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Anne Pickles

Idiotic grinning? Give me an honest scowl every time

Today, as if you didn’t already know, is International Day of Happiness – so, shoulders back, chest out, take a deep breath and grin.

Last updated 20 March 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Looks like Yorkshire made a mi-steak with Jeremy Clarkson

Yorkshire has two sons for which it must apologise... and the other one, is Jeremy Clarkson. (9 comments)

Last updated 17 March 2015
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Go on, give your mum a tonic this Sunday...and gin

Daffodils and mothers. This is the weekend when they become indivisible – with one absolutely synonymous with the other.

Last updated 13 March 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It’s just the ticket

You sometimes have to wonder whether Eric Pickles might have had a traumatising car parking experience as a child. (2 comments)

Last updated 10 March 2015
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Why Brampton-on-Sea doesn’t float my boat

Big day today in Southampton. The official naming of the new 141,000-tonne P&O Cruises vessel Britannia will be carried out by the Queen.

Last updated 10 March 2015
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Shopping you can get your teeth into

Let the imagination roam a bit and you could soon be going into your local supermarket for groceries and coming out looking more like Renee Zellweger than – well, Renee Zellweger. (2 comments)

Last updated 24 February 2015
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

I’m sorry but M&S shades it over S&M every time

He’s here again. Saint Valentine or Christian Grey or whatever his name is these days. He’s back and you can bet your last scented candle he’s bringing his usual bother with him.

Last updated 13 February 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Spectre of farming’s loss looms large in the landscape

Here’s a confession – and it’s a guilty one. I haven’t a clue how much I pay for my milk, which probably makes me a contributor to Cumbria’s deepening worries right now.

Last updated 6 February 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Would Winston Churchill be elected today?

Winston Churchill photo He drank too much, smoked like a chimney, was obese and suffered periods of crippling depression – would Winston Churchill even have made it to selection as a candidate in May’s general election? (16 comments)

Last updated 4 February 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. (7 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. (4 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. (3 comments)

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

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