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Opinion & columns

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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Young carers are indeed very special

JAMES Boothroyd doesn’t believe he is special. He has been called inspirational – but he doesn’t accept that either.

Last updated 23 December 2011
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No ‘outsourcing’ of background checks

Criminal background checks have been much maligned over recent years.

Last updated 16 December 2011
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Hard of hearing? It makes gossip more exciting

She was a hairdresser confidently claiming to be a cut above the rest... she being an accomplished pianist and all.

Last updated 16 December 2011
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Thomas and family an example to all

Some people can put all of life’s grumbles, commonplace complaints and burdening pressures into a newly stark perspective.

Last updated 9 December 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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