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Why Is Music So Hard For People With ME/CFS ?

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  By Jody Smith in Pheonix Rising. Oh, how I love music! This magic can lift our spirits and calm our weary minds. Maybe it can even help us heal. Goodness knows, we who live with ME/CFS need these things. We’re probably not getting much of this elsewhere. So if music is so good for […]

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 […]

How Imaginary Friends From Our Childhood Can Continue To Affect Us As Adults

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      By Paige Davis in The Conversation.   Crabby crab is my four-year-old son Fisher’s imaginary friend. Crabby appeared on a holiday in Norway by scuttling out of his ear after a night of tears from an earache. Like other childhood imaginary friends, Crabby should be an indication that Fisher’s mind is growing and […]

Northern’s Long Six-Carriage Trains Delayed By Two Years

RAIL Branson 1...Handout picture released Tuesday June 5, 2001 of a Voyager diesel train which Sir Richard Branson hopes will kick start a "rail renaissance".  He hopes that the new 125 mph trains will drastically cut journey times on Virgin Rail's two routes - West Coast main line and CrossCountry (correct).  Complete with airline-style audio entertainment at every seat, the Voyager trains are being introduced initially on the CrossCountry Birmingham-Reading-Brighton route to beat heavy road congestion in the area.  The trains, which have an on-board shop to replace the old-style buffet, will carry passengers on a local shuttle service between Birmingham and Reading and from July 22 they will become part of the Birmingham-Brighton timetable.  See PA story RAIL Branson.  PA photo: Handout/Virgin.

  By Tom Burridge, Transport correspondent, BBC News.   Train operator Northern’s six-carriage long services in and out of Leeds station have been delayed by two years, BBC News has learned. The longer trains were to be introduced at the end of this year but will now not enter service until late 2021. The delay is […]

Wheelchair Friendly Walks In Yorkshire

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    From Fenetic Wellbeing.   Can you remember a sunny bank holiday? Us neither. But on the off-chance the heavens don’t open, we’ve put our heads together and come up with some cracking wheelchair friendly spots for a day out in Yorkshire. Can you remember a sunny bank holiday? Us neither. But on the […]

Virgin Trains Launches New Alexa Feature For Disabled Passengers To Book Help

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  From ITV News.   A train company has launched a new service enabling disabled passengers to book travel assistance using voice commands. Virgin Trains customers can request help getting on and off trains and reserve wheelchair spaces with Alexa-enabled devices. The JourneyCare service for people with special requirements could previously only be booked by […]

The York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out In Support Of The York ME Community

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Maybe one for your diary ? The York Inset Scooter Club will be having a Charity Ride Out to the coast, departing on 28 April from York Eye / Clifford’s Tower in York.   All proceeds will go to The York ME Community to help raise Awareness of ME in York. Why not come and […]

48 Hours In . . . York, An Insider Guide To This Ancient Walled City

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By Tina Walsh in The Telegraph.   York, where ancient and modern meet Everyone knows about York’s Roman and Viking history, but not so many people realise it has a wealth of luxury boutique accommodation and a thriving cultural scene, with cool neighbourhoods full of independent shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as countless museums, […]

Every York Library – And The Archives – Will Stay Open For The Next 15 Years Under £32m Deal

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  From YorkMix.   All York’s 14 libraries – and its world-renowned archives – are guaranteed to stay open for at least 15 years. City of York Council have awarded a new contract to Explore Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited to deliver the city’s libraries and archives services until 2034, it was announced today (18 […]

Berwick Kaler Foundation Aims To Bring Together Theatre And Community

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From The Yorkshire Times.   As Berwick Kaler’s 40-year reign as pantomime dame comes to an end, York Theatre Royal has launched a fund to celebrate and continue his legacy. “The Berwick Kaler Foundation will enable us to bring families, friends and communities together to share experiences and enjoy theatre in all its many forms,” […]

Amber Rudd Links Universal Credit To Rise In Food Bank Use

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  From BBC News.   Amber Rudd says the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit. The work and pensions secretary said she was “absolutely clear there were challenges with the initial roll-out” of the benefit and that the difficulty in accessing money was “one of the […]

A Date For Your Diary – York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out In Aid Of The York ME Community !

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A Date For Your Diary   –  York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out In Aid Of The York ME Community ! So now we know the date of the event, will you come and join us to see them off ? All money raised will go to help raising awareness of ME in York through the […]

Who Has The Best Home In York ? New BBC Show Reveals All

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  From YorkMix.   York is a wonderful place to live, and has lots of great properties. But who has the very best home in the city? That’s what a new BBC One series will find out. New property show The Best House in Town starts on Monday 11 February – and the first five episodes are set in […]

Disability-Themed Emojis Coming To Smartphones This Year

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    By Cristina Abellan Matamoros in euronews.   Disability-themed emojis will be the biggest addition to this year’s new batch of approved emojis. The new accessibility emojis were introduced after Apple proposed adding emojis of a guide dog, a hearing aid, prosthetic limbs and people using canes and in wheelchairs back in 2018. Apple had criticised the lack […]

The York Inset Scooter Club Will Be Supporting The York ME Community In Their April Ride Out

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  The York Inset Scooter Club is based in York (UK) and has a membership of around 250. They are a thriving, active club and look to support local charities when they can. They have an annual Mods and Rockers charity ride out, and for 2019 have agreed to support The York ME Community.   […]

York Christmas Market Voted Best In UK

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    By George Dodd in The Press.   York’s Christmas market has been voted as the best in the UK. The cities St Nicholas Fair, that ran from November 14 until December 23, scooped the award for Best Large Speciality Market at this years national awards ceremony that was held in Birmingham yesterday evening. […]

Britain’s Longest-Serving Panto Dame Berwick Kaler Faces Final Curtain

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    By Charles Hutchinson in The Press. BERWICK Kaler is not retiring. However, Britain’s longest-running pantomime dame has confirmed that tonight’s performance of The Grand Old Dame Of York will be the last time he pulls on the dame’s trademark boots and red and yellow stockings after 40 years at York Theatre Royal. The […]

York Is The Capital Of The Food Universe !’ City Restaurant Gets Stunning Review

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    From YorkMix.   York’s reputation as a world-beating foodie destination continues to grow. One of Britain’s leading food critics has reviewed a city restaurant and was so impressed he declared: “As far as I am concerned, York is the capital of the food universe.” Giles Coren, restaurant reviewer from The Times, gave his verdict […]

Café In Historic York Building To Get A Makeover And New Name

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  From YorkMix. This 15th century building is all that remains of the street on which it stands. No doubt number 1 Little Shambles has undergone many changes over the centuries. And what is now the Little Shambles Tearooms is set to enter its next chapter with a new name and layout. At present customers […]

Double Legal Victory For Access Campaigner Over Underground Discrimination

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service. A court has found that London Underground twice discriminated against a disabled campaigner by failing to warn him that vital lifts that would allow him to complete his journey on the capital’s tube network were out-of-order. Doug Paulley found himself stranded and confronted with inaccurate and incomplete […]

How We’re Designing Musical Instruments With The Help Of Disabled Musicians And VR

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      By Franziska Schroeder and Matilde Meireles in The Conversation.   Most new digital technologies tend to be designed with an able-bodied user in mind. The first desktop computers required fine motor skills to navigate software menus using a mouse, and mobile phones need users to press buttons, swipe screens, and so on. To […]

Fire, Ice And A Carving Wall – Here’s What’s Planned For The York Ice Trail 2019

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  From YorkMix.   The York Ice Trail is on its way, with some spectacular new additions. Taken out of the Christmas frenzy, the event has been moved to help boost a quieter time of year. It runs on Saturday 2 February, between 10am-6pm. It’s the biggest outdoor ice trail in Britain – 35,000 people visited […]

Opinion: Teaching Unions’ Stance On Education Plans For Students With Disabilities Sets A Worrying Precedent

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By Adam Harris in thejournal.ie.   As schools open up across Ireland this week, it is business as usual for most students. They will be taught by the same teacher, in the same way, with the same curriculum and supports that were always in place. Indeed, after a day or two, it will probably feel […]

Company Praised For ‘First Accessible Parking Bay For Charging Electric Vehicles’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Campaigners have welcomed the decision to install what is believed to be the country’s first accessible parking bay for disabled people who need to recharge their electric vehicles. Only holders of blue parking badges who also need to recharge their electric vehicles will be allowed to […]

Nine Journeys In One Day Expose ‘Sham’ Of National Express ‘Accessible’ Coaches

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner who took nine journeys on the same day to check the accessibility of the services provided by the UK’s largest coach operator experienced signifcant problems on all but one of them. Wheelchair-user Doug Paulley had booked assistance in advance for services between Leeds and Bradford […]

Living My Life In The Grey Area Of Disability

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    By Victoria Venable in The Mighty.   When people talk about the “isms” in society, racism and sexism are usually the first that come to mind. Later in the list comes ageism. Often forgotten and misunderstood, is ableism. Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. In the last nine months of my […]

Two Friends From Rome Bring Authentic Italian Street Food To York

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    From YorkMix.   Two friends from Rome have brought the authentic taste of Italian food to the streets of York. Alessandro Venturi and Robin George this week opened up A’Roma Pasta Bar on Silver Street, next to Shambles Market. It serves up a mix of home-made pasta dishes, bread and cakes. And they […]

Refill Your Water Bottle In York For Free: New Scheme Planned

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix. Refilling your water bottle in York city centre could become easier next year, under council plans to encourage more businesses to offer free drinking water. City of York Council is supporting a campaign to encourage people to cut their use of disposable plastic bottles and cups, as well as drink more […]

Top York Eateries To Offer Menu From £10 During ‘Restaurant Week’

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    By Chloe Laversuch in The Press.   The event, which aims to help residents discover different places to eat by offering set menus at some of the city’s best eateries from £10 per person, is being organised by York Business Improvement District (BID). Director Andrew Lowson said: “People are getting value for money and the […]

Do You Have Family Or Friends You Haven’t Heard From In A While ?

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    At this time of year we hear the cry go up for keeping in touch with family and friends.  Maybe to also call on someone elderly nearby. Whilst I totally agree with these sentiments, maybe we should be doing this throughout the year.  It’s too easy to forget those who were in our […]

Making The Outdoors Accessible To All

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By Scout Ambassador, Julia Bradbury in Scouts. Scout Ambassador Julia Bradbury’s TV presenting has taken her all over the world, walking and climbing across Europe and Africa. Now she tells us all about The Outdoor Guide – an online resource she set up with her sister Gina that brings together information for walks all around […]

Now Is The Time For York To Truly Embrace Pedal Power

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    From Yorkmix.   That’s the message from York Cycle Campaign – which says the plans to dual York’s outer ring-road offer a unique opportunity to create cycle superhighways into the centre of the city. The campaign says City of York Council’s ambition to draw traffic away from the centre of York means road […]

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