General Interest

Why (ex)Hurricane Ophelia Took A Wrong Turn Towards Ireland And Britain – And Carried All That Dust

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  By Alexander Roberts in The Conversation.   Hurricane Ophelia, by then downgraded to Storm Ophelia, reached Ireland on Monday October 16. At the time of writing there had already been three deaths and countless reports of severe damage to buildings and fallen trees. Unlike other severe storms to reach Ireland and Britain, such as […]

Famous York Street To Go One-Way ? Radical Traffic Controls Proposed

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  From YorkMix.   Traders in one of York’s most famous streets have suggested radical traffic changes, to help with its revitalisation. Micklegate has been one-way since June, while the Bar is restored, with traffic heading out of the city redirected. Thousands of motorists have had to use alternative routes but some traders say the […]

Tom Petty Stood Up For Authentic Rock Music – And He Never Backed Down

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    By Adam Behr in The Conversation.   The most watched video on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel – at over 46m views – is a cover version of the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The performance features an all-star cast and a famous guitar solo by Prince. Channelling George Harrison’s […]

European Tornadoes Are Real And Their Threat Is Underestimated

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  By Bogdan Antonescu in The Conversation.   It is often assumed that tornadoes do not occur in Europe and that they are a weather phenomena specific to the United States. But this is far from true. Not only do tornadoes strike in Europe – they do millions of pounds worth of damage, cause serious injuries and even lead […]

Bats, Bikes And Birds At Nidderdale Moorland Festival This Autumn

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    From The Yorkshire Times.   Bats, bikes and birds take centre stage at the Nidderdale Moorland Festival this autumn. Walks talks and workshops take place over three weeks from 7 October featuring a moorland safari, an introduction to mountain biking, and foraging the River Nidd. The celebration of Nidderdale’s internationally important heather moorlands […]

Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories – And How To Change Their Minds

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    By Mark Lorch in The Conversation.   I’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest […]

Tiny Train Line To Resume Service To Scotland’s Highest Village

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  By Alastair Dalton in iNews.   A remote narrow-gauge railway which became a lifeline when a road was closed last year is being finally extended to Scotland’s highest village. Work has started on a new quarter-mile section of the line from Leadhills into Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway, where it is hoped trains will […]

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink ?

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By Jeanne Maglaty in SMITHSONIAN.COM.   Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble. We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was […]

The Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s Highest Pub, Is Up For Sale

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    From BBC News.   Britain’s highest pub, which regularly gets snowed in at its isolated location in the Yorkshire Dales, is up for sale. The 17th Century Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire has panoramic views and is on sale for £900,000. The pub, 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, was named the […]

£13 Million Fund To Increase England’s Woodland

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    From The Yorkshire Times.   A £13 million fund to help landowners plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk will soon open for applications, Forestry Minister Therese Coffey has confirmed. Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to […]

Is Parking On The Pavement Illegal ?

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  By Maria McCarthy in Saga Magazine.   Parking is a topic where feelings run high – it could be lack of parking, parking charges or inconsiderate parking. But anyone who has ever been forced to walk in the road because of a motorist who has decided to park on the pavement will agree that […]

Why You Should Always ‘Like’ Your Own Facebook Posts

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    From the Rick’s Daily Tips blog.   If you’ve been using Facebook for a while you’ve probably noticed that many people “Like” their own posts just as soon as they post them. While this could be viewed as a form of vanity (I mean really, is it cool to “Like” your own posts?), […]

Maintenance Improvements Worth £80 m Planned For Yorkshire And Humber Roads

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   Over £80 m of maintenance improvements will be taking place on Yorkshire’s roads this year providing drivers with smoother and safer journeys. This work, which is in addition to the major improvement schemes taking place in the region, includes resurfacing over 207 miles of lanes, using over 100,000 tonnes […]

Retro Cool And Vintage Seaside

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    By Victoria Benn in The Yorkshire Times.   Retro Cool I don’t often think about what an archetypal northern social club might look like, but if someone were to ask me now, I would now know the answer; the Caroline Social Club in Saltaire. The club is so named because of its location […]

Leaving Frailty Behind

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    From Stanford Medicine.   She is an author of extraordinary success. Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Unbroken are literary phenomenons: Together, there are more than 13 million copies in print and both have been made into blockbuster motion pictures. She wrote the books while besieged by the debilitating disease, chronic fatigue syndrome. Stricken in 1987, she […]

Owen, Sassoon And Graves: How A Scottish Hospital Became The Crucible For The Greatest War Poetry

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  (Interesting that I came across this article today as I’m currently reading this book. Bill Clayton)   By Neil McLennan in The Conversation.   In June 1917, shell-shocked and exhausted from his experiences on the Western Front, the young English poet Wilfred Owen was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh to recuperate. Much […]

New Students Need To ‘Get Real’ About What University Is Really Like, New Report Warns

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  From The Huffington Post.   Would-be students need to “get real” about what university is really like, a new report has warned. Research from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) found that many university applicants do not have a good understanding of what it will be like to study for a degree or the time […]

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