“I bloody love journalists as I believe we are interesting because we are interested.”
Jun14

“I bloody love journalists as I believe we are interesting because we are interested.”

One of my favourite things when doing these interviews for the Moorlander – aside from hearing some of the most fascinating stories from Devonians – is the number of places in our county that you get to explore. Interviewing former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond at her home this week was most certainly one of my favourites. After spending what felt like a day travelling around the lanes of South Devon, you drive into what can...

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Social media  stretching police resources
Jun14

Social media stretching police resources

New figures show Devon and Cornwall Police have investigated over 14,000 complaints relating to online abuse since 2006. The numbers relate to a wide range of potential offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. Charges include ‘offensive and obscene’ material and comments that cause ‘annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety’. The news comes as a far-reaching debate continues about the appropriate remit of the police in an...

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Environmental cost of travel
Jun09

Environmental cost of travel

I know nothing about football. Other than a good game of rugby, sport doesn’t really interest me much. When my editor started talking about the Champions League and Europa League finals, I pretended to be interested, knowing that I wouldn’t understand a word he said. Until he pointed out that all four teams are British and all four, and their entourage, and their fans, will be travelling thousands of miles to play a game of football,...

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Dr Ian Mortimer: “It took 43 years to realise I got time right in the middle of my name.”
Jun08

Dr Ian Mortimer: “It took 43 years to realise I got time right in the middle of my name.”

When I found out that we had the opportunity to interview Dr Ian Mortimer, I jumped at the chance. As a historian myself, his back catalogue of books has punctuated my life in academia and journalism. Though, I am not the only one who have been influenced his work. His The Time Traveller’s Guide to… series are a staple of many people’s book shelves. Biographies of Henry V and Sir Roger Mortimer have been seminal pieces of work. And...

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Phone mast gets  planning from DNPA
Jun07

Phone mast gets planning from DNPA

A phone mast has been given the approval of planners at Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA). The planners ignored over 184 objections to the mast at Newbridge Hill near Poundsgate, and a petition with 1,500 names against the plan. The plans were submitted by the Home Office and the network carrier EE and will be part of the G5 Mobile internet. The application was highlighted by local naturalist Nick Baker who said at the time:...

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Saint Boniface set to become Patron Saint of Devon
Jun06

Saint Boniface set to become Patron Saint of Devon

Devon County Council has voted in favour of an amendment to adopt St Boniface as the Patron Saint of Devon. The decision was made at a full council meeting on 23rd May with a majority of councillors voting in favour. St Boniface was born in Crediton and the Boniface Link Association has been campaigning to have him officially made the county’s Patron Saint. The campaign has been backed by the Anglican Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Robert...

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