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Sir Frederic Bennett - Torquay's anti-communist MP
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On Mon, 15th Dec 14, Reynard wrote
From 1955 to 1987 Torquay's MP was the Conservative Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett. Born in 1918 Sir Frederic was educated at Westminster School and in 1939 enlisted in the Middlesex Yeomanry. He became an officer in the Royal Artillery in 1940...

Space Elevator "LIVE"
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On Sun, 14th Dec 14, MatthewCollins wrote
I have had the great privilege of seeing Space Elevator up close and personal at the Railway Venue, Bolton. Big deal or so bleedin what you may say but let me tell you that this is an up and coming band and I would urge anybody out there to put your...

Classic Car
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On Fri, 05th Dec 14, Lucy wrote
Hi folks I hope that you're all well. It's not very often that I decide to spend any money that I deem to be spare but I was feeling quite flush because I made a few good deals. Anyway, I have bought a classic car and I'm really pleased with it....

I m so far away
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On Thu, 27th Nov 14, CTaylor wrote
I'm so far away Life without you creates a strange new day When you are sad and I am not around I feel as cold as the outside ground Cold because of the pain that's inside More so because of all the times you have tried To make life better for...

That's Entertainment: drinking, dancing, cinemas & sex in Torquay
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On Thu, 20th Nov 14, Reynard wrote
During the first half of the twentieth century employers put holidays on a more regular and formal basis. We also lived longer. Life expectancy for men rose from 52 in 1910 to 61 in 1938; for women the increase was 55 to 66. A combination of more...

Desperation Falls
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On Wed, 12th Nov 14, Talisman wrote
Desperation Falls There she flows A waterfall of wonder Resplendent in all her glory Cast against a backdrop of rock Glistening splendour in action The waking sun adding to her majesty Every pulsating wave full of life Giving life to...

Armistice Day
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On Tue, 11th Nov 14, MatthewCollins wrote
Crashing through the waves so high A nation against the tyranny to be defied Sailors serving on the high seas Fighting their war to keep us free Flying aloft high in the sky The boys so young their lives at risk Bravely facing far greater...

Chupito the mule, Marlene and The Dream cloud vision
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On Tue, 04th Nov 14, Geoparkartist wrote
We are eating lunch on a pleasant hill-side under pines when a girl appears with a donkey. Our eyes follow their slow progress down the hill. '' Why d'you reckon they're going contra-flow? I ask Mark. I dunno'' Mark replies. '' She's got dreads''...

X Factor
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On Sun, 02nd Nov 14, MatthewCollins wrote
For the last ten years or so we have had the X Factor wannabees thrust down our throats and it seems to me that this year they are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel. In my opinion there is only you young man from Italy who is a truly great...

Depression. It's more common than you'd imagine!
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On Sat, 01st Nov 14, Jilly wrote
None of you know me because I hide No Self respect left have no pride You can't see me as I really am The shell that you see is just a sham Treading water trying my best not to drown On my face a smile that's really a frown Doing my best to look as...

Its a novel write up ... of "If you'd like to" by Claire and Anna
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On Fri, 24th Oct 14, Geoparkartist wrote
A curious Paseo visitor approaches. Are you part of The Paseo?'' he asks. Yes! '' says Claire. We're number 19, would you like to have a listen?'' She hands him the headphones. There is tangible excitement in the air. Something novel is happening...

Space Elevator
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On Tue, 21st Oct 14, Tara wrote
friend recently introduced me to a band called Space Elevator. I bought the album and have played it constantly in my car ever since. It's one of those albums that may never sell in it's millions but the quality of the writing is amazing and the...

Pilgrim Tales from the Camino: Lisa and her dog Roxanne,
178 Views, 1 Nod, 0 Comments.
On Tue, 21st Oct 14, Geoparkartist wrote
Roxanne and Lisa Hello big dog A gentle giant ads into our field of vision as we enjoy a perfect afternoon on the lakeside at Logroo. And two German girls with monster rucksacks shout out a cheery Hola''. How's your dog like the Camino''? we ask...

Torquay's Sidney Proud & post-war British Fascism
271 Views, 14 Nods, 0 Comments.
On Mon, 20th Oct 14, Reynard wrote
Including civilian deaths from genocide, war-related disease and famine, the Second World War killed between 50 million and 80 million people. At the end of the war Fascism and Nazism had been overcome and most thought that these ideologies had...

Unwelcome Nazi Guests: Von Ribbentrop & the Schlesien in Torquay
236 Views, 10 Nods, 0 Comments.
On Sat, 18th Oct 14, Reynard wrote
In April of 1937 Torquay had two guests, unwelcome to many local people who were well aware of the true nature of their visitors. These callers were the German battleship SMS Schlesien and the German Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop. ...

Plgrim Tales: Serge, Jonno and Charile
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On Thu, 16th Oct 14, Geoparkartist wrote
Near Logroo the silouette of a knight pokes the air with his sword. He carries an old frame style backpack and is bent to one-side by the pendulous weight of a black plastic sack. As we approach his sword arm flies as his sword pecks up a tissue, a...

1936: the Fascist Blackshirts & their Torquay opponents
198 Views, 10 Nods, 0 Comments.
On Tue, 14th Oct 14, Reynard wrote
'Every generation has the same battles again and again, no issue is finally won and no issue is finally lost.' Tony Benn In early 1931 Oswald Mosley formed the New Party. His manifesto, 'The Greater Britain', then formed the policy base of the...

Hello there wonderful people
289 Views, 1 Nod, 0 Comments.
On Mon, 13th Oct 14, CTaylor wrote
Hello there wonderful people!! So I am officially a university student mental health nurse. I have been very busy and apart from writing a goodbye poem to my family I have only one thing to share with you... It is a Christmas song, I was wondering...

265 Views, 3 Nods, 0 Comments.
On Sun, 12th Oct 14, EcoWorrier wrote
Many of us will have experienced that phenomenon of as one door closes, so another door opens'' but does it always occur as a result of our actions? Or is there another unseen, intangible agency at work? I am convinced something way beyond my...

Our Haunted Torquay
252 Views, 8 Nods, 0 Comments.
On Sat, 11th Oct 14, Reynard wrote
Torquay's many ghosts have evolved along with our town. They tend to appear as we expect them to and change as we change. As a town, Torquay really began in the early eighteenth century. The small rural communities that came together did have a...

" Bin Laden" Paulino and Felisa - Pilgrims Tales
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On Wed, 08th Oct 14, Geoparkartist wrote
We arrive at The Bodega de Irache on the Camino de Santiago Pilgrim trail in Northern Spain hot and parched. The iron gates of the fabled Fuente de vino'' are closed and a dishevelled pilgrim and his dog are occupying the space behind them. '' Come...

Daniel the Courageous - Pilgrim Tales
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On Mon, 29th Sep 14, Geoparkartist wrote
DANIEL THE COURAGEOUS. Waves of barley break over the low-wild hills of Navarra as a we catch up with another pilgrim. There is something about his lurching gait.that worries us. Oh my God,'' says Mark. Heart attack'' I reply. The man stumbles...

Be happier and healthier
285 Views, 0 Comments.
On Mon, 22nd Sep 14, Gary1957 wrote
Almost every year the same country wins the title of the happiest country: Denmark. Congratulations! Scoring their happiness out of 10, they seem to rate themselves a healthy 7.9 while for example the UK scores 7.2. Reason(s)? One is the welfare...

Grampa Summers Is A Gifted Ass-Whisperer
392 Views, 2 Nods, 0 Comments.
On Mon, 22nd Sep 14, Talisman wrote
Grampa Summers is a gifted ass-whisperer He has a proctol gift of the gab He can cure whatever ails you With a subtly muttered conflab - Try not to get down wind of him As he performs this particular feat His breath can become quite...

643 Views, 1 Nod, 0 Comments, 43 Votes.
On Sat, 20th Sep 14, Tara wrote
Politically, it's been quite an interesting time with the Scottish independence elections. Who would have thought that a year or more ago that the campaigners for independence would have managed to rallied forty five percent of the voting electorate...

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