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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Simon Heyworth – master of sound
May02

Simon Heyworth – master of sound

OUR FIRST TM2 INTERVIEW – THE MAN WHO BROUGHT YOU TUBULAR BELLS Simon Heyworth secured his reputation in sound recording at Richard Branson’s Virgin music studio The Manor, most notably as co-producer of Mike Oldfield’s ground-breaking Tubular Bells album. The list of albums Simon has worked on is extensive and his client list stellar: King Crimson, Gong and Steve Hillage; Robert Wyatt, Peter Sarstedt and Simple Minds; Seth and...

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A Very English Scandal
May02

A Very English Scandal

A new BBC drama reignites interest in Britain’s biggest political sex scandal. This is a story of intrigue, plotted in the smoke filled rooms of the House of Commons and a conspiracy to murder that ended with the trial of the century; a sensational court case at the Old Bailey. Jeremy Thorpe, the MP for North Devon, was the charismatic leader of the Liberal Party who had a homosexual  affair with male model Norman Scott, at a time...

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Biggest council tax increase for 14 years

Households up and down England are being slapped with the biggest council tax hikes for 14 years from next week. Properties in the popular Band D council tax category will see their bills rise by 5.1 per cent or £81 to £1,671, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed. The hikes come as councils claim they are facing spiralling social care costs. Council leaders have also argued that caps on bills since the...

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Cream or jam first?
Mar22

Cream or jam first?

The National Trust has had a torrid year so far, from scrapping Easter to demanding that volunteers wear gay pride badges. But it has just got worse. The marketing department of Lanhydrock House, a National Trust property in Cornwall, used a photograph of a cream tea scone with jam on top of the cream – the Devon way of serving a cream tea. Uproar was immediate. The advert which was posted on social media by Lanhydrock House was...

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The Six Nations Review
Mar22

The Six Nations Review

Player of the tournament Conor Murray (Ireland): I know there are arguments for Aaron Smith to be rated the best 9 in world rugby – valid ones – but I must vote Murray. The sheer control of Murray was extraordinary in every department of the scrum half game, in every match he played. If you want tempo he is at every breakdown ready to deliver, if you want to slow it down and control he is at every breakdown controlling and commanding....

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