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VIDEO: Dickie Bird exhibition celebrates Test cricket umpire legend at Experience Barnsley

Howzat! Yorkshire's own Mr Cricket Dickie Bird has been bowled over by a home town exhibition celebrating his extraordinary life and career at Experience Barnsley.
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Lamb rump with provolone potatoes. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Restaurant review: Gimbals, Sowerby Bridge

Life as a food reviewer is tough. Week after week, we seek out bistros, gastropubs, cafes and bars and report back honestly to help you make an informed choice when you’re planning a meal out. The entire purpose, from my point of view anyway, is to gently guide you, given your dollar is hard earned and you really don’t want to chuck it away on some rip-off restaurant which doesn’t care if you make a return visit. What qualifies us to do this? Well nothing really, other than an abiding love of grub. As Kenneth Tynan put it: “A critic is someone who knows the way but can’t drive the car.”

Dining Out
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’.”

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VIDEO: Amazing strongman Eddie Hall pulls a bus through a car park

This is how Britain's Strongest Man Eddie 'The Beast' Hall takes the bus - by pulling it with his bare hands.
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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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VIDEO PREVIEW: Roll up, roll up for Yorkshire girl in Cirque du Soleil's Varekai at Leeds First Direct Arena

Yorkshire girl Emily McCarthy says she would have bent over backwards to be in Cirque du Soleil and now she does exactly that every night.
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Flamingo Land - special season passes offer 40 per cent off

READER OFFER: Save up to £135 on Flamingo Land annual passes

Yorkshire's Flamingo Land has been named one of the UK's top paid-for attractions and to celebrate we have an amazing reader offer to save up £135 on its annual passes.

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The Guns Bar, Saltburn.

Pub of the Week: The Guns Bar, Saltburn

Saltburn is an overlooked seaside town IMHO. It may be frayed round the edges, but I’ve got a soft spot for faded grandeur.

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Genius Trevor Dion Nicholas shone as the quick-tongued genie who made the whole night a partaaaaay!

REVIEW: Aladdin musical is 'magic carpet ride' in London's West End

Disney's spectacular Aladdin musical is a 'magic carpet ride'...a Whole New World of theatre-going, writes Nik Farah.

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Jack Whitehall on stage in Leeds with a fire extinguisher

Video: Stage catches fire as comedian Jack Whitehall performs in Leeds

HEARD the one about the comic whose stage caught fire in the middle of his act?

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Green Day bringing Revolution Radio Tour to the Sheffield Arena on Monday, July 3, 2017. Photo: Frank Maddocks

BREAKING: American punk rock icons Green Day to play Sheffield Arena

American punk rock icons Green Day will play Sheffield Arena this summer, it has been announced today.

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Arenacross UK 2017 Tour Sheffield Arena Pro winner Cedric Soubeyras, centre, celebrates with with second placed Angelo Pellegrini and third Thomas Ramette.

RESULTS & REPORT: Arenacross UK Tour 2017 roars into Sheffield Arena

Motorbike superstar Cedric Soubeyras thrilled a packed Sheffield Arena as he rode a near perfect main event to slightly stretch his Pro championship lead in the Arenacross UK 2017 championship.

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60-day aged sirloin with  mushrooms and chips , ox cheek mac 'n' cheese  from the Winter tasing menu at The Pheasant Hotel at Harome

Restaurant review: The Pheasant, Harome

Without traipsing over old ground, just how a village the size of Harome can be home to not one, but two restaurants is still a marvel. That both of these have the prominence most can only dream of simply beggars belief. They also share more than a postcode with one (The Pheasant) having been owned by the other (The Star) but now operate independently; don’t ask, it’s complicated but seems to be working.

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Natalie Stapleton at McNair. Picture: With Love Project

The inside story on the shirt it took a town to make

Archimedes famously had his Eureka moment in the bath. Richard Hamshire has his on a French ski slope looking at an old pair of gloves.

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Stand-up: Jack Whitehall is doing shows in Leeds and Sheffield this month.

Jack Whitehall: How I almost didn’t make it out of Leeds alive

Jack Whitehall is one of the country’s most recognisable comedians. He talks to Chris Bond about stand-up, Harry Potter and finding his ‘voice’.

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Mosborough Music Festival co-headliners The Lightning Seeds - who topped the charts with Three Lions featuring David Baddiel and Frank Skinner

BREAKING: Three Lions stars The Lightning Seeds 'coming home' to headline Sheffield's Mosborough Music Festival

Three Lions chart toppers The Lightning Seeds are 'coming home' to the birthplace of football - they will headline Sheffield's Mosborough Music Festival, it was announced today.
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ABC superstar Martin Fry will headline this year's Eroica Britannia cycling festival - then join family and fans on their bikes in the Peak District.

Eroica Britannia cycling festival steps up a gear with ABC's Martin Fry and DJ Norman Jay

Poison Arrow hitmaker Martin Fry is on target to join thousands of fans on a bike ride after he headlines a retro cycling festival weekend in the Peak District.

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Oscar nominated Hidden Figures gets a preview screening at Vue Cinema - we have tickets to be won.

WIN: Hidden Figures film preview tickets at Vue Sheffield Meadowhall

Oscar nominated real life space story Hidden Figures will blast off with a special preview screening at Vue Sheffield and we have tickets to be won.

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Royal seal of approval as Charles and Camilla play Game of thrones in Hull

IT’S HAD already won plenty of plaudits but Hull’s tenure as City of Culture now has the Royal seal of approval.

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PREVIEW: Daredevil bikers jump to it for Arenacross UK 2017 Tour at Sheffield Arena

Motorbike fans are getting all revved up for three hours of fast and furious racing with some of the world's top riders in action this weekend when Arenacross UK returns to Sheffield Arena.
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