“I have to protect this ancient landscape”
May24

“I have to protect this ancient landscape”

Karla Mckechnie is the Livestock Protection Officer for Dartmoor. She is on call twenty-four hours a day, taking calls from concerned members of the public about animals in distress. As I’m to find out, it’s not just the animals that are at stake. After scouring a small village near Tavistock and knocking on the door of the wrong house, I eventually find a beautiful home guarded by fearless chickens and two very cute dogs. “I was just...

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Devon hopes for new Patron Saint
Mar12

Devon hopes for new Patron Saint

Bid to to make St Boniface the Patron Saint of Devon moves a step closer Devon County Councillors will later this month be asked to consider a proposal that the Patron Saint of Crediton, St Boniface, is made the Patron Saint of Devon. The County Councillor for Crediton, Nick Way, will present the recommendation to Devon County Council. The recommendation has been prepared by the Boniface Link Association and is supported with the...

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Digitalk: EA Games done right
Feb28

Digitalk: EA Games done right

This is both a dig at EA Games the company, and a spotlight on excellent Early Access Games done very well which deserve our support. I’m finding more and more that I’m enjoying games in early access over triple A games, especially EA games who are notorious for releasing broken games and then fixing them at a later date. Which is disappointing as one of my most anticipated games for this year is EA’s Anthem, a brilliant take on a...

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Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction
Feb08

Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction

By James Bateman Lot 519 was always going to be the star at Bearnes Hampton Littlewood Fine Art sale in Exeter on 30th January. So valuable it had to be kept separately in a secure location during the sale preview, I was lucky enough to be given a private view by resident ceramic expert Nic Saintey. It was a beautiful blue and white baluster vase with a six-character Qianlong seal mark to the base. The Qianlong reign was 1736-1795,...

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Digitalk: Need a little help with your resolutions?

While you shouldn’t wait until a certain time of year to start improving yourself, lets face it, most of us put stuff off for the new year. Oh I’ll start that diet next year, or I’ll take up this hobby in the new year. We’re all guilty of it. But good on you if you’ve actually started and are keeping going with it! Most new year’s resolutions fizzle out in the first week. If, like myself, you’ve chosen weight loss or fitness as your...

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