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11:03am Friday 18th April 2014
DEPENDING on what time of day it is if/as you read this, I’ll either be heading to completely the wrong departure gate at one airport, seeing if I can keep up my fairly impressive record of getting nabbed for the is-this-your-bag-sir treatment (one of these days, I will answer “No, a complete stranger asked me to carry their bag through customs for them” and see what happens), or somewhere quite high in between.
9:17am Thursday 17th April 2014
1:16pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
2:02pm Monday 14th April 2014
IF you’re fed up of getting work emails at all hours then go and work in France. Employers’ federations and unions across the Channel have signed a deal that aims to protect workers from getting emails outside working hours, which are deemed to be between 9am and 6pm.
12:49pm Friday 11th April 2014
10:08am Thursday 10th April 2014
NOW that is over, let’s look back to the start. At the beginning of the Lendal Bridge fiasco/farrago/brave experiment (delete according to temper), this column had fun by imagining a council meeting at which the proposal was being discussed.
2:40pm Tuesday 8th April 2014
12:42pm Monday 7th April 2014
10:11am Friday 4th April 2014
10:09am Friday 4th April 2014
SOUTH east finally wiped clean by the wrath of God turns out to be one of the less alarmist headlines I’ve come across this week on the high levels of air pollution. And not just because it came from The Daily Mash, which does a fine job of parodying popular print journalism.
9:38am Thursday 3rd April 2014
8:01am Thursday 3rd April 2014
2:16pm Tuesday 1st April 2014
12:24pm Monday 31st March 2014
2:35pm Friday 28th March 2014
AMONG the many mysteries surrounding the flight of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 there are two conclusions to draw. It shows how much the digital world can reveal our movements, and it shows the limitations of the digital world.
11:01am Thursday 27th March 2014
9:47am Tuesday 25th March 2014
IF ONLY I knew the Sultan of Brunei. But I don’t, so I can’t ask him for a loan. An interest-free loan, that I could pay back at a ridiculously slow rate, if at all. If I know him well enough he may give it me as a gift, after all what’s £425,000 to one of the world’s richest men.
2:03pm Monday 24th March 2014
THERE are times when nothing but comfort food will do. Fish finger sandwiches – two slices of white plastic bread, slather with butter, squash four grilled fish fingers with a fork so they reach the crust-to-crust corners, finish off with a twist of pepper – are my particular solace when the going gets tough.
9:57am Friday 21st March 2014
I WAS asked recently whether I thought gambling in this country was reaching dangerous levels. I said we were developing a serious betting problem, and I reckoned it was 11/8 that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
9:48am Thursday 20th March 2014
9:19am Thursday 20th March 2014
2:28pm Tuesday 18th March 2014
2:13pm Monday 17th March 2014
2:10pm Friday 14th March 2014
9:49am Thursday 13th March 2014
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
9:28am Tuesday 18th February 2014
12:48pm Monday 17th February 2014
11:55am Friday 14th February 2014
8:09am Friday 14th February 2014
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