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We need more hyperventilating

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Last updated 18 December 2012
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Sympathy? Don’t make me laugh

Bad humour has a horrible habit of going terribly wrong. Pranks and practical jokes, by their very nature, rely on causing their victims pain. (21 comments)

Last updated 11 December 2012
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We need to elect a health champion

This week we revealed the shocking death-rate figures for north Cumbria’s hospitals.

Last updated 7 December 2012
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Confused? Bored? You shouldn’t be

It should have been relatively simple – relatively being the operative word. Crime and punishment usually is that way. You break the law, you’re named, shamed and you pay the price. (9 comments)

Last updated 4 December 2012
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Winter: Time to bring in a drivers’ intelligence test

Heartfelt sympathies are due to anyone who has suffered flooding misery in this year’s unprecedented rainfall. (23 comments)

Last updated 27 November 2012
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Polling station staff were bored but we must keep democracy alive

My polling station didn’t look at all darkly deserted... thanks to three patient ladies waiting for a voter to turn up.

Last updated 20 November 2012
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Gotcha! SAS hero Andy McNab finally caught on camera

Andy Macnab photo ‘For security reasons, photography is not permitted at this event.’

Last updated 20 November 2012
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Give the Beeb a break and target the tax avoiders

There is a huge amount of energy and hot air being expended on the future of the BBC and whether its ex-Director General should be given a full year’s pay-off for resigning. (3 comments)

Last updated 15 November 2012
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We need the BBC to recover

The contract between the BBC and us is something of a complicated, highfalutin thing with charters and trusts, too many chiefs and not enough indians. (13 comments)

Last updated 14 November 2012
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For the first time...should I vote or not?

It’s a toughie. Well, for me it is anyway. For the first time in my adult life, I’m wondering whether I should use my vote. (37 comments)

Last updated 6 November 2012
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Not the best time for the BBC to be racist and sexist

Tweets and texts and clangers that drop loudly in the night have landed many a red face in the soup – as BBC Cumbria has discovered to its embarrassment. (14 comments)

Last updated 6 November 2012
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Lower voting age, raise turnout?

Politicians are regularly whining about the continuing rise in voter apathy.

Last updated 1 November 2012
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Bangers, butter, baked spuds. Thanks for the memories!

REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November? Actually, I think I do.

Last updated 30 October 2012
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If only all the big guys could act like this

From beneath the arsenal of bitterness aimed at tax-avoiding multinationals and power-greedy corporations came a little glimmer of light the other day.

Last updated 30 October 2012
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Cumbrians left in limbo by Government's constant dithering

af Peter Luff How much time and money is wasted and how much anguish and mental suffering is caused by useless government rethinks and reassessments?

Last updated 25 October 2012
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Time for Sir Jimmy Savile charity to help victims

His gravestone has been removed, plaques announcing where he lived have been taken down, streets bearing his monicker are being renamed and there’s a campaign to strip him of his knighthood.

Last updated 11 October 2012
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Rules jam-packed with EU mischief

Jam photo There’s cause to wonder, all of a sudden – who was the last person to fall victim to a killer jam jar. (7 comments)

Last updated 9 October 2012
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Run for your lives?

Alien in Carlisle photo Botchergate gets a bad press. The street is home to many of Carlisle’s pubs and bars. So there are inevitably times when people misbehave.

Last updated 8 October 2012
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Musings on the nature of fame

Carlisle statue photo How the mighty are fallen. And how they crumble.

Last updated 8 October 2012
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It’s not snake oil. It’s the real deal

During the 90s the Charlatans had more hits than you can shake a microphone at, including The Only One I Know and North Country Boy.

Last updated 8 October 2012
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