Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

Satellite TV, Coronation Street – what a dilemma!

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Now, I wouldn’t be a true “Northerner” if I didn’t love Coronation Street!

I’m not quite as addicted to this TV Soap as my significant other half though. I only started watching “Corrie” in the 1980’s when Deirdre Barlow was having an affair with Mike Baldwin. My husband has been watching it since he was a small boy. He will be celebrating his 50th birthday in a few weeks time 🙂

When we came to live in Cyprus in 2004 we had no access to UK television. We did manage without for a couple of years before we got ourselves a Hotbird satellite system via a 90cm dish. It offered up BBC Prime which gave us a taste for British TV all over again. BBC Prime eventually disappeared off the system which meant by this time we were well and truly hooked and had to look for an alternative.

We now have a Humax set top box and use ART which is an Arab TV satellite package – still on a 90cm dish. We get a number of ITV series including Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Of course, it’s not up to date although there is another alternative called Showtime, which is about 3 – 4 weeks behind the current UK episodes.

However if we went for the Showtime package that would cause another huge problem for us, not to mention the extra cash every 6 months for the newer version!

The episodes we’re currently watching are from 2008. Can you imagine finding and watching them all on YouTube to try and catch up?

Even though we had missed a little over 3 years worth of episodes by the time we got our Arab satellite system installed it actually meant we hadn’t missed any episodes from Coronation Street at all 😀   In fact, we re-watched about 10 or 12 episodes that we had already seen in UK before we departed for sunnier climes.

So, for those of you who are up to date and are avid Corrie fans. Below is an episode we watched last night (9th September 2011) – originally aired on 5th September 2008.

Feel free to comment but – NO SPOILERS, please!



UPDATE 15th September 2011 


There was a message on our TV last night after Coronation Street to inform us that as of 3rd October, we will get double episodes!

Woo Hoo, that sounds like we may eventually catch up with the UK episodes 😀

Wonder where they will draw the line?


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

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