“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy”   – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl
Jun04

“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy” – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl

Over 30 years since his death, the words of Roald Dahl continue to echo through time as an important handwritten letter by Roald Dahl – considered one of the world’s best storytellers – has been discovered by an auction house in Staffordshire. The letter, dated 2nd August, 1989, gives a rare insight into the author’s opinion of his own work and determination to get children reading. The owner and recipient of the letter, Christine...

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Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain
Jun01

Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain

Daniel Defoe is best known, of course, as the author of Robinson Crusoe (1719) but he was also famous as a political pamphleteer and is often called the father of modern journalism. He was born as Daniel Foe in 1660, the son of a butcher in Stoke Newington in London, but used the grander-sounding ‘Defoe’ as his pen name. A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels first published in three volumes...

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Do more on Dartmoor this half-term holiday
May28

Do more on Dartmoor this half-term holiday

Image from https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk May half term is all about maps! Families looking for some fun over half-term should go no further than Dartmoor National Park. The National Park has teamed up with local businesses to host some free family events and the theme is focused all on maps. From navigation and simple mapping skills to safety skills and treasure hunts, there’s something for everyone, whatever the ability. And with the...

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DCC remains blue but Liberal Democrats  and Greens make gains
May14

DCC remains blue but Liberal Democrats and Greens make gains

All seven Labour councillors The Conservatives have retained the control of Devon County Council for another four years – but with a reduced majority. Under John Hart’s leadership, they have been in charge of the council since 2009, and this month’s local elections saw them stretch that reign until 2025. Coming into the vote, the Conservatives held 41 of the 60 seats, but they only held on to 39 following the conclusion of the...

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Ex-army site managers install Tommy figures in show home gardens across Devon
May14

Ex-army site managers install Tommy figures in show home gardens across Devon

Picture by Jim Wileman – 05/05/2021. Former Royal Marine Chris Spencer, and former soldier Ben Trussler, installing the Tommy figure at the Barratt David Wilson site, in Tiverton Devon. More than a dozen commemorative Tommy figures were installed in Barratt David Wilson Homes show home gardens across Devon in honour of VE Day. The leading housebuilder is the first corporate patron of the new Tommy Club, a fundraising initiative...

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