General Interest

The Americanisation Of The English Language: A Frightfully Subtle Affair


  By Paul Baker in The Conversation.   Brits can get rather sniffy about the English language – after all, they originated it. But a Google search of the word “Americanisms” turns up claims that they are swamping, killing and absorbing British English. If the British are not careful, so the argument goes, the homeland will soon […]

Book A Home Fire Safety Visit

Fire Service

    From North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.   Upon request, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service can carry out a home fire safety visit to your home, completely free of charge. This visit involves fire service staff coming to your home to give you advice on fire safety in the home, actions you can […]

What Really Killed Prince Albert ?

Prince Albert

    By Derek Gatherer in The Conversation.   Spoiler alert. Those following ITV’s epic costume drama, Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes, should look away now – unless you want to know what happens to Albert… It was Queen Victoria’s darkest day. On December 21, 1861, her husband of 21 years, Prince Albert, died at […]

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


  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


  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


    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


  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


    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


    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


  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 ?

boys and girls

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

Tan Hill Inn

    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


    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 ?


  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 […]

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