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011 August 2016


Although ‘May you live in interesting times’ is often thought to be a Chinese curse, there is little evidence for this.  These sentiments are true, nevertheless, of the times in which we live. No one can doubt that life in Britain is ‘interesting’. With Brexit, a new government, the Olympics, the spectacle of Trump, and fear of terrorism, the national and international scene is unpredictable and certainly cannot be ignored.

Closer to home, life is equally captivating.  We have been reminded of conflicts in the past by North Lakes Junior School, pupils from which commemorated the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; and Barbara Fox’s new book, describes life as an evacuee in the Second World War.  Even Bampton was touched by the conflict.

On a much lighter note, artists in Dockray show how creativity is never far from home – it is worth travelling to this village, above Aira Force, to see an intriguing exhibition of local talent. Young children from St Catherine’s School in Drovers Lane have also demonstrated artistic skills, by winning prizes in our Swallows and Amazons colouring competition – well done!

Glenn Bailey and Scott Jackson are undoubtedly ‘interesting’ people.  Shows and festivities have also been attracting great interest. From the Penrith Show – which had a wonderful turnout – to the forthcoming ‘Summer Pudding’ in Appleby .

During ‘interesting times’ it helps to be optimistic – to be Winnie-the-Pooh rather than Eeyore – and  see the positives in life, business and each other. These are all things within our control and collectively will help to generate momentum to take Penrith and the Eden Valley forward.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and, whatever you do, may it be ‘interesting’.