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surely not... It can’t be, can it? It isn’t September already, is it? We all distinctly remember looking forward to the start of the summer, and that was only... (silently calculates the date en masse) OH NO, IT IS SEPTEMBER! Where did the year go? Did someone leave the time drain unplugged, as several months have just slipped down it, never to be seen again. Woe are we! Deep breath. Sorry about that; we’re okay now. As shockingly fast as this year is moving, we are all actually very happy that the summer has ended and autumn’s leafy paws are beginning to grip our hearts. Although you might have to pack up your summer shorts until next year, and dig out the waterproofs, at least York in the autumn transforms into a wondrous world of orange and red loveliness.

To make the most of September, we have created an issue packed with lots to do, from the bursting events pages, filled with fun things to experience, to a Treasure Hunt that will help you appreciate the daily life of a Roman sentry (we explain later). Yes, you might have to wrap up a little more than you did last month, but make sure you get out there as much as you can and soak up the autumnal gorgeousness.

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A family pass to The Treasurer’s House and a kid’s Re-Cycle.

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COLUMNS 10-11. YORK LIFE. Rachel both should and shouldn’t eat and drink a number of things. Conflicting scientific research into wine has our resident grumpy old woman in a tizzy. 26-27. KRYSTAL’S GEMS. Half a decade, 1/20 of a century, and 0.5% of a millennium... that is how long Krystal has worked for YLL. She writes about it. 62-63. HOWARD. Currently a father of three, Howard discusses how soon he’ll be a father of four. Yep, he’s gone and done another baby inside his wife’s uterus, and writes at length about the resulting emotions.

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and life in general AS SEEN BY RACHEL RAGG

My day was just progressing nicely when The Text arrived. “Check your emails,” it advised me. Any excuse to stop ironing. But what a mistake. For the email in question contained a link to a cheering piece in the newspaper. “Why white wine could be doing you more harm than you think.” I have no idea why this was sent it to me, as I am not in the slightest bit interested in wine of any hue unless it is a day ending in ‘Y”. However, I read on. What a delightful compilation it is. Candida, liver disease, skin cancer, weight gain, depression: all sideeffects of a nice glass of white Burg. Not to mention my particular favourite: skin mites.

However, rather than simply switching to gin, I start to do some research (i.e. randomly Google things). And what an enlightening business it is. Honestly. Wine is Very Bad for you. Red or white, it increases the risk of breast cancer by 9%. Though hang on a moment: according to a study cited in the Daily Fail, it also protects against cancer. Moreover, Chablis may be

“Red Burgundy can help with menopausal symptoms.” positively good if you suffer from arthritis, and Cabernet Sauvignon might help to stave off Alzheimer’s

and Parkinson’s. Red Burgundy can help with menopausal symptoms. Champagne can help with indigestion. And, of course, we all know that red wine - any red wine - can prevent heart attacks. So far, so confusing. But then throw exercise into the mix, and it gets worse. Two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week reduces the risk of breast cancer by 12%. Given that I I have at least two and a half hours of strenuous exercise every day, never mind every week, does this mean I can down a bottle of wine a night and still have a reduced risk of cancer? Now there’s a thought.

In fact, it seems that I am so much in health-credit that I could take up smoking and still live to be 100. I don’t own a cat (they can cause schizophrenia, apparently, not to mention prostate cancer), and I do have a garden (gardening can lower blood pressure and exposes us to dirt). I am not overweight, therefore might have a reduced risk of diabetes. I don’t take selfies (these can apparently cause skin cancer). I don't have a laser printer (as bad for

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your lungs as coal mining, apparently). I drink green tea (can reduce your risk of a stroke by up to 20%). I don’t eat salt (oh hang on a minute: salt was Very Bad, and now it has been declared a Good Thing. Along with butter). And not to mention the Mediterranean diet, though if this week’s newspaper reports are to be believed, I’m not sure my income is high enough to reap the rewards of this. I'm also not all that sure that pizza counts as 'good for you' (though a recent study said that cheese, formerly demonised, has now been rehabilitated. Good news for Love Cheese, then).

Well, I think. I am very much none the wiser. Not least because whichever Scientific Study you look at, it very quickly becomes clear that things 'can' be good for you, or 'might' be bad for you. Which really tells you nowt at all. But it does of course make me think how very lucky we are to live in York. You can walk everywhere - thereby cancelling out the cancerous nature of the glass of wine at the end of the trek to the Star Inn, and the extra diabetes-causing inch you would otherwise gain at the Fisherman’s Wife. We are terminally put off the idea of selfies, thanks to the gaggles of foreign tourists outside the Minster. We have marvellous market stalls selling everything we need for the Mediterranean diet, along with Henshelwood’s collection of butters for every occasion.

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Got a problem? OF COURSE YOU HAVE. Lucky Daphne’s got all the answers. Write to her care of Your Local Link and she’ll soon sort you out.

Hey Daphne, My new girlfriend still pays bills with her ex partner. They have two phones on the same contract and there’s a couple of lose ends in terms of tv packages and broadband. I know that these things can be tricky to get out of, but I feel like he is using it as an excuse to keep in constant contact with her. He’s still single and regularly texting her. Should I be worried? Worried boyfriend

Dear Daphne, I recently had a massive row with one of my friends about me having to pay for our meal and cocktails. She had conveniently forgotten her purse it’s not unusual for her to always be a few quid short, never have the right change and outright state that she can't afford stuff, leaving her friends to have to sub her. None of us ever get paid back and one day I just lost my temper and shouted at her about it. Now that I’ve calmed down, I realise that she's hard up and I feel bad. She hasn't been in contact since we had this row several weeks ago and I don't know what to do. Guilty mate x

LOST MY TEMPER

Apologise. No harm ever came out of apologising, explain that you lost your temper and you didn't mean to shout. Perhaps suggest doing something together that doesn't cost a lot of money, or consulting her before you make plans. It may just be that she doesn't want to miss out on social engagements, regardless of whether she can afford it or not. Stay strong in terms of paying for her though, you don't want to be taken advantage of. Daph x

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Worried boyfriend, I don't think you should be worried. If your girlfriend hasn’t been out of her old relationship for very long, its quite normal that there are loose ends to be tied up. The phone contract is a bit tricky - she could set up a direct debit to go into his account every month or vice versa. The other bills can be transferred to one or the other. I get the impression it’s too soon for you to say anything, so I would wait a couple of months, see if the texts get less regular and broach it later on in the relationship if its still bothering you. Daphne x

Dear Daphne, I have been with my partner for nearly a year now and I was recently introduced to his young teenage kids. The problem is, they hate me, and I’m not too fond of them either. They weren't ready to meet me, think I’m awful for taking him away from their mother and are, of course, in that difficult answer-back teenage stage. I find them ungrateful and rude. Can I salvage this relationship? Anon

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to deal with and it’s good that you want advice and are willing to try and see past the kids’ behaviour. Be careful not to speak too badly about your partner’s teenagers to him. Remember that parents love their kids way past how other people see them, and he won't necessarily agree with you. It is maybe worth bringing to his attention that you're worried you’re not getting on great with them and see if he can put forward any suggestions to help the situation. A conversation between him and the mother could solve the children’s attitudes, if there is a united front from both sides. In the meantime, wait it out - they will grow up and realise you're not terrible. Unless you really are a wicked stepmother…

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HERE ARE A FEW FA M O U S FAC E S W I T H W H O M YO U S H A R E YO U R S I G N . . .

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VIRGO

23RD AUG 22ND SEPT

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There would seem to be a marked improvement in the conduct of relationships and as two people pull together towards a common goal, a much lighter and brighter atmosphere is generated within the home. Special anniversaries give you a lift (discounting the usual birthday thing) or something may occur which becomes an anniversary to be remembered in the years ahead.

A little extra cash opens a few doors, although it has to be said that parents with school-aged children may experience a financial drain. Older children bring pride and pleasure when they are successful in a career ambition. Celebrations all round for that one! One slightly negative note concerns an unexpected bill in connection with transport or motor maintenance. Contracts being signed in connection with jobs.

ARIES

energy developing before month’s end. Parents may be concerned for the welfare of female children.

21ST MARCH - 19TH APRIL

On more than one occasion you will find yourself in the middle of family arguments which have nothing directly to do with you. If you just sit back and let others get on with it, you’ll be accused of not caring, so you’d better say or do something to show willing – not that it will actually change anything. Make a point of not believing all you hear.

TAURUS 20TH APRIL - 20TH MAY

For the sake of domestic harmony, avoid fights with lovers and partners

and let them have their own way. Keep any critical thoughts very much to yourself. Probably some issues with money, where it’s gone and what you’ve got for it, leading at last to some sensible discussions in connection with investments and savings plans.

GEMINI 21ST MAY - 20TH JUNE

Some good ideas being kicked around at the moment, but the only way to make them work is to put them to the test. There will be some (surprising!) support from a lover or partner, which could well lead to a much stronger romantic

CANCER 21ST JUNE - 22ND JULY

There is a mood here of burning boats and blowing up bridges. Careful, then, when making decisions. There will be no going back once they’ve been made. Overseas links are quite strong and connect with reunions and business opportunities. Anything to do with pension plans, insurance and saving schemes, seems to be highly relevant.

LEO 23RD JULY - 22ND AUGUST

It’s worth remembering that actions always speak louder than words, and this philosophy is something which cuts both ways. As you are being judged by your actions, then so must you judge others! September is a month for separating the men from the boys and for cutting away some of the dead wood you’ve acquired over the summer..

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Ladies, before you can get what you want, you must offer something in return – and offer it first! Gentlemen will be considering every offer and opportunity, weighing up the pros and cons before they commit. Money that is owed to you probably starts finding its way back to you. However much it is, sit on it or shove it in a sock under the bed.

SAGITTARIUS 22ND NOVEMBER - 21ST DECEMBER

Whatever else may be happening, it is the romantic energy of life which seems to dominate your life at this time, and the more you can put into a relationship the more you’ll get out of it. Yes, there are a host of other things on your mind, but follow your heart and your emotions to find the best, and in some cases, the only solution!

CAPRICORN 22ND DECEMBER - 19TH JANUARY

I think that in this month you are going

to get something you have wanted for a long time. The question is, will it bring as much pleasure and satisfaction as you thought it would? Travel energies are strong, and even if there is only one special weekend away, it will be a time worth having because it brings fresh energy to long standing unions and relationships.

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AQUARIUS 20TH JANUARY - 18TH FEBRUARY

If that which you give is taken for granted, then stop giving it and let’s see what happens next! Romantic aspects are strong for emotional rebels but the “Old Fogey Brigade” marks time to the same old tunes. Elderly Aquarians become alarmed at the speed in which the time flies by, and thus, we may see some impulsive “second childhood” situations arising.

PISCES 19TH FEBRUARY - 20TH MARCH

I would have thought a very bright and positive month for the majority of Piscesians, especially single fishes who are in the river of life waiting to be caught. There are significant gains and successes in both affairs of the heart and business/ career ambitions, and I dare say your mood will become more enthusiastic and positive than it has been for years! advertori al Enjoy!

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Turn right onto Lord Mayors Walk. Round the corner you can see the walls again – nice and straight, as they were in Roman times. Keep walking. • What is the maximum weight a truck can be to park on this street? • Me and who?

Turn right again and pass through Monkbar. There was never a gateway here in Roman times, but lets use it anyway to get “inside the fortress”. But... • When was the gate’s barbican removed?

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Carefully cross the road and enter the Museum Gardens. You’re still on the same Roman track, but now you can see actual Roman wall remains to the right. Stay on the path, heading for the Multangular Tower. • “Died February 9th 1970, aged...”? • When was the tower’s stone plaque presented?

The walls, still on the Roman alignment, start again at Bootham Bar. But don’t go up the steps, instead cross the road and continue down Gillygate. • Why is 26a Gillygate so cheap? • What two lovely and gentle things greet you as you seek salvation?

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Right, let’s start walking. Head down Lendal, part of what used to be an access road around the outside of the front of the fortress. • What city’s monarch sells fried potatoes around here? • What number does the judge live at?

Turn right at the tower and follow the walls along the path next to King’s Manor. These sit right on top of the original Roman walls. After a while you’ll alight onto Exhibition Square. While there... • Which Henry stayed here? • Which princess necessitated the creation of a new gateway?

Carry on along Goodramgate for a while before turning left onto Aldwalk. We’re now following the Roman walls from the inside. • What military association is headquartered around here? • When was the Merchant Taylor’s Hall built?

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STEP 2

To begin our trek around Eboracum, we start by the fortress’s entrance. Stand on St Helen’s Square outside Harkers and looking up Stonegate. This is where the Praetorian Gate once stood. But... • What kind of company used to call Harkers home? • Which famous confectioner used to live next door?

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in the very first version of York, the Roman legionary fortress. To get a sense of the fort that would one day become our home city, we’re going to walk around it. Kinda.

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Carry on, keeping the market on your left. The streets you pass, Patrick Pool and Silver Street, both came into being by people knocking holes in the Roman wall. Needs must, eh? • Which couple would love you to join them for lunch?

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Cross over Parliament Street by the (dead) fountain and carry on along Market Street. By the junction next to Costa is where the southern tower of the fortress stood. • Can you spot Rabbie's place? • In case of fire the switch must be... what? (tricky one, this) Turn right onto Coney Street, whicih, along with Lendal, served as a riverside walk along the fortress's facing side. • What is hanging around on no. 25? • And finally... in what year was that same insurance company from question one started? Yep, it's in Roman numerals. Which is appropriate.

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Carry on down the street until you hit King's Square. This was the site of the Porta Principia Sinistra, the gateway opposite that which stood where Bootham Bar now stands. Head for the market. • In which fun little book was The Shambles first mentioned?

Well done! You just walked around (and through, a bit) the Roman legionary fortress of Eboracum. Big place, eh?

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YORK LIFE Join us as we journey back in time. No pushing. THIS MONTH: THE BACKHOUSE NURSERY During the 19th century many northern cities experienced huge growth thanks to booming industries like steel, coal, and textiles. York, however, experienced a more gentle and far less dangerous boom with its exports of chocolate and, rather romantically, flowers. One name synonymous with horticulture in York for almost 200 years was Backhouse, and the company left its mark on the city.

BLOOMIN' 'ECK York's association with internationally-renown botany has a lot to do with James Backhouse – several of them, in fact. The first James Backhouse

(1721-98) was a rich chap from Darlington, who, along with his son, James, formed Backhouse Bank. James' son, also called James, used his family's wealth to get a sound education in Leeds, and, both as a result of an interest in plants and as a sufferer of asthma, took an apprenticeship at a nursery in Norwich. After two years James (along with his brother, Thomas) began looking for their own site to establish a nursery, and they purchased a lot on Toft Green in York in 1815, owned by the Telford family. Interestingly, the site (which is now home to office buildings and the old railway station currently occupied by City of York Council) had been granted to the Telfords since 1665 on the site of a Dominican Friary garden, itself established in 1228.

BOOMIN' 'ECK From this point on, business was booming. The early 19th century saw a huge interest in botany, especially for specimens from far-flung regions of the world, which the Backhouse brothers were able to source. Gardening amongst the landed gentry became popular (although we assume not

many of them actually did any digging themselves), and the company provided not only seeds and plants, but also expertise in growing and care. In 1827 James' wife died, leaving him with two young children; one called James. Despite that, he left both the business and his children in the care of his brother and set sail for Australia. His was undertaking missionary work as a Quaker, but also used the expedition as a chance to collect rare samples from Australia, Mauritius, and South Africa. On his return to York ten years later (!) he took over running of the nursery, joined by his son, James.

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However, following the agricultural depression of the 1880s, and later the First World War, demand for expensive plants and gardens fell. In 1921 much of the site was sold off (now covered by houses and a school), but the remaining part soldiered on in a vastly reduced state of 28 acres. This too, unfortunately, had to sold following the death of the final James Backhouse, and in 1955 City of York Council purchased it to turn into a public park. But the Backhouse legacy lives on. Take a walk around West Bank Park and you'll see glimpses of the old nursery, including the rockery, towering alpine trees, and tantalising lumps and bumps of long demolished buildings and greenhouses in the woods. And hey, the remnants of a beautiful nursery are a far better legacy for York than the crumbling ruins of a coal mine or steel works.

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HELLO OPERATOR WHERE: Fibbers WHEN: 30 September INFO: Well it must have been ages since I last plugged my favourite band, of all time. HO are back in York to play a gig where it all started after playing the whole UK festival scene with This Feeling, signing a publishing deal with a huge music industy player and getting played on Hollyoaks. Turn up for big riffs from the best lead guitarist that ever did live (my boyfriend - no he didn’t pay me but he might read this).

YLL Design, Editorial & Accounts smashing Gr8 Escape I am dissapointed to report that they didn’t roll out the red carpet, declare my birthday a workplace bank holiday or welcome me into the office with my own personal walk on song and a round of applause (there’s still time guys). When I first started working here I was a defiant teenager, I’d dropped out of college, and was working in a bar. Luckily, that’s where I met Dean, I had a bit of banter about me and he thought I would be great in sales. He was wrong. I was TERRIBLE. Not only could I not sell, I fell asleep at my desk several weeks into the job. Picture above.

Realising the severity of my mishap, I decided to try and pass it off as a sleep disorder, much to the amusement of Mim and Kelly who pointed out that I stank of booze. I spent most of the morning untagging myself from nightclub pictures on Facebook and trying not to throw up before the exhaustion crept in. None the less I persisted, skirting my way into the design office. I began writing a monthly column about the trials and tribulations of being the resident teenager. It was here that I realised I loved writing and wanted to make a career out of it. Things were going to great until I

accidentally deleted a whole magazine three days before it’s print deadline. There’s no trash can on our server, you live by the sword and you die by it. I had to draft in some help and work like mad to re-create Best Pages in half the time. Your Local Link has been like the boyfriend everybody wants and needs. They have seen me at my worst and decided that my best self was worth it. And with that support and attention I’ve gone on to achieve stuff that I never thought I would. I am an NCTJ trained journalist, I’ve been a regional finalist for ITV and Mediatrust’s Breaking Into News, I have cared for a beautiful

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You may have previously read about the great work York Rescue Boat does in this column. If you haven’t, the charity formed in 2014 and carries out vital work to keep people around the River Ouse safe. Now they’re looking for volunteers to join them in this worthy cause. The open evening for volunteers wishing to join takes place on 4 September at Beechwood Close Hotel. There will be a presentation on available roles, the work they do and an insight into training.

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gaggle of cacti - who thrive in the work environment. Oh and my microwave cooking skills are just incredible.

I haven’t just worked for Link, I’ve grown up here. For 21% of my life I’ve been an employee of this company. I think that amount of time really shapes a person. I’ve made some incredible friends, earned a living, bought a car and learnt a tonne of stuff about publishing. While I’ve been here, I’ve seen nearly 300 publications go out into the world and I’m only 23. That’s a big deal. My days of going out on the lash on a ‘school’ night are way behind me, and I won’t be deleting any more magazines any time soon, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. So thanks YLL’ers, here’s to the next five.

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What we’ve e u s s i s i h t learnt JAMES IS A POPULAR NAME FOR BOTANISTS

If you’ve ever met a gardener called James, he’s in good historic company. This month, while researching our Time Travel feature, we learnt that there wasn’t just one famous James Backhouse (of Backhouse Nursery – now West Bank Park – fame), but rather five. Or six. We lost count, to be honest. Successive fathers naming their sons James has not only confused us, historians, and post office workers, but surely family get-togethers were a nightmare. Anyway, find out more about the many James Backhouses (and their legacy) in the article.

It’s easy to spot the Celts

If, this month, you’re worried about the city being attacked by filthy Celts, have a go at sentry duty. For the Treasure Hunt this issue we are walking around the Roman fortress of Eboracum, tracing the exact position of the military base that grew (after many exchanges of power) into our beloved York. You don’t need to don Roman armour and march around the route barking Classical Latin at ginger people, but it definitely will help. Jus’ saying.

X SHOULD NOT BE A LETTER

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It is, come on. Ask someone to draw their impression of what goes on during the average August, and you’ll see crude scribblings of beaches, bikinis, beaming yellow circles in the sky, and happy, sweating faces. But that is a lie. Quite frankly we welcome September and the coming of autumn, as August is always something of a damp disappointment. We’ve said it before, but the British Summer lasts for two weeks in early July. The rest is just... bleurgh. Either way, HAPPY HALLOWEEN CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR!!!

Don’t get us wrong, X is a very useful eXample of an eXcellent character, but we don’t agree that it should hold letter status. The alphabet should consist of only 25 letters, and that kids’ song should end “vee, double-you, COUGH, why, zed!” Because X is never the beginning of a word, ever. If you can name a word that starts with X right now, I’m afraid you’re a weirdo and nobody likes you. And X-Men doesn’t count, nerd. We discovered our distaste for X this month when completing our A to Z of road safety, geared up for the start of the school year. To find out what we finally used for X, flip there now.

...BUT 9 IS?

We were a little shocked to learn that kids at school no longer get graded with letters (A*, A, B, C etc...) but instead now work toward a number grade. Apparently 9 is the highest, dropping down all the way to 1. Why? Surely 1 should be the highest grade, as you can’t get any further than a number 1 (The mathematicians amongst you are all probably shouting, ‘zero IS a number!’), but having 9 as the top mark leaves it open to, ahem, ‘improvements’. Maybe there is a secret 10 grade, but only kids who go to Eaton can achieve it. Conspiracy! Anyway, read what Sarah has to say about the matter in her Sarah’s Asides column this month.

Civil Unrest

According to our Events Hotlist this month, it is 375 years since the start of the English Civil War. Who knew? Well, obviously historians, people who are into their history, and maybe even that Greenland Shark who is thought to be about 500 years old (he might have been there). Still, Yorkshire 375 will be taking place at Scampston Hall at the end of August, in which The Sealed Knot Society will re-enact a Civil War battle in all the smoky, messy, loud, and bloody glory. Apparently a higher percentage of the population died in that war than in World War One. Crikey. Lets not have another one of those, okay?

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MARKETING ONE-TO-ONE by John Allsopp

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“What gets measured gets done� Drucker, Deming, Peters et al LET'S SIMPLIFY. When was the last time you looked at your Google Analytics? If I'm honest, when it first came out I resisted it. I didn't understand what it was. If you feel the same way, or if you haven't checked your Analytics for a while, this is for you. Analytics is free. It's a service by Google that tells you how many people visited your website, how they heard about you, and what they tend to do when they get there.

something (or you wouldn't have a website in the first place). So .. when people come to your website, what do you want them to do? For many, they want people to buy something. What exactly is that action .. do you want people to call you to make their purchase? Or do they

How did your heart feel when I said that? Did you feel bad about not having enough traffic and perhaps not really knowing how to fix it? That's OK. Most of us have low traffic websites. If you're a garage door repair service or a wedding cake decorator, you probably won't have thousands of web visitors and that's how it should be. So why should you check your Analytics? Because you still want people to do

enquire using a form? If your site is an ecommerce site then that's fairly clear, they pay. Or maybe you want more social media followers, perhaps you would like people to open an account with you, or share your blog. For your chosen desired outcome,

you can create a Goal in Analytics. You may need a little technical help with that (get in touch if you like). Once your Goal is set up, you can see whether, for instance 10% of your Google Search traffic buys versus say 20% from ads. Perhaps your sales are coming from social

media, Twitter especially. Knowing that helps you focus your marketing efforts. You can see which search phrases people entered before they found you, and you can tell which searches turned into sales. If those were used in natural search, maybe you could profitably place ads on those phrases.

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“A key measure of success is your bounce rate,” If you have enough traffic, you can do a split test. For instance, which homepage picture is best? Analytics can run 'experiments' where visitors are split and some see version 1 of a particular web page, others see version 2. With Goals set up, you can see which version (photograph) delivers most sales. Once the experiment is over, you can go with the better picture and test something else. Evolution got us pretty much everything, with Analytics you can evolve your website. A key measure of success is your bounce rate, that is: what percentage of people arrive at your website and leave quickly without doing anything. Often it's about 40%. Your website's speed and its first impression are key to your success. You can run experiments to improve your bounce rate. Basically Analytics lets you follow the money. Using it, you can spot what's working and do more of that, and see what's not working so you can do less of that. It lets you hone your sales system

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Looking for interesting local people and companies to follow on Twitter. Here are some we like.

Treat the team If you're organising a conference, or an important AGM, why not hold it somewhere other than the dark and damp meeting room in the basement? The National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, just outside of York in Sand Hutton, is set in 32 hectares of wooded countryside and boasts luxurious accommodation for up to 250 delegates. Available for full or half day hires, the rooms are modern and spacious, and catering is available. There is even outdoor meeting space, should the weather be nice (or not, if you're organising a meeting of the Rain Appreciation Society). There is free parking, disabled access, and friendly staff with tonnes of local knowhow. Your next meeting, conference, exhibition, or event could be a lot more attractive and business-like if you give them a call today. n For more info, call 406668.

York Bike Belles

(@YorkBikeBelles) Get the latest from one of York’s friendliest walking and cycling club.

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(@TheBHF) Get info about the Heart of York bike ride, taking place in the city on 3rd September.

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THE RIDGE WALLET. Suffer from trouser bulge? No, not that, you filthy minded exec. We mean the problem of having an overlystuffed wallet. If your wallet resembles a ball and you're embarrassed to whip it out at the wine bar after work (2pm each day, yah?), you need The Ridge. An innovation in wallets, The Ridge is two slices of metal held together by elastic. It can securely hold anything from one to 12 credits cards, as well as a bundle of notes. RFID-protected, and tough as old boots set in concrete, you'll impress the whole board room once you pull this out. Just make sure its always filled with moolah, okay? n £50 from www.ridgewallet.com

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incentive enough to go with them, the friendly staff draw from both a wealth of local knowledge, and from the national support of being a part of one of the UK's biggest property services companies. They know the very latest in landlord regulations, and can advise you on how best to present your property to attract more interest. Furthermore, they also offer a full property management service, so, in case of an emergency at the house or flat that you can't attend, they will. Peace of mind, and reduced fees – not normally something you get from a two year old! n To find out more about what the carter Jonas York team can offer you, give them a call today on 558230.

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Each month Dan delivers his thoughts on local, national, and international sporting clashes. Pray silence.

Stadium cost and I bet Neymar doesn’t have a retractable roof”. Speaking of money, when I saw Man United were linked with Tinder, I thought perhaps it’s the right winger they are supposed to be crying out for, but in fact it’s a sponsorship deal that will see them pocket £12 million for having the dating app logo on their shirt sleeves. I guess they will try anything to get a decent match at Old Trafford. So it’s not just male BBC presenters that seem to get all of the money in the world. Brazilian superstar Neymar has been signed by PSG for a world record £198 million. Why they didn’t round it up to 200 seems to have passed me by, but someone worked out that for the same price as buying Neymar, PSG could have bought 792,000,000 Freddos, which begs the question… when the hell did that tiny chocolate bar become 25p? I know football has been money mad for a long time now, but paying a guy who scored 13 league goals last

HOM E A N D AWAY season half a million per week is a bit OTT, even by football’s standards, although Neymar has said the move wasn’t motivated by money. That may be true, but if he dropped a £2 coin it literally wouldn’t be worth bending down to pick it up (and not just because in France they pay him in Euros). One person commented that, “£200 million is what the Millennium

Of course York City don’t spend in the millions, but have been touted to have the largest wage bill in the National League North. This is the club’s first ever season in regionalised football and in 25 years of supporting the club I don’t think we have ever been favourites for any league we have taken part in, but looking at the likes of Leamington and Spennymoor Town, perhaps this is the year the Minstermen come out on top. Naturally, York City proceeded

to lose the opening game of the season at home to Telford United 1-0, where doom and gloom were in equal measure. I think there was more hysteria created than people seeing the new Bake Off trailer, as supporters contemplated what league was below the National League North (think it’s the SPL) after the indignity of losing one football match. People need to calm down; it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Sure enough, the next game they won 2-0 at the mighty Blyth Spartans and fans could breathe again. Some further positive news was that work on the new Community stadium will officially start in October after a lengthy process. I think the move was first mooted back in 2004 (with the view to move in by 2009). To put that in context, in 2004 Simon Cowell just revealed plans about a (karaoke) programme called X Factor, Peppa Pig was aired for the first time, and Nadia won Big Brother.

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MEANWHILE, IN CRICKET... While York City’s season is just getting underway, Yorkshire CCC is coming to a close. September will see the final four County Championship games taking place, with the last finishing just before October, which is pretty ridiculous for a British summer sport. Supporters will be seeing their own breath as the last wickets tumble. I made the mistake of going to the last County Championship game against leaders Essex at Scarborough where Yorkshire were bowled out in less than two days play. As ever you can always rely on the supporter’s conversations to be the overriding highlight. Imminently retiring stalwart Ryan Sidebottom had a bucket collection for his testimonial and one tight Yorkshireman said he put a quid in but wanted 90p change. My favourite moment was a man paying £4 for a bacon roll and after asking for the rind to be cut off looked like he had ordered an overpriced pork scratching.

A couple of months back we featured a preview of the York City Past Players Charity Golf Day played at Pike Hills Golf Club on 26th July. The event was a huge success with the winners “Yorkie Boys” captained by former “Yorkie” mascot, Steve Ovenden. Featuring a host of former stars such as club legends Dale Banton, Andy McMillan, Scott Kerr and Derek Hood the organisers were able to present York Against Cancer with a cheque for £2000 towards the running costs of the new mobile chemotherapy unit, now being used in the York area. The photo shows York Against Cancer manager, Julie Russell, receiving the cheque from former City favourite, goalkeeper Graeme Crawford, alongside organisers from Pike Hills GC Graham Bradbury and Garry Dunn. Graham Bradbury was delighted with the event and would like to thank everyone involved including participants and all sponsors who supported the event.

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YOU NEED THESE NEW FANCY THINGS OR YOUR FRIENDS WILL SHUN YOU. SHUN YOU! LUMOS SMART BIKE HELMET. As the nights start to draw in, it's time once again to consider road safety. If you're a cyclist why not smother your head in lights? That is the thinking behind the Lumos Helmet; a crash hat with lights on both front and back. Also, by way of a clip-on handle bar control unit, the helmet even has indicator lights, so cars behind know exactly where you're planning on going. Oh, and it'll keep your brain safe in the event of an accident. And we do so love your brain, you know? n£159.99 from www. amazon.co.uk FOOBOT. At home reading this? If so, what is going into your body right now? That is what the Foobot will get you thinking about, as this is a smart home air monitor. Foobot detects pollutants in the air and sends an alert to your smartphone, telling you to do something about it, such as open a window to let in more air. It can warn of bad stuff like moulds and mildew, and will glow red if too much nasty stuff is detected. We think this sounds rather useful, especially if you have children with breathing conditions. n £180 from www.foobot.io

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For under £20! HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS TRAVEL MUG. If you’re potty about Potter, get this mug and join Harry, Ron, and Hermione for a morning cup of joe. n£12.99 from www.iwoot.com

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Eh? Seriously, that is a real term now being used by car manufacturers. It refers to the fact that consumers are becoming so very used to swapping their latest possessions on a regular basis – just like they do with their smartphones – that an increasing amount of people are changing their cars more regularly. Retail specialist company CAP HPI conducted research and found that people would prefer to update their cars over their phones, with many saying they get bored of their cars after just 18 months. To be fair to the average consumer, cars are being updated now with similar regularity to smartphones, and as more and more car makers create low-emission and hybrid cars (stuffed with clever self-driving functionally) there is a greater desire to get an updated model. We suppose this will become an even bigger craze when, as reputed, Apple release their own range of vehicles. Imagine that; a new car ever year. It’ll look the same, do what other cars have been doing for a year, but cost you twice as much. Whoa, iPhone burn!

What colour is your car? Green? Red? Pink? If so, you're a weirdo and deserve to be ostracised by society for not fitting in, you damn individual. That is because the most popular colour of car last year in the UK was white, with black following closely behind. White and black have been the top two choices for new car colours for a while now, with grey and blue nabbing the third and fourth spot. Although white was the overall fave, in England alone black was King, with white winning in all other member countries. However, reports show that white is slipping, with numbers

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SMART THINKING I was visited this month by Chris Franklin of ERT magazine, a man and publication I am sure you will never have heard of, but both are big news in the electrical industry. This is one of the few times Chris has ventured north; the last being the opening of our store in Harrogate five years ago. It's always great to catch up with him because by visiting so many stores up and down the country he is always in tune with the ups and downs of this crazy business. So what did we talk about? First up, the Smart Home. I have written before on this subject and the huge benefits of connected devices and appliances. I failed to understand the electrical industry's view that this is some sort of meal ticket, opening the flood gates to clients clamouring for kilometres data cabling to be somehow forced into their plasterwork. Chris conceded that I may have a point; part of the beauty of this new technology is the ease with which you can get it to all talk to each other, but there's still room for a quality install job that sorts out any wireless issues.

We then moved on to web sales. Are Herbert Todd looking to expand our sales area? I suppose the presumption would be yes, and by having a site that's always on you can always be open, ready to make a sale. However, that's not really what we're about. I don't want to hand my customers products to a courier to deliver, as that would not lend itself to an excellent customer experience. Since our move out to Monks Cross and spending so much time and money to set ourselves apart from the average I am pleased to report that the store is making waves both in the national industry press but, more importantly, to our local, loyal customers in and around North Yorkshire. We look forward to seeing many more of you soon! n Visit www.htodd.co.uk

You can never be too prepared... We hear from Mel Collier of JDL... There’s truth in the saying ‘none of us are getting any younger’ and I don’t know about you, but I want to stay in my own home for as long as I can. With this in mind, I have a lot of people calling me at JDL to ask if we can ‘future proof’ their bathrooms, without it looking too sterile or clinical. Of course the answer is YES! Gone are the days of ribbed handrails and cumbersome seats; it’s all about making the bathroom work whilst also making it look beautiful, and there are a number of things you can do.

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My garden lacks colour in autumn, so could you please recommend some plants that would provide lots of colour later in the year?

Although September welcomes the start of autumn, more than not the days remain warm and are usually an extension of summer. Attention to detail will keep your garden looking fresh and interesting in the weeks ahead, so continue to dead-head flowers. The cutting back of summer perennials which have finished flowering, and a light forking through of the borders, are a good way to keep weeds under control.

• Schizostylis coccimea kaffir lilies thrive best in a damp site, with their dainty small pink, red, and white flowers – truly a little autumn gem. • And last but not least, verbena 'bonariensis' boasts tall violet blue flowers on ridged stems, and will attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

To maintain trained forms and enhance flowering, wisterias must be rigorously spur-pruned in two stages: in summer and winter. Even wisterias that are allowed to ramble informally flower much better when spur-pruned. Prune in mid-winter, and again in summer, about two months after flowering. To aim of pruning is to control extension growth and to encourage the production of lateral flowering spurs.

Here are a good few perennials that will give you a late burst of colour to end off the year: • All of the Japanese anemones will add grace and charm to end of the season borders. Anemone 'September charm pink “honorine konigin”' is a beautiful white anemone, and “Konigin Charlotte” is a nice mid-pink. • Asters, also known as Michaelmas daisies, will start to flower later in September. Aster “Proffesor Anton Kippenberg” is blue with a yellow centre, and “Little Carlow” is a smaller variety with violet flowers. They also have pink, yellow, and white species. • Black eyes daisies will flower right through autumn and even into winter in the weather is kind.

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Paws for thought Calling all dogs! If you fancy a fun day out, and think your owner could do with a bit of exercise, drag them along to St Leonard’s Hospice special Paws for a Cause day on 10th September. Taking place at the University of York, the fun day will feature either a four or one mile sponsored walk, fun doggy classes, and even contents where you could win a prize (categories include ‘waggiest tail’ – you know, silly things that humans like). If all this sound like your kind of thing, and if you fancy helping out a really important human charity, paw this page of the mag over to your owner and do that sad eyes thing. They’re bound to go for it. n Find out more by calling 777777.

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You don’t need us to tell you this, but York’s parks are some of the best in the country. If you think that is merely an arrogant, but proud boast, don’t just take our word for it. The Green Flag Award has, for 30 years now, recognised parks and public spaces from across the globe that are well-maintained, safe, secure, and environmentally important. York already has several Green Flag parks, including Rowntrees Park, West Bank Park, Rawcliffe Country Park, and Glen Gardens, and this year both Clarence Gardens and Churchfield Open Space (AKA Wiggy Park) will be joining them. The accolade is important as it recognises the hard work and dedication of all the people – be they council staff or local volunteers – who help to make the spaces as nice as they are. Wiggy Park is near to our offices, so we’ll be celebrating with a go on the swings. Join us!

MEADOW KEEPERS’ SCYTHE FESTIVAL 9th September, 2-8pm, Millennium Bridge Fields, Fishergate. Have a go at scything, get advice on managing grasslands for wildlife, practise wildflower seed bombing, join a scarecrow competition and other fun activities.

YORK OPEN ECO HOMES 16th-24th September, across the city. Sharing experiences of floodproofing, Passivhaus building, eco-refurbishment, edible gardening, and fireless cooking.

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Sarah has something to say. Just keep it to yourself, will you? I GIVE THIS IDEA A 1 When I was at school, getting an A* at GCSE was the best you could possibly do. However, kids sitting their GCSEs this year will have been working to get a 9, after the government restructured the GCSE grading system. According to a press release we were sent, the restructuring of the exam system for 16 years olds will better prepare them for employment in “21st century Britain”. What other century are they going to get a job in? Apparently the new exams are tougher, making a 9 harder to attain. I don't really mind all this, but I'm quite fond of the letter system, and when leaving feedback on eBay I like to type “Very good seller A+++++++++”. Soon, no one will get what that means. “Very good seller 9” doesn't have the same feel, does it?

(especially me). That is the thinking behind OCAY, the Older Citizens Advocacy York charity, who work to help people over the age of 50 by providing a free and independent advocacy service to help them to have a voice in the issues that concern them. To offer the best possible service they can, they have recently moved to new premises on Priory Street. The new home for the charity has more space, especially to hold private and confidential meetings with their clients, which one day we all might be. So, if you need help or advice, go to 15 Priory Street, or call 676200.

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Young people! Are you looking for a challenge, but feel completely unready to hike up a mountain, or rough it in the wilds quite yet? If so, talk to the York Open Award group. They run a Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and will be enrolling new members in October for the expeditions next summer. Training will take place over the winter, so there’s time to get set. To find out more, email yorkopenaward@gmail.com

DOUBLE TROUBLE Two’s good company when it comes to dancing. Derwent Dance Works have annouced that they now have two coaches on the team, meaning there will be more classes for kids.

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They’ve also started offering Acrobatic Arts. So whether it’s gymnastics or to enhance dance training, you can take your children to a free trial this September and try out any subject for free. Personally, I see this as a big money saver, especially when your little one’s are undecided on what they want to do. Call 07985687807 or see www.derwentdance.co.uk

As you can tell from this monthly column, I feel I have a lot to say about what is going on in and around the city. Apart from you lot, I've also found a great bunch who are willing to listen to what I have to say... and my opinions might help everyone else. So could yours. That is because Healthwatch York are an organisation that listen to people's experiences of healthcare in the city, from stories of life-changing treatments, to being miffed that you can't get a dentist appointment. By listening to our experiences, they strive to make healthcare in York as good as it can be, so don't be afraid to sing up if you have something to say. Give them a call on 621133, or find out more at www.healthwatchyork.co.uk

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I’VE DONE IT AGAIN Howard Mosley-Chalk is a father and a husband. But more importantly he is a man. These are his (un)manly words. About two and a half years ago I wrote a column about being unable to fathom how life with three children would be; as my wife, meanwhile, cooked our third child in her glorious Scottish tum-tum. Well, similar thoughts are returning once more, because I'm very happy to announce that we are now expecting our fourth. Wait, not happy. Nonplussed. This one was (hush) 'unplanned', and unlike the previous three, did not fit in with some grand cosmic plan my wife had worked out with the moon and the spirits of her female ancestors, or however it is she plans things. No, we were both surprised. This is a surprise. One of those surprises that is both good and, forgive me dear wife, bad. Like a Christmas present you don't have any batteries for. Or like when

Sophie Ellis Bextor asked her bodyguard to stand between me and her. Good and bad.

PRACTICAL Four. Four damn kids. Even writing that now confuses me a little; not because I cannot comprehend what looking after four kids will be like (once you hit three you tend to stop trying and just accept the chaos), but because I'm kinda okay about it. I'm not stressing out as I did in that column two and a half years ago (or the one from four and a half years ago) but instead just enjoying the pregnancy ride. That's not a euphemism.

car. While my wife was dangling the pee-soaked test before my eyes, waiting for my reaction, I was mentally shuffling the kids around the car seats, pondering where the shopping will go if we pop up the second seat in the boot. I think I blurted out “We'll keep the roof box permanently on the car” before I said anything else.

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Although there will soon be yet another voice calling out “Daddy, can you...” to which I will have to respond and act several thousand times each day, I'm now even more hopeful for the future. You see, I have accepted my lot in life as a word-doer and human climbing frame, and my long held dreams of being the first stand-up comedian on Mars, and

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stroking Sophie Ellis Bextor's hair without her knowing, have long since faded. Now I'm all geared up to living vicariously through my children, so the more the merrier. At least one of those little monsters should make it to Mars. Once there, they could Skype me. I dunno.

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LET US FEAST! Scoff Medieval-style at Barley Hall this month Taking place during York’s famous Food and Drink Festival, this unique dining event at Barley Hall will whisk you back to the late Middle Ages for a gastronomic treat. Enjoy a three-course meal in the Great Hall while your hosts discuss the history of the Hall and talk you through the food available in medieval York. You’ll dine like a King at the table of William Snawsell; Goldsmith, Alderman and former Lord Mayor of York (and former owner of the hall). A bar will also be available serving hearty ales and fine wines. Cheers! n Visit www.thejorvikgroup.com/tickets

YOU’LL HAVE A GREAT NAY! The Royal Armouries present a spectacular horse show

The Royal Armouries in Leeds is proud to present a spectacular horse show, 27th-28th August, featuring the Winged Hussars; a crack team of fast-riding, sharp-shooting, sabre-rattling cavalrymen from Poland. The show will feature the traditional uniforms and military skills of the Winged Hussars, who were considered to be the elite of the 17th-century Polish cavalry. It will include displays of mounted drill exercises showcasing the horsemen’s skills with sabres, lances, and pistols. Shows at 12noon and 3pm daily. n Visit www.royalarmouries.org

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Civil war has broken out at Scampston Hall. The Sealed Knot Society proudly present YORKSHIRE 375 at Scampston Hall, near Malton, 27th-28th August, 11am-4pm. It is 375 years since the start of the English Civil War, when father fought against son, brother against brother, and the casualties were a greater percentage of the population than in World War One. The Sealed Knot Society will bring to you the sights, sounds, and smell of battle during the conflict, so a day of entertainment and education all rolled into one. A must for all ages! n Visit www.scampston.co.uk

IS IT GETTING HOT IN HERE? Steamy times at Harewood House’s Steam Fair The stunning grounds of Harewood House, Leeds, will play host to a steam fair over the weekend of 2nd-3rd September. There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions, including steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, and classic motorcycles. Also, performing over the two days live on stage will be the Crazy Bears, entertaining you with singing, dancing and magic tricks at various times. See also birds of prey displays, featuring magnificent eagles and vultures. n Visit www.outdoorshows.co.uk

IT’S YOR FESTIVAL Yorfest returns! Returning to York’s Knavesmire for the second year on 23rd September, Yorfest is a music festival being headlined by The Lightning Seeds. The festival will also include performances from The Rifles, The Slow Readers Club, and The Glass Caves, and country duo The Shire. Bound to be an incredible day of live performances, the festival received incredible praise from last year, so this year’s is sure to be even better. n Visit www.yorfest.com

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ROBIN HOOD: THE ARROW OF DSTINY (UNTIL 2ND SEPTEMBER) It's all very well stealing from the rich to give to the poor, but when you have no sense of direction then mayhem ensues! Robin Hood is lost in Sherwood Forest. It's not his fault; there are a lot of trees. But once again it falls to Maid Marian to save the day and get him and the Merry Men out of a scrape. They may wear the tights, but Marian knows what really makes a hero. A summer swashbuckling show for all the family as the team of actor puppeteers re-tell this classic story of heroism, valour, and the power of legendary teamwork with songs, slapstick and spectacle. PERFECTLY IMPERFECT WOMEN (14TH-16TH SEPTEMBER) York-born and raised storyteller Danyah Miller explores what drives us to want to live perfect lives. What is perfection and what's so bad about imperfection? This universal story examines the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and what it means to accept imperfection in order to connect more deeply with your female line.

COUNTRY SUPERSTARS (21ST SEPTEMBER) This truly unique show is hosted by Sarah Jayne, who has been performing as Dolly Parton for over 25 years and is Europe’s Leading Tribute to the Queen of Country. Sarah Jayne and award-winning vocal impersonator Andy Crust take us on a journey back through time, meeting some of the most influential icons who shaped Country music history. THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK (29TH-30TH) All children, animals and silly people welcome! The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds. Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem.

Visit www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk To book: 501935 WEST END NIGHTS (1ST SEPTEMBER) The show promises a wonderful evening celebrating the finest and best loved songs from the dazzling West End. THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD (21ST-23RD SEPTEMBER) The Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company present the duo's tale of a pair of strolling players – Elsie Maynard (a singer) and Jack Point (a Jester) – who become caught up in a risky intrigue at the Tower of London. THE AMERICAN DREAM (7TH OCTOBER) A unique concert featuring Miss Saigon and other American musicals, performed by The Bev Jones Music Company. Be absorbed into the passionate love story set in Vietnam and experience the horror of war and its devastating effects.

GRAND OPERA HOUSE To book: 0844 8713024

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL (8TH-16TH SEPTEMBER) York Stage Musicals brings the camp classic Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical to the Grand Opera House York in a brand new production. Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical is the heart warming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydneybased performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (19TH-23RD SEPTEMBER) Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, this worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

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TOSCA (6TH OCTOBER) Russian State Opera presents a dramatic masterpiece where love and, politics collide and murder takes place at the highest level. Tosca is one of the most iconic operas of all times. There are three famous arias, ‘Recondita armonia (Hidden harmony), Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore (I live for art, I lived for love), and ‘E lucevan le stele’ (And the stars shone).

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TAKING STEPS (UNTIL 5TH OCTOBER) When tongue-tied solicitor Tristram is sent along to oversee the sale of a large and crumbling house, reputedly a haunted former brothel, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN (1ST SEPTEMBER7TH OCTOBER) A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him. GOTH WEEKEND (14TH SEPTEMBER-7TH OCTOBER) The story of a girl growing up in a town where being different is difficult, where conforming is the norm. Mum’s no longer around and dad has started dating a bit too soon. Worst of all he’s dating Belinda, a Goth who looks like a vampire and has her purple hearse parked on the drive.

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ONGOING EVENTS UNTIL 5th NOVEMBER DEMOLITION AND RESTORATION, Treasurers House. After the success of the display last year, we expand the story so you can delve deeper into the changes Frank Green made to the house and find out more about the lost houses of York. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ treasurershouseyork UNTIL 5th NOVEMBER THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENINGBROUGH: PEOPLE, PLACES AND PORTRAITS, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, Tuesday–Sunday, 10.30am– 5pm. Uncover intriguing stories of prosperity, loss and reinvention spanning 300 years, from Victorian families to RAF crews. Visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough UNTIL 5th NOVEMBER VIKING: REDISCOVER THE LEGEND, The Yorkshire Museum. Two of the most significant and

internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain will be brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. Featuring exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries, the exhibition will explore how the Vikings transformed life in Britain. Visit www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk UNTIL 8th OCTOBER DAVID GREENWOOD EXHIBITION, Kentmere House Gallery. A masterful painter of townscape, he never tires of exploring its streets, snickleways, famous buildings and terraced houses. Visit www.kentmerehouse.co.uk

UNTIL 16th SEPTEMBER A SUMMER SPECTACULAR, Lotte Inch Gallery. An exhibition of new work by Emily Sutton, Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin, and more. Visit www. lotteinch.co.uk UNTIL 4th SEPTEMBER YORK MAZE, Elvington. It's back! Everyone's favourite way to get lost returns, as from 15th July York Maze will reopen and welcome one and all. However, the huge corn maze isn't the only attraction, as there will be the usual corny fun and games, including water wars, bumpy tractor rides, refreshments, a play area, and corn-fusing fun houses. This year's maze celebrates 40 years of Star Wars, and we're hoping that Farmer Tom has taken our advice and depicted Darth Vader riding a moped with a rabbit sitting on his helmet. Might happen. You don't know. Visit www.yorkmaze.com UNTIL 3rd SEPTEMBER 250 YEARS OF TERRYS, York's Chocolate Story. To celebrate the iconic brand’s 250th anniversary,

York’s Chocolate Story will be hosting a series of special themed tours and activities over the summer holidays, including the launch of a new guided city walk. create their very own chocolate lollies inspired by the classic Chocolate Orange. The team of expert chocolatiers will also be recreating classic Terry’s flavours from the past. Visit www. yorkschocolatestory.com UNTIL 3rd SEPTEMBER DANGEROUS ARTS, Royal Armouries, Leeds. The Royal Armouries’ highly skilled interpretation team will let you in to some of their secret training methods, such as how they decipher ancient manuscripts and choreograph violent fight scenes. Gallery performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the day, giving visitors the chance to have-a-go themselves. Visit www.royalarmouries.org UNTIL 3rd SEPTEMBER FAMOUS FIVE SUMMER HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE, RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 9.30am-

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SEPTEMBER 1st-3rd ART EXHIBITION, York Medical Society Rooms, 23 Stonegate. Over 125 framed, original paintings produced by the members on show, together with unframed pictures / prints, and original cards for sale. Email rdwjorvik2005@yahoo.co.uk 1st MICHAEL BUBLE TRIBUTE,

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donkey rides, have-a-go displays, a dog show, a beer festival, duck racing, food, drink, and wonderful entertainment. Then, the next day, Dunnington Live is a day filled with live music of all kinds, food stalls, a bar, fair ground rides, and so much more. Bands include Hello Operator, Dry Pilot, Boss Caine, Venturers, and many more. There'll be a few people calling in sick on the following Monday, we think. Visit www.dunningtonfayre.org.uk

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6pm. It's 75 years since the very first Famous Five book, so to mark the occasion the RHS are offering a range of exciting events and activities this summer. Birds of Prey demonstrations, outdoor workshops exploring how flowers and herbs can be used in food, medicines, and drinks, and also six performances of immersive Famous Five theatre across the garden await! Visit www.rhs.org.uk

2nd-3rd & 16th-17th OPEN WEEKENDS, Holgate Windmill. The exhibition Lost Windmills of York continues, and on the 16th, 10-11am, there will be a session for Minimillers (four to seven year olds) to make flour dough models. To book this, email minimillers@holgatewindmill.org 2nd-3rd DUNNINGTON FAYRE & DUNNINGTON LIVE, Dunnington. What a weekend the 2nd and 3rd of September will be for Dunnington, as it plays host to both the Fayre and Live musical event. Dunnington Fayre is a great day out for the whole family, where you can enjoy craft stalls,

2nd TIME TRAVELLERS’ FUN DAY, Saint Giles’ Church, Church Street, Copmanthorpe, 10am-4pm. Go see the craftsmanship of the church's panels and enjoy activities for the young, and the young-at-heart. FOREVER YOUNG FESTIVAL, Grimston Court, from 12noon. Fun has no age limit is the battle-cry for Forever Young Festival to be held at Grimston Court care home. The festival, hosted by Big Ian, will feature performances from Sam Holden,

3rd ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL DAY, Yorkshire Air Museum. Annual International Commemoration Day featuring a parade of service standards, Drumhead Service and ‘Sunset’ Ceremony. It'll be a poignant and colourful gathering of veteran, current and trainee service personnel. Also, enjoy a Battle of Britain memorial flight Lancaster flypast! Visit www.yorkshireairmuseum.org

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HEART OF YORK BIKE RIDE, throughout York. What better way to wrap up the summer months, than with an enjoyable bike ride with friends? Oh, wait... how about doing that while also raising funds for a very worthwhile cause? The Heart of York Bike Ride will get rolling on 3rd September, offering participants (aged over 14+) a choice of a 22 or 40 mile route. Funds raised will go towards the charity’s vital research into fighting heart disease. Visit www.bhf.org.uk/heartofyork 5th, 13th, 19th, & 25th SAVE A BABY'S LIFE WORKSHOPS, across York. The Royal Lifesaving Society Instructors provide free to attend life-saving workshops. For times and venues, email linda.nelson2704@gmail.com

offered for sale to the public with 10% of the sale being donated to a local charity, The Island. For more info, call 627239. 9th-10th HERITAGE OPEN DAYS, St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, 12.30-4pm. Open to the public and celebrating Heritage and Nature with an exhibition on “Aspects of the garden”. Refreshments available all day. Email mhill.york@gmail.com 9th MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING, Rufforth Village Institute, 10am-12pm. Part of the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds. There will also be a cake stall and raffle. Email judygrant51@googlemail.com

8th EVENING WALK ALONG THE RIVER FOSS, meet at The Ship car park, Strensall, 6pm. Join the River Foss Society, with optional meal afterwards. Call 491290. 9th SEPTEMBER-31st OCTOBER MICKLEGATE 'ART IN THE WINDOW ' TRAIL, along Mickelgate. Displays of local artists work in the windows of the shops on Micklegate. The artwork will be

THE PRESS FAMILY RACE DAY, York Racecourse. Enjoy a day of racing with the whole family, including activities for kids throughout the day, and bouncy castles. As well as all that, Paddington will be making occasional appearances throughout the day. To book, call 620911. 14th CIRCULAR WALK OF MILL GREEN VIA POND HEAD, meet at Dutch House, near Crayke. Join the River Foss Society for a five mile walk. Call 764702.

15th-16th YORK NATIONAL BOOK FAIR, York Racecourse. The eternally popular and always fascinating York National Book Fair returns. The York Book Fair has grown into the largest antiquarian and out-of-print book fair in the UK. Around 210 leading booksellers offer for sale a breathtaking diversity of books, as well as maps and prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds. There will also be a range of trade stands selling marbled papers and binding materials. With books on subjects ranging from children’s fiction to history, and architecture to cooking, this is an event that never fails to impress or to offer something for all budgets, ages and interests. Visit www.yorkbookfair.com

WEDDING FAYRE, The Parsonage Hotel, Escrick, 5-8pm. View the hotel and grounds, and meet with staff and hand-picked local suppliers who could help you big day go off with a bang. Call 728111. 10th PAWS FOR A CAUSE, University of York. A sponsored dog walk and family fun day. Should be a fantastic day with lots of things going on to suit ever kind of dog lover, and all in aid of St Leonard's Hospice. Call 01904 777777.

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16th THE GREAT GATSBY BALL, York Racecourse, 7.30pm. Enjoy a three-course dinner, raffle, silent auction, live entertainment, casino and a Charleston master class for those that fancy a bit of Strictly Come Dancing. Guests can try their luck on the casino, and all funds will go to HCPT who take disabled and disadvantaged children to Lourdes. Email group122@hcpt.org.uk BACON BUTTY DAY, Dunnington Methodist Church, 10am-3pm. Table Top Sales of cakes, cards, books, bric-a-brac, wood turning items and gifts will be available. Proceeds will go towards church refurbishment fund. Email dhomer50@gmail.com 18th POST SURGERY LINGERIE AND BEAUTY EVENING, Parliament Street, 6.30-8.30pm. Organised by Breast Friends York, enjoy fashion, fittings, and nibbles. Email info@yorkbreastfriends.org 17th YORK HISTORIC VEHICLE SHOW, York Racecourse. See classic cars, buses, lorries, and military vehicles in this fun family-friendly

20th THE HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM GARDENS, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, 5-6pm. A public lecture by Dr Peter Hogarth, part of YAYAS' 175th anniversary. Email piloti03@yahoo.co.uk 22nd SEPTEMBER-1st OCTOBER YORK FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL, across York. Enjoy the festival markets, demonstrations, cookery classes and sampling stands – all celebrating the very best York, Yorkshire, national, and international grub. For detailed listings, visit www.yorkfoodfestival.com

stalls from award-winning nurseries, and lots of unusual plants and delicious refreshments. Visit www.scampston.co.uk

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28th LET’S TALK KNEE REPLACEMENTS, Nuffield Health Hospital, 7-8.30pm. A talk about knee replacement surgery with Nuffield Health’s Dr Hunt. To book, call 715111. 29th MEDIEVAL FEAST, Barley Hall, 6-9pm. Taking place during York’s famous Food and Drink Festival, this unique dining event will whisk you back to the late Middle Ages for a gastronomic treat! Enjoy a threecourse meal in the Great Hall while your hosts discuss the history of the Hall and talk you through the food available in medieval York. Visit www.thejorvikgroup.com/tickets

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3rd LETS TALK MEN’S HEALTH, Nuffield Health Hospital, 7-8.30pm. A talk by the hospital’s Dr Chan and Mr Wilson. To book, call 715111.

7th, 10th, & 26th LETS TALK COSMETIC SURGERY, Nuffield Health Hospital. A talk by the hospital’s cosmetic surgeons. To book, call 715111.

7th-8th THE GREAT ANTIQUES FAIR, Wetherby Racecourse, 8am-4pm. A fantastic fair, with on-site parking and refreshments. Visit www.jaguarfairs.com

18th CLIFFORD'S TOWER AS IT STOOD FORTIFIED C.1684, Friends Meeting House, Friargate, 7.30pm. A talk hosted by the Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society. Visit www.yayas.org.uk

7th ART EXHIBITION AND SALE OF WORK, Wetherby Town Hall, 10am5pm. Work by The Artful Dodgers, with refreshments available and free admission. Email lindaataylor36@ gmail.com

19th-22nd THE NORTHERN ANTIQUES FAIR, Harrogate Convention Centre. The fair brings together the finest furniture, fine art, jewellery and accessories from some 35 specialist dealers. Its mix of antiques, midcentury and contemporary pieces will particularly appeal to the design-savvy looking for unusual one-off objects. Visit www.northernfair.com

COME DANCING, Melodie Park, Wigginton Road. Raising funds for York Against Cancer, enjoy dance lessons, music, and food. Call 691992.

20th CHEESE AND WINE EVENING, The Bar Convent, 7pm. Wine consultant Geoff Walker will introduce you to a selection of high quality wines. To book, call 643238. 28th SIMPLE GIFTS – MUSIC INSPIRED BY FOLKSONGS, York Barbican. York Musical Society chorus and orchestra perform. To book, call 0844 854 2757. 28th COMMUNITY CAROL CONCERT, York Barbican. Buy your tickets now for the 60th Carol Concert, taking place 17th December. Call 0844 8542757.

EVERY DAY JORVIK VIKING CENTRE, Coppergate. The world-famous attraction and most astounding discovery of modern archaelogy, Jorvik Viking Centre, has reopened after a multi-million pound reimagining following the devastating flooding in 2015. Enjoy a new ride experience with the sights, sounds and, of course, smells, of the VikingAge. The remains of 1,000 year old houses are revealed beneath your feet and Viking-age timbers are brought before your eyes. There is updated historical interpretation, showcasing the cultural ‘melting pot’ of 10th-century York, and the latest cutting edge technology bringing the Viking period to life. Visit www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

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DICK IS BACK, York Dungeon. Dick Turpin, the infamous 18th century highwayman, will return to York in an exciting new show. Visitors will be encouraged to hold on tight to their belongings while they take a seat in the carriage and travel along the York Road, where rumour has it the most notorious York villain has returned. Featuring new gags and special effects, visitors will learn all about Dick Turpin’s crimes and how he treated his victims. Visit www.thedungeons.com/york SECRECY AND SPIES, The Bar Convent. This state-of-the-art exhibition will inspire you with the story of the Bar Convent. Discover three hundred years of history and the remarkable people who have

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