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This coin will bring back memories - if you’re old enough

It was a Methuselah moment. Eyes around the table glazed over in that lights-are-on-but-nobody’s-home fashion; vacancy blanked every face in the room. Then...

Last updated 21 March 2014
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Pity the monolithic monument to tasteless 1960s

Civic Centre abseil photo It happens to every old girl eventually. Remembering how once she was pretty and shiny and fetchingly fresh-faced, she must face the truth painfully in middle age... she’s a blot on the landscape.

Last updated 14 March 2014
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It's true, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

It shouldn’t be difficult to flirt again with a little more of what you used to fancy – the stuff that used to do you good. In theory, it should be a mere matter of reclamation. Lemon bon-bons, sherbet dips, stringy twigs of liquorice, a smoke on the top deck of the last bus home...

Last updated 7 March 2014
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Of course 16 year olds should have the vote

Sometimes the answer to the question is so glaringly obvious it’s embarrassing – even before the question is asked. (11 comments)

Last updated 4 March 2014
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Why it never pays to laugh in the face of the law

Somebody I once knew has been up before the beak. He’s up for nothing much at all at the moment – he being under nighttime curfew, electronically tagged and deeply in the doghouse with his missus.

Last updated 28 February 2014
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Savile’s crimes were so appalling, they now seem close to incredible

jimmysaviledfdffggfd There were few shocks or surprises in the NSPCC report on Jimmy Savile’s sex offences against children and young people.

Last updated 25 February 2014
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I’m sticking at 37, where I can be blase about age

You know you’re getting old when you watch a noisy, boozy Brit Awards night on TV and wonder crossly whether an Arctic Monkey’s behaviour will be punished by his mother when he gets home.

Last updated 21 February 2014
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Cumbria crime commissioner’s post should cop it

Stuart Hyde photo Time, they always say, is a great healer. Its inevitable passage is also a mischievous distorter of memory. (13 comments)

Last updated 18 February 2014
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What’s happened to the love-in that was Cumbria Day?

Complicated business, this romance malarkey. Messy too, unless you know how to keep your wits about you.

Last updated 14 February 2014
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Home should be where the heart is

Around the world there are shocking natural disasters – the kind that leave devastated victims without homes, sustenance or faith in future comfort. (4 comments)

Last updated 11 February 2014
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I stopped a test match without need to strip off

There’s a man somewhere who is collecting football stadia the way Copeland folks are said to be collecting calories. He’s visiting as many as he can in his allotted lifetime, which appears to impress football fans hugely. Me, less so – which is probably why I can neither recall his name nor remember where he’s from.

Last updated 7 February 2014
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They should not be allowed to get away Scot free

Can’t say I’m entirely up to speed with this Scottish independence thing. Referendum rows are beginning to feel like a party to which nobody thought to invite me.

Last updated 1 February 2014
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Scamology... the science of making money smartly

The findings of some fascinating scientific research were released this week – the like of which we haven’t seen since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in his bread bin.

Last updated 24 January 2014
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If only English politicians spent longer in bed too

Sacrebleu! These French politicians are so outrageously naughty – and wickedly unapologetic too. François Hollande, France’s womanising president, has been playing away – in a very Parisian fashion – with a leggy actress, no less. (2 comments)

Last updated 21 January 2014
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When cool-headed logic beats passion hands down

I remember passion. It used to get me into all kinds of trouble. But I was younger and sillier and given to displays of feet-stamping tantrums then... weren’t we all?

Last updated 17 January 2014
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Is dad-of-22 Raymond Hull to blame for cashing in?

pthullreginaldddd By now everyone will know of Raymond Hull. Everyone, that is, who hasn’t been busy burrowing to the centre of the earth or flitting to a newly mortgaged home on Mars.

Last updated 14 January 2014
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Oh sugar! Something else to start feeling guilty about

Putting the cat among shame-faced pigeons, a health conscious harbinger of doom has given us something else to add to our weighty guilt-trip list. (2 comments)

Last updated 10 January 2014
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The results of going green

sm carburgh In howling gales and lashing rain – this winter’s scarily bizarre default conditions – the weekend’s dutiful recycling exercise was less than pleasant.

Last updated 7 January 2014
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Taking the plunge is not my idea of a hangover cure

By my reckoning, 2014 starts in earnest on Monday – which is January 6 in old money – because until the first full working week of the year starts, nobody can be expected to know what day it is.

Last updated 3 January 2014
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More, and less, of the same in 2014 please

nigella1612 On a day like today it’s impossible not to look back with just a little fondness... and maybe a bit of relief too.

Last updated 31 December 2013
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Has the bubble burst on Black Friday?

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