Resolve to save the planet

Many people talk about new year’s resolutions at this time of year. I understand it to some degree, but for me, if you see something that you would like to change, do more of, do less of and know it’s something good, then doing it any time of the year is good! I would like to have a look back over 2018 and talk about the environmental successes of those people, projects and organisations who started their campaigns and had, and kept,...

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Reliving Dartmoor’s rocket launch

HIGH FLYER STEVE BENNETT GETS READY TO REACH FOR THE SKY ON DARTMOOR.PIC FROM RICHARD LAPPAS. Over 20 years ago, former toothpaste technician Steve Bennett launched his Starchaser 3 rocket from the heart of Dartmoor, near Okehampton. In this week’s spread, we remember that day: Mr Bennett’s space bid in March 1998 ended badly when his £70,000 rocket plunged to the ground seconds after take-off, setting alight two square miles of...

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Red squirrels could return to South West in 2019

Red squirrels could make a comeback to the South West in 2019 – thanks to a new form of contraception for their grey cousins. Conservationists and a number of land owners, including Prince Charles, wants to help reintroduce them back into some isolated pockets of the region. Conservationist Mish Kennaway says the contraception is “a big part of the future for the balance of the two species”. He continues: “It’s amazing...

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TalkRadio presenter praised for saving Plymouth man’s life

Radio host Iain Lee kept a suicidal caller to his show on the line for half an hour while emergency services tracked him down after he revealed he had taken an overdose. The former I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! contestant worked out where the caller, known only as “Chris”, was by asking him a series of questions after he told him he had taken a cocktail of drugs. The caller, who was incoherent and slurring his words, saying he...

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Whisky galore

A bottle of Macallan malt whisky distilled in 1950 and donated to the Chagford Recreational Trust back in 1989 is to be sold at auction in London next month and is hoped to raise between £3,000- £6,000. The money will go towards the refurbishment of the club house which will include a new gym and equipment, exercise studio, changes to the bar and a refurbished kitchen. In 1989 three bottles of the malt whisky were given to the trust...

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