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Published: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:34:20 +0000

Last Build Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:34:20 +0000


Windermere trio offered Oxbridge places

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000

THREE Windermere School students have made history after receiving conditional offers from Oxbridge universities.

Two and a half years that taught me lots

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:00:00 +0000

IDECIDED to become a journalist because I liked writing and I liked people. It was that simple.

Essentials for new visitors

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:05:56 +0000

TO PREPARE for my mammoth India trip I was told to search online for packing lists.

It takes time to meet people

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:00:00 +0000

JUST be glad you don’t go shopping last minute on Christmas Eve,” Aaron told me.

Learning from a friend

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:00:00 +0000

‘THIS is the life,’ she told me. She was right. Life could surely not get any better than this.

Butty scandal scarred me

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:13:43 +0000

ACCORDING to a report released this week we should all be taking photos of our food.

What is it about pets?

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0100

ON THE way to pick me up from school, my mother tried to make my little sister understand.

A day when everything was bright and new

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0100

A PLAGUE has hit our office. The symptoms are along the lines of: a cough, a headache, vague feelings of nausea and the sensation of a small but vicious imp stamping on your neocortex.

Blackpool illuminations get my vote

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:50:47 +0100

I AM planning my travels through India. It is like trying to get a child to plan its way around a sweet shop.

Who dares to try our quiz?

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0100

EACH week one of our reporters conducts the world’s weirdest interview.

I don't want to be a kid again

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:00:00 +0100

"OIF got a bruce," I said to Carrie.

The romance of a train journey

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:00:00 +0100

SOMETHING about train travel makes people drop their inhibitions. Passengers become crazy romantics.

I bet I looked good on the dance floor

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:00:00 +0100

IHAVE two fictional role models when it comes to journalism – and I fail to match up to either of them.

The trouble with minor fear

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 09:00:00 +0100

YOU can only marvel at the scale of Kendal’s Climbing Wall. The 25m wall – the tallest in England – is towering. I got neck ache from staring at the top.

Reality told me to go home

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:00:00 +0100

Oh dear I thought as I drove into the water-logged Solfest grounds.

I don't envy Jordan's assets

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:00:00 +0100

A FRIEND asked what part of me I would change if I could alter my physical appearance.

Education is key to demise of smoking

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:00:00 +0100

IT SEEMS like centuries since people smoked in bars and pubs. Hard to believe it was only five years ago.

What is it with the calming coast?

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:21:44 +0100

EVERYONE is on holiday except us,” I told Carrie. “The landlord is away, the neighbours have gone to Penzance, Sarah is in Spain, Anna is in Lyon and my parents are off to Prague. I’m so jealous I could just die.”

Lipstick made me an artist

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:45:25 +0100

I THINK my artistic streak first revealed itself when I was a child and found my mum’s lipstick.

Now I'm just like Bradley

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:54:40 +0100

THERE were two great cycling achievements in Europe this week.

My home town fetes weren't as snazzy as Staveley's

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:47:00 +0100

I ROCKED up to Staveley Carnival, on Sunday, straight from my swim at Torver.

Time to face the nightmare

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:01:43 +0100

I HAVE a recurring nightmare. I have had it since I was about 12.

I shall stick with the Frog

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0100

IT IS good to be eco friendly.

A Welsh parallel dimension

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0100

THIS weekend I went to visit my journalist friend Tom, who works in Wales.

Memories to hold on to

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:20:00 +0100

I’m waiting to get photos back after my long weekend in Ambleside.

There's nothing in it for me

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0100

I WANT it noted that I, and many others, have not been won over by the Olympic Games shenanigans.

The stress of being a 'mum'

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0100

MY FRIEND Sarah is a born-to-be mum. She loves children. In contrast, when I hear a child crying in the supermarket, part of me wants to bury it in the tinned goods aisle, between the Jubilee chutney and the Spam.

Happy in my hat and sandals

Thu, 31 May 2012 09:00:00 +0100

MY summer wardrobe currently consists of the following items – One pair of red sunglasses purchased from a Scarborough pound store during a shock heatwave last year.

Will Facebook leave us blank?

Thu, 24 May 2012 09:00:00 +0100

YOUR earliest memory is usually a tactile one. The first fraction of life you keep and carry into adulthood seems to stick from when you are about three.

Make your life unforgettable

Thu, 17 May 2012 09:00:00 +0100

IN OFFICES across the land a standard 9am conversation takes place.

He stared at me. I stared back

Thu, 10 May 2012 09:00:00 +0100

IT IS the English way never to show too much interest in anything.

Keep off this touchy subject

Thu, 03 May 2012 09:00:00 +0100

THERE are three things you should never talk about at dinner parties - religion, sex and politics.

Kissing! That's what matters

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0100

I CALCULATE that, so far, I have sat through at least 60 exams.

Shocked by woolly totem poles

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0100

I saw a spectacle that shocked me so much this weekend I nearly crashed the car.

I'll meat you half way

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:34:02 +0100

I HAD been a vegetarian for almost seven years.

Superkid keeps going

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0100

I CALL him Superkid. My kidney. He is super because he does the job of two.

Why daffodils make me cringe

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:00:00 +0000

DAFFODILS make me cringe. They are garish, hideously yellow and hopelessly ungainly. And yet, this year, like last year, they are everywhere. South Lakeland District Council has lined the Kendal roadsides with thousands of the things.

Turn out was just Heaven

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 09:00:00 +0000

AS A kid I was part of a congregation of adults who believed in a God.

A room full of real poets

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:50:00 +0000

SOMEWHERE deep in my mind I had assumed poets were a bit like leprechauns... nice but essentially fictional.

I've got Fleeting Bambi syndrome

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000

THERE are two bright-eyed crows living above my attic room. Each morning I hear them chattering away in an uncannily human manner. They are like a pair of old men complaining at a bus stop.

Hugo cured my fear of needles

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000

THEY say you should do one thing every day that scares you.

Leave me out of this romantic madness

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 09:10:00 +0000

VALENTINE’S Day is coming. Don’t worry, it’s not until Tuesday.

Don't mention the N word

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000

I’M NOT scared by heights, I don’t mind the dark, and I can cope with ghosts, small spaces, spiders or snakes.

A different way of seeing the landscape

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:10:00 +0000

On our summer holidays my dad would take us on walks and shoot photo after photo of the Welsh coastline.

Sexism comes in many forms

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:40:00 +0000

AS A teenager I didn’t get feminism. To me feminists were just a bunch of dungaree wearing, bra-burning twiners.

Swim to clear the decks

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000

ON MOST mornings I can be heard stumbling around my second floor flat like the mad woman in the attic.

A book to exceed expectations

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:04:18 +0000

A good friend recommended that I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I had some doubts.

Don't give up on giving up

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:10:00 +0000

IT IS time to pick New Year’s resolutions. The cynics will give up giving up – again – but for everyone else this is a genuine opportunity to start afresh.

Be thankful for cold and dark

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 14:41:57 +0000

I’M BACK from the Perkins’ family jaunt in Spain. In Gran Canaria, just as in Kendal, the shops and houses are gearing up for Christmas.

Rough looking Santa is surreal

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 13:40:00 +0000

I AM standing under the shower in my childhood home when I first realise I am awake.