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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Devon needs better rail links 
Nov02

Devon needs better rail links 

Last month, I made the rather strange decision of putting myself through the Devon Coast to Coast cycle ride – a route of 102 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. I know, I know – I must be mad. Halfway through, other than thinking about whether it would be a heart attack or a stroke that would get me first, I realised just how poor our Devon railway links really are. After cycling out of Ilfracombe and past Barnstaple, it struck me...

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DBN donate for Dartmoor calendar
Oct19

DBN donate for Dartmoor calendar

Dartmoor Business Network are delighted to have chosen Dartmoor National Park’s Donate for Dartmoor initiative as their good cause to support for 2018. The calendar, the second since the Network started in 2015, is made possible only by the generosity of local photographers who kindly donate one of their own images of Dartmoor for inclusion and to local businesses who each sponsor a month. Samantha Hill, Head of Communications,...

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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES OF DARTMOOR: The Dartmoor man who rescued 900 men from the Dunkirk beaches
Oct19

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES OF DARTMOOR: The Dartmoor man who rescued 900 men from the Dunkirk beaches

Tavistock-born Rear-Admiral Bob Timbrell was a young Royal Canadian Navy officer still at the gunnery school on Whale Island, Portsmouth, when he was summoned from his class and told to take a boat to Dunkirk in May 1940. Aged 20 he was given command of Lord Astor’s motor yacht Llanthony with a crew of six Newfoundland woodsmen, two London bus mechanics and a Royal Navy petty officer whose equipment consisted of a First World...

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Amazing Dogs and how they help us
Oct19

Amazing Dogs and how they help us

Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, possibly 40,000 years according to research on DNA analysis on the world’s oldest known dog remains in Eurasia. Our faithful four- legged friends are helping so many people because of their incredible intelligence and noses? We all know how amazing the Guide dogs are for those that have impaired sight or are blind, also the hearing dogs and those that help their owners with...

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Keeping a Tortoise as a pet
Oct05

Keeping a Tortoise as a pet

If you want to buy a tortoise you must be aware this is a lifetime commitment, tortoises have been known to live for 150 years. In some cultures, such as China, they symbolize longevity. You need to consider both the tortoise’s immediate and long-term needs, please always contact a reputable UK breeder, they can give you good advice and healthy animals. What do they eat? It is important to make sure they get plenty of food during the...

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