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Pie of the week: from Cryer & Stott, Castleford market

Jimmy Andrex

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.”

Chapel FM Arts Centre leads the way with innovative eco heating system

Yorkshire Bylines

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.

We can’t ignore our air pollution crisis any longer

Andrew Cooper

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 […]

The Black Douglas

Ian Kinsey

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.

Hull leaders give their residents a chance to have their voices heard

Yorkshire Bylines

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.”

Actions speak louder than words for new MP Alexander Stafford


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.

“Primarily drinking British gin”: admissions to an 18th century York asylum

Pen Hemingway

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.”

Doncaster woman incarcerated for conduct unbecoming

Martin Brooks

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.”

Vital venues: Hyde Park Book Club

Marcus Cain

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.

Apple Latkes for the Festival of Lights

Meryl White

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 […]

Wife for sale

Pen Hemingway

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.

Calling time for Sheffield business

Jane Thomas

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.

Leeds Bradford Airport: the planning application that isn’t what it seems

Andrew Tait

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.

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