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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Opinion & columns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m thrilled by torch – or is it the chance of a toast?

Never one to allow a special occasion to pass without note, it was with some excitement I strode into my local Spar shop.

Last updated 15 June 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Thanks for giving life

ROSIE Kremer didn’t live to hold her only child Bobby.

Last updated 8 June 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Put an end to air ambulance confusion

THE Pride of Cumbria air ambulance is funded by Cumbrians, staffed by Cumbrians and dedicated to Cumbrians.

Last updated 8 June 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Airport grounded ...for the moment

IF THE findings of the latest study into the viability of Carlisle Airport are taken as last word, hopes of flying any time soon would seem to be dashed.

Last updated 8 June 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I like monarchy, history would be horrible without

Jubilee? Oh yes please, I’ll have a bit of that. I’ll take a lot of that. A well-earned rest, a raised glass of finest Dry London and coronation chicken on toast.

Last updated 1 June 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Stylish in life, not so when using the road

He was handsome. Beautifully turned out, dressed for the sunshine – colour co-ordinated with impeccable style.

Last updated 25 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We must make the change right now

As all four of the area’s MPs unite to demand senior managers of our troubled hospitals stand down, the call to the North Cumbria Trust is clear – it’s time to go.

Last updated 25 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Make a promise and save a life

Organ donation is an intensely difficult subject to air openly, to embrace fully, to urge without hesitation or qualification.

Last updated 18 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t mourn the passing of youth, 21st century kids now have baton

If I were to be truthful, I’d have to say I learned nothing useful from Blue Peter.

Last updated 18 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Fight for Carlisle must now intensify

If Carlisle had been counting on a quiet week, following long local council election campaigns and resulting change of administration, all such hopes will now be dashed.

Last updated 11 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Finally interested – in sport of flying flames

Somebody once told me – I think he was drunk at the time – that no matter how much I disliked sport, if I looked hard enough and long enough I’d find something to tickle my fancy.

Last updated 11 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t call me a fossil because I chose journalism

Given the nervous state of the newspaper industry these days, a more sensitive soul might have taken offence.

Last updated 4 May 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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