News archive from 20 April 2013

When the going is good for stars making a graceful exit

When the going is good for stars making a graceful exit

As Olympic gold medal hero Sir Chris Hoy announces his retirement from cycling, Chris Bond asks is there an art to stepping down gracefully? THIS time there were no tears. Last August, during that great golden summer of British sport, Sir Chris Hoy...


Walking route could help to boost heritage site

From: Peter Young, secretary, Burley Bridge Association, Cambridge Drive, Otley. REGARDING the need for Saltaire to make more of its special status as a World Heritage Site (Yorkshire Post, April 15), it is worth pointing out that the village is a...


Poll position is ripe for change

From: George Appleby, Leighton Croft, Clifton, York. WE need a really representative voting system giving the overwhelming moderate 
majority a true voice in Parliament where national decisions are made, leaving Labour, the Lib Dems and Conservatives...


Measures of Britain’s greatness

From: G Cooper, Mill Street, Barlow, Dronfield, Derbyshire. WHEN Mrs Thatcher came to power, her civil servants saw the business of government as the “management of decline”. She thought differently, and “made Britain great again” – the tribute paid...


Railway journey that brought more than was bargained for

From: Neil Robinson, Trinity Road, Scarborough. IF you were trapped on a short Northern Rail train journey, your nerves near breaking 
point because of constant foul language plus frequent, deafening, insane laughter 
from two adolescents nearby, what...


Stuart Wood

STUART Wood, a successful racehorse owner, trainer and pub landlord, has died aged 83 In his racing colours of black and white, he had considerable success with his horses, although he always bought on a modest scale, borne out of a lifetime of...


Robert Edwards

PROFESSOR Sir Robert Edwards, the Yorkshireman who developed in vitro fertility - IVF - treatment that led to the world's first "test tube" baby, has died aged 87. It was a chance meeting with Patrick Steptoe, an Oldham gynaecologist and...


Ralph Brown

WITH a sculptural career lasting over 60 years, the Royal Academician Ralph Brown who has died aged 85 rose to prominence in the 1950s, standing out as a master of human anatomy. His mother from Yorkshire and father from Philadelphia, Mr Brown was...


Joan Hardy

JOAN Hardy, who died peacefully at Ghyll Road Nursing Home, Guiseley, at the age of 97, was a district nurse remembered where she has resided happily for the past 11 years. Nurse Hardy was born in
Goole, the third of six children and the last...

Book review: A Delicate Truth by John Le Carre

Book review: A Delicate Truth by John Le Carre

Government assaults on liberty are at the centre of John le Carre's latest novel - his best for years A middle-ranking Foreign Office man is holed up in a wretched hotel in Gibraltar. He is bored and fractious, knows very little about the mission on...


Readers’ pictures of the week, 13-19 Apr

A selection of pictures from our readers submitted to The Scotsman picture desk in the past week. Fri 19 Apr: Michael J N Lindsay took this photograph of Loch Broom near Ullapool from Letters, just after sunset on a soft, calm evening Thu 18 Apr: Ken...

Travel: Delighting in Norway’s fjord focus

Travel: Delighting in Norway’s fjord focus

NORWAY'S neverending summer days give you more daylight hours to explore Our seven-year-old son was annoyed and confused. It was past midnight when we arrived in Ålesund, but still daylight, and he wanted to know why he had to go to bed rather than...

Roger Cox: Why is nobody taking advantage of freakishly good ski conditions?

Roger Cox: Why is nobody taking advantage of freakishly good ski conditions?

Listen carefully. Can you hear that sound? A sort of half-crunch, half-squeak? That's me grinding my teeth at the prospect of no more snowboarding this winter. I’m not ill or injured (apart from the teeth, obviously) but due to a double-whammy of...

Record Store Day: A groovy kind of love

Record Store Day: A groovy kind of love

It's Record Store Day today, and Craig Brown meets a part-time doctor and a former head teacher who run a small independent shop selling second-hand vinyl in Edinburgh to find out why this music format is making such a resurgence For people who...



MICHAEL BELL and Hayley Turner stepped up to the mark yesterday with a winner for the Queen as she enjoyed a private visit to Newbury. With Sign Manual duly trained for the occasion and Turner showing a never-say-die spirit when boxed in two furlongs...

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