Biker thrown into hedge in North Yorkshire crash

Posted on 9:50pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital after being thrown from his bike in a crash in North Yorkshire.

John Bird

Leave York alone please

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:01am Saturday 4th May 2013

Leave York Alone Please! I loved Richard Catton's article “Cars are here to stay, Mr Merrett” in The Press on Friday 3rd May. He makes a clear argument against spending £170,000 on an idiotic (my word) experiment to solve traffic problems by closing Lendal Bridge to private cars between 10:30 and 17:00.

John Bird

Happy Saint George's Day

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:23am Tuesday 23rd April 2013

The Sun is shining and England looks as though Spring has arrived. York City are only one point from staying in the Football League.

John Bird

"We will remember them."

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:25pm Thursday 11th October 2012

I was pleased to see that people are starting to think about the 100th anniversary of the First World War that began on 28th July 1914. I visited battle sites and war graves in France and Belgium with my children as I believe we should all be aware of what war really means.

Helen Barnard

More welfare cuts will not reduce people's dependency on the state

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:03pm Tuesday 9th October 2012

Cutting benefits for groups who receive little public sympathy may make for a good Conference speech, but it risks increasing poverty and hardship. And unless there is a follow up 'master plan' for creating more and better jobs, massively increasing access to them and sorting out the housing crisis it's not likely to do as much as those advocating further cuts are hoping to reduce the deficit or people’s dependency on the state.

Lydia Onyett

Where Do We Go Now?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:02pm Thursday 26th July 2012

With graduate unemployment worse than ever, what next for the Class of 2012?

John Bird

Absolute Rubbish

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:30pm Tuesday 24th July 2012

So what kind of idiots are we suppose to be York? If the City of York Council agree an additional charge for emptying Green Bins to get of green waste, then that is an increase in our Council Tax.

Lydia Onyett

Merrymaking in May Week

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:48pm Sunday 24th June 2012

The Daily Mail might hate it, but May Week is essentially a Friday night at the pub writ large, with ball gowns and bubbly.

John Bird

Smile You're English

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:58am Wednesday 30th May 2012

I was surprised to see so little comment on the start of the Scottish Independence Referendum process, leading to voting in 2014.

John Bird

Not Another Budget

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 2:19pm Tuesday 20th March 2012

Budget time again, yippee, I wonder what “new” ideas we will see. Fascinating that there are as many ways of slicing up taxation and spending as there are people in the UK.

Lydia Onyett

"Bastion" Bashing

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:42am Wednesday 25th January 2012

College, sweet College. Staving off hunger pangs with pesto pasta.

John Bird

Well Done David!

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:30pm Friday 9th December 2011

Well done David, don't listen to anyone who talks about boats or failure to make alliances. Sometimes when you are right you are the only one!

Lydia Onyett

The Anti-Bride

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:19pm Wednesday 16th November 2011

A few weeks ago, a selection of glossy magazines assumed residence on my desk next to the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

John Bird

Haka Mocker Stopper Shocker!

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:55am Tuesday 25th October 2011

I am shocked that the French Rugby Team was was fined £10,000 because they chose to walk in a V formation towards the New Zealand Team as they performed their war dance “The Haka”.

John Bird

Time for a New "Marshall Plan"

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:10pm Friday 21st October 2011

I must admit I am disappointed that there doesn't seem to be one politician capable of breaking the mould by suggesting an alternative to cutting everything in sight.

Lydia Onyett

Mind the Gap

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:43pm Friday 26th August 2011

Students disappointed on Results Day may just have stumbled across the opportunity of a lifetime.

John Bird

Car Park Disgrace Cost Labour York!

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:43am Friday 5th August 2011

As the Union Terrace Car Park fiasco continues. Will it lead to the loss of the York Constituency for Hugh Bailey?

Lydia Onyett

Of long drops, culture shocks and much more besides

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 3:07pm Thursday 28th July 2011

My fingers have been a-twitch with blogger's itch for a while now.

John Bird

Is Labour Parking Democracy?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:09pm Tuesday 26th July 2011

The Press is reporting that the deal to sell Union Terrace Car Park to the University of York St John looks set for approval.

Lydia Onyett

Setting off on an incredible adventure

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:32am Monday 4th July 2011

After the heady cocktail of nerves, terror, and (hopefully) relief, that generally follows university exam terms, second year students' euphoria at arriving at the end of a sword-swinging gauntlet relatively unscathed is undermined by a new realisation: we are now finalists.

John Bird

Human Rights for the English Students?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:21am Friday 1st July 2011

Non Scottish students in the UK only will have to pay up to 5 times what the Scottish students pay. Other EU students attend for free.

Dave Taylor

York Roman Festival 2011

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:40pm Sunday 12th June 2011

What have the Romans ever done for us?!

Lydia Onyett

Tested to the Limit

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:43am Thursday 9th June 2011

You can smell the fear. A particularly distinctive scent with a base of coffee, hints of sweaty palms and top notes of last night's re-heated sad, lonely takeaway. Yes, exams are in the air.

Dave Taylor

York Barbican re-opens - three cheers!

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:19pm Sunday 15th May 2011

It felt like a privilege to see the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra play at York Barbican last night.

John Bird

Celebrate St George Today!

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:36am Saturday 23rd April 2011

Even though it's not allowed.

John Bird

Dare You Vote YES to Alternative Voting?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:06pm Sunday 17th April 2011

Not so long since we all were allowed to have a vote.

Lydia Onyett

Are You Experienced?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:51pm Wednesday 6th April 2011

Rather than settling down over this vacation, most students I know are busier than ever.

Lydia Onyett

Neighbour Behaviour

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:52pm Tuesday 8th March 2011

People told me this would happen. That I'd be driven to labelling each individual yoghurt in my fridge because of itchy fingers, hungry stomachs and caffeine cravings. I always thought they were wrong.

Lydia Onyett

Fifth Week Blues

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:23pm Tuesday 22nd February 2011

In which an attempt to counter mid-term depression backfires horribly.

Lydia Onyett

Minding the Mind

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:22am Tuesday 8th February 2011

With exam term looming unpleasantly on the horizon, the university powers that be implemented some much-needed TLC this week. To be honest, it seemed like a wise precaution to put in place - anything to prevent the general destruction of souls and minds that occurred this time last year.

Lydia Onyett

Halfway Hall

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:51pm Monday 31st January 2011

In which milestones are reached and emotions are frayed.

George Appleby

There comes a time...

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:45am Thursday 27th January 2011

It is time for me to stop blogging and thank Richard Gowland, Jon Butler and the editorial staff for publishing my opinions in the Press, in blogs and letters over the last few years.

John Bird

Sticking it to the English, Again?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:49am Thursday 27th January 2011

NHS given to GPs, sold to anybody along with forests and anything else that can be sold.

Lydia Onyett

Tomato Tyranny

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:50pm Monday 24th January 2011

Procrastinators beware: there's a new 'productivity enhancer' in town that definitely needs to be handled with care.

Lydia Onyett

The Rovers Return

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:48pm Friday 14th January 2011

It's a student truth universally acknowledged that arriving back to start a term brings with it some serious headaches (not all of them hangover-related).

Dave Taylor

Moving fire station risks letting York city centre burn

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 8:10pm Saturday 8th January 2011

As Heritage Champion I've urged the fire brigade chiefs not to abandon the station on Clifford Street and move fire engines away from the city centre. This will only put York's heritage at risk.

George Appleby

The Big Money Society have no loyalties.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:40pm Tuesday 14th December 2010

We are in a fight for national survival only surpassed by the threatened Nazi invasion 70 years ago.

George Appleby

Big Society Eric Pickles.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:40am Tuesday 14th December 2010

I had high hopes for the Lib Dems in the elections until they first lowered their sites from STV to AV then dropped it altogether before going into this coalition.

George Appleby

Angry students.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:53am Friday 10th December 2010

Students today are young citizens learning about how they are going to fit into society, how they can be involved through their vote or in other ways and what they can expect from the political system.

George Appleby

Teachers and Cops have humour.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:19am Friday 10th December 2010

These are actual comments made on students' report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. All teachers were reprimanded (but, boy, are these funny!)

George Appleby

.. bit by bit for years, interest free?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 7:05pm Thursday 9th December 2010

Graduates will repay their fees with ever cheaper money over many years as inflation devalues it, and their pay increases to meet the ever rising costs of living.

George Appleby

Best since Magna Carta.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:30pm Thursday 9th December 2010

It will probably have more influence on morality than any other. And, it's here to stay and grow.

George Appleby

... we are in "The Big Society".

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:16pm Thursday 9th December 2010

"We were in the same boat together". No we weren't! That is so obvious, and getting more so, it's written out of the scripts now.

George Appleby

... our national decline.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:41am Saturday 4th December 2010

The redundancy of Ark Royal and her crew is a very sad, tangible sign of our national decline. What we lack more than anything else is UNITY. We are NOT 'in it together'.

George Appleby

SPEED GETS YOU NOWHERE ON SNOW, SLUSH AND ICE.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 1:47pm Friday 3rd December 2010

More speed on the drive wheels does not grip snow, slush and ice. THE WHEELS RACE ROUND CREATING HOLES, OR THEY WILL TAKE YOU INTO A SKID.

George Appleby

There are no cups, medals or awards for criminals, thieves, cheats and dishonesty.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:16am Friday 3rd December 2010

'Freedom of Information' in Britain has exposed much and is stopping more. Over 70 MPs are no longer claiming expenses. There have been some apologies, repayments and examples made in courts. There is much still to do before we have a truly fair society.

George Appleby

Sometimes it hurts.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:02pm Thursday 2nd December 2010

He could make a new beginning and live a new life. He saw a men's clothing store and thought, "I'll have a new suit" and told the salesman, "I'd like a new suit please."

George Appleby

Smile.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:10am Tuesday 30th November 2010

It shows most in the eyes and speaks louder than words. Eyeball to eyeball.

George Appleby

Who actually rules?

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:26pm Sunday 28th November 2010

Governments shape their policies to please them, frightened they may take their skills elsewhere, to the countries they have yet to bring to their knees.

George Appleby

TOGETHER! that makes me laugh, but not happy.

York Press: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:33am Friday 26th November 2010

They are not content with the honour and the pride of being trusted with the taxes for the well being of all the peoples who generate that wealth. They treat it as their own to take what they want and dole out sparingly to others, while hiding what they don't need in foreign banks, out of reach to the tax collectors everybody else must obey.

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