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Alice Pyne has taught us all how to live

Alice Pyne  photo We can learn a great deal from the all too short life of Cumbria’s exceptional Alice Pyne.

Last updated 15 January 2013
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Nothing like a good ticking-off for self-confidence

In case you didn’t know it, this week started with the most adulterous day of the year. If you’d had no idea, there’s no point in even considering it now – because you’ve missed it.

Last updated 11 January 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Fellowship. But only for Church’s old boys

As a much younger woman, many moons ago, I suppose I was a bit of a feminist. (5 comments)

Last updated 8 January 2013
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Don’t worry, it will be over soon. Enjoy your Pringles

Two chocolate Santas, four mince pies, half a box of Quality Street – it’s not going terribly well. Diet wise. In fact it’s beginning to look a lot like a guilt trip.

Last updated 21 December 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

What did Santa bring for the baby Jesus?

It’s a simple enough story – baby born out of wedlock, in an outbuilding and in poverty did pretty well in the end and changed the world. (4 comments)

Last updated 20 December 2012
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Stay out of people’s private lives

In the grand scheme of things – and in a real world where innocents are slaughtered in their schoolrooms and homelessness, abject poverty and hunger live cheek by jowl with eyewatering wealth – it matters not a jot. (7 comments)

Last updated 20 December 2012
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We’re friends now, but I thought I’d killed cyclist Jim

This is the story of Jim on the bike. And me. We’re friends now – but it could have been very different. Jim fell at my feet – well, in front of my wheels actually – sprawled spectacularly, legs akimbo, on a pitch black early morning of freezing fog and icy roads.

Last updated 14 December 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Sympathy? Don’t make me laugh

Bad humour has a horrible habit of going terribly wrong. Pranks and practical jokes, by their very nature, rely on causing their victims pain. (21 comments)

Last updated 11 December 2012
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Father Christmas land full of fear, lies and loathing

Young Charlotte has just been told there’s no Father Christmas – which, as we all know, is a vicious and outrageous falsehood.

Last updated 7 December 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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. (9 comments)

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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