Brexit, boozers and the “non-conformists”
Oct19

Brexit, boozers and the “non-conformists”

Tim Martin is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon pubs. Known for being politically outspoken, his taverns have been a campaigning tour de force, with Brexit beermats and British products all the way. We sit down together to commit the mortal sin of chatting politics and the “new religion of the EU” in the pub. We meet outside The Imperial in Exeter, a former manor-house overlooking St David’s station. He arrives on foot –...

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The raw beauty of Dartmoor ponies
Oct12

The raw beauty of Dartmoor ponies

On her first visit to Dartmoor, Fi Takács went for a horse ride on the moor. “This decision changed everything: Whilst riding, I was dumbstruck with the wild beauty of the moors and the sense of space; the buzzard’s screech, the gorse, and the bizarre granite outcrops. It got completely under my skin and into my bones. ‘Some ponies approached us as we stopped. I noticed their cheeky ways, entranced by their behaviour. Coming...

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Digitalk: What phone should I get?
Oct08

Digitalk: What phone should I get?

As I’m sure most of you will have seen, the new iPhone was recently announced with an absolutely absurd price tag of up to £1,449. For that price you could buy an Xbox one X, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, a 50” TV and still have £200 left over for games for each of them. Many will still get it for the fact it’s the new iPhone, some will get it because they like the features. I however would recommend several of their competitors. I...

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Fitz of laughter over the air waves
Oct05

Fitz of laughter over the air waves

David Fitzgerald presents the week day morning show for BBC Radio Devon as well as another – ‘A Bit more Fitz” – on Sundays. He’s met and interviewed everyone from world famous comedians to local farmers. Born in Bridford, he now lives on the edge of Dartmoor in Ivybridge with his wife and two Siamese cats, Pablo and Taggart. They have a 24 year old son, George. Fitz is a conundrum. He claims he can’t remember where he...

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LUSTLEIGH A DARTMOOR VILLAGE IN FOCUS
Sep06

LUSTLEIGH A DARTMOOR VILLAGE IN FOCUS

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE LUSTLEIGH SOCIETY The Lustleigh Heritage weekend saw the launch of a new book titled ‘Lustleigh – a Dartmoor Village in focus’ about the beautiful Dartmoor village and marked the 40th anniversary of the Lustleigh Society. The book was launched by Martin Barre, a former village resident and guitarist with the world-famous seventies rock band Jethro Tull, who said that he loved the coming back to the...

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“We knew it as the Ministry for Stealth and Total Obscurity”
Jul25

“We knew it as the Ministry for Stealth and Total Obscurity”

Not many political careers are as distinguished as Lord David Owen’s – the longest serving Plymouth Member of Parliament – 26 years in total – Navy Minister; Health Minister; youngest Foreign Secretary since Anthony Eden when he was appointed aged 38 in 1977; and, arguably he is most famous for being a part of the “Gang of Four” that broke away from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s. Though,...

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