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Anne Pickles

It’s not just the teachers who should smarten up

So the new head of Ofsted reckons our teachers are too scruffy and should smarten up for the classroom.

Last updated 27 December 2011
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If I was Mary, I’d be texting too. Probably my mum to be honest

A visit to a living Nativity scene is a bit like a secret Santa gift. You never quite know what you’re going to get – but you’ve an idea it won’t be what you imagined.

Last updated 23 December 2011
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All Mary wanted for Xmas was a Travelodge room

sm 3wisemen A visit to a living Nativity scene is a bit like a secret Santa gift. You never quite know what you’re going to get – but you’ve an idea it won’t be what you imagined.

Last updated 23 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

All together now people, ‘Mistletoe and whine...’

By now it should be a simple business of relatively plain sailing. It should be but...

Last updated 20 December 2011
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Hard of hearing? It makes gossip more exciting

She was a hairdresser confidently claiming to be a cut above the rest... she being an accomplished pianist and all.

Last updated 16 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Befuddled about the affordability of recitalling and recycling

She was a hairdresser confidently claiming to be a cut above the rest... she being an accomplished pianist and all.

Last updated 16 December 2011
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Margaret Thatcher may not deserve a state funeral, but I can’t imagine her having anything else

I raised an eyebrow on reading that Baroness Thatcher was to have a state funeral – the first British prime minister to be honoured in such a way since Sir Winston Churchill. (43 comments)

Last updated 13 December 2011
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Supermarket pricing can send you off your trolley

Here's a couple of shockers, just to be going on with. (10 comments)

Last updated 10 December 2011
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Advice? I try never to give - or take it

So, there I was in the front pew. Eyes fixed on the glittering Christmas lights – as all eyes are when a twinkling tree’s in the vicinity – and feeling a little out of the comfort zone.

Last updated 9 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The nuclear family is no more – who cares?

Back to the basics of good old family values – that’s what this country needs. And that means... erm, what does that mean? (10 comments)

Last updated 6 December 2011
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There’s no-one like Grandma to sort out a child

Poor woman. Two Co-op carrier bags in one hand, a small person dragging on the other and soaked to the skin – she looked done in. I’d have told that wet, sulking little girl at the bus stop all of that – if I’d had more courage.

Last updated 2 December 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No wonder mortality rates are so high

Customer service is so important. Those who get it right bask in the beneficial glow of shining reputation.

Last updated 29 November 2011
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We love a sense of occasion, but with no nonsense

A sense of occasion is as important to a woman as a sense of smell at a fragrance counter. No two ways about it, a day without a sense of occasion is wasted.

Last updated 25 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

We’ve always got something to celebrate

A sense of occasion is as important to a woman as a sense of smell at a fragrance counter. No two ways about it, a day without a sense of occasion is wasted.

Last updated 25 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It’s never going to work so, as my teacher used to say...

You have to be pretty silly to light up a cigarette, while driving your car. You’ve got to be a raving loony to chat to your mother on the phone about the weekend’s menus while negotiating a five-lane intersection. (1 comment)

Last updated 22 November 2011
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Football fantasy has got me off the subs’ bench

If all the world were a football ground and all the men and women merely players – I suspect I’d be spending a lot of my time on the subs’ bench.

Last updated 18 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

What did you do with all our money, Silvio?

Never having had much of the stuff – more’s the pity – what I know about money tends to be strictly limited.

Last updated 15 November 2011
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Please keep your special advisers away from kids

Something tells me the Government could do with a specialist advisory team to help ministers make better decisions about who they’ll appoint as special advisers. (5 comments)

Last updated 8 November 2011
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If it’s feral you expect, guess what you’ll get?

The brim of her pointy hat just about reached my letterbox. Her face was a paint palette of green and mauve; long-lashed eyes, as big and round as dinner plates, gazed with an intensity to break hearts.

Last updated 4 November 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The littlest witch cast a spell on me!

The brim of her pointy hat just about reached my letterbox. Her face was a paint-palette of green and mauve; long-lashed eyes, as big and round as dinner plates, gazed with an intensity to break hearts.

Last updated 4 November 2011
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

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