Blazing Trails
May19

Blazing Trails

It looks like a major highway but in fact it is the B3357 across Dartmoor at Merrivale, midway between Tavistock and Princetown. Myles Pinkney, a twenty-year-old talented student, took this photograph one evening when, in fact there was very little traffic on the road but Myles used a very long exposure to make it look like a very busy road that crosses the River Walkham. The hamlet of Merrivale is dominated by the spoil from the...

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‘I would like to run the MOD one day’
May03

‘I would like to run the MOD one day’

As someone who works in Parliament some of the time, to say the atmosphere at the moment is febrile does not do it justice. Parties are fraying at the seams, traditional loyalties have long gone and ordinary Parliamentary business is being pushed to the periphery. Unusual, bizarre, ridiculous, remarkable. All words that could be used to describe the current political climate. In fact, when protestors stripped naked and glued...

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The Big picture – Stunning
Apr19

The Big picture – Stunning

Photograph by Myles Pinkney I am a 20-year-old history student with a passion for landscape photography. Capturing sunrise and cloud inversions takes a lot of commitment, especially summer mornings when the sun rises at 5am. Winter mornings pose the threat of severe wind-chill on the high tors. Anticipating weather patterns and pursuing red sunsets is a constant struggle, therefore I am a firm believer that the art of photography...

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“…And the next thing I knew all  hell broke out” – Eric Gelder
Apr19

“…And the next thing I knew all hell broke out” – Eric Gelder

Almost exactly 75 years ago, on the 6th June 1944, the liberation of Europe from the Nazis began. It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of German domination. Operation Overlord was the largest air, land and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6th, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and over 150,000 servicemen. Despite suffering...

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Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee
Mar09

Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee

Many of you may have stayed-up a couple of weekends ago to watch the probably the most highly-regarded awards show in the world: the Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. As you can imagine, it was glitz and glamour galore and the stars turned out in en-masse. Nothing could feel more removed from the modest, quiet and low-key home towns of many of us on Dartmoor. However,...

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Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline
Feb09

Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline

Debut novelist, Holly Watt is a former investigative reporter for national newspapers who has turned the experience into a dark thriller Holly Watt’s first undercover mission involved breaching the security of a company HQ to gain access to their offices. She enlisted the help of an ‘insider’ to sneak her in one morning and then she insinuated herself into the landscape of office life, getting her feet under the desk and access to a...

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