Howard Croft column: Unexpected patient in the waiting area

I was first issued with hearing aids almost ten years ago, with a few replacements supplied along the way since then. One was crunched like a raw prawn by the dog, another disappeared during a walk on a cold and windy day, both incidents requiring a bit of creative story-telling at the audiology clinic.

Who is responsible for pensioners staying warm this winter?

Tom Richmond: Whitehall’s cold shoulder to a matter of life and death

ON behalf of those senior citizens who simply can’t afford to heat their homes in order to stay warm this winter, I’ve been trying to find out who is taking responsibility for the issue of ‘fuel poverty’ after it emerged that 24,300 vulnerable pensioners and others died prematurely from hypothermia and related conditions last winter.

Residents of Sudbury, Suffolk, have been asked to complete a survey regarding the moving of the bus station.

Howard Croft column: Latest example of council idiocy lands on my desk

When I retired and settled in North Yorkshire I imagined that I would be a frequent visitor to York, a city I got to know during my childhood and, later, when I lived there briefly. It has not turned out that way. I seldom go there – once or twice a year, perhaps – but a week ago I made an unscheduled trip there to buy a pair of gloves from the National Trust shop in Goodramgate.

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Flamingo Lands giant African land snails tuck into their pumpkin.

Flamingo Land Zoo column with Lindsay Taylor

At Flamingo Land, we have been very busy with Halloween activities! One which was on offer to the visitors was to carve a pumpkin.

Catherine Scott: Is being a fussy eater really in your DNA?

Catherine Scott: Is being a fussy eater really in your DNA?

I have spent the best part of a decade coping with a ‘particular’ eater (she assures me she’s not picky)

Remembrance services will be held across the country.

Comment: In the line of duty

It is significant that younger war veterans should be playing such an active role in this year’s Poppy Appeal; humbling because time is now catching up on those who fought in the Second World War, it is also poignant because of the sacrifices made by brave members of the Armed Forces in more recent conflicts.

The Brownlee bothers in action during the Rio Olympics.

Opinion: It’s time to move on

The main thesis of Anthony Clavane’s book, A Yorkshire Tragedy, is that Yorkshire has declined as a powerhouse in sport in lock-step with the passing of traditional industries.

One of the bridges near the village of Preston-Under-Scar in Wensleydale which has had the old stone balustrades replaced with steel barriers. Picture by Dr David Brooks

Howard Croft column: Council’s disgraceful act of vandalism in Wensleydale

Retirement back to Yorkshire was a plan I conceived about thirty years ago and although there were times when I thought it might not become a reality, here I am. After ten years of retirement here my conviction that it was the right decision has not waivered.

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Jeremy Hunt is about to negotiate new contracts with hospital consultants.

Howard Croft column: Transparency in NHS needs to be universal

The proposal that hospital consultants should be compelled to reveal their earnings from treating private patients “as it will prove transparency” is very odd. It will not, of course, prove any such thing, but it may reveal vindictiveness. There are those who regard private medical practice as a repugnant wart on the pristine body of the NHS and morally questionable, but this will not satisfy them.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, an injured girl lies on a bed as she gets treatment in a hospital in the southern city of Daraa, Syria, on Tuesday. Rebels fired rockets at government-held areas. One hit a primary school, killing six people among them five children and wounding 18 students, according to state-run news agency SANA. It said some of the wounded are in a serious condition

Mary Creagh: We cannot wash our hands of the Syrian people’s ordeal

I VISITED Lebanon last September and saw at first-hand the scale of the appalling humanitarian crisis spilling out from Syria and across the Middle East.

There could be extra flights between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow if a third runway is built at London's main airport.

Tom Richmond: Trains or planes, we need links that mean business

THE promise of extra flights between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow needs to be placed in a wider political context.

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Kiwi skipper Matty Jones scored a try in his first game back at the club at Yarnbury. He makes his return to Silver Royd tomorrow against Acklam.

From The Touchline: Rock-bottom Acklam eyeing first win

Acklam travel south to Silver Royd tomorrow looking for their first win on the road this season.

Steve Kittrick's weekly column

KITTRICK'S COMMENT: Shaw Lane trip will be big test

There’ll be a few familiar faces on show when we travel to Shaw Lane in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Matt Conner's Golf Tips

MATT CONNER'S GOLF TIPS: Be careful not to exaggerate

I was going to write about Europe’s performance in the Ryder Cup against America last weekend and what you could learn from the event.

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Church of St Edmund, Southwold.

Howard Croft column: Calm and civility enjoyed on two-day Suffolk break

Mrs Croft and I decided to take a bit of a holiday, which is unusual for us because we’re not very good at taking holidays and have form for returning home early, sometimes very early. It is generally assumed among our friends that my impatience and irascibility are behind this, but when I tell you that Mrs Croft’s parents had such a history of bolting early from hotels that they invented a word for it – puntilating – you may want to consider the possibility of locating the problem elsewhere.

Kim Kardashian.

Catherine Scott: Would you chose Cleopatra or Kim Kardashian West as a role model for your daughter?

So who would you have as a role model for your daughter? Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey or Cleopatra?

Scarborough Council has recently issued a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence to a collector who has an American alligator.

Howard Croft column: Time to tax anyone with their own pet monkey

I was surprised to read in this newspaper that North Yorkshire is a “hot spot” for concerned citizens making calls to the RSPCA about the welfare of primates being held in private hands. Keeping monkeys as pets was not particularly unusual during my childhood in Hull – another hotspot, perhaps. A local lady went about her business always with one on her shoulder, much to the delight of local children. She was known among us as the Monkey Lady, not an especially witty nomen, but we are talking Hull here.

Sir Humphrey Appleby, right, played by Nigel Hawthorne, and Prime Minister Jim Hacker, played by Paul Eddington, in a scene from the classic BBC comedy series Yes, Prime Minister.

Great public distraction

The news that the government is considering introducing grammar schools for all has prompted Mike Tilling to write an opinion piece this week in the format of a possible script for the classic TV series Yes, Prime Minister.

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One reader says they arent interested in what happens to Bake-Off and its stars Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (pictured)

Catherine Scott: Will you be watching Bake Off on Channel 4 ?

The Great British Bake Off is an institution in our house. It is one of those few occasions, like the Olympics, when we all sit down as a family and watch the successes and the disasters that befall the amateur bakers.

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