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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.

Opinion
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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The front page of The Yorkshire Post on Thursday

CANCER: Why this newspaper believes the good people of Yorkshire will deliver the ultimate Christmas gift to the people of God's Own County who need it the most

I recently lost my father-in-law to cancer; I lost my grandad to cancer; I’ve lost friends to the disease and seen others’ lives changed forever having beaten it, writes Editor James Mitchinson.

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A recent furore ocurred over the leaking of exam questions to students.

Howard Croft column: A failure of integrity with teaching body

The recent furore over the leaking of public examination questions to pupils by teachers who in addition to teaching had also been involved in the setting of the exam papers was surprising in many ways. It seems to have been confined, as far as we know, to well-known public schools and this aspect of the scandal was stressed. As a friend of mine said, one assumes that these schools turn out people with better manners, which is true as far as it goes, but it appears that the pupils involved were blameless; it was the teachers who had offended and for all we know they could themselves have been educated at a comprehensive school in Wolverhampton. Or Hull, even.

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Bridlington in August  now impossible to find a plastic Macintosh in case of inclement weather.

Howard Croft column: Relieved the month of ‘fake factoids’ is over

A hectic long weekend, thankfully now behind us. As usual, we were invaded by people looking for an inexpensive holiday, the huddled masses yearning for it to be free. I don’t remember inviting any of them, but I suppose something must have been said. The most striking feature of these invasions was that every member of every boarding party brought along at least one, in some cases several electronic devices; mobile ’phones, iPads, iPods, tablets, games consoles (which do not console – not me anyway). All arrived with flat batteries. I estimate that at least two items per person were sipping away at my electricity supply at some point during these visits. No wonder, then, that I now buy most of my clothes in charity shops.

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In some areas children are now obliged to wear goggles while playing conkers.

Howard Croft column: Meddling aberrations by agents of the state

I read some time ago that the social services department in one of the counties (not in this region) had declared that the three main factors that definitively bar couples from adopting are smoking, obesity and dog ownership. Dog ownership? It is well known that social workers are keen on controlling the future, but how do they feel about the possibility of future dog ownership – take back into care an adopted child if the adoptive parents suddenly take it into their heads to invest in a cocker spaniel?

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