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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

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Anne Pickles

Who teaches the teachers?

Another school term starts with yet another shift of goalposts, which must jar on teachers’ nerves like fingernails on a blackboard.

Last updated 4 September 2013
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I’ll pick and choose which animals I want to be saved

Funny business, this badger thing. To cull or not to cull, that’s the question – but where the devil is the answer?

Last updated 30 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Please prove me wrong, for the sake of taxpayers

For no other reason than wanting to get a building angry anxiety out of my system, I share with you the following imagined scenario. (2 comments)

Last updated 27 August 2013
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Always go out with a smile

The trouble with trying to be cheerful is people think you’re mad – in an eccentrically harmless kind of way – but mad all the same.

Last updated 23 August 2013
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Full-time mums I respect you - but please don’t expect me to pay for you

At risk of stirring a hornets’ nest and being stung mercilessly with barbed hatred and derision, I have something to confess. (20 comments)

Last updated 20 August 2013
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Cynical profit from Diana’s death

It’s that time of year again. Another macabre anniversary will cast memories back to the mind-numbing day when Princess Diana died – August 31, 1997 – and a new crop of crackpots will crawl from under their stones. (1 comment)

Last updated 20 August 2013
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Fear not students, everything comes good in the end

A is for August, A-levels and All-together now... Jump! Not me, of course. I’m not into jumping. Never was.

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

Listen to those who know better

Sam Jackson photo The difference between telling it like it is and describing it as you see it is immense. Everybody knows that. (1 comment)

Last updated 13 August 2013
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Oh lord, there’s a noticeable thrift in spending plans

Not many government edicts can send me searching for my darning mushroom. But on this occasion...

Last updated 9 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No excuses. Children should never suffer

pelka68 When eight-year-old Victoria Climbié, died in 2000, having been tied up, burnt with cigarettes and beaten with bike chains by her guardians, a promise was made. (6 comments)

Last updated 7 August 2013
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Anonymous internet trolls are so inferior to women

Misogyny and threats made by anonymous cowards on social media networks continue to rumble on in a now confused public debate that’s fast losing the point. (4 comments)

Last updated 7 August 2013
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Don’t look here for fracking desolation, Lord Howell

All that expensive education; all that privileged, Eton and Cambridge tutoring ... and so little understanding. (2 comments)

Last updated 2 August 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Jane Austen would have turned a blind eye, just like Twitter

Disappointed? I have to say I was – intensely. We could have done so much better than Jane Austen. (2 comments)

Last updated 1 August 2013
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Don’t take on us northern monkeys, Mr ‘Wiley’ Cowie

It’s true what they say. You do remember what you were up to during momentously important events in your life. When John F Kennedy was killed, I was sitting cross-legged on the carpet with my little brother, watching an assassination unfold on our grainy black and white TV. (7 comments)

Last updated 26 July 2013
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Royal baby frenzy the envy of the rest of the world

Royal births aren’t what they used to be. They’re lower in importance and higher on hype these days. Now, ain’t that a funny thing? (14 comments)

Last updated 23 July 2013
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Don’t whistle while you work - I can’t stand it

There is, by all accounts, a milkman in Leicester who is far too happy for his own good. Leicester is a long way from here, granted. But the moral of his sorry tale of a working life blighted by disciplinary sanction travels well.

Last updated 19 July 2013
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The old advice may be baffling, but it served me well

Listless. Restless. You know the feeling – a warm night with not a breath of breeze through wide open windows and sleep won’t come.

Last updated 12 July 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

You’re not a snob Katie. Just thick

What's in a name? Would not a Chardonnay by any other name smell as tempting as a Chablis? (9 comments)

Last updated 9 July 2013
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What television needs most is a Cumbrian soap opera

That young woman – the lippy barmaid who can’t decide whether to give her baby away and who’s on the cusp of a fling with her psycho neighbour, whose wife is pregnant with his brother’s child, a secret his meddling mother (whom he once tried to kill) thinks she’s kept from him – you know the one?

Last updated 5 July 2013
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It should be up to us to decide if MPs get a pay rise

David Cameron photo Pay heed to those MPs who have stuck their heads above the paywall and you might assume that they, at least, are all in this together. (22 comments)

Last updated 2 July 2013
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