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GARDENS: Frost, wind and drought...and maybe some summer sometime

In March I wrote of the dangers of late frosts and the damage they cause.

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In the Saddle: Springing into action....

In the Saddle: Springing into action....

Well, it feels like we are almost heading into summer soon. We've gone from thick, gloopy mud to dry cracked ground like a desert. It's either all or nothing with clay soil. On the plus side the grass is growing and I'll soon be able to spend less on haylage.

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Jonathan Senior

Favourite Things: Why Sheffield is a bustling yet green city that offers food for thought

Jonathan Senior arrived in Sheffield as a graduate in 1991 to start his legal career with a national firm. Save for an 18 month break (which took him to India, Rome, South Carolina - and Bristol) he has lived in Sheffield ever since.

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Northern Lights: ‘Place at the table’ is key to decisions being made and ideas implemented

Northern Lights: ‘Place at the table’ is key to decisions being made and ideas implemented

Years ago I picked up a call from a Mrs Robinson, who wanted to give her kitchen table to Weston Park Museum.

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Ruby (LIV HILL), Holly (MOLLY WINDSOR), Amber (RIA ZMITROWICZ)

Equality Column: Bridging the child protection gap

When I read that the BBC had dramatised the story of the Rochdale grooming scandal, my thoughts immediately turned to the many victims. How will the BBC do them justice? For me there is no more challenging subject matter than dramatization then the sickening abuse of children that gangs of men inflicted on young girls.

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Guillaume Desbiens gets stuck

Simmsey bids ‘au revoir’ to a noble Sheffield Steelers French Canadian

Steelers may have signed a top American League defence-man and a Swedish ‘stud’ this week, but there is only one place to start this column and that is with Guillaume Desbiens’ decision to retire from ice hockey.

Sport
Veronica Clark pictured with her  book, true story 'Stolen Girl'.  Picture: Marie Caley D4426MC

Column: ‘Three Girls’ is just the tip of the iceberg

Five years ago I wrote a book called Stolen Girl. A year later, in January 2013, it was published. The book created a backlash because it was one of the first to be written about the abuse of a white girl by an Asian (mainly Pakistani) grooming gang.

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Column: Bringing your dog back home

Column: Bringing your dog back home

Having chosen a dog, its essential to be prepared before bringing them home. The whole family needs to agree and be on the same page regarding house rules.

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Wildlife column: The great big bluebell hunt is on

Wildlife column: The great big bluebell hunt is on

The native, wild bluebell is one of our most iconic species for which we in Britain hold around 70 per cent or more of the global population; in conservation importance, our oak-bluebell woods are the equivalent of the rainforests.

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One way spells wrong way for some elderly drivers

Column: Over 300 miles . . . that is one L of a drive!

There can be no greater advert to make people resit their driving test after a certain age than the story of Valerie Johnson.

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Rita Howson, of Support Dogs, at Graves Park Animal Farm which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield.

Favourite Things: Nurturing a supportive and charitable way of life

Sheffield-born Rita Howson is the chief executive of Support Dogs, a national charity based in Brightside, which trains assistance dogs for children and adults affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability. She has always worked with animals, taking an animal care course at Shirecliffe College, and joining Support Dogs a year after it was founded in 1992, first as a volunteer, then working her way up from training dogs to running the charity. Rita, aged 49, was born in Gleadless Valley and now lives with her partner in Oughtibridge. She has two grown-up children.

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More pupils will attend their first choice schools this year, the council has said

Education: Green Party’s proposals include a complete overhaul of education

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take a look at the education policies of the main parties in the election, allowing you to consider how your vote could affect teachers and learners at Sheffield’s schools.

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GARDENING: The prickly subject of cacti

Busy lives means one of nature’s toughest plants is now back in vogue.

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Mad Management: A tale of national development in two cities and three countries

Mad Management: A tale of national development in two cities and three countries

As I conclude my study tour of Eastern Europe with Prague and Dresden – two cities which, like Sheffield, are in beautiful surrounds – it becomes increasingly clear the extent of our successive governments’ ignorance of the real political economy compared with Czech and German politicians.

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Saudi officials and Sheffield business leaders at DLA Piper in St Pauls Sheffield

Northern Lights: Inclusive growth are watchwords for more powerful, competitive city

As weeks go last week was, for me at least, a good one. Of course it had its usual ups and downs but three things stand out.

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Health Column: The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it

Health Column: The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it

For people like me – members of Sheffield Save Our NHS – it seems incredible that many of our fellow citizens do not realise that the very existence of our NHS is in danger. How is this possible when the last 12 months has brought on an increased clamour of concern from all quarters – patients, carers, health service staff, unions, British Medical Association, both senior and junior doctors, GPs and health bodies?

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Antiques Column: Sought-after Staffordshire figures

Antiques Column: Sought-after Staffordshire figures

I am afraid to say that on any matter which is not work-related it is very rare for anyone to take any notice whatsoever of anything I say.

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Wildlife Column: Flower that has gone to the dogs

Wildlife Column: Flower that has gone to the dogs

Well not so much ‘bah humbug’ but more wow, ‘bring on the dog violets’. Many of our special wild flowers are emerging at this time of year and quite a few, to be frank, are under-appreciated.

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Column: The real silent killer of men everywhere

Column: The real silent killer of men everywhere

Zoe Ball’s boyfriend, Billy Yates, tragically committed suicide last week. He was just 40 years old. Overcome with grief, the TV and radio presenter posted the following heart breaking message: ‘Goodbye, my sweet.’ Just days before, she’d told how her life had been turned around by her blossoming relationship. Zoe, who was once married to DJ Norman Cook, said she was looking forward to the future. Days later, that future changed forever.

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Column: Vote will determine our future

Column: Vote will determine our future

As I watched the local election results come in on Friday, I have to say I was delighted that UKIP were literally wiped out.

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