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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Memorial cross can be viewed as both wrong and right

Peter Nelson photo The furious controversy that now rages around a crucifix in Workington pitches some troubling questions into our midst – none of which yet have satisfactory answers.

Last updated 26 August 2014
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The battle to make towns the centre of attention

Long, long time ago when I wore socks and Jesus still wanted me for a sunbeam, I had absolute belief that nothing would change.

Last updated 22 August 2014
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Let’s all eradicate failure (and August)

I don’t like August. I’ve never liked August – it’s a sad and disappointing month. For a start, everybody with children abandons real life and work to hit the holiday trail – leaving the few long-suffering childless to man the barricades until they return with their tans, improved golf handicaps and jolly beach stories. (2 comments)

Last updated 20 August 2014
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The crutch of the matter with someone I bumped into

You may remember – or perhaps not – my having had an unfortunate encounter with a man on a bike, one early morning a couple of winters ago.

Last updated 15 August 2014
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I’m persevering with the German - Vorsprung durch Technik

The new car arrived last week. It’s German. And in the interests of entente cordiale – or whatever the German equivalent might be – we’re doing the bonding thing.

Last updated 8 August 2014
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The politicians should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves

Harry Patch photo Harry Patch died in his home county of Somerset in July 2009. He was 111 years and 38 days old and was credited with being the last surviving soldier to have fought in the First World War.

Last updated 7 August 2014
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Remember now, before it’s too late to ask questions

My grandfather came home from the Great War a man broken by mustard gas and haunted by the recurring terrors he couldn’t forget. But at least he came home.

Last updated 1 August 2014
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Must we end up in terminal decline?

We’re not very good with big pictures in Cumbria. There’s something in the DNA that resists them – a built in mechanism that swats them away, as we might flail angrily at annoying bluebottles. (6 comments)

Last updated 30 July 2014
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Stop getting hot under the collar and accept I’m right!

First things first. It isn’t a heatwave, it’s summer – though there’s every reason not to remember the difference.

Last updated 25 July 2014
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Dangers of law on our time of death

James Newcome photo It was Benjamin Franklin who first coined the wisdom that: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Last updated 22 July 2014
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Ditch the pink... it’s time for power-dressing pick-me-ups

This has been a good week for power-dressing women – which probably explains why I’ve had such a bad one.

Last updated 18 July 2014
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Who would you help?

Nicola Pears photo When there’s not enough money to go round and ends no longer meet with comfort, something has to give. (7 comments)

Last updated 17 July 2014
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A whirlwind romance with long lost love in the aisles

I’ve broken my duck! For seven years, I’ve been avoiding supermarkets like a nasty viral infection – shopping local for knobbly carrots, dirty potatoes, parish pump gossip and the priceless self-congratulatory smugness a life of back to basics in a small market town brings.

Last updated 11 July 2014
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The world's gone off its rock-er

ptblencathraaaaaa Rarely has one big lump of rock caused such a flurry of fuss and bother as the recently purchased Blencathra. (2 comments)

Last updated 8 July 2014
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New bras, please! Anyone for a game of topless tennis?

If you’re watching properly, it’s a pain in the neck. Serve and return, backhand to forehand, eyes right, turn left... and then your head hurts.

Last updated 4 July 2014
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Don’t forget there are others like Savile

jimmysaviledfdffggfd The number of historic rape and sex assault cases being reported in Cumbria is rising. What’s known now as the Savile Factor is thought to be the reason.

Last updated 1 July 2014
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I’d hack a heavy wig to put PM on his naughty step

If I could have chosen to be anyone other than myself this week, I would have liked to have been the judge who put the Prime Minister on the naughty step.

Last updated 27 June 2014
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Don’t mess with Eric Pickles on charges

Keep Our Streets Free Logo He’s a big bluff lad, who knows his mind, insists on rules being kept and is just the kind of chap you’d want in your corner in a dispute. (3 comments)

Last updated 24 June 2014
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HS3? As much use to Carlisle as a chocolate fireguard

Ever felt a bit lonely and left out – like there’s a party going on somewhere and nobody remembered to invite you? (8 comments)

Last updated 24 June 2014
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Blame my lack of sporting interest on the bossa nova

In deference to matters currently obsessional, I was wondering what to do to be temporarily – well, Brazilian. No! Not that! Do keep it clean at the back of the room.

Last updated 20 June 2014
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