First prize in the raffle of life: The splendid way we were

Steve Rudd admits that if he was setting up a publishing company today, he wouldn’t necessarily call it the King’s England Press. “It might have potentially unpleasant nuances for some people,” he says. “They might think we’re sitting here in the office wearing brown shirts and saluting each other. All sorts of issues have been raked over by this Brexit malarkey.”

Protest badges from the Sheffield social history collection. Picture: Museums Sheffield

Rebels with an eternal cause: Kicking up a stink in Sheffield

Sheffielders have always enjoyed a good protest. Any excuse for a march, a demo, a public meeting, a bit of banner-waving, slogan-chanting argy-bargy. What do we want? Protest! When do we want it? Now!

Deborah Devonshire and Stella Tennant, Chatsworth, 2006. Picture: Mario Testino

Classic couture: 500 years of Chatsworth fashion

Chatsworth is the kind of place where they like to do things properly. So, when Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington, had the idea for an exhibition dedicated to fashion it was never going to just be a few mannequins dressed in half a dozen period costumes.

Lizzie Tulip, a trustee, in York  cemetery

Tulip amid the tombs: the designer cemetery in the heart of York

Garden designer Lizzie Tulip faced her own mortality the first time she was shown around York Cemetery. Afterwards she was asked: “So, then – where do you want your plot?” Lizzie, who is 44, thought that was a bit premature, not that she could think of a better place to end up. She has been a trustee of the York Cemetery Trust for five years, lending her good eye and green fingers to this fine place, and her plan for the cemetery garden is now under way.


Ultramarathons: In it for the long run

Tom Hollins sounds like he’s describing the after-effects of taking mind-altering drugs when he says: “I was hallucinating, having déjà vu. It was night and it was misty so all you could see were the flagstones, and in every single flagstone I’d see a different face...”. In fact he was remembering the last section of the Spine, a non-stop 268-mile foot race along the Pennine Way held each January.

Hannah Bateman and Joseph Taylor in Casanova. Picture: Guy Farrow

Flirty dancing: Stepping out with Casanova

Giacomo Casanova once said that a man can do a lot in 15 minutes. Northern Ballet will have a little longer to tell his life story, but even aside from his exploits as the world’s most famous lover, there is a lot to pack in. Casanova was fluent in eight languages and could write in seven; it was his hand that completed the first translation of the Iliad into modern Italian; he was a recognised expert in cubic geometry; and he set up the first national lottery in France.


Shopping for big box items in Sheffield

A few years ago, shipping containers did exactly what their name suggested and nothing more. However, recently they have been turned into pop-up shopping and eating destinations, with the latest appearing in the Kelham Island/Shalesmoor area of Sheffield. Krynkl is the brainchild of Coda Studios and property agents Fernie Greaves and inside the industrial units are an array of businesses from ZigZag coffee roasters to the massage clinic Knots ’n’ Niggle as start-up and independent ventures cosy up side by side.

Geraldine Pilgrim alongside some 1910 Midland carraiges at the National Railway Museum in York.

Why the trains in York are murder these days

As a station announcer might say: “The train now standing at Platform Five is a new departure for York’s National Railway Museum.” The reason? It’s the scene of a fictional murder.

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan: Imagine and tonic

Write about what you know, they say, and on the whole that’s good advice, although I reckon you should sometimes speculate about things you don’t know, places you’ve never been to, people you’ve never met. As a man, you could write from a woman’s point of view, and vice versa. And then there are things you know really well: how about looking at them from a completely different angle, seeing what you can mine from them that you’ve not noticed before?

Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii

Oo-er! Comic Frankie Howerd, 100 today

ONE HUNDRED years ago today, in a maternity ward at the old City Hospital in York, Frankie Howerd took his first bow.

Nadiya is back with a new BBC show to rival the Great British Bake Off.

Oven gloves on as Rosemary and Nadiya star in Bake Off face-off

NADIYA HUSSAIN, a former winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, looks set for a face-off with her old show when she appears as host of a new cooking contest with the Yorkshire chef, Rosemary Shrager.

For 20 years John Hampshire thrilled Yorkshire's crowds with his attacking strokeplay and in 1969 scored a century on his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord's.

Two cricketing greats... and an empty fuel can: Geoffrey Boycott remembers John Hampshire

THEIR RIVALRY was public and occasionally bitter, but their friendship ran deeper.

Richard Whiteley.

Did Yorkshire favourite Richard Whiteley really take part in an MI5 plot to jail Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson?

Ricky Tomlinson has claimed late Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley was involved in an MI5 plot to have him jailed.
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Susannah Melleney, centre, Catherine Murphy and Ian Parkinson are fundraising for the historic church. Picture by Tony Johnson

Faith and hope in a church marked by history

It is 165 years since Howden’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church first opened its doors for worship, making it a relatively recent addition to a town that can trace its origins back to Anglo Saxon times. Yet, news of its construction, which came just a few years after the Catholic emancipation, is said to have triggered protests in the market place. The Catholic emancipation, or relief as it is sometimes referred to, was a series of acts that removed the restrictions on Catholic worship that followed the protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Up until then it had been a crime to practise the Catholic faith and many men from Howden and the surrounding area lost their lives as a result of bloody religious persecution.

Yorkshire born and Leeds educated MP Gerald Kaufman has died.

Tributes for Yorkshire-born MP Gerald Kaufman... 'Father of the House of Commons'

Jeremy Corbyn has led tributes to the oldest serving MP, Sir Gerald Kaufman, who has died at 86.
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Lady Masham is creating a country club and spa at Swinton Park Hotel near Masham.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Breaking new ground, with Swinton’s jean-clad lady of the manor

Visitors to the grand, Downton-style Swinton Park castle hotel would be hard pushed to identify the “Lady” behind it all, even though she is ever present. Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, whose formal title is Lady Masham, is usually make-up free and dressed down in jeans, a jumper and flat boots – perfect attire for dashing about and getting stuck in, which she does a lot of.

Katie Ormerod during Women's Snowboard Slopestyle at Winter X 2017

How queen of the slopes came in from the cold

Anyone who had the pleasure of negotiating Halifax’s old dry ski slope will know that it didn’t exactly brim with Alpine atmosphere – and that wasn’t just because there wasn’t much in the way of aprés ski. If you landed badly, the nylon track was also guaranteed to leave a pretty nasty burn and most went once and departed safe in the knowledge that snow sports were best left to our French and Italian cousins.

Dr. Anwen Caffell and colleague Rebecca Gowland examining a cranium from Fewston at Durham University.

Valley of the dead... Mick Jagger and the Victorian remains

The little parish church of St Michael and St Lawrence is a picture of serenity tucked away among trees in the Washburn Valley to the west of Harrogate, and those who discover it are apt to use the words “hidden gem”. Just a few cottages remain of its nearest village, Fewston, because most of the congregation was displaced in the 1870s when the Leeds Waterworks Company flooded the valley to supply the city’s taps.

David Hockney in his home city of Bradford, February 1970

So, just who is the real David Hockney?

There’s a story Christopher Simon Sykes likes to tell about David Hockney. It was the early 1960s and, having just graduated from the Royal College of Art, he moved into a new flat where the bedroom also doubled as his studio. At the end of the small bed, which was squeezed into a corner, was a chest of drawers. “David painted a message rather carefully on the chest of drawers,” says Sykes, who secured unprecedented access to Hockney’s archive, notebooks and paintings to write a two-volume biography of the Bradford-born artist. “It said in large capital letters GET UP AND WORK IMMEDIATELY. As he said: ‘The first thing I saw every morning when I woke up was the sign, and not only did I read the sign but I remembered that I had wasted two hours painting it, so I jumped out of bed’.”

Commemorated in clay

Fired up females with feet (and hands) of clay

The decorative plate depicting punk singer Vi Subversa in clashing red, green and orange looks suitably kick-ass, especially compared with her more serious neighbour Emmeline Pankhurst, also celebrated in ceramic alongside an elegant bust of Jane Austen. They are a mixed bunch, which is exactly what Katch Skinner wanted when she asked family, friends and Facebook followers which great British women she should commemorate in clay.

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