HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES – Devon’s strangest byelaws
Nov11

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES – Devon’s strangest byelaws

Using a pavement, rather than your local news website, to get your story out there Defacing a pavement is a serious offence. Byelaw 19 in the series of Good Rule and Government Byelaws in Exeter states that no person shall for the purpose of advertising or of disseminating news, propaganda or the likes, deface the footway or roadway of any street by writing or other marks. Dartmoor has a treasure trove full of weird and wonderful...

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Digitalk: I’m dreaming of a geek’s Christmas

There are some extremely odd people out there who are actually all done with their Christmas shopping! Crazy right? I suspect witchcraft… Halloween has just passed so they’ve had an easy excuse… I’m on to you. For those of us who are less organised, or those like me for whom Christmas is a swear word until December starts, I’m afraid its about time to begrudgingly start thinking about it. Especially if you’re looking at buying...

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Remembering the Christmas Truce
Nov03

Remembering the Christmas Truce

On November 11th 2018, it will be 100 years since the guns fell silent. One of the great horrors of human history came to an end. All that was terrible in the world was contained within the monster of those four years. Yet beneath the carnage, a tiny flicker of humanity still glowed. On Christmas Day, 1914, humanity provided a moment of warmth that would live forever. The Christmas Truce, with its famous football match, is one event...

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Three men in our village survived the First world war
Nov03

Three men in our village survived the First world war

Few writers can match the success of Sir Michael Morpurgo. A critically acclaimed author that has drawn inspiration from Dartmoor, and in doing so, he has lit the fuse of a literary renaissance. From a quiet tea-house in a quaint Devon garden, Michael talks about his early life. “I grew up in both the country near Bradwell in Suffolk but also London near Earls Court. I remember playing in bombsites just after the war because they made...

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Brexit, boozers and the “non-conformists”
Oct19

Brexit, boozers and the “non-conformists”

Tim Martin is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon pubs. Known for being politically outspoken, his taverns have been a campaigning tour de force, with Brexit beermats and British products all the way. We sit down together to commit the mortal sin of chatting politics and the “new religion of the EU” in the pub. We meet outside The Imperial in Exeter, a former manor-house overlooking St David’s station. He arrives on foot –...

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The raw beauty of Dartmoor ponies
Oct12

The raw beauty of Dartmoor ponies

On her first visit to Dartmoor, Fi Takács went for a horse ride on the moor. “This decision changed everything: Whilst riding, I was dumbstruck with the wild beauty of the moors and the sense of space; the buzzard’s screech, the gorse, and the bizarre granite outcrops. It got completely under my skin and into my bones. ‘Some ponies approached us as we stopped. I noticed their cheeky ways, entranced by their behaviour. Coming...

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