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Howard Croft column: How innocent people are made criminals

You may remember reading a few years ago about a young unemployed man as he was leaving his post office having cashed his benefits Giro accidentally dropping a £10 note. He was spotted by a council litter warden who promptly issued an on-the-spot fine for littering. This was such a mean-spirited response, and at the time unusual, that it made headlines in the national newspapers. If I remember correctly, which I seldom do these days, the council stood firmly behind the litter warden, a council employee, until it eventually dawned on its senior staff that the reputational damage was too great to justify standing on a dubious point of principle.

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The week-ahead weather forecast with Trevor Appleton

The week-ahead weather forecast with Trevor Appleton

Here is the week-ahead weather forecast delivered by Trevor Appleton.

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Grow old gracefully and embrace the introudction of young life.

Howard Croft column: Grandchildren proud of their old relatives

People go to some lengths to conceal evidence of advancing years, some of them starting from an early age. Lying about age is, I suppose, fairly common but I detect a gender (if I may use that word) difference: women will tend to claim to be younger that they truly are, whereas men don’t do that – they wait for years and then start claiming that they are older than they truly are. I cannot explain this.

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A flat from Robin Hood Gardens, London, has been aquired by the V&A.

Howard Croft column: Brutal-looking homes now museum ‘gems’

The Victoria and Albert Museum is reported to have acquired part of one of the country’s most notorious buildings with intention of displaying it as an architectural “treasure”. I suppose that once we could have referred to this block of council flats as “the” most notorious buildings, but since the Grenfell tower block fire that building holds the top spot never, I hope, to be surpassed.

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Midwinter unveiling:  group’s new name

Midwinter unveiling: group’s new name

A long-established Scarborough group has been re-born as The Arts Society Scarborough.

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Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt

Howard Croft column:NHS: the big focus on saga of rubber gloves

Speaking at a conference of NHS Providers last week the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt (so beloved of junior doctors) announced another (yes, another!) league table that might help us to judge the quality of our local hospitals. The financial crisis in the NHS, he advised, is not a matter of under-funding; it is all down to rubber gloves.

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Howard Croft column: A night of pride as big awards roll on

The now-annual Pride of Malton and Norton Awards endeavour goes from strength to strength. It depends upon nominations from the public for recognition in 10 categories, upon local businesses for generous sponsorship and the support of paying punters for a grand BAFTA-style dinner and awards ceremony.

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Dr Charles Wilson, The Right Honourable Lord Moran

Howard Croft column: Doctor who played a key role in establishing the NHS

In 1992 I published under the imprint of the Royal Society of Medicine a biography of Dr Charles Wilson, later Lord Moran, written by Professor Richard Lovell. Richard Lovell trained as a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where Wilson was Dean, and after wartime service as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, he returned to St Mary’s where he joined the Professorial Medical Unit.

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People who love chocolate will buy two bars to satisfy their craving.

The Howard Croft column

As you may not know, Mrs Croft is the daughter of an immigrant, John Foley from Galway.

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Lesser hedgehog tenrecs Raymond and Bruno explore their pumpkin.

View from the Zoo column

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

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May King Tsang, digital coach at Sheffield's Google Garage.

Digital Garage can change lives

Today, most of us are spending hours online, and nearly a third of this time is spent on social media.

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Celia Durham

Howard Croft column: Celia’s daring mountain bid for St Catherine’s

There can be few readers who are unaware of the remarkable services that are provided by St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough to those who need end of life care. Many will have had personal experience of family or friends benefitting from the skills and expertise of St Catherine’s staff. They are not unique in offering palliative care, but I have a particular interest in them because of the time I spent in their Scarborough hospice during the final days of a close friend.

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COLUMN: Why asking for ‘PP’ leaves me feeling flushed!

COLUMN: Why asking for ‘PP’ leaves me feeling flushed!

What’s in name? Quite a lot, as it goes.

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Grand Central column

Why asking for ‘PP’ leaves me feeling flushed!

What’s in name? Quite a lot, as it goes.
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Norton library is kept going thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

Howard Croft column: Philistines are taking on the world we once knew

Recently a contemporary and I were mulling over in a desultory way the changes that have happened in our lifetimes, some good, some not so good. The FAX machine has come and pretty much gone, similarly Telex machines. State grammar schools came in big-time following the 1944 Education Act but are now pretty much extinct. The house sparrow population has plummeted alarmingly. The list goes on.

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Eating a healthy, balanced diet can affect how we look and the condition of our skin.

Donna Peters column: How to put the brakes on the ageing process

Ageing is inevitable, but the speed at which it happens is not and there are a number of ways we can put the brakes on. Ageing is driven by the build-up of damage in our cells, tissues and organs, which is a result of our lifestyle and our genetics. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can affect how we look and the condition of our skin, but we now know it can also reduce our chances of developing age-related diseases such as diabetes and cancer, as well as other negative aspects of getting older.

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The East Yorkshire and Ryedale weather forecast with Trevor Appleton

The East Yorkshire and Ryedale weather forecast with Trevor Appleton

Here is the week-ahead weather forecast for East Yorkshire and Ryedale.

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Part of the broken boardwalk that snakes its way through Lady Spring Wood, Malton.

Howard Croft column: Tale of community bid to clear the riverbank

Mrs Croft has for several months been pre-occupied with a “community” project to do with the river Derwent; too pre-occupied in my opinion, which is seldom sought and never welcome. I gather that potential funding bodies look favourably on projects like this – I’ll describe it later – only if the local “community” has demonstrated its interest and enthusiasm by stumping up some of its own cash first. This is where crowd-funding (or it may be cloud funding, I wasn’t really listening) came in. This is a technique useful for begging for contributions.

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COLUMN: Tinnitus - let’s all make some noise about it!

COLUMN: Tinnitus - let’s all make some noise about it!

It would be borderline bad taste to say I’d never heard of tinnitus before my diagnosis.

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Goathland station during the NYMR autumn steam fair. w163901t  Picture: Ceri Oakes

Howard Croft column: Day we were entrusted with ‘the handful’

Daughter Helen and son-in-law Soren came for the weekend as they were booked in to the Malton Cookery School for a significant chunk of Saturday to be taught how to make chocolate. This left Mrs Croft and me in charge of two grandchildren, Maggie and Oscar, the younger of them best described as “a bit of a handful”, a generous description. We had not previously been left unsupervised in this position of trust and responsibility for more than a few minutes. This may be explained by the fact that the “handful” is always my helper when I light the wood burner and I allow him to carry the matches and tin of lighter fluid, essential ingredients when instant gratification is required on the fire front.

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