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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Opinion & columns

Have more respect for those grieving

Grief is a hugely personal and emotional experience. We all must face up to the death of loved ones, but we all cope in different ways.

Last updated 1 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Focus should be on the illegal weapons

PAUL Wilson makes possibly the two most salient points in what has become a soul-searching debate over the effectiveness of Britain’s gun laws.

Last updated 24 September 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Flitting without flirting – but I can learn again

His call came out of the blue. Most of the best ones do. “We met at the Cumberland Show,” he said. “And I thought you might be ready by now for a top up of Yorkshireness. Here’s my number, give me a call.”So, how do I brand myself now? A former Yorkshire woman or a born again Cumbrian one?

Last updated 24 September 2010
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Still celebrate the hospital successes

PROBLEMS in north Cumbria’s breast screening services have been widely reported, are well known and continue to worry all concerned.

Last updated 24 September 2010
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Schools aren’t like they used to be – thankfully

Given time over again, I might have studied metal detection, bought wellies and buzzed and bleeped a way into the rich list with a Roman helmet, a centurion’s chariot wheel and a stash of Spanish gold in my bag.

Last updated 24 September 2010
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Ridiculous law has left a bad taste

Law preventing homemade jams and allotment-grown produce being sold in charity shops is a disappointing blow to Eden Valley Hospice.

Last updated 10 September 2010
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Sun, sea, sangria – what’s to envy come September?

She’s on holiday – for the umpteenth time this year – and intent on rubbing my poor workaday nose in her life of Riley.

Last updated 10 September 2010
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Reward for golden achievements

Today we launch our inaugural awards celebrating excellence in education and learning across Cumbria.

Last updated 3 September 2010
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Don’t search for cocktails in the city of sausage

Sitting gingerly on rickety metal chairs, surrounded by sale-priced potted lilies, box trees and hydrangeas, we were shivering in a chill breeze and sipping what passed (but only just) for cocktails.

Last updated 3 September 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

More should offer hope and health

One of the biggest, most important breakthroughs in modern surgical medicine has been the mastering of organ transplantation.

Last updated 27 August 2010
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Lucky Florence wasn’t born in Cockermouth

When you come into the world called Pickles, you learn at a very early age not to make too much fun of other people’s names.

Last updated 27 August 2010
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I’ve nothing but admiration for A-level students

Another day older, deeper in debt... and only 22. It’s tough being young, ambitious and clever these days.

Last updated 20 August 2010
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Good news for the vendors, but not for first-time buyers

ACCORDING to two sources of property tracking information, Cumbria’s housing market looks to be bucking national trends and edging out of stagnation.

Last updated 20 August 2010
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Worrying time for so many women

No health screening service operates effectively without the confidence, trust and faith of patients who use it.

Last updated 13 August 2010
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Put off the white stuff by crates of full-fat gloop

It was poor quality, thick with yellowing cream, warm and invariably on the edge of off. School milk – I hated the stuff.

Last updated 13 August 2010
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We women are plain crackers about gossip

It didn’t take long. An hour on the phone for headlines and an evening, over supper, for filling in finer details. Corporate types would call it networking. Most men consider it necessary intelligence sharing – though they only talk football.

Last updated 6 August 2010
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It is time to rethink our housing policy

The problem with planning for affordable housing is the definition of what’s affordable. It’s impossible to pin down.

Last updated 6 August 2010
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A time for experts, not for amateurs

There are disturbing problems with Government plans to place policing powers into the hands of willing volunteers. The first is the quality of the volunteers.

Last updated 30 July 2010
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I’ll give history max attention from now on

There’s an ancient pear tree growing in the ruins of old Lanercost Priory. It still bears – oddly enough – ancient pears. I know. I’ve seen them.

Last updated 30 July 2010
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Enthusiastic few will need helping

This week saw the launch of something big, something empowering and something that will take power away from central government and deliver it into the hands of individuals and communities.

Last updated 23 July 2010
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