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Make politics fun or we’ll all lose

It's always a lovely surprise when Vladimir Putin wins an election.

Last updated 8 March 2012
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A family holiday is like a field trip

Winter is on its last legs, spring is almost sprung and that thorny old issue of summer holidays is looming large again. (6 comments)

Last updated 6 March 2012
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Thanks a lot, now we can’t just propose on bended knee

Getting engaged used to be a relatively simple affair.

Last updated 5 March 2012
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A timely incentive to get treated?

Being tested for a sexually transmitted infection can be a nerve-wracking business.

Last updated 5 March 2012
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One has gawn awf water biscuits, but one is still partial to a Ginger Nut

It is a blow – there’s no point in trying to deny it. The loss of the words “By Appointment to HM The Queen” from Carr’s Table Water Biscuits is not good for Carlisle’s morale.

Last updated 5 March 2012
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This name thing can really get you in a pickle

With a name like Pickles, you tend not to worry too much about what people call you. Most made-up monikers are an improvement.

Last updated 2 March 2012
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Brave new apps world is looking creepier

We use them to buy and listen to music, store and share photos, read a newspaper, get maps or recipes and even find a wife...

Last updated 1 March 2012
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For capital nosh, stay in Cumbria

The first hints of what this year’s Taste Cumbria food festival will be offering have been revealed – and it’s already looking very, er, tasty.

Last updated 1 March 2012
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What are we all? We’re different!

This week I wrote a feature asking the question what makes us British?

Last updated 1 March 2012
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If not work experience, what else are young jobseekers going to do?

There’s a narrow window of opportunity for building a career or earning a living these days. (20 comments)

Last updated 28 February 2012
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Recognise this Cumbrian tropical paradise, like eh?

The travel industry is hugely competitive. With thousands of destinations around the world, how on earth do you stand out? (2 comments)

Last updated 27 February 2012
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Wordsworth: Not totally Pointless

Gone but not forgotten. That’s William Wordsworth.

Last updated 27 February 2012
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Nothing says I love the Blues like...

Many Cumbrian men like Carlisle United. Many Cumbrian men like women in lingerie.

Last updated 27 February 2012
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I don’t think this is claws for concern

Big day, Wednesday – for predatory, knot-tying types. It’s Leap Year day and a momentous date for women with designs on marital bliss.

Last updated 24 February 2012
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The Brits – back to their chaotic best

In case you hadn’t noticed it, we’re deep into the awards season now.

Last updated 23 February 2012
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Politicians should be listening

Some good news, some not so good news on the health front for Cumbria this week.

Last updated 23 February 2012
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Boiled eggs in the shower? That won’t beat drought

The declaration of a drought in the south and east of the country has sparked new calls to look into plans to pump water down from the lush, rain-soaked north and is a major cause for concern for the Olympics organisers.

Last updated 23 February 2012
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You’re missing the drinkers most at risk, Mr Cameron

On the subject of alcohol consumption, my old GP used to apply a very handy benchmark when doling out his health warnings. (1 comment)

Last updated 21 February 2012
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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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