General Interest

What To Do If You Can’t Book A GP Appointment, As 1 In 3 Say They Can’t Get Through By Phone

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    By Natasha Hinde in HUFFPOST.   If you’ve ever found yourself relentlessly pressing the call button to phone your GP, only to get beeped at before the call abruptly ends, you’re not alone. In fact, new figures show almost one in three people can’t get through to their GP by phone. Many of us have […]

World Emoji Day 2019: First Look At The New Disability Emojis For Release On iOS This Autumn

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  By Rhiannon Williams in iNews.   Disability-themed icons, a yawning face and a sloth are among the new characters to be released in honour of World Emoji Day. Apple has previewed a selection of emoji due for release in the autumn, including a range of inclusive disability-themed characters. The reveal coincides with World Emoji Day, an unofficial […]

Cheapest Airport Car Parks Revealed – Where A Space Costs Just £43.99 For A Two-Week Break

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  By Stephanie Bateman in Doncaster Free Press.   New research into parking prices across UK airports by My Late Deals reveals the huge variations in price consumers are paying. My Late Deals compared the cost of parking a car for two weeks during the summer holidays (5th – 19th August 2019) at an official airport […]

Tech Tent: Should You Trust Smart Machines ?

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    By Rory Cellan-Jones in BBC News. Should you be asking a voice-activated speaker intimate questions about your health? And is it important that the scientists behind AI systems actually understand how they work? These are two questions we seek to answer in this week’s Tech Tent podcast. Listen to the latest Tech Tent podcast on BBC […]

Manager Of A Doctors’ Surgery In York Jailed For Stealing £600K From GPs

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  From YorkMix.   A York woman has been jailed after taking nearly £600K from her employers. York woman jailed for £596,000 fraud against doctor’s practice Carolyn Lightwing, 55, of St Mary’s York, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position after fraudulently transferring more than £596,000 from her former employers, Elvington Medical Practice, over […]

When I Were A Lad

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    Just for no reason at all, I thought this might get your memories flickering……if you’re anywhere near my age ! When I Were A Lad When I were a lad Things weren’t so bad Despite living in black and white There was fun to be had And times were mad, Even if money […]

Moon Landings Footage Would Have Been Impossible To Fake – A Film Expert Explains Why

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  By Howard Berry in The Conversation.     It’s been half a century since the magnificent Apollo 11 moon landing, yet many people still don’t believe it actually happened. Conspiracy theories about the event dating back to the 1970s are in fact more popular than ever. A common theory is that film director Stanley Kubrick […]

Disabled People Are Sharing The Worst ‘Compliments’ They’ve Received

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  By Serena Coady in The Metro.   Ever felt the sting of a backhanded compliment? Perhaps you’ve been told that your English is ‘surprisingly’ good, or that you’re funny… ‘for a woman’. A new Twitter hashtag, #DisabledCompliments, is highlighting that veiled insults are sometimes a daily reality for people with a disability. The viral […]

David Attenborough Urges Everyone To Leave A Spoonful Of Sugar And Water In Their Garden To Save Humanity

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  By Newsroom24.   Bees are often seen as one of humanity’s biggest enemies, and yet they help to keep us alive. You don’t have to be a tree hugger to respect the environment that you live in. For two million years, before the agricultural revolution, humans foraged the land and brought thousands of species […]

How An Historic Fort Is Helping Veterans Transition To Civilian Life

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  By Tim Cooper in Forces Network.   Veterans are being given the chance to restore part of a historic fort in Eastney, on the south-eastern tip of Portsmouth. Built in the 1700s, Fort Cumberland was originally used to defend the Naval Base from a landward attack and stayed in military service until the 1970s. […]

The Salford Pals

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THE SALFORD PALS Waiting for the whistle blast In a war they said would never last The counting down from ten begun Nervous feet on the bottom rung From the bowels of their dirty trench Leaving safety, leaving stench Thiepval Wood the final plan The aim of every Salford man The Pals as one rose […]

Theresa May’s Disability Announcements ‘Are Just Cynical Leftovers’

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people’s organisations have reacted with suspicion and some hostility to the outgoing prime minister’s attempt to shore up her “legacy” with a series of disability-related announcements. Although some of the measures announced by Theresa May (pictured) were welcomed, many user-led organisations questioned why she had left […]

Funding For ME Research…… Or Lack Of

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  Yesterday I read a report that there’s been a big breakthrough in curing male pattern baldness in America. Research in 2016 showed that the US was putting six times the funding into baldness research than that put into research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis  (ME). Absolutely astonishing that vanity should come before an illness that kills […]

Shakespeare’s Back In Business As Rose Theatre Re-Opens – Video And Pix

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    By YorkMix in Entertainment, Music Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre has opened, bring four new plays to the pop-up theatre in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower. Running from Tuesday 25 June – Sunday 1 September 2019, the programme features Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. It was opened by the York Town Crier Ben Fry and Linda Fenwick, High Sheriff of North […]

VIDEO – Warning Over Illegal Behaviour As Flying Scotsman Visits York

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  From Minster FM. The iconic steam engine Flying Scotsman will be visiting North Yorkshire this weekend but those who are going to see it are urged to do so safely. This Saturday, the 29th June, the steam engine will travel up the Midland Main Line before heading to York. Enthusiasts are expected to be […]

Shut Out Due To Sight Loss: Three In Four Guide Dog Owners Illegally Refused Service

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   New figures, launched today, show that three-quarters of guide dog owners (76%) have been illegally turned away by businesses and services, such as taxis, restaurants, shops, cafes, hotels and pubs. As well as being contrary to the Equality Act 2010, these access refusals have now been shown to have […]

25 New Shops, 500 Jobs – Major Expansion Plan For York Shopping Centre

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  From YorkMix.   A huge expansion of York Designer Outlet could bring 25 new shops and restaurants to the centre. Owners McArthurGlen say the development will create around 500 retail and construction jobs “and £3.6 million in additional employment income”. The plans also include 630 additional parking spaces and an improved Park & Ride […]

What Is The NKS ?

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    NKS stands for ‘THE NATIONAL KEY SCHEME’! As the name suggests, located all around Britain, there are over 10,000 accessible toilets for disabled people, in public as well as commercial properties of all sorts, which are part of the scheme. The scheme also includes over 1000 Changing Places toilets, which have added specialist […]

Fulford Beer & Music Festival Saturday 22nd June 2019 

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  Fulford Beer & Music Festival Saturday 22nd June 2019 From 2pm to Sunset Fulford Sports Pavilion The Parish Field (off Fulfordgate) YO10 4LY • Over 15 local real ales,  craft lagers and ciders • Live music from local bands • BBQ, snacks and soft drinks Main sponsor: £4* ADVANCE £5* ON DOOR * Includes […]

‘Grief And Confusion Clashed With Unconditional Love And Joy’: The Hidden Lives Of Young Carers

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  By Ellie Fry in The Independent.   Like many young carers, I can’t tell you the exact moment my mum got sick. Nor can I pinpoint the moment I started helping her and my family get through day-to-day life. But there was a moment, 10 years ago, when my mother went from healthy to bed […]

Waterfall Illusion: When You See Still Objects Move – And What It Tells You About Your Brain

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  By Niia Nikolova and Nick Wade in The Conversation.     Humans are fascinated by visual illusions, which occur when there is a mismatch between the pattern of light that falls on the retina, and what we perceive. Before books, films, and the internet allowed illusions to be shared widely, people were captivated by illusions in nature. Indeed, it is […]

Disabled TV Presenter Abandoned For 45 Minutes On British Airways Flight Forced To Slide Headsets Down Aisles To Get Cabin Crew’s Attention

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  By Sophie Morgan in The Independent.   Television presenter Sophie Morgan is calling on airlines to offer concessions for disabled travellers after she was left without means of moving “short of dragging herself along the floor” on a British Airways flight. Ms Morgan, who was paralysed in a car crash when she was 18 and uses a wheelchair, […]

How Online Actions Make The Real World More Accessible

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  Written by Euan MacDonald MBE, Co-founder, Euan’s Guide.   Everyone knows that technology is making our lives easier – from the mobile phones in our pockets, the handy birthday reminders from a certain social network, to the lifesaving data records held by hospitals. However, something that might not be so obvious to businesses is […]

18 Songs That Were Written About Chronic Illness

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    By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   Music is often a source of comfort and emotional healing. Many people with chronic illness in particular find that certain songs or genres can be powerful in helping distract them from symptoms and cope with all the stresses and frustrations of life with a health condition. For Mighty […]

Van Gogh’s Paintings Brought To Life At Cutting Edge Exhibition Premiering In York

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      From YorkMix.   York St Mary’s will reopen next month – showcasing some of the world’s greatest artworks as you’ve never seen them before. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience brings the Dutch master’s paintings to life. Huge animated projections allow you to step inside the art. It opens at the Coppergate venue on […]

Inside York’s First Cat Cafe

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    From YorkMix. After one false start and a lot of anticipation, York now has its very first cat café. The Cat’s Whiskers opened a few days ago in a listed three-storey building on Goodramgate. Complete with 11 cats, including Freddie and Teddy, Simba, Bear and Snowy and Olaf – who are both deaf – the café […]

Experience Open Farm Sunday In The Beauty Of The North York Moors

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   Farms across Yorkshire and the UK will be throwing open their gates on 9 June as they welcome the public for Open Farm Sunday. In the North York Moors National Park, Stonebeck Gate Farm at Little Fryup, near Danby, will be giving visitors the opportunity to experience life on […]

Welcome To The June 2019 News Update For York Carers Centre

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York Carers Centre news Thank You Volunteers It’s National Volunteers Week and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our committed volunteers, who generously offer their skills and time to help carers in York. From the board of trustees and office volunteers to those who help carers at groups across the […]

The Scandal That Should Force Us To Reconsider Wellness Advice From Influencers

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    By Chris Rojek in The Conversation.   Former social media influencer and “wellness guru” Belle Gibson first caught public attention after claiming she cured herself of terminal cancer by rejecting conventional medicine in favour of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Her story was documented on a blog and social media, which became the basis for a successful book and […]

Older And Poorer Communities Are Left Behind By The Decline Of Cash

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  By Daniel  Tischer, Jamie Evan’s and Sara Davies in The Conversation.   A future without cash seems almost inevitable. Recent statistics paint a damning picture: while cash accounted for 62% of all payments by volume in 2006, this dropped to 40% in just a decade and is predicted to fall yet further to 21% by 2026. […]

Scientists Alone Can’t Solve The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis – We Need Economists Too

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By Laurence Roope, Richard Smith and Sarah Wordsworth in The Conversation.   Driven by widespread antibiotic use, bacterial infections are becoming increasingly resistant to treatment, and the pipeline for new antibiotics is running dry. Recent reports estimate that, without action, by 2050 resistance to antimicrobial drugs will cause up to 10m deaths a year globally and reduce […]

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