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Opinion & columns

Kiss, make-up and get on with the job

Big rows over little differences are never worth the bitter acrimony nor the knock-on difficulties and pain they cause. Grown-ups know that.

Last updated 12 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

I can stand divorce, death and drama – but a wayward apostrophe still gives me the willies

They’re back then. Some with smiles, some with scowls, some with new blazers bought for the growing into. A new school year has begun.

Last updated 12 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Case for Carlisle Airport is proven

IT isn’t over until it’s over and what is clear at Carlisle’s stalled airport development right now is that no fat lady is tuning up to sing just yet.

Last updated 5 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Daffodils to define us? Now there’s a notion to make you smile – more than anywhere else, too

Never mind the daffodils, what about the pies? Surely there’s more to Cumbria than a soppy old poem about nodding spring flowers.

Last updated 5 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

More to school life than good results

Hxresultwk35A IF CHANGES to the traditional school year would improve the standards of our children’s education then they are certainly worth considering.

Last updated 29 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Life without loved ones is like a bank holiday without a carnival where men dress as ducks

Anne Pickles photo It was an eerily quiet bank holiday Sunday. No decorated floats, loud music, fun fair rides or crowds – just a handful of beery smokers, standing ankle deep in cigarette butts piled outside the pubs.

Last updated 29 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

No looking back for excellent students

IT may or may not be true that school exams aren’t what they used to be. Year on year improvements in results tend to add weight to a persistent argument that they are less of a challenge. But what that point of view has to do with today’s GCSE successes isn’t even debatable.

Last updated 22 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

I could take or leave the Olympic ballyhoo, if it weren’t for those unsporting Aussies

How do you make a browbeaten Brit chipper? Give him a clutch of superheroes and a medal tally to gloat about. That’s the pure gold lesson of Beijing.

Last updated 22 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

A purchase thwarted by those three little words that strike fear into the heart: health and safety

His cheeks flushed with an intake of breath matching the suction action of a Dyson. It was so fierce his eyes bulged – and I’d an idea I might be in trouble.

Last updated 22 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Best roads do not have to lead south

IS ANYONE still here? If so, we can conclude that the recommendations made by think tank Policy Exchange have not yet been taken up and that Cumbrians are still managing to resist the collective urge to uproot and move 300 miles south.

Last updated 15 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Good luck, United

CARLISLE UNITED manager John Ward is urging his troops to “take that extra step” as a new season gets underway tomorrow.

Last updated 8 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Power comes with responsibility

AS THE Olympic Games begin in Beijing, optimism about British prospects is muted.

Last updated 8 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Lure of the north is now bitter, flat caps, fine sausages – and good conversationalists

They say we’re an especially talkative lot in the north. At least that’s what the upper-crust Londoner on the radio said the other day.

Last updated 8 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

We’ve moved on from Tupperware – now it’s the Tote and a rare fascination with feathers

It’s possible we’ll risk a glass or two of something refreshing. In fact it’s probable. Or – put another way – absolutely certain. Even so, there was no need for his sarcasm.

Last updated 1 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Had I been told about competitive creativity, I wouldn’t be looking for duvets day excuses now

If I’d known as a child there might be mileage in competitive creativity, things could have been very different. Had someone told me county agricultural shows were precisely the places for cultivating imagination and nurturing eagerness to succeed, who knows around which exciting corner life might have turned.

Last updated 25 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Unrest in the air

CONTINUING claims and counter claims about the safety of Carlisle Housing Association homes, thousands of which are said to contain asbestos, show few signs of reaching imminent resolution.

Last updated 25 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Exams too easy? Well they have to be or the markers would never cope

So, school’s out then – or as near as makes no difference. Out of Sats results, out of buses for next term, out of luck with summer holiday weather. Out of patience, very likely.

Last updated 18 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Travellers’ site will be keenly debated

NEWS that Cumbria’s only municipal gypsy camp could soon be opened in Carlisle, just a few miles north of the city, is bound to raise more than a few eyebrows.

Last updated 18 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Lessons in how not to deal with knife crime

Jacqui Smith photo How would you shock a kid with a knife into changing his vicious, stabbing ways? Throw him into jail for a few years – right?

Last updated 15 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Criticise our buildings and our weather – but please, don’t find fault with Cumbria’s welcome

My word, Carlisle has taken some low body blows lately. Visitors and locals alike have been uncommonly vociferous in their criticism of our poor old city; depressingly pessimistic about her future revival prospects.

Last updated 11 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

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