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Why aren’t we doing all we can to protect children?

Geoffrey Bettley was a teacher who downloaded child sex abuse porn, was found out and lost his job.

Last updated 11 June 2013
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Get your kicks at age 66 (plus)

We did Carlisle Music City. By accident. In the rain. And that was when the penny dropped with a decisive clatter.

Last updated 31 May 2013
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Marriage was simple back in my day. But now...

I was never very good at it, as my ex-husband – wherever he is these days – would no doubt confirm. And loudly.

Last updated 28 May 2013
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I’m smelling a stinking rat

Perhaps it takes too long for the penny to drop – literally, on this occasion. But I’m smelling a rat. (6 comments)

Last updated 22 May 2013
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Newspapers step forward and question, on behalf of those who can find no answers on their own

Leveson inquiry photo A good press gets a bad press when it’s doing its job well... and that isn’t all the time, by any stretch. (6 comments)

Last updated 16 May 2013
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Has Cumbria learned nothing from the horrors of Mid Staffs?

The sorry tale of woe that is the biography of north Cumbria’s hospitals rumbles on relentlessly, each new chapter bringing yet more sorrow. (6 comments)

Last updated 14 May 2013
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Advertising is a real art

There’s nothing unusual about putting a painting above a fireplace. But in Carlisle someone has put a painting above a fireplace shop.

Last updated 6 May 2013
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Love that £3 T-shirt now? None of us can pretend we didn’t know how Primark’s clothes were made

The pursuit of Primark for Carlisle has gone on for so long now, it has grown into a standing joke. (37 comments)

Last updated 30 April 2013
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We told you before that we didn’t want a commissioner

Richard Rhodes photo It was bound to happen. Everyone knew it would. The world and his wife predicted it. (29 comments)

Last updated 23 April 2013
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Our walls of learning

georgian154 Carlisle’s Georgian Way subway has been spruced up with paintings of city landmarks including the cathedral and Dixon’s chimney.

Last updated 15 April 2013
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It seems I’m ill as I’m no longer angry with Maggie

This would have been a good week for anyone considering a career change or entrepreneurial launch into anger management services.

Last updated 12 April 2013
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Who else is going to punish bankers?

It is refreshing and to some people, laudable, that former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby has asked for his knighthood to be removed and has said he will forfeit a third of his massive salary. (3 comments)

Last updated 11 April 2013
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Thatcher effectively died when she was stabbed in the back by her Cabinet

I was a teenager, too young to vote when Margaret Thatcher came to power. As a lad, I had been sent home early from school because of the power cuts and read books by candlelight at home. (3 comments)

Last updated 11 April 2013
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The end of an era: Good or bad

EM Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher. What does a girl from a West Yorkshire mining community say of her? (4 comments)

Last updated 9 April 2013
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Really, this should come as no surprise

You know that creepy feeling you get when you strongly suspect something isn’t going to work – and then it breaks? Yes. That one. (2 comments)

Last updated 9 April 2013
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Your pond life is no match to majesty of our Lakeland

There’s a school of thought held by charitable types, church people and other assorted kindly folks, that if you’re blessed with good fortune you should share it willingly.

Last updated 5 April 2013
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And the bride looked like a princess

Gretna Green is regarded by many as the romantic capital of the world.

Last updated 1 April 2013
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Comical defending too close to truth

The claim that you can’t believe what you read in the papers has been applied to The Sun more than once.

Last updated 25 March 2013
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Cynicism keeps coming back

Cynicism is an affliction as incurable as a cold sore. You might shake it off for a while – but it keeps coming back. (1 comment)

Last updated 20 March 2013
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