Red sky at  night, climber’s delight
Oct06

Red sky at night, climber’s delight

This photograph was taken at Hound Tor at sunset on 19th September. I had taken up 12 Scouts to enjoy a climbing experience. I hadn’t planned on climbing in darkness as the session was originally booked for summer but due to bad weather we re-arranged for September. The event was planned and when we realised we would also be climbing in near darkness, we planned to bring bright lanterns, head torches and torches. The results left us...

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Another Moreton Food Festival success
Aug24

Another Moreton Food Festival success

The Moretonhampstead Food Festival returned this year as part of carnival week in the town. The food festival has added another dimension to the fun week. Court Street, in the town, was closed to allow the crowds who came out for the festival to wander up and down the street and take in sights, smells and tastes of some wonderful foods from here in Devon but also from around the world. At the top of Court Street the festival spilled...

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Britain loses W.H.O measles free status
Aug23

Britain loses W.H.O measles free status

Britain has lost its World Health Organization (WHO) status as a ‘measles free’ country with 231 confirmed cases during the first quarter of 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on a visit to the West Country this week, called on health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure that 95% of the British people are vaccinated and regain the WHO status. Britain’s ‘Herd immunity’ has dropped below 95%; this is a particular worry in Devon...

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The man who started the Second World War
Aug23

The man who started the Second World War

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stuart Clarke/REX/Shutterstock (999184aa) SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Alfred Naujocks, who was in charge of the attack on Gliwice Radio station Franciszek Honiok, the first victim of World War II, Poland – Aug 2009 By Bob Graham and Stuart ClarkeThis week marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. The war was started by SS-Strumbannfuhrer Alfred Naujocks who led a raiding party dressed as...

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“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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