Independent fire crew to review Royal Clarence report
Feb08

Independent fire crew to review Royal Clarence report

A third-party review of the Royal Clarence Hotel fire report is to be conducted by The West Midlands Fire Service. Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel was destroyed in a fire in October 2016. The review comes after a former Fire Officer accused officials of covering up the handling of the incident. Devon and Somerset Fire Service denies any wrongdoing and says it hopes the review will reassure the public. Former Fire Officer David Jones...

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Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction
Feb08

Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction

By James Bateman Lot 519 was always going to be the star at Bearnes Hampton Littlewood Fine Art sale in Exeter on 30th January. So valuable it had to be kept separately in a secure location during the sale preview, I was lucky enough to be given a private view by resident ceramic expert Nic Saintey. It was a beautiful blue and white baluster vase with a six-character Qianlong seal mark to the base. The Qianlong reign was 1736-1795,...

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Premier Inn  hotels planned  for Dartmoor
Feb08

Premier Inn hotels planned for Dartmoor

National hotel chain Premier Inn are planning new hotels for the Dartmoor area. A council owned car park in Tavistock and a second site in Okehampton could become home to new developments from the budget hotel group. West Devon Borough Council propose to build an eighty bedroom hotel on Abbey Rise car park and lease it to a “well-known hotel chain” to operate. James Anderson who handles Property communications for Premier Inn told The...

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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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The Range superstore nears completion in Plymouth
Jan30

The Range superstore nears completion in Plymouth

The Range ‘superstore’ in Plymouth will open next month, providing 80 new jobs for the city. The store will officially open at 9am on Friday, February 8th, with giveaways and competition prizes on offer for the first customers. The completion of the store marks the 30th anniversary of The Range. The site will also double as the company’s new headquarters once completed. The Range was founded by Plymouth entrepreneur Chris Dawson who...

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Green Issues: A little here and there is getting us nowhere
Jan29

Green Issues: A little here and there is getting us nowhere

Last edition I spoke about some of the positive things that came out of 2018 by certain people’s intentions and actions to make a difference to the natural environment around them. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about this since and I don’t mind admitting, it’s pretty overwhelming. I’ve always been an advocate of doing what you can, when you can. Unfortunately, money has always played a big part in living ‘environmentally...

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