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Opinion & columns

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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