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General Pinochet’s people said ‘We would like to take you somewhere’. I thought that sounded a bit ominous...

Cumbria has its fair share of singer-songwriters, but there can’t be many of them who have appeared on the equivalent of Top of the Pops in Chile.

Last updated 21 May 2011
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Your chance to meet the mountain men

raymears195 Ray Mears’ approach is one of understanding rather than conquering nature. He has travelled the world in search of survival techniques from indigenous peoples.

Last updated 19 May 2011
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Sitting comfortably?

type2fun195b A weekend in Cumbria. You could lie on the couch, drinking lager and eating pizza. Or you could spend four days and nights propelling your body through the Lake District in a painful parade of running, cycling, swimming and staggering.

Last updated 19 May 2011
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Do Cumbria's high streets need a makeover?

In case you hadn’t heard, the high street is struggling. A perfect storm of economic downturn and competition from the internet and out of town shopping centres has hit hard.

Last updated 18 May 2011
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Occasionally I’d love to eat a big cream cake I see in a shop... but it’s not the end of the world

vernagarlick175a Imagine feeling unwell for years on end, never quite able to put your finger on what’s wrong. That was Olivia Blackburn’s experience growing up; from the age of 11 she felt tired and rundown, had stomach cramps on and off and was susceptible to any illness going around.

Last updated 17 May 2011
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Cumbria's rapping farmer is an internet sensation

Dicky Dippinson photo Who is Dicky Dippinson? Dicky is an internet sensation, which is pretty good going for a farmer from Shap.

Last updated 16 May 2011
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‘Success is to find something you like doing as a hobby and then convince someone to pay you to do it’

author111 A cop with a drink problem hunts down the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter while he was out boozing.

Last updated 12 May 2011
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One year on, has the coalition government been a success?

A year ago today Britain got the first coalition government it had seen since World War II.

Last updated 11 May 2011
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Don’t dismiss our illness

ME04 Ruth Stirrup was a PE teacher and keen sportswoman and had been active all her life.

Last updated 11 May 2011
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I won't be starting a career as a life model

David Harkins photo For thousands of years, men have been drawing naked women. Painting them, sculpting them, from idealised statues to unforgiving Lucian Freuds.

Last updated 9 May 2011
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Do our supermarkets have too much power?

Jonty Chippendale photo Does every little help? Tesco often says so. But the giant supermarket chains do little to help our town centres.

Last updated 4 May 2011
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Feeling on top of the world

walk1viv According to Living Streets – a charity which encourages people to walk instead of driving – May is National Walking Month.

Last updated 4 May 2011
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Lakeland in black and white

grav5 Cumbria is well known for its ever-changing climate. Drive from one end of the county to the other; climbing fells, crossing valleys and circling lakes, and it’s quite possible you’ll encounter sunshine, black, threatening clouds and bursts of rain all in one trip.

Last updated 3 May 2011
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I will marry you – but I won’t change my name!

wed001 It’s traditional for a woman to change her surname to her husband’s name when they get married but it can be a big step for some brides, so much so that more women are now bucking this trend.

Last updated 2 May 2011
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‘Beer’s for drinking, not for sipping...’

camra222 Alan Welsh lifts a pint glass to his mouth and takes a sip. No surprise there. After all, Alan is chairman of the Solway branch of Camra – the Campaign for Real Ale.

Last updated 30 April 2011
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‘You can’t beat nature. The secret is to pay her a huge amount of respect’

mears333 ‘What’s the weather like up there?” No real surprise that Ray Mears’ first words relate to the great outdoors.

Last updated 27 April 2011
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Should we have more bank holidays every year?

Ellis Butcher photo Did you have a good Easter break? Enjoy the long bank holiday weekend?

Last updated 27 April 2011
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How low can household spending go?

andyauld2710 ‘There comes a point where you can’t cut back any more. For a lot of families and businesses, we are pretty close to that point.”

Last updated 27 April 2011
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They’re old, but still useful

africatools264b When Jim Lister gets to work, sparks fly. Using a grinder to fix a new shaft to a hammer creates a mini firework show in a Carlisle workshop.

Last updated 26 April 2011
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It’s just another day at school...

kneath3 There’s a lot more about staging a production than just the fame and fun actors and performers can enjoy on stage, as GCSE performing arts pupils at the Richard Rose Morton Academy have been finding out.

Last updated 25 April 2011
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