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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Anne Pickles

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.

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. (5 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
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

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
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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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Dual reasons why the Archers must not relocate to the north

Advice to be careful of what you wish for is rarely taken. Ruth and David Archer should take note – they’d be wise to heed caution before it’s too late.

Last updated 14 November 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

They died for us, don’t forget them

Armistice Day and across the country, as silence falls briefly for moments of deep contemplation, the ugly spectre of war hangs in the air like a pall.

Last updated 11 November 2014
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Grumpy by nature but all smiles when children call

Always glad when that foreign nonsense is out of the way – when Americanised trick or treaters have been and gone and we can settle down again to some good old English traditional celebrations... with leftover mini Mars Bars.

Last updated 7 November 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We don't need any more poisons

Stretch the imagination a bit and picture a cosy winter’s evening with family and friends at the local. (2 comments)

Last updated 4 November 2014
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Sausage or Swiss rolls fine. But forward rolls? Forget it!

Nothing good ever came of a forward roll. Should any school-starter want the advising benefit of long life experience, that would be mine. Don’t waste your time.

Last updated 31 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The nights are going to be dark - along with my dress

Nights are drawing in and it’s time for going out. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

Last updated 30 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dementia? I only came in with flu!

Anyone who has yet to experience trouble booking an early appointment with their GP must have been out of the country for the last five years – or landed recently from Mars without a parking permit. (2 comments)

Last updated 30 October 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Rehabilitation the purpose of prison

Let’s talk about rape. Is that still allowed or is the conversation we need, hurtling towards a new taboo – of which we’re all too terrified to speak? (3 comments)

Last updated 21 October 2014
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Cake expectations... and how to avoid soggy bottoms

She’s successful, efficient, comfortable in her own lofty position and, unsurprisingly, she knows the many and various powers of cake.

Last updated 10 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I’ll raise my bacon and eggs to great Cumbrian runners

What makes a Cumbrian run? Beats me. But if everybody had their own – as my old gran used to say – I couldn’t properly be called a Cumbrian. Not for another 40 years, anyway.

Last updated 3 October 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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