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Opinion & columns

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

Keeping cool is a hot potato for our policy-makers

The trouble with libraries is they’re not cool. You can’t annoy people on trains with them, show off in the street with them and you can’t use them to send offensive messages with smiley-face graphics.

Last updated 15 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Welcome warning to the teen thugs

All teenagers are not thugs and thieves, preying opportunistically on the elderly and vulnerable.

Last updated 15 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Kids need support before cry for help

Mental health problems are no respecters of age, background or the unfairness of striking those least able to cope with their torment.

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

Can we vote on whether we want any politicians?

The trouble with that new-fangled AV thing now causing so much grief all over the place is that, no matter how you mark your card, you still get a politician coming out the other end.

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

Shout it out, we have become the main attraction

Utter brilliance, I call it. A stroke of genius, the like of which hasn’t been seen since... well, the last one.

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

Success comes with the desire to win

In hard times there’s no point at all wishing for good luck to put in an appearance. Good luck has to be worked for.

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

Cumbrians need to be in the zone

For Cumbria to grow with confidence and self-sufficiency, there needs to be more than landscapes, Roman remains and tourism.

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

It's past bedtime when a squonkey seems quite sane

She complained bitterly she was being kept awake by her illegal pet – an Australian flying squirrel, crossed with a monkey.

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

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