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Always go out with a smile

The trouble with trying to be cheerful is people think you’re mad – in an eccentrically harmless kind of way – but mad all the same.

Last updated 23 August 2013
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Full-time mums I respect you - but please don’t expect me to pay for you

At risk of stirring a hornets’ nest and being stung mercilessly with barbed hatred and derision, I have something to confess. (20 comments)

Last updated 20 August 2013
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Cynical profit from Diana’s death

It’s that time of year again. Another macabre anniversary will cast memories back to the mind-numbing day when Princess Diana died – August 31, 1997 – and a new crop of crackpots will crawl from under their stones. (1 comment)

Last updated 20 August 2013
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Listen to those who know better

Sam Jackson photo The difference between telling it like it is and describing it as you see it is immense. Everybody knows that. (1 comment)

Last updated 13 August 2013
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Put it in a bin - not a body-bag

I’ve never liked seagulls since one attacked my 99 cornet on the beach at St Anne’s. It had “monkey blood” (raspberry sauce) on it – and hundreds and thousands. A holiday special. (7 comments)

Last updated 8 August 2013
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No excuses. Children should never suffer

pelka68 When eight-year-old Victoria Climbié, died in 2000, having been tied up, burnt with cigarettes and beaten with bike chains by her guardians, a promise was made. (6 comments)

Last updated 7 August 2013
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Anonymous internet trolls are so inferior to women

Misogyny and threats made by anonymous cowards on social media networks continue to rumble on in a now confused public debate that’s fast losing the point. (4 comments)

Last updated 7 August 2013
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Frack in the desolate sarf

If you think wind turbines are an awful invasion, a scar on the landscape and an unnecessary evil, wait for the next great energy source to be plonked up here. (5 comments)

Last updated 1 August 2013
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It might be a bit extreme but at least we’re talking about it

I was amazed to read that authorities in New Zealand have told a South African chef he is too fat to be allowed to live in the country and are deporting him.

Last updated 1 August 2013
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Jane Austen would have turned a blind eye, just like Twitter

Disappointed? I have to say I was – intensely. We could have done so much better than Jane Austen. (2 comments)

Last updated 1 August 2013
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Don’t take on us northern monkeys, Mr ‘Wiley’ Cowie

It’s true what they say. You do remember what you were up to during momentously important events in your life. When John F Kennedy was killed, I was sitting cross-legged on the carpet with my little brother, watching an assassination unfold on our grainy black and white TV. (7 comments)

Last updated 26 July 2013
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With wily marketing festival can cash in on Wiley row

Pagans. Pagans? Pagans!

Last updated 25 July 2013
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Inventive animation shows up summer’s big-budget blockbuster flops

It has become a summer holiday tradition now to go and see the latest big blockbuster movie.

Last updated 25 July 2013
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Royal baby frenzy the envy of the rest of the world

Royal births aren’t what they used to be. They’re lower in importance and higher on hype these days. Now, ain’t that a funny thing? (14 comments)

Last updated 23 July 2013
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Evil killers won’t be free to roam streets

af prison 107 1 It’s the end of life as we know it! The streets will be flooded with mass murderers, multiple rapists and crazed criminals.

Last updated 12 July 2013
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You’re not a snob Katie. Just thick

What's in a name? Would not a Chardonnay by any other name smell as tempting as a Chablis? (9 comments)

Last updated 9 July 2013
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Use lottery win for greener jobs

Hydro electricity photo Imagine you won the lottery and had a cool £78 million to blow. What would be first on your shopping list? Yacht? Car? New home? Swish holiday?

Last updated 5 July 2013
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It should be up to us to decide if MPs get a pay rise

David Cameron photo Pay heed to those MPs who have stuck their heads above the paywall and you might assume that they, at least, are all in this together. (22 comments)

Last updated 2 July 2013
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Cumbrian cricket club in non-naked fundraising shocker

Threlkeld calendar photo Congratulations to Threlkeld Cricket Club for their new fundraising calendar.

Last updated 2 July 2013
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A vote for Bucky, fags and tats!

Cumbrians will not be eligible to vote in next year’s Scottish independence election, even though the result will have implications south of the border.

Last updated 1 July 2013
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