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

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

Strength of cancer mum is inspiring

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when women everywhere will be urged to pay routine and regular attention to potentially dangerous changes in their bodies.

Last updated 16 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A good shepherd knows when the contest is lost

The majority of women are said to have a soft spot for men in uniform. A naval officer in his pristine, starched, summer whites is supposed to take top spot.

Last updated 16 September 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Lakeside luxury a strange place to find left leanings

She was in sparkly sandals, showing off painted toenails. I wore my sitting-down shoes – the too-high, pinchy ones I carry, should I need to stand up or (God forbid) walk.

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

One Big Weekend... one bright future

The money has been counted, achievement applauded and success has exceeded all expectations. Carlisle’s Big Weekend has been an all-round welcome bonanza for city and county.

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

A model example of community life

Nothing is impossible where there’s a will for change, a love of home, serious intent to mend and rebuild a fractured community.

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

Thwarted in my drive to find the perfect dripping

It’s reckoned Carlisle gets eight million tourists every year – which you have to admit is pretty impressive, since we have no canals, masked carnivals or singing boatmen to shout about.

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

Firm foundation to be build for future

Whether by luck or judgement, don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

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

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