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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Arsenal’s ‘brilliant midget’ Harold Moffat and his West Cumbrian roots

Harold Moffat was born in Camerton on January 1 1900 – a child of the century to come.

Last updated 14 June 2012
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The Plumbland man who was ready for the long jump and kept winning

Another English athlete is on his way out to Australia!

Last updated 7 June 2012
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The life and times of a dialect poet, Jack of all trades and a rolling stone

Bandylan Bet was born in Penruddock.

Last updated 31 May 2012
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Victorian attack on the idle, the unemployed and the ‘underclass’

The West Cumberland Times ran a feature article entitled Some ‘Working’ Men back in 1891.

Last updated 24 May 2012
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All the world was a stage in West Cumbria for the area’s myriad amateur dramatic societies

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

Last updated 17 May 2012
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What not to wear when on a night out in Workington’s Rendezvous

He was whistling! And he continued to whistle as he came towards and passed my wife and I as we made our unsteady way along a corridor towards our cabin.

Last updated 10 May 2012
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Don’t put your shoes on the table – the mythology of superstitions

Is your life governed, even a tiny bit, by superstition?

Last updated 4 May 2012
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Workington’s lady of the dance who brought a love of ballet to the area

Today is Darcey Bussell’s birthday.

Last updated 26 April 2012
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Meet the literary giant with local connections and a taste for fame

Reliques! A quaint old word to kick off with.

Last updated 12 April 2012
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Cash over compassion was order of the day for these workhouse bosses

Cockermouth Board of Guardians met fortnightly in late Victorian times.

Last updated 5 April 2012
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The prince who was obsessed with languages – that’s no word of a lie

“Monie waters cannit slocken luive, nowther can the fluids droun it; if a man wad give aw the gear o’ his hwous for luive, it wad be nae use.”

Last updated 15 March 2012
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The times when nobody wanted a job and women weren’t allowed one

Nobody wanted to go and work in Workington Library back in June 1948.

Last updated 8 March 2012
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Ode to the area’s lost choirs and how they tried to improve hymns

Whatever happened to the original members of the Workington Boy Singers?

Last updated 1 March 2012
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It was a bachelor’s life for these fine fellows who all belonged to the club

X605431 Bachelors! That’s what these 14 gentlemen in the photograph are.

Last updated 23 February 2012
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Workington’s musical maestro lost to America after a last great concert

Great Caesar, with our dying breath, thus we hail thee!

Last updated 16 February 2012
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Thermals or a bikini? Changeable weather in Britain is nothing new

Last week, I wrote about the Hair Duty of 1795.

Last updated 9 February 2012
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My plan to beat the recession – pay a beard tax and watch the cash roll in

Money! The Government is always dreaming up ways to get money out of us for some scheme or other.

Last updated 2 February 2012
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Where are they now? The groups that helped West Cumbria’s afflicted

He composed this short verse, according to the West Cumberland Times back in 1898, on “the spur of the moment.”

Last updated 26 January 2012
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