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‘It is the most horrific time of your life, but they make it bearable’

hosp1room You never want to use a hospice. “But it is a phenomenal facility and I’m so proud of the work they do,” says Helen Skelton. The daredevil Blue Peter presenter speaks for thousands of Cumbrians and speaks from personal experience.

Last updated 12 October 2012
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Making the grade

andy moiratatt It’s the grouse season, in case you didn’t know. The time of year when businesses and politicians complain about falling standards in schools. There are claims that testing pupils’ skills and knowledge is too weak, that pass grades are too low, that the exams are too easy and the results are meaningless.

Last updated 7 September 2012
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Is the Lake District stealing north Cumbria’s thunder?

Victoria Farley photo It’s the old argument that never seems to go away: Them and us, north v south. Except this issue isn’t about the state of the UK and how different life is north of Watford.

Last updated 13 July 2012
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Doug Scott: A man who needs to keep connecting with the outdoors

Doug Scott photo It seems the last thing Doug Scott wants to do is talk. He’s in the garden. Then he’s in the kitchen. Then the office. Then the garden again. I’m chasing him around as if we’re in a Benny Hill sketch. This is what he’s like, I’m told. Busy. Hard to pin down.

Last updated 29 June 2012
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Carlisle cannot just rebrand 2,000 years of history

John Wyllie photo Branding and marketing nowadays is more important than ever. It seems we judge things not just by how they look, but by how they sound.

Last updated 8 June 2012
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Local newspapers: A special relationship underpinning community life

David Helliwell photo Community in Cumbria is as important to people who live here as is food, drink, the landscapes we love, the friends we cherish.

Last updated 25 May 2012
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Young Cumbrian powerlifter eyeing world championships glory

Richard Goddard photo The life of a record-breaking powerlifter is not all glamour. The bulk that’s so effective at lifting heavy metal causes complications in the outside world.

Last updated 4 May 2012
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Retirement hasn't put brakes on Cumbria's mister perpetual motion

Geoff Brazendale photo Forget turbines, nuclear, fracking and wavepower, you could solve any energy crisis by using Geoff Brazendale. Strap him into a harness, wire him up, fit him to some pedals, anything that could capture his output.

Last updated 27 April 2012
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‘I will have to give more or charities will receive less’ says ex-Greggs boss

Ian Gregg photo Ian Gregg is a worried man. You would not expect it of the man who took over the pies and cakes firm in 1964 and developed it into a national company and household name.

Last updated 20 April 2012
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Helga Frankland: The ultimate Cumbrian land girl

Helga Frankland photo South of the village of Ravenstonedale roads soon turn into dirt tracks. Horses and sheep wander across them and an expanse of green scored with drystone walls forms the view as far as the eye can see.

Last updated 13 April 2012
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Cumbria's pride takes battering in 'great places to live' survey

Cumbria is a great place to live. Isn’t it? Perhaps the conventional view should be re-examined. Because the county’s pride has just been battered by research which suggests exactly the opposite.

Last updated 13 April 2012
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The Cumbrian priest with a chapel in his attic

John Musther photo It is a treasure tucked inside a tiny two up two down terrace sandwiched into a blink-and-you-miss-it side street. It is a work of art, an amazing display of dedication, almost a minor miracle.

Last updated 5 April 2012
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Should the Government be allowed to snoop on what we do online?

Stuart Hyde photo It could be a scene from some nightmarish sci-fi future: Thousands of faceless government orderlies in open plan office cubicles, each monitoring little screens, checking on what internet sites we visit and the messages we send. (5 comments)

Last updated 5 April 2012
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From father to son...Cumbrian bowls club manager hands over reins

Bowls pair photo Bowls is a sedate sport. Slow and steady. Perhaps the occasional trot of white shoe down manicured green. But nothing to raise the blood pressure too much.

Last updated 30 March 2012
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Cumbrians putting their money where their mouths are to save services

The people of Hesket Newmarket didn’t want to lose their pub. So they decided to buy it and run it themselves. In Nenthead the locals didn’t fancy a 10-mile round trip to buy a pint of milk. So when the village shop closed, they bought it and ran it themselves.

Last updated 23 March 2012
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New light on Cumbria’s future energy needs

Solar panels photo It’s not the sunniest town in Cumbria. And Cumbria isn’t the sunniest part of the UK. And the UK isn’t the sunniest part of the world – or even Europe.

Last updated 16 March 2012
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I get death threats... my job can be scary

Caroline Thomson photo Caroline Thomson is number two at the BBC and has been tipped for the top job. She tries to relax at home in north Cumbria but confesses to being a 'news junkie.'

Last updated 16 March 2012
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Thank you for supporting Fairtrade, now can we get behind Cumbria?

Fairtrade photo They provide the food that we all need to live, yet their own survival is always at risk. They are at the mercy of big business. If prices drop for their products, they lose money and may find themselves pushed into poverty.

Last updated 9 March 2012
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Thanks Mr Gove, but we are already a part of our history

Linda Hodgson photo In history classes all over Britain pupils hear about the Jacobite rebellion, how Bonnie Prince Charlie stood before crowds and claimed the English throne for his father.

Last updated 2 March 2012
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Should Cumbria sell its water to the drought-hit south?

Thirlmere photo Here is the long term weather forecast for the UK: in Cumbria there will be steady rainfall throughout the year, except in autumn and possibly winter, when we will experience flooding. (2 comments)

Last updated 24 February 2012
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