Family business Cumbria Pest/Hygiene & Training Services are delighted to be celebrating 15 years as leaders in the Environmental Health service sector. Their passion is as strong today as it was 15 years ago when they were starting out in the world of self employment.

Mike Law previously earned his qualifications while working for Allerdale Council for 23 years and Karen Law joined the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, adding Food Hygiene and Health & Safety Training, along with washroom services to the Pest Control contract service. This allowed customers to feel safe in the knowledge that ‘Due Diligence’ in their Business Operation is being taken care of, making the lives of General Managers/Business Owners so much easier.

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Karen said: “We have a loyal customer base, some of whom have stayed with Mike since his days working for Allerdale Council and, in turn, referral business. Due to excellent customer service, from the initial phone conversation to being on the doorstep usually within 24 hours, we have over 300 business contracts. We class ourselves as the 4th emergency service and could never have imagined the success, year-on-year, our

The last 15 years have not been without challenges. Strict regulations and legislation by government authorities on working practices ties one's hands at times. Pest problems are on the increase owing to our use of bird feeders, compost and recycling bins, with no baiting of sewers due to financial cuts, broken drains and bird issues at present with general licenses for control being withdrawn. There is always a solution as the alternative to no pest control is unimaginable.

The business has evolved quickly and the partners are proud of what it has achieved, much more than they could have imagined in the early days. Through thoroughly understanding their market and customers, they have been able to help countless families to feel comfortable and safe in their homes and workplaces. Now, with summer upon us, the callouts increase due to wasp nests, ants, nesting birds and rodents, all of which can cause serious health risks.

Cumbria Pest/Hygiene & Training Services would like to thank everyone who has supported them over the past 15 years.


This year marks a very special anniversary in the history of space exploration and in the history of our species. On 20th July, it will be 50 years - yes, half a century - since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission and Neil Armstrong stepped gingerly off the ladder of the lunar module Eagle and took his “One small step...” More missions followed, their brave crews wandering further and further away from their spaceships, even driving an electric Moon Rover across the barren, lifeless lunar landscape. Apollo 11 will always be The Mission that took people to the Moon - the first time in history a creature from Earth set foot on and stood on an alien world.

Like many astronomy writers and outreachers, I’ll be marking the anniversary by giving talks and presentations about Apollo in schools, libraries and other places. No doubt I’ll be on Radio Cumbria at some point too but to be honest, I’ll have mixed feelings through the anniversary celebrations.

You see, like many space enthusiasts, I watched the Apollo missions at school, they’re what got me hooked on space. As I sat there, on the floor of the big hall of St. Joseph’s, I watched as the teachers brought out the School Television for the whole school to watch a Moonwalk. In


those days, schools had only one television - the Big School Television - and it was kept locked in a huge wheeled cabinet and was only brought out of its locked cupboard for a very special occasion. For example, to watch ‘The Boy in Space’ or ‘The Red Balloon’ on BBC schools programmes which used to be broadcast in the morning, in the days before morning TV bosses became obsessed with cookery, antiques and families moving to Australia. I watched that Moonwalk absolutely hypnotised and believed the commentators who confidently predicted that by the time I grew up there would be hundreds of people living on the Moon and astronauts exploring Mars too. How I looked forward to that fantastic future!

Of course, none of it happened. Having beaten the Russians to the Moon, the US lost interest in it, packed its toys away and just came home. Today there’s still no Moonbase - with or without Space: 1999s beautiful Eagles or UFO’s purple-haired Miss World Communications Engineers - and the first footprints on Mars are still, as they were in 1969, “perhaps only 30 years away”. It’s frustrating and depressing, the way we stalled.

Today’s kids think and are taught of Apollo 11 as an event from history, like WWII or the

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construction of the pyramids. Not surprising, because we threw away the legacy of Apollo and as a result of that, we now live in a conspiracy theory world where a growing number of people believe the landings were faked, which is both sad and pathetic. If you’re one of them, then I invite you, genuinely, to spend some serious time on Google learning that the flag ‘flapped’ because it was hanging from a rod and there are no stars in any of the pictures taken by Moonwalking astronauts because it was broad daylight, not night-time. Trust me, the truth IS out there, it’s all there just waiting for you to ‘research’ it properly online. For free.

But if you still insist in believing and telling other people that the greatest engineering and technological triumph in human history, which involved hundreds of thousands of people, was faked, then I’m sorry to be politically incorrect and ‘intolerant’ but you’re a total gibbering idiot and you need to grow up.

Stuart Atkinson

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