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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Opinion & columns

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

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Reward for golden achievements

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

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

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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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