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Let's practise in...Carlisle

Where? In Cumbria, close to the border between England and Scotland. Carlisle marks the end of the M6.

And? Carlisle mixes urban and rural. There are plenty of hilly walks around the Peak District, while the town features the award-winning Lanes Shopping Centre.

Work? There are 28 doctors' surgeries in Carlisle and District PCT, and 44,000 households.

Homes? A three-bedroom, detached cottage with double glazing will cost £149,925.

Schools? Carlisle schools achieve above the national average for exam results. The best independent schools are Sedbergh and Windermere St Anne's, though state schools Keswick and Samuel King's come close.

Leisure? Hadrian's Wall is 18 miles away. There is a 900-year-old castle and a cathedral from 1122. The journey through the Yorkshire Dales on the Settle-Carlisle Railway is one of England's most scenic rail journeys. Sports fans can join the supporters of Carlisle Football Club.

Famous residents? Few and far between! Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame was one of the town's most famous residents.

Anything else? Carlisle councillor and leading astronomer TS McDonald was the first British mayor to have a crater on the moon named after him.

In the news: Waste and recycling firms are on alert after nine people die in eight weeks in accidents in the industry.

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