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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Opinion & columns

Best solution in the current climate

AS a future plan for efficiency, it will have its critics – efficiency plans always do. But proposed shared management by Carlisle and Allerdale councils makes uncommonly good sense.

Last updated 31 October 2008
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Beautiful red patent shoes with stylish matching bag? Glad to see my taxes are being spent wisely

Two beautiful girls. One a pretty, slender blonde, the other a slim and bright eyed brunette. But – surprisingly – twins for all that.How times have changed. When I entered the sixth form for A-level study, I worked as a shampoo girl at a local hairdressing salon – £2 for Friday night, after school until 10pm; £4 for Saturday 8am to 5.30pm and if a new Beatles album was due for release I topped up with another pound, helping my fishmonger grandad with his skinning and filleting.

Last updated 31 October 2008
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Cut short the Christmas kitsch? Now that would be something for we Ebenezers to bemoan

The surprising shift in mood and view is entirely due to fall-out from deepening doom and gloom. Christmas? Bring it on, light it up, shine it bright and shame the humbugs!

Last updated 24 October 2008
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Tragic loss but risk shouldn’t be feared

LAURA McDairmant’s death on an adventure holiday in Galloway was a tragedy her family and friends will never be able to accept as anything other than avoidable.

Last updated 24 October 2008
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Send help to the housing frontline

WHAT goes up must come down. Right now thousands of Cumbrians are feeling the crushing weight of gravity crash-landing on the housing market.

Last updated 17 October 2008
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Shop locally, for the benefit of all

Plunging share prices, the collapse of major financial institutions, and now the Government’s £500 billion bid to save the UK economy. These are incredible, turbulent times which get ever more dramatic on a daily basis, as the financial crisis continues to unfold.

Last updated 17 October 2008
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Of course you can take the girl out of Cumbria – but she’ll never forget the first love of her life

It was a perfect autumn afternoon. A soft, golden Tuscan sunshine was bathing the piazza in which long, lazy lunches were being enjoyed by locals and visitors together, making best advantage of fresh air, good food and friendship.

Last updated 10 October 2008
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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 10 October 2008
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We need the road to future prosperity

Motorists around Britain are well versed in enduring delays. But a wait of more than 30 years is exceptional for the most battle-scarred driver.

Last updated 3 October 2008
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Keep a couple of dreams up your sleeve and you’ll discover that old age has some benefits

Dressed to the teeth – for a man who still prefers jeans and T-shirts – his smile wasn’t quite so wide as usual. He’s normally such a happy chap.

Last updated 3 October 2008
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Very sweet of those nice folk at the council to take an interest but no wedding bells here

Rumours of matrimony are greatly exaggerated. No cake, no frock, no rings nor patter of slamming doors. I’m still the singleton – or to be more legally accurate the happy divorcee – in spite of some suspicions to the contrary.

Last updated 26 September 2008
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Cumbria deserves its own TV station

THE sad but all too predictable news that Ofcom is to allow ITV to cut its local news programmes spells the end for Border TV.

Last updated 26 September 2008
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Be inspired by Lorna

CARING isn’t second nature for teenager Lorna Mulholland, it’s her instinctive first thought.

Last updated 26 September 2008
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People power can enrich communities

SINCE the dawn of time, or however long council tax bills have been issued, people in Cumbria and the rest of the country have been given an element of choice over their public services: like it or lump it.

Last updated 26 September 2008
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People power can enrich communities

SINCE the dawn of time, or however long council tax bills have been issued, people in Cumbria and the rest of the country have been given an element of choice over their public services: like it or lump it.

Last updated 19 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

A courageous teen

FOR AN inspirational story look no further than Carlisle teenager Alex Walker. A kidney transplant at the age of 10 saved Alex’s life. And seven years later she is well enough to climb up Ben Nevis to raise funds for Kidney Research UK.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Deserving heroes

Unsung heroes whose voluntary or community work makes a big difference to others will be celebrated at the first Cumbria Community Awards on Thursday, organised by Cumbria County Council. As services diminish, isolated towns and villages struggle to survive. But these awards confirm that there’s still plenty of community spirit around.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Help police keep a grip on your kids

IT ONLY takes a relatively small number of drunken louts shouting and swearing, pushing and shoving, fighting or damaging property to make a large number of innocent passers-by feel ill at ease and intimidated.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Avoid growing pains Inspirational fighter

In July, as part of its mission to provide significantly more affordable housing, the government set a new target of three million homes to be built in the UK by 2020.Our hearts go out to Penrith 16-year-old Brad Reed and his family following the devastating news that the leukaemia with which he was first diagnosed more than five years ago has returned.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Resolve to prosper

A new year beckons with all the accompanying possibilities and promise a turn of the calendar’s page represents.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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