Histories & Mysteries: How the theory of natural selection started in Plymouth
Dec27

Histories & Mysteries: How the theory of natural selection started in Plymouth

On 27th December, 1831, 190 years ago, British naturalist Charles Darwin set out from Plymouth, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of many lands. This information proved invaluable in the development of his theory of evolution,...

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Histories & Mysteries: Thomas Stukeley – Devon born pirate, double agent, forger and traitor
Dec02

Histories & Mysteries: Thomas Stukeley – Devon born pirate, double agent, forger and traitor

Sir Thomas Stukeley Thomas Stukeley was a soldier, pirate and adventurer, who was born in 1525 to Sir Hugh Stukeley in Affeton, North Devon. Though there are rumours that still circulate today that Henry VIII was actually his natural father. Stukeley was one of the most colourful characters of the Elizabethan age, whose exploits brought him fame and notoriety throughout Europe. Described variously as picturesque, quixotic, cloudy...

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Exeter Chiefs’ Tom O’Flaherty supports Devon Carers
Nov12

Exeter Chiefs’ Tom O’Flaherty supports Devon Carers

Exeter Chiefs’ winger, Tom O’Flaherty, is working with Devon Carers to raise awareness of the vital role that unpaid carers play in helping their families, friends and neighbours across Devon. His involvement is part of a new unpaid carer campaign, commissioned by Devon County Council and run by FamilyCarersNet, that will be reaching out to people who may not see themselves as an unpaid carer, so they become aware of the tailored help...

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Crowds turn out in force for Tour of Britain
Sep24

Crowds turn out in force for Tour of Britain

© THOMAS MARTIN By Mike Rego Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain 2021 cycling race saw 18 teams with over 100 competitors racing over 183.9 kilometres starting in Sherford, crossing Dartmoor and finishing in Exeter, in fine weather on Monday 6th September. The stage was won by the American cyclist Robin Carpenter of Rally Cycling, in a time of 4 hours 45 minutes and 56 seconds, equivalent to an average time of 38.7 kms per hour (24 mph)....

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“I thought I would take up hang gliding and surfing”
Sep22

“I thought I would take up hang gliding and surfing”

Not that long ago, I remember reading the title ‘The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon’ and thinking that it was the coolest job title I had ever heard. Other than maybe ‘space cowboy’, as coined by Joey from the television series Friends. I sought to find out more… The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty’s personal representative in the county and is appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister. This role is non-political and unpaid and he or she...

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