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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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John Hastings

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

Back in full time employment - an experience beyond satisfaction

It's been some time since my last blog but for one worthy reason.

As of Monday, the 23rd of June, I finally ended 153 days of darkness on the dole when I started a new job in Workington as an administration assistant.

Since I was released from my previous job in Carlisle, the five months I endured looking for work were even worse... [more] (3 comments)

By John Hastings
Published: August 7, 2014

Proud to be part of Cumbria’s biggest ever Rainbow Of Togetherness

The fourth annual Cumbria Pride in Carlisle - and the first held "open air" - will be fondly remembered for many a day by one and all who were there.

Just as you don't have to be an animal to support animal rights, so you need not be gay to support LGBT rights and I am fundamentally proud to call myself a straight ally with so many gay... [more] (1 comment)

By John Hastings
Published: June 17, 2014

Roy's 'Chosen Ones' can defy the odds by springing a pleasant surprise in Brazil

England's World Cup squad has the ability to raise a few eyebrows in Brazil this summer.

Roy Hodgson deserves praise for bringing new and exciting talent to the forefront, with the likes of Raheem Sterling. Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw ready to show the world that England - for all their limitations - can still produce... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: May 22, 2014

Blue Moon rises again in Manchester - but Liverpool will shine brighter this time next year

There was no final twist in the finest Premier League season of recent years as Manchester City lifted their second title in three years.

Last month, when City lost at Liverpool, then drew at home to Sunderland, it looked as if they had blown their chance. But they rode that mini storm and as Liverpool and Chelsea faltered, Manuel... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: May 16, 2014
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