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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Opinion & columns

Switch on the Northern Lights, we’ll deal with the rest

It’s not often I’m given cause to count my blessings and find I have more than Joanna Lumley. Smug – and happily so. No other word for it. Not so posh, not so old, not so anxious for another Ab Fab Christmas special to put a turkey on the table, not so bound up by all that bothersome London stuff. And then there’s the bother of travel.

Last updated 12 October 2012
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A proud salute to all the achievers

Learning is its own rich reward – and if we can commit to that truth, at any point in life, we will have achieved something special. But to appreciate the full value and joy of learning, acknowledgement and celebration of all its forms and possibilities is necessary.

Last updated 5 October 2012
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Stuff the mushrooms, I’m staying loyal to my butcher

I’m no Delia. With long dark wig, sticky lip gloss and breast implants, I’d never be mistaken for Nigella either... not even on one of her fat days.

Last updated 5 October 2012
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Our turbines issue needs tackling

Putting his cards firmly on the table, Eddie Martin has shown strongest possible opposition to more windfarms in Cumbria.

Last updated 28 September 2012
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Skinny dipping for charity? Just put your money in a tin

In a conspiratorial whisper, she made me promise never to reveal her secret to her daughter. Goodness knows why – she was going to reveal everything else to all and sundry, without a qualm.

Last updated 28 September 2012
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Let’s hope council leader’s optimism is right

Applying the keep calm and carry on principle, county council leader Eddie Martin believes predictions of wholesale school closures are wide of the mark.

Last updated 21 September 2012
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Sophie an inspiration

WHO’S a clever girl, then? No need to search too far to find the answer to that. Just take a look at Sophie Stewart’s bright, beaming smile. Three years old and already a member of Mensa, her IQ rates alongside that of the top two per cent in the country.

Last updated 14 September 2012
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A host of golden daffodils, too many to tweet about

I wonder if William ever stopped to ask his sister Dorothy: “Hey, Dot – how much do you reckon a word’s worth?” He being a master of poetic artistry and she his constant, as close – some say too close – support and encourager, both must have had a passion for language.

Last updated 14 September 2012
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Once you get the right bra, everything falls into place

The last time it happened, I was nine and it made me cry. Things have changed a bit since then. Before going any further, I should, for reasons of safety and decorum, advise men of nervous or smutty disposition to look away. Turn to the sports pages, perhaps. Go put the kettle on.

Last updated 31 August 2012
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Views on both sides of football stadium

People in Carlisle have grown used to big ideas going nowhere – and taking an awfully long time to do so. Stalled projects are so well known, bitterly remembered and numerous, they need no listing here.

Last updated 24 August 2012
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My gran was right, there’s always someone worse off

It’s what you don’t see that makes the difference. That which is hidden tells the real story of the highs and lows of a person’s life.

Last updated 24 August 2012
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You won’t have my cake and eat it. I can’t bake one

Cake? Why would I want to go to a cake...erm, thing? I haven’t baked a cake since I was at school, haven’t eaten one since I started this wretched diet and wouldn’t know an upside-down from a tipsy-turvy, even were I to stand on my head and study both through bottle bottoms.

Last updated 17 August 2012
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A welcome gift, if a little late to act

Euphoria over Britain’s outstanding Olympics performance hasn’t occupied all the waking moments of everyone in this part of the country.

Last updated 10 August 2012
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It has to be done if I want to wear high heels at 80

This dieting lark is a bewildering business. Who’d have thought eating less would take up so much time, money, effort and concentration?

Last updated 10 August 2012
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Got any sheep in Lycra for tonight’s ceremony, Danny?

It was the kind of reader challenge most journalists relish. The more highfalutin call it interaction. Flaming impossible seemed nearer the truth on this occasion.

Last updated 27 July 2012
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Police success is dependent on help

Police estimate more than 40 organised crime gangs are operating in Cumbria, responsible for drugs dealing, theft on a grand scale, money laundering, skimming of cash machines and – not least – intimidation of communities.

Last updated 6 July 2012
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More rain? Well, God is miffed about Higgs Boson

It wasn’t the first instance of deeply perplexing misunderstanding throwing equilibrium out of kilter – not by a long way.

Last updated 6 July 2012
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Carlisle Airport saga needs to be concluded

Nothing about any of the hopes, plans, aspirations or promises for Carlisle Airport is straight forward.

Last updated 29 June 2012
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Green fingers, grey skies and we’re red, white and blue

They say you’ve to reach a certain age before you can take a genuine interest in gardening – beyond reading Alan Titchmarsh’s fantasy fiction, anyway.

Last updated 29 June 2012
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Education awards a beacon for excellence

Education – its standards, relevance, potential for excellence – is at the core of every aspect of planning for Cumbria’s future. That’s so obvious, it almost goes without saying – except that it never should.

Last updated 15 June 2012
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