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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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Man of letters stands by his friends in need

Prince Charles photo Inconsequential bluster and legal toing-and-froing over letters Prince Charles wrote to government departments, expressing personal views on matters he believed important, took on a new complexion lately.

Last updated 7 April 2015
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Politicians behaving nicely? It’s the purdah thing

The sky hasn’t fallen in yet. The heavens have opened a few times and Noah has put in his Easter DIY order with Homebase but, remarkably, most of us are getting along just fine.

Last updated 4 April 2015
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Unfriendly and introverted? What, us? On yer bike!

Should anybody ask, you didn’t hear this from me... don’t believe everything you read in the papers.

Last updated 27 March 2015
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Laying charges at hospital doors

This is an open letter to Whom It May Concern – which is the name most commonly used when no one has a clue who’s in charge. (8 comments)

Last updated 24 March 2015
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Idiotic grinning? Give me an honest scowl every time

Today, as if you didn’t already know, is International Day of Happiness – so, shoulders back, chest out, take a deep breath and grin.

Last updated 20 March 2015
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Looks like Yorkshire made a mi-steak with Jeremy Clarkson

Yorkshire has two sons for which it must apologise... and the other one, is Jeremy Clarkson. (9 comments)

Last updated 17 March 2015
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Go on, give your mum a tonic this Sunday...and gin

Daffodils and mothers. This is the weekend when they become indivisible – with one absolutely synonymous with the other.

Last updated 13 March 2015
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It’s just the ticket

You sometimes have to wonder whether Eric Pickles might have had a traumatising car parking experience as a child. (2 comments)

Last updated 10 March 2015
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Why Brampton-on-Sea doesn’t float my boat

Big day today in Southampton. The official naming of the new 141,000-tonne P&O Cruises vessel Britannia will be carried out by the Queen.

Last updated 10 March 2015
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Shopping you can get your teeth into

Let the imagination roam a bit and you could soon be going into your local supermarket for groceries and coming out looking more like Renee Zellweger than – well, Renee Zellweger. (2 comments)

Last updated 24 February 2015
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I’m sorry but M&S shades it over S&M every time

He’s here again. Saint Valentine or Christian Grey or whatever his name is these days. He’s back and you can bet your last scented candle he’s bringing his usual bother with him.

Last updated 13 February 2015
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Spectre of farming’s loss looms large in the landscape

Here’s a confession – and it’s a guilty one. I haven’t a clue how much I pay for my milk, which probably makes me a contributor to Cumbria’s deepening worries right now.

Last updated 6 February 2015
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Would Winston Churchill be elected today?

Winston Churchill photo He drank too much, smoked like a chimney, was obese and suffered periods of crippling depression – would Winston Churchill even have made it to selection as a candidate in May’s general election? (16 comments)

Last updated 4 February 2015
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