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Saturday, 07 March 2015

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John Hastings

As live music fades at one venue, fingers crossed it'll be still live and loud elsewhere

I am so sorry that live music has come to an end at Station Road Club in Workington due to dwindling audiences.

Over several years, I used to attend these performances - upstairs on Saturday night and downstairs on Sunday afternoon - and I was never, ever let down with the top quality entertainment provided by a string of high class... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: March 6, 2015

Nine out of 10 is okay - but the missing one WILL be put right this year

Better late than never, but a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2015 to one and all. It's that time of year once more when resolutions are made (and for many, swiftly broken).

This time last year, I made 10 resolutions and publicly declared my utmost commitment to keeping them all.

Now, the time has come to reveal the outcome of... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: January 6, 2015

878 reasons why Cumbria is the most generous county BAR NONE

It's been a hectic several weeks for me - both at work and socially - so I cannot apologise enough for the delay in my latest blog post, which is more of a "catch up".

As you know, I finished last in my fourth Great Cumbrian Run at Carlisle in October, but did so in a personal best time AND completed with NO wrong turns this time.... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: December 4, 2014

1 man, 13.1 miles, 2 charities – and NO wrong turns this year

On Sunday, October 5, I shall be at Carlisle Castle alongside thousands others lining up and ready to start the 32nd annual Great Cumbrian Run.

You may recall that I finished last year's race in just over five hours – a journey which included a young lad buying me a bottle of orange in Botcherby and of course taking two wrong... [more] (1 comment)

By John Hastings
Published: September 22, 2014

World Cup glory can lead to blooming new era for England's "Roses"

After 20 long years and three heartbreaking final defeats, England's ladies finally claimed their second Rugby World Cup - and in the process unlocked a new dawn in the game.

Unlike their male counterparts, the women's game in England remains amateur to the core, with most of the squad in full time work (plumber, teacher, police officer... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: August 22, 2014
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Are Cumbria's young people losing out on the life-chances they deserve?

Yes. They always have. We're the country's forgotten outpost

No. Young people make their own chances. Life offers no handouts

Expectations are low, jobs scarce - they have to leave Cumbria to find success

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