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Immigration was a hot topic over 100 years ago

THE population of Britain is growing rapidly. Much too rapidly, according to some experts.

Last updated 26 November 2009
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Lucky or unlucky, it’s the day to rake over your superstitions

FRIDAY the 13th! It’s here again. Third time this year. This last happened in 1987.

Last updated 12 November 2009
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Dances, balls, orchestras and bands - the heart of social life

ARE YOU a Strictly Come Dancing fan? Will Saturday night find you perched in front of your TV?

Last updated 5 November 2009
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From Drowsey’s Hank, beerage to peerage and fetching washed vetch

HOW DID you get on with last week’s little quiz? Are you one of those annoying people who can effortlessly remember everything? Did any of you access the Times & Star website to help you find answers? And were your answers all correct?

Last updated 22 October 2009
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Twenty questions for fun and to make sure you’ve paid attention

HAVE you been paying attention? What’s your memory like?

Last updated 15 October 2009
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Doctor whose career shone through disability and blindness

JUST imagine – you’re a young man who has just completed his schooling and you’ve decided what you want to do in life – you want to be a surgeon.

Last updated 8 October 2009
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Unhappy fate in store for West Cumbria’s royal Afghan visitor

ABRAHAM Young, and please note that I have got his name right this time, was described as “a rather quaint figure in Carlisle musical life, who was an occasional organist at the Cathedral.” And that’s as much as anyone seemed to know about him except that he gave organ lessons to the young WT Best.

Last updated 24 September 2009
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Women’s Land Army and how much they helped in Cumbria

WLA. These initials will mean little to those who didn’t live through the Second World War.

Last updated 17 September 2009
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Snetzler, Oliphant and the world of West Cumbria church organs

ORGANS and organists have been on my mind lately. Since writing about WT Best, I’ve become aware of the activities of countless organ enthusiasts. But I shouldn’t really be too surprised. The dividing line between enthusiasm and obsession is a thin one.

Last updated 10 September 2009
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The old country pursuits of cock throwing, duck herding and daintiest ankle displays

DUCK herding was featured at the Seaton Miners’ Welfare Committee’s Field Day, in September 1940.

Last updated 20 August 2009
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Doing battle with the council’s squandermania – Victorian style

RATEPAYERS Associations come and go. Every so often some campaigning, and often complaining, individual will persuade like, and almost like, minded citizens to band together to publicly cast an eye on the running of their local authority.

Last updated 6 August 2009
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Toy factories, prize composers and brick walls to information

BRICK walls! I keep running into them. Only metaphorically, of course! It’s when I get interested in some historical topic and start digging for info, only to discover that it’s nowhere to be found. Not that it doesn’t exist. It probably does. But where?

Last updated 30 July 2009
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An echo from the past that may save our flagging economy

MONEY makes the world go around, etc. It’s an old song – and I bet you’re already humming it in your head. It’s a catchy tune. Perhaps one of our political parties could adopt it as a party anthem. It says it all. What everybody in the world wants is money.

Last updated 23 July 2009
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Corpulence and the Cure, or how to become a guinea-a-day super model

WONDER diets! They’re in the news again. When haven’t they been?

Last updated 16 July 2009
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Publish and be damned . . . and get fined a lot of money

PUBLISH and be damned! A laudable sentiment but one which could land an unwary newspaper owner in court – being done for libel.

Last updated 9 July 2009
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When a Silloth weapons range welcomed Afghanistan royalty

SHAHZADA. Not a word that means much to us nowadays, but in early 1895 most people would have known it.

Last updated 2 July 2009
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The Official Institution in the UK for bringing about high class marriages

SINGLE? Looking for a marriage partner? Preferably one with pots of money? If that’s you, you’ve got competition. But if no one local suits, you can always see what you can find on the Internet.

Last updated 25 June 2009
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“If Jesus came to Workington he’d ‘go for’ Lord Lonsdale”

TWO thousand people turned up to hear him speak.

Last updated 18 June 2009
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From WWI body armour to the Brylcreem boy Denis Compton

WOULD you fork out a fiver to buy body armour for a soldier who was going off to war? And in so doing, perhaps save his life!

Last updated 11 June 2009
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When pigeon feathers and salt were popular among our dying traditions

ASHES to ashes, dust to dust! A few words to remind me that I do seem to have attended rather too many funerals lately – some for people younger than I am. It’s that which makes them so dispiriting.

Last updated 4 June 2009
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