Taking the Long View
Apr26

Taking the Long View

Easter is a perfect time to photograph the Dartmoor landscape With Spring well on the way and the chance to enjoy an Easter break, the chances are you will find yourself on a walk in the countryside and reaching for your phone to capture the moment. But squeezing that huge view into a small digital image is never easy. Nine times out of ten when you get back home and take a closer look it all looks rather underwhelming. However, help...

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Folking Incredible! Young musicians from the South West are blazing a trail
Apr08

Folking Incredible! Young musicians from the South West are blazing a trail

The Drystones are two young musicians who come from Priddy, a tiny village north of Glastonbury, which holds an annual folk festival every Summer. Mike Harding has described them as ‘indecently talented’ and last year they were nominated for the BBC2 Radio 2 Young Folk Award. They have also won the Larmer Tree Break Through Music Award, and their spirited style and big sound marks them out as a folk duo to watch. With a fiddle,...

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Leaving nothing to the imagination
Mar29

Leaving nothing to the imagination

RAMM, which has just taken the top trophy at the Exeter Living Awards, is holding a new art exhibition. It explores the strange phenomenon of aphantasia, a condition which is being researched by Exeter University. So, you have been working hard all day and not eaten anything but then remember there is the most delicious stack of chocolate eclairs in the fridge. When you close your eyes you can see that luscious glossy icing and the...

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Sam’s mission to illuminate obscure history
Feb24

Sam’s mission to illuminate obscure history

Sam Willis, the local TV historian who will be coming to Chagword next month, has created a live show to bring history up to date Sam Willis stands in the back garden of his house. It is a perfect 19th Century cottage elegantly sandwiched between two unusual modern extensions. They were designed to look ‘like bookends’ he explains. The juxtaposition of traditional white stucco and traditional sash windows against the ultra-modern...

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Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline
Feb09

Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline

Debut novelist, Holly Watt is a former investigative reporter for national newspapers who has turned the experience into a dark thriller Holly Watt’s first undercover mission involved breaching the security of a company HQ to gain access to their offices. She enlisted the help of an ‘insider’ to sneak her in one morning and then she insinuated herself into the landscape of office life, getting her feet under the desk and access to a...

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