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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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TALK OF THE TIMES with Vivienne Paterson

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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I’ll be flying the flag for 60 years of Her Majesty

I am pinning my colours to the mast this week – and those colours are red, white and blue!

Last updated 31 May 2012
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Excuse me, where are all our manners nowadays?

My mother used to boast that people would comment on the beautiful manners of her three daughters.

Last updated 24 May 2012
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Finding fame as the Elvis fan who joined the circus

“Oh wad some power the giftie gae us tae see oorsels as ithers see us!”

Last updated 17 May 2012
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Things change, and not always for the worse

A retired colleague sent me an item from the internet which she thought might make a good subject for me to write about.

Last updated 10 May 2012
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Oh, for printer’s ink and Hugh’s fighting cockatoo

This week’s advice to live by is: never interview the owners of a parrot if you have a cold.

Last updated 4 May 2012
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Patients are people and that’s how our hospitals seem to be operating

NHS staff are being reminded to “see the person in the patient”.

Last updated 26 April 2012
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It’s not just ships that our area has given the world

At the end of the movie, Schindler’s List survivors whose lives he had saved and their families came forward and laid a stone on his grave.

Last updated 19 April 2012
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A match made in heaven – but scrap the football!

I was at a wedding in Manchester over Easter and there was no getting away from the fact that this city is sacred to millions of football fans.

Last updated 12 April 2012
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Thinking of the heroes who acted so bravely

We are hearing a lot about heroes at the moment.

Last updated 5 April 2012
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Display of our maritime history floats my boat

If ever anything was going to make me Twitter it would be Stephen Fry – and Stephen Fry is only one of the reasons I am feeling so upbeat this week.

Last updated 29 March 2012
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