The James Bond Land Rover
Sep14

The James Bond Land Rover

Donna Baker from Cullompton decided that her 2007 green Land Rover Defender was looking a bit tired and needed a bit of a face lift after 137,000 miles. So, after seeing the James Bond film Spectre, Donna decided to change her Land Rover to look like the very sexy black Land Rover used in the chase scenes through a snow covered forest in which James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, is at one point chased by a plane. Donna set about...

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A summer tour coming to a town near you
Aug10

A summer tour coming to a town near you

Springsteen. Jagger. Sheeran. They all do it. Now you can add to the list: Johnson. Corbyn. Swinson. Farage. They’re also on tour this summer and coming to a high street near you. Speeches will be given, babies kissed, letterboxes leafleted, farm animals harassed to the point that the RSPCA gets involved. You have been warned. To show how in touch they are with the people, politicians tour the nation while most of the people are in...

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Boris Johnson is PM – get ready for an election
Jul30

Boris Johnson is PM – get ready for an election

By securing 66.4 per cent of the vote, Mr Johnson will argue that the scale of his victory over Jeremy Hunt gives him a mandate to appoint his cabinet and pursue his new Brexit deal. A mandate to become Conservative Party leader, however, does not translate into a mandate to govern. While he may have won the Tory leadership contest by two votes to one, the Conservative’s majority in the Commons is only two. It means that despite the...

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Prime Minister hopefuls share views on rural issues
Jul13

Prime Minister hopefuls share views on rural issues

Conservative leadership candidates Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have set out their views on some of the biggest challenges facing rural communities. Both men were asked a series of questions on future rural policy during an interview with the Countryside Alliance. Mr Hunt pledged to “fast track” the delivery of a full fibre broadband network and claimed that rural post offices would be “one of the beneficiaries of my pledge to take...

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Rural communities demand change from next PM
Jun30

Rural communities demand change from next PM

Rural communities are demanding major change from the next Prime Minister as a new survey paints a sense of deep frustration with Brexit and general countryside issues. A major survey of over 3,000 people based in UK rural areas has found that only 8.5% of people think that life in the countryside has improved in the last 5 years. Meanwhile, only 30% of people think the Conservative Party understands rural Britain, the Countryside...

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The Big Picture – Nine Maidens
Jun18

The Big Picture – Nine Maidens

Photograph by Anna Curnow I am a landscape photographer based in Okehampton. I first picked up a camera many years ago while studying for my Art and Design A levels at Okehampton College. After many years of doing little with my camera I decided in 2013 that I needed a creative outlet so picked up my camera again and started photographing Dartmoor. I find Dartmoor a hugely inspiring landscape. It is wild and rugged with majestic tors...

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