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Peter Norcliffe, as part of his ‘Norky’s Ramblings’ series, remembers the many childhood conditions and fevers that were harmful to children when he was growing up: typhoid, polio, and influenza. We are, however, lucky to be alive and lucky to have the NHS.
Lizzie Hughes raises awareness about Open Country’s nature force group, a wildlife organisation which not only looks after nature, but that runs activities for marginalised communities to give them a sense of purpose and achievement.
As the club cricket season gets underway John Cornwell recounts the rich heritage of Yorkshire cricket and the joy of playing in a village team.
Emily Sheperd introduces the online festival. ‘Footsteps Festival 2021’, for those people who are living well with pain. The pandemic has halted in-person support and tools to help people cope with any pain.
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.
Hugh Goulbourne discusses the importance of cricket and sport for mental health and community spirit. This summer, the sport will need a boost in funds, resources and inclusivity.
The fourteen people a week who miss the point of these articles demand a vicarious comfort-food experience, not meta-textual nonsense about pies.
Granville Williams writes about the Amazon vote which was given to workers who voiced their discontentment with their treatment and working conditions. The ballot, however, was run in a way which made it difficult for workers to vote, and was ultimately a setback for trade unionism.
Aidan Enright describes his battle, as an Irish in Britain, between his ‘British’ and ‘Irish’ identity. After being submerged in both cultures, he feels drawn to both. After heavy debate around Brexit in Britain though, he often yearns for his Irish home.
Granville Williams on the background to the fiercely fought battle to organise an American Amazon warehouse. The insistence on speed and surveillance of Amazon workers has led to global media coverage.
Can pies have meaning? What connects the Finding Jack Charlton documentary and a date with Dorothy Parker at the Russian Tea Rooms? Why do Look North presenters dress so badly?
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.
Martin Philips, in his first article for Yorkshire Bylines, draws attention to public concern over post-Brexit food standards in the UK. Strong UK leadership will be required to consider the environment, animal welfare and ethical trading.
Charlie McCarthy explains the emerging problem of unpaid rent and the UK’s debt crisis. Social housing in Britain has suffered over the past decades. The pandemic itself, despite the ban on evictions, has also meant young renters have been worst-impacted with high rents and poorly maintained properties.
Peter Norcliffe, as part of his Norky’s ramblings, reminisces on his holidays as a six-year old, eating ice cream, pretending to have drowned, and getting caught up with the police.
Peter Garbutt, in his first article for Yorkshire Bylines, gives us all a glimpse of hope for UK biodiversity. New habitats have been set up with ponds and wetlands, with a variety of wildlife and species, including the rare Great Crested Newt.
Kerry Pearson explains the signifiance of recent legislation in America which will grant immigrants, Dreamers and farmers with citizenship and residency. A triumph for Dreamers who have waited decades for recognition of their status.
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.
Stella Perrott lays out the benefits of immigration to the UK, and explains what this will look like post-Brexit. Broadening the immigration pool across the globe will lead to exploitation of the less-well-developed nations, as they provide the UK with their skills and talents, but receive little in return.
Is there an oppressed minority on the political right who have been dominated into silence? Will no-one stand up for them? Cometh the hour, cometh the Fox. Roger Winterbottom wonders what it is they really want to say.
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.
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’.
True stories from ‘Norky’ who comes from Scapegoat Hill, a small, isolated farming village, high on the Pennines in West Yorkshire. You can catch up on his ramblings so far via his author page. I was a very active lad, running about here and there, getting up to some minor mischief and playing games. One of these […]
Lisa Burton explains the challenges that her business have had in selling to Amazon after Brexit. The preparations she made were extensive, and yet there are still huge challenges when it comes to exporting to the EU.
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.
Peter Norcliffe remembers John Wesley’s description of people from Huddersfield as ‘savage and uncouth’. He tells of the Duediz travellers who were resented by locals. The people of Golcar seemed to make a better impression on John Wesley though.
James Powell explains ‘Neom’: the ‘planned new future’ residential area. The area will operate outside of Saudi laws, an attempt to make it more attractive. But what will this mean for Middle Eastern relations, in particular those with Israel?
Natalie Bennett explains the concept of ‘parental alienation’; when a child refuses contact with a parent, due to being ‘poisoned’ by the other parent against them. Should parents have a ‘right’ to see their children, even if they are a threat (domestic abuse)?
Farmer Copley’s pork pies are lovely, but for true joy, you’ll have to wait till they’re properly open and have one of their sausage sandwiches.