Age is so much more than a number. It’s about knowledge, experience, maturity, wisdom and caring less what others think. None of that may matter to the government, but they should think twice before upsetting a growing sector of the population that have largely supported them in the past.
The government’s obesity strategy is rooted in a culture of ‘fatphobia’, of which the prime minister is as much a victim as anyone.
The UK’s decision to make travellers from EU countries quarantine regardless of vaccine status is having an impact for Britons living abroad
Downing Street is reportedly considering plans for a national service for youth to help “heal divided UK”.
This week, Norky recalls pastimes from his youth such as building plane construction sets and playing with fire!
Norky retells his days spent trainspotting the Streaks amongst other trains at York railway museum, and how he read comics with his cousins
At the height of Pride month, join the team at the Bylines Network podcast, as we discuss the history and state of LGBTQ+ rights in the UK and across the world. Hosts Chris Davis and Connor Lamb open the discussion with a look at what Pride has become in 2021, the commercialisation of Pride and […]
Hasnain Khan writes about health inequalities in the UK; using the Marmot Review, the Labour Party should compile a manifesto where strategies are implemented to improve work-life balance, and thus health equality.
Peter Norcliffe shares with us his experience with his first motorbike and the adventures he went on with it, his love for his group of friends, and most of all, his love for his wife, Moi.
Among those quick to attack (and defend) the BBC for the deplorable tactics whereby Martin Bashir obtained his interview with Princess Diana in 1995, one voice has been notably silent – that of John Birt, the BBC’s director general at the time. Fortunately, his valuable opinions have not been lost.
Norky reminisces about Whitsuntide and the community festivals that came with it: music, banners, and pubs for the dads! He also remembers family parties, when the children were sent to bed and the adults went on late-night road adventures.
Derek Brown writes about his wife, Margaret, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018. Derek has created a petition to change the law, meaning more families would be financially assisted.
Emily Horner discusses divorce; how it affects young people, teenagers and adults. Bill and Melinda Gates were married 24 years, which statistically is a successful marriage. But recently, the rates of divorce have increased and the average length of marriage is declining.
Andy Brown writes about the fire at New Providence Place, where residents were trapped and over 100 firefighters were needed to put out the flames. Sadly, memories of Grenfell are brought back. Deregulation of financial services, and now the building industry, have led to people being put at a huge risk.
Kerry Pearson writes about the devastation in Jersualem, namely the Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the holiest site in Islam, during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured, but the territorial conflict dates back decades.
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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.