The Three Hares, St Andrews Church, South Tawton, Devon
Dec31

The Three Hares, St Andrews Church, South Tawton, Devon

Photographer Chris Chapman said; “I first became aware of the richly carved oak roof bosses in St Andrews Church, South Tawton in the early 1980s while attending the funeral of the Devon potter, Andy Holden. ‘I found them intriguing, but little did I know that some twenty years later I would be there again, busy photographing a three hares boss, together with a foliate head, for our newly established Three Hares Project. ‘In 2001...

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Green Issues: Rebel against our Extinction
Dec30

Green Issues: Rebel against our Extinction

You may have noticed that for the first time in 66 editions, I did not write the Green Issues column last time. We received that piece from a lady who had been at an Extinction Rebellion protest and felt that it needed to be published. However, what exactly is Extinction Rebellion? It’s Christmas-eve-as-a-kid-stomach-knotting exciting. It’s huge and getting bigger every day. For many years we have been warned that the way we live, use...

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The big four: what to expect from 2019?
Dec29

The big four: what to expect from 2019?

In our final edition of 2018, we look forward to the next year and what might await our Big teams going forward in their respective sports and competitions. We welcome back Torquay United for this one edition only (unless they get promoted of course!) to our Big team round-up. Torquay United The National League South side didn’t have a very auspicious start to the season under Gary Owers, winning just three of their first nine games....

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A conversation with Dartmoor’s soundtrack
Dec28

A conversation with Dartmoor’s soundtrack

I have a confession to make. Seth and I have actually met before. I was at a bar in Looe during their annual music festival around five years ago when a punter came flying into me, knocking my drink clean out of my hand after tripping on the dance floor. An extremely apologetic Seth Lakeman insisted on buying me a drink; in a fan-boy-struck giddy haze, I declined his offer. Should I remind him that he technically owes me a pint? Best...

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Endangered birds under fire
Dec28

Endangered birds under fire

Shot under licence granted by Natural England Enquiries made by The Moorlander have revealed that dozens of rare birds have been shot under licences granted by Natural England. Some of these birds feature on the red list as critically endangered. Whilst some culls were granted to preserve air safety, many shoots have been granted on the grounds of preserving public health or safety. Wrens, Robins and Ringed Plovers have all had...

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