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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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TALK OF THE TIMES with Vivienne Paterson

So much for banking on speedy customer service

Comedian Jack Whitehall was complaining on TV the other night about customer service in the USA because people are too nice!

Last updated 19 October 2012
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Fifty years of Bond and the Beatles – yeah, yeah, yeah!

Fifty years – I can’t believe it!

Last updated 12 October 2012
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My new favourite TV show proves politics is laughable

I have a new favourite television programme – The Daily Show.

Last updated 5 October 2012
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Losing sleep over fear of keeping my guests awake

I will never, ever be unfaithful to my husband. I will never have an affair.

Last updated 28 September 2012
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Pop music, pills and the decade that changed us

Maryport's amateur operatic society presented the musical Shout! recently – and it gave me plenty to think about.

Last updated 21 September 2012
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We must learn from the tragedy of Hillsborough

We can only imagine the impotent frustration and even rage that the people whose loved ones died in the Hillsborough disaster must have been feeling when the full reports of what happened were finally revealed.

Last updated 14 September 2012
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Paralympic performances have set my heart racing

I hate it when I am wrong – and boy have I been wrong!

Last updated 7 September 2012
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Naked truth about those pictures of young Harry

The Sun newspaper was the first to run pictures of a naked Prince Harry – and they did so on the back of the lofty principle of public interest.

Last updated 31 August 2012
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Sometimes my memories are not made of this – remember?

My husband started glazing over as he drove me to work this morning.

Last updated 24 August 2012
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The painful truth when it comes to toothache

This column will be the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth!

Last updated 16 August 2012
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Flying the flag for Team GB and a proud nation

Who really cares about cycling or rowing?

Last updated 9 August 2012
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My jaw dropping day with a gang of rocking rebels

I SAT in the exhibition space at the Wave Centre in Maryport last Sunday afternoon with my jaw somewhere around my chest, pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

Last updated 2 August 2012
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We’re simply the best – better than all the rest

I don't care how cynical you have been, I bet tonight – if you are not at Maryport Blues Festival – you are watching the opening of the London Olympic Games.

Last updated 26 July 2012
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New technology pushes the envelope at letters’ expense

My mobile phone broke the other day and I rang the company’s IT department to ask for another.

Last updated 19 July 2012
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Shedding a tear for our tennis ace Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a true sporting hero – he can cry!

Last updated 12 July 2012
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The financial bosses can no longer bank on our respect

A customer came into the cafe which houses my office the other day and asked me what we were doing about the scandal at Barclays.

Last updated 5 July 2012
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Lack of summer leaves me hot under the collar

If you want to be cheered up don’t read this column, because I am in a seriously bad mood!

Last updated 28 June 2012
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Let’s all raise a glass to the good old British pub

I met my husband in a pub which has since been converted to an old people’s home – and he is now suggesting that we move there!

Last updated 22 June 2012
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A jewel in the crown of our jubilee celebrations

After four full days of covering jubilee events I threatened last week to become a republican.

Last updated 14 June 2012
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Is the Government right to admit it was wrong?

Can a government ever win?

Last updated 7 June 2012
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