Music seemed to come through every window
Jun27

Music seemed to come through every window

Moreton Music Day has become over the years one of the key musical events on Dartmoor. I counted 41 acts play at five venues in Moretonhampstead from St Andrews Church to Central Café, from The Bell to the main venue The Horse. The centre of the town was closed to traffic as drum kits, saxophones, amps and countless guitars were unloaded out of the back of pick-ups at the Road Closed signs. In the baking sunshine on one of the hottest...

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DIGITALK: Gaming Addiction is finally recognised
Jun27

DIGITALK: Gaming Addiction is finally recognised

This week, The World Health Organisation have at long last recognised Gaming Addiction as an official disease/mental disorder. This is long overdue. The concept of gaming addiction has been under study for 30 years, since the origin of gaming. Now to be clear, it doesn’t mean that people who play a lot of video games are suffering from gaming addiction! Gaming addiction is classified as losing control over how much you play, to the...

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England could escape suffocating past with vibrant football
Jun27

England could escape suffocating past with vibrant football

Russia is often accused of fiddling with the news, but this really happened. England were 5-0 up at half-time in a World Cup match and were able to withdraw their captain and talisman, Harry Kane, who had already reached his hat-trick in a game his team had already won. These facts have been verified. Back home, a nation accustomed to World Cup inquests and zero-fun games were supping the Ambrosia of a perfect summer Sunday. Nobody...

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Pushed to the brink of extinction
Jun27

Pushed to the brink of extinction

A recent report by the Wildlife Trust has revealed that a fifth of Britain’s wild mammals are at risk of extinction, pushed to the brink by farming chemicals, loss of habitat, loss of nesting sites, cars, disease and the introduction of alien species. A number of mammals most at risk have seen their numbers decline rapidly over the last ten years. THE OTTER (IMPROVING) Pushed to the brink of extinction by farming chemicals leaching...

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Birds of Pray flock to St Thomas a Becket
Jun27

Birds of Pray flock to St Thomas a Becket

BLUE TITS NEST IN CHURCH LECTERN Recently the church in Sourton on the edge of Dartmoor was closed to the public and the church bells silenced. A pair of blue tits had made a nest in the St Thomas a Becket Church lectern and eight young blue tits hatched. Church maintenance man Tony Batten kept seeing the two blue tits flying around and landing on the lectern so shone a torch through the ornate carved lectern used by the parish, and...

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