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Anne Pickles

Here’s to an imperfect Oopsy Daisy Christmas

He wasn’t fooling me. Though he laughed scornfully, he was as proud as Punch – his little girl was making her stage debut.

Last updated 20 December 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

‘Just like the onesie I used to know...’

We’re right in the thick of it now. No winter wonderland yet but the season of goodwill and bad tempers is definitely upon us.

Last updated 13 December 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Competition culture left nurse celebrating ‘win’

Her pale, unhappy little face was one I hardly recognised – though I had known and loved its features all my life.

Last updated 10 December 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Eh? Some sympathy for smokers?

Mention cigarettes and you can count down in less than a minute to the flare of blazing fury that’s sure to follow. (5 comments)

Last updated 3 December 2013
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Being flawed no reason not to be outed as fabulous

Margaret Harrison  photo It has been a big week for women of substance. Even as a man, you’d have to admit that. This week, girls have been on top (and I do hope you’ll pardon the expression). They’ve been positioned precisely where great girls always should be.

Last updated 29 November 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Taking away what we never wanted anyway

Richard Rhodes photo Oh dear, here we go again. Just when you think all the angry shouting is subsiding, up pops a noisy voice of dissent demanding to be heard. (1 comment)

Last updated 26 November 2013
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Let’s not be bitter... but it’s one Hull of a dodgy decision

I went to Hull once. Didn’t like it much... doubt I’ll be going again. Mind you, that was years ago, when Hull was in its heyday and smelled of fish.

Last updated 22 November 2013
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Gambling with lives

Prof John Ashton photo You have to hand it to John Ashton – he sure knows how to whip up a storm. The professor is, of course, very well practised in the art of provocation. During his years as public health director in Cumbria, he was never for a minute mistaken for a shrinking violet. (4 comments)

Last updated 20 November 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Cumbria, you’re great in doing what was right and you’ve done what’s right

Let’s talk about you and me. Or about you, anyway – and the me I hope one day to be. No, I’m not playing for laughs. Not this week. This isn’t a time for smirks and sniggers. Together we’ve reached a cards-on-the-table point. And it’s no laughing matter, when that juncture arrives.

Last updated 16 November 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Make the magic happen at Xmas

Do I remember every single gift I received as a child at Christmas? The short answer is, absolutely not... though the record player and Beatles For Sale LP were definite highlights.

Last updated 12 November 2013
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A codless town but groomed to within an inch of life

I could quite fancy a fishmonger, since you’ve been kind enough to ask. No, not in that way. Do please get a grip. You know very well I’d always demur from being so crude.

Last updated 8 November 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Rape crisis campaign highlights deeper issue

It’s no secret (at least I hope not) that the News & Star is appealing for emergency funds to rescue Rape Crisis Cumbria from closure.

Last updated 5 November 2013
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Decisions decisions. Failed TV wannabes... or a camel?

You think you’ve got problems and then, from nowhere, comes an illuminating, distracting perspective.

Last updated 1 November 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

A desperate plea for a desperate situation

Rape crisis logo A beautiful county, with sensational landscapes and a renowned reputation for friendly, helpful communities. But Cumbria hides a dark and worrying shame.

Last updated 29 October 2013
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Bite-size method of coping gives food for thought

When my mum had breast cancer – must be six or seven years ago now – we said we would one day look back on it and laugh.

Last updated 25 October 2013
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This Cumbrian cop show was a festival of daftness

Stuart Hyde tweets grab Beware all you of nervous disposition, prudish sensitivities – oh and you whispering senior police officers – I’m about to use foul language. Cockrock! Swimming trunks! Pies! By heck, I feel better for that.

Last updated 22 October 2013
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Thought of Desmond Tutu in Dalston Co-op cheers me up

Not much to smile about this week. Strikes and shouty protests, schools closed, parents cross, hundreds more horrid job losses afoot in poor old battered Cumbria.

Last updated 18 October 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Ed speaking, not his father Ralph

edmiliband810 Ed Miliband was almost breathless when he first spoke to defend his father’s memory. (3 comments)

Last updated 8 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

I miss Steve’s kisses on the bottom (it’s not what you think)

Anybody here know what happened to Steve? Take your time, have a big think. Somebody must know where he went.

Last updated 4 October 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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