General Interest

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 […]

Call To Bring Back Water Fountains To Cut Down On Plastic Waste

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      From Yorkshire Coast Radio News.   There are calls for towns and cities across the UK to install water fountains, in a bid to crack down on the millions of plastic bottles making their way into our rivers and oceans every year. London’s first public drinking fountain was built into the railings […]

Andy Warhol’s £6m Selfie And How We Can All Now Be Famous For 15 Minutes

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      By Tom van Laer and Stefania Farace in The Conversation.   One day in 1963, Andy Warhol walked into a New York photobooth and took what have become the world’s most famous selfies. One of these trailblazing self-portraits has just been sold at a Sotheby’s auction for just over £6m. These selfies perfectly suited Warhol’s vision of the […]

Armed Forces Day: Toby Carvery Offering A Free Dinner Or Breakfast – Here’s How To Claim Yours

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    By Laura Love in GazetteLive.   Serving troops, reserves, veterans and cadets can claim a free carvery dinner this weekend to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Toby Carvery is showing its support to the armed forces by offering all military personnel a free carvery or breakfast on Armed Forces Day, this Saturday, June 24. […]

The Health Cost Of Cutting Free School Lunches Will Be Far Greater Than The Price Of Them

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    By Sophia Komninou in The Conversation.   The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to replace free school lunches – for children in the first three years of primary school in England – with free breakfasts is curious to say the least. Since it was announced, researchers have found that the cost of the project is hugely […]

7 TV Shows That Got Chronic Illness (Mostly) Right

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    By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.   If you’re looking for an accurate, informative, compassionate representation of your illness, it’s safe to say you’ll probably have a hard time finding it on TV. Most shows portray illnesses in a sensational, highly dramatized way, picking and choosing certain symptoms or stereotypes to emphasize and […]

Twenty Years On From Deep Blue vs Kasparov: How A Chess Match Started The Big Data Revolution

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  By Mark Robert Anderson in The Conversation.   On the seventh move of the crucial deciding game, black made what some now consider to have been a critical error. When black mixed up the moves for the Caro-Kann defence, white took advantage and created a new attack by sacrificing a knight. In just 11 […]

ME/CFS And Sexism

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    From Jameson Writes.   For those who have watched Jen Brea’s Ted Talk, or read other accounts of life with MECFS, like Julie Rehmeyer’s new book, Through the Shadowlands and my essay in Quartz a few months ago, then you know that medical neglect is a big part of the disease’s narrative. Also within […]

Polarized Sunglasses: The Best Choice For Sun Wear ?

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  By Troy Bedinghaus in Very Well Are sunglasses all the same as long as they provide shade? Absolutely not. Nothing provides a high level visual experience when outdoors in bright sunlight like a polarized sun lens. Polarized sunglasses are so popular because they provide the wearer increased visibility and performance when simply at the beach, or […]

Civil War Re-enactment – Scampston Hall – 25 to 28 August 2017

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    Sealed Knot members from around the country will flock to North Yorkshire for the largest Civil War event in the UK! Experience the horrors of a nation at war with itself, brother against brother, father against son, families torn apart. Cannon will roar, musketeers will volley, an all action battle will unfold when […]

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