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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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES – Devon’s strangest byelaws
Nov11

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES – Devon’s strangest byelaws

Using a pavement, rather than your local news website, to get your story out there Defacing a pavement is a serious offence. Byelaw 19 in the series of Good Rule and Government Byelaws in Exeter states that no person shall for the purpose of advertising or of disseminating news, propaganda or the likes, deface the footway or roadway of any street by writing or other marks. Dartmoor has a treasure trove full of weird and wonderful...

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Digitalk: I’m dreaming of a geek’s Christmas

There are some extremely odd people out there who are actually all done with their Christmas shopping! Crazy right? I suspect witchcraft… Halloween has just passed so they’ve had an easy excuse… I’m on to you. For those of us who are less organised, or those like me for whom Christmas is a swear word until December starts, I’m afraid its about time to begrudgingly start thinking about it. Especially if you’re looking at buying...

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Remembering the Christmas Truce
Nov03

Remembering the Christmas Truce

On November 11th 2018, it will be 100 years since the guns fell silent. One of the great horrors of human history came to an end. All that was terrible in the world was contained within the monster of those four years. Yet beneath the carnage, a tiny flicker of humanity still glowed. On Christmas Day, 1914, humanity provided a moment of warmth that would live forever. The Christmas Truce, with its famous football match, is one event...

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