Poem by Tony Staples
Sep11

Poem by Tony Staples

Photograph taken near Burrator Woods by Myles Pinkney Of a sudden she came upon me as I tread the rich carpet of the ancient untouched wood her sound first cracking old bones long fallen she leans my ear then rising leaping joins me in the sanctuary never long for she is for the living not the dead warning and steady approach aware my curious gaze through limb and leaf and dew drop web a thought an aching heart beat and vanishing she...

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‘I am quite capable of being very robust!’
Sep06

‘I am quite capable of being very robust!’

As someone who has been with The Moorlander since its inception a few years ago, it felt like a serious professional achievement to be scheduled in to talk to Minette Batters, the head of the National Farmers’ Union, in between her interviews with Sky News and Farming UK! Minette runs her own tenanted farm in Wiltshire, but, on top of that, she could not have chosen a more difficult time to become the first female president of the NFU...

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Electric cars the pit falls
Aug23

Electric cars the pit falls

Here on Dartmoor we are lucky if we can find a petrol station. But, if you drive an electric car, you really will be struggling. In fact, it might be quicker to take the bus. The first issue is that there are different types of plug depending on the car you own. There are five different types for different vehicles. In a recent account, Geoff Hands from Christchurch left home in his new £29,050 Hyundai Ioniq pure-electric car. While...

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The man who started the Second World War
Aug23

The man who started the Second World War

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stuart Clarke/REX/Shutterstock (999184aa) SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Alfred Naujocks, who was in charge of the attack on Gliwice Radio station Franciszek Honiok, the first victim of World War II, Poland – Aug 2009 By Bob Graham and Stuart ClarkeThis week marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. The war was started by SS-Strumbannfuhrer Alfred Naujocks who led a raiding party dressed as...

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What is a Rochdale Olympic?
Aug18

What is a Rochdale Olympic?

Moretonhampstead Motor Museum has over 140 classic cars and motor bikes and motor paraphernalia from all over. I went to see Frank Loft who owns the museum, looking for the odd motoring story. Frank pointed to a sky blue little sports car in front of us. The car was a Rochdale Olympic; no, I have never heard of it either. The Rochdale company was founded in 1948 by Frank Butterworth and Harry Smith in an old mill building in Rochdale...

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NATURE CLAIMS BACK FOGGINTOR QUARRY
Aug16

NATURE CLAIMS BACK FOGGINTOR QUARRY

Photograph by Myles Pinkney Myles Pinkney is home from university and has been out on Dartmoor with his camera and tripod taking more stunning photographs for The Moorlander. This time Myles, a 20 year old photographer, has been to Foggintor where there once was a vast quarry that employed over 400 people mining granite. Foggintor Quarry was decommissioned over 80 years ago and nature has had time to reclaim her own and turn it back...

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