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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

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John Hastings

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

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
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Which would you rather pay - £1m to replace a burst pipe or the unspecified cost of wasted water?

False economy by United Utilities to allow leaks from old pipes to continue

The customer suffers AND pays the bills - always the same

Patience. There's not always the money to react immediately

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