How The Gulls are coping with isolation
Apr01

How The Gulls are coping with isolation

Gary Johnson Manager of Torquay United celebrates after winning during the Vanarama National League match between Torquay United and Halifax Town at Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon on Saturday 22nd Feb – PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK With fixtures throughout the entire sporting world (with the bizarre exception of Belarus) postponed until further notice and sportsmen forced to train at home in isolation, The Moorlander spoke exclusively...

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Green Issues: Self-healing
Apr01

Green Issues: Self-healing

January Polution March Polution My favourite books are a series of three trilogies; all can be read as separate books, but they link together to tell the story of how the ‘old gods’, the Tuatha de Danaan and the Formorii, come back from the realms of myth and legend and try to re-take the earth they were banished from years ago. While this is happening, it’s a bit like Armageddon, the phones and internet crash, fuel and food runs out,...

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Lockdown Living with The Hummingbirds
Apr01

Lockdown Living with The Hummingbirds

Just a week into partial lockdown and I for one have already had my fill of cringe-worthy YouTube videos posted by tired and forgotten so-called celebrities ‌in a vain (apt) attempt to ‘entertain’ us and resurrect their ailing careers. Oddly we’ve been spared the embarrassment of any at all from BBC presenter and ex footballer Gary Lineker, who usually never misses a chance at self-promotion on these occasions. Unfortunately there’s...

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National honours for ORC runners
Mar29

National honours for ORC runners

It was a weekend of great performances by Okehampton runners, from juniors to the most senior members. The National X-Country Championships took place over an incredibly muddy and sticky course at Loughborough, which made for very tough going. Jo Page ran a strong 10k Ladies Race to come 4th of the Devon runners, with Matthew Richards also running very well to be 4th in the team in his race and Sam Priday 8th. Geoff Hill returned to...

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Bee positive
Mar28

Bee positive

It’s taken me a long time to write this piece. What can I say about Green Issues when the pandemic is at the forefront of everything we do and think about? Did I wash my hands before I started work? Before I ate that crumpet for lunch? Do I have enough food in stock? Green what? Green Issues? Heck, I don’t know! But today the sun is shining for the first time in what feels like months. The sky is blue instead of grey and there is a...

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Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings
Mar27

Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings

A plan to build 187 new homes close to Paignton is approved for Barratt Homes, but not without cost. The scheme includes Barratt Homes paying for the rehoming of five pairs of cirl buntings. The species is only found in the south of Cornwall and Devon, but mostly Devon and especially around Kingsbridge. It was first identified in this area by pioneering ornithologist George Montagu and recorded in his book from 1802, Ornithological...

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