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Anne Pickles

I can’t keep up, doctor

It may well be true that you have to be a bit desperate, a tad lacking in get up and go, to spend an evening with Holby City.

Last updated 13 August 2011
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Dot cottons on, but doesn’t cry

At 84, EastEnders stalwart June Brown proves two things. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – if sadder – and smoking won’t necessarily shorten your life.

Last updated 13 August 2011
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Question Time keeps riots debate bubbling

Rshed into the schedules and cobbled together with a single issue at the heart of it, Question Time’s special edition clearly wasn’t up to David Dimbleby’s expectations.

Last updated 13 August 2011
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Ivy’s bunions tell David to stand down riot squad

When it happens it does so quite suddenly. A few fallen leaves litter the lawn, the petunias look a bit sleepy, looters stay home to watch their stolen tellies – autumn’s here.

Last updated 12 August 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Thank goodness for autumn, season of mists and mellow rioters

When it happens it does so quite suddenly. A few fallen leaves litter the lawn, the petunias look a bit sleepy, looters stay home to watch their stolen tellies – autumn’s here.

Last updated 12 August 2011
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How we learned to betray our young

When putting together a perfect storm of lost causes for schoolchildren, did anyone ever think to plan for the return of a sunny day? (2 comments)

Last updated 9 August 2011
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In need of a drink after Panorama

If you're not already a drinker, you will be by the time the summer schedules are through.

Last updated 6 August 2011
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Reminiscing does more harm than good

Probably the most watched TV soap for more than five decades, it’s not surprising Coronation Street is now so much a part of our national culture.

Last updated 6 August 2011
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Don’t patronise me!

Panned by national critics for being unfunny, irrelevant and offensively patronising of northerners, mine is probably a lone voice of whispered defence for Sugartown (BBC1).

Last updated 6 August 2011
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Puff the magic Cumbrian bun we like for tea

An extraordinary week, you’ll surely agree. The US pulled from the brink of ruin, Italians stepped closer towards theirs, the BBC lost the news – again – and a nuclear bombshell dropped in west Cumbria.

Last updated 5 August 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Forget the global money crisis, our is puff back!

An extraordinary week, you’ll surely agree. The US pulled from the brink of ruin, Italians stepped closer towards theirs, the BBC lost the news – again – and a nuclear bombshell dropped in west Cumbria.

Last updated 5 August 2011
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There is nothing poetic about dying too young from self-abuse

Mitch Winehouse wants a permanent memorial to his late daughter Amy – and he insists it should be a drug rehabilitation centre dedicated to her name.

Last updated 2 August 2011
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What price the life of a man?

The life-saving point is well made by North Cumbria’s Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Last updated 1 August 2011
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Britain’s Mad Men? More mad plotlines

I was much heartened by a BBC Radio Four presenter’s pleadings last week. He asked – apropos of nothing: “Anybody watching The Hour? Can anyone explain it to me?”

Last updated 30 July 2011
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It can be hard work being home on holiday

In all honesty, I thought the bloke was being a bit of a cheeky chappie. You know the sort – caustically clever in a stand-up comic kind of way.

Last updated 29 July 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Can’t a girl indulge in a bit of fantasy now and again?

Twiggy’s no great shakes without one. David Cameron likes to be touched up gently around the hoardings with his. And when Vogue came to call, Kate Winslet wouldn’t have answered the door without promise of a big one at her disposal.

Last updated 28 July 2011
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We’ve already beaten the French, now let’s take on the world!

This time next year the eyes of the world will be on London. Actually, this time next year the eyes of the world will be on Coventry. And there’s a sentence I never expected to write.

Last updated 26 July 2011
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Why I love going wild in the Lakes

sm wswim2 I drove to Buttermere last Sunday. I had hoped to do some fell-walking but the tops were misty and I didn’t want to bother those nice mountain rescue people.

Last updated 22 July 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

I’m ready to prove that £161m does make you happy!

Oh come now, let’s do please get real. Winning £161 million would only make you miserable? You poor, sad, unimaginative little saps.

Last updated 19 July 2011
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Naples’ Mafia - the Godfather, this is not

Programmes about Italian Mafia tend to be of the heavily romanticised Al Pacino, Godfather, Sicilian variety.

Last updated 16 July 2011
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