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Column: Volunteering is good for all concerned

There are many factors that cause this - a friend moves away, a partner dies, the person develops a restrictive or chronic illness or disability and before they know it, their social circle, the one they relied on for years, ceases to exist.

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In the Saddle: Who stole my horse? Alyssia!

In the Saddle: Who stole my horse? Alyssia!

I'm loving the six week holidays so far - no more trying to muck out the horses before mad-dash school runs for us. It's wonderful. It's the best time of the year, despite the weather for August being a bit of a let-down.

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la grande plage de Royan

Column: French without tears ... or fear of officials!

I am writing this from France. The south west coast, to be precise. I have decided that I love France. I love the country, the people, but I particularly love the way of life over here.

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In the Saddle: Riding down memory lane...

In the Saddle: Riding down memory lane...

The other week it flashed up on my Facebook memories that it was this time last year I first met baby Sully as a diddy foal.

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Sarah Champion, Member of Parliament for Rotherham.

Column: Irresponsible to view us through a prism

I have to say that I strongly condemn Rotherham MP Sarah Champion’s incendiary statement in the Sun newspaper, entitled ‘British Pakistani men ARE raping and exploiting white girls… and it’s time we faced up to it.’
The fact that a Labour party minister, also the shadow minister for equalities and women would choose to racialise paedophilia and child sexual exploitation / grooming along ethnic lines is irresponsible. I believe it will encourage hatred against minorities, predominantly the Pakistani community provide fuel to the far right, and further legitimise the use of racial rhetoric.

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Wardsend Cemetery Bioblitiz and Open Day: Ben Keywood from Sheffield and Rothreham Wildlife Trust (left) identifying butterflies with David Baston

Children more interested in slugs that 19th century social history

“I’m very conscious of the fact that not everybody is interested in nineteenth century social history,” reflected Friend of Wardsend Cemetery Howard Bayley.

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Antiques Column: Modelled for maximum cuteness

Antiques Column: Modelled for maximum cuteness

Wade Whimsies are endearing animal subjects, modelled for maximum cuteness. 
At only 5.4cms their size added to their charm.

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Column: Customer service with a snarl, not a smile

Column: Customer service with a snarl, not a smile

Customer service, eh? More like service with a snarl! As the old adage goes, the customer is always right. Wrong! We're never right. In fact, we’re wrong to assume that customer service actually means what it says. I've been bitten twice in the past week by appalling customer service. In fact, it seems to me that good customer service is as rare as hen's teeth. My first brush was a missed delivery, so I contacted the company to arrange a drop-off at one of its collection points. Bizarrely, this was a chemist. The woman (I use the term loosely, she was actually a dragon!) refused to give me the parcel, a birthday present from my friend, because my mate had written a daft name – V Ron Ica - on the front as a joke. However, the fire-breather didn't have a sense of humour. She insisted that, because it didn't match the name on my driving licence, I couldn’t collect my own parcel, even though I’d produced my address, photographic ID and a special ‘collection’ barcode sent to me by the company. In the end, I had to phone the company myself (she was far too busy, serving one other customer!) I then put it on loud speaker (partly to wind her up more) and explained the whole ridiculous situation. It told her (still on loudspeaker) to stop being so daft and give me my parcel.

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Doncaster Pride event gets underway with a parade around the town centre

Column: Doncaster Pride is important for all of us

The team behind the hugely successful Doncaster Pride is putting the finishing touches to the eleventh event, taking place 19th August in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

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Moya Sketchley, Angela Reading and Charlotte Carey at Barra Organics

MY FAVOURITE THINGS: Sheffield artist loves the magical Big Moor and Barbrook

Moya Sketchley, an artist, allotment holder, vegan and mother of two, set up Barra Organics with environmentalist husband Mark Mercer in 2012 in a desire to bring the freshest and best organically farmed fruit and vegetables to Sheffield.

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COLUMNIST: Painting a picture of Lady Denham - the scandal and her demise

This painting, currently on display in Graves Gallery, depicts Margaret Brooke, Lady Denham (1647-67).

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A sloth

HEALTH: Diabetics are not lazy sloth-like people

I’m Bill Stewardson, aged 57, residing in Woodhouse Mill.

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The CQC told BMI The Duchy Hospital in Harrogate that it must improve last October.

Column: Technology boost for patient records

If you’ve had a health problem that has involved seeing different care professionals at different times you’ll know how frustrating it can be in having to recount your medical history to each of them separately.

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Antiques Column: Dazzling polka dots and flowers

Antiques Column: Dazzling polka dots and flowers

Born into a middle class family in the Potteries in 1902, Susie Cooper was hardly a typical factory worker. She joined local pottery A E Gray & Co. Ltd. to gain the experience of working in the decorative arts that she required to attend London’s Royal College of Art.

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Column: Stalking can have deadly repercussions

Column: Stalking can have deadly repercussions

Some people go to real extremes to monitor their ex-partner. But being concerned for someone and stalking them are two separate things. Stalking has been in the news lately thanks to recent anti-harassment laws.

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Column: BBC equality headline sends wrong signal

Column: BBC equality headline sends wrong signal

When the BBC recently published a headline “Male salaries could face wage cut” – aimed at achieving economic parity for women – I questioned why can’t women salaries go up instead?

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Martin Ross from HR Media pictured at Bramall Lane

MY FAVOURITE THINGS: Media company MD Martin Ross and what he loves about Sheffield

Martin Ross is managing director of HR Media Ltd, the Sheffield-based public relations company which is celebrating 20 years of working with clients across the region.

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Nigel Brewster. Picture Scott Merrylees

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Let’s go for good jobs as well as more jobs in Sheffield

This July saw the launch of the much-anticipated ‘Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’, setting out recommendations on changes to employment law and practices to improve both the quality and fairness of employment.

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Fitness Column: The end of a beautiful relationship...

Fitness Column: The end of a beautiful relationship...

‘What on earth are you doing?’ exclaimed my other half when he spotted me barefoot and hands on hips attempting to open the kitchen door with my feet.

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Is Yorkshire finally working together on devolution?

Happy chuffin’ Yorkshire Day!

Today is Yorkshire Day - raise your flat caps in the air and let me hear you say ‘eyup!’

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