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

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

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

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

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

You’d have to be mad to think this strike will work

What’s the word...? Logic, dovetailing, interlacing, planning, intelligence, joined-up-thinking? Whichever it is, we’re not very good at it here. (4 comments)

Last updated 16 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.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

When is a slut not a slut? Ask Godfrey

Sluts and tarts. Sound like a new party game? Well, in a sense it is now. A party political game... thanks to Godfrey Bloom. (5 comments)

Last updated 24 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

It's true, eveything does come back into fashion

postief1 The Government’s plans to sell off the Royal Mail have reminded me of my school days. Way back then privatisation was all the rage. (1 comment)

Last updated 17 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Romance and nostalgia count for little in the end

I didn’t know Carlisle when the old Lonsdale was doing her heyday thing. Neither as theatre, cinema nor bingo venue did she impress. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

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. (18 comments)

Last updated 4 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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