X is for XFM Manchester - one of our local radio stations .
I must be the first to admit that this is not one of the radio stations I actually listen to - too young in taste for my liking - prefer BBC Radio 4 for the spoken word, news, plays - BBC Radio 7 for drama and comedy shows - Smooth for jazz, soul and lastly Classic FM for light classical and opera.
This is my digital DAB RADIO - I can set alarms, record and pause - clarity of reception is first class.
My only gripe about digital radio is that it can only be as good as the programmes transmitted - radio stations must appeal to ALL tastes - 200 stations playing the TOP 10 is no choice at all !
I think radio in the UK is first class but the danger is that in order to cut costs, top class programmes will be shunned in favour of a mass audience dumb down ...
What's radio like where you live ? .. I would be interested to know...
AND yes it is 7.31 in the morning and I'm taking pictures of radios - I must be sad ..... !!
Wednesday is Senior Screen at the local Odeon Cinema in Rochdale - for over 50's only - reduced price plus free cup of tea and a cake
This is really good value - £3.75 per seat and if you have an Orange mobile phone you can get two seats for the price of one on a Wednesday.
My only disappointment was, that when I first started going to the screenings, they did not demand proof of my age ! OK .. so I look old !!
Today was a special showing of The Oxford Murders with Elijah Wood,John Hurt,Leonor Watling and Julie Cox. Murder mystery set around Oxford University - the murders linked by a series of mathematical symbols.
Good film - slightly different than the usual
AND - not sure why, but today it was free !So never look a gift horse in the mouth !!
This is actually a double W ... Wednesday is collection day for the Wheelie Bin
Politically the collection of these refuse bins is at a local level more important than the Iraq War, Inflation, Unemployment and raises passions ( and violence ). Many a local Councillor has lost his Council seat over the issue come election time.
Once upon a time in the UK your dustbin was collected weekly and contained all your rubbish - the bin collectors actually entered your yard or garden to collect the bin. In order to cut costs the wheelie bin was introduced - the onus on the householder was now to take it into the road on collection day. ( it has small wheels )
In order to encourage more recycling of waste material more wheelie bins were introduced. Dark green for non recyclable waste , light green/blue for tins, bottles ( glass or plastic) and brown for garden waste plus a blue bag for paper.
Collections were reduced to fortnightly - normal waste one week then the other wheelie bins the following week. This of course led to many complaints - bins smelling , bins stolen , bins just not collected by the Council.
I use my brown bin for storing rain water ! I compost all garden waste.
You must follow Council regulations - bin to be placed 6 inches from kerb edge, lid to be down flat, handles facing road, do not leave loose rubbish nearby.
If what you read in the Tabloid Press is correct then the Council employ " Bin Police " to check that residents are following all the rules and regulations.
I could discuss wheelie bins at great length but do not want to bore you any more ...
Scout Moor Wind Farm between Rawtenstall and Rochdale high up on wild moorland consists of 26 turbines that will provide enough energy for 40,000 homes.
Soon to come into operation - for more information see http://www.scoutmoorwindfarm.co.uk - lots of pictures on the web site of turbines and the construction for those of you with a technical bent.
The construction of the Wind Farm was not without its critics and a hard fought campaign tried to stop the building helped by Professor David Bellamy the well known botanist of TV fame. It was claimed that the wild area with its special plants and birds would be destroyed . We'll soon see ...
The turbines can be seen high on the skyline for many miles around - and a certainly an unusual sight !!
Last night we went to the Lowry Centre in Salford to watch the play " The 39 Steps " ( from the book written by John Buchan )
People may remember the Hitchcock version - well this was nothing like it - it was a spoof and really hilarious . The play has a cast of four who play the hundred plus parts . A winner of the best new comedy - Laurence Olivier Award 2007
The play is now playing the West End and Broadway per the information sheet - I did not purchase a programme so am unaware who the actors are but can recommend the show as being first class ..