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2008-07-16 00:00:32

A STUDY into the genetic causes of obesity is being piloted in Sheffield with the help of a fitness specialist who lost 12 stones. Dave Birds, a health and fitness specialist at the city's Concord Sports Centre, has joined forces with researchers from Sheffield Hallam University to carry out the 12-week study to determine whether naturally-produced serotonin makes people react differently to exercise. Mr Birds, who dropped from 26 stones to 14 stones two years ago, said: "It is great to...

2008-07-08 00:00:22

Plans to merge two secondary schools in the north of Sheffield could be called off after the new Liberal Democrat council suggested an alternative solution to the Government. Sheffield Council has proposed instead to build a new school on the Myers Grove site in Stannington and refurbish Wisewood School at a cost of up to Pounds 25m. Saying that this is the preferred solution for residents, who have criticised the planned merger since it was first suggested 18 months ago, the council...

2006-10-21 18:00:21

By JIM MCBETH THE smiles and convivial air say it all. They are obviously all close friends or family, dressed in their best clothes and fine jewellery for a quiet get-together. It's the Bronze Age and the first Scots to introduce the social ritual of having people round for drinks are ready to party. Meet the ancestors the weekend wouldn't be the same without them. We take for granted the conviviality of Scottish culture, but it was defined 4,000 years ago by a mysterious race that,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'