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Why all the questions?

Why do you keep asking us so many questions? It’s a question I get asked from time to time.

Last updated 7 April 2011
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A worry-free holiday on Isle of Man – and at no cost, if money was tight

Fancy a “fully inclusive holiday” on the Isle of Man for just over £5? Or, in old money – “from £5 1s 6d."

Last updated 31 March 2011
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Being a fraudster was so much easier back in Victorian times

Who can fail to be impressed by the heartfelt confession of a repentant sinner? Or, at the least, to find it morbidly fascinating.

Last updated 24 March 2011
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Not the first time that cigarettes have been stored under counters

Cigarettes can only be sold, in plain packets, from under the counters of shops and supermarkets. That’s what we’ve been told.

Last updated 17 March 2011
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Put up the price of drink!

Put up the price of drink! The papers have carried stories featuring various personalities and politicians – and a lot of ordinary folk – who are urging the Government to do just that.

Last updated 10 March 2011
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We’ve got the oldest bus station – despite the Daily Mail’s article!

Why was Workington the first town to open the first purpose-built bus station in Great Britain? It’s a question which has always puzzled me.

Last updated 3 March 2011
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Many West Cumbrians went even further west in their search for a much better life

EMIGRATE! It’s what a great many Cumbrians did in Victorian times. It must have taken a great deal of courage to forever quit their homes. Just what must have passed through their minds as they boarded the ships which were to carry them to countries far away? Were they looking for wealthier lifestyles - escaping unemployment and grinding poverty – or just seeking to start lives anew?

Last updated 24 February 2011
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Getting a feel for big issues of the time by looking back at old news

Why do you keep on referring to items from old local newspapers?

Last updated 3 February 2011
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I’ll bet you that Cumbrians love to gamble

CUMBRIANS just love to gamble. It doesn’t matter what the event is, you’ll find them having a bet on it.

Last updated 27 January 2011
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Getting to the root of 19th century dental treatment and practices

Toothache! It pains me just to type the word.

Last updated 20 January 2011
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Making a call wasn’t always as easy as just using your phone

Phoneless! That’s what I am – or, hopefully by the time you read this, what I have been for only a few days.

Last updated 13 January 2011
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Emigrants tempted by the promise of a new life in the ‘land of opportunity’

CANADA Calling! Land of Opportunity.

Last updated 6 January 2011
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Quaintly dressed men preserve our cultural folk heritage at Christmas

HAVE you come across a bunch, numbering some five or six, of extremely quaintly dressed men going the rounds of the pubs, clubs or any other locations during the run up to Christmas?

Last updated 30 December 2010
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Be suspicious of talk about ‘localisation’ – but meanwhile can you help with some local history?

LOCALISATION! What an ugly word. But, if I’ve picked up on what’s happening in the world today, it’s what we’ve all got coming to us. It is, supposedly, part of the current politicos’ vision of a decentralised Britain.

Last updated 22 December 2010
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Lamenting the loss of a festive tradition that has fallen silent

CAROL singers seem to have vanished from the Christmas scene in West Cumbria these past few years.

Last updated 16 December 2010
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Xmas in a less material world meant the Beano and oranges

CHRISTMAS still comes but once a year. And in this part of the world we still call it Christmas.

Last updated 9 December 2010
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Cousin Charley leading the way to improve literacy in children

POLITICIANS have been kicking the education football about again. It’s what they seem to do with monotonous regularity – even if they don’t really know anything about it.

Last updated 2 December 2010
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Volunteers off to a foreign land to fight for Queen and country

“SOMEWHERE at the bottom of our boots, if need be, there is this love of country – call it patriotism if you will – which makes a man feel in these stirring times that he would willingly lay down his life in defence of the fatherland.”

Last updated 25 November 2010
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Despite decades of efforts to ban it homework is here to stay

ABOLISH homework for all schoolchildren! Now that could be a popular move if anyone cared to actively campaign for it; the kids would love it and it would probably go down well with most parents.

Last updated 18 November 2010
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A hard life for the poor fellows who ended up in a workhouse

LIFE in the Victorian workhouse was, most definitely, not a bundle of laughs.

Last updated 28 October 2010
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