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John Hastings

Proud to be part of another memorable day as the quest for equality continues

Saturday 20 June, 2015 will go down in history as the day that the fifth Cumbria Pride ultimately became not just part of the county's entertainment scene, but also a fully fledged fixture of the Pride family.

As a dedicated Straight Ally with so many LGBT friends, I have backed Cumbria Pride from its humble beginnings at the Swallow... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: July 2, 2015

Sweden rule Europe's musical waves as the UK flounder once more

The 60th Eurovision Song Contest saw Sweden live up to their pre-contest favourites tag to register their sixth victory.

Måns Zelmerlöw delivered a faultless performance in Vienna to succeed Conchita Wurst as a worthy champion with the catchy "Heroes" and his performance with animated dancing gnomes will be fondly... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: May 26, 2015

Sweden to make it six of the best while the UK can restore national pride

The 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Vienna this Saturday night, with 27 contestants battling it out to succeed Conchita Wurst.

It seems like only last week - let alone last year - when Frau Wurst wrote her name in Eurovision legend by romping to victory with the uplifting "Rise Like A Phoenix" and gave Austria... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: May 21, 2015

Third time unlucky - but I still intend to keep on singing

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to "face the music" by taking part in my third audition for The X Factor.

Since 2008, I have been singing on a regular basis on the karaoke circuit in Workington and Carlisle (and twice at Manchester's legendary Canal Street) as well as "guesting" at several charity events and taking part in... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: April 20, 2015

Saturday night fever from a true Disco Diva

It was a pleasure to witness '80s legend Hazell Dean performing live at The Regency in Carlisle last Saturday night.

With a 40 year career that has included chart success both home and abroad, her credentials are exemplary and she truly delivered the goods on stage in a superb show that got everyone bopping away on the dancefloor.... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: March 12, 2015
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Have we reached saturation point with bars in the city?

No - the more the merrier. It helps to have choice

Yes - we could do with more specialist shops, not bars

As long as they are not all the same I don't mind how many there are

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