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12:13pm Friday 13th December 2013
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9:02am Tuesday 10th December 2013
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12:56pm Monday 9th December 2013
’TIS the season to be jolly…. and nowhere is that more apparent than in hostelries and eateries the span of the land as they pander to the stop-outs hell-bent on enjoying a bit of seasonal frivolity before Santa heaves his morbidly obese self down the nation’s chimneys.
11:35am Friday 6th December 2013
EVERY woman knows how to do make-up. Really? I must have been off school the day of the make-up lesson – I did have mumps when I was in the reception class. Or maybe it’s because my female relatives are generally not into make-up.
1:06pm Thursday 5th December 2013
SOMETIMES you wonder what sort of a country we live in. Reports of people fighting over bargains in supermarkets on Black Friday filled me with despair at what I’m tempted to call the molten corrosiveness of consumerism.
10:27am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
A FORMER senior figure in York’s civic life once complained that whenever the city’s leaders tried to do anything new and better they were inundated with complaints from people who just wanted things leaving as they were.
10:16am Tuesday 3rd December 2013
1:42pm Monday 9th December 2013
11:44am Monday 2nd December 2013
TALK about walking on eggshells. The use of social media, especially if you’re a parent who has no doubt been reluctantly “friended” by your offspring, is an etiquette minefield that can make you a pariah that’s instantly dealt with at the touch of a delete button.
9:35am Friday 29th November 2013
WHILE this probably wasn’t a particularly widely held stance at the time, I quite liked the Cold War when I was a kid. This was maybe due to the fact that the main players were on the news virtually every night and Mikhail Gorbachev’s interpreter was a dead ringer for my Uncle Charlie.
7:57am Friday 29th November 2013
A decision has been made to merge the Army's Headquarters 15 Brigade, currently based at Imphal Barracks in York, with the Headquarters 4th (Mechanised) Brigade at Catterick, to form the Adaptable Force Brigade Headquarters in the north east.
9:27am Thursday 28th November 2013
HOW green is the Prime Minister? I only ask in the light of a splash in The Sun newspaper last week. This was the one where David Cameron reportedly ordered his aides to “get rid of all the green crap” from energy bills.
1:15pm Tuesday 26th November 2013
I DIDN’T think I would ever say this, but I feel sorry for Royals. They may be enormously privileged, have fantastic homes, out-of-this-world holidays, and amazing social lives. And they certainly never have to worry about council tax or the latest brown envelope from British Gas.
12:56pm Tuesday 26th November 2013
ONE of the disadvantages of dealing with bigger, more remote companies and institutions is the “tick-box culture”, where instead of listening to people and seeing if their needs can be met employees have to check if the “customers” have negotiated a series of prescribed hurdles before anything can be done for them.
12:09pm Monday 25th November 2013
I DO wish people would stop messing around with perfectly good cheese. Not content with dropping bits of cranberry, pineapple, apricot or ginger into classic cheeses and then making out they’re just the sort of truckles that should be adorning an artisan cheeseboard, there’s now a cheddar featuring its very own Christmas dinner. I kid you not.
10:04am Friday 22nd November 2013
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11:33am Tuesday 19th November 2013
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2:52pm Friday 15th November 2013
I AM not going to mention the ‘c’ words this week. You know the ones: they generate emissions on the letters page, raise the temperature of the comments stream by two degrees and create topical storms on Twitter.
9:40am Thursday 14th November 2013
AFTER years of reticence, Sir John Major has found his voice again. The former Conservative Prime Minister kept quiet when he left office, perhaps aware that he had to endure too many years of backseat driving from Margaret Thatcher.
9:57am Tuesday 12th November 2013
WE’RE a funny bunch when it comes to nostalgia. Last month I found my journey from the Dales back to York grinding to a crawl because of an event in a village en route, the way jammed with closed roads, tourists’ cars – and people driving US army-style jeeps.
9:49am Tuesday 12th November 2013
11:53am Monday 11th November 2013
NEVER mind sleepless in Seattle. Sleepless in York, more like… I’ve tried everything. Kicking the junior management out of bed for snoring. Reading about 100 pages of a book. Playing Solitaire on the iPad, which, let’s face it, is a pretty fitting thing to do when you’re whiling the hours in solitary fashion at 3am.
10:10am Friday 8th November 2013
Earlier this week, councillors and officers sat down to discuss the 16,000 submissions City of York Council received during its eight-week consultation on the draft Local Plan. This incredible figure includes written comments from about 5,000 respondents.
10:08am Friday 8th November 2013
10:59am Thursday 7th November 2013
IT’S a game of two halves. That much I know. The rest is a conundrum, but as my eldest has taken a fancy to football I’ve found myself in the strange situation of turning out in all weathers and at ungodly hours, to follow the game I’d previously shunned.
9:11am Tuesday 5th November 2013
TIME flies as you get older, or so they say. Actually, I think my recollections are getting mixed up, so some things that occurred only recently feel like they took place decades ago and I think events from years back happened only yesterday.
9:09am Tuesday 5th November 2013
12:13pm Monday 4th November 2013
IT’S not as if we didn’t already know, is it? Every Yorkshireman understands from the time he was gurgling in his cradle that God’s own county is t’best place in’t’ world. And now yet another travel pundit organisation has jumped on the bandwagon, this time declaring our Broad Acres to be the third best around the globe to visit.
9:54am Friday 1st November 2013
11:51am Thursday 31st October 2013
LAST week I was proclaiming my delight at Blood + Chocolate, that wonderful piece of York street theatre. This week it’s more a case of Fat + Chocolate as we digest the news that confectionery bars are having some of their saturated fat removed.
2:41pm Tuesday 29th October 2013
2:26pm Tuesday 29th October 2013
DO YOU ever read something and think “gosh, that’s really dangerous”? I’ve done it twice in the last couple of weeks while reading this very publication, as two contributors questioned whether newspapers should publish letters from people who deny that climate change is caused by human activity.
12:32pm Monday 28th October 2013
12:46pm Friday 25th October 2013
THE day British Gas announced its huge rise in energy prices, I asked the Energy Secretary, Edward Davey, to explain why household energy bills have risen more than twice as fast as the basic increase in energy costs under the coalition government.
11:53am Friday 25th October 2013
10:25am Thursday 24th October 2013
SCANT comfort to those who missed it, but Blood + Chocolate was a true marvel. Everyone involved, from Pilot Theatre to Slung Low and York Theatre Royal to a huge cast of community volunteers, should be thoroughly pleased with themselves. We saw this mesmerising performance last Friday, catching one of the final shows thanks to a farsighted friend who organised a trip. Without her efforts, we would have missed the whole thing.
12:48pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
HUMAN beings are amazing. It has taken millions of years of evolution to mould us into what we are today. But now I believe we are going backwards. And it is all the fault of modern technology. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if, within a couple of decades, we lose the power of speech.
12:44pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
10:44am Monday 21st October 2013
OOPS! Sorry! What is it about us Brits that makes us apologise for we actually know not what a hundred times a day? How many times has someone bumped in to you in the street and you’ve said sorry? How many times does someone hold open a door and you scuttle through apologising as you go as though you’ve no right to be there, or even exist, come to that?
11:48am Friday 18th October 2013
SHOULD newspapers ban letters from climate-science deniers? The LA Times has, on the basis that they don’t print ‘errors of fact’ and that letters asserting there is no sign humans have caused climate change are not stating an opinion but a factual inaccuracy.
10:26am Thursday 17th October 2013
11:21am Tuesday 15th October 2013
IT’S rather like a schoolday situation when kids in a certain class have committed a particularly outrageous act, so the head tells the whole school something like: “I’m sorry, but you were warned, and you’re all going to face new restrictions.”
11:22am Tuesday 15th October 2013
“DO YOU really need all that stuff?” For years colleagues have despaired over my work bag. They think it’s too heavy and full of unnecessary items. I agree, but because I work a long way from home I worry about forgetting things I may need.
11:13am Monday 14th October 2013