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Opinion & columns

Idiots ignoring the drink-driving facts

THERE are no excuses.

Last updated 11 December 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Mary’s Christmas magic brings a tear to the eye

Mary’s face was a picture of disappointment – one might even suspect distress. There was a hint that, in spite of the miracle arrival of her newborn, she may have been about to cry.

Last updated 11 December 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Battle to secure the future of the university

Worry that the grand education plan might be unravelling is unavoidable. The University of Cumbria’s original multi-centred vision is fraying badly at the seams.

Last updated 4 December 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t forget your breasts during December’s dash

And so it begins. December’s here and officially the time is right for panic-station present shopping, gargantuan meal planning, overdrafts... and misunderstandings.

Last updated 4 December 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Christmas isn’t cancelled, in fact it’s come early

Christmas in Cumbria this year is the story of a tree – a hastily erected, swiftly decorated, urgently lit tree.

Last updated 27 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Recovery will come from togetherness

THERE can’t be too many expressing surprise today that the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund has already topped £500,000 – only a week after the rains first hit.

Last updated 27 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

‘Flirty’ weather is not really what Cumbrians need

Webbed feet would have been useful. Looking at the forecast, they might still be useful. It’s likely to be a weekend for walkers on water.

Last updated 20 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Be ready to help the flood victims

THE eyes of the country have been on Cumbria over the past 36 hours, during which the equivalent of six months rainfall in London and the south east fell on towns and villages devastated by floods.

Last updated 20 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Vision could melt on the back boiler

The University of Cumbria’s invitation was: “Bring your dreams.” Sadly a new rider has been added now: “But not just yet.”

Last updated 13 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Remember fallen and raise a glass to those fighting

They didn’t look as though they were especially wayward. But they did look like the kind of girls who soon could be – should they choose to set their minds to it.

Last updated 13 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

New Carlisle college plans must be inspiring

Out of adversity comes triumph . . . That’s the hope for Carlisle College bosses as they rethink plans for new buildings.

Last updated 6 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

If veggies inherit earth there’ll be a lot of methane

Scarcely a day goes by without some so-called expert telling us we’re doing something so very wrong that, if we don’t stop immediately, the world will shrink into a dehydrated, deep fried prune, drop into a black hole in space and die.

Last updated 6 November 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Small thanks for selfless heroes

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal this year focuses particularly on supporting injured servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and providing help for the families of those who have died.

Last updated 30 October 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Democracy is a pain in the bum but it is worth it

It is clear now why dictators cut to the chase and skip the middlemen.

Last updated 30 October 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Natural charm has to be protected

Petitioner Timothy Hayes-Jones raises pertinent points for consideration when he questions the purpose of Carlisle’s Rickerby Park.

Last updated 23 October 2009
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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