0 Have your say With Spring finally upon us and the nights becoming lighter, better weather is finally on its way. If you've been stuck indoors all Winter, desperate to get your hiking boots out, now is the time to get outdoors and try something different. There are an abundance of outdoor activities on offer in Yorkshire, some of which are slightly out of the ordinary, so if you're searching for a tranquil activity or something fuelled with adrenaline, there's a wide range to suit all tastes.1. Go CavingThe Yorkshire Dales is a great location for anything related to the outdoors, but if you're looking for something more adrenaline-filled than just going for a walk in the countryside, caving provides something a little different. There are an abundance of places you can go caving in the Dales, including popular spots such as Long Churns, Great Douk Cave and Gaping Gill. There are a wide range of caves to explore, including smaller caves in which you can crawl, or caves with … [Read more...] about 9 unusual outdoor activities to do in Yorkshire as Spring arrives
Part of our historical talk series. Samuel Galton Junior: the unusual case of a Quaker gunsmith The Galton family were exceptionally successful gun makers in eighteenth-century Birmingham, making most of their money from selling weapons to merchants engaged in the slave trade. However, they were also Quakers as well as friends with prominent anti-slavery campaigners. This talk considers their business history and how the family, especially Samuel Galton Junior, reconciled his business activities and religious beliefs. Harry Smith I am a research associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, based in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. There I work on a project examining the history of business owners in England and Wales between 1851 and 1911. I have previously worked on the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Birmingham and have published on William Hutton and on the Priestley Riots of 1891. Please book … [Read more...] about Samuel Galton Junior: the unusual case of a Quaker gunsmith
A gymnast has spoken out about living with an unusual immunological disorder that makes her allergic to her own tears and hair. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) is a disorder that causes the body to over-respond to triggers such as food or weather. It causes Natasha Coates's scalp to blister when new hair grows. It's so agonisingly painful she often cries in reaction, which then causes a red rash down her face. "I had caught a cold and started reacting to the virus and it was relentless. I ended up in intensive care because I stopped breathing, which was rather traumatic," she told IBTimes UK. Since being diagnosed at 18, she has had 250 life-threatening episodes leading to hospitalisation. As a result, her gymnastics training has taken a knock and she has had to cut down. But this hasn't stopped her from going for gold, and as a British disability gymnast she currently has 22 titles to her name. She is the UK's number one disabled gymnast. "MCAS affects my entire life. From what I … [Read more...] about Mast Cell Activation Syndrome made this girl allergic to her own hair
As 2018 gets underway, there is hope that people in Sheffield, in search of a new hobby, may take up bell-ringing. According to the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, there are 66 working bell towers in South Yorkshire - seven in Sheffield alone - and the future of bell ringing in the area has been revealed to be under threat due to a lack of new recruits. As part of the Ringing Remembers campaign, to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers nationwide in memory of the 1,400 bell ringers who died in the First World War, a call has been put out to the people of Sheffield to learn to ring bells this centenary year and save this ancient art. Leading bell ringer Alan Regin said: “I was a youngster when I started ringing peals - that’s the more advanced bell ringing for extended periods - and wherever I rang, I was often the youngest bell ringer in the band. Now, close to half a century later , I am, on occasions, still the youngest, and this concerns me. “I’d love people … [Read more...] about Does unusual hobby ring your bell?
North Korea's Punngye-ri nuclear test site has recently witnessed increased activities, which could indicate that the reclusive nation may be preparing for yet another missile test. Satellite images reveal that the site's North Portal, where the last five nuclear tests were conducted, remains dormant, with water draining from the entrance. However, stepped-up tunnelling activities have been detected at the nuclear test site's West Portal. On 28 December, satellite images also spotted around 100 to 120 personnel at the site's Southern Support Area in seven different mysterious formations. According to experts at the US-based think tank 38North, personnel are rarely observed in this area of the nuclear test site and the purpose of the unusual activity remains unknown. 38North experts believe that the spurt in activities at the Punggye-ri site indicates Pyongyang's continued efforts to keep the site ready for more nuclear tests. "Approximately nine mining carts are present at the West … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site sees hectic tunnelling and personnel activities