General Interest

Life-Sized Statue Of The Queen in A New Public Square – York Minster Reveals Ambitious Plans

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  From YorkMix.   A new public square dedicated to the Queen and featuring a life-sized statue of Her Majesty – that’s the remarkable plan unveiled by York Minster today The first public square in the city for nearly 200 years is one of the proposals in the emerging draft Neighbourhood Plan for the York […]

York Balloon Fiesta To Return Despite Traffic Problems

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  From BBC News. A balloon festival blamed for bringing traffic in York to a standstill is to return to the city. Last year’s York Balloon Fiesta attracted 40,000 visitors, but there were complaints of gridlock on roads and delays to buses. Former Make it York director Steve Brown previously said festival bosses were uncertain […]

Coming Soon: The Great Universal Credit Deception

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  By  Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian. How to sell the unsellable? How to pretend utter chaos is a plan coming together? How to persuade the public, who just refuse to buy it, to at least keep on paying for it? I believe I have found the answer. It comes in the form of an internal […]

Opera And Disability

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  Q&A with Jacqueline Ko.   May 12th is the International Awareness Day for chronic neuroimmune diseases. To shine a light on these extremely prevalent yet little-known conditions, I caught up with performer, producer and disability advocate Jacqueline Ko, an award-winning Canadian soprano and co-founder of Opera Mariposa who has lived with the neuroimmune disease […]

The Madness That Is The Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge Will Return This Year

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  From YorkMix.   One of York’s best days out bounces back this summer. The Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge returns for a third year on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26 2019. Entries are now open for teams to take part – and if you’d like to sponsor an event that attracted 20,000 spectators last year, and […]

Sherpas Like Tenzing Norgay Genetically Predisposed To Living At Altitude

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    From Sky News.   Sherpas like Tenzing Norgay, who along with Edmund Hillary first conquered Everest, have inherited genes from a long-extinct human sub-species that help them cope with living high in the mountains. A 160,000-year-old jawbone found in a cave has revealed the ancient human species Denisovans lived at altitudes of 11,000ft. […]

“Just Be Positive!” Toxic Positivity, ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia

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  By Lori Madeira and Cort Johnson in Health Rising.    In the face of a chronic illness, our friends and family can resort to simple solutions: just try and be positive they might advise. Look on the bright side. Focus oun what you can do. It’s not bad advice, but it often comes across as out […]

York TV Coverage Of York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out

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  Below is a link to the coverage by York TV of The York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out on behalf of The York ME Community. I can’t say enough about how much this could change the lives of the many people in York with ME who are unaware of support in the area.  The […]

Normandy Veterans Who Never Ran Out Of Steam

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      From The Yorkshire Post.   Not many survivors of the events in France 75 years ago remain, but two of them – three if you include the train they were on – enjoyed a day out in Yorkshire today. With so few members left, the Normandy Veterans’ Association has officially disbanded, but […]

Grief And Loss: Losing An Online Friend

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    By Sarah Wayland in thatspaceinbetween.com.   Grief in online communities – What do you do when you lose a friend you’ve never met? It’s odd how we socially construct ways to live our lives. The invisible to-do or how-to lists that allow the word ‘should’ to creep into our psyche. When I go and talk […]

The York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out In Support Of The York ME Community – Sunday 28 April 2019.

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  THE YORK INSET SCOOTER CLUB RIDE OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE YORK ME COMMUNITY – SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019.   They will head off from The York Eye (Clifford’s Tower) set off by the Mayor of York and the York Normandy Veterans. They aim to depart at 10.30 am. Come and wave them off […]

Yorkshire Communities Urged To Protect Local Pubs As Review Shows Almost 1,000 Pubs Vanished In Britain Last Year

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  By Mark Lavery in the Yorkshire Post.   Communities across Yorkshire are being encouraged to take action to help protect their pubs after it was revealed almost 1,000 pubs vanished in Britain last year as the industry was hit by intense cost pressures and business rate increases. A total of 914 pubs disappeared in […]

Easter: eggs, hares, lamb and the return of warmth and sunshine – a Christian festival that feels pagan

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  By Jane Stevenson in The Conversation.   There’s a lot of confusion about Easter – not least because this most important of all Christian festivals moves around so much from year to year, decided by a complex set of calculations based on the vernal equinox and the phase of the moon. Easter symbols – […]

Controversial Housing Scheme For York Playing Fields Set For Green Light

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    By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Controversial plans for 69 new affordable homes on playing fields around the David Lloyd gym look set to get the go-ahead – despite objections from neighbours. The scheme would see houses built on land off Windmill Lane formerly owned by York St John University. Council planning bosses […]

Prescription Drugs Pregabalin And Gabapentin Have Been Reclassified – But It Won’t Stop Problem Use

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    By Ian Hamilton and Harry Sumnall in The Conversation.   Gabapentin and pregabalin, two widely used prescription drugs, are now subject to increased controls in the UK, which means they are now reclassified as class C controlled substances. These drugs are licensed to treat epilepsy, anxiety, peripheral and neuropathic pain (pain caused by damage or […]

Magical York

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    From Visit  York.   With a history spanning 2,000 years, there’s no surprise that myths and magic are in abundance in the city of York. Throughout the centuries characters from alchemists to witches are said to have passed through the city. Find out about York’s magical connections from past to present. The city’s […]

UFO Lands In Poppleton! Residents Are Wired Up To York’s Superfast Broadband

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  From YorkMix.   The superfast UFO from TalkTalk is on track to transform York into the UK’s first Ultra Fibre Optic city as it ramps up its full fibre roll-out programme. It has just brought gigabit broadband speeds (1000 Mbps) to residents in Poppleton for the first time. The full fibre network now spans […]

Pictured: York’s New Post Office, inside WH Smith

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    From YorkMix.   The business moved out of its purpose-built home on Lendal after 135 years – and into a corner of the Coney Street WH Smith. It comes with five serving positions and four self-service kiosks. The relocation caused controversy, with more than 3,000 signing a petition against the idea. However, the […]

Hidden Disabilities – Heathrow’s Sunflower Lanyard

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    From Heathrow.com.   At Heathrow we understand all passengers are unique and we offer different levels of support tailored to your needs. For a hidden disability such as autism, dementia or anxiety, help is always at hand at the airport. If you would like to book assistance just let your airline know 48 […]

Massive Increase In Cyber Crime In York

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Cyber crime in York has increased by nearly 85 per cent in the past year – because it is seen as a wealthy area with “less tech-savvy” residents, according to police. Assistant chief constable Ciaron Irvine told a meeting that there has been a “significant increase” in scams – particularly […]

Energy Suppliers Install Almost Five Million Smart Meters At Risk Of ‘Going Dumb’

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  By Sam Meadows in The Telegraph.   Energy firms last year installed almost five million smart meters vulnerable to “going dumb” ahead of a looming deadline to switch to updated devices, figures reveal. Latest government statistics on installations of the meters, which aim to help households control energy usage by displaying real-time costs in […]

Five Things To Consider Before Speed Limiters Are Added To Cars

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    By John McDermid in The Conversation.   The recent announcement that EU rules for fitting speed limiters to new cars from 2022 will be adopted by the UK was welcomed by many, including the European Transport Safety Council, as a move that will save lives. However, not everyone is convinced by this “guardian angel” technology. […]

Video: York Spitfire Pilot To Get A Hero’s Funeral 74 Years After Being Shot Down Near Venice

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  From YorkMix.   A York war hero who was killed when his Spitfire was shot down over Italy is to finally be laid to rest 74 years later – after archaeologists discovered his body. John Henry Coates, 24, took off in one of six RAF Spitfires from 111 Squadron from Rimini Airfield on March […]

Big Gods Came After The Rise Of Civilisations, Not Before, Finds Study Using Huge Historical Database

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    By Harvey  Whitehouse et al in The Conversation.   When you think of religion, you probably think of a god who rewards the good and punishes the wicked. But the idea of morally concerned gods is by no means universal. Social scientists have long known that small-scale traditional societies – the kind missionaries used to […]

Which Painkiller ?

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  From NHS Choices.   The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case with shingles or sciatica, it’s usually treated with tablets that […]

New Park & Ride Bus Service Will Go Directly To York Hospital

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  By George Dodd in The Press.   A NEW Park&Ride bus service travelling directly to York Hospital is to launch next month. The service, which starts on April 29, will run every 20 minutes from Rawcliffe Bar Park&Ride to the hospital. It will be run in partnership with First York and has been made possible by funding from York Teaching […]

Shoppers To Lose York HMV ‘By The End Of The Month’

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    By Dan Bean in The Press.   SHOPPERS in York are set to lose another high street favourite, with the closure of HMV. The Coney Street store was at risk just weeks ago, after HMV went into administration, but 1,500 jobs around the country were saved when Canadian retailer Sunrise Records bought 100 […]

Why Retired Dame Berwick Will Write Sleeping Beauty Panto For Theatre Royal

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By Charles  Hutchinson in The Press.   Berwick Kaler may have exited pantomime stage left in February, but the grand old dame of York Theatre Royal is taking up the call to write the script for Sleeping Beauty this coming winter. “When I said on the last night, ‘if they ask me, I’ll be back […]

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