Friday, 09 October 2015

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Is this the age of the train?

When Jeremy Corbyn suggested we should consider having women-only carriages on trains, to protect female passengers from drunken sex assaults, he opened a huge can of worms.

Last updated 23 September 2015
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Stalling for time on starter homes

They’re calling them the boomerang children because they keep coming back – and it makes a good headline.

Last updated 15 September 2015
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Rebooting the way we shop

Shopping habits are changing. They were always bound to. The only certainty on which any of us can rely is change.

Last updated 25 August 2015
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On Costa del Botchergate!

Costa photo Invariably, what seems like a good idea at the time turns out, in the end, to be anything but. That’s just the way it goes. (1 comment)

Last updated 18 August 2015
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Take the hit, buy some goodwill

iceland milk photo Nobody in Cumbria could be unaware of the dire straits in which dairy farmers find themselves now. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 August 2015
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Best to admit defeat

Richard Rhodes photo Time flies when you’re not paying attention... you don’t even need to be enjoying yourself. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 August 2015
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Stack up your troubles

I’m just back from hols – lovely thank you very much. But I NEVER WANT TO DRIVE SOUTH OF MANCHESTER AGAIN. (1 comment)

Last updated 6 August 2015
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Sport's dirtiest secret is no secret at all

lancearmstrong1fggf With fanfares and expectation of gasps of widespread shock and horror, it’s reported that around a third of medal-winning elite athletes might owe their triumphs to performance-enhancing drugs. (1 comment)

Last updated 4 August 2015
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Numpties or faith in 999?

It’s been a long, hard day. You’ve stumbled home from work, feeling like an aged zombie, and as you head for the fridge for enlivening refreshment, the phone rings.

Last updated 28 July 2015
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Tim Farron already targeted by smiling assassins

Tim Farron photo Barely had his arm been lowered from his gleefully jubilant victory wave, before Tim Farron – newly elected Lib Dem leader – found himself ducking poisoned arrows shot by smiling assassins. (4 comments)

Last updated 21 July 2015
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It’s time to give parents a break

Any day now many mums and dads will be facing the dilemma they’ve known all year would be coming to bite their ankles. (2 comments)

Last updated 14 July 2015
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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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Colt 45's Gold cover gets Spandau Ballet backing

Colt 45 photo It started as a bit of a laugh, a relief from constant gigging, writing and recording, a treat for fans.

Last updated 6 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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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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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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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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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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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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