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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Opinion & columns

Hospitals in urgent need of direction

There's a point at which beleaguered hospitals, sinking ever more deeply into crisis, fall yet further to hit rock bottom. And that point has been reached in Carlisle.

Last updated 8 July 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Day I got Gaga in a Pickle with a fearless press

I was Lady Gaga. An impossible stretch of imagination, I know – unless you’re six, seven, nine or 11.

Last updated 8 July 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Council sell-off is good news for Carlisle

Few could argue against re-evaluation of council assets in recession. When spending is being cut, jobs are being shed and budgets slashed, investments must be healthy.

Last updated 1 July 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

What would strikes actually achieve?

Threatening disruption on a scale not seen since the general strike of 1926, public sector unions are dead-set on defending their pensions to the last.

Last updated 24 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No growth... nooption in Cumbria

When one of Cumbria’s key businessmen warns the county’s economy will shrink yet further unless enterprise is allowed to grow without bureaucratic hindrance, somebody ought to be listening hard.

Last updated 17 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It takes a while to appreciate our dads, but we do

Big day, Sunday. Well, biggish. Father’s Day never was quite so big as the one set aside for mothers, which is a shame really – especially if you’re a dad.

Last updated 17 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle's mayor deserves our support and pride

It might not be the most glamorous campaign ever fought but if he pulls it off Carlisle mayor Barry Earp will have earned himself a claim to something approaching heroism.

Last updated 10 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

My green fingers can’t replace a quenched thirst

I’m never depressed, rarely upset, not often bad tempered. But I do take after my father – weak willed and easily led, thank the Lord.

Last updated 10 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Local shoppers hold key to retail recovery

Success stories aren’t easily won right now. In retail especially, every day brings new and daunting challenges.

Last updated 10 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No sex please, we’re British and prefer our petrol

A report out the other day informed us helpfully that Britons are more worried about petrol prices than they are about their disappointing sex lives.

Last updated 3 June 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Facelift can kick-start rejuvenation

It might not be the most breathtaking transformation in history but it’s a start. At least that’s the hope now for Botchergate’s future.

Last updated 27 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Let’s shout Carlisle from the rooftops

This is it. A rallying call, a call to arms. Carlisle – the city for Cumbria – is firmly on the national and international map.

Last updated 20 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Make it a catalyst for a better future

Tomorrow more than 1,000 security staff emergency workers and BBC crews, along with 20,000 music fans holding the hottest festival tickets in the country, will pack into a swiftly erected arena at Carlisle Airport for a momentous Big Weekend.

Last updated 13 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Music is catalyst for great display of our raw talent

Lady gaga meat dress photo 6 The defining moment that put the Big into Big Weekend came for me when a lovely young woman buried her breasts in Cumberland sausage.

Last updated 13 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Route to recovery should be simple

In an ideal world, handing planning decisions to local people might be a good idea – all democratic sweetness and light.

Last updated 6 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

They’re a kooky bunch but better than a Trump

For once, nobody was complaining. One for God, one for royalty and one for workers – back to back holidays, shared like lollipops among well behaved children.

Last updated 6 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Where would we be without ladies of Lanercost?

We share a secret, the ladies of Lanercost and I. It has to do with marmalade, a sticky finger and the blind eye of health and safety.

Last updated 29 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Too late to complain about supermarkets

Councils granting planning permission to new supermarkets are on shaky ground when they complain too many stores are moving into our town centres and suburbs.

Last updated 29 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

May the sun shine on Cumbria's holidays

The weather’s set fair for Easter and there’s nowhere finer than Cumbria for enjoying the year’s first bank holiday.

Last updated 22 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No Mum, I won’t ban you – it’s Easter, after all

Easter’s here – I do so love Easter. The sun is shining, the folks are on their way... and my mother is worried sick about being banned.

Last updated 22 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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