While Sir Mick struts his stuff…
Jun13

While Sir Mick struts his stuff…

While older brother Sir Mick struts his stuff in European stadiums with the world’s greatest rock and roll band The Rolling Stones on the No Filter Tour, Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother and his band were playing at a seventieth birthday party for his old friend John Freeman in the front bar of the Chagford Inn on Dartmoor where John is the landlord. John and Chris have been lifelong friends from the age of five, both from...

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Dartmoor Town Gears Up For Road Chaos
Jun13

Dartmoor Town Gears Up For Road Chaos

A road closure on the A382 planned for 19th June is set to cause havoc for the surrounding areas. Temporary traffic lights have been in place since November 2017 when it was reported that the road between Whiddon Down and Chagford was flooded and huge pot holes had appeared. Local resident Julia Sanchez contacted Devon Highways on 17 November last year to alert them to the hazard and was told that they had been out to the site and...

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If the phone doesn’t ring, you’re retired; if it does, you aren’t
Jun13

If the phone doesn’t ring, you’re retired; if it does, you aren’t

I sat down with former Conservative Member of Parliament Ann Widdecombe to discuss her life in politics and, more recently, entertainment. Ann chose to make Dartmoor her home following her retirement from frontline politics, and now lives in a wonderful home in Haytor (appropriately called Widdecombe’s Rest) overlooking the picturesque beauty of the Moor. In my short time as a journalist, this was the most nervous I had been before an...

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Russia 2018 – World Cup Preview
Jun13

Russia 2018 – World Cup Preview

Gareth Southgate has claimed his England World Cup 2018 squad has been picked to excite the nation at this summer’s tournament. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad with Adam Lallana,  who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which...

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Truth is stranger than fiction
Jun13

Truth is stranger than fiction

The story of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s plot to kill his lover Norman Scott has always fascinated me. I went to Oxter County School where Jeremy Thorpe’s pipe smoking, monocled mother Ursula Thorpe was the Chairman of the Board of Governors so I would see Jeremy out for a walk from time to time in Oxted with his little boy Rupert. Then the whole affair exploded in 1975 when Thorpe hired a hitman Andrew ‘Gino’ Newton to...

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