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Anne Pickles

No room for hate in a broken heart

It wasn’t so much a postscript to massacre in Paris, more a summation of an intensely human reality. “You will not have my hate,” Antoine Leiris wrote in an open letter to the terrorists who murdered his wife, Helene.

Last updated 24 November 2015
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We shouldn’t lose sight of the kindness and compassion

There is no perspective. That’s the point of mindless, indiscriminate massacre. It is designed to leave us without any perspective. (6 comments)

Last updated 17 November 2015
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Primed not to care

Primark photo Is it allowed to have no strong opinion, one way or the other, about the now confirmed intention of Primark to set out its sizeable stall in Carlisle? (2 comments)

Last updated 27 October 2015
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Not just cutout cops who face the chop

Cut out cop photo I sometimes wonder what happened to the policeman who stood, with dominant presence, in the back corner of my local Spar shop – between the wines and special offer tins of biscuits. (5 comments)

Last updated 20 October 2015
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Is this the age of the train?

When Jeremy Corbyn suggested we should consider having women-only carriages on trains, to protect female passengers from drunken sex assaults, he opened a huge can of worms.

Last updated 23 September 2015
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Stalling for time on starter homes

They’re calling them the boomerang children because they keep coming back – and it makes a good headline.

Last updated 15 September 2015
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Sorry to have to say we’re all too quick to apologise

I suppose any week now, it’ll be time to start planting bulbs for next spring’s show of daffs, tulips and the assorted pretty things that fight their way valiantly through snow to cheer us up.

Last updated 11 September 2015
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Rebooting the way we shop

Shopping habits are changing. They were always bound to. The only certainty on which any of us can rely is change.

Last updated 25 August 2015
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I hate name-droppers. Did I mention Wiggo’s in town?

Can’t be doing with name-droppers. I was only saying as much to the Princess Royal, when she dropped by the other week.

Last updated 21 August 2015
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On Costa del Botchergate!

Costa photo Invariably, what seems like a good idea at the time turns out, in the end, to be anything but. That’s just the way it goes. (1 comment)

Last updated 18 August 2015
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Take the hit, buy some goodwill

iceland milk photo Nobody in Cumbria could be unaware of the dire straits in which dairy farmers find themselves now. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 August 2015
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Best to admit defeat

Richard Rhodes photo Time flies when you’re not paying attention... you don’t even need to be enjoying yourself. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 August 2015
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Let’s celebrate Can’t Be Bothered With Special Days Day

Good days, bad days, could have been worse but my feet are killing me days. Believe it or not, somebody has done research into all of them.

Last updated 7 August 2015
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Sport's dirtiest secret is no secret at all

lancearmstrong1fggf With fanfares and expectation of gasps of widespread shock and horror, it’s reported that around a third of medal-winning elite athletes might owe their triumphs to performance-enhancing drugs. (1 comment)

Last updated 4 August 2015
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Country life to be heavily vetted to suit saucier tastes

They’re going to sex-up All Creatures Great and Small. And if that doesn’t boggle the imagination’s limits of endurance, goodness knows what will.

Last updated 31 July 2015
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Numpties or faith in 999?

It’s been a long, hard day. You’ve stumbled home from work, feeling like an aged zombie, and as you head for the fridge for enlivening refreshment, the phone rings.

Last updated 28 July 2015
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Seagulls know there’s nothing we can do about them

Clever little blighters, those seagulls. Correction – clever big blighters. There’s nothing bird-brained or miniature about Cumbria’s seasonal pests.

Last updated 24 July 2015
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Tim Farron already targeted by smiling assassins

Tim Farron photo Barely had his arm been lowered from his gleefully jubilant victory wave, before Tim Farron – newly elected Lib Dem leader – found himself ducking poisoned arrows shot by smiling assassins. (4 comments)

Last updated 21 July 2015
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Paying price for playing fast and loose with speed limit

I’m not complaining. Please try to remember that. Though you can’t see it, there’s actually a generous, if humiliated, smile on my face.

Last updated 17 July 2015
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It’s time to give parents a break

Any day now many mums and dads will be facing the dilemma they’ve known all year would be coming to bite their ankles. (2 comments)

Last updated 14 July 2015
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