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No room for hate in a broken heart

It wasn’t so much a postscript to massacre in Paris, more a summation of an intensely human reality. “You will not have my hate,” Antoine Leiris wrote in an open letter to the terrorists who murdered his wife, Helene.

Last updated 24 November 2015
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We shouldn’t lose sight of the kindness and compassion

There is no perspective. That’s the point of mindless, indiscriminate massacre. It is designed to leave us without any perspective. (6 comments)

Last updated 17 November 2015
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Primed not to care

Primark photo Is it allowed to have no strong opinion, one way or the other, about the now confirmed intention of Primark to set out its sizeable stall in Carlisle? (2 comments)

Last updated 27 October 2015
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Not just cutout cops who face the chop

Cut out cop photo I sometimes wonder what happened to the policeman who stood, with dominant presence, in the back corner of my local Spar shop – between the wines and special offer tins of biscuits. (5 comments)

Last updated 20 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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