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Saturday, 20 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.

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. (5 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. (2 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. (2 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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Rehabilitation the purpose of prison

Let’s talk about rape. Is that still allowed or is the conversation we need, hurtling towards a new taboo – of which we’re all too terrified to speak? (3 comments)

Last updated 21 October 2014
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Latest topless scene was 'most vulnerable' I have been as actor, says Carlisle's Roxanne Pallett

Roxanne photo Several celebrities have complained that their naked photos have been hacked and posted online. (8 comments)

Last updated 20 October 2014
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Auctioneer in bid for panto stardom?

LG reiver131014h These are exciting times for Paul Laidlaw. Paul, who owns Laidlaw Auctioneers in Carlisle, is a regular expert on BBC programmes Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

Last updated 15 October 2014
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Is it really dreams we want... or fear factor?

shanghai1310 EYEBROWS have been raised at the choice of Dreams by Gabrielle as the music Carlisle United run out to before home matches. This is a far cry from most clubs’ pre-match tunes. These are usually designed to set hearts pounding, whether rock songs or strident classical like Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. There is surely a case for Carlisle to capitalise on its reputation as an outpost far from civilisation. Instead of music played over the PA system, let’s have people clad in animal skins banging drums as the teams emerge.

Last updated 15 October 2014
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Carlisle, stop moaning - and start helping...

Carlisle: City of... please fill in the blanks. Well, somebody should – and soon. (17 comments)

Last updated 23 September 2014
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Professor falls into Twitter trap

The Twitter trap claims its victims without mercy. Sometimes cruelly, rarely coldly, it awaits the unwary with an insatiable hunger for instant, humiliating judgement – and drags them in with alarming regularity.

Last updated 1 September 20142014
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