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Column: Vote because it is right and fair thing to do

More austerity, a leader that supports taking Britain to another war, abolishing the human rights act, the NHS, economic certainty, immigrants and Brexit are some of the key issues that will dictate who the people of this country will vote for on June 8. For me there are only two reasons – the right to preserve life and fairness.

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Column: The hungry student who came to tea  . . .

Column: The hungry student who came to tea . . .

That's it, I'm officially old. My teenage son turned 20 last weekend. I have to admit that he’s no longer a teenager and that life is flashing by me at lightning speed. It doesn't seem two minutes ago that he was in nappies instead of wearing skinny jeans. Once he was happiest dressed in babygros, but now it’s band T-shirts or charity shop shirts. Playgroups are a thing of the past. Today, it’s wall-to-wall music festivals along with his pals. Instead of helping as a school monitor, this summer he’s volunteering for Oxfam at Glastonbury. It seems like only yesterday it was fruit shoots with his mates down the ball pit, but now it's more likely to be vodka shots at the bar. Bear in the Big Blue house has been replaced by big blue pints (don’t ask!) consumed down some sticky-floored nightclub. As a kid he used to spin Beyblades. Now he's more likely to be spinning vintage vinyl on a turntable. Gone are the days of Thomas the Tank engine, because now he’s a student. As a result, he's more likely to be getting tanked up with his mates, watching football down the bar. Bedtime reading once consisted of Barney's Alphabet Soup. Now he's a second-year English literature student, so his reading tastes are somewhat more refined. He’s more likely to have his well-read nose stuck in a classic novel. Whereas once we practised the phonetic alphabet, he's now writing two-thousand word essays on subjects and books so complex that I wouldn't have a hope of trying to understand them. Hot wheels have been replaced by real wheels and cars he can drive, and the Tiger Who Came to Tea book has been overtaken by the real-life student who came to tea...and ate us out of house and home. Think of the hungry caterpillar but with a more ferocious appetite.

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COLUMNIST: Why not consider a career in healthcare?

Are you interested in becoming a healthcare professional? Are you unsure of the educational route to get there?

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COLUMNIST: Tour de Yorkshire sparks cycling fever

By the time you read this, the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will have just taken place and I expect to nursing a few aching muscles after completing the Tour’s sportive ride – the 100km route for amateurs which takes in many of the same roads as the professionals’ race.

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In the Saddle: For the love of an Appaloosa

In the Saddle: For the love of an Appaloosa

Since getting my baby Appaloosa foal last year, I've joined the British Appaloosa Society, with whom my spotty boy is registered with and it appears I'm not the only one dotty over my spotty.

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Column: Thinking about buying a dog?

Column: Thinking about buying a dog?

Puppies are cute bundles of fluff and once you’ve seen that cute ‘pick me’ look there’s no going home without one. It’s easy to fall in love with a dog. They bring us joy, companionship and stress relief, although they bring stress too.

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Before every bank holiday we try and raise local awareness of the health services that are available in Doncaster if you need help at short notice. These are called unplanned care services.

Column: Bank holiday health services on offer

Before every bank holiday we try and raise local awareness of the health services that are available in Doncaster if you need help at short notice.

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Column: Millennials need to get to grips with basics

Column: Millennials need to get to grips with basics

A survey has revealed that a shocking one in five people don’t know how to boil an egg. A poll of over 2,000 adults revealed that many struggle with basic tasks, including how to change a light bulb.

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Patients are being asked to choose their care wisely

Column: Questions you need to ask your doctor

It’s important that you take as much responsibility for your health as possible, so this week I’m launching a new Doncaster-wide campaign to encourage you to ask these five questions when you discuss a health problem with your GP.

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Antiques Column: And thus wine labels were born

Antiques Column: And thus wine labels were born

During the Restoration (1660-1685 ) there developed a trend for decanting wine. This in turn created a need for labelling and thus metal wine labels were born – and by the 1770s they were commonplace.

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Madonna could have kicked off her career in Sheffield

Steel Life Portrait: Day the leadmill missed out on Material Girl Madonna

The fun part of this job is that each and every day, you discover something new.

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In the Saddle: Why I’m daft about donkeys

In the Saddle: Why I’m daft about donkeys

I've always had a love of donkeys as they were the first animals which kick started my interest in horses but, at the age of two, I probably didn't realise what a significant part they would play in shaping future passion for equines.

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Column: I was a cat lady but I fell in love with a dog

Column: I was a cat lady but I fell in love with a dog

There is one thing in life that will never disappoint you. One thing that will love you unconditionally. It will cheer you up when you’re down, and take you out when you’re moping around the house.

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RETRO: Taking a look back at the history of Sheffield toolmaking family

RETRO: Taking a look back at the history of Sheffield toolmaking family

This week we take a look at the history and home of the Lockwood brothers, best known for their involvement in the toolmaking trade.

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COLUMN: Are you happy with health services in Doncaster? Do you think they could they be improved?

As Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group, I spend a lot of time reading reports and diagrams relating to the services we organise and fund for Doncaster patients.

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Column: What’s in a name? Lots when you’re celeb!

Column: What’s in a name? Lots when you’re celeb!

Did you know that Gordon Ramsay’s 15 year-old daughter, Matilda, has landed a publishing deal to write a cookbook? Yes, that’s right, she’s 15. The title is set to accompany the teenager’s third CBBC TV series ‘Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch’.

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ANTIQUES COLUMN: Chief designer William Henry Goss branches out on his own

ANTIQUES COLUMN: Chief designer William Henry Goss branches out on his own

William Henry Goss was chief designer at the Spode works in Stoke-on-Trent by the time he was twenty-five, but he was not happy and decided to branch out on his own.

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COLUMNIST: Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime

‘Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ was a mantra of the Blair government, as it has been for politicians of all hues when seeking votes.

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COLUMN: Spreading the word about autism

Today is the start of World Autism Awareness Week at School and local teachers will be using this annual event to help spread the word about why it’s so important to understand and accept autism.

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