General Interest

York Library To Stock ‘A Girl Behind Dark Glasses’, By Jessica Taylor-Bearman


After a few attempts, we have persuaded York Library to stock  ‘A Girl Behind Dark Glasses’, By Jessica Taylor-Bearman.  It’s the story of her life with ME. I’m just awaiting the call to let me know that it’s in ! Book Description:  From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the […]

Research That Predicted The 2018 Heatwave Says It May Come Back For The Next Four Years


  By Luke Bailey in iNews.   The research was carried out before the summer heatwaves that sent temperatures in the UK and other parts of the world soaring this year. The next four years are likely to see more global heatwaves, say scientists in research from before the 2018 heatwave hit. The researchers were looking […]

How To Avoid Pension Scams


  From The Financial Conduct Authority.   Don’t let a scammer enjoy your retirement – find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam. Pension scams can be hard to spot. Scammers can be articulate and financially knowledgeable, with credible-looking websites, testimonials and materials that are […]

Where’s The Cheese Gromit ?

Wallace and Gromit

Good morning everyone. I hope you’re waking to an ‘ok’ day. It looks like our weather has returned to some sort of normality, which I’m sure will suit some of you better ! Here at Clayton Towers I tend to be resting up all week to try and make best use of the weekends, with […]

It’s Back – And More Bonkers Than Ever ! Micklegate’s Soapbox Challenge Ready To Roll


  From YorkMix.   Wheels fixed? Check. Brakes tested? Check. Completely bonkers costume ready? Check. Across the city these last minute preparations are underway as York revs up for another day of daft stunts and wacky races. The York BID Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge will see 40 hand-made carts hurtle down the city’s royal street in a […]

2019 Blue Badge Scheme: Everything You Need To Know About The Hidden Disability Changes


  By James Kelly in Contract Hire & Leasing.   The blue badge disabled parking scheme is undergoing its biggest shake-up since it was introduced in 1970, but what exactly will change? Last month, the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that from 2019, people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too. […]

All Creatures Great And Small Has Been Voted Yorkshire’s Greatest Television Show Of All Time

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   In a major poll, conducted by Dalesman magazine to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of regional television in Yorkshire, viewers were asked to name their favourite show either set or made in the county. More than 3,000 votes were cast in the poll, with the period BBC veterinary drama starring […]

Evolution Is Getting A Rethink After Scientists Take A Closer Look At Earth’s First Animals


  By Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill in The Conversation.   When did animals originate? In research published in the journal Palaeontology, we show that this question is answered by Cambrian period fossils of a frond-like sea creature called Stromatoveris psygmoglena. The Ediacaran Period lasted from 635 to 542m years ago. This era is key to understanding animal origins because it […]

Why Private Alternatives To The NHS Are So Much More Expensive


  By Cam Donaldson in The Conversation.   The NHS has survived to the age of 70 and now costs the UK just over £120 billion per annum. Many advanced economies spend even more on healthcare per head of population. Why do fully paid-up capitalist nations persist with this Stalinist approach to healthcare? Instinctively we might cite humanitarian and […]

Dehydration Symptoms And Signs You’re Suffering, Plus How To Treat It


  By Natasha Hinde in HUFFPOST.   Another week, another influx of scorching weather. While it’s great news for those looking to spend their summer holiday in the UK, there are risks attached to heatwaves and dehydration is one of the major factors. Registered GP Dr Kenny Livingstone tells HuffPost UK he has received calls from “a lot more […]

The Secret Garden Blossoms In York

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  By Andrew Liddle in The Yorkshire Times.   York Theatre Royal have a winner here for the next month with a magical summer show they have imported from the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Jessica Swale’s splendidly free adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Edwardian classic children’s novel, A Secret Garden, directed by Liz Stevenson, […]

Britain’s Great Pension Robbery – Why The ‘Defined Benefits’ Gold Standard Is A Luxury Of The Past


  By John Stittle in The Conversation.   The provision of defined benefit pension schemes has been dwindling almost to extinction in Britain over the past 20 years. It used to be the norm that you’d qualify for a pension that was determined by your final salary on retirement and the number of years of […]

What Does Mars’ Lake Mean For The Search For Life On The Red Planet ?


  By Lisa Grossman in Science News.   The search for life on Mars just got a lot more interesting. For decades, scientists have looked at the dry and dusty planet and focused on finding regions where life could have taken root billions of years ago, when the Martian climate was warmer and wetter. But on […]

Wrestling Is Coming Back To Prime Time ITV – With A York Man In The Ring !


  From YorkMix.   Greetings grapple fans – we have some gripping news for you ! World Of Sport Wrestling is coming back. Not only that, a York man is right in the thick of things. One of the greatest shows in the history of British television, the wrestling was much-watch TV every Saturday. Now […]

Fact Check: Is It Bad For Your Health To Eat Food Fried In Olive Oil ?

Olive Oil

  By James Brown and Rachel Adams in The Conversation.   It recently has been suggested that using vegetable oils to fry food may be bad for your health due to the production of toxic chemicals called aldehydes during the heating process. Aldehydes are simple organic structures – compounds which contain a carbon-oxygen double bond – and […]

Fool’s Gold: What Fish Oil Is Doing To Our Health And The Planet

Fish Oil

By Paul Greenberg in The Guardian.   Omega-3 is one of our favourite supplements – but a huge new study has found it has little or no benefit for heart health or strokes. How did it become a $30 bn business? The omega-3 industry is in a twist. Again. Last week, Cochrane, an organisation that compiles […]

Nestlé Just Lost A 16-Year Legal Battle Over The Shape Of Kit Kats


By Chris York in HUFFPOST.   “Four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base.” These are the eight words at the heart of a 16-year legal battle between Nestlé and the courts of the UK and EU over the shape of a Kit Kat. The makers of the hugely popular chocolate and wafer treat argue […]

Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas


    By Aaron E. Carroll in The New York Times.   The medical research grant system in the United States, run through the National Institutes of Health, is intended to fund work that spurs innovation and fosters research careers. In many ways, it may be failing. It has been getting harder for researchers to obtain grant support. A […]

York’s Balloon Fiesta Prepares For Lift Off


  By David Dunning on Minster FM.   The skies of York will once again be transformed by a fantastic array of colour and shapes this September when 50 hot air balloons will fly across the city for the York Balloon Fiesta. It’s sponsored by York’s Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) network which is being rolled […]

York Company Plays Crucial Role In Restoring One Of Scotland’s Most Iconic Churches


  From YorkMix.   St Bride’s Church, in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, is heralded as one of the finest examples of the post-war British modern Brutalist style and has won a series of major architectural awards. Designed by the celebrated architect Professor Andy MacMillan, it is entirely made of bricks. So when it came to […]

A Mediterranean Diet Could Be The Secret To Better Bones, A Study Reveals

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet with Walnuts.  (PRNewsFoto/California Walnut Commission)

  By Sally Guyoncourt in INews.   Eating a Mediterranean diet could reduce the effects of osteoporosis in the elderly, say scientists. It has long been known the Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil, and fish, has health benefits for both your heart and waistline. Now a new study, published […]

Beds, Lanterns And A Tipi Bar – Dean’s Park Looks Very Different This Summer !


From YorkMix.   York Minster’s back garden has never looked like this before. Part of Dean’s Park has been converted into an outdoor chill zone, complete with cushion-bedecked platforms, lanterns and a tipi bar. These are now in place for the first Heart Of Yorkshire Festival, organised by York Minster. The event runs throughout the […]

Double Truth: Medieval story Reveals How You Can Believe Two Conflicting Positions At Once


  By Ann Giletti in The Conversation.   Identity can compel you to reject the truth – even when you have evidence proving it. We see this today with the US political establishment: Trump supporters can look at two photos of his inauguration and say the largely empty Mall is full. This problem is far from […]

The IQ Test Wars: Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So Controversial


  By Daphne Martschenko in The Conversation.   John, 12-years-old, is three times as old as his brother. How old will John be when he is twice as old as his brother? Two families go bowling. While they are bowling, they order a pizza for £12, six sodas for £1.25 each, and two large buckets of popcorn for £10.86 […]

Bumblebees In Urban Areas Are Thriving Better Than Those In The Countryside


  By Sara Spary in The Huffington Post.   Bumblebees living in urban areas are thriving better than their rural cousins, research from Royal Holloway and Imperial College London has claimed. The research looked at why bumblebees appear to be more abundant in cities and towns compared to the countryside – despite the fact urban […]

How We Discovered 840 Minor Planets Beyond Neptune – And What They Can Tell Us


  By Michele Bannister in The Conversation.   Our solar system is a tiny but wonderfully familiar corner of the vast, dark universe – we have even been able to land spacecraft on our celestial neighbours. Yet its outer reaches are still remarkably unmapped. Now we have discovered 840 small worlds in the distant and hard-to-explore region beyond Neptune. […]

Six Clouds You Should Know About – And What They Can Reveal About The Weather


  By Hannah Christensen in The Conversation.   Modern weather forecasts rely on complex computer simulators. These simulators use all the physics equations that describe the atmosphere, including the movement of air, the sun’s warmth, and the formation of clouds and rain. Incremental improvements in forecasts over time mean that modern five-day weather forecasts are as skilful as three-day forecasts […]

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