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John Hastings

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

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
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