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Friday, 30 January 2015

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We need more Jordans - of the Bernard variety that is

They don’t make men like Bernard any more. Spirited, single-minded, brave, principled men with hearts as big as battleships.

Last updated 30 January 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Last orders... time to shout to save local pubs

Redfern photo Pubs. Wave a white hanky and offer a tearful bye-bye from a respectful distance. They’re on their way out... fast. (2 comments)

Last updated 27 January 2015
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Goodbye jaded January and hello fabulous February!

That was that then. The year’s most miserable day has been and gone – relatively quietly, all things considered. It passed in a glowering, grunting sulk... obviously.

Last updated 23 January 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Woman's place in the House?

A woman’s place is in the House of Commons – or so political parties selecting their candidates from all-women shortlists would have us believe. (2 comments)

Last updated 20 January 2015
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

So retro’s cool now Mr Zuckerberg?

Mark Zuckerberg photo So 2015 is being pitched by some visionaries in the know as the year in which we will start to fall out of love with our whiz-bang stuff... our gadgets.

Last updated 13 January 2015
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Face armed boy soldiers or the dentist? Tough one...

Some shames are best kept secret – but here goes. I’m terrified of dentists. Not just anxious, mind. Beyond cliff-hanging edge of nervousness; more than merely frightened. Petrified. Always have been.

Last updated 9 January 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Crying shame of Honours farce

Actor James Corden has declared he was “overwhelmed” to have been awarded an OBE, for his services to drama, in the New Year Honours. (3 comments)

Last updated 7 January 2015
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Absolute nutters - but we salute you

Gary McKeating photo There’s daft and there’s seriously silly. In Cumbria we tend to prefer the seriously... well, verging on lunatic. (3 comments)

Last updated 7 January 2015
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He's out of order - I'm out of cash

offside1gfdgf Give me your time, patience and a handy diagram and there’s every chance I will, at some point, understand the offside rule.

Last updated 30 December 2014
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All things are bright and beautiful round at Twinkle’s

She thinks she’s lowering the tone of her well-to-do neighbourhood... not that she’s too worried about it.

Last updated 19 December 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Do a shop for a foodbank instead

If I had my way, I’d jump off this crazy commercially careering train right now – only deigning to climb back on board as it pulls gently in at platform Easter. (37 comments)

Last updated 16 December 2014
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There is room at the inn but it’s going to cost you

My favourite nativity story comes from a friend whose little grandson single-mindedly secured a longed-for starring role in his primary school production.

Last updated 12 December 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Zero tolerance - just a sip away

Breath test photo Scots know a thing or two about drinking. They’re experts – or so legend would have it. (24 comments)

Last updated 9 December 2014
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Dear Santa, please make them go away

Nigel Farage photo All I want for Christmas is restoration of the natural order of things. Like Nigel Farage giving up politics, for instance. And Russell Brand – well, just giving up. (10 comments)

Last updated 9 December 2014
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A toddler’s approach to avoiding Christmas’s trickier bits

He could have had a tablet – but he said he wasn’t poorly. When little William was asked what he’d like Santa to bring on Christmas morning, he was nothing if not decisive.

Last updated 5 December 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Black Friday: A sort of legalised looting

Black Friday photo Now that supermarkets and big stores across the UK have had the blood wiped from their walls and trampled bodies moved from their aisles, one assumes it’s business as usual again.

Last updated 3 December 2014
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We proudly wear our plebs badge

Andrew Mitchell photo It must be really hard work being one of life’s natural snobs. How exhausting to have to carry around the weighty burden of a superiority complex – day after wearying day. (1 comment)

Last updated 2 December 2014
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Set your sights on a black bargain and give ’em hell

Friday. It’s the new black – as they say in the fashion world. And if, on this Black Friday, you’re fighting for bargains with umpteen other frenzied shoppers... well, the best of British.

Last updated 28 November 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The reality is many MPs are way out of touch

White van tweet photo It wasn’t until everything kicked off, that I realised I’d been missing the whole white van point by miles – and for a very long time. (3 comments)

Last updated 25 November 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Time to give Dr Ros a little stick

If, like me, you’ve had occasion to issue the annoying whine: “Slow down; it’s my knees again!” you might have a bit of sympathy for Dr Ros Altmann. (1 comment)

Last updated 18 November 2014
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