Paul Bright explains the significance of the Belgian farmer that moved the stone that marked the 200-year border between Belgium and France. Fortunately, authorities have seen the bright side of his mistake.
Kerry Pearson remembers the creation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent after the First World War; on 8 May, the charity celebrates World Red Cross Day, a time to remember their values and recognise the hard work of their volunteers who work to make the world a safer place.
Andrew Leach meets with Greg and Ails, owners of an eye-catching art gallery in York. The gallery contains landscapes, seascapes, and other contemporary depictions of York.
Fortress England is maybe where we’re heading – though the country is neither a nation at ease with itself, nor the envy of many. Happy St George’s Day!
Economically and politically, the idea of a North-South divide has been a persistent feature of national debate for decades.
“I kept saying ‘I’m in pain, I’m in pain’, but I was completely dismissed and fobbed off – no one looked at me”, says Tinuke Awe. “I was just left feeling like I didn’t matter, that no one really cared about me.” In Britain, black women are almost five times more likely to die in […]
John Heywood looks back at life at Springfield Mill, West Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s
Today is Vaisakhi, Sikhism’s most important festival. It celebrates the formal anniversary of the establishment of the Sikh order, the ‘Khalsa,’ in 1699. Vaisakhi is usually celebrated to great fanfare within the Yorkshire community.
Peter Benson draws to light the impact the pandemic has had on mental health and people’s wellbeing. He quotes a ‘Mind’ ambassador, who tell us all to embrace our emotions and check up on friends and family.
Cole Brothers (John Lewis) in Sheffield is to close, causing local residents to ask what the future holds for the city.
Alex Toal asks, are young people left as citizens of nowhere by our system which prioritises the politics of place over the politics of the nation? With young people more mobile than any generation before them, their politics is increasingly focused on national issues rather than local ones. Our system still fails them.
Charlie McCarthy explains what impact the chancellor’s cuts to the aid budget will have on organisations like VSO. The charity’s international programs will be halted and UK communities will be harmed as they can no longer volunteer.
For Census Day 2021, thousands have already pledged to mark themselves as ‘European’ on the form. Will you?
Sue Wilson, who lives in Spain, challenges the stereotype of Brits abroad, suggesting that the press are responsible for the image of gin-drinking, golf players. She points out that until EU citizens in the UK are called ‘expats’, she too will remain a ‘British immigrant’.
Just over a year since it had to be postponed as a result of Covid-19, Chapel FM Arts Centre in East Leeds is presenting a three-day radio and digital festival, Writing on Air. Based around the theme of Vision, writers and performers will be taking part in over thirty events, including a radio drama peering into […]
Chelsea Ellis, a four-year-old girl from Barnsley, aims to cycle 100 miles during March and April to raise awareness of mental health illness and raise money for charity.
John Heywood visits the Victorian heyday of Yorkshire’s seaside resorts like Filey, Scarborough, and Redcar. The resorts boomed after the introduction of bank holidays into the calendar; although the tourists were popular with businesses, they were less so with locals.
Emily Horner explains the purpose of the new wellbeing support service for teachers in Bradford. They are facing mounting pressures from the pandemic and the service aims to provide advice and reassurance to those who need it.
The Archbishop of Canterbury led tributes on 10 February to the founder of Bradford-based debt relief charity, Christians Against Poverty (CAP). John Kirkby has announced that he is stepping down after 25 years, but his legacy very much lives on.
Emily Horner draws attention to the study in Bradford schools, which found a strong link between children’s performance during their early years’ education and a later diagnosis with autism. Delayed autism diagnosis can lead to later problems in life.
John Cornwell recalls three Polish war memorials from the city of Bolesławiec in Poland, the site of a former concentration camp. “It was sad reminder of how history, once so furious and meaningful in a place, moves on and what was once so vitally significant is now just a footnote in a peaceful neighbourhood.”
What do the likes Facebook and Twitter mean for the future of Western Democracy? Oliver Lawrie takes a critical look at the relationship between healthy democracy and social media as a tool for democratic emancipation, considering why social media does significantly more harm than it does good.
Little has been done to prevent another Grenfell tower fire, research from the Labour party revealed as they pressured the government to act. With millions of people still living in blocks with unsafe cladding, more needs to be done to make these fit for habitation, Alex Toal writes.
Would you pass the test to become a UK citizen? A research team from Essex University’s department for psychology gave the test to 270 residents, most of whom were British citizens. It found that 66.4 percent failed their home country’s citizenship exam. The average score was 15/24.
Norky recalls his most embarrassing moment, which occurred during a German exchange visit in 1955. ” I’m embarrassed about it even now, I can hardly bring myself to put it down in writing, perhaps doing so will after 63 years lay it down to rest.”
John Cole questions why we have foodbanks in such a prosperous society, and how austerity led to divisions in this country. “Austerity has a lot to answer for and we may note that the two leading protagonists were David Cameron and George Osborne (both dismissed by a third Conservative MP Nadine Dorries as ‘two arrogant posh boys who don’t know the price of milk’).”
“t’s not just musicians who’ll suffer if they can’t tour Europe. It’s the sound engineers, the lighting engineers, the backline techs. It’s the caterers and the wardrobe assistants and the production managers. It’s the drivers of trucks and tour buses. It’s the companies they work for, it’s the mechanics they employ. It’s PA companies, and lighting companies. And it’s the businesses here, in the UK”
Andy Brown looks at how the pandemic has already reshaped society, and what we can do to make these changes into beneficial ones. As people move out to the country, and the government steps in to prop up markets, maybe we need to be more imaginative about how we utilise this change for good.
s we begin 2021, it is absolutely critical we have a plan that will ensure the sector can bounce back more strongly once enough people are vaccinated, to ensure that we are through the worst of the pandemic. The first part of that plan must involve working with the government to form a common understanding as to how and when the sector can safely reopen as early as possible in 2021.
Peter Norcliffe reminisces about biplanes, old money, and ‘Doctor Dan’s Health Drink’ in his latest column. ” Not for me a train driver or firefighter – both very noble causes, of course, but I’m sure you will agree, not in the same league as a milk man with a black and white horse.”