The Leeds woman designing underwear for people with ostomy, what to expect from Jon Ronson’s stage show and more – Five long reads from the Yorkshire Post team this week

‘Lowbrow’ showman Julian Clary

Julian Clary admits he wouldn’t like to be in the audience of one of his own shows. Fans of the comedian and actor will know there is an element of the unknown in his performances, thanks to his off-the-cuff interaction with audience members.

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His latest tour, Born To Mince, which began its long run of dates in Yorkshire this week after a postponement from 2020, is no exception.

Julian Clary began his final tour of Yorkshire this week. Photo: Eddie Botsio

Vulnerable people at risk in times of Covid

Wednesday March 23 marked two years since the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On this day, we reported on the lives – and the lives – of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Danny Strickland with his future father, who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lingerie for people with ostomies

Helinka Carr lives with a stoma after having bowel cancer. She now produces ostomy bag lingerie covers for people all over the world.

What stemmed from her own desire to find ‘beautiful’ underwear that could accommodate her own stoma blossomed into the small business Unspoken Rosebud, run solely from the loft of Helinka’s home in Bramley, Leeds.

Helinka Carr, who makes lingerie for people with ostomies.

Helping Yorkshire hotels get the most out of bookings

When the cows get away but you have a room full of customers waiting for breakfast, you find a way to deal with it – just ask Mark Simpson. This is how business is done in the agriculture and hospitality professions he grew up in, and a philosophy he has used ever since.

Mark runs Boostly, an online business that helps hoteliers get more direct bookings instead of relying on third parties – a trend he says is proving costly for them and for Yorkshire as a whole.

According to consultant and businessman Mark Simpson, tens of millions of dollars are spent on hotel commission fees.

Healing a cultural divide

In a career spanning nearly three decades, Jon Ronson has never shied away from tackling tough subjects. Research for his books and shows brought him into contact with terrorists, Ku Klux Klan members, psychopaths, and adult industry moguls.

For his latest book, the Welsh-born writer and broadcaster tackles one of the most important topics to date: the culture wars. The term, referring to the battle for values, morals and ideas, encompasses almost every aspect of our society.

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Writer and broadcaster Jon Ronson will perform a stage version of his Things Fell Apart podcast at Sheffield Town Hall next month. Photo: Getty Images

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