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SO, it’s 3.47am at Kendal Calling 2014 and I'm in my tent. All I can smell is wet grass and all I can feel is the earth being fracked from the tremors of pounding bass. Far-off strobe lights streak across the Cumbrian night sky. Outside my tent, someone is stamping the sodden ground just inches … Continue reading Kendal Calling: Mud, Music, Mayhem
IN public relations terms, Cumbria County Council must surely have a "damaged reputation" this weekend after nine months of bad headlines. And there's a delicious irony in that because it's due to the fact that they've finally had to admit spending £71,000 on a spin doctor and the head-hunting agency which delivered him to them. So … Continue reading The Spin Doctor and Cumbria County Council’s PR Disaster
What do you do when death's cold hand comes out of the sky and rips someone from your life; taking them away forever? Few of us are qualified or prepared, which is why cliches and platitudes abound at funerals. No-one really prepares for death but how can we? Nanas and Grandads are allowed to have … Continue reading I Found Out On Facebook My Partner Had Died
GUMMERS How overlooking Windermere is a great place for a short walk with young children or one that isn't too taxing for unsteady grandparents. It's also one of the best views you can achieve of the full length of Windermere, which, at 10.5 miles long, is England's longest lake. There's a large nearby car park … Continue reading Bank Holiday In The Lake District
In a nutshell, no-one. In the spirit of the election, I tempted you here with a big bold claim under false pretences. An open ended headline with no question mark. #clickbait But it's been about two months since I could be bothered to write a blog and the mixed Bank Holiday weather up here in … Continue reading Who’s Going To Win The General Election 2015
1,800 people are losing their jobs at Cumbria County Council. But as one lot of staff are signing on, the hierarchy in charge will be swivelling about on ergonomic chairs in their new £10.2 million shiny offices that they've just ordered for themselves in Carlisle. If this was a private company getting rid of so many … Continue reading Don’t Believe Councils Are Short Of Cash…
IN our climate of health and safety, there was a spiritless response by the rail companies/authorities to news that a 30-ft long steel shipping container had apparently been "blown off" a freight train on its late night run through a moderately windy Cumbria. "So what?," the pink ties seemed to say, hiding behind their PR … Continue reading Summit On The Shap Line?
IT felt today like the snow has left Cumbria for good, but I could be wrong about this, and trying to forecast the weather here sees you skating on very, very thin ice. There's tangible signs of spring and it's light at five o'clock. This is very significant in the county psyche. There's something spring-like … Continue reading Has The Snow Left Cumbria For Good?
IT is a little known fact that lions and an arctic wolf can be seen in the surrounding countryside of Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria. I heard a lion inside the den roar today and afterwards I thought that to hear it in such close proximity has to be one of the most rare and primeval experiences we … Continue reading Lions Of Dalton-In-Furness, Cumbria