Leaving nothing to the imagination
Mar29

Leaving nothing to the imagination

RAMM, which has just taken the top trophy at the Exeter Living Awards, is holding a new art exhibition. It explores the strange phenomenon of aphantasia, a condition which is being researched by Exeter University. So, you have been working hard all day and not eaten anything but then remember there is the most delicious stack of chocolate eclairs in the fridge. When you close your eyes you can see that luscious glossy icing and the...

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Campaign for Hatherleigh market dealt a blow
Mar27

Campaign for Hatherleigh market dealt a blow

A campaign to preserve Hatherleigh market has been “forced” to withdraw an application to have the market registered as a community asset. The application for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) was made to West Devon Borough Council but was objected to by Kingswood Homes, who plan to redevelop the entire site and replace the current building with a smaller modernised market. The Hatherleigh Market Campaign has continually objected to...

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The Dartmoor Writers’ Hotel
Mar26

The Dartmoor Writers’ Hotel

By Karen Farrington Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival, starts this weekend with big named authors coming to the festival in Chagford, but literary links go much further back, including to the 1940s to when Evelyn Waugh wrote ‘Brideshead Revisited’ at the Easton Court Hotel a mile outside of town. After that, many well-known literary figures stayed at the ‘Dartmoor writers hotel.’ Already a well-known novelist, Waugh was...

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‘Men don’t talk about it’: The uncertain future driving our farmers to suicide
Mar25

‘Men don’t talk about it’: The uncertain future driving our farmers to suicide

Farming has one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. If you work in agriculture, you’re twice as likely to commit suicide than the average person. The trees swing wildly in what has been a lashing of storms coming across the Atlantic. At a smallholding in the Teign Valley, the saturated ground seeps straight into my inadequate footwear. I squelch across mud to find Ian; he’s been farming near Doddiscombsleigh for over forty...

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Chagstock Festival celebrating female artists
Mar24

Chagstock Festival celebrating female artists

Chagstock Festival has announced that a majority of their acts this year feature female performers. On their main stages, thirteen out of twenty-two of their acts feature female performers, with even more female inclusive acts booked for the smaller Live Lounge stage. The annual music festival near Chagford has previously hosted artists such as the Levellers, The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers and Imelda May. Simon Ford, Chagstock...

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The Rowing Marine finally gets home
Mar23

The Rowing Marine finally gets home

The Rowing marine and amputee Lee Spencer and has smashed the record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 60 days. Lee rowed solo 3,500 from mainland Europe to the American continent arriving in Cayenne, French Guiana where he was welcomed by his wife Claire, son Billy and a call from Prince Harry. Lee from Horrabridge rowed unsupported in a record time beating the previous able-bodied record of 96 days. He arrived back at Heathrow...

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