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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Opinion & columns

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

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

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

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

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
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
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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
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

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