Trauma - an excellent study of grief, but not so good as a thriller

Grief is a funny thing. Not literally, obviously, but it can affect different people in all sorts of different ways.

It got knocked down but it got put up again

Bollards to the lot of you

This week a lump of  Lancashire-based granite known, via Twitter notoriety, as the Fishergate Bollard was nominated for  a ‘smile award’ for its unique take on life as an inanimate object - with a habit of getting knocked down and then getting up again.
West Leigh and Bedford railway station

There was a time when Leigh actually had railway stations

Local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at the history of the railways in Leigh..

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam star in Endeavour

Endeavour - a lesson from history

After the President’s Club, and grid girls, and Harvey Weinstein, and equal pay at the BBC, it seems there is anational debate under way about male privilege, the abuse of power and the rights of women.

S'not on

The politics of snot

You know those days. When you wake with your head in a fog so reminiscent of pea-soup, everything is green and lumpy.

Haydock Park station  on raceday in 1905

Haydock was more than just a racecourse in years gone by

Local historian Alf Ridyard explores the history of Haydock Racecourse in his weekly column, Tash Tales.
Ore Oduba and Julia Bradbury counted down Britain's Favourite Walks

Britain's Favourite Walks - The long walk to boredom

Mark Twain apparently once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled.”
Let's cut the.. office language

Let's axe the drivel (with top 10 list)

I’m holding my hand up - I’m guilty too.
Social clubs were thriving in the 50s and 60s

Social clubs were the place to be in Leigh

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his regular Tash Tales this week looks back at the social glue that kept communities together in the 50s and 60s...

The cast of this week's episode of Inside No.9. From left, Reece Shearsmith, Miranda Hennessy, Nicola Walker and Steve Pemberton

Inside No.9 - The best way to spend 30 minutes

Thirty minutes isn’t a very long time, when you think about it. It’s less than a half of football. Barely a third of most modern films. You could probably just about manage to walk a mile in half an hour.

Tough Mudder event

I'm saying yes to everything

My January pledge to say yes to everything and not be such a scaredy cat is reaping awards.


Life is faster than a cannonball

It’s a creeping thing. Age.

A 1920s sports day with the Ena mill in the background

Atherton sports ground helped launch England careers

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look back at an iconic football ground for yesteryear in his Tash Tales...
Michelle Young, whose story was featured in Millionaire Ex-Wives Club, battled her husband in the courts for 10 years

Millionaire Ex-Wives Club - A measure of sympathy for the devil?

It’s difficult to feel any sympathy for the mega-rich. There they go, swanning around in their Bentleys, insulated from the years of austerity everyone else has been forced to go through.

Trains had to be dug out of snowdrifts in 1947

When Leigh shivered in the grip of a three-month snowstorm

Local historian Alf Ridyard in his weekly column Tash Tales takes a look back a time when winters really were winter!

Cauliflower (not a steak)

Sit there until you've eaten it

It was my personal Mount Everest, the demon of my childhood and resulted in numerous wasted hours sitting and staring at wilted, desperately unappealing piles of cold, congealed, food I wouldn’t touch with a bargepole.

Sarah Lancashire excelled in Channel 4's new drama, Kiri

Kiri is a drama that could kickstart your year

It’s January. Christmas has been lost in a belch-ridden mist of over-indulgence, and the new year stretches out ahead of you, filled with unnameable terrors and 12 months of who-knows-what.

Health and fitness expert Ryan Donohue, of Fitness Formation, in Lancaster

How alcohol really affects your diet

As fitness professionals, one of the biggest aspects of our job role is to help to provide guidance on nutrition and this can often encroach on the subject of alcohol.
Sgt Reuben Davies DCM

Leigh heroes from the Great War

Our local historian Alf Ridyard looks back at some war heroes from yesteryear...

New year, not so new me

Column: The trouble with new year's resolutions

New year.
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