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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Opinion & columns

There is room at the inn but it’s going to cost you

My favourite nativity story comes from a friend whose little grandson single-mindedly secured a longed-for starring role in his primary school production.

Last updated 12 December 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A toddler’s approach to avoiding Christmas’s trickier bits

He could have had a tablet – but he said he wasn’t poorly. When little William was asked what he’d like Santa to bring on Christmas morning, he was nothing if not decisive.

Last updated 5 December 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Set your sights on a black bargain and give ’em hell

Friday. It’s the new black – as they say in the fashion world. And if, on this Black Friday, you’re fighting for bargains with umpteen other frenzied shoppers... well, the best of British.

Last updated 28 November 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dual reasons why the Archers must not relocate to the north

Advice to be careful of what you wish for is rarely taken. Ruth and David Archer should take note – they’d be wise to heed caution before it’s too late.

Last updated 14 November 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Grumpy by nature but all smiles when children call

Always glad when that foreign nonsense is out of the way – when Americanised trick or treaters have been and gone and we can settle down again to some good old English traditional celebrations... with leftover mini Mars Bars.

Last updated 7 November 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Sausage or Swiss rolls fine. But forward rolls? Forget it!

Nothing good ever came of a forward roll. Should any school-starter want the advising benefit of long life experience, that would be mine. Don’t waste your time.

Last updated 31 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The nights are going to be dark - along with my dress

Nights are drawing in and it’s time for going out. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

Last updated 30 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cake expectations... and how to avoid soggy bottoms

She’s successful, efficient, comfortable in her own lofty position and, unsurprisingly, she knows the many and various powers of cake.

Last updated 10 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I’ll raise my bacon and eggs to great Cumbrian runners

What makes a Cumbrian run? Beats me. But if everybody had their own – as my old gran used to say – I couldn’t properly be called a Cumbrian. Not for another 40 years, anyway.

Last updated 3 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Marooned on the starting blocks of disturbing quandary

I used to be indecisive but now – as they say in the chic continental cafe-cultured streets of Carlisle – I don’t rightly know.

Last updated 26 September 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Pick-and-mix sexism for the 21st century fashion shopper

I’m not averse to a bit of sexism. Not a lot, obviously. No abuse or oppression, thank you. Just a smidgeon of courteous acknowledgement that I’m actually not a man and never wanted to be... get my drift?

Last updated 19 September 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Why can't I learn to say no, just once?

Hmm, well... it probably won’t be happening again in a hurry. A staycation is all very well, when the sun shines and you can do your own thing. But another one next year? Unlikely.

Last updated 12 September 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Read all about it - we bookworms are emerging again

We bookish types used to be considered a bit weird – you know, stand-offish, antisocial, slightly sinister.

Last updated 5 September 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It's time to man-up and pull through first-day traumas

Difficult times loom for families facing the first day of school next week. Tears and tantrums, nail-biting and hand-wringing... and that’s just the dads.

Last updated 29 August 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The battle to make towns the centre of attention

Long, long time ago when I wore socks and Jesus still wanted me for a sunbeam, I had absolute belief that nothing would change.

Last updated 22 August 2014
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The crutch of the matter with someone I bumped into

You may remember – or perhaps not – my having had an unfortunate encounter with a man on a bike, one early morning a couple of winters ago.

Last updated 15 August 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I’m persevering with the German - Vorsprung durch Technik

The new car arrived last week. It’s German. And in the interests of entente cordiale – or whatever the German equivalent might be – we’re doing the bonding thing.

Last updated 8 August 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Remember now, before it’s too late to ask questions

My grandfather came home from the Great War a man broken by mustard gas and haunted by the recurring terrors he couldn’t forget. But at least he came home.

Last updated 1 August 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Stop getting hot under the collar and accept I’m right!

First things first. It isn’t a heatwave, it’s summer – though there’s every reason not to remember the difference.

Last updated 25 July 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Ditch the pink... it’s time for power-dressing pick-me-ups

This has been a good week for power-dressing women – which probably explains why I’ve had such a bad one.

Last updated 18 July 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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