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What Can You Do When Goods Are Delivered Too Late To Be Of Use ?


  By Annie Shaw in SAGA Magazine.   Question: Last December I bought a plaque by mail order, with my sister’s house name on it, as a Christmas present. It didn’t arrive in time, so I had to buy another gift. What are my rights if a retailer fails to deliver goods on time? Should […]

Fiona Phillips: A Taste Of Loneliness


    By Fiona Phillips in SAGA Magazine.   In aid of national charity The Silver Line, Fiona Phillips experiences what it’s really like to live completely alone. Britain is in the grip of an epidemic of loneliness, reports The Silver Line charity. But how many people living busy lives – especially at Christmas – […]

Postcode Penalty For Scots As Firms Levy ‘Shocking’ Delivery Fees


  By Chris Green in iNews.   People who live in the north of Scotland are regularly charged up to 50 per cent more in parcel delivery fees than those in other parts of the UK, according to research published on Tuesday.  With Christmas approaching, the study found that living in the north of the […]

You Must Remember This: Casablanca At 75 – Still A Classic Of WWII Propaganda


    By Stephen McVeigh in The Conversation.   Casablanca, which brought together the combined star-power of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, remains one of the best-loved movies ever produced in Hollywood. But the film, which hit the silver screen on November 26 1942, is more than just a love story set in Morocco. Released in the […]

Revealed: The Most Desirable Places To Live In Britain


  By Natasha Hinde in Huffpost.   If you’re looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life, make the Isle of Skye a priority. The island, situated off the northwest coast of Scotland, has been named as the most desirable place to live in Britain. Known for its castles and picturesque fishing […]

Driving Test Changes: 4 December 2017

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017. The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving. The […]

The York ME Community Links Up With OAPSchat !


    Just to let you know that The York ME Community has linked up with OAPSchat, a group and website aimed at the over fifty-fives founded by Jan. OAPSchat stands for Optimistic And Proactive Seniors Chat.  Loneliness is a big scourge on our society worldwide and the website helps combat this awful isolation by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Academics Uncover 30 ‘Lost’ Words From The English Language That Would Be Useful Today


By Pascale Hughes in iNews. If you’ve ever wanted a word to describe someone who stays in bed all day long, or the physical toll of listening to a boring person talking at length, you’re in the right place. Linguists from York University have compiled a list of newly-relevant words that have been forgotten after […]

New £10 Note: How To Spot If Yours Is Worth Thousands


    By  Laura Suter in The Telegraph. People can make thousands of pounds by checking the serial number on their new £10 banknotes when they are released this week. Unique or special serial numbers can make the new Jane Austen note worth thousands, but how do you know which ones are valuable? How do the serial […]

Bootham Crescent Stands In For Nazi Olympic Stadium In New Film – And The Internet Has A Field Day


  From YorkMix. Both were built in the 1930s but there, you might think, the similarities end. Yet Bootham Crescent is now standing in for the Olympiastadion in Berlin, the huge stadium built by the Nazis to stage the 1936 Olympics. This week York City’s ground is providing the backdrop for a “period sporting drama” […]

Women Pioneered Computer Programming. Then Men Took Their Industry Over.


    By Josh O’Connor in Timeline.   Like many women in the 1930s, Jean Jennings Bartik had studied mathematics. During and after World War II, Bartik and other women actually worked as “computers.” They calculated by hand the trajectories of military rockets and artillery shells depending on how much soldiers elevated the weapon. Each […]

Thousands Of Benefit Claimants Win Legal Victory Over Tory Government’s Welfare Appeals Regime


  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   Top judges ruled a one-month time limit on appealing for benefits is unlawful – meaning people have been wrongly blocked from justice for years. Thousands of benefit claimants have won a landmark legal victory over the Tory government’s welfare regime. Three top judges today ruled a one-month […]

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