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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. (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
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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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