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York Inundated: The December 2015 Floods

With water levels already high across the north of England, and in parts of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – after Storm Desmond in the first week of December brought record rainfalls and flooded thousands of homes in Cumbria and Lancashire, with heavy rain persisting throughout the month – on 26 December, Boxing Day, more rain caused the Environment Agency to issue 7 severe…

What’s Hot in York: Dick Whittington (and His Meerkat)

The English pantomime developed out of the commedia dell’arte, a form of theatre that arose in Italy in the 16th century, and was characterised by comic improvisation based on sketches and masked types. Unusually for the period, the commedia dell’arte featured professional actors, with women rather than boys playing the female roles. Performers typically acted outside on temporary stages, utilising props, frequently…

What’s Hot on the First TransPennine Express

What’s hot on the First TransPennine Express is the people, who find themselves rudely pressed together on these trains which even the most overexcited anorak – damp long before he starts sweating – must admit are unfit for purpose. First TransPennine Express is a British train operating company co-owned by FirstGroup – who were once maligned only for their buses – and the French transport firm Keolis. The company’s…

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Blurred Out

In the sleeping hours of last Monday along York’s River Ouse, shrugging off the foggy, fuzzing and whirring night air, I attempted to photograph the 2015 supermoon lunar eclipse. I failed – the fog was too much, so that I could only sense rather than see the moon – but managed nevertheless to take twelve competent photographs around the event. Alas it is…

What’s Hot in York: Aldi

Aldi UK’s latest advert, which began broadcasting on television screens forgotten by the channel-change or mute buttons a little over a week ago, shows a series of reaction shots filmed in York. And though the responses range from shock and surprise to proud and conceited affirmation, none of the detained shoppers seem at all inclined to disagree when it is revealed that Aldi has been…

What’s Hot in York: The Blue Bridge

Walking towards the Blue Bridge in York, all one hears about is the Blue Bridge. Three youngsters hunch their shoulders and fling their arms as they scutter across it, up and then down, crying ‘Blue Bridge! Blue Bridge! Blue Bridge!’; and a man on a telephone takes momentary pause, vacillating to a stop as he queries whether the Blue Bridge provides a…

Trying to Catch the Perseids

In two sessions, on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, I stood out by York’s Millennium Bridge and watched and waited patiently and attempted to catch on camera the Perseids. The Millennium Bridge is illuminated come nightfall with lights of shifting colours, but the lights go out around midnight; and despite the pattern of these lights throughout the earlier session, and the constant…

Daily Visual 01.08.15: York Art Gallery Reopens

After a refurbishment costing £8 million which has taken two and a half years to complete, today York Art Gallery reopened. Since shutting its doors in January 2012, the venue has seen its exhibition space increased by 60%, with the creation of new first-floor galleries, and an expansion into some of the rooms previously occupied by the City Archives. An enlarged café area, operated…

Jolie Holland at The Basement, York

Last night Jolie Holland played at The Basement in York. A small and low-hanging room with a bar attached, located underneath the City Screen Picturehouse, the venue – which once seemed to focus on comedy, with intermittent appearances from across the more marginal performing arts – is showing renewed vigour as a place for foreign cinema and international music. It was…