With the centenary of the end of World War One approaching, Scarborough Art Gallery has put together a wonderful exhibition featuring Winifred Holtby and Wilfred Owen.
'They Will Not Dream Of Us Poor Lads': Wilfred Owen in Scarborough and 'Winifred's War' can be viewed until 2nd September 2018.
Yorkshire-born Winifred Holtby, who wrote the novel South Riding, attended school in Scarborough before embarking on her writing career.
During World War One, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1918. Her career then followed a path into journalism.
She was an advocate for peace and was an ardent feminist, yet sadly passed away aged just 37 in September 1935.
War poet Wilfred Owen also spent time in Scarborough while serving in the army during World War One.
Among other places, he stayed at the Clifton Hotel, and was also stationed at a local barracks.
He was kiiled in action on 4th November 1918, shortly before the Armistice was signed.
Wilfred's verse has since been acknowleged as some the best war poetry ever written, and it encapsulated the horrors of trench warfare.
This exhibition is superb and throws light upon two well-known writers who were influenced by Scarborough, and is most definitely worth a visit.
So, we've had a rough start to the spring.
Winter definitely had a sting in its tail ... and the new season seems to have gone AWOL.
Here on the Yorkshire Coast, we've had a mixed bag of weather ... a bit of sun, rain, wind and ... fog!
Being by the coast usually means the weather is different every day and weather forecasters, for all their technological wizardry, do get it wrong.
Yet what I really detest (and anyone in the tourism industry will probably understand what I mean) is when those meteorologists keep stirring the pot.
They point to their giant maps of the UK and keep saying how cold our coast is, the poor East Coast, if you've booked a holiday in Scarborough, you'll know about it ... get my drift?
For heaven's sake, stop putting the boot in - comments like that are hardly helpful, even if uttered sympathetically.
We all want to know whether to take our brolly out or not, or if we need to wear a thermal layer ... but please stop over-egging it!
None of us can control the weather - not even those all-important weather experts!
Like me, you'll be fed up of hearing about GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulation.
However, there's no hiding from the fact this is serious stuff and you need to be compliant by Friday 25th May 2018.
Many think this is the deadline for GDPR being implemented; in fact it's in operation NOW as the EU passed the regulation back in April 2016, so that means we've had two years to get used to the idea.
And no, Brexit will NOT affect GDPR (unless we hear otherwise, which is very unlikely).
The best thing to do is to see if you can attend a GDPR training course. Check to see if Yorkshire in Business is offering courses prior to the deadline.
If this isn't an option, then you'll need get cracking. GDPR itself is a massive document and if you are a small business, then you're not exempt and more than likely you will be your own Data Processor; in other words, you'll be responsible for handling sensitive personal data and you must be able to show how this is securely protected and what Privacy Measures you have in place. This could be in the form of emails, social media, marketing, invoicing, sales, orders, bookings ... sounds scary, doesn't it?
If it helps, I'm as concerned as everyone else. However, I am beginning to see a positive aspect to this huge change in the business landscape.
While my office is fairly tidy and everything has its rightful place, the GDPR preparations have actually made me even more aware of how my procedures are in line with GDPR.
So here's some of the checks I've done so far ... emphasis on 'some' ...
- Assessed what personal data I have access to (databases; email addresses; invoice details; notebooks) and checked my security measures.
- Combed through all my email accounts (including archived emails) and streamlined my email folders.
- Put together a Risk Assessment of my data storage (all gadgets and printed matter, and who has access to them).
- Obtained and am obtaining compliance documents from my web hosting company, my online storage provider and my email account hosts.
- Ensured my printed materials have been whittled down to only the very necessary documentation.
- Checked how I use my social media platforms.
- Am in the process of checking if my e-mail marketing software is compliant.
- Checked any data capture aspects of my website.
- Going forward, I will have a regular audit of materials, data and how it is stored.
While the above is just how I've approached GDPR Compliance so far, (and please be aware, it does not contain any Legal Advice), I found this Hubspot checklist very helpful too.
Don't panic is the only piece of real advice I would offer. Yet at the same time don't be complacent; be compliant ... and you can relax like Max in the photo above!