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The ‘great train robber’ that got away … and his Devon link Members Public

David PembrokeA when a retired London black cab driver was cremated at the end of 2020, the key to one of the most enduring mysteries of the last century may have died with him. Doting grandfather and family man Danny Pembroke, was strongly believed to have been the ‘great train

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

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,

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

Sir Thomas StukeleyThomas 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

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Exeter Chiefs’ Tom O’Flaherty supports Devon Carers Members Public

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,

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Crowds turn out in force for Tour of Britain Members Public

© THOMAS MARTINBy 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

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

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

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The evacuated children of the Second World War Members Public

On the day that this edition of The Moorlander goes on sale across Devon, it’ll be 3rd September, and the anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany. The rest, they say, is history. At the time, there was a fear that German bombing would cause mass civilian

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

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

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