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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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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Theresa May unveils Nancy Astor statue in Plymouth
Dec13

Theresa May unveils Nancy Astor statue in Plymouth

A statue honouring the first female MP to sit in Parliament has been unveiled a century after she was voted in. Nancy Astor was elected to represent Plymouth Sutton in Devon for the Conservative Party on 28th November, 1919; a seat she held until stepping down in 1945. In honour of the pioneering MP, former Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled a bronze statue on Thursday 28th November on the Hoe in Plymouth, near Lady Astor’s...

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Determined Withies storm New Cross
Dec07

Determined Withies storm New Cross

Withycombe put on 35 unanswered points in the second half against New Cross, to steer themselves to an eighth successive league win in South Devon. As the game kicked off, it was the home side of New Cross that showed the early initiative with some good pressure pinning Withies in their own half. However, an intercepted pass by the visitors’ Paddy Haddad saw the ball swiftly make its way towards the New Cross try line. It...

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Histories & Mysteries: The Exeter man who helped start the American Revolution
Dec04

Histories & Mysteries: The Exeter man who helped start the American Revolution

On December 16th, 1773, thousands of miles away from his place of birth in Exeter, Devon, a man named John Rowe helped instigate one of the most significant events in human history. In fact, it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that the actions of Devon-born John Rowe were fundamental in creating United States of America. Born on November 16th, 1715, to Joseph and Mary Rowe, John was one of three brothers who left the city, as a young man,...

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