Miners' strike 30 years on: Worth the price?
It was a bit like that famous scene in the film Zulu.
A small band of nervous British troops silently watching the horizon for the first glimpse of a warrior army they had never seen but with a ferocious reputation.
But this was a pit gate in North Staffordshire in March 1984 and marching towards the thin blue line of uniformed police officers were a couple of hundred miners who had just got off their buses from Barnsley.
It was dawn on day one of the miners' strike against planned pit closures. I was there with a television news crew to film the first glimpse of the flying pickets from Yorkshire.
Local Staffordshire miners had already told me they were not going to cross any picket lines so the comparison with a well-rehearsed film script was not too far off the mark.
Not much European election fever
Last week I stood on the third floor of the European Parliament building in Brussels watching engineers put the finishing touches to a glittering new open-plan "election" television studio.
It is a measure of how much interest there is in the upcoming European Parliament polls that television news channels from across 27 member states are already queuing up to broadcast from it.
Deselection storms continue in Thirsk and Malton
Anne McIntosh arrived at Conservative Party Central Office in London with history on her side.
Until then not a single sitting Conservative MP had lost a ballot of their own constituency members and been dumped as a candidate.
North Yorkshire MP Anne McIntosh in de-selection row
It is rare to hear senior officials of a local Conservative constituency party utter a single word of criticism about their MP - but the executive committee in the North Yorkshire seat of Thirsk and Malton have gone a lot further than that.
They are refusing to endorse sitting MP Anne McIntosh to stand again as their candidate for the 2015 General Election and want her replaced.
Expenses shame of ex-MP MacShane
Denis MacShane didn't just think he could get away with writing bogus invoices to claim thousands in extra parliamentary expenses. The former Labour minister and Rotherham MP thought he had a right to raise funds in this way.
In his mind he justified it as compensation for what he had spent travelling the world as an unpaid adviser on foreign affairs to the then Labour government.
Yorkshire farewell to Mandela takes me back two decades
The choir at Leeds Minster set the tone as Yorkshire folk made their farewells to Nelson Mandela with an upbeat anthem delivered in typical South African style.
It took me back 20 years to a very different congregation singing their hearts out in celebration on the edge of Soweto in 1993.
UKIP: What's the price of Paul Sykes' millions?
Yorkshire businessman Paul Sykes has made it clear he will not be content as a mere sleeping partner in a deal which sees him pledging millions to UKIP's campaign for next year's European elections.
Speaking to me at his home near Ripon the businessman revealed he can be as ruthless with his political investments as he has been in his spectacular rise from a scrapyard in his native Barnsley to a £650m fortune from property and IT businesses.
Godfrey Bloom unrepentant as autobiography launches
Yorkshire politician Godfrey Bloom has revealed he was ordered by UKIP's leaders to postpone the planned launch of his autobiography on the eve of the party conference a month ago as they thought it so controversial it would overshadow the event.
As it turned out the 63-year-old maverick MEP did not need his book, entitled Guinea A Minute, to do exactly that.
Labour pains to be effective opposition
For three years Labour activists in Yorkshire have been telling me the 'coalition's cuts' will show the electorate exactly what sort of government it voted in.
Unfortunately for Ed Miliband the same issue appears to be revealing just as much about the state of the opposition.
David Ward: Minding his language enough for Lib Dems?
It has been business as usual over the summer for David Ward the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East.
He has travelled the length and breadth of his West Yorkshire constituency, attended dozens of events, conducted countless surgeries and always had enthusiastic support from local party members.