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Opinion & columns

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
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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
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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
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Trouble in valuing a good education

Your starter for 10: How much is a good university degree course worth?

Last updated 18 March 2011
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The right road to take to save £2 million?

Babies and bathwater come to mind as government cuts force fresh scrutiny of subsidised transport.

Last updated 11 March 2011
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Calm down – it’s Census 2011, not Big Brother 1984

Can’t imagine what the fuss is about. It’s only a census, after all. No water torture, no matchsticks down fingernails – just a form to fill in.

Last updated 11 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I’m not boiling up over census but I wish that my water was

Can’t imagine what the fuss is about. It’s only a census, after all. No water torture, no matchsticks down fingernails – just a form to fill in.

Last updated 11 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Euro risk ruling must appreciate a lady’s thighs

It hasn’t been the greatest week for women trying to do the right thing. It’s been one of those weeks when a girl’s been forced to wonder why the heck she bothers... know what I mean?

Last updated 4 March 2011
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Cankers on your conkers? It’s one thing after another

She’d be fine,.. were it not for her bleeding cankers, a rabbit invasion and the rain in Spain. But I suppose we all have our crosses to bear.

Last updated 25 February 2011
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Look to Newcastle for health solution

Ailing and struggling on for too long without required attention, the patient – North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust – is about to embark on overdue treatment.

Last updated 18 February 2011
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Royal nuptials - a reason to open the chuckle juice

It’s a shame we have to wait for a prince to propose before we do it. There must be all kinds of good – and mediocre – reasons to throw a party.

Last updated 18 February 2011
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Where will people turn to in trouble?

There's supreme irony in that when large numbers of people are struggling with debt and depression, due to economic downturn and public funding cuts, those best able to help them are also fighting for survival.

Last updated 11 February 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

App-solution? I think I prefer the personal touch

He’s 11 years old, bright as a sunny spring morning and sharply clever with it. An exceptional modern young man in fact – in a blue school blazer.

Last updated 11 February 2011
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We’ve heard these promises before

The sorry state of Cumbria’s roads is undeniably grim, clearly dangerous and unlikely to improve any time soon.

Last updated 4 February 2011
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We know we’re in the soup when dinner’s cancelled

Blimey! Things must really be tough. When councillors turn down the chance of a ritzy-glitzy freebie dinner, the wolves are probably already at the door – baying maniacally for entry.

Last updated 4 February 2011
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New hope for rundown Botchergate

Temptation for a long time has been to give up on Botchergate – dismissing it as a lost cause of creeping dereliction.

Last updated 28 January 2011
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Cut the chat and see what it costs the team in total

It’s obviously a time for minding your language, watching what you say and being aware of who’s listening... livelihoods depend on it.

Last updated 28 January 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dumping ciggies is way to restore my chest to glory

On the bright side – and there must always be a bright side – the cigarettes have gone.

Last updated 21 January 2011
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Painstaking work to solve sad mystery

The macabre discovery of a mystery woman’s remains, found in woodland near Longtown this week, has been both shocking and deeply distressing.

Last updated 21 January 2011
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