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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Anne Pickles

Must we end up in terminal decline?

We’re not very good with big pictures in Cumbria. There’s something in the DNA that resists them – a built in mechanism that swats them away, as we might flail angrily at annoying bluebottles.

Last updated 30 July 2014
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Stop getting hot under the collar and accept I’m right!

First things first. It isn’t a heatwave, it’s summer – though there’s every reason not to remember the difference.

Last updated 25 July 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dangers of law on our time of death

James Newcome photo It was Benjamin Franklin who first coined the wisdom that: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Last updated 22 July 2014
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Ditch the pink... it’s time for power-dressing pick-me-ups

This has been a good week for power-dressing women – which probably explains why I’ve had such a bad one.

Last updated 18 July 2014
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Who would you help?

Nicola Pears photo When there’s not enough money to go round and ends no longer meet with comfort, something has to give. (2 comments)

Last updated 17 July 2014
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A whirlwind romance with long lost love in the aisles

I’ve broken my duck! For seven years, I’ve been avoiding supermarkets like a nasty viral infection – shopping local for knobbly carrots, dirty potatoes, parish pump gossip and the priceless self-congratulatory smugness a life of back to basics in a small market town brings.

Last updated 11 July 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The world's gone off its rock-er

ptblencathraaaaaa Rarely has one big lump of rock caused such a flurry of fuss and bother as the recently purchased Blencathra. (2 comments)

Last updated 8 July 2014
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New bras, please! Anyone for a game of topless tennis?

If you’re watching properly, it’s a pain in the neck. Serve and return, backhand to forehand, eyes right, turn left... and then your head hurts.

Last updated 4 July 2014
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Don’t forget there are others like Savile

jimmysaviledfdffggfd The number of historic rape and sex assault cases being reported in Cumbria is rising. What’s known now as the Savile Factor is thought to be the reason.

Last updated 1 July 2014
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I’d hack a heavy wig to put PM on his naughty step

If I could have chosen to be anyone other than myself this week, I would have liked to have been the judge who put the Prime Minister on the naughty step.

Last updated 27 June 2014
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Don’t mess with Eric Pickles on charges

Keep Our Streets Free Logo He’s a big bluff lad, who knows his mind, insists on rules being kept and is just the kind of chap you’d want in your corner in a dispute. (3 comments)

Last updated 24 June 2014
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HS3? As much use to Carlisle as a chocolate fireguard

Ever felt a bit lonely and left out – like there’s a party going on somewhere and nobody remembered to invite you? (8 comments)

Last updated 24 June 2014
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Blame my lack of sporting interest on the bossa nova

In deference to matters currently obsessional, I was wondering what to do to be temporarily – well, Brazilian. No! Not that! Do keep it clean at the back of the room.

Last updated 20 June 2014
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Health care is not measured by cash

Many, we know, have been extremely upset by the decision to close Reiver House community hospital in Carlisle. (8 comments)

Last updated 10 June 2014
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A parachute jump back to days of make do and mend

A lady called Hazel told me this week that her mother’s wedding dress had been made from a parachute... which I thought was pretty cool. “Even better,” said Hazel, noticing my interest, “there was enough material left over for matching knickers!”

Last updated 6 June 2014
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Joey Barton: Victim of vicious and unnecessary mauling

Don’t know about you but there’s an anger in the wind lately that makes some of us wonder whether it might not be time to grow up – or at least to lighten up. (2 comments)

Last updated 3 June 2014
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Cheapest NHS prescription - eat less, move more

Life’s full of used-to-bes. Crammed to the gunwales and depressingly likely to grow fuller with each passing year. Nothing’s more certain than a stash of backward glances.

Last updated 30 May 2014
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He shoots himself in the foot and scores an own goal

I don’t know much about football but I do know a bit about emails, a lot about men who behave badly, and more about women likely to belittle blokes who deserve it.

Last updated 23 May 2014
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I’ve taken childhood totally for granted...and probably so have you

Carer photo Mornings aren’t easy when you’re an early riser. All that rushing in and out of shower or bath, battling with hairdryer, makeup, boiling kettles and packed lunches. And all to be up, out and on the road before the birds open their beaks to cough.

Last updated 20 May 2014
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Time to give this pally banter in schools idea a Miss

She was tall, thin, beautifully dressed, with a look of Wallis Simpson about her and, my goodness, she was fierce.

Last updated 16 May 2014
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