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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Opinion & columns

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

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

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

Young people we can be proud of

KIDS today... when they are not shooting and stabbing their way through adolescence they are happy-slapping an innocent victim and posting the attack on the internet.

Last updated 30 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Grandad’s Bus, egg and cress and auntie’s poor bladder control – all part of a great day out

They were rarely glamorous, never very adventurous but our big days out were always special... particularly the ones involving Grandad’s Bus.

Last updated 30 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

If mayors didn’t exist we would have to invent them

Mayor photo It’s mayor-making season. The great, the good, the deserving – and some with greatness thrust upon them – are relinquishing and receiving civic bling, donning heavy robes, sporting funny hats and making promises to serve us all their days. Or the next 365 at any rate.

Last updated 23 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Going nowhere fast again this weekend

THERE are few more beautiful places in which to enjoy a sunny spring bank holiday weekend than right here in Cumbria... which is just as well really.

Last updated 23 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria a force to be reckoned with

IT IS difficult to disagree with the assessment of Cumbria’s chief constable Craig Mackey that his force is one of the best performing in the UK.

Last updated 16 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

In a county where we eat tea atop Skiddaw, being described as daft is the best compliment

The trick, I now understand, is not to take anything too seriously, expect nothing formerly recognised as common good sense and forget all previous measures of logic.

Last updated 16 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Talkin Tarn – use it or you will lose it

THE prospect of Talkin Tarn losing its boats is unthinkable to anyone who knows and loves Brampton’s country park.

Last updated 9 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Can’t be doing with dogs, peacocks are a bit too showy, I think I’ll stick to my pet pheasants – they’re virtually perfect

Had it been possible to text a dog for a walk, I might have considered keeping a pet. It seems you can do most things by text now. But not dog-walking – at least not yet.

Last updated 9 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Victims must not suffer in silence

ONCE was the time when domestic violence was accepted as a hidden crime. Not entirely condoned perhaps but tolerated as a matter solely between man and wife, partners in private conflict.

Last updated 9 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Offers of matrimony on holiday are best left behind with memories of boats and sea bass

It’s not what you expect when launching into the first forkful of a splendid alfresco lunch; long awaited, excitedly planned and about to be much enjoyed in warm Venetian holiday sunshine.

Last updated 1 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

City can’t afford to say no to growth

AND so we’re off! Not yet running perhaps but the acquisition of properties to enable Carlisle’s long awaited Renaissance, can now at least move Rickergate regeneration from the starting blocks.

Last updated 1 May 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle needs its own orthodontist

THEIR dental treatment may be excellent but hundreds of children in north Cumbria are in no mood to show off their smiles.

Last updated 24 April 2008
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Following in footsteps of those legions of well-meaning women who just never could say ‘No’ to their friends

So, we’re doing it. She’s doing it because she enjoys it – she’s good like that. I’m doing it because I’m a girl who can’t so “No” and she asked me to.

Last updated 24 April 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Time to cover over the emperor’s naughty bits

Tap water Award winning columnist Anne Pickles reflects on the non too shocking revelation that bottled water is no better for you than tap water.

Last updated 19 April 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No vision without our rural industries

WHAT is Cumbria Vision? The name should be a bit of a giveaway – a forward-thinking organisation designed to improve life and business in Cumbria.

Last updated 17 April 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Solution is in best interests of county

WHERE there’s a will there’s a way. And today, as more comfortable breathing begins again across Cumbria, there’s knowledge that a will to serve the best interests of this county has forged a route through conflict.

Last updated 10 April 2008
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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