High price of ‘foreign’ wars

York Press: Julian Cole

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.

Arrogant adults who need a guide to good manners

York Press: Helen Mead

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.

Reckless fun filled holidays

York Press: Sue Nelson

3:31pm Monday 21st July 2014

Six glorious weeks. Six weeks of busily not doing very much at all where the days blend into one long adventure broken only by having to go in for your tea.

Being Anon is a privilege

York Press: Live News: October 24, 2012

10:21am Friday 18th July 2014

THERE’S a quote I’ve always liked, but struggle to live by: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Politicians are such hard work

York Press: Julian Cole

12:35pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HARD-WORKING families – politicians can't get enough of them. They only have to open their mouths and the words pop right out, slicked in the saliva of easy opportunism.

Left flat after Tour de France

York Press: Tour de France in York

2:47pm Monday 14th July 2014

SO – what to look forward to next then? Don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling a bit flat for the past week.

Tartan horror on sport front

York Press: SCOTLAND THE BRAVE: Team Scotland Commonwealth Games uniform 2014, which have been widely ridiculed

1:25pm Friday 11th July 2014

IT was a week for national humiliation – and I'm not talking about Brazil's record-breaking thrashing by Germany in the World Cup.

Antibiotic resistant bugs are a threat to world’s wellbeing

York Press: Julian Sturdy during his Green Belt debate in Westminster this morning. (8043527)

8:43am Friday 11th July 2014

Julian Sturdy, Conservative MP for Outer York, explains why it is vital to invest in new strains of antibiotics.

Why Google makes us lazy

York Press: Julian Cole

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.

I don’t want an Eiffel, just give me a cottage by the seaside

York Press: Helen Mead

3:17pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

I DON’T want to give people the wrong idea when I say I’m about to go on holiday to Paris, but I’m not looking forward to it.

Are you sick? That’s cool...

York Press: Sue Nelson

12:57pm Monday 7th July 2014

PHWOAR! He’s well fit…. Countless girls up and down the land will no doubt echo that if they cast eyes on a member of the opposite sex that catches their fancy.

So many of us are part of this

York Press: Sheep painted in the colors of the Tour de France winners jerseys in fields near Harrogate where the race will pass over the weekend. Farmer Keith Chapman a keen cycling enthusiast painted his flock in the Yellow Race leaders jersey, Polka dot of the Moun

12:21pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE crisis kicked off a week ago. "OK, I give in," I posted on Facebook. "Where does one buy yellow bunting round here?"

On the student removal trail

York Press: Julian Cole

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.

Oh, please! Dressing up is just not for dogs

York Press: Helen Mead

10:04am Tuesday 1st July 2014

“ARE they baby clothes?” I asked my husband while out shopping. For a moment I thought we had wandered into Mothercare by mistake, but no, we were definitely in Pets at Home.

Portakabin staff join challenge

York Press: York Cares logo

8:12am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Volunteers from Portakabin Group, which has its head office in York, have made an enthusiastic start to their employee-volunteering scheme with York Cares.

Lack of power on complaints

York Press: File photo dated 04/01/08 of an Npower electricity bill. Npower was rapped by the industry regulator today for not doing enough to help customers who struggle to pay their bills. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 25, 2008. It has the hig

1:49pm Monday 30th June 2014

IT’S almost six weeks since I had a rant in this column about the utility companies after we were stung with an erroneous direct debit increase on our fuel bill of a jaw-dropping 102 per cent.

Defence cuts must stop

York Press: Hugh Bayley MP  with Normandy veteran John Langdon of Ripon

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.

Are we ready for the Tour?

York Press: Megi Rychlikova

1:20pm Friday 27th June 2014

PICTURE the scene. Somewhere miles from anywhere in rural France, an old woman in faded black is sitting in front of her house in the one street of a tiny village. Something is happening.

Rupert bears all the blame

York Press: Julian Cole

11:33am Thursday 26th June 2014

EVEN those of us who don’t watch much football cannot fail to have noticed that England flopped out of the World Cup. All the hype and hope came to nought.

Our priorities are all wrong

York Press: Dan Bean

12:40pm Friday 20th June 2014

I HEARD a song the other day on the radio. The chorus claimed “the revolution won’t be televised, and neither will your death”.

Fielding tricky green question

York Press: Julian Cole

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”.

Why I will keep my support local

York Press: Sports editor Stuart Martel in the Bootham Crescent crowd at York City's 2007 FA Cup tie against Rushall Olympic

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.

Why we must fight to keep York’s green belt

York Press: York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

8:07am Saturday 14th June 2014

YORK Outer MP Julian Sturdy claims the Local Plan wants to change ‘our beautiful cathedral city out of all recognition and turn it into a sprawling suburb of West Yorkshire.’ Here he tells us why.

An adorkable new addition

York Press: Maxine Gordon

11:49am Friday 13th June 2014

ENGLISH is such a rich and extensive language that we are rarely lost for words.

England need touch of class

York Press: Matt Clark staff headshot

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.

A little village with big heart

York Press: burn village big lunch, some of the villagers and guests. Picture by eric foster (6778043)

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.

Getting back into the saddle

York Press: Kate Lock

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.

Chill in the air across Europe

York Press: (6838228)

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.

Volunteers up for a challenge

York Press: York Cares logo

9:02am Wednesday 4th June 2014

Volunteers give a boost to local community projects through Team Challenge Week.

In safe hands with women

York Press: Sue Nelson

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.

An outbreak of Farage fever

York Press: Julian Cole

9:36am Thursday 29th May 2014

WHAT a virulent outbreak of Farage fever that was. An optimistic person might hope the symptoms won’t last long, but this complaint does leave a nasty rash.

Are we now too clean for our own good?

York Press: Helen Mead

2:46pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

When I was a child, there were no such thing as antibacterial wipes.

Teachers put to the test too

York Press: Sue Nelson

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.

Right road to proper justice

York Press: Megi Rychlikova

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.

Heating up on the home front

York Press: Julian Cole

3:11pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

WHEN we bought a terraced house in York 26 years ago, a colleague reckoned we’d been had to the tune of about £20,000. That’s how much cheaper the house would have been a year earlier.

Don’t vote for the loudest one

York Press: Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest

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.

Perfect opportunity to send a clear message to Brussels

York Press: York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

8:16am Friday 16th May 2014

The European elections on 22 May really count. They are not merely a dry run for the General Election in less than a year’s time as some in the national media might have us believe.

Singer Barlow who Kept That

York Press: Julian Cole

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.

Action needed over York's booze problem

York Press: P 26/09/05: Saturday night, York drinking scenes. (6047785)

12:20pm Monday 12th May 2014

SO York’s binge drinking rates are higher than the national average, according to new statistics. But how much of that is driven by the city being a magnet for hen and stag parties?

Rekindling of man’s instinct

York Press: Maxine Gordon

9:47am Friday 9th May 2014

THE man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

The right to NHS treatment on equal terms

York Press: ENDING THE LOTTERY: Hugh Bayley

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.

Capitalism: on the way out?

York Press: Julian Cole

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...”

Art of distraction

York Press: Helen Mead

12:16pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

I BLAME Bjorn Borg for my failure to do well in my A-levels.

Wee problem is now a big story

York Press: Sue Nelson

12:58pm Monday 5th May 2014

WOULD you let your toddler wee in the street? It’s a familiar parental dilemma – you’re out and about when your tiny offspring tells you they need to go, and they need to go NOW.

There has to be a far better way

York Press: Kate Lock

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.

Sleepless and still unsettled

York Press: Julian Cole

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.

So who ordered the Kama Sutra for me?

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

9:35am Tuesday 29th April 2014

I WAS a little disturbed last week when I opened a parcel, addressed to me, to find The Little Black Book of Kama Sutra.

The Yorkshire Connection...

York Press: Sue Nelson

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.

Who to call in library switch?

York Press: Megi Rychlikova

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.

David Cameron plays the religious card

York Press: Julian Cole

2:34pm Thursday 24th April 2014

THERE are a number of possible reactions to David Cameron telling us that he is evangelical about Christianity. At least one of them requires a side-order of scepticism.

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