29 April 2016 TPAS Northern Awards Palace Hotel, Manchester Host Corporate

They say 25 years is a long time but it feels like is was just a few years ago. Sunset Radio launched on the 22nd of October 1989 after years of campaigning for this type of radio station. Looking round the internet there are bits of Sunset all over the place. I will try to bring together as much as I can here on mikeshaft.com. I am editing nothing. It is as it was.

More stories and photos added.

Having attended the Commonwealth Games on 3 previous occasions, It was with great excitement that I boarded the 05:00 train from Manchester to Glasgow on Friday the 1st of August to attend my 4th Games. A full report will follow but here is the mikeshaft.com Photo Album.

12 years ago Manchester hosted the 17th Commonwealth Games. Now as Glasgow 2014 invites the world to the party, BBC Radio Manchester used today the 28/07/2014 to celebrate the Games being in Glasgow and to look back at the joy that was spread back in Manchester 2002.

If they had no overseas players in their rotation?

In May of 2014 I travelled to the Caribbean to attend a family funeral. Having never visited the area since my departure 46 years ago, there was much to see. Welcome to the official Photo Album

Recently, the great and the good of British Basketball got together to pay tribute to one of Basketball's Good Guys - Garnet Gayle, on his retirement. This is the mikeshaft.com un-official Photo Album. All Photos by Ian Smith.

We headed off to our retreat, The Green Roof Inn. We'd booked the bungalow, a single roomed wooden building with a bathroom, set away from the main house. The bed which was huge and covered in netting took up most of the room. Immediately outside was seating and the sea was a hop, skip and jump away but not accessible.

The 2014 Junior Final Fours were held at the EISS in Sheffield this past weekend and I had the great pleasure of looking after the U14s Boys and Girls.