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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.

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
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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
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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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Cinderella would have been better off dancing in Dr Martens

Festival footwear. Brace yourselves, girls... it’s a feminist issue.

Last updated 22 May 2015
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Come on Jamie - put your money where your mouth is and tell us

jamiereeddgfdsssdsd Some might call him a tease. Copeland MP Jamie Reed is an able politician, true Labour man, respected constituency member... but is he toying with us? (9 comments)

Last updated 19 May 2015
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It’s the thought that counts...

Gelt Gladiator photo If your idea of extreme sport matches mine – getting up from the sofa to brew a pot of tea – the spectacle that was Gelt Gladiator might well have passed you by.

Last updated 19 May 2015
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Worth going Dutch for a bit if Top Guns land in local

It was an unwelcome rude awakening when, at silly-o-clock in the morning, a Chinook helicopter circled the skies above sleepy heads – long before bedside alarms had kicked in.

Last updated 15 May 2015
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Victory for the shy majority

Ballot box photo And there it was, in all its hushed, subdued glory. The biggest surprise of them all... a victory for the bashful. (27 comments)

Last updated 12 May 2015
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There’s something appealing about horizontal rain

The sun came out on Tuesday. Not long enough for a leg wax in garden-body preparation – but it did make an appearance between downpours.

Last updated 10 May 2015
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We have a duty to put a cross on the ballot paper

Not long now. Nearly there. Soon, serious bidders for the keys to Number 10 will find no more good reasons to look uncomfortable in rolled-up shirt sleeves and hard hats.

Last updated 6 May 2015
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Spoilsport doctors’ advice is just not cricket, or rugby

Well now, here’s a fine kettle of muddy prop forwards. Rugby, in both of its proud disciplines, can be seriously damaging to your children’s health.

Last updated 1 May 2015
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Worst reaction is no reaction at all

nicolasturgeon2fggf Women in politics have a difficult time. We know that because most of them say so.

Last updated 28 April 2015
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There are advantages to being downwardly mobile

Panic stations in Carlisle – and thereabouts. Mysterious mobile malfunctions are sending all kinds of folks into a fluster of fluff, feathers and unrepeatable expletives.

Last updated 24 April 2015
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Hair to dye for?

emilyreay76yfgfg Life is full of rules – some necessary, some not; some relevant, some plainly daft. But let’s be honest, without rules we’d be lost.

Last updated 21 April 2015
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Stage management rules in an election campaign

Twas on a Tuesday afternoon the Chancellor came to call – fashionably late, as so many A-list celebs often are.

Last updated 17 April 2015
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Like or lump nuclear dump

It’s all kicking off again. The nuclear repository row, which so enflamed the anger of Cumbrian communities two years ago, is again igniting tempers. (18 comments)

Last updated 15 April 2015
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Muddy boys will be boys. And so will girls

Man in mud photo Mud, glorious mud. It’s an acquired taste those of us of a certain age tend to associate with young boys – the naughty kind – and their smelly dogs.

Last updated 10 April 2015
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