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Come on ‘ave a go if you think your water’s hard enough...

The north-south divide has been making headlines lately. The north is happier, but poorer. The south has more jobs. The north has more women who smoke while pregnant.

Last updated 20 February 2012
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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Queen guitarist Brian May has joined the opposition to a planned cull of at least 200 Canada geese on Windermere.

Last updated 20 February 2012
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I’d rather talk about politics, NHS reform, anything, other than diets

Out of the blue, Twinkle made one of her life-changing affirmations – which is always a bit of a worry.

Last updated 17 February 2012
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Only soft southerners and Becks wear vests, right?

Time was, you used to be called a cissy and a mummy’s boy if you were caught wearing a vest.

Last updated 16 February 2012
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Hurrah for high culture and haute couture

There are pop-up shops and restaurants, so why not museums and art galleries?

Last updated 16 February 2012
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What services are we prepared to chuck on the tip?

This weekend marks the end of consultation over controversial plans to cut Cumbria’s recycling sites.

Last updated 16 February 2012
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What harm can a little prayer do?

There are times when you’re bound to wonder whether some people might have a tad too little to worry about. (37 comments)

Last updated 14 February 2012
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Alas, if only Chuckles Mulroy was real

Reiver has lamented the lack of famous Cumbrian comedians. But that was before he heard about Chuckles Mulroy.

Last updated 13 February 2012
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Hail mighty... er... Adrian?

The Emperor Adrian – head of the Roman Empire and builder of Adrian’s Wall.

Last updated 13 February 2012
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Tuesday: Don’t do tripe

It is Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, so get your excuses in now...

Last updated 9 February 2012
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Pedalo-power is the way to keep Falklands British

It's easy to have a laugh at the expense of our ‘naked pedalo’ men as they have become known to the nation and most of the world.

Last updated 9 February 2012
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60 years as monarch is a remarkable achievement

She has seen them come and she has seen them go. There may well even have been a few she’d have liked to have had seen off the premises. (8 comments)

Last updated 7 February 2012
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One of life’s (considerably less pleasant) mysteries answered

Doggy doo? Doggy don’t! This is the message for dog owners in west Cumbria, where council workmen have been painting dog poo in an attempt to catch the culprits.

Last updated 6 February 2012
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A siege mentality in Carlisle's Castle ward?

The Liberal Democrats’ popularity has slumped since the last General Election.

Last updated 6 February 2012
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Cumbrian hospitals need a quick cure

Hurrah! The long wait is finally over. The board of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs our two major hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven, has decided that Northumbria Healthcare should take over the running of our healthcare.

Last updated 2 February 2012
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The tyrant, the traitor, the fraudster and Fred

There’s more than a whiff of medieval justice about the treatment of former RBS boss Fred Goodwin.

Last updated 2 February 2012
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New dimension to Auld Enemy clash

I'm really looking forward to the Six Nations kicking off this weekend – and especially the match between Scotland and England this weekend.

Last updated 2 February 2012
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If we thought Hester’s pay was obscene, we ain’t seen nothing yet

It’s unfashionable to sympathise with fat cats and bank CEOs who have more money than conscience. (11 comments)

Last updated 31 January 2012
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With typical Cumbrian modesty

How many hours of TV coverage and how many pages of newspapers are devoted to people who are desperate to be famous?

Last updated 30 January 2012
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The slogan is elementary, my dear tourist board

Carlisle author Martin Daley draws much inspiration from his home city. His new book, The Casebook of Inspector Armstrong, features a Carlisle-based Edwardian detective.

Last updated 30 January 2012
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