Living on a prayer

What is it about Widecombe-in-the-Moor? Every time I hear about someone who’s had an amazing life, or achieved some astounding feat, their proximity to this small Dartmoor village is the next thing to baffle me. We meet in the Café on the Green. Tracey is waiting, a big smile – she’s “normally late for everything”. The instantly enthusiastic Tracey Elliot-Reep has completed a series of unique adventures. She has trekked on...

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A conversation with Dartmoor’s soundtrack
Dec28

A conversation with Dartmoor’s soundtrack

I have a confession to make. Seth and I have actually met before. I was at a bar in Looe during their annual music festival around five years ago when a punter came flying into me, knocking my drink clean out of my hand after tripping on the dance floor. An extremely apologetic Seth Lakeman insisted on buying me a drink; in a fan-boy-struck giddy haze, I declined his offer. Should I remind him that he technically owes me a pint? Best...

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Digitalk: Sometimes old school is better
Dec21

Digitalk: Sometimes old school is better

Recently I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with 2D games instead of the flash modern 3D hyper detailed games that get all the attention these days. I don’t mean that I’m playing really old games from 20 years ago, there are thousands of small studios and developers making games in 2D or hand drawn styles. There are multiple reasons to do this, the main reason is that its cheaper. Takes less time, and uses less resources to make,...

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2.5 million shades of grey

The Grey Squirrel. We see it everywhere, all through the year, in all weathers. It’s one of the first bits of wildlife we are exposed to as children and one of the earliest ones we learn to name. But of course the grey squirrel is most definitely not a native of these shores. They were introduced in 1876 from north America as interesting features in big estates throughout the UK, and now around 150 years later there are over 2.5...

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“I did just want someone to come and save me.” – Alison Hernandez
Nov30

“I did just want someone to come and save me.” – Alison Hernandez

When you think of the police force, it’s hard not to bring to your mind an image of hardened, tough, stern officers who have been moulded by each and every incident and crime they have had to deal with during their career. For people that don’t know much about the Police and Crime Commissioner role, you’d expect to meet the typical police officer but who deals with policy. This was not the person I met when I sat down with Devon and...

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The fascinating life of Mary Hadow
Nov19

The fascinating life of Mary Hadow

‘Delightful Mary’ as she is known, has had a colourful life. Having been educated at Eton, she was a driving force in the adventures of her former husband, Polar explorer Pen Hadow. She now runs a luxury Bed and Breakfast on the Moor. The road to this solitary house, it seems, has more twists and turns than first meet the eye. “Well hello.” Mary welcomes me into her beautiful home, a remote house that manages to render the satnav...

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