'Our health care is at its greatest point of crisis'

Lancashire GP Dr David Wrigley is a senior member of the British Medical Association. In a personal view, he outlines the crisis health and social care confronting doctors’ surgeries and hospitals
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Are we all returning to apes?

We are (re)turning into apes

Stark naked and running through the hills and hunting for sustenance.

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Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is on the warpath in The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom - political plotting amid the Brian Blessed bellowing

At a time when the United Kingdom seems intent on ripping itself apart, it’s a good time for a drama which shows how the kingdoms became united in the first place.

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It's right next to the steering wheel, use it!

Go on, give me a quick wink

There are times when you just can’t stop a sly smile creeping across your face.

Are you a humble bragger?

If only you were my real friend

Look, I know only my real friends will share this column, but I really need the money to buy chocolate.

Opinion 2
Ant Middleton leads the crew in Channel 4s Mutiny

Mutiny - Captain Haddock versus Captain Wazzock

I blame Bear Grylls. Ever since he burst on to our TV screens around 10 years ago, eating locusts and drinking his own bodily fluids, there have been a whole raft of TV shows featuring man’s (and it usually is men) battle against the elements, nature and his own ego.
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Burnley Town Hall

Please don't fuel this one-man grudge

Cash-strapped Burnley Council has been forced to cut staff and  services for the last seven years and there seems to be no end to the savings it has to make.

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Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Selfie-love not crime but art

They are hidden deep down in my chest of personal memories, the photographs that chronicle my childhood as an awkward, shy child with a really, really, bad haircut.

Opinion 2
Olivia Colman and David Tennant are back on the beach in Broadchurch

Broadchurch - A promising return to form

So, here we are then, swooshing over the golden cliffs of Dorset on our way to Broadchurch (ITV, Mondays, 9pm), the restless sea surging on to the beach below. If this third series of the police drama had started anything like the second, then I might have been tempted to chuck myself off those cliffs.

TV and Film
Driving whilst using your mobile is illegal

Still no stopping some idiots

I suppose that after 56 years of shuffling around on this planet, nothing that life can throw in my face should surprise me.

David Baddiel (right) with brother Ivor (left) and dad Colin

The Trouble With Dad - an affecting look at dementia

Caring for a sick relative is hugely difficult. Whatever they’re suffering from, the carer is faced with the gradual loss of the person they recognise as their father, grandmother, husband or daughter.

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Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Don’t pay the price - haggle

The survival of the fittest has taken on an altogether different meaning with the advent of technology.

Opinion 4
The uninvited guest in a conversation is one of my pet hates

Busting a blood vessel over bad manners

A few days ago we were having a conversation about bad manners.
Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Born inequality

Does it matter where you are born?

Opinion 4
Natalie Brown (SAN BROOKE), Julie Bushby (SHERIDAN SMITH), Karen Matthews (GEMMA WHELAN), the three women at the centre of BBC drama The Moorside

The Moorside - A brave attempt to redress the balance

We have often been told that there’s nothing such as society, and that we no longer have a sense of community.
TV and Film
I enjoy any chance I get to step off the merry-go-round of life for a moment

Chill till? It's a yes from me

How annoyed do you get when the person in front of you in the queue for a supermarket till seems to have all the time in the world?

Opinion 1
George Barmby was the man in focus in Confessions of the Paparazzi

Confessions of the Paparazzi - Truth and lies through a lens

Journalists, ironically, rarely get a good press these days. As a trade, we usually come bottom of those ‘most trustworthy profession’ polls, sharing the wooden spoon with estate agents.

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Nicola Adam

No house in the sun for us

There’s a reason that those TV shows do so well – you know – the ones featuring ordinary-looking but inexplicably well-off people buying houses in the country or the sun with their many multiples of half a million pounds.

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Here I am (left) coming last for the fifth consecutive Pendle Parkrun

Happy to finish last every week

I am, and have been for some years now, an avid follower of various social media streams.

Time to take me to the vets

Time to take me to the vets

With news that even pets now have their own electronic fitness tracking device technology, I thought I better get in on the trend before even bunnies and tortoises start overtaking me on the pavement and sporting skin so healthy and glowing you can see them in the dark.

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