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Is this the age of the train?

When Jeremy Corbyn suggested we should consider having women-only carriages on trains, to protect female passengers from drunken sex assaults, he opened a huge can of worms.

Last updated 23 September 2015
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Stalling for time on starter homes

They’re calling them the boomerang children because they keep coming back – and it makes a good headline.

Last updated 15 September 2015
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Sorry to have to say we’re all too quick to apologise

I suppose any week now, it’ll be time to start planting bulbs for next spring’s show of daffs, tulips and the assorted pretty things that fight their way valiantly through snow to cheer us up.

Last updated 11 September 2015
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Rebooting the way we shop

Shopping habits are changing. They were always bound to. The only certainty on which any of us can rely is change.

Last updated 25 August 2015
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I hate name-droppers. Did I mention Wiggo’s in town?

Can’t be doing with name-droppers. I was only saying as much to the Princess Royal, when she dropped by the other week.

Last updated 21 August 2015
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On Costa del Botchergate!

Costa photo Invariably, what seems like a good idea at the time turns out, in the end, to be anything but. That’s just the way it goes. (1 comment)

Last updated 18 August 2015
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Take the hit, buy some goodwill

iceland milk photo Nobody in Cumbria could be unaware of the dire straits in which dairy farmers find themselves now. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 August 2015
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Best to admit defeat

Richard Rhodes photo Time flies when you’re not paying attention... you don’t even need to be enjoying yourself. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 August 2015
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Let’s celebrate Can’t Be Bothered With Special Days Day

Good days, bad days, could have been worse but my feet are killing me days. Believe it or not, somebody has done research into all of them.

Last updated 7 August 2015
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Sport's dirtiest secret is no secret at all

lancearmstrong1fggf With fanfares and expectation of gasps of widespread shock and horror, it’s reported that around a third of medal-winning elite athletes might owe their triumphs to performance-enhancing drugs. (1 comment)

Last updated 4 August 2015
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Country life to be heavily vetted to suit saucier tastes

They’re going to sex-up All Creatures Great and Small. And if that doesn’t boggle the imagination’s limits of endurance, goodness knows what will.

Last updated 31 July 2015
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Numpties or faith in 999?

It’s been a long, hard day. You’ve stumbled home from work, feeling like an aged zombie, and as you head for the fridge for enlivening refreshment, the phone rings.

Last updated 28 July 2015
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Seagulls know there’s nothing we can do about them

Clever little blighters, those seagulls. Correction – clever big blighters. There’s nothing bird-brained or miniature about Cumbria’s seasonal pests.

Last updated 24 July 2015
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Tim Farron already targeted by smiling assassins

Tim Farron photo Barely had his arm been lowered from his gleefully jubilant victory wave, before Tim Farron – newly elected Lib Dem leader – found himself ducking poisoned arrows shot by smiling assassins. (4 comments)

Last updated 21 July 2015
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Paying price for playing fast and loose with speed limit

I’m not complaining. Please try to remember that. Though you can’t see it, there’s actually a generous, if humiliated, smile on my face.

Last updated 17 July 2015
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It’s time to give parents a break

Any day now many mums and dads will be facing the dilemma they’ve known all year would be coming to bite their ankles. (2 comments)

Last updated 14 July 2015
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It’s Madness, there’s so much to do

sm suggy Humidity, what humidity? It’s not the recent muggy weather that’s making you breathless, it’s the frenzied pace of Cumbria’s summer life.

Last updated 7 July 2015
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Nothing fishy about me being off. Actually, there was

We don’t do summer very well, do we? Dig deeply into your inner self and you’ll surely agree – albeit secretly – we northerners are a lot happier when mercury’s falling.

Last updated 3 July 2015
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Big shops cream off all the profits

Supermarket price wars are puzzling bare knuckle fights these days. Rarely do they have rhyme or reason. (3 comments)

Last updated 30 June 2015
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Whistle while you twerk and then adopt FLOTUS position

Done much twerking lately? Me neither. Probably never have, come to think if it – but that’s not entirely surprising.

Last updated 26 June 2015
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