Lifestyle
02 December 2002
I have a Christmas gift idea for all readers "in the regions", as they patronisingly used to say on Nationwide. For the...
Lifestyle
25 November 2002
There's been a fuss about how this year's Booker-winning novel, The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, has the same premise as...
Sport
18 November 2002
I was born in a street with a name that always fascinated me - Albermarle Road, York. The house overlooked the...
Travel
11 November 2002
To Blackpool for the last weekend of the illuminations. On the Saturday at 5pm, I fulfilled a lifetime's ambition by...
04 November 2002
''Lost Tube passenger beaten to death", ran the headline on the London Evening Standard last week. It was possibly the...
28 October 2002
If your heart is in the north but your house is in the south, you're in a good position as far as "local author" status...
Food and Drink
21 October 2002
To Edinburgh, a fine city associated with beacons of the Enlightenment such as James Watt, David Hume, Adam Smith...
14 October 2002
To recap, Rod Liddle got into hot water because the Today programme, of which he was editor, inadequately covered the...
07 October 2002
A friend sent me some tapes by the Lancastrian comedian Al Read, who was born in Salford in 1909 and died 15 years ago...
Lifestyle
30 September 2002
Since this column stopped being about class and turned to north-south matters (which is, admittedly, more or less...
Lifestyle
23 September 2002
Professor Michael Argyle, the psychologist who died this month, once published a study of the number of times that...
Food and Drink
16 September 2002
Leeds, according to a new survey by Tesco, is "the surprise pie-eating capital in Britain". More than 1.2 million pies...
Society
09 September 2002
I am writing this while sitting on a bench donated by the Leeds Back Pain Association to Park Square, Leeds. Park...
02 September 2002
According to the London Evening Standard, Underground commuters may be inhaling dangerous amounts of dust. Measurements...
26 August 2002
Harry Enfield once said he was usually the second funniest person in any room. Well, I spent most of my university...

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