Time to lower the age to vote

York Press: Maxine Gordon

9:55am Friday 24th October 2014

MOMENTUM is growing to give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote. Scotland paved the way, by extending the franchise to this age group in last month’s independence referendum.

We are what we watch...?

York Press: Julian Cole

12:58pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THERE are so many programmes about food on television these days it's a wonder the set doesn't suffer from indigestion.

Forget those old messages and look to the now

York Press: Helen Mead

9:52am Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE nicest thing about my old mobile phone was the stored messages.

Cars and your correspondent

York Press: Sue Nelson

2:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

IT MUST be something in the genes. For like my dad before me I’m really not having much luck with cars.

Smells like team spirit

York Press: Megi Rychlikova

1:05pm Friday 17th October 2014

SO KEVIN Pietersen's account of what he may or may not have texted about the England cricket team and who may or may not have said what when and to whom in the England dressing room is finally available for all to read, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Help give young readers a head start

York Press: York Cares logo

9:02am Friday 17th October 2014

Local children were not the only ones to go back to school this September.

Local Plan could be stalled for several months

York Press: York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

8:58am Friday 17th October 2014

While many will see UKIP’s victory in the Clacton by-election as a political earthquake, for me the most important seismic shift that day happened right here in York.

In a spin over birthday gift

York Press: Julian Cole

12:42pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE package arrived while we were away. Next morning I rode to the post office in the rain. It was a difficult shape, thin, squarish and bearing a sticker saying, 'Fragile'. I put in in the panniers and cycled on to work, still in the rain.

Mum reflects on big change

York Press: Helen Mead

8:44am Tuesday 14th October 2014

MY eldest daughter has left home. She may never live with us again. She has been in our care for 18 years and we have strived to keep her safe and well.

Fancy trying a showerloo?

York Press: Sue Nelson

2:55pm Monday 13th October 2014

TO pee or not to pee? Sorry to be talking about bodily functions if you’re reading this while you’re slurping your cuppa, but when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.

Using words as weapons

York Press: Generic image of a man typing on a computer keyboard. (8341410)

10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

DEVALUATION is one of the prices we pay for living in a world where everything is available at the click of a mouse or the push of a few buttons.

Wet walks can feed your soul

York Press: Julian Cole

8:41am Thursday 9th October 2014

NOËL COWARD had his own waspish thoughts on this as on other matters. “I like long walks," the playwright once said, "especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”

Keep off the ladder and enjoy just being young

York Press: Helen Mead

8:17am Tuesday 7th October 2014

WHEN I was a child there were no property programmes on TV. Families didn't sit at home every night watching other families carry out loft conversions or install new kitchens.

Deaths remind us to take care

York Press: Maxine Gordon

9:49am Friday 3rd October 2014

IN an unusual move, York coroner Jonathan Leach has held an inquest into two separate deaths.

Journalism or prostitution?

York Press: Julian Cole

12:36pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

IT COMES to something in this life when you find yourself agreeing with a Tory minister. This shocking state of affairs has arisen following the disgraceful behaviour of the Sunday Mirror newspaper with its sexting sting.

The TV spin-offs that tell viewers nothing extra

York Press: Helen Mead

3:13pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

WHEN I was young, subjects picked apart and discussed at length on television tended to be hard-hitting. Things like global poverty, nuclear disarmament or environmental catastrophes were analysed on programmes such as Panorama or Horizon.

Defeat cannot change hearts

York Press: INDEPENDENCE VOTE: The Flags of  St George, the flag of Scotland and the Great Britain flag fly high in North Northumberland not far from the Scotish Boarders.

12:38pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

WHAT happens now? That’s what everyone is asking as the dust continues to settle on Scotland’s independence referendum.

Put to the test

York Press: Helen Mead

12:36pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

There was relief all round when my daughter passed her driving test.

It’s a perfect partnership

York Press:

12:42pm Friday 19th September 2014

THIS will be a referendum-free column for the very good reason that as I write it I do not know the outcome, but you do.

Being dazzled by the majority

York Press:

1:11pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A FEW years ago I had a meeting in the Yorkshire Terrier pub in Stonegate. As we settled into the upstairs room, all the leading players on the council walked in. It was interesting to see who sat next to whom, and to see who sat alone in the busy crowd, talking to no one.

What happens north of the border will affect all of us

York Press: ENDING THE LOTTERY: Hugh Bayley

8:17am Thursday 18th September 2014

In his monthly column Hugh Bayley, Labour MP for Central York, calls on voters to say No to Scottish independence.

Caring village faces upheaval

York Press: Sue Nelson

2:11pm Monday 15th September 2014

HIGH up on the North York Moors the heather has been particularly beautiful in recent weeks.

Don’t rain on the UK’s parade

York Press:

7:59am Friday 12th September 2014

RECENTLY I attended a family wedding in Canada, where the winters are harsh but the summers are glorious. Or so we had heard.

Time to end this abuse of horses and tackle fly-grazing once and for all

York Press: York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

7:56am Friday 12th September 2014

It is becoming increasingly clear that we need to tackle the growing crisis of horses being abandoned and tethered on our roadsides.

Press mute for royal coverage

York Press: Julian Cole

9:39am Thursday 11th September 2014

I HEAR that a woman of child-bearing age is going to have another baby. Exactly why this constitutes news is a mystery, but there you go.

Teachers won’t say it but six is too many weeks

York Press: Helen Mead

9:58am Tuesday 9th September 2014

WHAT a relief, I hear people say, celebrating the start of the autumn term. Everyone bar teachers is letting out sighs as their offspring head to the bus stop, backpack on shoulder.

Boss’ stamp of sheer quality

York Press:

2:55pm Monday 8th September 2014

FINALLY! There is someone in one of the nation’s monolithic service organisations who takes notice of disgruntled customers. Stand up Shane O’Riordain, of Royal Mail, and take a bow.

Tide turning towards Yes

York Press: Maxine Gordon

9:22am Friday 5th September 2014

TWO weeks today and it will be all over. No, we’re not talking about The X Factor auditions. On September 18, four million people living in Scotland will be voting in the independence referendum.

Going once... going twice...

York Press: Julian Cole

10:13am Thursday 4th September 2014

I LOVE to go into the kitchen and gaze at all the taps lined up like beer pumps in the pub. Each one is so shiny and offers a different choice of water.

Weighty issue that needs cut down to size

York Press: Helen Mead

2:10pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

“DAD, that’s disgusting.” So say my daughters when my husband tucks into a meal.

Pet obsession’s barking mad!

York Press: Sue Nelson

3:02pm Monday 1st September 2014

OWNING a pet is a wonderful thing. They don’t answer back, offer non-judgmental solace when you’re feeling blue and provide endless companionship as well as hours of entertainment.

Climate crisis: it’s time to act

York Press:

2:38pm Friday 29th August 2014

IF YOUR bedtime reading choices say as much about you as your iTunes downloads – and we all know how important they are, because Top People like Barak Obama and, um, Gordon Brown, have shared their playlists (fyi, their faves are Jay-Z and Arctic Monkeys respectively) – then I’ve become a bit of a radical.

Punishment seems harsh

York Press: Julian Cole

9:19am Thursday 28th August 2014

FIRST of all let’s qualify this thing. There is no way I would sit in a cinema and illegally record a film (too generally law-abiding/cowardly). Further, I am unlikely to ever watch Fast And Furious 6.

PJs should not be worn in the supermarket

York Press: Helen Mead

9:43am Tuesday 26th August 2014

I WOULD like to know how Tesco is reacting to the latest fashion trend.

Airport return spoils the fun

York Press: Sue Nelson

12:56pm Monday 25th August 2014

IT’S great to be back home - hardly surprising, when you live in a place like Yorkshire.

Countryside needs variety

York Press: Megi Rychlikova

11:55am Friday 22nd August 2014

I ONCE read a book about painting seascapes. Goodness knows why I picked it out of the bookshelves — it must have been a very rainy Saturday in the days before internet and entertainment on tap 24 hours a day.

Double deals in top dramas

York Press: Julian Cole

9:40am Thursday 21st August 2014

“WHO do you trust?” Four simple words, but what a lot of complication, obfuscation and bafflement this phrase has led us through. Yes, tonight sees the final episode of The Honourable Woman, the BBC2 political thriller that’s been the TV treat of the summer.

I’m so sick of ‘selfies’

York Press: Helen Mead

9:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014

WATCHING an advert recently, I genuinely believed the subject matter to be genuine. “Are you suffering from TSD?” a holidaymaker asked, before going on to describe the symptoms of Travel Selfie Disorder.

A level of fear for all students

York Press:

2:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

WE DIDN’T have to do cartwheels when we got our A-level results, that’s for sure. But now, it’s almost obligatory for flowing-locked teenagers to be pictured everywhere by their local newspaper photographer taking a spin on the school playing field.

Rail improvements so vital to city’s future

York Press: Julian Sturdy

10:49am Saturday 16th August 2014

It is essential that we continue to invest in our northern rail links if we are to realise our potential as an ‘economic powerhouse’.

Rain or shine, us Brits moan!

York Press: Dan Bean

9:28am Friday 15th August 2014

WELL here we go yet again. We’re at that point in the summer when the days are getting just a little shorter and the rain is becoming a little more frequent.

Get ’em while they’re young

York Press: Julian Cole

10:21am Thursday 14th August 2014

AT WHAT point should we begin to worry about undue influences on our children? According to the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, this should be when they are still in nappies.

What’s not to like about France? Well...

York Press: Photograph of the Author

3:18pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE wine, the cheese, the fashion, the language – what’s not to like about France? Well, the cheese, for a start. I hate the stuff. But after a week in the capital city I’d certainly give the country’s other attributes a thumbs-up.

Straight talking in Cod’s own country

York Press: Sue Nelson

2:07pm Monday 11th August 2014

PEOPLE do think us Brits talk funny. In recent weeks we’ve been running the gamut of American pronunciation and alternatives during our annual sojourn on Cape Cod.

Time is running out for Alex Salmond

York Press: (9051603)

12:33pm Friday 8th August 2014

I'M just back from a visit to the homeland and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. A group of ex-schoolmates on Facebook had mooted the idea of tracking down our favourite teacher, David Griffiths, and taking him out for a beer or two in Edinburgh.

War that failed to end all wars

York Press: Julian Cole

9:26am Thursday 7th August 2014

IT IS surely a grim irony of history that just as we mark the centenary of the beginning of the war to end all wars, the bitter conflict in Gaza has taken such a gruesome turn.

Awards recognise enormous contribution of York's volunteers

York Press: York Cares logo

8:45am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Last month, the annual York Cares Golden Moments Awards took place on a glorious summer evening in the Aviva Boardroom, which arguably has the best view in York.

Super-size fridges are such a big issue nowadays

York Press: Evening Press columnist Helen Mead. (5189310)

8:46am Tuesday 5th August 2014

IT’S NO joke – some people have fridges bigger than my kitchen.

Lobster and mash to go...

York Press: Sue Nelson

2:44pm Monday 4th August 2014

TODAY marks the 54th anniversary of the world’s first potato flake plant opening for business in North Dakota. Bet you were gagging to know that little nugget of useless information.

Zombies flood the south coast

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12:42pm Friday 1st August 2014

The news about the zombie apocalypse in Brighton and Hove has not, I feel, been given the attention it deserves. You’d have thought that real live – well, undead – zombies lurching through the streets on the south coast would have caused a bit of a stir.


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