The Big Picture -Murmuration of Starlings – Nature’s free show
Mar10

The Big Picture -Murmuration of Starlings – Nature’s free show

Last Wednesday I was chatting to a friend who said he had spent the previous evening watching thousands of starlings massing near Okehampton Army Camp on Dartmoor near the firing ranges. With little to do that evening I drove up to the area he had mentioned. I arrived just before the sun went down, ending a beautiful day; as the sun dropped below the horizon and the temperature started to drop I saw one or two starlings here and...

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Designer chosen for Nancy Astor statue
Mar08

Designer chosen for Nancy Astor statue

An artist has been chosen to sculpt the statue of Nancy Astor, the first female MP to sit in the UK Parliament. A judging panel has chosen Hayley Gibbs as the designer. She said: “I am so honoured and excited to have my design selected for this ground-breaking piece of public art.” Gibbs is an established sculptor based in south London who works in clay, bronze and stone to create both figurative and ornamental sculptures. “I find...

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HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP JOE LOUIS – A LOCAL KNOCKOUT
Mar08

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP JOE LOUIS – A LOCAL KNOCKOUT

During the Second World War in the spring of 1944 Marden Common near Moretonhampstead became a tented camp for 1,500 American soldiers to train for D-Day. The mainly white US Army officers were billeted in the town while the mainly black Afro-American units of GIs lived in the tented camp on the common. It is during this period that Joe Louis, ‘The Brown Bomber’ and one of the most famous boxers in the world, Heavyweight Boxing...

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Senior Driving

By Paul Beard Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist says older drivers can stay safer for longer by reflecting on their driving and being honest about tasks they may find more difficult. Support from family members can be very helpful, as long as any tricky conversations with a senior driver are approached with tact and sensitivity. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “Reaching a certain age does not...

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Human vs beast
Feb26

Human vs beast

Dartmoor Zoo has had some bad publicity in the past, but it appears its latest idea is definitely not one of the most popular. Dartmoor Zoo launched its ‘human v beast’ challenge earlier this month, which sees four people being pitted against one of its big cats in an activity that zoo keepers have said the animals find ‘enriching’. And those people can be children as young as eight years old. The experience at...

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