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9:45am Tuesday 11th March 2014
I’M GETTING a bit fed up with the Scottish independence debate. They seem to do as they like anyway – scrapping tuition fees, passing new laws to help their old folk and the like. I hope they cut loose and get on with it.
1:09pm Monday 10th March 2014
10:39am Friday 7th March 2014
10:25am Thursday 6th March 2014
12:03pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
British menfolk: “stubborn, unimaginative, flatulent, uni-taskers”. It is hard to believe that this glowing conclusion comes from their partners. Or maybe it isn’t. Women thrive on complaining about men.
12:03pm Monday 3rd March 2014
TAKE that! Two teenage girls scamper down a North East back street yard, incensed because the elder had locked the younger in the cupboard under the stairs to keep her from making stupid faces and comments while she sat with her young man.
2:31pm Saturday 1st March 2014
10:16am Friday 28th February 2014
I HAVE a confession to make. In the past six months I have actively looked for excuses to go across Lendal Bridge during the day. Once I managed it twice in ten minutes, and each time I blessed the genius who thought of closing it.
12:12pm Thursday 27th February 2014
9:24am Tuesday 25th February 2014
12:15pm Monday 24th February 2014
7:34am Saturday 22nd February 2014
8:50am Friday 21st February 2014
BACK in the days when English football clubs were half-decent in Europe, some TV exec woke up one day and thought it would be a wizard jape to start televising Parliament. Clearly, The Dukes of Hazzard and Miami Vice just weren’t cutting enough mustard, entertainment-wise.
9:32am Thursday 20th February 2014
9:29am Tuesday 18th February 2014
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12:48pm Monday 17th February 2014
11:55am Friday 14th February 2014
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11:58am Thursday 13th February 2014
9:55am Tuesday 11th February 2014
THIS Friday couples everywhere will be settling down for a romantic meal together. Candles, soft music, maybe the odd rose or two will be used to create the perfect atmosphere for whispering sweet nothings.
12:23pm Monday 10th February 2014
10:42am Friday 7th February 2014
BONG! “Here is the news. As Cuadrilla announces two more exploratory drilling sites for shale gas in Lancashire, Chancellor George Osborne claims victory in the battle for hearts and minds over fracking, saying a broad consensus is in favour.”
9:41am Thursday 6th February 2014
10:54am Tuesday 4th February 2014
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12:01pm Monday 3rd February 2014
ER – hello? This is me somewhat cautiously answering the telephone at home. Is that Mrs Nelson? asks an apparently vacuous twenty-something year-old with a just-detectable hint of boredom. Who wants to know? you ask suspiciously because you suspect that this is yet Another One.
8:00am Saturday 1st February 2014
9:14am Friday 31st January 2014
I may be old-fashioned, but I love the process of writing with pen and ink on paper. I can touch-type and I type all my copy for The Press whether it is for the newspaper or the website. I am touch-typing this.
12:09pm Thursday 30th January 2014
9:56am Tuesday 28th January 2014
“I DON’T like this film, it’s boring.” My daughter was commenting on The Go-Between, which we forced her and her older sister to watch as part of the old-fashioned upbringing we are trying to thrust on them: watch the films we watched while growing up, read the books we read, visit the places we visited, and so on.
12:10pm Monday 27th January 2014
11:57am Saturday 25th January 2014
11:06am Friday 24th January 2014
I FULLY appreciate this will be difficult for many of you to comprehend, but being a cricket fan has its downsides. Feeling obliged to stay up until daft o’clock to watch England pretend to play that particular game in Australia recently is one of them.
8:01am Friday 24th January 2014
Many of us begin the New Year with resolutions of varying kinds, and I am sad to say that any promises I make over limiting my consumption of crisps and chocolate have inevitably fallen by the wayside.
12:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014
I HAVE never understood the opposition to female bishops, but perhaps someone who doesn’t go to church should keep their nose out. Then again, keeping your nose out doesn’t get you far as a columnist.
12:32pm Tuesday 21st January 2014
If everyone seems to have a long face this week, there’s a reason for it. Yesterday was Blue Monday, the day thought to be the most depressing of the year, thanks to a number of factors – the weather, the time elapsed since Christmas, failed New Year Resolutions, and debt, all converging to bring on a bumper dose of the blues.
9:23am Tuesday 21st January 2014
John Tomsett, head teacher at Huntington Secondary School, has been a teacher for 25 years, a father for 17, and a head teacher for ten years, and said his, son, Joe urged him to post the following article on his blog: johntomsett.com
11:38am Monday 20th January 2014
9:33am Friday 17th January 2014
12:47pm Thursday 16th January 2014
9:13am Tuesday 14th January 2014
12:01pm Monday 13th January 2014
PENSIONER bashing – it’s the new political and populist sport. Those beyond working age should undertake compulsory voluntary work (which hardly makes it voluntary does it?) to qualify for a state pension, says one pundit. A sort of National Service for pensioners is one way of looking at it.
11:16am Friday 10th January 2014
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9:53am Tuesday 7th January 2014
10:59am Monday 6th January 2014
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9:33am Friday 3rd January 2014
HAVE you made a New Year resolution? I won’t bore you with mine, it’s not very original. Once when I was a child I renounced sweets for Lent and proudly kept that up for years, before I finally gave in to a butterscotch.
10:20am Thursday 2nd January 2014
IT IS customary at this time to commit to self-improvement. Well, feel free to join me in not bothering. And the same goes for resolutions. I shall resolve not to resolve anything, if that’s all right. As for the diet, that can wait.