Category Archives: Lancashire

Sheep’s Arse

Approaching Peel Tower from Holcombe

My dad once told me that his Bury Grammar friends nicknamed him Sheep’s Arse, on account of the fact that he lived in Ramsbottom. Kids are cruel. I was called Nutty at my school, on account of a lack of imagination on the most part (most people were nicknamed the first syllable of their surname, with an appended Y), and I endured Ballet Dancer for a few months, after I leapt very high in the air during a games lesson... [see more]

Omen on the M65

Omen: unexplained fire near Nelson in July 2013

Do you ever get the feeling that something is not quite right? An omen? Well, I got that feeling last week as I returned from a regular visit to my parents in Lancashire. As my newly-road-qualified daughter accelerated onto the M65 motorway, I saw a dark plume on the horizon... [see more]