Dr Iain Stewart:  ‘We need to go forward as collectively as possible”
Jul20

Dr Iain Stewart: ‘We need to go forward as collectively as possible”

Dr Iain Stewart is a geologist known for BBC Science shows such as Men of Rock and How the Earth Made Us. His enthusiasm for geology and Earth Science is both infectious and unrelenting. Most of us were lucky enough to have that one teacher at school who instilled a passion for a given subject. So when the BBC decided that they would use expert presenters, Professor Stewart, Brian Cox, Neil Oliver and the likes, they made a conscious...

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S.O.S – Save Our Services
Jun28

S.O.S – Save Our Services

Ashburton Fire Station is set close as part of the biggest shake-up of the fire service in fifty years. In all eight fire stations in the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service area are earmarked for closure. Donald Distin Town Councillor and crew manager at the fire station has vowed to fight the planned closure as he fears that lives will be lost if the fire station is closed – arguing that the statistics being used to...

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Tales from the human swan
Jun28

Tales from the human swan

Adventurer and conservationist Sacha Dench, who has made her home on Dartmoor, talks to Jane Rush about her award-winning expedition to help the Bewick’s swan and her forthcoming adventure to help the osprey. Three small planes set off from the coast of Panama and out over the azure sea. Their destination is one of the jewel-like islands which make up the hundreds that form the San Blas archipelago. But with an approaching storm, two...

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Death of the King – the making of the Queen
Jun14

Death of the King – the making of the Queen

By Tony McCrum RN I was standing in front of his desk wondering why I had been summoned. This was 1951 at the R.N. Signal School and he was my nice boss, Commander Wells. “You are not to tell anyone what I am about to tell you until I let you know. Understood?” “Certainly, Sir” I replied. “You will shortly be appointed to the staff of the Flag Officer, Royal Yachts, and will accompany the King and Queen on their forthcoming tour of...

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“I bloody love journalists as I believe we are interesting because we are interested.”
Jun14

“I bloody love journalists as I believe we are interesting because we are interested.”

One of my favourite things when doing these interviews for the Moorlander – aside from hearing some of the most fascinating stories from Devonians – is the number of places in our county that you get to explore. Interviewing former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond at her home this week was most certainly one of my favourites. After spending what felt like a day travelling around the lanes of South Devon, you drive into what can...

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Dr Ian Mortimer: “It took 43 years to realise I got time right in the middle of my name.”
Jun08

Dr Ian Mortimer: “It took 43 years to realise I got time right in the middle of my name.”

When I found out that we had the opportunity to interview Dr Ian Mortimer, I jumped at the chance. As a historian myself, his back catalogue of books has punctuated my life in academia and journalism. Though, I am not the only one who have been influenced his work. His The Time Traveller’s Guide to… series are a staple of many people’s book shelves. Biographies of Henry V and Sir Roger Mortimer have been seminal pieces of work. And...

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