One in six Roma students excluded from school in Sheffield

A former headteacher has warned Roma-Slovak children in Sheffield are being subjected to ‘unjust’ school exclusions, similar to black communities in the past. Chris Burn reports.

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Grange Hill and Brookside creator Phil Redmond who is also the driving force behind UK City of Culture. Picture by Stephanie de Leng.

Phil Redmond: From Grange Hill to UK City of Culture via a body under the patio

Creator of some of the most controversial storylines in British soap, Phil Redmond is also the driving force of UK City of Culture and a newly published author. He speaks to Sarah Freeman.

Changing climate: Our planet is warming and much of the evidence suggests it is man-made. (PA).

Global climate warning as the world gets warmer

Last year was the warmest on record, but is this climate change caused by man or is it just nature at work and what will the likely impact be on the UK? Chris Bond reports.

Clos du Vougeot in Burgundy makes expensive, fabulous wines.

Can’t wait for the best 2015 Burgundies to mature? Here’s some to slurp right now

Christine Austin toasts the vignerons’ handiwork as she tastes her way through the best 2015 Burgundies.

Miles Jupp

Miles Jupp: From Balamory to the News Quiz and beyond

Comedian, actor, broadcaster – Miles Jupp is a man with many strings to his bow. He talks to Yvette Huddleston.

Juliet Barker, who is a world expert in the Brontes.

My Yorkshire: Brontë expert Juliet Barker on her favourite people and places

Educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, Juliet Barker is a world expert on the Brontës. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her family.

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New era: Donald Trump will follow traditions of presidential inaugurations that date all the way back to 1789 as he takes up office today. (Picture: PA).

America’s big day – and a step into the unknown with Donald Trump

What can we expect on inauguration day in a fearful Washington? At least no one should die from the cold like one former president, says Rob Hastings.


Given the full treatment

It took four years to find a live-work home and another two to make it perfect. Now Maxine Stead lives right next door to her own health spa. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by Tony Johnson.



his former railway carriage turned holiday home has been ‘Mini Modernised’ by designers Mark Hampshire and Keith Stephenson. Words by Sharon Dale. Pictures by Andrew Boyd and Chris Snook.


Yorkshire’s Brexit resistance: ‘The endgame is to call an end to this nonsense’

Pro-Europe campaigners across Yorkshire are joining forces in a last-ditch attempt to stop Brexit taking place. Chris Burn reports on a movement desperate to turn back the clock.

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Mary Hinde who has finally found her voice at 21 thanks to staff at Henshaw's College in Harrogate who have helped her embrace new technology.

All but silent most of her life, meet the 21 year old who has finally found her voice

Until recently Mary Hinde’s vocabulary was limited to just two simple words. Born with severe physical disabilities and visually impaired, the 21 year from Dewsbury could only respond to questions which required a yes or no answer.

Mindfulness: Beverley Wright taking part in a meditation session at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School.

Vital lesson in happiness - improving children’s mental health

The idea of promoting happiness in schools and raising awareness about the importance of children’s mental health provision is gaining momentum. Chris Bond reports.

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The interior of the new Habitat store in Moortown

Can Habitat be the high street’s comeback kid?

Habitat has new owners and is about to open its first regional stand-alone store in Leeds. So does this spell a renaissance for the iconic brand? Sharon Dale reports.

Dianne Green, from Farsley, near Leeds, who went through four unsuccessful cycles of IVF before having her son William and twins Sophie and Charlie. Picture Tony Johnson.

Why cuts to IVF could deny thousands the chance of a family

As a creaking NHS looks to save £22bn in the next four years, there are fears that life-changing fertility treatment be among the first to face the axe. Sarah Freeman reports.

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More than a third of women questioned in an England Athletics survey said they had been subject to harassment while out running alone.

Is old fashion sexism forcing female joggers to run scared?

Outdoor runners wax lyrical about the pleasures of pounding the pavements. It’s much cheaper, they say, than gym membership. They will tell you that running outside elicits a feeling of freedom that a person simply cannot get from a treadmill. But I suspect a lot of these runners are men.

Wine and food are perfect partners  both to be enjoyed in moderation.

Why I am raising a nice glass of bubbly to Dry January

Alcohol in moderation may have positive benefits, so don’t be too quick to quit wine in the New Year.

Kara Tointon is about to appear on stage in Yorkshire in Gaslight.

Kara Tointon: I was so naïve that I thought that the critics were kind to everyone.

She might be a relative novice, but Kara Tointon is already making her mark on the stage. She talks to Phil Penfold.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's poet in residence for 2017, Simon Armitage.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson

How poet Simon Armitage is helping celebrate 40 years of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It’s a grey December day just before Christmas, but the inclement weather somehow only adds to the allure and atmosphere of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I’m there to meet poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage who has just taken up a 12-month residency for the park’s 40th anniversary. Armitage will be helping the YSP celebrate its unique appeal throughout 2017, visiting in different seasons and producing new work in response to the park as well as curating a programme of readings and events, and launching a new publication in the autumn.

Paralympian Kadeena Cox. Picture James Hardisty.

My Yorkshire: Kadeena Cox on her favourite people and places

Kadeena Cox, from Leeds, is the first British athlete in more than 30 years to win two gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympics. She is taking part in this year’s series of The Jump.

Stewart Calligan on Hornsea beach, the scene of his first beach fishing outing of the year.

Sea fishing: Hull’s fishing heritage deserves a musical

If New York has its West Side Story, London has Oliver and Paris has Les Mis then surely Hull, the City of Culture 2017 can have a musical, obviously based on fish and what better name than Captain Cod?

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