HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES –  Richard Parker: The Devonian Mutineer
Nov20

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES – Richard Parker: The Devonian Mutineer

Well educated and a persuasive orator, Richard Parker was not your normal sailor in Britain’s Royal Navy. He came from a well-off background, the son of a grain merchant and baker, and had gone to grammar school in Exeter. He was good looking, swarthy and described as having flashing black eyes. For some reason Parker rejected his family business and went to sea as a midshipman where his naval career, even before the Nore...

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TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter
Nov15

TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter

Having grown up amidst the troubles in Belfast in the late 1960s, Johnny Rutherford’s life and later career hasn’t been without excitement and life changing moments. Having built up his experience across various organisations before joining the BBC, Johnny tells of how the scariest moment of his career was whilst filming the unrest in his own home town for Ulster TV in Northern Ireland. “I can remember going to an IRA funeral and...

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International Tractor back  running on home soil
Nov07

International Tractor back running on home soil

A Shaugh Prior-based small holder, who has gazed longingly at international tractors ever since she was a child, has “bit the bullet” and taken on her first restoration project some 30 years later, lovingly restoring an International B275 Tractor to its former glory. Having been previously sat outside un-started for 4 years, Nay Proctor, who bought the tractor originally from Cornwall, describes how in buying the motor she was “really...

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‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’
Nov01

‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’

Pulling up to Brian and Sheree Segdbeer’s self-built home on Dartmoor, with Haytor on the doorstep and with the wind and rain lashing it down, I couldn’t help but think it was a house made for two wildlife photographers. A house built encompassing and surrounding the very best of nature. The contrast between the Devonian weather outside and the interior of their house, which they use for the photo exhibitions, couldn’t have been...

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Domestic violence: a national crisis
Nov01

Domestic violence: a national crisis

© (U.S. Air Force photo- Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps) The UK is currently facing a national domestic abuse crisis as it is now reported that the number of people killed as a result is at its highest level in five years. Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained from 43 police forces across the UK – an increase of 32 deaths on 2017. Devon is not isolated from this...

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Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor
Oct24

Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor

Treasuring fond memories of family life on a farm in Sussex, Charlotte Faulkner is no stranger to rural communities and the animals that shape them. Now a pioneering force in securing the future of the Dartmoor Pony, she recalls how it was her “incredible” first Hill Pony Collie who has played a significant role in both her childhood and now her life’s work. “My mum was found riding the cows on the farm when she was 14, and her dad...

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