John Bird

Leave York alone please

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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

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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."

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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

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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.

John Bird

Absolute Rubbish

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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.

John Bird

Smile You're English

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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

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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.

John Bird

Well Done David!

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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!

John Bird

Haka Mocker Stopper Shocker!

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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"

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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.

John Bird

Car Park Disgrace Cost Labour York!

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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?

John Bird

Is Labour Parking Democracy?

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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.

John Bird

Human Rights for the English Students?

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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

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Posted on 4:40pm Sunday 12th June 2011

What have the Romans ever done for us?!

Dave Taylor

York Barbican re-opens - three cheers!

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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!

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Posted on 11:36am Saturday 23rd April 2011

Even though it's not allowed.

John Bird

Dare You Vote YES to Alternative Voting?

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Posted on 5:06pm Sunday 17th April 2011

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

George Appleby

There comes a time...

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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?

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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.

Dave Taylor

Moving fire station risks letting York city centre burn

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

George Appleby

The early bird catches the worm.

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Posted on 11:09am Thursday 25th November 2010

As a salesman selling business and mailroom systems my most important and profitable cold calls were made early morning and late evening.

George Appleby

PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN.

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Posted on 11:09am Tuesday 23rd November 2010

If you DO nothing you can't be accused of making mistakes. It's a very comfortable place to be.

George Appleby

The situation the nation is in today is on a par with wartime.

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Posted on 1:15pm Monday 22nd November 2010

The situation the nation is in today is on a par with wartime and, as much as they tell us we are 'in it together', it doesn't feel that way. For the large majority it feels we are on our own, with support under fire and fighting for them.

George Appleby

Contentment with god makes it all OK.

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Posted on 3:30pm Sunday 21st November 2010

Some say we should know our true position in society and be content with what God has given us.

George Appleby

GOODBYE LORD YOUNG.

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Posted on 10:30am Saturday 20th November 2010

Lord Young couldn't have put it better! There are too many people who have "NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD" at the expense of the ordinary, hard working, honest taxpaying families.

George Appleby

Drop in for righteous nourishment.

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Posted on 9:59am Saturday 20th November 2010

2 Eggs 3 Rashers Beans Fried Bread And Guess what?

George Appleby

How times have changed...

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Posted on 3:30pm Friday 19th November 2010

The better off had their mistresses and illegitimate children scattered around, while the poor went to the local back street abortionists and sometimes died at their hands.

George Appleby

When you’re down, you gotta have bottle!

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Posted on 9:18am Thursday 18th November 2010

Take a big breath ... bang, tap, blow and drink in the music tap!

George Appleby

(£76,000 for every man, woman and child of us)

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Posted on 9:18pm Monday 15th November 2010

We are continually told we can't afford to drive the overpaid, self important bankers, traders and their ilk from our shores.

George Appleby

Vote YES in May!!!!! We will all be better off and more united.

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Posted on 12:28pm Monday 15th November 2010

There is a massive political argument going on about the NHS and services. Costs have to be made, BUT!!!

George Appleby

Over £76,000 for every UK man, woman and child.....

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Posted on 12:25pm Friday 12th November 2010

We deserve proper management, at reasonable cost, of our relatively small nest eggs of pensions and savings to cushion us against forced loss of our homes, unemployment, sickness and old age!!!

George Appleby

The different meanings of work???

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Posted on 2:40pm Thursday 11th November 2010

The benefits system is too complicated and encourages it’s use as an option for work. Many with established wealth, and top earnings, see legal tax avoidance (by which law?) and fiddling from the public purse as options. Both devalue the pride and genuine satisfaction of honest work.

George Appleby

British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Theatre Royal York,

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Posted on 12:25pm Monday 8th November 2010

Although Rule Britannia does not have the quite same relevance these days, those times and people should never be forgotten and we should always be proud to join together and do our best for our country.

George Appleby

One good system the Americans have. Mid term elections!!

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Posted on 7:14pm Wednesday 3rd November 2010

Life is getting tougher at the top and time is running out. One good system the Americans have. Mid term elections!!

George Appleby

What they have always had, they keep.

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Posted on 4:11pm Wednesday 3rd November 2010

This is the way it has always been and the First Past the Post system perpetuates it. May 2011 could change it for the better.

George Appleby

Our natural time.

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Posted on 11:33am Monday 1st November 2010

What a truly wonderful day Saturday turned out to be. The last day of British Summer Time.

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