‘I would like to run the MOD one day’
May03

‘I would like to run the MOD one day’

As someone who works in Parliament some of the time, to say the atmosphere at the moment is febrile does not do it justice. Parties are fraying at the seams, traditional loyalties have long gone and ordinary Parliamentary business is being pushed to the periphery. Unusual, bizarre, ridiculous, remarkable. All words that could be used to describe the current political climate. In fact, when protestors stripped naked and glued...

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Okehampton take the title
Apr25

Okehampton take the title

The day of reckoning arrived and the boys in maroon and amber delivered. The club will now be playing level five rugby next season, for the first time in its illustrious history. What a remarkable season it’s been for the Okes. Needing two points to secure the title, to make Launceston’s result irrelevant and guarantee promotion, the boys travelled to the Rectory for a tough looking last fixture, the Plymouth side having...

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“…And the next thing I knew all  hell broke out” – Eric Gelder
Apr19

“…And the next thing I knew all hell broke out” – Eric Gelder

Almost exactly 75 years ago, on the 6th June 1944, the liberation of Europe from the Nazis began. It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of German domination. Operation Overlord was the largest air, land and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6th, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and over 150,000 servicemen. Despite suffering...

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Firefighters set  become crime fighters
Apr19

Firefighters set become crime fighters

Firefighters across Devon are being trained by police in order to boost the number of officers in rural areas. Firefighters from Devon and Somerset have been trained for two months to take on the roles of community responders with Devon and Cornwall Police. The seven that have been trained so far can now arrest suspects, but must prioritise fighting fires when needed. Police and fire unions have criticised the scheme as a ploy to...

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Okehampton shine in fast-running game
Apr10

Okehampton shine in fast-running game

The Okehampton 1st XV travelled to Weston-Super-Mare to visit Hornets RFC in the Tribute South West 1 league. Hornets opened the scoring. Almost right from the kick off, the Okes were penalised for a dump tackle and Hornets kicked to the corner. Their pack gathered the ball from the resulting lineout and moved the ball quickly to score in the corner. A few minutes later the Okes were on the attack and were awarded a penalty in front...

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