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A protest petition was signed by more than 1,000 people in the Belah area and Belah Parkside Residents’ Committee subsequently met leading City Council councillors and officials. They wanted the council to work with the community to help refurbish and improve the facilities and it was agreed at the meeting, that the community group would provide the funding for the new play equipment of their choice. It was similar to an initiative in Belle Vue which saw a new revamped play area being installed with community and local authority support. Fundraising will of course take time and meanwhile the council has agreed not to remove the existing equipment. New equipment will ultimately be insured and inspected by the council but, the onus will be on the community group to provide quality equipment both initially and in future when it needs to be replaced. Result! It shows what can be achieved when all parties have a will to succeed; think positively and put their collective minds to the task. Everyone involved is to be congratulated on this outcome and it’s well worth bearing in mind that the means by which it was achieved is a formula that could have a lot of mileage for many of us in the present economic climate.

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Planning Carlisle’s Future Following last year’s Carlisle Local Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Options consultation, we’ve updated the plan to take into account what you have told us and are again giving you the opportunity to have your say.

How to get involved: View the Preferred Options Stage Two document at libraries throughout the district or come into the Civic Centre where there will be a display and staff available to answer any questions. The document is also available at Attend one of our drop in sessions: • Saturday 15th March, 10am - 1pm, Carlisle Tourist Information Centre • Saturday 22nd March, 10am - 1pm, Brampton Library • Wednesday 26th March, 10am - 2pm, Carlisle Tourist Information Centre. Have your say by filling in the consultation questionnaire. Return your comments between Monday 10 March and Friday 4 April 2014. Images courtesy

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The Carlisle Guide | Contents



key Features

6-7 Jon Richardson

Committed... to a life of stand-up

14-15 I Predict a Riot

Kaiser Chiefs coming to Carlisle

16-17 Peatbog Faeries

Faerie folk in your 'yard'

22-23 Ruby Wax


From zany to sane

26-27 Penny Jones Animal Hospice An angel to the animals


NLFWelson Brown Report A/W 2014 38-40 Bridget Foster Face 2 Face Encounters 33-35



44-45 Alan Spedding Recipe 50-51

Chilli Jam

CFrom heese 'n' Onion Pie Recipe Sean Wilson




MGetoto-Tech into 'Gear'

60-61  Carlisle United

Thirlwell one of keys to United's Survival



68 What's On Listings Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy, Other

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Jon Richardson is committed... to a life of stand-up by chris breen


F you aren’t lucky enough to have got a ticket for comedian Jon Richardson’s sell-out March visit to The Sands Centre, Carlisle, then he’s certain to be back sometime.

Jon, who has a vast and very loyal live following, says: “I’m very proud of being a comedian and having got to the point where people will come out to see me. Paranoia can set in the day after a show. But you’re never closer to the moment of remembering you’re funny than when you’re on stage making hundreds of people laugh.

Fans can breathe an enormous sigh of relief because Jon has promised us that he’ll never give up stand-up comedy – ever!

“At that second, there’s no argument about it. As soon as I come off stage, I’ll tell myself that other comedians are better. But at that moment, the focus is so pure, it’s wonderful. Hearing people laugh is infectious. It makes you feel so good."

In the run-up to his Carlisle appearance, entitled “Nidiot “, Jon said: “I’ll be doing stand-up for the rest of my life. The opportunities that it grants you can’t be denied. Stand-up is both the hardest thing I do and the thing I enjoy most. There is no fooling anyone with edits or six people around you – it’s the purest possible art-form.” 6 | The Carlisle Guide

"I’m obsessed with keeping things tidy. So when I’m focused on the job in hand on stage, it’s a blessed relief from folding towels in the dressing room!”

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The comedian, who last year presented his own Channel 4 documentary, Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD, is really looking forward to coming to Carlisle. He reckons that for him nothing beats the experience of touring. “I love being on tour. The question I always struggle with is, ‘What don’t you like about touring?’ because I love it all – the hotels, the new towns, the new restaurants, finding things to do during the day of a show. I love all that.” Jon’s says his comedy stays so fresh because he is always thinking up new routine, even when he’s on tour. So might Carlisle inspire him? Well, it’s possible. “I itch to do new material all the time. “Even when I’m on tour, I’m writing stuff for the next tour. I live near a comedy club, and I’m always trying out new material there.

Jon’s current “Nidiot” tour begs the question Why Nidiot? He answered: “A nidiot is something different from an idiot. An idiot is someone whose problems are caused by not concentrating enough. A nidiot is someone who makes life more complicated by thinking too much rather than not enough. I'm not an idiot, but I'm definitely a nidiot!"

"I'm not an idiot, but I'm definitely a nidiot!"

"It’s such a buzz when you say something you’ve never said before and it gets a huge laugh in the club. If you then go on to say it on Live at the Apollo, three million people laugh and you think, ‘That came out of the reaction to something I said in front of 40 people in a pub on a Monday night!’”

Jon, who is also a very popular team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, has always had a close rapport with his fans. “I meet a lot of people at the stage door. They always say they’re as weird as I am! Meeting me is a cathartic process for them. They want to know that it’s OK to think some of the things I’ve thought but it is so gratifying that they have made a special effort to come out and laugh at my show”.

The show’s theme is based on how a perennial singleton and misanthrope is determined to turn into a more easygoing person for the sake of his friends and his future health and whether the leopard can change his spots. "The show is about me looking back and realising that nothing was really wrong - that I created problems for myself by over-thinking things”. His turning point came when a group of his friends persuaded him to join them on a day trip on a speedboat. "In the past, I wouldn't have touched a speedboat in a foreign country with a bargepole.

"High-speed mechanical equipment you could die on was not my idea of fun. "But I came to the realisation that I hadn't been happy for the last 10 years because I'd thought too much about risk rather than putting on my swimming trunks and just having fun. Now I fight less... but I tut a lot more." Comedically nothing has changed in this show. “I may have a girlfriend, but I still shout at the TV ... and the squirrels in my garden, but my perspective is different now; I'm complaining from the other side of the coin," he said.

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Bravissimo for 40 years


O restaurant could stay in business for 40 years unless it’s exceptional.

Ristorante Adriano, in Carlisle, is about to celebrate the impressive milestone of being open for 40 years and that really says it all. Its owner, Franco Bertoletti, opened what is Carlisle’s first Italian restaurant on March 15, 1974; – although he admitted he’d had to do some research to clarify the actual date. “The years went by very quickly,” said Franco, “Setting up the business was a great adventure; what else can I say.” Franco has a wealth of experience; he began an apprenticeship aged 16 in Brescia, Italy. He continued his training in Switzerland and carried on his career and dream to become a successful restaurant owner, before proceeding to Germany. His dream of owning his own restaurant drove him on and after opening various other restaurants which are still trading, Franco now dedicates himself to the Carlisle restaurant in all its glory. As his most successful step in his life Adriano's is still a great success in the current day and age. “It’s a fantastic adventure and I just hope I get to continue doing it,” Franco said. Ristorante Adriano serves recipes that blend traditional and innovative Italian cooking to create heart-warming dishes in a relaxed and truly welcoming environment. It has the happy knack of making new visitors feel like old friends with authentic Italian cooking and a varied wine list so a visit to Adriano’s is always memorable and it is wise to book ahead. March/April 2014 | 9

Feature | Operatic 'High' for Music City

Kirklinton Hall



for Music City By Sarah Briggs


HERES to be an operatic climax to Carlisle City Music Week this May.

As a Grand Finale to the week Don Giovanni, the most dramatic of Mozart’s operas, is to be staged in the grounds of Kirklinton Hall. Don Giovanni, hints at the ‘sturm und drang’ (storm and stress) of the romantic era which was to follow the more constrained classical age so it's appropriate that the performance, by Regent Opera, will be in the haunting ruins of the hall. A champagne reception will precede it and the audience is invited to bring picnic suppers to enjoy in the grounds first. There are plenty of ruined grand houses around Cumbria – Lowther and Brougham spring to mind without even thinking hard – but, nothing else in this wild and beautiful area which, in the words of Christopher Boyle, the current owner of Kirklinton, is an “opera wasteland”. So it’s appropriate that a stately home and an opera from roughly the same era are to start and fill those voids. 10 | The Carlisle Guide

Kirklinton’s history is linked with other atmospheric local ruins such as Lanercost. As the Lanercost branch of the Dacre family – once inked to and on a par with the powerful Neville, Percy and Clifford families – died out in the male line, Dorothy Dacre, of Lanercost became a rich heiress. She married Joseph Appleby, of Kirklinton and their son inherited not only the local Appleby lands but also the Dacre estates which together covered much of this northeastern corner of Cumbria: Kirklinton Hall itself was built either by Joseph or his father in about the 1680s, and then extended by later generations.

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By the time Second World War was looming, the estate was sold off, leaving only the house and gardens. During the war it was used as an RAF Officers’ Mess, for evacuees and finally split into flats for servicemen based at Longtown. Then it became a hotel and, in the 1960s, the Borders Country Club and Casino, a casino and nightclub. Local weddings and 21st birthday parties were frequently held there, and with the then owner’s links to gangsters it was apparently not unusual to spot the infamous Kray twins. A change in licensing laws made the casino unviable and once again the hall was closed, this time to fall derelict for over 40 years. Various plans for residential development were hatched, none, its current owner says, sympathetic to the hall and its history, and when the latest propertydeveloper-owner went bankrupt, Christopher Boyle was finally able to step in to buy it. He has known the hall all his life, having grown up just down the road at Mallsgate Hall, which he now owns and runs, as well as being a barrister in the City of London. He says “it was the last chance to save it. It should be a single family dwelling, and that is my ultimate aspiration for it. However it’s always been a big community hub as well and we want to sustain that”.

sheep and cattle for organic lamb and beef – promote a return to some of the principles of a time before factory farming and the Cumbria convivium (branch) of the Slow Food Consortium has Kirklinton as its HQ.

“It’s a place where people should be able to come together to have fun“

His enthusiasm and love of the place is clear, as is his sense of what needs doing and why. Already the vegetable garden is producing organic produce for the Boyle family and other local families. The orchard has been replanted to include a unique quince grove. In addition links with Mallsgate – where Christopher farms

The word convivium sums up some of Christopher’s dreams for Kirklinton. A convivium is a community of food producers, artisans, co-producers, scholars and researchers, students, families, journalists, activists and many others who share the Slow Food philosophy in their local community by cultivating an appreciation of pleasure and quality in daily life. Of Kirklinton itself Christopher says: “It’s a place where people should be able to come together to have fun.”

Tickets info for Don Giovanni, a black tie event are available by telephone: 01697 748292 or email via Continued overleaf >

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Feature | Steeleye Span to Play at New Stepping Stones


aving hosted the Grand Finale of Carlisle Music City Week in May, in June the Kirklinton Hall ruins will then host Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival, including the first performance by Steeleye Span, in Cumbria, for well over a decade.

While Stepping Stones will be on a smaller scale than previously, you have only briefly to stand in the performance space at Kirklinton to understand what a superb festival venue it will make and to appreciate the excitement that Maddy, Christopher and others involved in organising the event all feel. Food stalls and a communal bonfire are planned; basic camping will be available in an adjacent field; and whilst there is a roof over the show area, anybody who wants to wander around outside will still be able to hear the music.

Steeleye Span to play at new Stepping Stones By Sarah Briggs

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June 13 - 14 2014

A ‘pay-what-you-feel like’ concert will open the Festival on the Friday evening, to be followed by bands and an open mic session during the day on the Saturday. Steeleye Span will close the show on the Saturday evening… and yes, they will be performing All Around My Hat. For tickets for Stepping Stones on June 13 and 14 visit: tel: 016977 48833 or email

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Feature | Kaiser Chiefs

I Predict a Riot‌ at the

The Mercury nominated and multi-Brit award-winning Kaiser Chiefs are coming to the Racecourse, on Saturday July 5 14 | The Carlisle Guide

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BRAND new single from Kaiser Chiefs, “Coming Home,” will be released via download on March 31, following its recent radio premiere and you’ll be able to hear it, and the Chiefs live, in Carlisle, when they perform here in the summer.

It’s taken from the band's fifth studio album, entitled Education, Education, Education & War, which is also set for release on March 31 and it’s the first album featuring drummer, Vijay Mistry, who joined after Nick Hodgson left the group in December 2012. The album was produced by Ben H. Allen III (who has previously worked with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Deerhunter, and recorded at The Maze Studio, in Atlanta. It’s been described as: “A U2/Kings of Leon-ish stadium-sized ballad.

Racecourse Written in London, Los Angeles & Nashville, the multi Brit Award winners’ album features 10 tracks. Produced by Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter), "Education, Education, Education & War" was recorded at The Maze Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Pet Shop Boys, Coldplay). The full track listing for Education, Education, Education & War, is: 1. The Factory Gates; 2. Coming Home; 3. Misery Company; 4. Ruffians On Parade; 5. Meanwhile Up In Heaven; 6. One More Last Song; 7. My Life; 8. Bows & Arrows; 9. Cannons (The Occupation); 10. Roses. The Mercury nominated and multi-Brit award-winning Kaiser Chiefs are coming to the Racecourse, on Saturday July 5, fresh from the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone. YOU can expect the weather to be Wet, Wet, Wet, on Monday August 4, when Marti Pellow and the band of that name also play the Racecourse at The Ultimate Ladies. JESSIE J IN JULY: Tickets for an open-air concert by Jessie J, at Carlisle Racecourse on July 27, went on sale on February 27. For tickets Tel: 0844 579 3002 or visit For tickets visit: March/April 2014 | 15

Faerie folk in your 'Yard' By Ali Hipkin


E prepared to dance as legendary folk-band-with-a-difference, the Peatbog Faeries, take to the stage in Carlisle for the first time.

They are appearing at Carlisle’s Brickyard, Richmond Hall, 14 Fisher St, venue on Thursday March 27 (7.30pm) a six-piece folk band from the Isle of Skye, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh faced into the 21st century. Band members are: Iain Copeland, Tom Salter, Graeme Stafford, Innes Hutton, Peter Morrison and Adam Sutherland. They have performed in Cumbrian venues before, from Kendal to Keswick, but this will be their first appearance in Carlisle. “I don’t know why it’s taken us so long to get to Carlisle but we’re really looking forward to it.” said the band’s bassist, Innes Hutton. Their mix of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, drums, keyboard, bass and percussion create an energetic sound that is sure to have you prancing around.

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“We try to take our audience with us from the first song to the last. We play music people want to dance to. Sometimes people don’t even realise they’re joining in; it can start with a bit of toe tapping or hand clapping. It’s great to watch that transformation come over people throughout the course of our sets.” “Our gigs usually reach fever pitch by the end.” While bagpipes might not seem like the most obvious instrument for creating an amazing sound Innes said: “That’s what we’re all about, creating a modern representation of ancient music.”

"I don't know why it's taken us so long to get to Carlisle..." The band’s been together since the early 1990s where they started as a traditional Ceilidh band, they’ve collected members along the way and now play all their own music. They’ve twice been voted “Best Live Act” at the Scottish Traditional Folk Awards, nominated for “Best Live Act” at BBC2’s Folk Awards and represented Scotland in Sri Lanka in Glasgow’s bid for the Commonwealth games. “We’re like a little team. Everyone goes out there to do the best job they can so that everyone leaves with a smile on their face.” Combining all the different musical elements of the band to create something incredible is a tall order but the Peatbog Faeries stay true to their roots and keep it traditional; “Pete (pipes and whistle) and Ross (fiddle) bring the melody and we play behind and see what works. Sometimes it can turn out something completely different - it’s quite an organic way of doing it really.” March/April 2014 | 17

Feature | James Wong

James aims to give new show

more flavour


ountry File’s resident gardener, James Wong, has been named among the Array of celebrity experts to appear at the new Western Lakes Home and Garden Show, which takes place in Whitehaven, in May. This will be James’ first trip to the area and he said: “It has always been on my long list of places to get to. It’s great to finally have an excuse to go and a horticultural one at that.” James will join the already star-studded line up which includes the likes of Jean Christophe Novelli; actorturned-cheese maker, Sean Wilson, TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson, of BBC TV’s Changing Rooms fame; former Gardeners World presenter, Toby Buckland and celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock. “It is so exciting to be part of such a great line-up of experts,” said James. James will be running a talk called 'Flavour: A Grower’s Manual', all about geeky tips and tricks to send the flavour and nutrition of home grown crops soaring. “Unbelievably there is a huge range of techniques scientists have known for years that can up to double the sugars, aroma chemicals and even key nutrients like antioxidants in crops, all of which can be easily copied at home. Yet for some reason no garden writers ever talk about them. It is my aim to change all that.” As for Keen Cumbrian Gardeners James said; “I believe foodie gardeners should not blindly follow 'expert' advice on what they think they should be growing, and focus instead on what they actually like to eat.” This brand-new event is one of a number taking place instead of the big mid-summer Whitehaven Festival. It takes place on the weekend of May 16-17.

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Feature | Rink & Ropes to Add Extra Interest to Park

Rink and ropes to add extra interest to park


N open-air ice rink and a High Ropes Adventure Centre will soon be opening in Bitts Park, Carlisle.

Paid for by Carlisle City Council, the ice rink will be managed by Carlisle Leisure Ltd on the council’s behalf. It is expected that the council’s one-off capital investment will be re-couped as they share the profits. The portable rink will at first be temporarily based in one of the Bitts Park tennis courts and will be moved into the city centre over Christmas. It is currently on order and can be installed in less than a day. Carlisle Leisure was aiming to have it up and running by late February. The ice rink is big enough to take 76 skaters at once.

Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr Colin Glover, said: “The rink alongside the High Ropes Adventure Centre will both will be state of the art facilities and real assets to the city.”

"We’re always looking for ways to encourage more people to become active"

The synthetic nylon surface needs no additional treatment or surface lubrication. In terms of a skating experience the product acts very like normal ice apart from having a slightly higher drag coefficient. Most skaters won’t notice the difference… apart from not getting wet or cold when they fall. It will be open for fixed sessions during Bitts Park’s existing operating hours.

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Andy King, managing director of Carlisle Leisure, said: “We’re always looking for ways to encourage more people to become active and the ice rink is something that will appeal to all ages.”

The High Ropes Adventure Centre will be next to the tennis and children’s play area and will include a 30-element aerial trekking course at both 9m and 4m high; a 9m four-route climbing wall; a 70m zip wire; separate team-building challenge courses and a unique infant ropes course for the under-fives.

The Adventure Centre will be managed by UA Urban Adventure. Three permanent employees and up to 20 seasonal employees will be recruited. Building works has begun and will be completed by mid April. It may be open by Easter but is more likely to be the end of April. It will operate during daylight hours all-year round.

Southwell Cabinet Company | Feature

Better ask Southwell Cabinet Company…


F you want to carry out a bedroom or kitchen refurbishment then you should seriously consider consulting the Southwell Cabinet Company, of Carlisle. Why? Simply because they can offer you a great deal more for your money than others… and not in any “pile-’em-highsell-’em-cheap” way… in fact it’s quite the reverse. The Southwell Cabinet Company is one of the city’s best kept secrets – a family firm who make their own furniture in their own workshop, a fact of which owner Rael Southwell is particularly proud, so they can offer you exactly what you want how and where you want it… It’s a bespoke service at prices than can be even less than the cost of ready-made furniture. Owner Rael will give you a warm and friendly welcome and he himself has more than 15 years experience as a kitchen fitter so he knows exactly what’s what. “It all means we have much more control over the whole process,” he said, and he promises: “We try our hardest and bend over backwards to meet your requirements and you’ll get a high-quality product for a lot less.” The Southwell Cabinet Company is at: Unit 9, Kingmoor Park, Kingmoor Road, Carlisle, CA3 9QJ Phone: 01228 590003

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Feature | Ruby Wax

From zany

to sane Ross Brewster talks to RUBY WAX


ER brash, forthright television interviews attracted millions of viewers – an interview with the Duchess of York, for which she was BAFTA nominated, drew an audience of over 14 million. But these days it's a calmer, saner Ruby Wax who has effectively re-invented herself after years of struggling with lack of confidence and depression.

And now Ruby, who last year graduated from Kelloggs College, Oxford University, with a master's degree in mindfulness and cognitive therapy, has embarked on a tour of 31 venues right across Britain with a brand new show, Sane New World, which is based, she says, on her book of that same title which came out last year. One of those dates is at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake, on Wednesday, March 19, where the comedian and writer planned to share her tough but enlightening journey through depression, which has taken her from The Priory to that Oxford MA. I caught up with her by 'phone while she was in South Africa, just a week prior to starting the tour. She had just performed the show in Cape Town. "It went down very well. I hope people come to the tour. If they don't I'm holding you responsible!" she laughed mischievously. Ruby promises that, although the subject matter may sound serious, there will be plenty of her trademark laughs along the way. Once over Ruby Wax was one of the most wellknown faces on TV. Remember her incredible interview with Imelda Marcos whom she persuaded to sing a rendition of Feelings and the programmes which featured Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Boris Yeltsin and Hugh Hefner? But not all may have been quite what it seemed. Ruby told me: "The difficulty was that I used to do stuff I didn't want to do and didn't know why. Now I like doing what I do and at last I have the privilege of doing it.

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"You can't be depressed and interview. I worked in television for 25 years and you have got to change gear and find something to do that you find really interesting," she said. In Ruby's case that meant "back to school" for the actress and comedian who was once described as the "poster girl" for mental illness after her picture appeared on a London Underground poster, without her prior knowledge. There was a time, not that long ago, when cancer was something that was discussed in whispers. Nowadays the stigma surrounding the "C" word has all but gone but there remains a stigma about mental illness. "It is the next taboo," said Ruby. "I have had people in the audience with cancer and depression and they have said cancer was easier to talk about. With mental illness you get no pity, there are no lumps and bumps and people think you are making it up." Ruby uses her experience in the new show to help people understand why we sabotage our sanity and how we can re-wire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. It's learning to cool the brain and "put the brakes on." "We live in an age of entitlement where people think they can go on X Factor with the talent of a toothpick," she said. "Before, we accepted our lives. Now everybody wants to be king. You have to be aware that we live a time where we think we deserve everything, and it ain't so." The American-born entertainer made a career in the UK as part of the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. She came to Britain to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and started out as an actress at the Crucible in Sheffield where she forged a long-standing writing and directing partnership with Alan Rickman. She later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, but it was her loud, up front TV interviews that really brought her to the attention of the viewing public. Her 2010 show Losing It dealt with bipolar disorder and later she launched a website called Blackdog Tribe. It is reckoned that one in four people suffer mental problems. It could be anyone, says Ruby. "Nobody wants to talk about it and that makes everything worse. We need to take away the stigma. People should not be ashamed of it. "Mindfulness is the ability to live in the present and selfregulate your thoughts and emotions to feel more positive, focused and fulfilled," she says. Ruby Wax's show, Sane New World, is billed as a route to saner living. She says it's also hilarious. Therapy with laughs, you might say. So buy those tickets for March 19. If you don't, remember it’s me who is going to be held responsible! March/April 2014 | 23

Feature | Bowness Bay Blues 2014 Sean Webster Marcus Bonfanti


berth of the Blues The Marcus Bonfanti Band appear at The Wheelhouse, on Sunday (4pm-6pm) and are leading exponents of the new generation of British blues.


ITH the dearth of music festivals in the county those that remain and which are within relatively easy reach, begin look even more inviting.

You might – and Blues fans certainly will – be seriously considering visiting the relatively new Bowness Bay Blues Festival. Last year’s was hailed as a great success, and Bowness Bay Blues 2014 is set to be even better. It takes place Friday April 11-13. There will be top-quality music on offer all weekend - ranging from sizzling electric to mellow acoustic blues and foot-tapping R'n'B - in some wonderfully atmospheric venues surrounding Lake Windermere. Headline acts this year are: The Sean Webster Band, known for his inspired guitar playing and passionate vocals, is one of the most eagerly-anticipated acts this year. They will be topping the bill at The Wheelhouse, on Saturday night April 12. Sean will also be running a singing and song-writing workshop at the festival, the next day. 24 | The Carlisle Guide

Midnight Train are Friday night headliners at The Hydro Hotel, (10pm-midnight) and feature some of the best names on the circuit, including singer Debbie Giles and drummer Sam Kelly. NEW for this year are: music workshops for singers, drummers and guitarists, offering unique opportunities to learn from the professionals. There’s also a Jam Session and Youth Band (3-7pm on Friday April 11) at the Lake District Boat Club, hosted by Workington music store owner Buzz Elliott. Also appearing will be The Tommy Allen/Johnny Hewitt Blues Duo; The Alex McKown Band; The Swaps; The Brothers Groove; Off the Hook; AWOL; The Bullfrogs; The Elderly Brothers; Tin Pan Alley; Blue Swamp; Buzz Elliott; Dan Burnett and Slowburner. The event is organised by Windermere Rotary Club and £4,000 from the 2013 event benefitted The Calvert Trust charity. The Calvert Trust used £4000 funding raised by the 2013 Bowness Bay Blues Weekend to refurbish their wheelchair challenge course and the adjacent path. Visit for full details. Email:

Dream Doors | Feature

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F you want a new-look kitchen you really don’t have to spend a fortune and that’s where Dream Doors Cumbria comes in. We can supply and fit any size doors and drawers to any room.

Free Survey and our philosophy is ‘Don’t Replace it; Reface it’. And it’s not only kitchens; Dream Doors can also breathe new life into bedrooms… in fact there is no space we cannot fit!

We are Sue and John Anderson and we’ve moved from Hampshire to launch a new life in Cumbria; we’re opening a brand new showroom for our business and we’re equally intent on giving your kitchen a new start! The Grand Opening is to take place on March 21, in the New Squares Development, in Penrith. Dream Doors now have over 50 Franchises with showrooms up and down the country. We offer a

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Feature | Penny Jones Animal Hospice

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By Sarah Briggs


ETHERSGILL woman Elizabeth McDonagh is an inspiring woman whose love for animals shines out brightly.

She says, “I thought: there must be others like this out there” and so the idea of hospice, or retirementhome type care for aged, abused and neglected animals was born. In 2007 she set up a charity to run a permanent animal hospice.

Some people can be sickeningly cruel to animals and others are capable of amazing, selfless heroism. Elizabeth pick up of the pieces caused by the former.

And Penny Jones? She was a woman Elizabeth knew, who needed to go into a hospice and was anxious about the future care of her two border collies and who asked Elizabeth to care for them. Elizabeth asked Penny if she could name her animal hospice charity after her; Penny delightedly said “yes” and the following day she died.

She owns and runs the Penny Jones Animal Hospice and she could tell you harrowing stories about the animals there that would bring tears to your eyes. But thanks to the care they receive there even those who have suffered most now seem happy and well-cared for. It’s no surprise that in October last year Elizabeth was honoured with an Animal Action Award’ from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It involved a trip to parliament and the House of Lords, where the award was presented by Baroness Gale and Bill Oddie. Since then Elizabeth has had her fair share of media attention, including a forthcoming BBC series which is going to be filmed at the hospice. But she says, modestly: “it’s all about the animals”. She’s, a former veterinary nurse who has been caring for “the animals that nobody else wants” for about 17 years, since she first got a dog from the RSPCA. 26 | The Carlisle Guide

At the hospice the animals have large runs, spacious huts and nearby fields to run around in; a far cry from what some of them were used to. Border collie Blue had been kept in a shed with 11 other dogs for about 12 years. She was on a drip for a week when she arrived and still struggles to put on weight but is a lively, “chatty” dog. Barney, who arrived with her, had had seven weeks of happy freedom when he collapsed out in the fields. The vet discovered he was riddled with cancer and unfortunately had to be put down; sad that he had such a short period of freedom but at least Elizabeth’s hospice was able to provide that amount of happiness. Another dog, Mollie, had been kept in a cage and used to breed from for more

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than eight years. When she arrived she was in a permanent state of fake pregnancy, which demonstrates how traumatised animals can become. “We don’t have a good track record with births” Elizabeth says ruefully, “most of the animals arrive so traumatised from their experiences that it’s common for pregnant mothers to give birth to stillborn young”. She points out two ponies rescued just before being sent off to be turned into glue. One is heavily pregnant and a foal will arrive any day now (by the time of publication it may well have been born). Elizabeth is both excited and fearful.

"At the hospice the animals have large runs, spacious huts and nearby fields to run around in." Vets’ bills are obviously a huge expense for the charity but Elizabeth is full of praise for those she works with. Simon Roche, at Kentdale, was able to re-break and set the legs of Border collie Nadia who can now run around normally: and Nadia enjoyed going to see him. Peggy had a rare eye problem which was only correctly diagnosed by the third vet she saw – she was initially on eight steroids a day. But not all the stories are so sad. Sometimes owners simply die leaving nobody to take care of their animals. This is particularly true of birds and some animals are young or adaptable enough to be re-homed. But whatever the circumstances of the animals’ arrival, it is due to Elizabeth’s mammoth efforts that they have a happy end to their lives, however long that may be. Elizabeth’s love and care is clearly a challenge and a reminder to people not to behave like dissident predators where nature is concerned, but to assume responsibility for it. The Penny Jones Animal Hospice is open to the public on two days a year, one in May, the other in September. It can also be found on Facebook: March/April 2014 | 27

Feature | Neil McBrearty

Neil’s name is his guarantee


eil McBrearty’s name is not only one of Carlisle's best known local brands, when it comes to carpets, but is also synonymous with words such as "quality, integrity" and "all-round great value". Having spent the last 19 years building up a reputation par excellence and establishing himself as Carlisle's number one carpet home-call service provider, Neil has now opened his first flooring showroom on Dixon Street, just past the old fire station, off Corporation Road. Many will remember the building as the original Strutts fancy dress shop and, more recently, Aperture. Neil says: "The new showroom is simply an extension to our busy home-call service which we will continue to provide, because as a lot of people do generally like to see me in the comfort of their home.

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"The real beauty of the showroom is, of course, that our customers can now pop in and pick up various samples, at their leisure, and also see our extensive range of carpets, laminates, vinyls and designer flooring options such as Karndean, Camero and Colonia." But customers can rest assured that they can expect the same great prices as always, whether Neil comes to you or you go to Neil. Neil says: "I would like to express a huge thank-you to customers old and new who have supported me over the last 19 years and I hope to see lots of you in the future... even if it's just to call in and say hello".

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WARM, funny, sad story of love, change and regret unfolds during Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, to be staged at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, from March 28 to April 19.

It has won applause and major awards around the world since it was first performed in Dublin in 1990 and has been translated into languages ranging from Finnish to Japanese. Prepare to smile and shed a tear. "Dancing at Lughnasa is a play I have wanted to bring to Theatre by the Lake for a very long time,” said Ian Forrest, the theatre’s artistic director. “It is a masterpiece that has a great impact on everyone who sees it.” Five sisters, hard-up and sometimes quarrelsome, live together in the remote village of Ballybeg in the north-west of Ireland in 1936.They scrape a living as best they can and enjoy Irish traditional tunes and popular dance band hits of the time on their erratic wireless … and sometimes the sisters even dance.

"It is a masterpiece that has a great impact on everyone who sees it."


high mountains.The festival was tamed and Christianised – but some of the old rituals linger on in Ballybeg, where young lovers head for the hills for romantic meetings. The model for Ballybeg was Glenties, a village in Donegal where Friel’s own mother and aunts lived and where a lively week-long harvest fair takes place every year, featuring a busy torchlight parade with, last year, a mad man with a chain saw, locals dressed as wind turbines and a couple of louche nuns. Last year the village also attempted to bring to its streets 2013 people dressed as leprechauns, so some of the Lughnasa lunacy lives on. Dancing at Lughnasa will be directed by Theatre by the Lake’s newly-appointed associate director Mary Papadima who, after directing an English classic (J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls) last summer, now moves on to this Irish drama saluted by the National Theatre as one of the great plays of the 20th century.


Michael, the grown-up son of one of them looks back to that summer, when he was seven, and remembers the upheavals it brought. Life would never be the same again for his aunts and for his uncle Jack, who has returned to Ballybeg more than a bit confused about his Catholic faith after 25 years as a missionary in Uganda. “And even though I was only a child of seven at the time,” says Michael, “I know I had a sense of unease; some awareness of a widening breach between what seemed to be and what was; of things changing too quickly before my eyes, of becoming what they ought not to be.” But what is Lughnasa? And how do you pronounce it? Lughnasa (say it as Loo-na-sa) was an ancient Celtic pagan festival held at the beginning of harvest and was named in honour of the god Lugh, one of Ireland’s heroic high kings. Its many rituals included cutting the first corn of the year, a lot of feasting and climbing

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Well I'll be puckered the secret of luscious lips! by Ali Hipkin


HAT do Snow White, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dita Von Teese have in common? They are all icons, famous for their full, red pouting lips which they pucker seductively, intending to men lust after them and women envy their perfect pouts.

The primal instinct of accentuating lips to attract a mate can be traced back as far as 2500BC when Mesopotamian women used crushed gemstones and naturally produced chemicals to redden their lips. Cleopatra followed suit in 50-31 BC when the Egyptians used crushed ants and carmine in beeswax, a trend picked up by the Romans who also produced lip enhancers.

But there’s more to red lips than meets the eye.

But when it came down to it, the English were rather resistant. Lipstick was worn by the Suffragettes as a symbol of female emancipation, and the so-called flapper girls of the 1920s wore it as an attempt to shock elderly gentlemen and to demonstrate their independence. They made sure their lips were suitably coloured by shamelessly applying it in public and during lunch.

Red lips can conjure up images of the 1940s and 50s, when bright red lips were considered the epitome of femininity but women were trying to draw attention to their mouths long before the first commercial lipstick was released in the late 19th century. 30 | The Carlisle Guide

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The Americans were at first equally wary of lipstick. In 1915 Kansas introduced a law that made it a “misdemeanour” for any woman under the age of 44 to wear cosmetics for fear it would create a false impression. Until the 1930s lipstick had been made from soap bases and coal-tar dyes but the decade saw developments and as the products became shinier and heavily perfumed Vogue magazine declared lipstick as a “defining item” of the 20th century. And Vogue was right. Red lipstick has never been out of production ever since. Beautician Francine Rutter-Tyson, owner of Athena Beauty, Whitehaven, said: “Red lipstick is every true woman’s best friend. Red lips along with a string of pearls and slick red nail varnish adds Hollywood glamour to any outfit.” Our association of red lipstick with the 1940s and 50s is largely due to the goddesses of the silver screen, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Viviene Leigh and the ultimate red lips of Norma Jean. Francine said: “The most attractive women were those with very full mouths, women would capitalise on this and try and capture a suitor by making their lips a prime place of eroticism on the body.” Psychologists have now discovered that the colour red carries sexual messages not merely ascetic ones. Red lips also played an important role as part of the military uniform for women in World War II. Fashionable dresses, high heels, loose wavy hair and jewellery had to be replaced in favour of functionality but bright red lips helped preserve femininity without interfering with practicality and prime minister Winston Churchill

rationed all cosmetics, except lipstick, because he felt it had a positive effect on morale. America also used it to raise morale both in the women who wore it and the soldiers who saw it; and it was turned into a symbol of resilient femininity in the face of danger. With the popularity of red lipstick increasing the cosmetic companies of America started “lipstick wars” sending in thugs into stores to destroy competitor’s displays in an attempt to steal customers. And it remains a firm favourite today, helped once more by Hollywood’s finest puckering glossy red lips as they saunter down the red carpet. Manchester University psychologists found that men fixated on photographs of women who wore red lipstick for 7.3 seconds, only looking at those who wore pink lipstick for 6.7 seconds and just 2.2 seconds for those without lipstick. A French study discovered waitresses who wear red lipstick earn more tips because men found them more attractive. So red lipstick is every woman’s secret weapon: It takes confidence to wear …but it unleashes so much confidence when you do. March/April 2014 | 31

Lifestyle | Jackie Cooper

It’s an individual approach to your health by Jackie Cooper Bsc (hons) MNIMH, Medical Herbalist


edical Herbalist Jackie Cooper who practices from her clinic in Hethersgill, near Carlisle is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, who has an honours degree in Herbal Medicine. She is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP and this, her new regular feature, Jackie will offer some suggestions and remedies. Here she also explains her overall approach to herbal medicine. NO two people are the same... so I always try to treat the individual rather than symptoms; consequently no two prescriptions are the same. I believe we have an unexplored opportunity for conventional and complementary medicine to work together to form a greater integrated concept of what the power of medicine and healing should be, particularly when statistics tell us that 75% of NHS patients would like to use complementary therapies. I practice from my clinic and make many of my own medicines from my medicinal garden. No matter how 'natural' an over-the-counter product is, preservatives will usually have been added to prolong shelf-life. If you make your own remedies, from ingredients which are as close to their natural state as possible, you can reduce the need for chemicals to preserve them and rely on the preserving qualities of those natural ingredients – which is more environmentally sustainable and better for good health.

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Sleep Pillow – a remedy for you to try if you suffer from disturbed sleep. There are many reasons why our sleep may be disturbed, so it is also important to discover the cause of the problem, rather than to just focus on masking the symptoms for instance through sedation. With this in mind, there is a huge range of plants which can be used to treat poor sleep, such as Chamomile, Lavender, Skullcap, Hops and Lemon Balm to name but a few. The best herb or combination of herbs depends upon a person's particular health issues and constitution. It is very easy to make your own sleep pillow and when you inhale the aroma of the remedy, the effect is instantaneous. Take a square of muslin and sow it up so that you make a pocket, with a drawstring at the open end of ribbon, so that you can fill it with whatever combination of herbs you wish to use, tighten and tie together. Inhale the aroma through the muslin just before you go to sleep and keep it under your pillow, just in case you wake later and need easy access to it without being too disturbed. For further information contact Jackie Cooper, Fairways, Moss Edge, Hethersgill, Cumbria CA6 6HJ. Tel: 01228 675042. Email Website:

2014 Trends from London Fashion Week | Lifestyle

Words by: Nelson Brown (Hair) // Nicola Lamont (Make up) // Katie Dyet (Fashion) //

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Lockerbie hair stylist NELSON BROWN and his head stylist Trae Corbett were heavily involved at the heart of the recent London Fashion Week and here, they tell us about some of the hottest ensembles to emerge.

Holly Fulton Lead Stylist: James Pecis Assistants: Nelson Brown // Trae Corbett Sponsor: L’oreal

Make up: The look was a flawless minimal skin accented with a soft sheen on the cheeks and lips, keeping the look healthy and fresh.

© Kim Weston Arnold

© Kim Weston Arnold

Eyes were defined with a wash of copper on the eyelids with a copper line in the crease.

Hair: Key look: An awkwardly low-positioned side parting in line with temple, was taken, this section was then directed straight over to behind opposite ear and mousse applied liberally to add weight to help flatten the hair.The back and right side sections where then tied with elastic at the nape and the ponytail ironed for polish and flatness. The remaining left side was combed over the ear to disguise it and wrapped around the base of the ponytail, secured with elastic and smoothed over with gel for an ultra slick finish. This gave the hairstyle a modern polished effect.

Nelson Brown (white scarf) busy in the backstage scrum at John Rocha assisting Samantha Hillerby

Clothing: Working business-womaninspired London designer, Holly Futon’s collection, is clearly very sophisticated yet feminine. Hand-drawn exclamation marks and floral patterns cover day coats. Pleated skirts and Flapper-style dresses floated down the runway. Bangle-draped wrists and bejeweled necklines illustrated Holly’s collection. Eggshell blue and dusky pink were prevalent colours in her decorated imagery. Subtle spectacles were in keeping with the office attire. There is a commercial aspect to this collection, which is very translatable to the high street. Continued overleaf >

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Lifestyle | 2014 Trends from London Fashion Week

Julien McDonald

Lead Stylist: James Pecis // Assistant: Nelson Brown // Sponsor: L’oreal


Lead Stylist: James Pecis // Assistant: Nelson Brown & Trae Corbett Sponsor: L’oreal


Clothing: A Star Wars theme was heavily incorporated into Preen’s collection, with Darth Vader’s face appearing on many of the items. Floaty midi dresses featured with geometric printed shapes. Quilt-inspired prints partnered with highheeled leather boots.They took a futuristic twist on the khaki parka jackets with fur hoods by adding plastic belt clips.The entire Preen collection based itself on detailing and the shapes were simple, but the devil is in the detail with tucking, folding and draping.

Make up: The minimal, fresh natural face trend continued but the eyes were vamped up with either a pink/red or blue/teal eye shadow, blended all over the eye and right up to the eyebrows but with minimal or no mascara to give a contemporary punk feel to the overall look.

Hair: The hair for this show was a wet look, pushed back and away from the face. This was achieved by, applying a soft-hold mousse through dry hair so it was wet/damp, all the way through to the front. The hair was brushed through using a large paddle brush, to give a loose-brushed feel. Once mousse was applied throughout, the wet hair was grooved side to side on the top to give a deep-lined effect. In the back to hold the hair away from the face, a stitch was used snaking from one side to the other. This gives a pin free hold and it's secure. The hair was then left to dry. This look gave a sexy, open-faced fresh feel with super modern texture, very key this season. 34 | The Carlisle Guide

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© Yannis Vlamos

Julien Macdonald showcased a truly dazzling collection. Shimmering dresses with jewel-encrusted detailing. His inspiration for this specular show is amazing architecture and stained-glass windows. This can been seen by the choice of colours used such as ruby reds, electric blues and emerald greens. Fine details such as nude mesh embroidered with sequins and sparkly knitted beading really stood out on the runway. His entire collection of evening dresses captures outstanding detail, which made for a glamorous runway.

Hair: The hair was prepped using salt spray on dry hair, to add lightness and texture. A loose centre parting was taken with the fingers and using the open barrel of the tong a light bend was made in opposite directions; this was then loosened with hands and sectioned with the fingers behind the ears, the left side slightly thicker than the right.This hair was split haphazardly into three sections and braided to the left side of the head with the intension of it looking awkward.This was then massaged out and stretched to form a distressed edge to the style. Make up: The look was clean, contemporary and fresh, with minimal make-up using only what was needed to perfect the skin. Lilacs and khaki where used sparingly on the eyes, with a natural lip, which had minimal colour and the slightest hint of a sheen.

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Simone Rocha

Lead Stylist: James Pecis // Assistant: Nelson Brown & Trae Corbett // Sponsor: Babyliss pro

Š Marcus Tondo


Simone Rocha's new collection was straight from the Elizabethan era with gathered sleeves and overstated hips. The necklines and shoulders of theses dramatic coats and dresses were trimmed with embedded jewellery. She re-worked the classic trench coat into cropped proportions, teamed with skirts with masses of volume tightly belted. Simone modernised her collection with highshine yellow python skin and strong tartan looks. Ruffles gave charge to minimal boyish ankle grazers. Simone Rocha’s interpretation of Elizabethan was a haze of costume gems, flounces and fur.

Make up: The emphasis, as with many of the other catwalk shows, was on radiant fresh skin but with an accentuation of gold leaf on the forehead to create reflection of light and a pop of metallic, textured colour which contrasted with the dark solid colours in the clothes and was softened by soft, peachy-pink lips and cheeks. Hair: Three sections were taken snaking through the hair, from top to back and sides to back. All the soft, baby hair around the hairline was left out and pinned away for later.The three sections were then braided to the head, back and down. As the braid got to the end, it was re-split and an even split of the hair broke down the natural, neat flow of the braid, key to this look. Once all three sections were braided, each line of braid was pulled and poked, to dishevel and deconstruct each braid.The tails of the braid were then gathered at the nape and secured in different ways to give each girl a individual finish. A mouse spray was then sprayed onto the roots to give a swampy finish. The front hair was then left over the face to give a veiled appearance and dressed with a spray to support this dishevelled style.

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Lifestyle | The 5:2 Diet


ILLED as the “non-dieters diet” it’s been the “IT” diet for over a year and in light of Cumbria’s new-found fame as the fattest county in the country we’re joining the media hype about the 5:2 diet.

Since the 5:2 diet was brought to our attention by BBC’s Horizon in 2012 it’s scarcely been out of the media, but what’s it all about? It involves intermittent fasting. You eat normally five days a week and diet two days a week; cutting your calorie intake for those two days to a quarter of your normal level. It means that on, say, a Monday and a Thursday you will eat 500 calories if you are a woman, 600 if you are a man. Intermittent fasting does not mean stopping eating entirely. It 36 | The Carlisle Guide



The Truth behind the

means reducing the amount you eat, but only for quite short periods of time. Success is dependent on not over-eating on your normal days and drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated is paramount. The practicality of the diet is that it allows you to go on enjoying the foods you normally eat and make as few changes to your lifestyle as possible. Unlike other diets; the Atkins, the maple syrup or baby food diet the 5:2 Diet offers more maintainable results because there’s no boredom. You can still have a little bit of what you fancy on non-fasting days. With claims that the 5:2 diet can increase lifespan, improve cognitive function and increase the protection against conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases, it might seem like the answer to every yo-yo dieter’s prayers but it remains surrounded by controversy.

The 5:2 Diet | Lifestyle

There’s still much debate about what pattern of fasting is most effective in improving health outcomes with some doctors suggesting that fasting needs to be every other day in order to be successful. There is also some debate surrounding the optimal calorie consumption during the fasting days.

The Dietician’s View: We asked a dietician what she thought and she told us: “Even though you will be reducing calorie intake on the fast days, if you're still eating a normal diet the other days - you will no doubt see weight loss, but probably no overall change in saturated fat content or salt intake. This means that although it is a weight loss diet, it probably won’t improve your overall health (i.e. reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure) like a balanced healthy eating plan would.

"although it is a weight loss diet, it probably won’t improve your overall health" By starving yourself on two days, you may find that you over-eat on the five remaining days - even if you end up doing it subconsciously; it’s a common trend. If you are considering it then you should first talk to your GP to see if it is suitable for you because not everyone can safely fast. The best way to lose weight is by strict portion control, reducing saturated fat intake by trimming fat off meat, choosing low-fat dairy products and cutting down on cakes, biscuits and processed foods and increasing physical activity levels - for weight loss the recommended activity level is 60mins each day of moderately intense exercise. Finally, choosing high-fibre foods e.g. brown bread/pasta and plenty of fruit and veg to settle blood sugar levels and reduce cravings for sweet foods!” BY ALI HIPKIN

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Face 2 face

Lifestyle | Bridget Foster

encounters Article: Bridget Foster Photography: Paul McGreevy Model / Muse: Jane Coulthard at Jiggery Pokery Boutique


anuary – February is, for me, generally usually a quiet time in terms of make-up for clients.

But more and more of them now want to learn how to apply their own make up themselves and are booking me for one-to-one tutorials or makeup parties, especially as a result of my previous article featuring Kath Conchie and targeting the 50 plus age group. I get the impression that most of us go though that “New Year – New You", feeling trying to start as a means to go on. Tutorials aren’t something I have pushed but something I have been asked to do. I was approached by Jane, who owns Jiggery Pokery, on Fisher Street. Her approach to women’s style is a breath of fresh air. She believes it’s all about overall image and how it makes women feel confident and beautiful within themselves. So Jane asked me to come into her boutique to discuss and teach makeup skills to her clients and staff during an event she will be organising soon, to feature her spring collection.“I just want our boutique and our team to be inspirational to our clients, she said.” Jane believes that even the smallest of changes to your wardrobe, such as a necklace or scarf, can brighten and boost your confidence and if your hair 38 | The Carlisle Guide

and make-up is good too then you will feel more confident with whatever you are wearing. Now, even though Jane and her team always look absolutely immaculate she herself wanted to book me for a oneto-one tutorial… for a quick update. I often meet Jane collecting her daughter from my gymnastics class and even on these informal occasions, she seems to have a lovely, effortless quiff in her hair which frames her face. She wears a beautiful, “thrown-on” scarf and looks so smart and stylish, whereas I’m demonstrating a cartwheel in my tracksuit bottoms and a messed up ponytail from the gym mats… so as I packed up my kit and headed out to Jane’s home I was wondering why she wanted me for a make-up update?

Jane told me pretty much everything about her skin care and make-up. She swears by her Arbonne skin care, which you can buy from, Emma Edgar (Facebook PM) or Dimond Beauty, by Lauren Temple. Jane’s visits to the MAC store, in Glasgow, as a treat, shows that she enjoys the whole shopping experience and is eager to learn about new products. The first thing I always ask is: “What are your concerns and what problem are we going to solve”? As always I start with the eyes and Jane’s main problem was pinkness around her eyes. They can be quite sensitive. She had used the Benefit yellow concealer but was now using a MAC paint pot.

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The MAC Paint pots come in many different shades but are mainly used for contouring and highlighting the face. Jane’s had a bit of a glow to her paint pot. They are very long wearing and set onto the skin which is why Jane liked it so much. But I suggested she’d be best going back to her Benefit concealer, called Lemonade, £16.50, and then applying the paint pot as an eye-shadow base or my favourite Urban Decay eye primer potion, £6.50 from Debemhams, for a long-lasting, fresh, clean eye make-up. Jane’s eye-shadows involved a colour palette of browns, greys and mauves. There were some nice shades, but I wanted to add some warmth, which she often avoids because of the pinkness about her eyes. Just a warmer shade of brown was enough to add to her palette. Jane also said she didn’t like glitters, which most people don’t, unless worn well, or for a special occasion. I taught Jane my staple Laura Mercier technique of applying a tight liner with a flat, square brush, along the lash line, using either a Maybelline painting liner or a matt-black eye-shadow. Getting the line fine and tight in the eyelash roots makes even the smallest eyes look whiter and brighter. If you opt for a shadow go for a make-up brand rather than one from a drug store. The colours will last and you’ll get much better pigmentation for this look. I decided that, rather than go for the more usual shading and blending technique that all you ladies stress over, I’d opt for a more modern and easier way of shading and defining your eye. Add a deep, rich colour of a brown or plum, just next to your tight line and blend upwards, keeping all the colour around the lash line and fade it out towards the socket. Go back and add your tight line on again to sharpen

your eye line. DONE! It’s quick, simple, blend-able, and looks effortless. If you really want more shape, then you can apply a soft brown into the socket line but you may not need to. These are generally the two items most women will want to go and buy after a one-to-one tutorial:

Flat Liner Brush and Cake Eyeliner – It’s the start of you gradually growing the confidence to experiment and attempt to perfectly apply liquid eye line.

Base Jane had every make up artist’s favourite, MAC Face and Body Foundation. Again a breath of fresh air from Double Wear which, if you do use it, try the light version. Face and body foundation is a waterbased foundation, light, buildable and therefore adaptable for any skin types. This foundation looks absolutely stunning on photographs and catwalks. Great value at £27 for 125ml . However, it does take time to build up the coverage and is very runny. I would only really recommend it to clients with a clear skin and wanting a light, natural finish. Jane was obviously happy with using it, which was great. However, the best thing about a one-to-one session is that you have the chance to try new products. So I popped on my illuminating tinted moisturiser by Laura Mercier £31 and concealer by Vichy. The Vichy concealer is fantastic. Very high coverage but looks invisible. I applied it lightly with a sponge to create a flawless look. £15.50 for 30ml… available in Boots.

Cheeks and Contours Jane said she’d seen lots of Instagram and Facebook adverts for strong contouring techniques – Kim Kardashian style. They are fascinating to do and see, but this isn’t something

"Jane’s visits to the MAC store, in Glasgow, as a treat, shows that she enjoys the whole shopping experience and is eager to learn about new products." you are going to do every day and is a very strong look. I showed Jane a softer version of contouring. Decide if you are going to use a cream blush and bronzer or a powder. Cream contouring colours could be a darker shade of concealer or the MAC paint. As for powder use matt bronzer in a brown tone rather than orange one. Superdrug B range has a nice selection at £8. Create a figure three from the side of your forehead, under your cheeks and lightly on jaw line… and blend. Highlight with a lighter concealer or shimmer powder on top of the cheek bone, and under brows, plus a dash down the centre of the nose and Cupid ’s bow. You can use your Touch Eclate, by YSL, for liquids £25 or a shimmer brick for powder. Jane was using a bright Barry M blusher which she was rather embarrassed although I don’t know why she was embarrassed. Barry M may be inexpensive but its pigments, throughout the range, are strong and long-lasting. I gave Jane an option of going more peachy-coral as her Barry M was a bright pink. I applied a cream blusher by Top Shop… £6 blush in flush. These are beautiful and simple to use even with fingers. Continued overleaf March/April 2014 | 39

Lifestyle | Bridget Foster

However I prefer to use a foundation brush for a flawless finish.

Lips Jane like most people says she prefers a gloss. A dewy lipstick I think. Her make-up bag consisted of nudes. I’m a big fan of a nude lip, but I found Jane’s nudes quite dull, so I warmed up a few colours and applied them. At first she wasn’t keen on the warmer nude but it takes time for your eyes to adjust and see yourself with a slightly different shade on, so she agreed to trial it. Jane described the make-up I applied as a cleaner, more professional version of her own. But it’s worth bearing in mind that the approach of a make-up artist to private clients is far different to that of a model or brief. I have to work out where the client’s comfort zone lies and how much they are willing to try new colour/s. Jane however proved a stylish and immaculate woman with a great make up bag, who was very much in her make-up comfort zone although she did add: "Red lips absolutely frighten me".

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So next I’m going to give her a full hair and make-up glamorous look for her private event and now that I have spent time with Jane I think she will be brave enough for me to push her out of her comfort zone and I’m more than confident that she will look absolutely stunning.

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Feature | Presse Art Gallery

New city place for artists to hang out


ocal artists have a new place to display their work in the city centre.

Pressé Juice Bar, in Carlisle, is opening its second floor as an art gallery. Julie Simpson, who also runs the Pompeii Steakhouse with Paul Higgins, said she originally got the gallery idea when she overheard a customer and his son, who was an artist, discussing how there was nowhere for local artists to display their work. “The second floor was just a shell when we moved in, it had only been used for storage before but we’ve got a friend who’s an architect who said it was a waste of a good space and we went for it.” said Julie. Julie is clearly passionate about promoting local artists and their work, she said: “We’ve got some fantastic local artists and a lot of our friends are artists. They just need somewhere to display their work and the centre of Carlisle is a prime place to get work seen. “Everyone that’s been up there has said what a great space it is. We’re inviting students from the local college to display their art a few times in the year, starting in April.” The Gallery hangs a variety of prints and originals which range in prices from £125 to £500. Said Julie: “We want to make local artists aware of this facility and to encourage them to take advantage of it.” Presse Juice Bar is at 40 Scotch Street, Carlisle (near Wilkinsons) Tel 01228 317848 Email: 42 | The Carlisle Guide

Presse Art Gallery | Feature

The Gallery hangs a variety of prints and originals which range in prices from ÂŁ125 to ÂŁ500

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Food & Drink | Alan Spedding

jam Getting in a

when you just got out of one


always have a decent supply of Chilli Jam on my shelves at home.

I use it all the time for stir-fries, Tom Yam Thai soup, cold meats, and sandwiches for work and to accompany comforting weekend suppers of crusty bread with mature Cheddar and a nice glass of red. I hadn`t noticed that I had actually run out of the stuff when I needed some for a recipe so I ended up having to quickly knock up a batch at home. So here’s how to do it. It’s so simple to make and I can guarantee that you`ll end up using it on everything. I was making Chicken Satay and I’ll share that recipe with you in the next issue but first of all let’s get cracking with a few jars of this stuff and see how you get along. The chances are that you`ll have to make more by then anyway, because you`ll have used up your first batch. The chillies I used in this recipe were a mixture of Habaneros, Scotch Bonnets and Thai Bird’s Eye. You should all know by now that I am not normal. For me this cocktail of heat packs the perfect kick but by all means just use “normal” red chillies from the supermarket. I’ve got my chillies growing on a window sill at home so I simply pick and use as I need them.

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Alan Spedding | Food & Drink

Chilli Jam (Makes roughly 1 litre) Ingredients 3 to 10 red chillies depending on your taste (I used 10 habaneros, 2 scotch bonnets and 10 thai bird’s eye) 6 garlic cloves, crushed

Method 1. Put the chillies, garlic, and ginger into a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the tomatoes and process them until smooth. 2. Transfer the tomato mixture to a large saucepan and place over a medium heat.

2 large thumb-sized pieces of fresh peeled ginger root, roughly chopped

3. Stir in the sugar, Thai fish sauce, Balsamic and red wine vinegars and bring to the boil, stirring regularly.

1kg of ripe tomatoes; quartered (About eight large tomatoes)

4. Reduce the heat and simmer away steadily for about 45 minutes or until reduced by about a half.

450g demerara sugar 3 tbsp thai fish sauce 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 120ml red wine vinegar

5. Once the jam is ready let it cool a little and then simply transfer to clean sterilised jars. Allow to cool completely and then add the lids. So there you go, I told you it was simple and it will keep well either in or out of the fridge but as I said above, it`s just not going to last that long.

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Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe| Food & Drink

Curry-Lime Chicken Thighs with Tomato & Lima Bean Salsa

Ingredients l 1 ½ - 2 pounds chicken thighs l 1 cup plain Greek yogurt l 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, diced l 1 teaspoon curry powder l Juice of 1 lime l 1 cup cider vinegar l 1 cup water l 2 teaspoons pickling spices l 3 teaspoons salt, divided l 1 tablespoon sugar l 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes l ½ teaspoon celery seed l 1 ½ cup lima beans (butter beans), cooked in water for 4 minutes, then drained and cooled l 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes l 1 small sweet onion, diced l ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander

1. Combine yogurt, ginger, curry powder and lime juice. Add chicken thighs and turn to coat with yogurt mixture. Allow to marinate in refrigerator 1 to 4 hours. 2. In small saucepan, combine vinegar and water; add pickling spices, 2 teaspoons salt, sugar, red pepper flakes and celery seed. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Place lima beans, tomatoes and onion in container. Using a fine mesh sieve, pour the warm vinegar mixture through it and into the vegetable mixture. Add cilantro. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. 3. Prepare grill or broiler. Remove chicken from marinade, draining excess. Season thighs on both sides with remaining teaspoon of salt. Place chicken on grill or under broiler to sear. Turn over once until well browned, cooking for a total of 6-8 minutes. Continue to cook chicken, turning to avoid burning. Grill or broil chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 170º F, about another 15 to 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, place about 1/3 cup salsa on each plate and place a grilled thigh next to the salsa. March/April 2014 | 47

Food & Drink | 24-hour Slow Roast Leg of Lamb

24 - Hour Slow Roast Leg of Lamb Serves 6

Recipe courtesy of Kirklinton Slow Food Society

Method Ingredients

3kg leg of lamb 4 onions 8 garlic cloves, peeled 4 large carrots d roughly choppe ne wi ite 300ml wh ck sto b 300ml lam yme, th of large bunch semar y ro large bunch of salt and pepper

1. P  reheat oven to 100Ëšc. Rub the leg of lamb with thyme and rosemary and season well. Pierce the skin of the lamb and push in a clove of garlic, repeat and alternate with a sprig of rosemary and thyme. Suggest using 4 cloves and 4 small sprigs of each herb. 2. Use a large casserole dish to brown the lamb all over. Do this on the hob prior to placing in the oven. Make sure the lamb is brown all over as does not brown during the cooking process. 3. Then place the chopped vegetables, remainder of the herbs and garlic. Add the wine into the same casserole dish and gently bring to simmering point on the hob. 4. P  lace a lid on the casserole dish and put in the oven. Turn twice after 5 hours and take care the lamb will be tender. 5. P  lace back in the oven for the rest of the cooking time. No need to rest the lamb after cooking. 6. Transfer the meat to a serving plate; strain the juices into a pan and quickly reduce on a high heat by a quarter for a rich and very tasty jus. 7. Season to taste.

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Cheese “n” Onion Pie Serves 4

The backbone of Northern food has many recipes but Cheese n Onion Pie has to be up there as one of the mainstays of good, hearty “Mother’s Fare”. There are many different recipes out there but this is our take in which we bring a little sweetness to the pie with caramelised onions to balance perfectly with the savoury Lancashire Cheese. The beauty of this pie is its versatility in so far as you could tray it up with mushy peas and gravy for a sports club lunch or it could be chilled and served cold in a lovely summer’s day picnic. Suffice it to say this is a MUST COOK recipe for any devotee of NORTHERN TUCKER!!

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Sean Wilson | Food & Drink

Ingredients: • Shortcrust Pastry • 8oz (250g) Plain Flour • Pinch of Sea Salt • 2oz (50g) Butter 2oz (50g) Lard • Cold water to bind • A beaten egg to wash the pastry

For the filling: • 4 Medium Onions, halved and sliced • 2 Tbsp Groundnut Oil • 8oz (250g) Crumbly Lancashire Cheese • White Pepper

For the Bechemal:

2. Cook gently for 2 minutes to cook out the flouryness. (Please do not make a “stodgy” roux. Try and keep it “wet” rather than dry) 3. Gradually whisk the milk into the roux mixture to create a smooth, lumpless white sauce with a consistency of double cream and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Cover and set aside.

• 25g Butter • 25g Plain Flour • 250ml Whole Milk • Sea Salt and White Pepper

Method: 1. In a large heavy bottomed pan with a nice tight fitting lid, put in the groundnut oil and bring up to heat. Throw in the onions and put on the lid and turn down the heat to a very low temp. Leave for at least an hour to caramelise the onions, shaking the pan from time to time, This makes them nice and sweet!

For the Pastry: 1. S ift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. 2. C  ut the butter and lard into the flour in cubed. 3. Then rub between the fingertips until a fine breadcrumb consistency is achieved. 4. G  radually mix in the cold water until the bowl becomes clean and the pastry becomes not too crumbly or too sticky (be careful!) 5. R  oll into a ball, chuck it into a poly bag and fridge for 30 minutes.

For the Bechemal: 1. M  ake a”roux” with your butter and flour which means you melt the butter over a medium heat and sift the flour over the butter and amalgamate the ingredients.

1. Pre heat the oven to 180’C/ 350’f/ Gas 4. 2. Split the pastry into 2 equal amounts and roll one of them out as a base for your “plate” pie. 3. Offer up to the deep based dinner plate and trim off the excess accordingly. 4. In alternate layers, crumble some of your crumbly cheese on the base and sprinkle with white pepper and then cover with a layer of caramelised onions, then repeat the process until you run out. 5. Cover the pie now with the bechemal liberally. 6. Take the remaining pastry and roll out to cover the top of the pie. 7. Cover the edges of the base pastry with milk. 8. Offer up the top pastry to cover the pie and trim off the excess.You could use a fork to seal the edges as is traditionally done in the North. 9. Liberally “wash” the pastry top with the beaten egg. Put 2 holes in the middle with a knife. 10. Place in the middle of the pre heated oven and cook for 40 minutes or so. Checking at the end, as you don’t want to burn the top.Your pie should be golden brown and SCRUMMY!!

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Food & Drink | The Crown & Thistle Inn


Crown Inn glory


T’S a proud boast by Jill and Ste Foster who run The Crown and Thistle, Rockcliffe, Carlisle, that they fully support their local farming community.

A beautiful country pub The Crown and Thistle is itself a jewel in Carlisle’s countryside crown and the perfect place to relax and unwind any time. During 2014 Jill and Ste are aiming to source most of their produce from the local region. Already they are using local LONGHORN beef which you really ought to try in their very special burgers. “We take great pride in our food and our extensive menu,” said Jill, “our battered haddock board is the best for miles, and we’re renowned for our giant-rib-of-beef-yorkie Sunday lunch.” To compliment their extraordinarily good menu there are now also new liquor and speciality coffees available and for additional attractions the pub holds special banquets and even puts the rock in Rockcliffe, with live music events over the last weekend of each month. The Crown and Thistle is open for food from Tuesday to Friday from Noon to 2:30pm and from 6pm to 8.45pm and Saturdays to Sundays from Noon to 8:45pm. It will also be open seven days-a-week from spring onwards. • The Crown and Thistle is now taking bookings for Mother’s Day. Like them on FACEBOOK for events and special offers. 52 | The Carlisle Guide

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Food & Drink | Great Guide to Eating Out

The Great Guide to

eating out

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Bargains R Us | Feature

Bargain buys in Brampton N

EW to Main Street, Brampton, is Amanda Barron’s business Bargains R-Us, and it’s a new venture too for Amanda. It’s a shop with a great deal to offer a great number of people and Amanda, who until last year worked for Border Fine Arts, has created a high street business that from the outset has created good, positive feedback. “People seem to like it,” she said. Amanda, whose job was made redundant, last year, told us: “I wanted to try something completely different. So after considerable thought she opted for the bargains business idea and early indications have so far been very encouraging. “There’s something for everyone really,” she said, "mums, teenagers and children.” So on offer at Bargains R-Us there’s a quite an extensive selection of goods ranging from toys to toiletries and

from household products, beauty products to jewellery, pet products, chocolate sweets and even electronic cigarettes for those trying to kick the smoking habit… “And those are already selling well,” added Amanda. Prices, naturally, are highly competitive and it’s well worth your while to pop in and see for yourself just what’s on offer at Bargains R-Us because, let’s face it… we all love a bargain.

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Motoring | Vauxhall Astra GTC

Vauxhall Astra GTC More power and 51 mpg possible


NEW Vauxhall Astra GTC is now available with a powerful new 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine, priced from just ÂŁ20,995 on-the-road. First seen in the Cascada convertible, and packing 200PS and 300Nm of torque, the all-new, four cylinder unit allows the GTC to achieve a top speed of 143mph and 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds, making it the fastest non-VXR model in the Astra range. Peak power and torque are increased by up to 30 per cent over the previous 1.6-litre turbo model, yet fuel consumption of 51mpg combined and emissions of 154g/km have meant a 13% improvement in efficiency. The new engine brings sector-leading refinement to the Astra GTC range. It is the only unit in its class to feature twin balancer shafts for smooth running, while a host of sound engineering measures have been made for low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Priced from ÂŁ855, Vauxhall has also introduced the innovative Intellilink infotainment system to the Astra GTC range. Intuitive and user-friendly, the system features satellite

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navigation, voice control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, picture viewer and Gracenote album art, all via its high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen display. In addition, the top-of-the-range Navi 950 IntelliLink contains Europe-wide street level mapping with updates easily downloadable via USB. Drivers can also have incoming text messages read out to them, as well as integrating their smartphones’ own voice recognition functions. The Vauxhall warranty is valid for the lifetime of the vehicle up to a maximum of 100,000 miles. March/April 2014 | 57

Motoring | Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally

New Carlisle kick off for Pirelli Rally


Carlisle United’s, long-serving director, Dick Young, added: “We intend to offer refreshment facilities on both sides of the ground to enable families to spend time viewing the cars over the weekend.”

The rally has long been at the forefront of British motor sport and this year sees a record-breaking 22nd year as a round of the prestigious MSA British Rally Championship, the sport’s top tier in Great Britain.

The Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally first ran in 1975, called “The Pirelli Tour Of Cumbria Rally. Famous among the former winners are ex-world champions Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Ari Vatanen, while local hero, Malcolm Wilson, notched up a record four outright victories.

HE Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally is moving a stage nearer the centre of Carlisle this year, “taking to the terraces,” at Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United over the weekend of May 2-4.

It also hosts a round of the British Historic Rally Championship which brings iconic cars from yesteryear and which are greatly enjoyed by the thousands of spectators that the event attracts every year. By holding it at Brunton Park and the start and finish in the City Centre, it keeps all the activity closer together, giving spectators the chance to see both the start and the servicing, all within walking distance of each other, over the weekend of the event. It was previously held at the racecourse. The rally will use the extensive car parks around Brunton Park as a service area while the rally headquarters, control centre and media office will be in the stadium.

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The rally brings to Carlisle not only a large number of competitors and back up crews but also a horde of enthusiastic spectators and it is estimated that the rally benefits the Carlisle economy by about £1.93 million pounds. The rally will see the organising Cumberland Sporting Car Club work closely with the Richard Burns Foundation which does a tremendous job raising funds for research into astrocytoma, a particular virulent form of brain tumour which claimed the life of Burns, the 2001 World Rally Champion. Richard was also, in 1993, a previous winner of the Carlisle based event, so the rally has a close affinity with his memory and the organising team will be going all out to better the £5,000 they raised for the foundation last year.

Moto-Tech | Motoring

Get into ‘gear’ with Moto-Tech


ARLISLE motorcycle accessory business, Moto-Tech, is celebrating its first successful years in business.

Owner Kevin Graham told The Guide that, in difficult times, the business has done as well as he expected and Kevin thanked all his customers for their continued business throughout the year. Moto-Tech is at Unit 5/6 Raffles Parade, Wigton Road, was opened last year by former mechanic and truck salesman, Kevin Graham, at the end of March. Moto-Tech offers a wide, attractively-priced range of biking essentials and accessories for everyone from commuter-bikers to the serious riders of big machines; together with good advice. Currently proving particularly popular is their starter set which consists of a jacket, trousers, gloves and a helmet for under £200 an offer which Kevin hopes to be able to sustain for as long as his suppliers can fulfil his orders. Moto-Tech stocks well-known brand names such as Oxford, HJC, Alpine Stars, RST, Box, Knox, Nitro, Akito and Muc-off offering everything from base layers to body armour, and helmets (HJC and Nitro) to team baseball caps and teeshirts. Waterproof clothing and luggage is also stocked and there’s a range of women’s motorcycle clothing available. Kevin said: “We cover a variety of budgets so we have something to suit everyone’s pocket Tel: 01228 514276 • Mobile: 07787 566909 Email: Twitter: @moto_tech March/April 2014 | 59

Sport | CUFC

Thirlwell one of keys to United’s survival By Ross Brewster

Thirlwell is now one of those rarities at Carlisle's level – a long-serving club man who is having one of his best seasons as his playing career enters its twilight phase. Having started out at Sunderland, Thirlwell's career eventually took him to Derby County, from where he signed for Carlisle on loan in September, 2006. He made it permanent in January of the following year and has racked up well over 200 appearances for the Cumbrians. Last summer Thirlwell signed a one year contract extension, the then manager Greg Abbott remarking that "he plays a vital role in the team and in the squad."

Images Š Mark Fuller


E rarely walks away with armfuls of man-of-the match awards. In the Sunday papers he scores a regular seven in the player ratings; his position in the team, is one of the strictly unglamorous roles and probably won't ever ensure his place in Carlisle United's all-time hall of fame.

After all, defensive midfielders don't always get full credit for the hard graft they put in on behalf of the side and Carlisle's Paul Thirlwell, who has just turned 35, rarely hits the headlines as a goal scorer. But keeping Thirlwell fit for the remainder of this troubled season is likely to be as vital for United as the role played by any of their numerous signings in other areas of the pitch.

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There's little doubt that Carlisle's fragile defence looks a less risky proposition when it has Thirlwell providing a human shield just in front of it and indeed latterly this season the veteran has filled a new role on occasions as a central defender, proving what an effective reader of the game he is.

During his time at Brunton Park Thirlwell has endured his share of pulls and tears and manager Graham Kavanagh's heart must be in his mouth every time he sees Thirlwell stretching for headers and tackles, particularly when the grounds are muddy and cloying. Thirlwell returned from a spell out with a calf injury to help Carlisle's cause as the side slipped alarmingly towards the relegation places in the New Year. It was a huge pity for the North East-born player that injury cost him his place in the FA Cup tie at his old club, Sunderland, as it was a game he had been eagerly anticipating but more important is the role he could play in helping Carlisle hang on to their League One status. His reliability is a quality that is going to be needed in a line up that seems to change every week and in a team that has been failing to perform, especially away from home, with any consistency.

CUFC | Sport

Graham Kavanagh had a long and distinguished playing career before he took over as manager of Carlisle United at the end of last September with the side seemingly holding a one-way ticket to League Two. No doubt Kavanagh learned much from his playing days, and as a coach. But I'm willing to wager that was nothing compared to the rude awakening he has had as manager. At a club like Carlisle the word manager hardly sums up the job. I came across an interview in which Kavanagh spoke of the first months in the role, during which he had off-field problems to deal with as much as the task of getting three points on Saturdays. Just planning tactics, training, and mulling over the inevitable budgetary problems, would keep anyone awake at nights and Kav is no exception. He's had his doubters. Carlisle fans are not noted for their patience. And it's been akin to a revolving door at Brunton Park as loan players and trialists have come and mostly gone as the manager has faced the headache of trying to find a working blend. England's cricketers struggled to make half centuries against the Aussies, but Kavanagh is steadily heading towards 50 counting the number of players who have been signed for United during the present campaign. There have been some optimistic signs for the Blues – Brad Potts at last showing his potential in a settled midfield role; James Berrett recapturing his form and now the hope that an experienced campaigner like Nacho Novo can help provide that vital spark to keep United above the drop line. Loan signings, of which there have been many, can be a mixed blessing. In the final weeks of the season it may well be that players like long-serving Paul Thirlwell provide the experience and calm to see Carlisle through stormy waters to safety.

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Fun & Games | Colouring Time

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Children’s Puzzles | Fun & Games


Place a letter from A to F in each empty cell so everyrow, every column and every 2x3 box contains all the letters A to F.

Word search

SUDOKU Place a number from 1 to 9 in each

empty cell so everyrow, every column and every 3x3 box contains all the numbers 1 to 9.

Please see the Tide Tables for puzzle solutions

Spring Word search

Can you find all 15 words? Buds Daffodils Flowers Grass April Showers

Rainbow Seeds Tulips Easter Lambs

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Puzzles | Take a break


Test your knowledge and complete the catch-phrases

Across 1. ___ and lemons (7) 4. Game, set and ___ (5) 7. Aided and ___ (7) 9. Back to square ___ (3) 10. There are two ___ to every story (5) 11. The ___ of justice (6) 13. Given the 3rd ___ (6) 17. A close ___ (5) 19. ___ the knot (3) 20. History ___ itself (7) 21. It’s ___ under the bridge (5) 22. Cups and ___ (7) Down 1. Keep your ___ open (7) 2. Wide ___ (5) 3. Baby-___ (6) 4. The ___ touch (5) 5. ___ and lightning (7) 6. All ___ on deck! (5) 8. The ___ has landed (5) 12. For and ___ (7) 14. An optional ___ (5) 15. With friends like these, who needs ___? (7) 16. Sour ___ (6) 17. The last ___ (5) 18. Trial and ___ (5) 19. Touch, smell, sight, hearing, ___ (5)

Please see the Tide Tables for puzzle solutions

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K9 psychology added to centre’s services

Kamp K9 Training Centre | Pets


AMP K9 TRAINING CENTRE used to be Kerri’s KAMP K9 Cumbria and along with its new name come new services.

Gill and Andi Duncan run what is Carlisle’s first Doggie DayCare Centre and Andi has recently gained diplomas in dog-training and canine behaviour so the extended services prompted a name change but Gill and Andi still provide the same great services as before… only now with an in-house trainer to help with the positive training. They are Pet Professional Guild (PPG) members and everything they do at KAMP K9 is force-free.

They offer: Doggie DayCare • Overnight Stays Bark 'n' Ride • Pet-to-Vet Transport • One-to-one training Puppy Socialisation • Adult Dog Socialisation D-I-Y Doggie washing • Dog Grooming – with our qualified dog groomer and Micro Chipping. There you'll know your animal is in safe hands, not bored all day, moping around missing you. Our years of experience show that giving your dog a routine, exercise and fun keeps them occupied and happy until you return. Give us a call on 07702057300 or email us on

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OLT 45 were called in at Cock Rock last year to replace rapper Wiley on the main stage, and lead singer, Neil Harper, announced “We play our own f***ing instruments and we are three proud Cumbrians. Now the Cumbrian band is about to embark on what they hope will be their best year yet. Set to record their debut album in February and having had their first national radio play in January they’re off to a great start. Drummer, Adam Lewis said: “It was the best start to the year we could have hoped for. We had our first proper play on Radio 1 Introducing, last week, which was a real surprise. We’ve had a lot of support from the BBC’s Introducing.” Radio 1 gave the band their first real play on the national radio show, playing the lead track from Coughing up Confessions – Happiness is a Dying Art. As for the new album, set for release in May this year, the band will be working with rock producer extraordinaire, Romesh Dodangoda, who has worked with the likes Funeral for a Friend, Kids in Glass Houses and Twin Atlantic.

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Colt 45 | Exclusive

“It sounds strange but we really like rehearsing. If it’s touring or recording we are always really prepared so there’s nothing unknown. Going into the studio has a completely different feel to performing live. It’s more like putting a jigsaw together.” “In terms of sound the new album’s not a million miles away from what you’re used to hearing. We’re not quite as p*ssed off as we used to be so it’s got a more mature sound. It’s quite melodic in places but there’s some standard Colt 45 rocking out for two minutes.” “I never thought I’d be in this position. I never thought I’d walk into Sainsbury’s and see my album on the shelf.” As an added bonus the guys are managed by fellow Cumbrian Julie Weir.

We play our own f***ing instruments and we are three proud Cumbrians. Adam said: “We’re the first Cumbrian band she’s worked with. She gets our mentality and our humour and, most importantly, she can understand our accents!” Julie has this to say: “When I first heard Colt 45 I immediately understood their potential, and the high quality of their song writing. The Cumbrian link between all is an added bonus. They are very proud of their roots, as am I (they are from Carlisle and Workington - and I am from Workington too) and the subject matter of their tracks is very local to where we are all from in a lot of cases, as is the artwork. I also think their level of tenacity is much higher as they aren’t from a big city with everything on their doorstep.” Colt 45 will be back on the road, touring the country again, throughout March, dates and details can be found on their Facebook page.

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What’s On

Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre


The Ignitors (Rockability Night) The Cranemakers, Carlisle

Fri Apr 4 The Bootleg Beatles The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Sat Mar 8 Dirty/DC - The AC/DC Tribute The Brickyard, Carlisle



Thur Mar 27 Peatbog Faeries The Brickyard, Carlisle

Sat Apr 5 Older Budwieser Club Rock, Carlisle

Live Wire Club Night (DJ Falling Red's Dave Sanders and Lexxie Lasch) Club Rock, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 14 Diamond Dogs (Bowie Tribute) Club Rock, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 15 The Lucid Dream The Brickyard, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sun Mar 16 911: Illuminate The Sands Centre, Carlisle

------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 28 The Selecter The Brickyard, Carlisle Seek Solace in Ruin / Here lies your Hero / ( Colourline tbc) Club Rock, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 29 Club Criminal Club Rock, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

Motown and Soul Night The Brickyard, Carlisle Drea Knight 50 Shades of Rock (Female Fronted) The Cranemakers, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sun Apr 6 Nathan Carter The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 11 The Rezillos The Brickyard, Carlisle

------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 17 Martin Taylor Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 18 Tragedy: The All Metal Tribute to The Bee Gees and Beyond The Brickyard, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 22 Rue and The Rockets The Sands Centre, Carlisle Sarah and The Stormchaser Club Rock, Carlisle Loose - Alternative Club Night The Brickyard, Carlisle

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911: illuminate The sands centre, Carlisle

heatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music

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What’s On

Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre -------------------------------------------------


Sat Apr 19 Purple Haze The Cranemakers, Carlisle

Tue May 13 Professor Green The Sands Centre, Carlisle



Sun Apr 20 The Sun Explodes The Brickyard, Carlisle

Fri May 16 Keswick Mountain Festival: Adrian Edmonson and The Bad Shepherds Crow Park, Keswick

------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 25 Cult of Whores and Dogs Club Rock, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------


peatbog faeries The brickyard Carlisle

Sat Apr 26 Halle - International Orchestral Concert Series The Sands Centre, Carlisle Slaves / DZ Deathrays / plus support The Brickyard, Carlisle

Mark Morriss Club Rock, Carlisle

Club Criminal Club Rock, Carlisle



Fri Apr 11 - 13 Bowness Bay Blues Festival Windermere

Sun May 4 Anything Goes Silent Disco The Brickyard, Carlisle



Sat Apr 12 Falling Red / Evarane / Mia Klose / Honeycomb Love The Brickyard, Carlisle

Sat May 10 Absolva / Babylon Fire / Die No More The Brickyard, Carlisle

Noels Run Club Rock, Carlisle

Red Spider Club Rock, Carlisle



Fri Apr 18 Gaz & Daz' Vinyl Spintacular The Brickyard, Carlisle

Sat May 10 - 11 Daniel O'Donnell The Sands Centre, Carlisle

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------------------------------------------------REGULAR MUSIC EVENTS Carlisle Jazz Club Every Thursday, 8.30-11pm Different bands every week Everyone welcome Tel 01228 596767 Carlisle RU Club, Carlisle New Orleans Hot Jazz at Brampton (music of the 1920s-30s) Second Wednesday each month Howard Arms, Brampton

//theatre Mon Mar 10 -15 Evita The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 18 Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy & More | What's On

heatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music ------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 24 - 29 Teechers West Walls Theatre, Carlisle

Sun Mar 30 Giselle by Moscow Ballet La Classique The Sands Centre, Carlisle



Thur Mar 27 - 29 A Dream Play Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle

Thur Apr 3 - 5 Paradise Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle



Fri Mar 28 - Apr 19 Dancing at Lughnasa Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Fri Apr 11 StagedRight's 10th Anniversary Concert The Sands Centre, Carlisle

------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 29 Hot Flush! The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------------------Sat Apr 12 TBTL: Not About Heroes Wreay Village Hall, Carlisle

//film Mon Mar 10 A Hijacking (15) Tullie House, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 17 Le Week-End (15) Tullie House, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 21 Whale Rider (PG) Brampton Community Centre ------------------------------------------------Mon Mar 24 Ain't Them Bodies Saints (15) Tullie House, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 28 - 30 Festival of Film Tullie House, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Apr 5 Tangled 3D (PG) Rheged Centre, Penrith


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Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre


Wed Apr 2 Sarah Millican: Home Bird The Sands Centre, Carlisle

Wed Mar 19 Ruby Wax - Sane New World Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 11 Jason Manford Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

------------------------------------------------Fri Mar 28 Rob Beckett Live Rheged Centre, Penrith -------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------Tue May 6 Mark Thomas - 100 Acts of Minor Dissent Rheged Centre, Penrith

//other Fri Mar 7 - 16 Words by the Water Theatre by the Lake, Keswick ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 8 Murder at the Museum Tullie House, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 11 Ladies Charity Night Tickets £15, includes your meal and a cocktail The Queens, Warwick on Eden ------------------------------------------------Thur Mar 13 Blood Donation Session 2pm-6pm North Lakes Hotel, Penrith An Introduction to Insects Tullie House, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 15 Carlisle United v Stevenage Brunton Park, Carlisle


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Paper Engineering have fun with Pop-ups The Hut, Brampton Ceramics with Caroline Nash Tullie House, Carlisle



Music, Theatre, Film, Comedy & More | What's On

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------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 18 Blood Donation Session 2pm-6pm Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle

Eddi Reader to headline Ireby Festival

------------------------------------------------Wed Mar 19 Basic DIY with Jane Angus The Hut, Brampton -------------------------------------------------

May 23 - 24

WITH good music, friendly locals and stunning views Ireby Festival is Cumbria’s hidden gem of a festival.

Thur Mar 20 Ripstop Theatre: Sally and The Sunflower Wreay Village Hall, Carlisle

The festival, which started in someone’s garden 12 years ago, has gained a reputation in the music world and is attracting artists from all over the world.

------------------------------------------------Sat Mar 22 In Search of The Northern Lights Tullie House, Carlisle Wacky Science Experiments Tullie House, Carlisle


Easter Food & Gift Fair rheged centre, penrith

Exciting Science Workshop for youngsters – part of National Science and Engineering Week Brampton Community Centre

Sat Mar 29 Brampton Farmers' Market Market Place, Brampton



Sun Mar 23 Table Top Sale The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Tue Mar 25 Carlisle United v Shrewsbury Brunton Park, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Thur Mar 27 Blood Donation Session 3pm-7pm Swallow Hilltop Hotel, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

Sat Mar 29 - 30 Kendal Festival of Food Various Venues, Kendal ------------------------------------------------Sun Mar 30 Blood Donation Session 10am-2pm North Lakes Hotel, Penrith Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea Tullie House, Carlisle

Festival organiser, Charles Devlin, said: “It’s a festival primarily about music where people can see the artists up close and have a chat with them.” Scottish singer, Eddi Reader is set to headline the Friday night with Canadian band The Bills headlining the Saturday. Charles said: “We like to put a lot of emphasis on young people and encourage them to get their music out there and perform.” Festival organisers are urging people not to be complacent about buying tickets and with 50% of them already sold they are running out quick. Tickets are available from:


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What’s On

Music / Theatre / Film / Comedy / Other / Music / Theatre

Tue Apr 1 Opening of Kirklinton Hall and Gardens: 12pm - 5pm Kirklington Hall, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 4 Made in Cumbria Farmers Market City Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sat Apr 5 Carlisle United v Swindon Brunton Park, Carlisle

Crafts & Vintage Fayre The Old Fire Station, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sun Apr 6 Knit and Stitch Show Rheged Centre, Penrith ------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 11 Ready Steady Cook The Sands Centre, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sally Morgan The Sands Centre, Carlisle Slow Art Day Tullie House, Carlisle

Fri Apr 18 Country and Western Night 3 course dinner and a bottle of wine per couple - £39 Swallow Hilltop Hotel, Carlisle


Carlisle United v Walsall Brunton Park, Carlisle

Sat Apr 12 - 13 Your Wedding Show Racecourse, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

CAPS Camp Out Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle

Sat Apr 12

Molly Matcham: Mini Spring Sessions Book your ½ hour slot with Molly for a photo shoot you will never forget. Beautiful film photographer with a stunning ruin as a backdrop. Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle

Sat Apr 12 - 24 Teddies go FREE! Between 12 - 24 April children aged 5-15 years travel free during this period with their teddies. Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway ------------------------------------------------Sun Apr 13 Children's Day Youth Zone, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Wed Apr 16 Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt Various Locations, Cumbria ------------------------------------------------Fri Apr 18 - 21 Easter Adventure Quest Carlisle Castle, Carlisle -------------------------------------------------

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Pudding Supper Tullie House, Carlisle

-----------------------------------------------Sat Apr 19 Barn Dance 3 course dinner and a bottle of wine per couple - £39 Swallow Hilltop Hotel, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Sun Apr 20 - 21 Birdwatch at Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre, Windermere -----------------------------------------------Mon Apr 21 Easter Food and Gift Fair Rheged, Penrith -----------------------------------------------Sat Apr 26 Carlisle United v Oldham Brunton Park, Carlisle ------------------------------------------------Tue Apr 29 - May 5 Settle - Carlisle Walking Festival City Centre, Carlisle



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Wildlife of the Solway Firth | The Lesser Spotted Dogfish

Wildlife of The Solway Firth

The Lesser Spotted Dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula By Mark Vollers


HIS small member of the shark family will be well known to most sea anglers and commercial fishermen, usually with no great affection because they have stolen the bait meant for other fish! It is a measure of their success as a species that they appear to be thriving. They are, in fact, edible but as a nation we are pretty conservative in our taste so demand remains low. They reach a maximum size of about 60 cms and spend their life on the sea-bed, either searching for food, using their phenomenal sense of smell / taste or resting up, often in a rock crevice or among kelp holdfasts and often in close company with their own kind. They are both hunters of live crustaceans and scavengers, doing the essential job of helping to keep the seabed clear of dead fish. They no doubt benefit from commercial fishing discards too, which result in thousands of tons of dead fish around our coasts.

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They reproduce by laying egg cases, known as mermaid’s purses, tough pouches which they attach to seaweed stems.


’s Purses

These develop over as long as nine months and then hatch out as perfect miniature 10cm sharks, ready to fend for themselves and big enough not to be preyed on by all and sundry. Recent research suggests that female dogfish are capable of asexual reproduction as well, extremely unusual in animals of this complexity. Dogfish skin is covered in denticles, which are like small teeth, making it extremely unpalatable for predators and in days past, when dried out, were used as fine sandpaper!

March/April 2014 | Tide Tables

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Train Times | Transport

Train Times - 8 December 2013 - 17 May 2014

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Maps | Carlisle


Carlisle Handy Map


1 Carlisle Castle and Border Regiment Museum 2 Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Guild Hall Museum The Pools LaserQuest VUE Cinema

3 4 5 6

Points of Interest

1 Central Library 2 Market Hall 3 Skate Park

Local Ameneties

Tourist Information Public Toilets Police Station Citadel Station Parking 24hr Petrol Station The Lanes Shopping Centre

Places Of Worship

1 Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Church 2 St Cuthbert’s Church 3 Carlisle Cathedral


1 Carlisle College


1 Bitts Park

Sports Grounds

1 Swifts Golf Course and Driving Range

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handy numbers Council & Other Services Carlisle City Council Cumbria County Council (out-of-hours service) Cumbria County Council Carlisle Tourism Carlisle Post Office (Scotch Street) Carlisle Library (Globe Lane)

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Medical / Support Services Emergency Police/Fire/Ambulance Police (non-emergency) Fire & Rescue General Enquiries Cumberland Infirmary Accident and Emergency NHS Direct West Cumberland Hospital National Blood Service Dental Emergency Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) Domestic Violence Support Samaritans OutREACH Cumbria LGBT Helpline

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Museums, Attractions & Music Venues Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Walby Farm Park The Source The Brickyard Guildhall Museum Carlisle Indoor Market Hall Carlisle Cathedral AMF Bowling Brunton Park Carlisle Castle Cumbria’s Military Museum The Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle Gretna Gateway Outlet Village Carlisle Racecourse

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Tullie House Museum 01228 618718

Carlisle Racecourse 01228 554700

If you would like your service listed here please call: 01946 816 716 Schools Trinity School Austin Friars St Monica’s School Newman Catholic School St Cuthbert’s Catholic Community School Richard Rose Morton Academy Carlisle College University of Cumbria

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Sports Indoor & Outdoor Carlisle Driving Range The Pools Swimming & Health Centre Sheepmount Athletics Stadium Stoneyholme Golf Club

01228 545665 01228 625777 01228 625599 01228 625511

Theatres & Cinema The Sands Centre The Green Room Vue Entertainment

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Tourist Information Carlisle VisitScotland Gretna Brampton

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Travel & Weather Bus Timetables Stagecoach North West Train Timetables Lake District Weather Service Vets Eden Veterinary Centre Ashlea Veterinary Centre RSPCA

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