THE YEAR
Dec29

THE YEAR

The year started and ended in tragedy in January a 66 year man was killed taking part in a hill climb off road motor event at Clifford Bridge near Drewsteignton after he was thrown from his open topped car and was trapped under the vehicle.  The community of Chagford said a fond farewell to Chagfarm founder Davon Friend, his wicker coffin was carried through the town before a service in the village hall. Davon had died a few days...

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Has Devon got a drug problem?
Dec14

Has Devon got a drug problem?

70% Rise in drug use in Devon & Cornwall Drug busts have soared by nearly 70% in Devon and Cornwall in the space of only 12 months, shocking new figures have revealed. Officers in the two counties recorded 4,360 drug seizures in 2016/17, a 69% rise on the previous year, with cocaine, crack and Ecstasy driving the upward trend. To put this figure into context, drugs busts dropped by 7% across England and Wales as a whole in the...

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DIGITALK: Top Tech Gifts This Christmas
Dec14

DIGITALK: Top Tech Gifts This Christmas

It’s THAT time of year again… The dreaded season of stress, expense and wondering if you can get away with wearing baggy trackies in public because you’ve over indulged at the multiple C word meals and your belt and jeans now feel like torture devices. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love seeing the family, giving and receiving gifts, the food, oh god the food and I even love a good/bad Christmas jumper! But the hassle of...

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Icy weather, Grit on the Roads and the Danger to Pets
Dec01

Icy weather, Grit on the Roads and the Danger to Pets

Not only is the icy weather a danger to human walkers in the form of slipping, falling and potential broken bones, but the grit that is spread on the roads is a very real danger to your pets. Rock salt is a mixture of salt and grit used to de-ice roads and paths during cold snaps. Anti-freeze is used by drivers as well as gardeners in water features. Both rock salt and anti-freeze can be deadly to animals if ingested, causing muscle...

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DARTMOOR’S TRACY ELLIOT-REEP
Dec01

DARTMOOR’S TRACY ELLIOT-REEP

I grew up on Chittleford Farm, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, riding Shilstone Rocks Dartmoor ponies. I now live on the edge of Widecombe, where I run my Dartmoor business, producing Dartmoor cards, calendars and books. I started working with and sketched the animals in a travelling circus, then travelled through Europe and North America, teaching horse riding before qualifying as a photographer in South Wales. For several years I worked...

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RARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FRONT
Nov03

RARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE FRONT

Last Friday evening I wandered up to the viewing of Dartmoor Auctions forthcoming sale in Chagford, among the hundreds of lots I found an old stereoscope, with a series of photographs.    Each photograph is in fact two photographs side by side both slightly different and when viewed through the stereoscope you see an early form of 3D photography.    The stereoscope came with two boxes of photographs, maybe 120 in all. I have...

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