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Why more Cumbrians are turning to bargain shopping

Bargain shopping photo Not so long ago ‘bargain shopping’ didn’t have a great image. It brought to mind drab stores, selling poor quality goods at rock-bottom prices.

Last updated 5 July 2012
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Lianne Smith: I know it’s not right to take another life, but I felt I was in a corner

Lianne Smith photo The police officer who led the squad that investigated child rapist Martin Smith says it was the TV psychic’s decision to go on the run that ultimately led to his partner murdering her own children.

Last updated 23 June 2012
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After man banned from starting race with starting pistol, have health and safety rules gone too far?

Alan Bell photo The woman who set her hand on fire in a classroom is not a mad scientist, a political activist or a pyromaniac but the chairwoman of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the national independent watchdog for work safety. (4 comments)

Last updated 20 June 2012
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Lake District ospreys guarded by 60 strong 'army'

Osprey photo ‘Bassenthwaite is a bit like a service station,” says Glenys Pyke, osprey protection manager. “It’s directly on the ospreys’ main route to Scotland from their winter in Africa and they stop off here for some food and rest.”

Last updated 13 June 2012
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I used to think that life wasn’t worth living...

af jana2 About six years ago Jana Mulholland was in a desperate, dark place. Battling severe depression, she felt there was no hope.

Last updated 4 June 2012
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Market forces are alive and they’re thriving

Say “market” and some people will picture wide boys peddling tat. But they have far more to offer than bargains to cash-strapped Cumbrians in the midst of recession.

Last updated 31 May 2012
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Death of the high street in Carlisle or retail rebirth?

Hoopers photo It reads like a roll call of the fallen: Benetton; ChameLeon; Chapman’s; Disney; Goldsmiths; Hawkins Bazaar; Hoopers; Jaeger; Past Times; Peacocks; the Yoko Fish Spa. (20 comments)

Last updated 28 May 2012
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Jubilations – we all want the world to be as happy as can be

Getting back to how things used to be – people pulling together and celebrating together, that’s what it’s all about says Helen Fisher, manager of Botcherby community centre in Carlisle.

Last updated 26 May 2012
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Coeliac disease: 'I have to bring my own food to parties'

Sophie Brimble photo ‘Croissants,” 11-year-old Sophie Brimble says immediately when she’s asked if there are any foods she misses.

Last updated 14 May 2012
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The bedtime story is safe - for the time being

There are many arguments about the value of an e-book versus the ‘real thing’, but none so convincing as Steve Matthews’.

Last updated 7 May 2012
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Cash machine security: Who’s watching while you take out money?

Cash machine photo Alison Bernard, her husband Andrew and her sister Andrea Greenup were taking their children for a day out and stopped off at their nearest cash machine to withdraw some money.

Last updated 1 May 2012
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Carlisle woman's vital fund-raising in memory of her sister

Ruth Wallace photo Stephanie Wallace may not have been able to talk, but her bubbly personality was clear for all to see. Born with severe autism, it didn’t stop her loving life and her family ensured she made the most of her 19 years.

Last updated 30 April 2012
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Carlisle: Weathering the economic crisis better than most?

One hundred new jobs at Stead McAlpin, 450 posts at Sainsbury’s, 30 new positions at the Turf pub.

Last updated 28 April 2012
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Diabetes: ‘People must get the right care early on’

Britain is facing a diabetes “car crash”. That’s the view expressed in a new report, called Impact Diabetes which predicts almost a fifth of the country’s NHS budget will be spent treating the condition by 2035.

Last updated 26 April 2012
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What turns us into twits on Twitter and fools on Facebook?

Facebook photo Social media has offered great advances to the world. It has also thrown up more than its fair share of controversies. (4 comments)

Last updated 25 April 2012
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Has Cumbria run out of room for more windfarms?

Cumbria is home to more wind turbines than the combined total of 22 other counties in Britain and the steady spread of them across the landscape is eroding the character of the region. (22 comments)

Last updated 23 April 2012
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Ovarian cancer: Time to make a noise about the silent killer

Emma Gyles photo Popular, intelligent and dedicated, Emma Gyles had completed her degree, landed herself a job in the criminal justice department and had a bright future ahead.

Last updated 21 April 2012
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Which way next for Cumbria's listed buildings?

Carlisle cathedral photo Plans announced in the Budget last month would add 20 per cent to the cost of rebuilding and alterations on listed buildings and have sparked a wave of outrage among clergy up and down the country.

Last updated 18 April 2012
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How Cumbrian butcher, 72, made a robber squeal like a pig

Flett photo "I knifed him three times in the stomach and he squealed like a pig," says butcher Rodney Flett without a hint of irony.

Last updated 14 April 2012
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Government should rethink caravan tax levy, says Cumbria association chief

Caravan owners photo Holiday parks in Cumbria are preparing to fight government plans to introduce VAT on static caravans.

Last updated 4 April 2012
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