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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Opinion & columns

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Why are we facing a lost opportunity?

THE Stobart Group could be out of Cumbria by Christmas. It’s not an attractive prospect but countdown to closedown must be faced if Andrew Tinkler’s airport plans fall again at this, their final hurdle.

Last updated 11 July 2008
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Speak plainly to me – just don’t use any words or I could very well be unwittingly offended

It doesn’t do to be a plain speaker. Just ask Pam. A lifetime of speaking her mind – in a well-mannered way, of course – has been tipped right off kilter. And she’s not happy.

Last updated 4 July 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Park and ride plan makes little sense

THE plans will make motorists’ eyes water, prompt fierce debate over their wisdom in timing and renew concerned scrutiny of Carlisle’s hopes for growth, development and future prosperity.

Last updated 4 July 2008
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Another kick in the teeth for Cumbria

THE more flippant among us may be tempted to suspect that Hazel Blears called in Stobart Air’s planning application for Carlisle Airport, having lost her original notes in the laptop she left lying around for burglars.

Last updated 27 June 2008
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Fine example being set by our police

THE balance of justice has true symmetry only when it offers the satisfaction of punishment fairly meted and recompense duly paid.

Last updated 27 June 2008
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How do we bring down teen pregnancy rates? Save phone boxes and get rid of boys of course

It’s probably just another one of those signs of the times – the kind that makes you feel your age and want to sit down for a bit. They’re closing down telephone boxes and opening up after-school sex clinics. How the heck did that happen?

Last updated 27 June 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

In sad times like these, it’s easy to be amazed by Cumbria’s sheer warmth and closeness

It’s most tragically unnatural for a parent to survive a child. When life’s anticipated order is overturned by calamity, painful sense of injustice is palpable.

Last updated 20 June 2008
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Nothing much to do in Cumbria – so that’s why we spend so much time almost too busy to sleep

He was asking, so now they’re dancing. Publicly, competitively and in high-heeled gold shoes, no less, they’ll soon be twirling, swirling and quick-stepping for all they’re worth. Even backwards, I’m told... now, that is an accomplishment.

Last updated 13 June 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Thanks to those at the NHS frontline

AT the sharp end of every aspect of our National Health Service is a team of devoted, hard-working and above all caring people.

Last updated 13 June 2008
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Capital punishment may seem harsh for these unwelcome usurpers – but is a vibrator better?

If it’s possible to see an expression of despondency over the phone – which is doubtful – she must have seen mine.

Last updated 6 June 2008
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