National parks face biggest change to governance
As I drove around Yorkshire this week there was no mistaking the route of the Tour de France through Yorkshire.
Spray-painted yellow bikes stuck on walls compete with thousands of banners and flags.
It is mass mobilisation with road closure signs in place for race days and temporary camp sites and car parks being prepared.
Even one of my favourite pubs, The Waggon and Horses at Langsett in South Yorkshire, has temporarily changed its name to The Pedalers in honour of riders in Europe's biggest sporting event flashing by.
The cafe across the road has come out in spots - its walls now painted like a giant King of the Mountains shirt.
Miliband pledges full inquiry on Orgreave
Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined the chorus of voices wondering just how much evidence it takes before the official police watchdog bares its teeth.
It is 18 months since a BBC Yorkshire documentary broadcast interviews with police officers who admitted they were ordered to change their statements on what happened at the infamous "Battle of Orgreave" during the Miners' Strike in 1984.
UKIP: Can Yorkshire be a political springboard?
UKIPs success in Labour's Yorkshire backyard shows the party has now permanently changed the face of politics as we know it.
Who says so?
UKIP gains in Yorkshire and Humber
With UKIP topping the poll, they were allocated three of Yorkshire and the Humber's six seats, with Labour getting two and the Conservatives getting one.
But although these seats were allocated across the entire region, they were counted council-by-council and UKIP came top of the poll in some surprising places including York, Doncaster and Rotherham - in the past, all Labour's heartland.
European elections: Yorkshire and Humber region braced for surprises
The European elections have always had the ability to throw up surprises in Yorkshire and the Humber - and the 2014 polls are unlikely to disappoint.
Five years ago Labour took a beating and finished up with just one of the region's six seats. The Conservatives took two.
European musical chairs in Yorkshire
As we head towards the European Parliamentary elections later this year it might be useful to reflect on the remarkable game of MEP musical chairs in the Yorkshire and Humber constituency since the last polls.
There's been such an unprecedented round of resignations, defections and heated rows that of the six elected in 2009 just two representing the party they stood for at the time remain in their seats.
Lessons from the Miners' Strike?
As we approached the 30th anniversary of the start of the year-long Miners' Strike against pit closures I spent a lot of time revisiting my memories of covering it as a young television reporter and reflecting on the enormous social and economic changes that it triggered.
It is clear that a lot of others have been doing exactly the same.
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.
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.