Opinion

Opinion

COMMENT: Our health service is wonderful

The gnarled hand of old age is beckoning its arthritic finger at me and all I want to do is run in the opposite direction - if only my fragile bones would let me.

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COLUMN: Public has had enough of unsteady leadership

COLUMN: Public has had enough of unsteady leadership

In 1961 Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse launched a West End musical entitled Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. They got the title from a piece of graffiti on an East London wall. The musical’s long forgotten, but the graffiti’s back, and after the events of the past few months, it’s hardly surprising that some people still feel moved to write on a wall. However, for many of the victims of Kensington’s Grenfell Tower inferno the wall is one of the main channels for anger.

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COLUMN: What to do if you see a dog in a hot car

COLUMN: What to do if you see a dog in a hot car

Just last week, an RSPCA inspector sent me a photo of a thermometer in their van - which showed that it was a whopping 45.3c inside the vehicle.

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COLUMN: I was once a tutting childless eye roller

COLUMN: I was once a tutting childless eye roller

I remember many an evening spent in restaurants rolling my eyes at wayward children.

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COLUMN: People gave their lives for us to be able to vote

COLUMN: People gave their lives for us to be able to vote

Well, here it is, the election no-one expected is upon us and who knows how much our confused and divided country will be changed by June 8?

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How to talk to your kids after a terror attack

How to talk to your kids after a terror attack

As parents or carers, there is a strong temptation to shield our children when bad news breaks.

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COLUMN: There’s no such thing as the perfect mum

COLUMN: There’s no such thing as the perfect mum

When I am out and about I enjoy talking to other parents. I also enjoy seeing all the different types of mums and their relationships with their children.

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COLUMN: Top cities for a May getaway

COLUMN: Top cities for a May getaway

The bank holidays of April and May give us the opportunity to take a most welcome bite-sized break or two around the UK.

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COLUMN: How exercise helped me think beyond survival

COLUMN: How exercise helped me think beyond survival

In today’s world, we are constantly being told that exercise is good for us, and that we should all do a little more in order to stay fit and healthy.

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Column: Celebrity couple hit a new rock ‘bottom’

Column: Celebrity couple hit a new rock ‘bottom’

I’d never usually write about Kanye West or Kim Kardashian because they are one of the most annoying ‘celebrity’ couples on the planet. Famous for rubbish songs (him) and her having a big bum, it seems everything they do further increases their profiles and their bank balance.

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COLUMN: Take care when gardening

It is usually around this time of year when you’ll be looking at your garden and thinking, maybe it’s time to do a spring tidy-up!

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COLUMN: Time to vote once again, by Roy Bainton

Brexit and the shock of Donald Trump becoming President are the result of populism, described by the Encyclopædia Britannica as ‘a political movement that champions the common person.’

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Common sense needed on holidays during term time

Common sense needed on holidays during term time

As a secondary school pupil I remember sinking down in my chair as my dad challenged my French teacher at parents’ evening about the educational benefit of a school trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

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COLUMN: Defend the NHS - it’s all we have left, by Roy Bainton

COLUMN: Defend the NHS - it’s all we have left, by Roy Bainton

Over the past year, the political world as we knew it has been blown apart.

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COLUMN: Pop for a pint at your local pub, before it’s too late

COLUMN: Pop for a pint at your local pub, before it’s too late

In the small town where I live, we are in danger of losing yet another of our local hostelries, which will leave us with a total of seven down from 11. Those that are left are clearly struggling.

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COLUMN: Perseverance and passion are key to achieving success, by Mark Cottingham, Shirebrook Academy Principal

Earlier this month, we celebrated the grand finale of our literacy week and did our bit for World Book Day by inviting staff and pupils to come to school dressed as Harry Potter characters.

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COLUMN: Dales pupils must be resilient to make it in the world

At Highfields School one of our top priorities is to prepare young people for life in a rapidly changing world.

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Artist's impression of how the redeveloped Co-op store will look

OPINION: Homes needed in the heart of town

It feels like it’s been empty for ages, but work is now finally poised to start on redeveloping the former Co-Op site on Elder Way.

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DT SAYS: School funding shouldn’t fall to fairs and fun runs

DT SAYS: School funding shouldn’t fall to fairs and fun runs

It’s becoming an all too familiar theme - there just isn’t enough money to go round.

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Tina put herself in the shoes of someone living with dementia to get a better understanding of the disease.

FEATURE: Virtual Dementia Tour changed my perception of disease

Tina Clough, of Derbyshire-based Poppy-PR, recently underwent a personal crusade to find out more about a disease which affects 850,000 people in the UK alone.

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