9:52am Thursday 24th July 2014
FOREIGN news is what you step round while approaching something familiar. Sometimes such news is hard to grasp; sometimes it is too depressing for words. And sometimes ‘foreign news’ reaches up from the hard ground many thousands of feet below and destroys the plane you are sitting in.
3:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014
I HAVE just read a teens’ guide to good manners. While it is all very useful - be punctual, don’t leave mobile phones on the table at mealtimes, look waiters in the eye, and say thank you, don’t talk about yourself all the time, don’t be a nasty person - I personally think such tips would be more usefully directed at adults.
3:31pm Monday 21st July 2014
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9:38am Thursday 10th July 2014
DO YOU remember life in that long-ago era before Google? The leading search engine has been around for what seems like ages now. How long? Oh, just Google it. It’s very easy to do and that’s one of the problems.
3:17pm Tuesday 8th July 2014
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10:06am Thursday 3rd July 2014
WE’VE done this before, the old car and me. Six or seven years ago each of us had fewer miles on the clock. On that occasion the Volvo estate was packed to the ceiling with the belongings of number one son on his return from university.
10:04am Tuesday 1st July 2014
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2:27pm Friday 27th June 2014
I was invited by the French President, Francois Hollande, to Sword Beach in Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. He invited me because I am the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
1:20pm Friday 27th June 2014
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2:41pm Thursday 19th June 2014
WHAT is a newspaper column? Well, according to the Penguin Book Of Columnists it is “more of a performance than an expression of intellectual argument, and it tends to react to contemporary events and shared experiences”.
12:41pm Tuesday 17th June 2014
SUPPORTING my local football team was instilled in me by my dad when I was only ten. When we moved from the Channel Islands to Sussex in the late 1970s, we followed our nearest team, Brighton & Hove Albion.
8:07am Saturday 14th June 2014
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12:07pm Thursday 12th June 2014
MOST agree that education should be free, but every four years England's footballers are given, at no cost, a master class in how the beautiful game should be played and every four years they fail to pay any attention.
12:03pm Monday 9th June 2014
WE gate-crashed a lunch the other day. Uninvited, we sauntered into the thick of a very splendid occasion, tucked into the food on offer, managed to wangle ourselves a drink and plonked ourselves down on the top table.
10:14am Friday 6th June 2014
THIS is totally the wrong time to be bike-less. Well, the wrong time in Yorkshire anyway, given the Tour de France frenzy. You can’t open this newspaper without seeing pictures of people doing wacky or ambitious things by bike. Actually, I’ve been in one of them, but more of that later.
1:09pm Thursday 5th June 2014
MORE than a week since the so-called 'seismic' European elections and still the earthquake rumbles. Hardly surprising, perhaps, because for the first time we have results that threaten to call into question called the whole EU modus operandi, not to mention its status quo.
9:02am Wednesday 4th June 2014
12:33pm Monday 2nd June 2014
PINK parking spaces? Spongy pavements for ease of high-heel walking? It appears the authorities in South Korea are doing their utmost to enhance the stereotypic view of women as stiletto-strutting beings who simply by dint of their sex are poorer drivers than their male counterparts.
9:36am Thursday 29th May 2014
2:46pm Tuesday 27th May 2014
12:10pm Monday 26th May 2014
I USED to hate summer. For all it meant was the onset of the exam season where life was spent with your head nose-dived into a book as you tried to remind yourself of the contents of the periodic table or whatever, while wistfully looking out of the window at all those grown-ups apparently having fun.
12:46pm Friday 23rd May 2014
THE news that the Government is considering a major review of the traffic laws got me thinking. If I punched a motorcyclist’s face and he fell and broke his neck, I could go to jail for life. If I killed him by driving at 100 mph and crashing into him, the maximum sentence would be 14 years plus a mandatory two-year driving ban.
3:11pm Thursday 22nd May 2014
12:20pm Friday 16th May 2014
A COUPLE of years ago, I wrote a piece about how bland and homogenised the music world had become with the rise and rise of the X Factor, in the same way the political parties had become much of a muchness.
8:16am Friday 16th May 2014
12:29pm Thursday 15th May 2014
GOGGLEBOX on Channel 4 is a fine piece of popular entertainment. It is also, a little like Harry Hill's now departed TV Burp, a way of keeping up with television without going to the trouble of watching.
12:20pm Monday 12th May 2014
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7:54am Friday 9th May 2014
Emma is a young woman living in York who needs a permanent catheter to empty her bladder. A temporary operation at Pinderfields hospital to stimulate her sacral nerve greatly improved her condition, but her consultant’s request to fund a permanent operation to reduce the need for a catheter has been turned down.
10:13am Thursday 8th May 2014
HERE is a message you might not hear at York Station: “The train standing at platform one is carrying a political message and a slogan about the future of capitalism. Please sit in the quiet coach if you don’t want to join in the argument...”
12:16pm Tuesday 6th May 2014
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10:08am Friday 2nd May 2014
WHAT’S the best way to engage a community? Proposing to chop down trees is a good bet. Planning applications for wind turbines are a no-brainer. Or you can introduce traffic restrictions that prioritise public transport – and bingo, job done.
2:20pm Thursday 1st May 2014
THE window is a sort of stage and the performance runs most nights. At some godforsaken hour, the light in the spare room will come on and a man dressed only in pyjama trousers will stumble into view and lower the blind.
9:35am Tuesday 29th April 2014
2:27pm Monday 28th April 2014
WHATEVER next! The French, it seems are yet again taking their gastronomic lead from us Brits. Our Gallic friends over the Channel who once took huge down-your-nose delight in mocking their ‘rosbif’ cousins because all we apparently dished up in restaurants was beef warmed up in hot gravy with Yorkshire puds, have now discovered tea.
9:27am Friday 25th April 2014
THE news that York’s public libraries will no longer be run by City of York Council reminded me of a major problem a friend of mine had when she upgraded her home recently. I’ll start in the time honoured way of all good stories.
2:34pm Thursday 24th April 2014
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