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Forty foot waves, seasickness and sharks were all in a day’s work when the oldest female crew to cross the Atlantic were rowing. Saskia Murphy caught up with the Yorkshire Rows on dry land.

Bisexual people earn less than their lesbian, gay and straight peers and are more likely to suffer isolation and depression. Yet their needs are often not taken seriously, reports Hannah Stephenson.

Homeless people in Sheffield tell Mark Metcalf why they have enjoyed picking up a camera and learning photography.

A novel by the lesser known Brontë sister Anne has been adapted for the stage at Bolton Octagon, writes Antonia Charlesworth in our arts and entertainment section. Plus reviews of TV, DVDs, and albums, a round-up of screenings at independent cinemas across the North West and Yorkshire and Humber, and our books page.

Rob from Sheffield is our profiled vendor, columnist Ali Schofield writes about the headscarf ban and our Letter to my Younger Self this week is by historical novelist Bernard Cornwell, whose mother wanted to abort him and whose strict evangelical adoptive parents wished they hadn’t adopted him.

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