ON Monday morning, in common with my fellow travellers, I shall take a deep breath before leaving the house and venturing forth to the station, in the hope that some sort of conveyance might turn up to get me to work before everyone else breaks for lunch.
IN all the 45 years I’ve been in full-time employment, I can recall an ambulance having been called to the office only once. The incident was not even on the premises but just outside: a poor chap had suffered a heart attack as he arrived back from lunch.
His verse is literally written on the wind, etched onto the Yorkshire landscape, to be read, he said, by sheep and the stars, but it was Simon Armitage’s own star that was in the ascendency last night.
Getting a decent signal of one sort or another to all parts of your house has been an issue since they invented the cat’s whisker. Radio and then TV aerials were typically connected to a single entry point, which was fine until you decided you wanted a second set in the bedroom.
THIS has been Yorkshire’s big sporting weekend since 1977, when the World Snooker Championships shook off their spit and sawdust past and immersed themselves in the studied calm of Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
The holiday weekend had not yet begun and the rain was coming down in stairrods as the cyclists made their way from Doncaster, east through Snaith and Howden and onwards to Beverley – but there was no keeping the crowds away from what had become an annual spectacle.
The idea of the BBC and ITV collaborating on a new service is less surprising than it at first seems, since ITV owns some of the independent production companies that make the corporation’s biggest shows.
FAMILY history within the Behrens clan has it that some time in the 1890s, a relative on my mother’s father’s side lent a friend of his called Thomas Spencer £300 to go into partnership with Michael Marks.
We became accustomed, when the late Steve Jobs was running the show, to Apple being at the vanguard of technology. His iPod, iPhone and then iPad created entirely new markets and changed the way the world communicates.
Yorkshire is an aspirational county. Its patchwork of market towns and villages, disconnected from the cities yet within easy reach of one or more of them, has been a revelation to generation upon generation of ofcumdens, myself included.
There has been much talk lately of the allegedly unscrupulous practice of adding up to £40 to the price of a new computer or laptop for an optional “setup service”. The consumer group Which? has gone so far as to warn Currys PC World that the charges could contravene the law, and has demanded that customers be reimbursed.