The BIG Interview with Helen Balkwill
Nov21

The BIG Interview with Helen Balkwill

“Telling the story of the Boy from the Moor” Almost a year ago today, on 28th November, 2019, Helen Balkwill launched her debut book. A work of some 20 years in the researching and writing, it is a biography of her father, Peter Balkwill. This book paints a fascinating picture of life in 1960s Yemen, once a minor outpost of the old British Empire. The core story is about the unusual life and ultimately mysterious disappearance of...

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Digitalk: Winter games – where are they
Oct30

Digitalk: Winter games – where are they

© CD Projekt Red Lets face it. With all the restrictions from COVID-19 keeping us home a lot more than usual, we have all ended up getting a little tired of the gaming content we already have. Do you really want to do a 12th playthrough of Assassin’s Creed Origins? Do you really want to play another round of Warzone? You’ve already put enough hours in to consider going pro. With the imminent arrival of the new consoles on 10th and...

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Histories and Mysteries: Devon historian seeking to shed light on forgotten war
Oct30

Histories and Mysteries: Devon historian seeking to shed light on forgotten war

Joe Plant, author of Malaya 1948-60 2020 is the 60th anniversary of the end of what is commonly referred to as the ‘Malayan Emergency’ – a conflict fought between Commonwealth armed forces and pro-independence fighters of the Malayan National Liberation Army. This was the country’s attempt to escape from the clutches of the British Empire. Now, a Devon-based historian, Joe Plant – who had served briefly in Malaya – is trying to shed...

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Firearms and fatals – Thirty years at the heart of the British Police Force
Oct16

Firearms and fatals – Thirty years at the heart of the British Police Force

Ex Police office Harrye Tangye with his book about his time in the force. Copyright Chris Saville One thing that my work in journalism has taught me, is that some of the most fascinating people you’ll ever meet aren’t the ones on front pages of magazines or on the small screen. No, they are actually the ones that go out every day and do extraordinary things, that I think it would be fair to say that many of us take for granted. Our...

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It’s back to school and a new normal for students at Okehampton College
Sep18

It’s back to school and a new normal for students at Okehampton College

Okehampton College returns after lockdown. At the beginning of the month pupils across the UK returned to their classrooms for the start of a new school year. Despite many months of uncertainty, a summer of discontent coupled with mixed and confusing messages emerging from Westminster, one man already had it nailed. Mr Derrick Brett and his formidable team at Okehampton College had been planning this day with military precision. Mr...

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A very British farming revolution:  Challacombe Farm
Sep18

A very British farming revolution: Challacombe Farm

Despite the vocal nature of Brexit over the last four years, on the sidelines, there has been a quiet revolution occurring in British farming. Earlier this year the Government set out in the Agriculture Bill its radical proposals about how farmers will be supported. It is proposed to be one of the largest changes in farm support since the Second World War. Under the new system, farmers will be given subsidies not simply for farming...

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