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10 Ways To Improve As A Photographer - Lesson 9: Timing And Point Of View
It's not only in sports photography where timing is so crucial. In street or "reportage" photography, timing can also be vital to making or breaking an image. The photo above was taken in Parma,…
Parma, Northern Italy. Photo © Karl Blackwell
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Ingleborough Cave Photography Day

Construction Dinner Raises £11,000 For Alzheimers's Society

L-R: Samantha Birchall of Arup, Marie Hadfield of HLM and Bethan Wood from Alzheimer's Society
L-R: Samantha Birchall of Arup, Marie Hadfield of HLM and Bethan Wood from Alzheimer's Society
The organisers of the Sheffield Charity Construction Dinner, held at Baldwin's Omega on Friday 24 October, are delighted to announce that the event raised £11,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 4:53pm

Spiral Of Candles For Early Evening Contemplation At York Minster

Stephanie O'Gorman lights candles for the departed
Stephanie O'Gorman lights candles for the departed
A serene spiral of remembrance will be created in York Minster's Chapter House as part of its Saints and Heroes event to celebrate the season of All Saints and All Souls, running from 4pm each day…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 1:24pm

Donated Stairlift Is Precious Gift To Local Family

Sandra Beresford with her son Dan
Sandra Beresford with her son Dan
"With only weeks to live, we're trying to keep Mum as comfortable as possible but we never thought she'd be able to return home. The donation of a stairlift changed that."

When Sandra Beresford,…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 10:18am

Radical Plans To Tackle Workplace Obesity Welcomed By Barnsley Fitness Guru


A fitness champion who helps hundreds of South Yorkshire employees become healthier has welcomed new hard-hitting plans by NHS England to tackle obesity in the workplace.

The NHS needs an extra…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 5:03pm

Charity Challenge Of A Lifetime


Nigel Tyreman from York has recently returned from a trip of a lifetime where he helped to build new homes and futures for vulnerable families in South Africa.

Nigel spent seven days working on a…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 1:39pm

Teenager Who Broke Back In Crash Completes Sponsored Swim For Air Ambulance

Natasha Sedgwick with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Graham Pemberton
Natasha Sedgwick with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Graham Pemberton
A North Yorkshire teenager who broke her back in a head-on car crash has raised over £2,000 to say thank-you to the air ambulance crew that rescued her.

Natasha Sedgwick was driving to…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 12:07pm

Lisa Hart
Do Virtual Friends Like Cabbage?
By Lisa Hart
Features Writer

I have just read an interesting article in a magazine on how you must ensure friendships do not became virtual Facebook friendships only, as this is a negative thing and should be avoided at all…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 3:12pm

Double Delight For Knaresborough Dementia Café


A dementia café in Knaresborough has proved so popular for people with dementia and their carers that it is now set to run twice weekly.

The café at Gracious Street Church will now run on 2nd and…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 4:29pm

22 Stone And Dancing With Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell. An ideal dance partner?
Darcey Bussell. An ideal dance partner?
So we have talked about the unspoken parts of weight loss but now I want to celebrate what the body is capable of - exercise.

Now before we start, I need to confess an addiction..... I am the…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 5:46pm

Major Companies Stride Forward With Walking Project


A dozen more companies have signed up to Walk Barnsley, a project to encourage people to walk more and take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle

The latest companies - who join 50 other…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 4:55pm

Maria Bevan
Mental Health, Debt And Honesty
By Maria Bevan
Mental Health Correspondent

Yorkshire Times' new mental health correspondent Maria Bevan, a health co-ordinator across South Yorkshire for public service provider A4e, starts her new series with a look at mental illness and…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 9:43am

I Really Was 22 Stone!

I was 4 ½ stones heavier than Lenox Lewis when he defended his last heavy weight title
I was 4 ½ stones heavier than Lenox Lewis when he defended his last heavy weight title
At my biggest I was 22 ½ stone, well I think that was my biggest as I have not stood on a scale since I was young but I am quite sure this was close to my biggest!

To put this into perspective -…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 3:00pm

The Colonel
Treadmill Training
By The Colonel
The Colonel's Journal

Think running on the treadmill is less effective than running outdoors? The Colonel, at gym chain Xercise4Less, says think again. Although treadmill running can be easier as you don't have to…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 4:53pm

Everyday Foods Could Be Fatal For Your Pet

photo by Josh
photo by Josh
Everyday foods and household items could be potential killers of your pets, a leading veterinary business has warned.

But whereas most owners would know to keep their animals away from the slug…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 3:44pm

State Pension £1,300 A Year Top Up: The Countdown Begins

photo by 8mm & Other Stuff
photo by 8mm & Other Stuff
Pensioners have 1 year to go until they can obtain State Pension top-ups worth up to £1,300 a year.

People can pre-register now and from 12 October 2015 until 5 April 2017 they will be able…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 4:43pm

Treasure Trove Opens In Skipton

Sue and Gary, owners of Butterflies
Sue and Gary, owners of Butterflies
A new accessories and gift store, Butterflies, has opened in Skipton.
Based at 7 Albert Street, the boutique, owned by Susan and Gary Senior, offers an eclectic mix of ladies jewellery, fashion…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 9:16am

Latest Health And Travel Advice For Hajj And Umrah


Public Health England (PHE) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) strongly urge everyone travelling for Hajj and Umrah to familiarise themselves with all the latest health…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 3:19pm

Autumn Fitness In York

photo by Art G.
photo by Art G.
Autumn can create a melancholy attitude for everyone, the summer is
over, the leaves are changing colour, the weather is cooler and nights
are becoming darker and longer.

With the changing of the…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 9:00pm

Graham Clark
Review: Yorkshire Wildlife Park - Doncaster
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

If anyone had told me that you could see lions, tigers and giraffes roaming around in the UK's number one walkthrough wildlife attraction in Doncaster a few years ago I would not have believed…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 12:55pm

The Growth Of The 'Pre-Nup'

photo by State Farm
photo by State Farm
A growing number of couples contemplating marriage are making formal plans for the possibility that it might not last, says Richard Hoare, a family law partner with Andrew Jackson solicitors

The…

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Sat 20th Sep, 2014 | 10:50pm

Celebrating Older People's Day 2014


To celebrate National Older People's Day on Wednesday 1 October, Harrogate Borough Council's Fit 4 Fun Team, Age UK and Ripon Leisure Centre will be holding a variety of physical activity taster…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 5:46pm

Garden Design Gets Streetwise At Harrogate

Liz Watson, from Groundwork, puts the finishing touches to her Best in Show winning Inspiration Street garden Be Resourceful
Liz Watson, from Groundwork, puts the finishing touches to her Best in Show winning Inspiration Street garden Be Resourceful
When it comes to show gardens, Harrogate Flower Show (12 - 14 September 2014) is streets ahead this autumn.

Launching a new feature called Inspiration Street, the show is featuring a range of…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 11:09am

Alia Muhanna
Opinion: Social Media And The Modern Day Feminist
By Alia Muhanna
Features Writer
The traditional feminist: Emmeline Pankhurst
The traditional feminist: Emmeline Pankhurst
Feminism has always been around, that being whether it is associated with the iconic image of the suffragettes in the late 19th century or the modern day movement of women from all around the…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 9:46am

Best Dressed Ladies Step Out In Style At Town Moor

 Best Dressed Lady Jayne Walker-Ellis (centre) with Katie Newsam (left) from Barnsley who came second and Cherrie-Leigh Pearman (right) who came third
Best Dressed Lady Jayne Walker-Ellis (centre) with Katie Newsam (left) from Barnsley who came second and Cherrie-Leigh Pearman (right) who came third
South Yorkshire's most stylish ladies were out in force yesterday for the return of the DFS Ladies Day at Doncaster Racecourse and the hotly anticipated Best Dressed Lady competition.

The Town…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 7:56pm

Peter Foley
September Gardening
By Peter Foley
Gardening Correspondent
acer palmatum 'Lutescens'
acer palmatum 'Lutescens'
September always seems to be one of the nicest months in the garden with the pressure taken off somewhat with regards to weeding and watering. Summer slowly gives way to autumn and the lovely…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 12:16pm

Competition...

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show 2014

Experts will be on hand to offer guidance
Experts will be on hand to offer guidance
We have teamed up with The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show (7-9 November, HIC, Harrogate) to offer three lucky winners a pair of tickets to the exhibition.

This…

more details and competition entry...
Competition expires on Tue 4th Nov, 2014

Local MP Helps Raise Awareness Of Spotting Early Signs Of Cancer


Barnsley Central MP, Dan Jarvis, joined Cancer Research at their Cancer Awareness Roadshow in Barnsley last Friday (27th October), to help raise awareness about the importance of spotting cancer…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 1:03pm

Yorkshire Restaurateur Hot-foots It Back From China After Completing Epic Great Wall Marathon

Sam Mitchell
Sam Mitchell
Swapping tray-bakes for trainers, Sam Mitchell who owns The Peppered Pig restaurant and Pig's Pantry deli near Goole, Yorkshire has just returned from China where she completed 53 gruelling…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 12:02pm

Local Man Helps Raise £1.5M For Charity

 Barry Peel, Sales Manager at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice and Tracey Le Gallez, Head of Volunteering
Barry Peel, Sales Manager at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice and Tracey Le Gallez, Head of Volunteering
Barry Peel, from Leeds, has won an award in the 'Volunteer Manager Award' category for his priceless contribution to helping to raise over £1.5M at the weekly sales at Sue Ryder Wheatfields…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 4:37pm

Gary Fawcett
Bright Lights Of London: Napoleons Casino and Restaurant Leicester Square
By Gary Fawcett
Correspondent

Napoleons Casino and Restaurant has nestled on Leicester Square for 27 years. The interior decoration is much the same as most of the other Napoleons "up North" but the dining is completely…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 11:22am

Harrogate Wins Gold At 2014 RHS Britain In Bloom Awards

Members of Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate Borough Council's Parks and Environmental Services staff celebrate their win
Members of Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate Borough Council's Parks and Environmental Services staff celebrate their win
Harrogate has scooped Gold in the Small City category at the 50th Britain in Bloom UK Final awards, Europe's biggest community gardening campaign now run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 11:10am

Kit Johnson
Merry-go-Round or Roller Coaster?
By Kit Johnson
Correspondent

Merry-go-Round or Roller Coaster: which are you?

My Dad took me on a Roller Coaster at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach when I was five - up and down, up and down, left and right. Wow! I always begged…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:05pm

Burst Into Song In Skipton


Songs from the shows, folk melodies or Beatles numbers are all on the menu for a music group, Singing for Fun, which is run by Alzheimer's Society twice a month in Skipton.

The benefits of singing…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 4:10pm

25,000 Bulbs Planted At Yorkshire Arboretum

Bulb planting at the Yorkshire Arboretum. Photo by John Grimshaw
Bulb planting at the Yorkshire Arboretum. Photo by John Grimshaw
A team of volunteers and staff has achieved the remarkable feat of planting more than 25,000 bulbs in just 2 days at the Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard.

Nearly 40 people pitched in to…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 5:30pm

Warmer Homes: Government Doubles Number Of Pensioners Receiving Energy Bill Discount


In total, more than 2 million people will receive the subsidy - an increase of 200,000 on last year and around twice as many as when the scheme was first launched in 2011.

The initiative, which…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 12:00pm

Louise Gebbett
Oxfam Trailtrekker. The 100km Dales Endurance Is Back For 2015
By Louise Gebbett
Features Writer
Headlights at nighttime
Headlights at nighttime
Over the past 6 years, thousands have taken on Oxfam's Trailtrekker challenge - an epic team event across the Yorkshire Dales. One of the most respected and toughest walking challenges in the…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 3:52pm

One In Five Yorkshire Adults Losing Sleep Over Money Worries


One in five adults in Yorkshire and the Humber (846,308) are being kept awake at night worrying about money, according to new findings released today by StepChange Debt Charity. Figures from the…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 12:01am

RICS Launches Nationwide Infrastructure Photography Competition

photo by See-ming Lee
photo by See-ming Lee
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has launched a nationwide photography competition for members of the public to capture images of major infrastructure projects.

Entrants are…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 8:37am

Yorkshire Mother To Run Support Group For Those Affected By Life Theatening Allergies

checking food labels - photo Anthony Albright
checking food labels - photo Anthony Albright
A Yorkshire woman with a severely allergic son has started a support group to help others affected by severe allergies, or 'anaphylaxis'.

Caroline from Beverley, Yorkshire has a 5 year old son…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 12:05pm

Stephen Hart
Motivational Monday: Toiling Upward
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

"The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,

But they, while their companions slept,

Were toiling upward in the night."


Henry Wadsworth…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 9:34am

Hugh Bayley MP Calls For An End To "Game Of Chance" Bus Service For Blind People

Hugh Bayley with Chris Theobald
Hugh Bayley with Chris Theobald
Getting off at the right bus stop is like "playing a game of chance", says guide dog owner Linda, about her experiences navigating the bus network without sight.

Hugh Bayley MP got a chance to…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 4:15pm

Number Of Centenarians At Record High: World War 1 Generation Hit 100

photo by Steve Winton
photo by Steve Winton
13,780 people are aged 100 or more in the UK - a rise of 70% in a decade, according to new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

It is now estimated 1 in 3 children born today will reach…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 6:54pm

National Fitness Day 'Power Half Hour'


Barnsley-based Team Activ are calling on local people to don their gym gear and pack health clubs, leisure centres and community places to take part in 'Power Half Hour' exercise events for…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 4:43pm

Theakston's Taken To New Heights!

Kris Stephenson (right) and Theakston's Cooper, Jonathan Manby, with the four-and-a-half gallon Base Camp Challenge Cask
Kris Stephenson (right) and Theakston's Cooper, Jonathan Manby, with the four-and-a-half gallon Base Camp Challenge Cask
A former Nosterfield publican is to undertake an unusual challenge for charity next month (October) by trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest with a traditional wooden beer cask strapped to…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 10:04am

Forgemasters Flora Floors Judges

Forgemasters' winning gardens
Forgemasters' winning gardens
A Sheffield steelworks has taken top honours in the Yorkshire in Bloom 2014 awards.

Sheffield Forgemasters was awarded a gold award and named category winner in the large business premises…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 8:00am

Sponsored Cycle Ride Raises £3,000 For Good Causes

This year's riders
This year's riders
An annual charity bike ride sponsored by Masham brewery T&R Theakston Ltd has raised more than £3,000 for local, regional and national charities.

Almost 50 cyclists saddled up for the annual…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 10:49am

Less Smoking, More Joking: Stoptober Campaign Launched

Sign up to the Stoptober challenge now
Sign up to the Stoptober challenge now
Stoptober: the 28 day stop smoking challenge was launched this week with the support of top British comedians.

British comedians, including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray and Simon Brodkin, appeared…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 10:58am

Hats And Horses Make Ladies' Day A Winner At Thirsk

Stephen Hanson Best Dressed Gentleman
Stephen Hanson Best Dressed Gentleman
The rain failed to put a dampener on the Ladies' Day events at Thirsk Races on Saturday, with scores of stylish racegoers turning a grey sky to pink, green and red as they aimed to secure one of…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 8:02pm

Richard Trinder
Harrogate Flower Show 2014: More Than Just Flowers
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Roses at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Photo by Tony Smith
Roses at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Photo by Tony Smith
The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, 2014, has kicked-off in style with some stunning displays of, well, flowers.

Large crowds are thronging the halls where near-perfect examples of dahlias,…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 5:52pm