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Wednesday, 06 May 2015

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Don’t surrender our right to vote

Louise Allonby THIS is a momentous week by anyone’s standards. The closest-to-call general election in recent memory could well leave us effectively without a government come Friday morning.

Last updated 6 May 2015
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Bank holiday no excuse not to vote

EM Ann McVea column header ANOTHER bank holiday weekend, another opportunity to do all the things you’ve been meaning to do for ages. I hope you found a good use for yours.

Last updated 5 May 2015
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I’m still having DIY flashbacks

EM Peter Grenville column YAY! A bank holiday weekend! Three whole days off work to relax and unwind – or 72 hours of fear, loathing and DIY.

Last updated 30 April 2015
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Signs point in wrong direction

Louise Allonby AT what point does the relentless pursuit of soul-searching openness become counterproductive? Possibly when a hospital which is struggling to come to terms with its recent failings is metaphorically forced to put on a dunce’s cap and stand in the corner. (1 comment)

Last updated 29 April 2015
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Research backs up spine theory

EM Ann McVea column header A LITTLE mooch through the internet yesterday proved very fruitful – I now have an explanation for a problem that has troubled me for all of my adult life, and longer.

Last updated 28 April 2015
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Why the speed trap claptrap?

HERE’S a tricky question to answer – why are speed cameras painted bright yellow?

Last updated 24 April 2015
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Is there really no such thing as a bargain?

Louise Allonby THOSE pesky supermarkets have been at it again, allegedly.

Last updated 22 April 2015
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Time to get back out to the garden

EM Ann McVea column header AFTER a couple of false starts, I think spring may finally have sprung.I MUST return to last week’s column and offer an update on my trainers/sticky tape situation.

Last updated 21 April 2015
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Customer service? Never heard of it!

EM Peter Grenville column ISN’T it comforting to know that, despite all the negative publicity, complaints and anger, some of our largest companies are still arrogant enough to put the customer last? (2 comments)

Last updated 17 April 2015
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Camilla bashing is right royal nonsense

Louise Allonby SOMETIMES the Great British Public – that amorphous body of people which apparently prides itself on its collective common sense and spirit of fair play – comes out with a lot of twaddle.

Last updated 15 April 2015
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Making friends can be long trek

EM Ann McVea column header LAST week was a sad one for me, as I said a final farewell to an old friend.

Last updated 14 April 2015
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I’m bowing out, dream fulfilled

BACK in the day, when natural historian Arthur Evans had his name in this paper more than anyone else, when a day wasn’t a day unless Denis Crabtree had a letter on the letters page and Suzanne Murphy was a rising star covering the Lady in the Lake case.

Last updated 13 April 2015
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Go figure our uncivil servants

Louise Allonby IT’S a new tax year – and even before it had begun, I had had a run-in with Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue. (2 comments)

Last updated 8 April 2015
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Happy returns to great days out

EM Ann McVea column header TODAY is my birthday. My 45th to be precise. Yes, I truly am a fossil of the 70s.

Last updated 7 April 2015
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I was not the star prankster

EM Darren McSweeney DID you get caught with any April Fool pranks last week? I fell for one for around thirty seconds – my heart did skip a beat when I saw a message from Barrow parkrun that the 5km course had been officially remeasured at 4.8km and all records would therefore be wiped!

Last updated 6 April 2015
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Debate could be a challenge

Louise Allonby AS an as yet undecided voter in next month’s general election, I shall be gritting my teeth tomorrow night and inflicting upon myself the ordeal of watching the seven-way televised debate among our party leaders.

Last updated 2 April 2015
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Time to think again on BST

EM Peter Grenville column HAPPY 99th birthday, BST! Being confused as to whether your clock should spring forwards or fall backwards is nothing new, but why do it at all?

Last updated 2 April 2015
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Light nights leave walker exposed

EM Ann McVea column header THIS weekend the clocks went forward, bringing the usual problems.

Last updated 31 March 2015
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Calling time on sharing views

EM Darren McSweeney SITTING here writing this, in the run up to the General Election, with Miliband and Cameron going head to head on our TV screens, there’s plenty to write about. But I can’t.

Last updated 30 March 2015
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A pleasure - and a privilege

EM Elaine Woodburn column header THIS will be my final column as a councillor, and as leader of Copeland Borough Council.

Last updated 30 March 2015
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