‘Hold on lads, let’s steal a pink elephant’
Nov04

‘Hold on lads, let’s steal a pink elephant’

Thieves will steal just about anything they can, but a life-sized pink elephant on a heavy plinth called Elizabeth is not something you can slip into your pocket. Questions have got to be asked of the thieves, like why steal a life-sized pink elephant in the first place? I can just imagine the conversation that went on between this gang of crooks when one pipes up and says, “Hold on lads I’ve got a great idea, let’s steal a life-sized...

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Exeter student detained for spying in the UAE
Oct26

Exeter student detained for spying in the UAE

Exeter student Matthew Hedges has been charged with spying “for a foreign state” in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old was detained in May as he tried to leave Dubai airport following a study trip to the region for his PHD at Durham University. For much of the last five months he has been held in solitary confinement and has been given few details of what he is alleged to have done. A statement by the attorney...

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Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story
Oct25

Michael Morpurgo opens new school with a story

The famous author Michael Morpurgo opened the new Chagford Primary School last week and it was blessed by the Rt Reverend Robert Atwell, the Bishop of Exeter. Headteacher Liz Wiseman welcomed all the guests to the school; for many it was the first time to have a good look round. Michael Morpurgo, the author of books such as Warhorse and Private Peaceful, was the guest of honour but before cutting the ribbon to officially open the...

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Pony sale goes ahead – just
Oct22

Pony sale goes ahead – just

The annual drift sale took place last week, despite earlier fears that it may be cancelled. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the Dartmoor Commoners and the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), a compromise was agreed with Defra to bend the rules to allow the sale to go ahead otherwise the 200-odd ponies that had already been rounded up would have had to be shot. Defra had brought in new rules about pony...

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Okehampton to Exeter Rail Service
Oct21

Okehampton to Exeter Rail Service

“We need to speak with one voice” Dr Michael Ireland the Vice Chairman of OkeRail spoke to The Moorlander recently and gave an update on the progress of the proposed Okehampton to Exeter rail link. The words ‘three year trial’ have been dropped but talks are going ahead with the resumption of a service in the near future from Okehampton to Exeter and beyond. Dr Ireland said: “We need to speak with one voice if we are to get the...

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