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Opinion & columns

Advice? I try never to give - or take it

So, there I was in the front pew. Eyes fixed on the glittering Christmas lights – as all eyes are when a twinkling tree’s in the vicinity – and feeling a little out of the comfort zone.

Last updated 9 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Eden Valley Hospice extension a credit to many

There aren’t many caring services able to claim safe haven from recession, funding cuts or the limitations of staff shortages right now.

Last updated 2 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

There’s no-one like Grandma to sort out a child

Poor woman. Two Co-op carrier bags in one hand, a small person dragging on the other and soaked to the skin – she looked done in. I’d have told that wet, sulking little girl at the bus stop all of that – if I’d had more courage.

Last updated 2 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Winning women an inspiration to all

Jan Hawkins and Val Armstrong are two of a kind. The details are different but their stories have much in common.

Last updated 25 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We love a sense of occasion, but with no nonsense

A sense of occasion is as important to a woman as a sense of smell at a fragrance counter. No two ways about it, a day without a sense of occasion is wasted.

Last updated 25 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We’ve always got something to celebrate

A sense of occasion is as important to a woman as a sense of smell at a fragrance counter. No two ways about it, a day without a sense of occasion is wasted.

Last updated 25 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Football fantasy has got me off the subs’ bench

If all the world were a football ground and all the men and women merely players – I suspect I’d be spending a lot of my time on the subs’ bench.

Last updated 18 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Remembrance Day: As relevant today as it ever was

Today, as quiet reflection is shared to mark Armistice Day with acts of remembrance, the fallen of wars past and present are honoured with humility and gratitude.

Last updated 11 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Working together is fighting crime

Latest crime figures suggest Cumbria is effectively the safest place to live in the whole of the country.

Last updated 4 November 2011
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If it’s feral you expect, guess what you’ll get?

The brim of her pointy hat just about reached my letterbox. Her face was a paint palette of green and mauve; long-lashed eyes, as big and round as dinner plates, gazed with an intensity to break hearts.

Last updated 4 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No excusing hiding violent criminals

Armed purposefully with baseball bats, would-be killers set about their vicious attack of a 32-year-old man on a garage forecourt, as Carlisle’s morning commuters drove by on their way to work.

Last updated 28 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

How a flower can make us realise what matters

When a big magic poppy appeared on the side of Carlisle’s Shaddon Mill, reality check kicked in.

Last updated 28 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Fortunes favouring opportunistic city

Growth follows investment, recovery comes from confidence. If Carlisle’s fortunes are looking more hopeful, it’s because the city is experiencing a good measure of both.

Last updated 21 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I’ve lapsed from all of my clubs – except Cranstons

I was asked this week whether I was a member of anything. A simple enough enquiry but, to be honest, the question threw me a bit.

Last updated 21 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Welcome to the world, William – how it’s changed

It happened in a life-changing instant. Like finding your first grey hair or not immediately remembering your own phone number.

Last updated 14 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Professionals in our own premier partying league

We were a visibly happy little bunch as we gathered at Carlisle Rugby Club for a couple of sherbets and a sausage roll apiece.

Last updated 7 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cash-strapped but careless with money

Balancing the books is never an easy business, especially when funds are in short supply. Most households and all local councils are struggling with the problem.

Last updated 7 October 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

You know you’re local when the pong’s your own

Leaning too far over the harbour wall, like a couple of fishwives who’d just lost their menfolk’s catch, we were breathing in deeply... and coughing rather a lot.

Last updated 30 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Tommy Mattinson’s gurning more successful at face saving

Gurning, I was once told at Weight Watchers, is what you must do to avoid turkey neck and double chin when shedding pounds.

Last updated 23 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Why was PFI crisis not seen sooner?

It's perhaps not surprising that an atmosphere of tension and nervousness is deepening in our hospitals.

Last updated 23 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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