“They tell me that I have starred in more productions   at the Theatre Royal than any other performer”
Dec13

“They tell me that I have starred in more productions at the Theatre Royal than any other performer”

By Laura Joint – Plymouth Theatre Royal In a career spanning three decades, Brian Conley has appeared in award-winning West End musicals and television sitcoms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK. He has presented the Royal Variety Performance on eight occasions and was a contestant on the 15th series of BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, partnered by...

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Histories & Mysteries: The Exeter man who helped start the American Revolution
Dec04

Histories & Mysteries: The Exeter man who helped start the American Revolution

On December 16th, 1773, thousands of miles away from his place of birth in Exeter, Devon, a man named John Rowe helped instigate one of the most significant events in human history. In fact, it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that the actions of Devon-born John Rowe were fundamental in creating United States of America. Born on November 16th, 1715, to Joseph and Mary Rowe, John was one of three brothers who left the city, as a young man,...

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Your annual reminder: Shop local. Save our high streets
Nov29

Your annual reminder: Shop local. Save our high streets

Yes, you guessed it: it’s that time of year again. Black Friday sales (which contradictory to the name actually lasts a week or more) are around the corner, followed by Christmas and then the holiday sales. So here is your annual reminder from us: shop local and save our high streets. The high street is the life and soul of communities across, not only our beloved moor and country, but across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern...

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The Hummingbirds steal the show wherever they go
Nov29

The Hummingbirds steal the show wherever they go

From Belstone to Broadclyst, Buckfastleigh to Burnley, The Hummingbirds’ reputation as one of the UK’s foremost close harmony singing trios is spreading fast and wide. The Burnley in question is not a remote Dartmoor village but is indeed the famous Lancashire mill town which, during the Industrial Revolution, became one of the country’s most prominent cotton centres. The now sold-out Festive Christmas Tea in mid-December is being...

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Designated? But what do all the letters mean?
Nov23

Designated? But what do all the letters mean?

Reading a recent edition of the Moorlander whilst sat in my local pub, I read an article about the recently published State of Nature report, which if you read what has been written (or the report itself) is all pretty depressing. Nature in the UK is not doing at all well; even in beautiful parts of the country such as Dartmoor the decline is evident and demonstrable. Whilst reading the article I spotted a statistic stating that even...

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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES –  Richard Parker: The Devonian Mutineer
Nov20

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES – Richard Parker: The Devonian Mutineer

Well educated and a persuasive orator, Richard Parker was not your normal sailor in Britain’s Royal Navy. He came from a well-off background, the son of a grain merchant and baker, and had gone to grammar school in Exeter. He was good looking, swarthy and described as having flashing black eyes. For some reason Parker rejected his family business and went to sea as a midshipman where his naval career, even before the Nore...

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