Dartmoor Town Gears Up For Road Chaos
Jun13

Dartmoor Town Gears Up For Road Chaos

A road closure on the A382 planned for 19th June is set to cause havoc for the surrounding areas. Temporary traffic lights have been in place since November 2017 when it was reported that the road between Whiddon Down and Chagford was flooded and huge pot holes had appeared. Local resident Julia Sanchez contacted Devon Highways on 17 November last year to alert them to the hazard and was told that they had been out to the site and...

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If the phone doesn’t ring, you’re retired; if it does, you aren’t
Jun13

If the phone doesn’t ring, you’re retired; if it does, you aren’t

I sat down with former Conservative Member of Parliament Ann Widdecombe to discuss her life in politics and, more recently, entertainment. Ann chose to make Dartmoor her home following her retirement from frontline politics, and now lives in a wonderful home in Haytor (appropriately called Widdecombe’s Rest) overlooking the picturesque beauty of the Moor. In my short time as a journalist, this was the most nervous I had been before an...

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Truth is stranger than fiction
Jun13

Truth is stranger than fiction

The story of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s plot to kill his lover Norman Scott has always fascinated me. I went to Oxter County School where Jeremy Thorpe’s pipe smoking, monocled mother Ursula Thorpe was the Chairman of the Board of Governors so I would see Jeremy out for a walk from time to time in Oxted with his little boy Rupert. Then the whole affair exploded in 1975 when Thorpe hired a hitman Andrew ‘Gino’ Newton to...

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Showing women in a positive light
Jun13

Showing women in a positive light

The final year work of Plymouth College of arts student Jess Lawrence Jess Lawrence is a photography student at Plymouth College of Art and in her final year and wanted to produce something special for her final year project that captures real women and celebrates their real beauty and how it should be shown in a positive light, not by the unrealistic goals set by the beauty and fashion business. In light of the scandal over Harvey...

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Digitalk: Gaming is becoming an all-out brawl
May30

Digitalk: Gaming is becoming an all-out brawl

Over the last year since the arrival of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the Battle Royale game type has become one of the most popular game modes in the business, inspiring several newcomers to join the fray with their own titles or to add a Battle Royale expansion to their existing game. Basic premise is old school Mad Max Thunderdome – 100 men, women & children enter, 1 lives to tell the tale. You’re either randomly...

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Men urged to focus on their mental health
May16

Men urged to focus on their mental health

Men across Dartmoor are being urged to think about their mental health as the South West sees the highest suicide rate in England. Many in the region are employed on zero hours contracts and in lowly paid jobs; the change to Universal Credits replacing six other benefits has added to families’ financial strains and anxiety. Another factor is our rural location and the fact that farmers may be as much as three times more likely than...

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