Old Forge tea room ‘pops-up’ in Japan
Jul25

Old Forge tea room ‘pops-up’ in Japan

A ‘pop-up’ version of the Old Forge Tea Room in Chagford will be the centre-piece of ‘British Week’ in Tokyo. This September Vincent and Sara Martinez, proprietors of the Old Forge, look to recreate a near-exact replica of their quintessentially British tearoom where they will serve cream teas at the world-famous event. Tokyo’s vast, luxury Mitsukoshi department store, whose origins can be traced back to 1673 is often dubbed the...

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“We knew it as the Ministry for Stealth and Total Obscurity”
Jul25

“We knew it as the Ministry for Stealth and Total Obscurity”

Not many political careers are as distinguished as Lord David Owen’s – the longest serving Plymouth Member of Parliament – 26 years in total – Navy Minister; Health Minister; youngest Foreign Secretary since Anthony Eden when he was appointed aged 38 in 1977; and, arguably he is most famous for being a part of the “Gang of Four” that broke away from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s. Though,...

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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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