Whisky galore

A bottle of Macallan malt whisky distilled in 1950 and donated to the Chagford Recreational Trust back in 1989 is to be sold at auction in London next month and is hoped to raise between £3,000- £6,000. The money will go towards the refurbishment of the club house which will include a new gym and equipment, exercise studio, changes to the bar and a refurbished kitchen. In 1989 three bottles of the malt whisky were given to the trust...

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TM2 Interview – Philip Reeve – Let Slip The Cogs of War
Dec14

TM2 Interview – Philip Reeve – Let Slip The Cogs of War

“Mortal Engines” is now on general release. Author Philip Reeve talks about his dystopian novel in which steampunk cities on wheels roam the land. “I’m spectacularly lazy,” declares Philip Reeve. “Often I’m just flopped around the house, reading or watching telly. I do get a bit itchy if I don’t write. I haven’t done much for a while and I need to get back to it.” One of the main reasons his writing output has slowed for the moment is...

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Brexit jargon-buster
Nov30

Brexit jargon-buster

Confused by Brexit? Fear not, you are not alone. Over the last two years a number of confusing words and acronyms have become commonplace. This is your plain speaking and impartial guide to some key aspects in the Brexit saga. The Customs Union This simply refers to the group of EU countries and how they trade with each other, essentially a free trade area with no tariffs. It reduces the need for customs checks at borders with the aim...

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Article 13 – The Death of the Internet
Nov30

Article 13 – The Death of the Internet

Well, more accurately, The European Union Directive on Copyright for the Digital Single Market, but that’s a little wordy to be chanting outside parliament. While we have all been focused on the rapidly approaching Brexit decisions, the EU parliament has unbelievably passed Article 13. What is article 13? Article 13 is the EU parliament’s attempt to update copyright laws to “protect and redirect” revenue back to the original content...

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The Trafalgar Way story competition
Oct04

The Trafalgar Way story competition

Recently a short story competition was launched to help put the Trafalgar way on the map. Young people aged from seven to 21 in Devon are invited to write their own story on the theme of ‘An Urgent Message.’ Dan Snow, the BBC historian and TV presenter, will be one of the judges of the competition, and said of the Battle of Trafalgar: “This dramatically altered the balance of power in the world. The tale of the Trafalgar Dispatch...

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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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