Women-only racing leaves petrolheads fuming
Oct29

Women-only racing leaves petrolheads fuming

Sometimes you just have to sit one out. Like this year, when the FA announced it was now using Disney princesses to get girls playing football. Sure, I felt my insides clenching with a build-up of lactic irony, felt the rush of ready sarcastic remarks to my brain. And yes, there was every chance that the campaign was reinforcing the very stereotypes it was trying to overcome. But as addled ideas go, it was not football’s most...

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Exeter student detained for spying in the UAE
Oct26

Exeter student detained for spying in the UAE

Exeter student Matthew Hedges has been charged with spying “for a foreign state” in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old was detained in May as he tried to leave Dubai airport following a study trip to the region for his PHD at Durham University. For much of the last five months he has been held in solitary confinement and has been given few details of what he is alleged to have done. A statement by the attorney...

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Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story
Oct25

Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story

The famous author Michael Morpurgo opened the new Chagford Primary School last week and it was blessed by the Rt Reverend Robert Atwell, the Bishop of Exeter. Headteacher Liz Wiseman welcomed all the guests to the school; for many it was the first time to have a good look round. Michael Morpurgo, the author of books such as Warhorse and Private Peaceful, was the guest of honour but before cutting the ribbon to officially open the...

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Light the lamp and lock the door
Oct24

Light the lamp and lock the door

Our ancient and rugged landscape can be a place of beauty in the summer but as the nights draw in and we head ever closer to All Hallow’s Eve, be aware of the ghosts and ghouls that are omnipresent, plentiful and sometimes deadly. Perhaps one of the best known on Dartmoor is Shuck, or Black Shuck, a huge hound said to have been the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. He is seen in various places across the moor...

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Universal Credit fully implemented in West Devon
Oct23

Universal Credit fully implemented in West Devon

Any working age resident who needs to claim benefits will now have to make a claim for Universal Credit, unless they have three or more children or live in temporary or supported accommodation. Cllr Tony Leech, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at West Devon Borough Council, said: “Universal Credit has been rolled out slowly for all new claimants over the last two years around the country, area by area. ‘From this week,...

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