General Interest

An Accessible Railway Would Get More Than 50,000 Disabled People Into Work

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.

  From Disability Horizons. An accessible rail system must be prioritised as part of the economic recovery from Covid-19, says disability charity Leonard Cheshire. At present, 41% of railway stations in Britain are still not step-free and the Government is still set to miss its 2030 target on creating step-free journeys for disabled people by 40 years […]

Why We Need To Get Creative When It Comes To Talking About Pain

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  By Jasmine Hearn and Stella Bullo in The Conversation.   What [do] I mean by sitting in a pit of fire? You’ve got every nerve ending that’s just going hellfire, and you just don’t know what to do with yourself. Forty-two year old Emma has experienced chronic pain from a spinal cord injury for […]

Campaigner’s Research Shows Rail Access Information Is Often ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Information used by disabled passengers to check if a rail station is accessible is frequently “wildly inaccurate”, and often leads them to book travel to and from stations they cannot access, according to new research. The research by disabled campaigner and access expert Doug Paulley shows that the accuracy […]

Former Radio York Journalist Turned BBC Boss Axes Popular Presenters From The Station

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  From YorkMix.   BBC Radio York is facing major cutbacks as the corporation aims to make £25 million of savings. Under the plans the BBC is to cut 450 jobs in its English regional TV news and current affairs, local radio and online news. Look North will have just one presenter and Radio York will have just three daytime […]

Expert Reaction To The BMJ Editorial Calling For The Abandonment Of Standards

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  By Brian Hughes in The Science Bit.   An invited, non-peer-reviewed guest editorial in the BMJ has claimed that behavioural interventions for “complex conditions” (such as ME or CFS) should not be judged using the customary criteria — and that the relevant studies should not be evaluated as though they were proper randomised controlled trials — […]

Today’s Best Practice Will Be Rubbished Tomorrow

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  Posted by BJGP Life. Charles Todd qualified as a GP in 1981 and then spent twenty years working in Zimbabwe. He recently retired as a GP partner in Buckinghamshire. IN MY FIRST JOB AFTER QUALIFYING in 1977 as a house physician in cardiology, on call frequently involved “clerking” mostly middle-aged men having heart attacks and admitting them […]

#Walkingfromhome: The Wheelchair User

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  From Living Streets. Caroline lives in a seaside town in England and is a member of one of our Local Groups of volunteers.  As a wheelchair user, Caroline is passionate about improving streets and the access to them for everyone. In normal times, Caroline’s favourite things are being with friends, volunteering and seeing the […]

York City Prepare Bootham Crescent To Welcome Back Fans

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  From YorkMix Sport.   York City are ready to ‘grasp with both hands’ the opportunity to bring fans back to games. When England comes out of lockdown, stadiums are to be allowed to welcome limited numbers of spectators, if they are in a Tier 1 or 2 area. Stadiums in Tier 1 will be […]

Why Do We Need To highlight Disability History Month ?

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  By Gem Turner in WheelAir.   At the time of posting this, it’s Disability History Month in the UK. It’s not very widely known – and when I talk about it, it gets a lot of questions from people. The main one is something like “it’s quite good for disabled people now though isn’t […]

Time To Add Some Sunshine (Vitamin D) To Milk And Bread

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  By Jeremy Howick in The Conversation. Free vitamin D supplements will be sent to over two million clinically vulnerable people in England this winter. Over 80% of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are vitamin D deficient compared with the general population. In a small study, a high dose of vitamin D appeared to reduce the severity of COVID-19. […]

Food Variety is Important For Our Health – But The Definition Of A ‘Balanced Diet’ Is Often Murky

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By Rochelle Embling, Aimee Pink, Laura Wilkinson and Menna Price in The Conversation.   It’s well known that a healthy diet can help reduce disease risks that are related to overweight or obesity – such as some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As part of a healthy diet, experts around the world advise people to consume a […]

The Unknown Warrior

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  The Unknown Warrior November 7th was the day Four bodies taken from where they lay All exhumed from their battlefield grave Just four of the many warriors brave The soldiers digging not told why Their comrades were not left to lie The fallen four with names unknown Then taken from the combat zone In […]

A Little Health Reminder….

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  M.E. MOT Woke up today It’s not gone away This beast, it’s here for good Thought maybe a dream But a nightmare it seems I’d sleep through it all if I could As another day dawns There’s something more going on The pain’s a bit harder to stand It’s tougher to face, when it’s […]

Pandemic Recession Likely To Have ‘Disproportionate’ Impact On Disabled People

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. The recession associated with the pandemic is likely to be having a disproportionate impact on disabled employees, just as it did in the last recession, according to academics. They have examined the impact on disabled people during the recession of 2007 to 2009, and believe it is […]

City Of York Council Ban Blue Badge Holders From City Centre

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  There are approximately 49,058 cities, towns and villages in the UK. The disabled spend is around £212 billion per year. I wonder how many of these places have banned Blue Badge holders from their centres stopping them spending some of that money with struggling retailers? York has..

£70m Scheme To Dual Outer Ring Road Won’t Start Till 2023

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Work on dualling the outer ring road – the A1237 – could start in 2023 and be complete by 2025. Under the plans the single carriageway would be dualled in both directors between the A19 at Shipton Road to A1036 at Little Hopgrove. Five roundabouts – at Clifton […]

The Unknown Warrior

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  The Unknown Warrior November 7th was the day Four bodies taken from where they lay All exhumed from their battlefield grave Just four of the many warriors brave The soldiers digging not told why Their comrades were not left to lie The fallen four with names unknown Then taken from the combat zone In […]

Correcting Britain’s Vitamin D Deficiency Could Save Thousands Of Lives

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  From the Matt Ridley Online Blog.   A groundbreaking new study points to a cheap, safe, effective way of tackling Covid My article with MP David Davis, for the Telegraph: As we face six tough months of curfews, isolation and economic misery, with vaccines a distant hope, testing struggling to control the virus, and […]

Your Shoes

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  From YorkMix. Your Shoes will invite audiences to explore York from the perspectives of different York citizens. How is it to go shopping as a mother? How does someone with a disability experience the city? How does a Refugee experience York differently compared to someone who has lived here their entire lives? Through asking […]

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