC recently lost the jewel in its primetime crown – The Great British Bake-Off. The Beeb has been running auditions for “the next Bake-Off” for some time now – many with some arrangement of the words ‘Great’, ‘British’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Off’ in the title.

Arts
Theodore Cecil Thompson

Cherishing rugby league’s pioneers

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at some of the heroes of RL from yesteryear...

Lifestyle
Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is on the warpath in The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - political plotting amid the Brian Blessed bellowing

At a time when the United Kingdom seems intent on ripping itself apart, it’s a good time for a drama which shows how the kingdoms became united in the first place.

Arts 2
Ant Middleton leads the crew in Channel 4s Mutiny

Mutiny - Captain Haddock versus Captain Wazzock

I blame Bear Grylls. Ever since he burst on to our TV screens around 10 years ago, eating locusts and drinking his own bodily fluids, there have been a whole raft of TV shows featuring man’s (and it usually is men) battle against the elements, nature and his own ego.
Arts 1
This advertising would be never accepted nowadays

When Plank Lane was surrounded by a thriving farming community

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks at farming on an industrial landscape...

Lifestyle
Olivia Colman and David Tennant are back on the beach in Broadchurch

Broadchurch - A promising return to form

So, here we are then, swooshing over the golden cliffs of Dorset on our way to Broadchurch (ITV, Mondays, 9pm), the restless sea surging on to the beach below. If this third series of the police drama had started anything like the second, then I might have been tempted to chuck myself off those cliffs.

Arts
When holidays were a mass exodus

When holidays were a mass exodus

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at holidays from yesteryear...

Lifestyle
Geoffrey Shryhane

Future of the pound coin is a many-sided affair

Our top columnist Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

Lifestyle
David Baddiel (right) with brother Ivor (left) and dad Colin

The Trouble With Dad - an affecting look at dementia

Caring for a sick relative is hugely difficult. Whatever they’re suffering from, the carer is faced with the gradual loss of the person they recognise as their father, grandmother, husband or daughter.

Arts 1
Morning duties clearing the ice from HMS Uylsses after the Arctic storms

Towns raise £500,000 for warship

Tash Tales with Alf Ridyard...

Lifestyle
Geoffrey Shryhane

When cigarettes saved your life...

Geoffrey Shryhane’s memories and musings...

Opinion
Natalie Brown (SAN BROOKE), Julie Bushby (SHERIDAN SMITH), Karen Matthews (GEMMA WHELAN), the three women at the centre of BBC drama The Moorside

The Moorside - A brave attempt to redress the balance

We have often been told that there’s nothing such as society, and that we no longer have a sense of community.
Arts
Geoffrey Shryhane

Yes, time heals – but exactly how long does it take?

Geoffrey Shryhane takes a close look at the topics of grief and loneliness...

Lifestyle
Beer tax cuts can benefit everyone

Beer tax cuts can benefit everyone

It’s Hoppy Hour with our ale expert Andrew Nowell...

Opinion
George Barmby was the man in focus in Confessions of the Paparazzi

Confessions of the Paparazzi - Truth and lies through a lens

Journalists, ironically, rarely get a good press these days. As a trade, we usually come bottom of those ‘most trustworthy profession’ polls, sharing the wooden spoon with estate agents.

Arts
Hougoumont Farm, near Waterloo, Belgium, was still pockmarked with musket shot and shrapnel in 2015

Leythers in the Battle of Waterloo

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back in time to a time of war...

Lifestyle
A typical corner shop.  This one on Hindleys Bridgewater Street was demolished years ago

Nostalgic appeal provided by the old corner shops

Memories and musings with Geoffrey Shryhane... There’s an odd one here and an odd one there, but by and large, the traditional Wigan corner shop has quietly slipped into history.

Lifestyle
Load more