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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Opinion & columns

Next year I’ll be ready for that carolling question

And the going rate for carol singers is...? It’s a serious question. Do you give sweets, mince pies or hard cash?

Last updated 17 December 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Responsibility for safety down to us

This challenging week has brought frustrations, exhaustion, frayed tempers, widespread disruption and – for some – heartbreaking tragedy.

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

It’s a wonder we ever got through winter previously

Sparkling possibilities couldn’t have been more magical, for any tempted by the picture-book beauty of a fairytale snowscape.

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

We cannot sacrifice children’s welfare

None could dispute that the unhappy lives of some of our most vulnerable children have caused deep concerns over recent years.

Last updated 26 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A substitute for happiness? I’ll give money a try

I’ve tried online shopping and frankly, I’m not impressed. I’m going to inform David Cameron – it doesn’t make me happy.

Last updated 26 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Top marks to hard working teachers

Under pressure, under scrutiny and too frequently unappreciated, education is the unsung champion of local and national life.

Last updated 19 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

There’ll be no escaping subject of nuptials now

Cheered up by true love? Of course. You simply have to be – and love is all over the place right now, making lots of us positively giddy.

Last updated 19 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cancer women are right to feel anger

A personal apology is now on offer to each of 16 Cumbrian women, misdiagnosed as all-clear while actually suffering breast cancer.

Last updated 12 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

After rugby, no longer a girl who can only say yes

This sporting life – it’s never without its stresses and strains. Either you’re the competitive kind or you’re like me... not.

Last updated 12 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Autumn show – failing pigments or just glorious?

Our big question had to do with memory – or lack of it. When you have a few significant birthdays under your belt, how reliable is it?

Last updated 5 November 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Now is the time for a fresh vision

The first big question following announcement of the enforced demise of the Northwest Regional Development Agency always centred on who or what would replace it as promoter, ambassador, driver and salesman for Cumbria.

Last updated 29 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A reason to be cheerful – thanks to a garden shed

Lots of people do it. Most people love it. The reunion – am I the only one to fear it? Imagined impressions of picking up where you left off are so often very wrong – particularly the dreamy, nostalgically embellished kind. I think I’m in trouble.

Last updated 29 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Protection of beat officers is welcome

It could have been worse. Even Cumbria’s chief constable, Craig Mackey admits, cuts to his budget in George Osborne’s Spending Review could have been much less manageable, had circumstances been different.

Last updated 22 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Should Prudence be welcomed back with a smile?

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – or a lot like a long-suffering, penny-pinching build-up to it anyway. “Only 66 more sleeps to Christmas Day!” a friend’s son announced excitedly to his dad this week.

Last updated 22 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Got a ghost to bust? Then call my grandma

It was during a long, frustrating, sleepless night that the thought came to mind. What on earth would make a kid choose a career in ghost-busting?

Last updated 15 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cancer answers are needed now

The longer the review into north Cumbria’s breast screening service continues, the more questions are raised, the more women’s concerns are deepening.

Last updated 15 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Sorry about that helmet – £2 million was too much for me

I know a thing or two about shopping. Just ask the bank man who sent me a wrist-slapping letter for doing it – at the same time as paying bills.

Last updated 8 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Treatment of poor Eliza Painting is distressing

The torment suffered by Eliza Painting’s family, struck simultaneously by bereavement and terminal illness, can only be imagined.

Last updated 8 October 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I hope my school friends have aged more than me

I’ve often wondered: when was the last time all four Beatles were together in the same room? I think it might have been September 20, 1969, when John told the others he was leaving the band, but no one seems to know for certain.

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

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

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