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Anne Pickles

Confused? Bored? You shouldn’t be

It should have been relatively simple – relatively being the operative word. Crime and punishment usually is that way. You break the law, you’re named, shamed and you pay the price.

Last updated 4 December 2012
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Surprisingly, I don’t manage surprises very well

It was a rude awakening – on a Saturday morning after the Friday night before. There should have been no disturbances beyond birdsong, drifting in gently through an open bedroom window. Soothing chirps and whistles from garden trees. And the distant, quarter-hour chimes from St Martin’s.

Last updated 30 November 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Winter: Time to bring in a drivers’ intelligence test

Heartfelt sympathies are due to anyone who has suffered flooding misery in this year’s unprecedented rainfall. (23 comments)

Last updated 27 November 2012
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Put away the sausage, Angela isn’t coming for tea

Rumour had it for a while that Cumbria would host the leaders of eight of the world’s most powerful nations for a little lakeside jolly next year.

Last updated 23 November 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Polling station staff were bored but we must keep democracy alive

My polling station didn’t look at all darkly deserted... thanks to three patient ladies waiting for a voter to turn up.

Last updated 20 November 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Laura, what a fine example of why people matter first

It’s the bunions that make the difference – to a young fashionista hairdresser, at the cutting edge of style... couldn’t resist that pun.

Last updated 16 November 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We need the BBC to recover

The contract between the BBC and us is something of a complicated, highfalutin thing with charters and trusts, too many chiefs and not enough indians. (13 comments)

Last updated 14 November 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

I want a peaceful Christmas - get me out of here!

It’s beginning to look a lot like madness... know what I mean? Bonfire Night – always the depressing watershed – has passed. Predictable. Inevitable. Please pause here to allow a deep, bosom-heaving sigh.

Last updated 9 November 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

For the first time...should I vote or not?

It’s a toughie. Well, for me it is anyway. For the first time in my adult life, I’m wondering whether I should use my vote. (37 comments)

Last updated 6 November 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Not the best time for the BBC to be racist and sexist

Tweets and texts and clangers that drop loudly in the night have landed many a red face in the soup – as BBC Cumbria has discovered to its embarrassment. (14 comments)

Last updated 6 November 2012
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Bangers, butter, baked spuds. Thanks for the memories!

REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November? Actually, I think I do.

Last updated 30 October 2012
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If only all the big guys could act like this

From beneath the arsenal of bitterness aimed at tax-avoiding multinationals and power-greedy corporations came a little glimmer of light the other day.

Last updated 30 October 2012
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Switch on the Northern Lights, we’ll deal with the rest

It’s not often I’m given cause to count my blessings and find I have more than Joanna Lumley. Smug – and happily so. No other word for it. Not so posh, not so old, not so anxious for another Ab Fab Christmas special to put a turkey on the table, not so bound up by all that bothersome London stuff. And then there’s the bother of travel.

Last updated 12 October 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Rules jam-packed with EU mischief

Jam photo There’s cause to wonder, all of a sudden – who was the last person to fall victim to a killer jam jar. (7 comments)

Last updated 9 October 2012
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Stuff the mushrooms, I’m staying loyal to my butcher

I’m no Delia. With long dark wig, sticky lip gloss and breast implants, I’d never be mistaken for Nigella either... not even on one of her fat days.

Last updated 5 October 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

National treasure always believed over little girls

The sad, sordid story of Sir Jimmy Savile’s now tattered reputation is one of a string of badly missed opportunities.

Last updated 2 October 2012
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Great idea but rubbish timing!

THE good news is October is Walk to School Month – which is a really, really splendid idea.

Last updated 2 October 2012
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Skinny dipping for charity? Just put your money in a tin

In a conspiratorial whisper, she made me promise never to reveal her secret to her daughter. Goodness knows why – she was going to reveal everything else to all and sundry, without a qualm.

Last updated 28 September 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Not a lifeline. It’s off the hook Vince

Nice guy and everything, but hasn’t Vince Cable just managed to confirm that the transgressing banks are now well and truly off the hook?

Last updated 25 September 2012
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We’re both proud plebs but that’s it!

No. Again, no. And to be absolutely clear – absolutely not.

Last updated 25 September 2012
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