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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Opinion & columns

Some crusades are – eventually – just for the birds

It’s a puzzle, if you ask me – which you didn’t, of course. But I’ll tell you anyway. It’s a puzzle.

Last updated 9 March 2012
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Let Richard Rose's Russ Wallace be an inspiration

Inspirational teachers shape lives, leave lasting impressions and make the difference between tolerated schooldays and a hunger for lifelong learning.

Last updated 2 March 2012
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Dear or Piccalilli, guess which I’d prefer to hear?

With a name like Pickles, you tend not to worry too much about what people call you. Most made-up monikers are an improvement.

Last updated 2 March 2012
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Time for hospitals trust to move on

For a job that was not a job – since she left it last June – former hospitals chief executive Carole Heatly has continued to collect a handsome £19,000 a month.

Last updated 24 February 2012
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There’s no-one I want to get my claws into

Big day, Wednesday – for predatory, knot-tying types. It’s Leap Year day and a momentous date for women with designs on marital bliss.

Last updated 24 February 2012
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Democracy’s great ...but not too often

It’s an old itch, it’s been there for a long time, but it refuses to go away.

Last updated 17 February 2012
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Even Cabinet debate beats calorie-counting

Out of the blue, Twinkle made one of her life-changing affirmations – which is always a bit of a worry.

Last updated 17 February 2012
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Zero tolerance for Carlisle’s racists

Emboldended by drink, fired by hatred, a racist mob terrorised cafe workers in Carlisle – because they believed they could.

Last updated 10 February 2012
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If not exactly happy, at ease with grumbles

Happiest lot in the UK? Us? Excuse me but maybe we ought to talk about this. See, so far as I could make out, it was being so miserable that kept the smiles on our faces – which is a happiness of sorts, I suppose. But it’s nothing that might qualify as, well... delirious.

Last updated 10 February 2012
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Keith’s having a laugh – no, really, he is!

Keith Adams photo I reckon Keith Adams may be onto something. He might actually have put his finger on a trick that’s close to useful.

Last updated 3 February 2012
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Wannabe Olympians doing Cumbria proud

The cream of Cumbria’s crop – sportsmen and women driven to win glory for their country. They’re already deserving of our bursting pride.

Last updated 3 February 2012
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It’s a democracy and we have questions

In reality, it’s all over bar the shouting. Like the idea or loathe it, police commissioners are on their way.

Last updated 27 January 2012
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When we spenders lose our outlets – situation’s serious

Life’s full of disappointments, let-downs, short-term traumas. You learn to rant a lot, cry a bit – and then you move on.

Last updated 27 January 2012
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Whatever happened to saving vital services?

When wasteful public spending became the hottest issue on the national agenda, it was widely accepted some serious trimming would be necessary.

Last updated 20 January 2012
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How to beat the January blues – bump into Arthur

Depending on who you Googled, Monday was supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Though some sites reckon it’s the one to come.

Last updated 20 January 2012
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Why were the views of residents ignored?

Anyone with an eye to the fury surrounding Impact Housing Association’s Carlisle hostel for the homeless will wonder today where local views fit into any plan likely to affect their lives.

Last updated 13 January 2012
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Christmas oddity merry-go-round has no losers

There was a raised eyebrow in my neck of the woods when some local charity shops complained people were being mean with their unwanted Christmas gifts this year.

Last updated 13 January 2012
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Selling a hospital’s soul to the devil

There will always be points at which hospitals will need to burst budgets in order to deliver best treatment to their patients.

Last updated 6 January 2012
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Time to learn and move forwards

HISTORY leaves us many lessons, one of which is that these lessons are rarely learned.

Last updated 30 December 2011
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All Mary wanted for Xmas was a Travelodge room

sm 3wisemen A visit to a living Nativity scene is a bit like a secret Santa gift. You never quite know what you’re going to get – but you’ve an idea it won’t be what you imagined.

Last updated 23 December 2011
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