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Friday, 30 January 2015

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Last orders... time to shout to save local pubs

Redfern photo Pubs. Wave a white hanky and offer a tearful bye-bye from a respectful distance. They’re on their way out... fast.

Last updated 27 January 2015
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Woman's place in the House?

A woman’s place is in the House of Commons – or so political parties selecting their candidates from all-women shortlists would have us believe. (2 comments)

Last updated 20 January 2015
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So retro’s cool now Mr Zuckerberg?

Mark Zuckerberg photo So 2015 is being pitched by some visionaries in the know as the year in which we will start to fall out of love with our whiz-bang stuff... our gadgets.

Last updated 13 January 2015
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Crying shame of Honours farce

Actor James Corden has declared he was “overwhelmed” to have been awarded an OBE, for his services to drama, in the New Year Honours. (3 comments)

Last updated 7 January 2015
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Absolute nutters - but we salute you

Gary McKeating photo There’s daft and there’s seriously silly. In Cumbria we tend to prefer the seriously... well, verging on lunatic. (3 comments)

Last updated 7 January 2015
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He's out of order - I'm out of cash

offside1gfdgf Give me your time, patience and a handy diagram and there’s every chance I will, at some point, understand the offside rule.

Last updated 30 December 2014
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Do a shop for a foodbank instead

If I had my way, I’d jump off this crazy commercially careering train right now – only deigning to climb back on board as it pulls gently in at platform Easter. (37 comments)

Last updated 16 December 2014
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Zero tolerance - just a sip away

Breath test photo Scots know a thing or two about drinking. They’re experts – or so legend would have it. (24 comments)

Last updated 9 December 2014
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Dear Santa, please make them go away

Nigel Farage photo All I want for Christmas is restoration of the natural order of things. Like Nigel Farage giving up politics, for instance. And Russell Brand – well, just giving up. (10 comments)

Last updated 9 December 2014
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Ordinary fans priced out of the beautiful game

It used to be the people’s game. You’d catch the bus to matches and your hero would be on the seat next to you. (5 comments)

Last updated 4 December 2014
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Cumbria's on the ish-list rather than wish-list

George Osborne photo It's marvellous thing that the Government has suddenly discovered extra billions of pounds for the NHS, flood defences and to create millions of miles of new roads and even a James Bond-style tunnel under Stonehenge. (3 comments)

Last updated 4 December 2014
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Black Friday: A sort of legalised looting

Black Friday photo Now that supermarkets and big stores across the UK have had the blood wiped from their walls and trampled bodies moved from their aisles, one assumes it’s business as usual again.

Last updated 3 December 2014
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We proudly wear our plebs badge

Andrew Mitchell photo It must be really hard work being one of life’s natural snobs. How exhausting to have to carry around the weighty burden of a superiority complex – day after wearying day. (1 comment)

Last updated 2 December 2014
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Great rock’n’roll repair

Edward Tudor-Pole photo We're a throwaway society. When something is no longer shiny and new we thoughtlessly toss it aside.

Last updated 25 November 2014
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Is it any wonder Carlisle Utd fans are a bit mixed up?

CUFC supporter graphic Carlisle United supporters are mainly men in their 40s and 50s. They buy their petrol at Asda and they are more right-wing than Nigel Farage.

Last updated 25 November 2014
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The reality is many MPs are way out of touch

White van tweet photo It wasn’t until everything kicked off, that I realised I’d been missing the whole white van point by miles – and for a very long time. (3 comments)

Last updated 25 November 2014
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Time to give Dr Ros a little stick

If, like me, you’ve had occasion to issue the annoying whine: “Slow down; it’s my knees again!” you might have a bit of sympathy for Dr Ros Altmann. (1 comment)

Last updated 18 November 2014
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They died for us, don’t forget them

Armistice Day and across the country, as silence falls briefly for moments of deep contemplation, the ugly spectre of war hangs in the air like a pall.

Last updated 11 November 2014
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We don't need any more poisons

Stretch the imagination a bit and picture a cosy winter’s evening with family and friends at the local. (2 comments)

Last updated 4 November 2014
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Dementia? I only came in with flu!

Anyone who has yet to experience trouble booking an early appointment with their GP must have been out of the country for the last five years – or landed recently from Mars without a parking permit. (2 comments)

Last updated 30 October 2014
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