Norky goes back to the early fifties to recall a time when some things were scarcer, but the magic of his childhood Christmas lives on in his memories.
Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from Cryer & Stott, at Castleford market. “If you ever had sex better than this pie you’re either a liar or I need to get to know you better. If you ever took drugs better than this pie, you must be on drugs – cheap, bad ones that make you think the traffic in South Elmsall are crocodiles.”
James Powell looks at the latest outbreak of bird flu in Northallerton, Yorkshire, and asks if we need to eat so much meat given the associated risks to ourselves, the planet, and the birds themselves. “A shift towards veganism no longer seems like a utopian ideal, but an effective measure in defending us from further pandemics”.
Leeds-based Chapel FM Arts Centre has finished a refurbishment to renovate its heating system to make it greener and more eco-friendly. The new venue, set to open in the spring of 2021 (pending Covid-19 regulations), also features a community café, a large hall that will enable a wide-range of new arts and wellbeing offers, meeting rooms, outdoor seating and other features.
Peter Norcliffe’s latest piece goes into local history, older agricultural practises and his memories of his uncle’s tractor.
Air pollution is deadly. That is a fact we can’t hide from any longer. This week, a coroner ruled that dangerous levels of air pollution “made a material contribution” to the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah in Central London. Before her death of a severe asthma attack in February 2013, Ella endured numerous seizures and […]
Meryl White’s latest recipe for the Christmas season delves into history, Queen Victoria, and Christmas tradition!
In troubled times, with rampant division, there remains one part of our culture about which there must surely be widespread unity, especially in the forgotten land of the North of England: Pies.
Ian Kinsey tells the story of Sir James Douglas, a feared lieutenant of Robert the Bruce known as The Black Douglas. The Black Douglas was instrumental in achieving Scotland’s independence, and came close to capturing York itself after the battle of Myton.
Lisa Burton writes on the need to confront our worst instincts in tackling racism, particularly in regards to immigration and crime. She gives examples from football coaches to the Church of England and Catholic Church, to show that many still escape the consequences of their actions, while migrants are scapegoated and ostracised.
Sarah Sonne from the Refugee Council, talks about her group’s efforts to champion the basic rights of asylum seekers in the UK. Working to provide food, legal aid, and basic support to those in the most need in the country.
Juliet Lodge looks at how the European Union is moving its docucmentation processes online with e-visas, and the challenges this presents. “So the new e-visa procedures illustrate the importance to successful policy implementation of ascertaining, anticipating and addressing potential concerns at the outset. “
Local firms in Hull have launched the Hull Together survey, on behalf of Hull Council, giving residents a voice in the city’s affairs.
“Whether you were born in Hull or you’ve recently arrived in the city, your opinions, praise, concerns and grumbles about the issues that matter in your community – safety, employment, education, migration, integration and more – are needed to contribute to positive change.”
Residents in South Yorkshire are being encouraged to donate pre-loved Christmas paraphernalia to a local recycling centre, to help those in need struggling to make the season special this year.
Emily Horner gives an account of a community coming together to thank the NHS Staff who have risked so much this year. With the Mirror Mirror salon providing free gift vouchers to staff, Emily gathers accounts from owner Alison McMurty and other Bradford business owners.
“Lockdown has helped me to focus on our lifestyles and what’s really important to me.”
Juvenal’s latest expose looks at Alexander Stafford, the new MP for Rother Valley. A compliant Conservative backbencher, Stafford has employed the language of culture wars to appeal to his base, while championing environmental reform to the more progressive media.
Emily Shepherd shows just why the arts are so important for Yorkshire, looking at the sector’s impact on Yorkshire’s culture and economy. Emily speaks to artists from across Yorkshire to see what the arts mean to them, whilst drawing on evocative stories from the region’s history.
Pen Hemingway looks at the history of The Retreat, an 18th century Quaker-run asylum in York which pioneered treatment for the mentally ill. Hemingway writes about some of the patients admitted to the hospital, and how they were treated. “The Retreat may well have been a pioneer in terms of its treatment of its patients, but many of us will be grateful of being born in somewhat more enlightened days that allowed us to avoid ending up there.”
Martin Brooks looks at the story of Mary Heaton, committed to Wakefield asylum for challenging male authority: “Men owe it to women to recognise and take charge of their own emotional responses rather than demean or punish women for having theirs.”
Marcus Cain visits the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds, one of many venues impacted by the pandemic. He speaks to HPBC’s owner Jack about his work keeping the venue alive in such extraordinary times, along with a local performer.
In every celebration, it’s customary to eat traditional recipes which have been passed down the generations. Hanukkah follows the same pattern with an amazing feast of foods to celebrate the Jewish ‘Festival of Lights’. Hanukkah is the Hebrew and Arabic word that means ‘dedication’ and it’s often called the ‘Festival of lights’, as a candle […]
Dr Stella Perrott reveals the lack of planning undertaken by both her own county council and by national government to secure food and medicine supplies in January. Having submitted a number of Freedom of Information requests and letters, she found a complete lack of preparation and little concern for the potential disruption.
Economist and local councillor John Cole shows how “doughnut economics” ( a concept created by Kate Raworth) might be the key to our way out of the upcoming economic crisis. Referring to key scholars, and an exciting event by the York Green Party, he shows the flaws of neoliberal economic assumptions and how the doughnut could save us all.
An new poll shows that voters in the red wall are deserting the Conservative Party, with many returning to Labour. The two standout reasons given for their views by voters, were the government’s mishandling and lack of clarity over pandemic restrictions, and Dominic Cummings’ famed trip to Barnard Castle.
Huddersfield singer Johnny Campbell has got together with other artists to release a charity song, raising money for The Welcome Centre foodbank in Huddersfield, and the charity Help Musicians UK.
Pen Hemingway looks at the 19th century practice of ‘wife sales’. Looked down on by middle-class journalists of the time, the act may in fact have been a way for women, still the legal property of their husbands, to escape abusive or unhappy marriages.
Jane Thomas examines the impact of Brexit and the coronavirus to the economy of Sheffield, speaking to local business leaders in the city. The two crises are perfectly suited to each other, with Brexit impacting the few businesses who have escaped relatively unscathed from the pandemic.
A look at some of the false claims made by the company behind the Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans. This includes the claim that it is not in fact an expansion, and the claim that certain categories of nighttime flights don’t count towards overall limits of night flights. This is being opposed by local residents, including the Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport.
Sheffield for Democracy has been campaigning for a fairer voting system in Yorkshire, one which ensures that everyone’s vote matters. The group has been getting the stances of Sheffield MPs on the issue, and lobbying them to push for voting reform within their parties.