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Opinion & columns

Super hero with gift of planting seeds of success

Margaret Jones is a bit of a mover and shaker in these parts. Put her in a cape and a jewelled bandana and you could easily mistake her for Wonderwoman.

Last updated 26 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

United at the heart of Cumbrian life

FOOTBALL’S powers of entertainment are as easy to see as flicking on Match of the Day.

Last updated 26 March 2010
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Bobbing daffodils do not run to a tourism timetable

When all at once I saw a crowd... a host of short green stubby things. Even the weeds are growing faster than my daffs – yours too, no doubt.

Last updated 19 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Grace’s legacy lives on and on

When Grace Little died last year at the age of 94, no one suspected that she would leave anything other than warm memories of a kind and thoughtful woman.

Last updated 19 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Happy Mother’s Day, the designer proggy is yours

All fingers and thumbs – every one of them swollen and sore. Ah yes, those were the days. Funny how pain can form so large a part of happy memory.

Last updated 12 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Don’t forget to say thank you, Mother

Mothering Sunday gives opportunity for reflection on all that has been shared, sacrificed and selflessly given by the most important women in all our lives.

Last updated 12 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle needs to find clarity and purpose

Carlisle’s drawing board is in danger of buckling under the weight of the plans currently residing on it.

Last updated 5 March 2010
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Guess what? The nights are fair drawing out, again

Has spring sprung? This tongue-twister for beginners is a hot topic – or at least a warm one – as daffodils finally stir from the hardest winter in 30 years. I like to think my fascination shows I am in tune with the natural world, preferring to discard the alternative explanation that I have no life.

Last updated 5 March 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Culture bid failure may have done Carlisle a favour

No one should run away with the idea that Carlisle’s UK City of Culture bid was a total, unmitigated failure. It was anything but.

Last updated 26 February 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

If only we could compete on our ungritted streets

Before the Vancouver Olympics started rudely butting in on perfectly adequate news bulletins, I’d been under the impression luge was a name for a woman who drank too much.Oh but we’re good.

Last updated 26 February 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cut losses and put Plan B into action

Possibilities of a bidding war for what was to have been the site of a new Tesco store at Morton can’t now be ruled out.

Last updated 19 February 2010
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A Heaven hotline? There must be something I need

Surprise of the week came yesterday when I discovered – late in the day – I could email God during Lent.

Last updated 19 February 2010
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Renaissance scheme needs rejuvenation

It is clearly time for a long, hard look at Carlisle Renaissance.

Last updated 12 February 2010
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There’s a lot to be thankful for in ordinary lives

This is for Agnes, whose friend Margaret will be reading out loud to her today as they share their weekly newspaper coffee morning – because Agnes can’t see well enough to read this column. And it isn’t included in her talking newspaper.

Last updated 12 February 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Adults do not always know the best way

Anybody who was ever a teenager will remember how impressed they were by worthy adults preaching the merits of best behaviour. Hardly at all.

Last updated 5 February 2010
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Don’t walk on by – that swansong was cry for help

The poor creature hissed and spat like a thing possessed. Never having encountered a demonic swan before, we bolted.

Last updated 5 February 2010
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Risky plan to save Cumbria university’s future

There's no escaping the troubling truth that the University of Cumbria’s problems are huge, complex and threatening to its future.

Last updated 29 January 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Age questionable, but not my views on best bed-mate

There’s another birthday looming any day now. I’ll be going to bed with my handbag.

Last updated 29 January 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria is no place to hide your crimes

Cumbria Constabulary rates second nationally when measured on how it inspires confidence in the public it serves.

Last updated 22 January 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Hold my coat – I’m fighting for all of our fudges

It doesn’t take much to set us off. Dragging leaden feet down the nostalgia route to ruin, we can be away for days.

Last updated 22 January 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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