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Tuesday, 04 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.

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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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It’s Madness, there’s so much to do

sm suggy Humidity, what humidity? It’s not the recent muggy weather that’s making you breathless, it’s the frenzied pace of Cumbria’s summer life.

Last updated 7 July 2015
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Nothing fishy about me being off. Actually, there was

We don’t do summer very well, do we? Dig deeply into your inner self and you’ll surely agree – albeit secretly – we northerners are a lot happier when mercury’s falling.

Last updated 3 July 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Big shops cream off all the profits

Supermarket price wars are puzzling bare knuckle fights these days. Rarely do they have rhyme or reason. (3 comments)

Last updated 30 June 2015
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Whistle while you twerk and then adopt FLOTUS position

Done much twerking lately? Me neither. Probably never have, come to think if it – but that’s not entirely surprising.

Last updated 26 June 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

All this fear over work breaks is just a storm in a teacup

As a performance- enhancing drug, there’s none finer – a fact many a naughtily nefarious athlete might do well to recognise.

Last updated 19 June 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Still shaking, rattling, rolling

Well, that was some weekend. Summer made a shy appearance and Cumbria was alive with the sound of music, as though helpfully to seal the deal.

Last updated 16 June 2015
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Not very Nobel behaviour by the professor

Oh dear. What a tangled web is woven when a clever man lets his misogyny slip.

Last updated 12 June 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Pay-n in neck for Prime Minister

In a pretty pickle over their pay, MPs are finding themselves the targets of some widespread unpleasant bitterness. Easy targets they are too. (2 comments)

Last updated 9 June 2015
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Behind social media persona we’re essentially the same

A lot changes over 200 years – which is actually a stupid statement because, when you think about it, not much changes at all.

Last updated 5 June 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Locking-on Heaven’s door

The Rev Keith Teasdale photo One of my personal little pleasures is wandering into churches. Don’t ask me why – I couldn’t begin to explain it.

Last updated 2 June 2015
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Time to test wobbly riders?

The driving test is 80 years old this week – which gives cause to wish many happy returns to reversing round corners. (9 comments)

Last updated 2 June 2015
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We should direct some of our puppy love elsewhere

It was a sad story. Sad enough to bring an instant prickling tear to the eye – but it could have been a whole lot worse.

Last updated 29 May 2015
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Why buying football club will give a billionaire the Blues

A bit late in the day perhaps, but I’m trying to teach myself to be more careful with money.

Last updated 28 May 2015
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