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Monday, 28 July 2014

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John Hastings

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]

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

Frau Wurst crowned Europe's best in Copenhagen Coronation

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be talked about for decades to come.

Whilst I was disappointed that my choice Sweden didn't win, I was delighted that “bearded lady" Conchita Wurst wrote her name in Eurovision folklore to be deservedly crowned "Queen of Europe" in Copenhagen, and thus provide Austria their... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: May 16, 2014

Molly can do the UK proud – but Sweden will "Undo" the opposition for victory

There are some events you can set your calendar by - and the arrival of May heralds the five star, 24 carat diamond encrusted jamboree that is the Eurovision Song Contest.

For yours truly, this is the ultimate guilty pleasure and the "Godfather" of all talent shows takes place in Copenhagen, 12 months on from Denmark's runaway... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: May 8, 2014
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Winter gritters are out treating Cumbria's melting roads. Are we geared for summer's heat?

Good idea to use up grit left over from an exceptionally mild winter

Surprising that roads are melting in these temperatures - not exactly extreme

Melting? Does that mean more potholes?

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