Substantial and poignant album from new Dartmoor band Gravity Machine
Feb27

Substantial and poignant album from new Dartmoor band Gravity Machine

Pulling together a huge tapestry of influences, ranging from A Perfect Circle to William Orbit via Peter Gabriel and Soundgarden, Dartmoor-based Gravity Machine have released debut single Dreamtime, from their forthcoming album Red. Core of the band is multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Niall Parker and Bob Shoesmith on drums, with guest musicians including Kat Marsh (Lionface, Choir Noir, Bring Me The Horizon) and Pete Miles. Niall...

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Histories and Mysteries: The Devonian General who Restored the Monarchy
Feb26

Histories and Mysteries: The Devonian General who Restored the Monarchy

unknown artist; General George Monck (or Monk), 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608-1670); National Army Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/general-george-monck-or-monk-1st-duke-of-albemarle-16081670-182924 Almost exactly 360 years ago, in the spring of 1660, the new ‘Convention’ Parliament was called. The job of the members was to set in motion the restoration of the monarchy which had been abolished following the Civil War (1642-1651)...

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Carbon neutral action
Feb25

Carbon neutral action

By Peter Embling Many towns and cities are aiming towards being carbon neutral, but Exeter City Council, after declaring a climate emergency, is beating many to the cause by setting out clear and deliverable plans to reach that goal by 2030. Exeter City Futures was asked to work in partnership with the city to create a clear delivery process, setting out the scale of it all plus provide a guide to what actions and investment would be...

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Shakira Pellow’s cousin dealt deadly drugs
Feb24

Shakira Pellow’s cousin dealt deadly drugs

The cousin of 15-year-old Shakira Pellow, who died after taking MDMA, has been found guilty of providing her with the pills that ultimately took her life. Shakira Pellow took high-strength MDMA with friends at her home in Camborne on 6th July, 2018, before collapsing in a nearby park. She was taken to hospital where she died the following morning after suffering multiple heart attacks and organ failure due to the toxic levels of the...

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Ava now stronger than ever imagined
Feb23

Ava now stronger than ever imagined

Tiny orphaned foal Ava is now thriving at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary – but it was touch and go whether she would make it when she arrived last summer. Ava was spotted terrified, starving and alone on Dartmoor after her mother died. She made national headlines when she first arrived at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Newton Abbot, which has a specialised veterinary and welfare centre called Beech Trees. Weak and with respiratory...

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