The Big Picture
Jan17

The Big Picture

A stunning photgraph sent in by Beth Spence of the walk around the river Teign.

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Histories & Mysteries – The Last Battle of The Revenge
Jan15

Histories & Mysteries – The Last Battle of The Revenge

Devon’s own Sir Richard Grenville, (born June 15, 1542—died September, 1591), may not be as well-known as his contemporaries Sir Francis Drake or Sir Walter Raleigh. However, his exploits at sea are no less colourful, daring and interesting. In his early career, he found himself in the midst of the imperial army fighting against the Turks in Hungary (1566–68). Shortly after he was in Ireland, suppressing an uprising in Munster in...

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Music’s loss was politics’ gain
Jan08

Music’s loss was politics’ gain

On a May morning in 1997, an overnight revolution had occurred. Tony Blair walked up to the steps of Downing Street having swept to a landslide victory, heaving the Conservatives out of power after 18 years. Indeed, in Blair’s own words, a ‘new dawn’ had broken. This ‘New Labour’ government could easily be argued to stand alongside Attlee’s in 1945-1951 and Thatcher’s 1979-1990, as being one of the most radical in British postwar...

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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES:  The nuclear secret of Plymouth
Dec30

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES: The nuclear secret of Plymouth

By the late 1950s both Russia and the West had built a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons, at great cost, and tentative steps were being made to find some common ground. But then a theory would send scientists and politicians into a dangerous tailspin which, amid greater fear and mistrust, could have led to catastrophic nuclear conflict. Amid the utmost secrecy, that global conflict suddenly came very close to home – to a hill which...

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TM2 Interview: Lord John Burnett – ‘There’s only one problem I see – I’m a Liberal!’
Dec28

TM2 Interview: Lord John Burnett – ‘There’s only one problem I see – I’m a Liberal!’

The day I met this edition’s TM2 guest was not a good one. The weather was horrendous, and I was in mourning following the England Rugby team’s loss in the final of the World Cup to South Africa. Not an auspicious start to the day. However, the grump I was in was swiftly overcome once I sat down and started chatting with Lord John Burnett – one of the most fascinating people I have had the pleasure to interview. Readers from Torridge...

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Folkmoor: Christmas Food Traditions
Dec18

Folkmoor: Christmas Food Traditions

There’s no doubt that food plays a big part in our Christmas celebrations. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the origins of some of our popular Christmas foods are? Casting the net wider than our usual local traditions, as a Yuletide treat here is a look at just a few of the items you may find on your table this year. In the run up to Christmas, many people (both the young and the not-so-young) will be enjoying opening the...

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