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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Opinion & columns

Lessons in Dizzee Rascal, aliens and being a celebrity!

Generation gaps, I’ve discovered, are defined by perceptions of glamour, fame and celebrity. In other words, you know you’re getting old when you haven’t a clue what kids are talking about.

Last updated 23 October 2009
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Compromise is the way to progress

THE green lobby is a strong, vociferous, enthusiastic one, which forges ahead convinced it has right on its side.

Last updated 16 October 2009
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What’s scarier? A field of aliens or a class of kids?

Two troubling events take place today. First: Aliens are landing in Scotby. Second: I’m going back to school.

Last updated 16 October 2009
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Exciting times for an ambitious city

And so it begins... on paper, at least. Carlisle is poised to take receipt of investment amounting to more than £100 million.

Last updated 9 October 2009
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Global meltdown? It’s suddenly become personal

Agnes is a friend of mine. She doesn’t see very well – but I kind of hope the two are not related.

Last updated 9 October 2009
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Democracy comes with fire in bellies

The theory is that people power can move mountains... not to mention windfarms, ancient cobbles and unwanted boulders.

Last updated 2 October 2009
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Even the Nazis can bring culture to our fair city

I may have been mistaken but I thought I saw a Nazi running through Carlisle the other morning.

Last updated 2 October 2009
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Women: we’re not entirely useless...

He was shouting loudly, gesticulating wildly, attracting too much attention and I’m now slightly ashamed to say, I was shown up.

Last updated 25 September 2009
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Love is knowing when to be hero – or act helpless

He was shouting loudly, gesticulating wildly, attracting too much attention and I’m now slightly ashamed to say, I was shown up.

Last updated 25 September 2009
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Debate is needed on future of councils

COUNTY council leader Jim Buchanan believes Cumbria has too many councillors and admits elected members are costing taxpayers too much money.

Last updated 25 September 2009
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We’ll all need a speakeasy when the lights go out

The hand of history hovered menacingly at shoulder height. Prohibition being imminent, I was edging dangerously closer to outlaw status.

Last updated 18 September 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Much to consider over Tarn homes

TO describe plans for the development of the old Tarn End House Hotel at Talkin Tarn as divisive would be misleading, since no one has yet openly registered support for the scheme.

Last updated 18 September 2009
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Time to tear down the walls in our way

Cafe owner Kate Budniak’s disappointed sentiments will undoubtedly echo elsewhere in Carlisle – as plans to bid for City of Culture get underway in earnest.

Last updated 11 September 2009
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Holidays near my home come with tricky questions

It wasn’t a question I was prepared to answer honestly. “Go on Auntie Anne, tell us what naughty scandals are lurking in your past?” So I lied.

Last updated 11 September 2009
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Co-operation can lead to benefits

IT’S becoming increasingly clear that developers aiming to build and grow their own businesses need to promise something to the wider community if they are to win support for their commercial ventures.

Last updated 4 September 2009
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We all deserve a choice of where we shop – or not

There’s nothing like the prospect of a spot of shopping to release argumentative juices.

Last updated 4 September 2009
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Valuable chances for school leavers

IN any recession it is often the younger people with few skills or little experience who bear the brunt of it.

Last updated 4 September 2009
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We’ll need more than Sands to be Capital of Culture

Much as I love Carlisle – and I do, I really do – I confess to a struggle with the idea of it becoming the UK’s cultural capital.

Last updated 21 August 2009
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Getting closer to the dental summit

THE climb from this country’s damaging NHS dental care crisis is proving a long and hard one – and we’re by no means at the top of the hill yet.

Last updated 21 August 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It’s time to spot the red faces of green crusaders

All change again. Rewind to pre-green brainwash and aim a self-satisfied smile towards crusaders who’ve had you marked as subversive for peeling polythene off your peppers.

Last updated 14 August 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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