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Smear tests have fallen by more than 80% during lockdown in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has revealed the number of cervical screening smear tests carried out in the region has fallen by more than 80%...

Mind Yer ‘Ed: Disengaging from social media and keeping busy helped my mental health

Here Jean Friend, from Chadderton, shares her experiences of adapting to the ‘new normal’ over the last few months and how she tries to...

Volunteers needed: Become a rock radio DJ from your own home

Greater Manchester Rock Radio, the online community radio station, is looking for new volunteers; from presenters and writers to researchers and people to cover...

New Facebook page celebrates Salford’s wildlife

Wildlife loving Salford residents have come together to share their photography, advice, and queries about wildlife around the city. The Salford Wildlife Facebook page was set...

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New Facebook page celebrates Salford’s wildlife

Wildlife loving Salford residents have come together to share their photography, advice, and queries about wildlife around the city. The Salford Wildlife Facebook page was set...

“Keep Moving” podcast episode launched

The Talking About My Generation team has launched their latest podcast while in lockdown. Jean Friend and Pauline Coltman from Oldham and Bob Alston from...

Overwhelming majority of readers vote to pass on the pints

Pubs and restaurants reopened on 6th July, known as 'Super Saturday', in the latest move to ease the lockdown measures. We asked our readers whether...

Jigsaws, knitting, family & walks: Keeping mentally fit during the pandemic

These strange times have been different for all of us, from going into lockdown, knowing when to brave the outside again, and thinking about...

Chorlton Runners Stay Fit through lockdown

Chorlton Runners has members of all ages and abilities and regularly holds social events that bring them all together. Our reporter, Ruby Fatimilehin, spoke to...

Is this the ultimate top 10 greatest Manchester bands of all time?

We’re taking you on a whistle-stop tour of the best bands to come out of our city in the 60s, 70s, and of course...

Art & Culture

Evening Thoughts

When your head hits the pillow when you retire at night, Do you think today was a good day, it turned out alright. It wasn’t as...

The Power of Friendship

What does that little word friend really mean, Is it all or nothing and no in between. Being there when you’re needed is a good place...

Being Transgender: the hurt and the pain

This poem, submitted by Pauline Smith, follows her feature piece: Being Transgender: The Pain and The Glory.  Trans am I As are my sisters brothers And non...

Are you sitting comfortably?

“Then I will begin” - said Daphne Oxenford on the cult children’s radio programme “Listen With Mother” in January 1950. “Listen With Mother” was broadcast...

The Boy That Wanted To Play Football

Manchester-based poet Mark Quinn (otherwise known as The Mancunian Poet) has shared this exclusive poem with Talking About My Generation, which will be featured...

School Days

Remembering my school years and going back in the day, These were the good old days in their own way. Dinner tickets at lunchtime to go...

Podcasts

Keeping Moving

In this episode, Jean, Bob, and Pauline talk about how, despite the restrictions of lockdown- we've managed to keep moving - from rediscovering local...

Life In Lockdown

Our reporters - Bob from Tameside and Jean from Chadderton - caught up with each other this week to present to you a very...

Volunteering

Bob, Christine and Tony tell us why they volunteering, how they got into volunteering and how it has changed their lives. Not one to...

Retirement Talk

In this episode of Changing The Record, our reporters discuss their varying experiences of a massive life change that faces us all - retirement.

Active Ageing

Episode 2 of the Changing The Record podcast looks at how to stay active as we age - hearing from views from different people...

Features

Mind Yer ‘Ed: Disengaging from social media and keeping busy helped my mental health

Here Jean Friend, from Chadderton, shares her experiences of adapting to the ‘new normal’ over the last few months and how she tries to...

Murder, mayhem and shenanigans: Stockport writer pens book about his hometown

Reddish-based writer Nick Fisher's newest book describes Stockport's colourful history, covering anything from celebrity sightings to unsavoury characters. The book, Hardmen Gangsters Jokers and Pranksters:...

Is this the ultimate top 10 greatest Manchester bands of all time?

We’re taking you on a whistle-stop tour of the best bands to come out of our city in the 60s, 70s, and of course...

From my dad’s Rusholme cafe to the Kippax – one man’s love affair with Man City

Who remembers that moment you decided whether you were going to join the blue or red side of the city? Manchester is known for...

Best mates and motorhead who brought a little bit of Mexico to Manchester

Our editor, Bob Alston, is a bit of a motorhead - a fan of anything with an engine from being a young lad. Here...

Tales of my life in lockdown in Bolton

Our Bolton reporter Carole Ogden shares her thoughts on 'Life in Lockdown' from spring cleaning, gardening, finding a renewed love of cooking, writing poetry...

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Letters

Memories of Oldham: 52 years later I’m still in the house I was born in

In reply to a Letter from our Editor: Is it an age thing? PART 2 - June 9, 2020 Dear Editor, I think the editor Bob...

LETTER FROM OUR EDITOR: IS IT AN AGE THING? PART 2

At the end of my last letter, I said my next real milestone was going to school for the first time, so this is...

Childhood Memories of Ashton-on-Mersey

In reply to the letter from our Editor - Is it an age thing? When I look back, I was very lucky to grow up...

LETTER FROM OUR EDITOR: IS IT AN AGE THING?

As I get older I find myself looking more in the past that I do in the future! Is this just me or is...

We can all help to protect our NHS

Dear editor, Re: Trade Talks taking place with the US now. This is something that affects us all, and could have a seriously detrimental impact on...

Nostalgia

Memories and the history of Manchester’s Windrush Generation

On the morning of June 22, 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush pulled in to Tilbury docks, Essex, carrying 802 hopeful Caribbean migrants on board....

The cast of Corrie returns to the cobbles and we take a trip down memory lane

The Coronation Street cast has returned to the cobbles after being in lockdown. Over the past few months, the show had relied on its...

Love Me Do….The Beatles & Roy Orbison gig that rocked my world in Manchester, 1963

Radcliffe reporter, Pauline Smith, shares treasured memories of seeing the Fab Four perform in Manchester in 1963.  Becoming a teenager in 1961 was really a...

Best mates and motorhead who brought a little bit of Mexico to Manchester

Our editor, Bob Alston, is a bit of a motorhead - a fan of anything with an engine from being a young lad. Here...

Delve into Manchester Memories with new Archives service

The Manchester libraries' Archives+ service has launched a series of online memory boxes to connect people to their local history while in lockdown. Siobhan O'Connor,...

Sport

Chorlton Runners Stay Fit through lockdown

Chorlton Runners has members of all ages and abilities and regularly holds social events that bring them all together. Our reporter, Ruby Fatimilehin, spoke to...

Tired of running on empty? Get laced up ready for a Parkrun to keep fit

Ever feel like you are running on empty? There are 50,000 over 50s in Greater Manchester and we are apparently twice as likely to be...

KEEPING FIT AND HAVING FUN: THE BEAUTY OF BELLY DANCING

Sian Edward Davies, 64, started doing belly dancing as a fitness hobby in her early 30s but began teaching it at a turning point...

87-year-old Boxing Bill shows trainer the ropes

When Bill Kennedy started visiting Age UK Tameside two years ago, he had to use sticks to walk and was suffering badly from his...

Strictly Fun – how one couple turned their passion into a career

Alan and Ginny Newman thought it was plain sailing from now on. Alan had worked as a joiner in the same firm since he...

Men kick-start fitness and friendships at Walking Football

Have you ever fancied a kick about but have been told you are 'past it'? Try telling that to Salford Community Walking Football, who...
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