Green Issues: Positive climate change news
Dec31

Green Issues: Positive climate change news

This year was the hottest year on record. Temperatures reached 38.7 degrees in Cambridge – the hottest ever recorded in the UK. Fires devastated California, Greece, the Arctic and continue to burn in Australia. In fact, data from the Sentinel-3 World Fire Atlas shows that there were almost five times as many wildfires in August 2019 compared to August 2018. And David Bellamy died. However, this is the end of 2019 and I believe it’s...

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The Big Picture – By Myles Pinkney
Dec31

The Big Picture – By Myles Pinkney

This year we’ve been privilaged to display photographs by the extremely talented photographer, Myles Pinkney, incliding the image above. To see more of his work visit www.mylespinkneyphotography.com

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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES:  The nuclear secret of Plymouth
Dec30

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES: The nuclear secret of Plymouth

By the late 1950s both Russia and the West had built a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons, at great cost, and tentative steps were being made to find some common ground. But then a theory would send scientists and politicians into a dangerous tailspin which, amid greater fear and mistrust, could have led to catastrophic nuclear conflict. Amid the utmost secrecy, that global conflict suddenly came very close to home – to a hill which...

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Memorable moments of 2019
Dec29

Memorable moments of 2019

It is almost surreal to look back at all the issues we have produced this year. The Moorlander has been all over the county, taking photos and reporting on news that concerns us all. Back at the beginning of the year, Devon County councillors were asked to consider St Boniface as the first Patron Saint of Devon. Mel Stride continued his support for the Okerail project to link Okehampton to Exeter by rail. In April we were nominated...

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TM2 Interview: Lord John Burnett – ‘There’s only one problem I see – I’m a Liberal!’
Dec28

TM2 Interview: Lord John Burnett – ‘There’s only one problem I see – I’m a Liberal!’

The day I met this edition’s TM2 guest was not a good one. The weather was horrendous, and I was in mourning following the England Rugby team’s loss in the final of the World Cup to South Africa. Not an auspicious start to the day. However, the grump I was in was swiftly overcome once I sat down and started chatting with Lord John Burnett – one of the most fascinating people I have had the pleasure to interview. Readers from Torridge...

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