General Interest

The Salford Pals

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    1 July being the anniversary of The Battle of The Somme…..   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 […]

Nine Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It

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By Emily J Hall, Anne Carter and Dan O’Neill in The Conversation. As temperatures begin to warm up, it might be tempting to take your dog for a long walk or run to soak up the weather while it lasts. But it’s important to exercise caution, as dogs can easily develop heatstroke in hot temperatures. […]

Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There’s A Simple Way To Stay Safe

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  By Ruth Fairchild in The Conversation.   A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be especially concentrated in rice, particularly in the husk, which is removed to […]

‘We Knew We Were Experiencing Something Special’ – York Band Release ‘Stunning’ Debut Album

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  By David Nicholson in YorkMix.   To mark the release of Human Contact, the debut album by York band The Howl & The Hum, David Nicholson takes a listen and remembers where, for him, it all began Wednesday night for me is the quiz with Tom Adams in the chair at The Swan in Bishy Road, […]

Drugging The Gut Microbiome

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  By Clare Sansom in Chemistry World.   All disease begins in the gut. That saying is attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who gave his name to the oath that doctors still use today. It is undoubtedly a simplification, but an enormous range of diseases, many with no digestive symptoms, have been associated […]

Shock As Minster FM To Close – To Be Replaced By A National Greatest Hits Station

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  From YorkMix. York radio station Minster FM is to close, it was revealed today (Wednesday). The station will be absorbed into the Hits Radio Brand Network, its owners Bauer Media announced. Many of the staff at the Dunnington-based company have been put on redundancy notice today – including most of the presenters.   To […]

Victory In Europe

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  Victory In Europe The day had come, the end of war The country heaved a sigh Victory in Europe had been won On land, on sea in sky Eisenhower’s treaty signed in France Montgomery at Luneburg Heath Keitel for the Soviets in Berlin All signatures beneath Six years of bloody war At last had […]

Fulford Flowers Brightens York Homes With Rainbow Bouquets During Covid-19 Crisis

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  By Nadia Jefferson-Brown in The Press.   A florist to the stars has returned to her roots to serve the York community during the Covid-19 crisis. Fulford Flowers, known for its big-budget commissions, from celebrity weddings to film premieres, is now brightening people’s days by delivering rainbow bouquets locally. Pictures of rainbows have been popping up in people’s […]

Dear Diary: How Will We Remember The Year The World Paused ?

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By Katie Strick in MSN MSN Lifestyle.   Calories consumed: 2,250 (mostly rosé). Minutes spent queueing for the supermarket: 28. Kilometres run in hour of state-mandated exercise: 5.3 (so I could tell Instagram I’d donated to the NHS). Zoom calls completed: seven (if we include the school-mates quiz on Houseparty). It’s funny, trying to summarise […]

Volunteering From Home – Flexible, Inclusive Opportunities For All

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From The Life of Pippa Blog.   I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as too many acts of kindness. In light of our current circumstances, it’s been so heartwarming to see that a decent proportion of the general public are shining bright and coming forward to volunteer, doing all they can to help […]

Why the Big Bang Produced Something Rather Than Nothing

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By Dennis Overbye in The New York Times.   Scientists on Wednesday announced that they were perhaps one step closer to understanding why the universe contains something rather than nothing. Part of the blame, or the glory, they say, may belong to the flimsiest, quirkiest and most elusive elements of nature: neutrinos. These ghostly subatomic […]

Life In Lockdown: What Matters When All Is Lost

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  By Naomi Whittingham in A Life Hidden.   On the eve of 2020, in New Year Reflections, I looked back on a difficult 2019 and asked: “What might I be called upon to face this year?”  I could not have imagined what lay ahead – not only for me, but for the entire world. Living […]

Saved ? York pub Earmarked For Demolition Could Be Turned Into A Drive-Thru Coffee Shop

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  From YorkMix.   A pub near York that was set to be demolished could now enjoy a new lease of life as a drive-thru coffee shop. Punch Partnerships Ltd, which owns the Four Alls Inn on the A64, wanted to tear it down and replace it with five houses. The plan drew criticism from the York […]

Using A Service: Reasonable Adjustments For Disabled People

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  From the Equality and Human Rights Commission.   Equality law recognises that bringing about equality for disabled people may mean changing the way in which services are delivered, providing extra equipment and/or the removal of physical barriers. This is the ‘duty to make reasonable adjustments’. A duty is something someone must do, in this […]

Bus Pass Restrictions Relaxed In North Yorkshire

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  By Karen Lie in Yorkshire Coast Radio.   Restrictions on the use of bus passes in North Yorkshire have been relaxed to help pass holders to take advantage of early morning shopping opportunities and medical appointments. North Yorkshire County Council have temporarily enhanced their National Concessionary Travel Scheme to enable pass holders to use […]

The Long-Forgotten Leeds Theme Park And Zoo That Only Opened For Six Years

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By Kristian Johnson in Leeds Live.   Leeds was once home to a massive theme park based on grand designs from Coney Island in New York. The giant theme park was built in Golden Acre Park, north Leeds, in March 1932 and opened to huge fanfare. And while it was built to resemble the impressive amusement parks […]

Two York GP Surgeries Set To Merge

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   East Parade Medical Practice could become part of Jorvik Gillygate Practice – but neither surgery building is set to close under the plans. A report says the merger will help staff offer more services at both surgeries in this area of the city. The merger will be discussed […]

When You Say Coronavirus Will Only Kill The Vulnerable, You’re Talking About Me

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  BY BROOKE VITTIMBERG in Fast Company.  When news of COVID-19 started to spread, there were two popular responses. The first was to rush to the store, buying N95 masks and hand sanitizer until shelves were bare. The second was to shrug and comfort the masses because mostly immunocompromised people—people like me—would die. On Twitter, […]

Community Support Groups Spring Up In York To Help People Affected During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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    From YorkMix.   Community spirit is alive and well in York in the time of Covid-19. Groups are being set up to help fellow residents affected by coranavirus. There is now a York Covid-19 Mutual Aid group, with the aim of supporting vulnerable people in the city through the outbreak. George Turner explained more on the […]

Protecting Yourself From Coronavirus Is Proving Harder For Disabled People Like Me

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  By Chloe Tear in Huffpost.   It feels like every headline you read now is about coronavirus. With the virus causing concern and costing lives worldwide, it isn’t surprising. But it’s important that we talk about what that concern looks like if you’re disabled. We already know those with pre-existing conditions, like me, are more […]

York Station Is Second Worst For Reliability – And These Are Its Most Cancelled Trains

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  From YorkMix.   York’s least reliable trains have been revealed. And it won’t come as a great surprise to regular rail passengers that the honours are shared by TransPennine Express and Northern. An investigation into rail reliability by The Sunday Times, based on figures compiled by On Time Trains, has found that northern travellers fare the worst […]

Who Is Getting Sick, And How Sick ? A Breakdown Of Coronavirus Risk By Demographic Factors

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  By Sharon Begly in Stat News.   The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportunity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19. It’s also possible being male could put you at increased risk. For both medical and public health reasons, researchers want […]

York Carers Centre

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Welcome to the March 2020 news update for York Carers Centre.   News Carers socials for 26 to 40 (ish) year olds We’re delighted to have received funding to offer socials for 26 to 40 year old carers in York. Our next one is at the Escape Room, Micklegate on Thursday 26 March early evening […]

Planting Trees Must Be Done With Care – It Can Create More Problems Than It Addresses

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  By Lulu Zhang in The Conversation.   Thanks to the climate crisis, we are fast approaching the “point of no return”, according to world leaders. We are also in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. And the state of worldwide land degradation has also reached a critical level: ever-increasing demands for food production, urbanisation and economic […]

New Disabled-Friendly Lift To Be Installed At The Acropolis By Summer 2020

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      From Greek City Times. The historical Acropolis in the Greek capital is set to receive a new lift by summer 2020 after the Central Archaeological Council (KAS) approved plans for the project which will now enable improved disabled access to the ancient site and popular attraction. The KAS had agreed last year to replace a repeatedly […]

Attitudinal Barriers, Fragranced Products, And Invisible Disabilities

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  From Seriously “Sensitive” to Pollution.   Having been housebound for far too many years due to having to avoid exposure  to common, everyday products and materials that disable me, has given me time to observe the world (and sometimes even make a little sense of it). Still, there are some things that make no […]

Mum Launches Petition To Reopen Historic York Shop

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  From YorkMix. A mum whose dream of reopening an historic York shop could be dashed by planners has launched a petition to support her cause. Last August Sara Winlow bought the property which used to house South Bank Stores on Balmoral Terrace, close to the racecourse. The shop had long since closed, and she […]

Disabled Workers Paid 12% Less, ‘Damning’ UK Official Figures Show

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    By Patrick Butler in The Guardian.   Disabled people continue to face prejudice in the workplace campaigners have said, after latest government figures showed they were paid on average 12.2% less than those without impairments, equivalent to £1.48 an hour. According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, the median pay for disabled employees in […]

It Can Be Hard For Men Of My Generation To Talk About Their Feelings

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By Mandy Appleyard in The Telegraph.   Older people face a crisis of loneliness but even a quick chat can make a big, big difference. Here’s how JJ and Steve formed a connection through Age UK Bromley and Greenwich JJ, 80, is a retired construction worker from Eltham in London When my wife Madeleine died, […]

Huel: What Happens If You Replace Every Meal With This Vegan Meal Powder ?

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  By J Bernadette Moore, Mark Hopkins and Matthew Campbell in The Conversation.   Imagine a synthetic product that can give your body all the essential nutrients it needs to survive, is easy to prepare, affordable, and has a low environmental impact. While it might sound too good to be true, this is what Huel, […]

Do Drugs Go Off ? What Happens To Medicines After Their Use-By Dates

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  By Michael Cole in The Conversation.   It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take these medicines if they are past their expiry date? Expiry dates are put in place after rigorous trialling and controlled experiments to ensure the safety […]

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