“…And the next thing I knew all  hell broke out” – Eric Gelder
Apr19

“…And the next thing I knew all hell broke out” – Eric Gelder

Almost exactly 75 years ago, on the 6th June 1944, the liberation of Europe from the Nazis began. It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of German domination. Operation Overlord was the largest air, land and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6th, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and over 150,000 servicemen. Despite suffering...

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Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee
Mar09

Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee

Many of you may have stayed-up a couple of weekends ago to watch the probably the most highly-regarded awards show in the world: the Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. As you can imagine, it was glitz and glamour galore and the stars turned out in en-masse. Nothing could feel more removed from the modest, quiet and low-key home towns of many of us on Dartmoor. However,...

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Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline
Feb09

Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline

Debut novelist, Holly Watt is a former investigative reporter for national newspapers who has turned the experience into a dark thriller Holly Watt’s first undercover mission involved breaching the security of a company HQ to gain access to their offices. She enlisted the help of an ‘insider’ to sneak her in one morning and then she insinuated herself into the landscape of office life, getting her feet under the desk and access to a...

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Digitalk: Need a little help with your resolutions?

While you shouldn’t wait until a certain time of year to start improving yourself, lets face it, most of us put stuff off for the new year. Oh I’ll start that diet next year, or I’ll take up this hobby in the new year. We’re all guilty of it. But good on you if you’ve actually started and are keeping going with it! Most new year’s resolutions fizzle out in the first week. If, like myself, you’ve chosen weight loss or fitness as your...

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Year in the life of  Moretonhampstead
Jan29

Year in the life of Moretonhampstead

Photographs by John Curno John Curno has been a photographer for most of his professional life, specialising in long term projects such as ‘A year in the life of Moretonhampstead’ which was undertaken in conjunction with Green Hill Arts Centre and Moretonhampstead Parish Council. Here John has focused on the shopkeepers and traders in the Dartmoor town. Jane Willis, Chairman of the Parish Council says in the introduction: “Hardly a...

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Living on a prayer

What is it about Widecombe-in-the-Moor? Every time I hear about someone who’s had an amazing life, or achieved some astounding feat, their proximity to this small Dartmoor village is the next thing to baffle me. We meet in the Café on the Green. Tracey is waiting, a big smile – she’s “normally late for everything”. The instantly enthusiastic Tracey Elliot-Reep has completed a series of unique adventures. She has trekked on...

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