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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Opinion & columns

I’ll give history max attention from now on

There’s an ancient pear tree growing in the ruins of old Lanercost Priory. It still bears – oddly enough – ancient pears. I know. I’ve seen them.

Last updated 30 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Enthusiastic few will need helping

This week saw the launch of something big, something empowering and something that will take power away from central government and deliver it into the hands of individuals and communities.

Last updated 23 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria’s strength is in show return

At face value, tomorrow’s Cumberland Show is merely the return of an event which suffered an unfortunate blip due to bad weather last year.

Last updated 16 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Poor little lost lads terrorised by the seagulls

Now the football’s over, the lads are feeling a bit lost. Lads are like that – they need a single, clearly defined focus for their undivided attention.

Last updated 16 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

NHS weighed down by its bureaucracy

Budget cuts in the NHS will inevitably slice into vital frontline services in hospitals, warns North Cumbria Trust’s chief executive.

Last updated 9 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No flops in the breast clinic, but no Bafta either

As luck would have it, the mammogram was OK. All that anxiety was for nothing. Temptation to order a glass casket, leave written instructions for plumed horses, a jazz band and a New Orleans funeral was unnecessary.

Last updated 9 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

For Carlisle, it’s a time of opportunity

Some wise guy once asserted annoyingly that there were no such things as problems – only opportunities.

Last updated 2 July 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Rural people also need innovation

The hardships of life in remote rural areas are tough enough, without having to adapt Victorian amenities to a 21st century world.

Last updated 25 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Budget crisis has not cut what we owe to our dads

It was Father’s Day, which I’ve always liked a lot because my father never could remember he had a day all of his own.

Last updated 25 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Renaissance end a step in right path

There’ll be little by way of mourning. Few tears will be shed at its passing. In fact, relief might well greet as initial response to news that Carlisle Renaissance is no more.

Last updated 18 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t change a thing – even if we didn’t like it

Some things come around far too quickly. Mondays, Wimbledon, the World Cup, mammograms – oh, how I hate mammograms.

Last updated 18 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Work together to solve fair dilemma

APPLEBY Horse Fair is an ancient, colourful part of Cumbrian life which in recent years has been blighted by some unfortunate, if not to say ugly, incidents.

Last updated 11 June 2010
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Angel of Adriatic offers memories – but no change

His name was Andrea. He was a Venetian of impeccable manners, laced elegantly with excitable Italian enthusiasm.

Last updated 11 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A time for recovery and quiet reflection

How to make sense of the senseless? Two days on, the immense shock at Derrick Bird’s killing spree remains.

Last updated 4 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Make hay while the sun shines – rain’s on its way

It was all a bit of a whirling, whizzing, wear-yourself-out panic really. English summers usually are. Two weekends ago, it was.

Last updated 4 June 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle Cathedral will get support

The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, otherwise called Carlisle Cathedral, may be one of the smallest cathedrals in England but its significance is huge.

Last updated 28 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t betray the future of this brave generation

The day was a dark one for Cumbria. Though Monday’s May sunshine blazed with an August heat, shivers of shock and loss were chilling.

Last updated 28 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria university failure is not an option

There's little doubt that the shock departure of vice chancellor Professor Peter McCaffery adds yet another worrying dimension to the troubling instability of the University of Cumbria.

Last updated 21 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Nice should save its incentives to care for the sick

So, the four-day girlie weekend went well, then. Too much wine, too much food, too much gossip and raspberry gin... can’t say fairer than that.

Last updated 21 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Now is not the time for political sniping

This week the shape of British politics changed radically.

Last updated 14 May 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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