Around the world in a Spitfire
Jul31

Around the world in a Spitfire

In a month’s time we will see the eightieth anniversary of the start of the Second World War when Germany invaded Poland. Last month was the 75th anniversary of D Day, the invasion of Europe underway to rid the continent of the Nazis. The invasion had massive air cover to help the troops on the ground, not only the bombing of German positions but vital air cover provided by allied fighters such as the iconic Spitfire and the pilots...

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Boris Johnson is PM – get ready for an election
Jul30

Boris Johnson is PM – get ready for an election

By securing 66.4 per cent of the vote, Mr Johnson will argue that the scale of his victory over Jeremy Hunt gives him a mandate to appoint his cabinet and pursue his new Brexit deal. A mandate to become Conservative Party leader, however, does not translate into a mandate to govern. While he may have won the Tory leadership contest by two votes to one, the Conservative’s majority in the Commons is only two. It means that despite the...

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Where did Trump’s money come from?
Jul29

Where did Trump’s money come from?

A copy of Skagury Alaskan, an Alaskan newspaper, found its way on to my desk at The Moorlander last week. Skaguay Alaska has a population of around 1,200 and the 28-page free local newspaper comes out twice a year, during the summer months. In this edition the headline and main story was all about the grandfather of US President Donald Trump and how he made the Trump family fortune. President Trump has recently been embroiled in a row...

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MILLIONS OF PAINTED  LADIES ON THEIR WAY
Jul28

MILLIONS OF PAINTED LADIES ON THEIR WAY

A potential mass influx of butterflies to the UK has led for a call for hundreds of volunteers to help count them. Every ten years, millions of painted lady butterflies arrive in a mass migration. Butterfly Conservation said that unusually high numbers of painted ladies had been spotted in Europe, heading towards the UK. The charity is urging people to take part in the annual ‘Big Butterfly Count’ to see if this year will be a...

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Hat’s off to the Hatherleigh Festival – a blazing success
Jul27

Hat’s off to the Hatherleigh Festival – a blazing success

The sun was out and so were the crowds as hundreds flocked to Hatherleigh near Okehampton for the town’s Festival which was held during the third weekend in July. Celebrated Dartmoor-based author Michael Morputgo, together with the impressive Hatherleigh Silver Band took part in the Centenary Peace Concert on Thursday evening in the Community Centre before Jealousy & the Cat, a classic rock covers band, opened the weekend’s...

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