Blaise Tapp

Blaise Tapp

Blaise Tapp: A betrayal of mankind...I like Eurovision

Confession time: for a good 30 years now I have been harbouring a secret, one which threatens to expose me to ridicule for many years to come.

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Blaise Tapp: Planning not just about building homes

There has been plenty of discussion in the pages of the YEP and media about Leeds City Council’s Site Allocations Plan, or SAP.

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Blaise Tapp: The egg row that got beyond a yolk

This is the week when the nation winds down early for a four-day weekend which, for many, will involve visiting family and stuffing our faces with hot Cross Buns and cheapchocolate.

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UNITY: Leeds Town Hall lit up in solidarity with London.

Blaise Tapp: So proud of our response to horror attacks

The world needs to change. How often have those words been uttered throughout history? It doesn’t matter how advanced we become as a civilization in the future, it is inconceivable we will ever be 100 per cent happy with our lot. As the last week has demonstrated, we are never far away from tragedies which not only destroy the lives of individuals and their families, but do great damage to both communities and wider society.

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INTRUSIVE: Nuisance phone calls can be distressing.

Blaise Tapp: Unwanted calls can be hard to shrug off

Modern life is full of irritants: losing the remote control, smartphones which are out of battery by lunch and Katie Hopkins are all enough to cause anyone to choke on their skinny latte.

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Blaise Tapp: Adapting to a new era of online protest

If I could sum up the 21st century so far I would describe it as the era during which the world lost respect for almost everything.

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HEALTHY EATING: Maybe we should stick to buying seasonal veg.

Blaise Tapp: Don’t panic.... if you can’t buy a kumquat!

Forget Mexican walls, Article 50 or Parliamentary dissent, the major talking point of 2017 so far has to be vegetables and the lack of.

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HEALTHY EATING: Encourage shoppers to buy wisely year-round.

Blaise Tapp: The diet bandwagon begins to roll again

Over the years I have come up with a variety of strategies to cope with the tedium of frequent visits to the supermarket.

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The old building.

Blaise Tapp: Your local pub needs you more than ever

We are regularly told that January is the most miserable month of the lot: 31 short days and long cold nights when very few of us have any cash and are full of self loathing.

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'OLD IDEA': Sajid Javid has suggested an oath of allegiance.

Blaise Tapp: Some suggestions for an oath of allegiance

It is fashionable to knock politicians almost as much as it is to shake our heads when discussing the size of Premier League footballers’ wage packets.

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Blaise Tapp: Searching for facts in a post-truth world

As we limp towards the end of an extraordinary year we are left with many things with which to remember it by.

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What now for Brexit?

Blaise Tapp: The modern crises lost in the Brexit fog

When and how we leave the EU is the most pressing issue of our time. Apparently.

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NO HO HO: Christmas advertising should be banned until December 1.

Blaise Tapp: Blunkett is right on hijacking of Christmas

As far as politicians go, David Blunkett is, quite rightly in my view, regarded as one of the most influential of the past 20 years.

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CONKER-ED: Parents should try and get their children to play.

Blaise Tapp: Our job to protect them from talking kittens

As a nation we are having to get used to being routinely scared witless by threats that something we hold dear could be taken away.

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Blaise Tapp: Scrutiny that makes a parent’s job harder

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, being a parent is the toughest job any of us will do. Raising a child knocks everything else out of the park; I’ve met business leaders who find closing multi-million pound deals easier than trying to dissuade their little angels from wearing wellies to Great Aunt Doris’ 90th birthday brunch.

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STEP CHANGE: Liam Gallaghers swagger could attract the law.

Blaise Tapp: Big Brother wants you to walk the line

As a lifelong swaggerer I have long been aware that a walk says a lot about a person.

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School uniforms regularly provoke debate.

Blaise Tapp: Breaking uniform rules is a lame rebellion

Now that the lingering smell of sun lotion has finally left our nostrils, we can get on with the business of being miserable due to summer being over.

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Blaise Tapp: Daddy day care is key to closing the gap

Growing up in the not-so-distant past I was subjected to countless half threats and inane sayings, none more so than ‘mother knows best’ and ‘wait until your father gets home’.

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Blaise Tapp: Judge lays down four letters of the law...

Ask anyone who has ever owned a Rover or enjoys A Question of Sport how they think Britain could be improved, the response ‘being tougher on crime’ would be a popular one.

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Donald Trump.

Blaise Tapp: A far cry from tolerance one should expect

As one pedals relentlessly through life it is vital to take stock once in awhile just to make sure you don’t go over the handlebars.

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