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Cath MacDiarmid with her stark self portrait

Catherine MacDiarmid - the brutally honest portrait artist

Meet a Kendal artist whose self-portrait horrified friends but delighted judges, writes Mike Glover

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Stay safe on the piste

Top tips for staying safe on your ski-ing holiday

Travel bloggers Boomerland Travel share their top tips for the slopes

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7 fabulous ski resorts you must visit

7 fabulous ski resorts you must visit

From luxury in Morzine to fun on the slopes in Banff, we select seven ski resorts and chalets that are perfect for a winter break

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Suranne Jones was Orlando at Manchester Royal Exchange

2014 Manchester Theatre Awards - the nominations revealed

It’s curtain up on the annual Manchester Theatre Awards as David Upton previews the nominations from a glittering year of performances

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Crocus field at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston - Phil Portus.  Alamy

A celebration of crocuses at Swarthmoor Hall. Ulverston

As Valentine’s Day approaches we have a special reason to appreciate the arrival of crocus flowers, writes Linda Viney

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First Snow, Langdale Pikes - R, Martin Tomlinson

Artist of the month - R. Martin Tomlinson

This Lancashire-born artist loooks to Lakeland’s changing seasons for inspiration, writes Barbara Waite

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Alan Roberts in his beloved Lake District

Atherton’s Alan Roberts celebrates 50 years of guide dog ownership

Atherton’s Alan Roberts lost his sight when he was just 22. Fifty years later he is still enjoying life thanks to a succession of guide dogs. Emily Rothery reports

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The town centre is decorated with posters opposing the plan. The proposed site for the plant is on the hillside in the background

End in sight for Ramsbottom energy row

Plans to build anaerobic digester go to appeal

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Wildlife

Alan Roberts in his beloved Lake District

Atherton’s Alan Roberts celebrates 50 years of guide dog ownership

Atherton’s Alan Roberts lost his sight when he was just 22. Fifty years later he is still enjoying life thanks to a succession of guide dogs. Emily Rothery reports

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Kike likes muddy weather (picture: John Noblett)

Meet Kike - the mole-catching dog

It’s one of the world’s rarest breeds and its super-sensitive nose makes her perfect for hunting out a gardener’s pest. Emily Rothery reports

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Gunner had a rough start to life but became a life-saver

Meet Gunner, the dog blood donor

It’s a little know fact that dogs give blood to save other canines. Emily Rothery reports

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The 2014 Land Rover Bursary Winners Urban Farm

The Urban Farm joins forces with the Prince’s Countryside Fund

Two young women with a passion for animals are taking their farm to schools and care homes to spread knowledge - and a little happiness

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Discover Out & About

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, in the heart of the Lake District

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in the Lake District, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “ little railway “.

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Ullswater Steamers.

Ullswater Steamers, See the beauty of the Lake District by boat

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake.

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Great Langdale

Five of the best pub walks in the Lake District

A long walk deserves a stop at a cosy inn and Lakeland writer and photographer Vivienne Crow has agreed to share a few of her favourites

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Photography

he ultimate selfie taken by Stuart on warm evening above Walla Crag and Derwentwater

The ultimate Lake District selfie

A daredevil photographer combines his love of photography and paragliding to creat some remarkable landscapes

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1st Ashness Bridge - Roger Green

The 2014 Lancashire Life photography competition - winners revealed

We reveal the winners of the Lancashire Life and Lake District Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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Hartshead Pike at Sunset, Ashton-Under-Lyne - Howard Murphy

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - November 2014

Judges are busy choosing the winners of the Lancashire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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Places

7 fabulous ski resorts you must visit

7 fabulous ski resorts you must visit

From luxury in Morzine to fun on the slopes in Banff, we select seven ski resorts and chalets that are perfect for a winter break

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Crocus field at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston - Phil Portus.  Alamy

A celebration of crocuses at Swarthmoor Hall. Ulverston

As Valentine’s Day approaches we have a special reason to appreciate the arrival of crocus flowers, writes Linda Viney

Read full story »

The town centre is decorated with posters opposing the plan. The proposed site for the plant is on the hillside in the background

End in sight for Ramsbottom energy row

Plans to build anaerobic digester go to appeal

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View along Broadgate, Grasmere

Five things to do in Grasmere

Grasmere is great all year round

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This picture of the Harris Museum, is by Lancashire Life artist Nick Oliver. See more at www.smilecreative.co.uk or contact him at 01257 427465.

Preston set for major change with big plans for the bus station and Guild Hall

The ever-changing city is living up to its nickname with big plans to transform its look. Emma Mayoh reports

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Walks

This view Stonyhurst College at Hurst Green is well worth a short detour

7 great walks in the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

A selection of walks near the A59 taking in the beauty of Pendle Hill, Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

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Bow Fell towers over Upper Eskdale on the return walk from Harter Fell; Looking across Buttermere to Fleetwith Edge; The Langdale Pikes in winter; Castlerigg Stone Circle; From Silver Crag, looking across Ullswater to St Sunday Crag

Five of the best lowland Lake District winter walks

Outdoors writer and photographer Vivienne Crow picks some of her favourite lowland Lake District walks for winter

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Bridge at Sawley

Lancashire walk - Sawley, Ribble Valley

Keith Carter steps through Lancashire’s heritage on a walk from Sawley to Bolton by Bowland

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Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Melling

Lancashire Walk - Melling, Lune Valley

It’s second time lucky for Keith Carter as he finds a walk from Melling in the Lune Valley

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Out & About Showcase

Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery - Fabian Perez The Embrace III

The Art of Christmas Gift Buying

Picking personal and thoughtful Christmas gifts is never an easy task but Katy Bettridge of Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin, takes us through a few arty suggestions for the ultimate in Festive giving.

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Stonyhurst Sixth Form

The benefits of attending Stonyhurst in the Sixth Form

An excellent boarding school, such as Stonyhurst, can make a world of difference to a sixth former’s outlook and prospects.

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Alternative ideas for your hen do

Alternative ideas for your hen do

The hen do, like the wedding, should only come around once in a lifetime.

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Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form continues its long-standing tradition of academic excellence

Staff and students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are celebrating once again, as 2014 proved to be another outstanding year with an A Level pass rate of 100% and a Vocational pass rate of 99.8%!

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