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A leap year in pictures - all 366 of them

It all began innocently enough. On January 1, 2016, Yorkshire Post photographer Tony Johnson was experimenting with a new camera. The result was a black and white portrait of his son, carrying the skateboard he had got for Christmas. Another time, it might have become just another family photograph to go with the hundreds of others Tony had taken. Instead, it was the start of a year-long project which is about to be published in a coffee table photographic book called 366 (2016 being a leap year).

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Shots in the dark over Yorkshire’s skies

The sweeping panorama from Sutton Bank, fishing boats bobbing in Whitby harbour, Swaledale hay meadows ablaze with colour – we all have our idea of that special Yorkshire view, the one that really sums up all the county has to offer. But our favourite landscapes share one thing in common. Most of us imagine them bathed in glorious sunshine, far less obscured by approaching dusk – and those are the images captured by photographers for countless greetings cards, calendars and coffee table books.

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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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Dr Lee Tsang at Hull University.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull’s unlikely musical genius

Ethel Leginska was reckoned one of the greatest pianists of her day. She wowed audiences with her dazzling playing and charisma. “Leginska Held Her Audience Spellbound” was a typical headline.

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Kirsten Simister, curator of art at the Ferens Gallery. Picture: James Hardisty

Six of the best from Hull’s refurbished Ferens Art Gallery

Walking through the Ferens Art Gallery, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has been spent. Closed for 16 months while a £5m restoration project – the biggest in its history – was completed, the walls have been given a lick of paint, the works of art rehung and the cafe and gift shop have received a makeover. However, much of the work has taken place where visitors can’t see.

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Artist Geoff Latz with Angela Boyce  at his workshop on Canal Road, Bradford

The nuts and bolts of my art collection

GEOFF Latz’s studio doesn’t look much from the outside. There is a wooden door and a window you cannot see through. Once inside, two things become apparent. One: it is just as cold inside as out. And two: this utilitarian space is full of surprises, not least the artist himself. Geoff is virtually self-educated and approaches art, as he approaches most things, from an unusual angle. His sculptures and artworks are made from scrap metal and discarded wire and bolts and nuts, and they are lined up neatly in here, ships and galleons and totem poles.

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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.

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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.

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A silver and gold hoard (927 AD)  found in the Vale of York in 2007 and acquired jointly by the British Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and Harrogate Museum.  Picture: Trustees of the British Museum and York Museums Trust.

Seven best archeological hoards found in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been at the heart of English history for more than 2,000 years and its past and its landscape have been shaped by Roman and Viking invaders, the War of the Roses and the English Civil War.

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Brant Richards and Ed Oxley

Return of the kecks factor in Hebden Bridge

Like many things, it all started with a beer, as Brant Richards, one half of clothing start-up HebTroCo, explains. “Our friend Dan has a brewery called Bridestones and he made a beer called Trouser Town. And he said: ‘Yeah, if you look up Hebden Bridge on Wikipedia, one of the first things that comes up is that it used to be called Trouser Town,’ and that stuck.” It sounds like too good a line to be true, coming from a Hebden Bridge start-up making a name for itself selling good-quality, hipster-friendly trousers. But it checks out.

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Julian Norton from the Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk.

My Yorkshire: Julian Norton aka the Yorkshire Vet on his favourite people and places

Julian Norton, from Thirsk, stars as the Yorkshire Vet in the Channel 5 series. He is based at the original James Herriot practice made famous by Alf Wight whose books were turned into All Creatures Great and Small.

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Will Inman, head brewer at Little Critters. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Hop and glory on Sheffield’s ale trail

When the New York Times name checked Sheffield in its 2014 list of places to visit some were surprised. It’s inclusion was down to it being named as one of the finest beer spots in the UK and the newspaper recommended a crawl around such real ale pubs as the Fat Cat and the Kelham Island Tavern. Earlier this year The University of Sheffield went one better and, via a commissioned report, declared Sheffield to be the world’s best beer city and the real ale capital of the world. It reported that the city currently has 57 breweries operating and 31 of those have opened within the last five years, with several more still opening this year.

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Finn Atkins as Charlotte;  Charlie Murphy and Chloe Pirrie as Anne and Emily. The cast filmed on the Yorkshire moors in suitably wuthering weather.

Tragic yet immortal: The Brontës’ unhappy valley

Within nine months, from the September of 1848, through to the May of the following year, three prodigious talents died. The first to go was the older brother, aged a mere 31. In the December a younger sister died. She was just 30. And then in the late spring of 1849, another sibling’s short life was over. She was only 29. The first two died at their home on the Yorkshire moors. The last was at Scarborough. Welcome to to the tragic tale of the Brontës which Sally Wainwright has chosen to focus on for her latest drama.

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Darren Day, who is currently starring in Peter Pan at the Bradford Alhambra. 
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

My Yorkshire: Darren Day on his favourite people and places

Darren Day is an actor, singer and TV presenter. He lives near Wakefield with his family and is currently performing in Peter Pan at Bradford’s Alhambra.

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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Industry Secretary Sir Keith Joseph at a press conference after a meeting with a TUC delegation at No. 10 Downing Street. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Cashing in on the festive season: The week that was December 20-26, 1981

IN Christmas week 1981, a desperate search was launched for the crews of a lifeboat and a freighter both missing off the south coast of Cornwall.

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Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

My Yorkshire: The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu on his favourite people and places

Dr John Sentamu practiced law in Uganda before coming to the UK in 1974. He was ordained as a priest five years later and is now the 
97th Archbishop of York.

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Ashley Dixon (Beast) and Dreda Blow (Beauty). Picture by Simon Hulme

It’s Beauty and the Beast, but not as you know it

First things first. There are no dancing tea sets, not one appearance by a French-speaking candlestick and at no point does the cast break into a rendition of the impossibly catchy Be Our Guest. This is Beauty and the Beast, but not as many of the audience will know it, admits Northern Ballet’s Ashley Dixon. “It’s definitely much darker than the Disney version, but still I hope very much for families,” says the dancer who is now in his 12th year with the Leeds-based company.

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Colin Speakman may be best known for his walking guides, but he has just published his fourth collection of poetry.

Versed in the valleys: There’s poetry in this landscape

How did a man famous for describing the prosaic intricacies of footpath gates, stiles and signposts, not to mention the best Dales bus routes for walkers that connect with the X84, manage to become a published poet? “Poetry’s always been there,” Colin Speakman says.

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Date:1st December 2016. Picture James Hardisty.
Country Christmas

YP Magazine...........The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, of Ravenseat Farm, Keld, Swaledale, North Yorkshire. Pictured Husband Clive, and four of their nine children Annas, 3, Clem, 18 mths, Sidney, 5, and Amanda holding baby Nancy, 4 1/2 mths.

From family farm to stately home: What we want for Christmas

The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen

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By Jacky Fleming, feminist cartoonist and illustrator

The trouble with women: Stories history forgot

Jacky Fleming’s latest book The Trouble with Women opens with the epigraph “Take nobody’s word for it”, the motto of the Royal Society. It is a nugget of wisdom that seems very apposite in our post-truth modern world – and it could as easily describe Fleming’s approach in puncturing accepted myths. A feminist cartoonist and illustrator whose pithy work has appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the New Statesman and the Big Issue, Fleming was first published in the feminist magazine Spare Rib in 1978 when she submitted a cartoon while still an art student at the University of Leeds.

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