Yorkshire eyes on Scotland vote
There were around 100 at the event in Wakefield listening to my passionate speech.
Hands shot up in agreement with what, in my humble opinion, was a pretty good case for Yorkshire declaring its immediate independence.
But that was in the 1960s and the average age of those listening at the local schools' debating competition was probably under 15.
We have all grown up a bit since then and so have the arguments and aspirations.
The debate over the past decade has been about whether Yorkshire would be better off if it could take more control from Westminster and Whitehall.
The North tunnelling to prosperity with HS3?
It is a simple idea aimed at boosting the economy of the North.
Dig an expensive tunnel under the Pennines and run lots of high-speed trains through it carrying commuters and goods between Yorkshire and Lancashire.
UKIP's changing road to Doncaster
When I turned up to report on my first UK Independence Party annual conference I was handed a biro, a piece of card and told to write out my own ID badge.
I even had to recycle a clear plastic wallet and safety pin still in my pocket from the previous week's TUC Conference.
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.
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.