Burning times
Sep13

Burning times

30 years ago, when I was in primary school, I wrote a poem that was chosen to be published in a children’s poetry book about the natural world. I can’t remember it now, but I do remember it was about the Amazon rainforest and how I couldn’t understand why grown-ups couldn’t see the damage that was being done by cutting down the trees. Massive deforestation started in the Amazon in the late 1960s, which means it had been happening for...

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Talk by innovative artists Heinrich & Palmer at Exeter Pheonix
Sep12

Talk by innovative artists Heinrich & Palmer at Exeter Pheonix

Artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer are to give a talk at Exeter Pheonix, presenting their approach to creating new work for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) as well as discussing previous projects. Heinrich & Palmer have worked in collaboration since the early 1990s. Their practice crosses disciplines and employs a range of media including installation, intervention, large-scale projection, film and photography. Many of...

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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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Mozart screened at Chagfilm
Sep09

Mozart screened at Chagfilm

Chagfilm, the Chagford Film Festival, will be holding a day of Spanish language films which will be held in collaboration with Exeter University. The Department of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies will be hosting a question and answer session about all of the films shown on the day. They will include ‘Summer 1993’ a drama which is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by a flawless...

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Devon cannabis grower jailed
Sep08

Devon cannabis grower jailed

A Devon businessman has been jailed after being charged with running a cannabis factory under his father’s farm. The factory was run from five interlocking shipping containers which were buried under a barn on a farm near Okehampton. Daniel Palmer, 40, of Petrockstowe, Devon, was found guilty of producing cannabis after a trial in August. Police had seized skunk with a retail value of £384,000. Jailing Palmer for six years and three...

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National Parks could be set for radical reform
Sep07

National Parks could be set for radical reform

A government advisor has suggested that UK national parks should adopt US-style rangers in order to thrive. Nature writer Julian Glover has been placed as head of the review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The review was enacted by former environment secretary Michael Gove. Julian Glover said that UK parks need more funding and information, comparing them to National Parks in the US. He also suggested a...

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