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  • Plan BBC cuts on staff density levels

    Of course BBC Radio York costs more than Radio Leeds, the area it serves is so much bigger ('Job cuts shock at Radio York', March 22). Covering the largest county in England, what else would be expected? Staff at a radio station serving a widespread community

  • Sticky situation

    I understand school teachers have been advised not to administer sticky plasters to pupils who have cut themselves to protect them from being sued if the child has an allergic reaction to the latex in the plaster. In this day and age I can see the logic

  • Rhetoric rules

    There was much crowing from British eurosceptics when a recent poll showed mounting concern about the new European Union constitution in France. But they are so deafened by their own rhetoric they have failed to notice the reason for the change, a reason

  • Land grab Tories

    The leader of Selby District Council, Councillor Mark Crane, has been explaining why the Conservative group on the council now considers it necessary to lobby the regional assembly to increase the annual housing requirement for Selby after 2006 and, as

  • Best Lord Mayor

    Coun Janet Looker must be the best Lord Mayor York ever. Every time you see pictures of her in the Press she always has a smile on her face and seems she enjoys everything she does. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when I came back to Bell

  • June got it right

    I read with disappointment, but not total surprise, the criticism of June Nelsey's letter about some people's attitude to Royal Ascot at York. She quite rightly points out that there is a global benefit for the city. If York hoteliers do well during the

  • Recycle to max

    DURING the last five days I suppose many of your readers will have received council tax demands - considerably higher than last year. I expect they would be higher still if newspapers, tin cans and bottles were not recycled. But why stop there? Some places

  • Grey voters will snub Labour

    CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown's attempt to woo the grey voters is more likely to get him a slap in the face, like the insulting 75p rise in the state pension of a few years ago! He has created his own definition of a pensioner household which is quite different

  • Ram raider surges back

    SECOND-ROW stalwart Mick Ramsden is set to make a surprise return from long-term injury tonight as boss Mick Cook shuffles his York City Knights pack. Ramsden, who has been dogged by an ankle problem since pre-season, is likely to start tonight's concluding

  • Top dogs after hard battle

    Hounds moved to the top of York John Smith's Sunday Morning League division one after a hard 2-0 win at home to a spirited Wigginton Grasshoppers side. Grasshoppers defended well until the 65th minute when Forrest put the home side in front. Cygan netted

  • Alex Lloyd anticipates a fun-filled, funky Easter weekend

    HOORAY! Hooray! It's a double Bank Holiday and, as you'd expect, there are plenty of special events happening in York's nightspots this weekend. Things kick-off tonight with twice-monthly, guitar-based disco Vanishing Point, which is hosting a special

  • Sleeping sickness

    DOES the sandman bring you buckets of sweet dreams or are you still tossing and turning when he visits at 3am? If you struggle to catch your 40 winks, you are not alone. In fact, about five million of us suffer from some kind of insomnia. There are two

  • Crucifixion retold

    THE crucifixion of Christ is to be graphically re-enacted next year when the Mystery Plays are once again staged in York. The Guilds of York have announced details for the next of their quadrennial productions of the plays, which are performed on wagons

  • Billy the loan star bidder

    BILLY McEwan will look to add another loan player to his York City squad ahead of next Thursday's Conference transfer deadline. Doncaster Rovers defender Jon Maloney will play his last match of a successful three-month stay at Accrington Stanley on Easter

  • Joanne: Police find body

    TESTS were today being carried out on a dead woman found in North Yorkshire woodland by police officers searching for the body of missing Joanne Nelson. Two detectives from Humberside Police discovered the body of a young woman concealed under branches

  • Kevin salutes Deane 'pride'

    LEEDS United manager Kevin Blackwell welcomed bargain striker Ian Moore from Burnley and paid tribute to departing hit-man Brian Deane. Much-travelled Deane, who was in his second spell at Elland Road, joined Sunderland on a free transfer. Other departures

  • Ram raider surges back

    SECOND-ROW stalwart Mick Ramsden is set to make a surprise return from long-term injury tonight as boss Mick Cook shuffles his York City Knights pack. Ramsden, who has been dogged by an ankle problem since pre-season, is likely to start tonight's concluding

  • Easter to bring southern comfort

    Anglers can look forward to an Easter extravaganza on local ponds and lakes this weekend fuelled by the mild southerly winds. Water temperatures have been on the rise and still-water fisheries are reporting bumper catches. The opening round of the Bob.Co

  • Tracking down the treasure

    SOME eye-catching costumes were on view in York as fundraisers were out in force selling tickets for a huge charity treasure hunt. The York Urgent Humanitarian Response Team, formed after the Asian tsunami disaster, has organised the Great York Treasure

  • Elise to take up historic position of High Sheriff

    A LEADING figure within St John Ambulance is to become the fourth woman to hold the historic office of High Sheriff of North Yorkshire. Elise Mackinlay is making her declaration of office before his Hon Judge Hoffman at the Merchant Taylor's Hall, Aldwark

  • Floods 'by the back door'

    SEWERS will remain the Achilles' heel of York's flood defences if environment chiefs fail to invest in the city's drainage system, according to a city leader. Councillor Andrew Waller warned the ageing network will allow water to flood many areas of the

  • Pupils get a taste for politics in the Lords

    POLITICS mad youngsters from a York secondary school got the chance to hold a debate at Westminster. Sixteen pupils from Year 10 and Year 11 at Oaklands School took part in a mock parliamentary debate at the House of Lords. Oaklands was one of only four

  • Just a quickie with... Patrick Wolf

    21-year-old Londoner Patrick Wolf, the classical music scholar turned singer of gothic dramas, who opens his tour at Fibbers, York, on Easter Monday. Where are you now, Patrick? I can hear bird song. "I'm walking through Victoria Park near my house in

  • Review: Whole Lotta Metal: Grand Opera House

    THERE'S something not quite right about listening to live heavy metal sat in a theatre, or sat any where for that matter. There's something about it that demands that you move and jiggle about at the very least. It's not the same doing it in a chair,

  • Preview: 9 Songs

    What's the story? Taking inspiration from Michel Houellebecq's sexually explicit novel Platform, Code 46 director Michael Winterbottom follows two lovers, one an English glaciologist, the other an American student, over one year of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll

  • The Kills, No Wow (Domino Records) ****

    Forget Jack and Meg White. The most charismatic pairing in rock has to be The Kills' Alison and Jamie. Their debut record On Your Mean Side dripped with raw attitude and sexual tensions, follow-up No Wow oozes it from every pore as the Anglo-American

  • Valiant Running time: 76 mins Certificate: U ***

    BETWEEN 1943 and 1949, no fewer than 54 animals were awarded the prestigious Dickin Medal for bravery including 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, three horses and one cat. The computer-animated feature Valiant pays tribute to the feathered heroes of the Second World

  • Billy the loan star bidder

    BILLY McEwan will look to add another loan player to his York City squad ahead of next Thursday's Conference transfer deadline. Doncaster Rovers defender Jon Maloney will play his last match of a successful three-month stay at Accrington Stanley on Easter

  • Way we were

    Friday, March 25, 2005 100 years ago: An "interesting and remarkable" change in the position of the queen-oyster beds off the Yorkshire coast was, wrote a correspondent, made apparent by the dredging of trawlers fishing out of Scarborough and Hull. Less

  • Rob On a world mission

    AFTER playing his part in England Under-19s clinching a Six Nations Grand Slam, Pocklington's Rob Webber jets out this weekend to South Africa to play in the U19 World Championships. England completed a first ever Grand Slam with a convincing win over

  • The Worshipper swoops in

    YORK church wardens may be forgiven for polishing their pews and plumping up the prayer cushions as the dreaded "Mystery Worshipper" prepares to descend on his latest venue. After more than seven years of cloak and dagger-like visits, the elusive inspector

  • Upside down ads

    A couple of things come to mind regarding the Union Flag being flown upside down. Firstly, the Union Flag isn't the national flag if you're English. That is the Cross of St George. Secondly, if it is flown upside down maybe the owners are in distress,

  • Sooner we get ID cards the better

    MR Oliver ('ID card threat', Letters, March 23) has got things wrong. My late wife was French, carried a French identity card and was proud to do so. It works. Without it one cannot present cheques or use a credit card, it carries a photograph of the

  • Plastic can rot

    In response to Janet Kitchen's letter (March 19), I wish to point out that the plastic packaging used for council tax bills and information this year is, in fact, fully biodegradable. It says so on the back page of the leaflet. The printing and packaging

  • Robins' bid to rule roost

    Selby Town could be in line for a double win-bonus if they kill off Harrogate Railway's magnificent away run tomorrow. Not only will they go down as the season's first home team to beat the Railwaymen, but they will also open up a four-point gap on the

  • Skelton sweep back for a point

    York John Smith's Sunday Morning League division four leaders Skelton hit back from two down after 25 minutes to get a 2-2 draw against F1 Racing, writes Garry Carter. Yeowart and Grewer put F1 Racing in the driving seat. Neale Holmes pulled one back

  • It's super jockey

    JOCKEYS are normally on the small side yet the most prominent rider in Yorkshire was a touch larger, being taller than ten double-decker buses. No ordinary horse was expected to bear the weight of this super-jockey, who was cleverly positioned on the

  • From zero to hero

    I ALWAYS had Jamie Oliver down as an annoying little jerk. That fake 'Essex boy' act really grated, and the merest hint of one of those awful Sainsbury's adverts would have me reaching for the TV remote in a fury. How my opinion of him has changed. He

  • Bare Art: Bare Wall Gallery, Wheldrake April 9 and 10

    THE Bare Wall Gallery in Wheldrake holds its second, two-day exhibition on April 9 and 10. "Come and see us at White Rose House so that we can prove that art exhibitions aren't just for 'arty' people," say exhibition organisers Andrew and Ellie Stead.

  • Sporty and spacious Kia

    COMPARED to Kia's earlier rugged sport utility vehicle, the all new Sportage follows a radically different design concept. It is much sportier, spacious and altogether more user friendly. It is longer, wider and higher than most other sport utilities,

  • Julie's true grit

    JULIE Fearn was 45 when her life changed. She had been suffering with chest pains for some time, but only remembered to mention it to her doctor during an appointment for niggling neckache. "I just kind of threw a remark about it over my shoulder as I

  • Horse play

    THIS giant 150ft jockey must have one of the best positions in North Yorkshire racing. From his saddle on the landmark White Horse at Kilburn he has commanding views across the sweeping Vale of York. The memorable figure of "Yorkshire Jim" has been created

  • Horse play

    THIS giant 150ft jockey must have one of the best positions in North Yorkshire racing. From his saddle on the landmark White Horse at Kilburn he has commanding views across the sweeping Vale of York. The memorable figure of "Yorkshire Jim" has been created

  • Rob On a world mission

    AFTER playing his part in England Under-19s clinching a Six Nations Grand Slam, Pocklington's Rob Webber jets out this weekend to South Africa to play in the U19 World Championships. England completed a first ever Grand Slam with a convincing win over

  • Zero tolerance plea on graffiti

    A YORK politician has called for the city to adopt a "New York mentality" on graffiti. Tory Clive Booth urged residents to take on a zero tolerance attitude to spray can scrawls. "When he was mayor of New York, Rudoph Giuliani adopted a zero tolerance

  • Lawyer defends appeal system

    CRIMINALS must be allowed to appeal against their sentence or justice will suffer, according to York solicitor Julian Tanikal. The Evening Press reported earlier this month that criminals in York had succeeded in having a total of 200 months slashed from

  • Treasures in the shed

    GARDENERS in the Yorkshire region have a staggering £1.7 billion worth of booty stashed in their garden sheds, researchers claim. The average shed contains belongings worth £1,400, but nearly one-fifth of people in the Yorkshire area said they had as

  • Jazz notes

    AFTER the good news from Jools Slater that he has started a new jazz joint in York (Tuesdays at the Phoenix, George Street), the bad news is that a regular gig of long standing closed this week. John Addy and Some Like It Hot have been playing Wednesday

  • Top acts line up

    THREE exclusive headline performances - Iron Maiden on Friday, The Pixies on Saturday, Foo Fighters on Sunday - lead the bill for the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival at Bramham Park from August 26 to 28. British metal veterans Iron Maiden will be doing

  • Review: Mark Owen, Fibbers, York.

    CALLING his imminent third album How The Mighty Fall is an open invitation to sneering, as the ever personable Mark Owen was first to admit. Pop has its spirals: York support band Sixty6 were doing a brisk trade signing CDs and expectantly introducing

  • Shop sells for £1.36m

    A SHOP in the centre of historic York has sold for tens of thousands of pounds more than its guide price. The shop in High Ousegate made £1.36 million at a London auction. That was way beyond the £1.1 million to £1.2 million guide price set by former

  • Pupils get a taste for politics in the Lords

    POLITICS mad youngsters from a York secondary school got the chance to hold a debate at Westminster. Sixteen pupils from Year 10 and Year 11 at Oaklands School took part in a mock parliamentary debate at the House of Lords. Oaklands was one of only four

  • Review: 9 Songs Running time: 69 mins Certificate: 18 *****

    "WHEN I remember Lisa, I don't think about her clothes or her work, or where she was from, or even what she said," says glaciologist Matt, as he travels over the disappearing Antarctic. The chances are that you won't either: not travel over the Antarctic

  • Preview: Pecking Order

    Ricky Gervais flies outside of The Office for his new project, playing a dubious pigeon in Valiant, reports Charles Hutchinson. PIGEONS were the unsung heroes of the war effort, winning Dickin Medals galore for their bravery. From today, the computer-animated

  • Victorious death

    Canon John Young, of York Minster, contemplates the meaning of Christ's Passion. HEROISM and inspiration are in the air. Last week, we celebrated a rare event - good news from Iraq. Private Johnson Beharry, a 25-year-old soldier, was awarded the Victoria

  • New team to enter NL2 in 2006

    YORK City Knights will meet new opponents next season whether or not they win promotion to National League One. It was confirmed at the official launch of the LHF Healthplan National League this week that a new team will be recruited to National League