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Torquay's kids are alright!
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On Wed, 27th Aug 14, Reynard wrote
Back in 1850 Torquay's young offenders had a fairly rough time. For example, Stephen, aged 13, was given '12 stripes' (flogged) for stealing a one shilling tin of biscuits, while 14 year old Matthew received three weeks hard labour for taking...

One for the Girls.....
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On Tue, 26th Aug 14, colgiff wrote
Answers to the Why's of Men: 1. WHY DO MEN BECOME SMARTER DURING SEX (because they are plugged into a genius) --------------- ------------------------- ------ 2. WHY DON'T WOMEN BLINK DURING SEX? (they don't have enough...

He say's........ She say's................
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On Tue, 26th Aug 14, colgiff wrote
Woman : Do you drink beer? Man : Yes Woman : How many beers a day ? Man : Usually about 3 Woman : How much do you pay per beer ? Man : £3.00 which includes a tip . ( This is where it gets scary !) Woman : And how long...

Thinking of you all.
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On Sun, 24th Aug 14, Shakytownkid wrote
Just one for the Bank Holiday Monday. https://www.yo mfEc

The Gypsy
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On Sat, 23rd Aug 14, MatthewCollins wrote
Tell me gyspy can you see me in your crystal ball I'm asking you to tell me what to do in my time of need Danger lurks waiting for me every corner turned What can I do to protect myself from a dreadful deed? I came to you once before to consult your...

'Do It Cos You Like it': Torquay United's Justin Fashanu 1961-1998
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On Thu, 21st Aug 14, Reynard wrote
'Someone who struggled with a difficult family background and a host of prejudices, against his ethnicity, his sexuality and his faith, in a time that probably wasn't ready for him.' Juliet Jacques on Justin Fashanu The talented player Justin...

'The terror excited': 1847 Torquay's Bread Riots
43 Views, 2 Nods, 1 Comment.
On Thu, 21st Aug 14, Reynard wrote
The potato blight that ravaged Ireland in the mid-1840s also affected Devon, leaving in its wake fields of withered plants. The crop was insufficient to meet the needs of those unable to afford any alternative to the potato for their staple diet....

An evil which cried aloud for attention'': Child Labour in Edwardian Torquay
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On Thu, 14th Aug 14, Reynard wrote
'The time of childhood is not the time for labour, but growth, for development, mental, physical, moral and spiritual.' The Torquay Child Labour Deputation of 1900 In his 1901 study 'Poverty: a Study of Town Life', B. Seebohm Rowntree argued that...

1900: Torquay Postman welcomes cure for his Piles
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On Wed, 13th Aug 14, Reynard wrote
In the 1880s a new era of advertising began. New ways of manufacturing led to greatly increased output and decreasing costs for the producers of consumer goods. The telegraph network was in place and goods could be transported by rail. This allowed...

308 Views, 16 Nods, 7 Comments.
On Mon, 11th Aug 14, MatthewCollins wrote
I'd just like to take the time to applaud Reynard in his constant endeavours to keep this site going when it seem that nobody else can be bothered. Reynard, in my humble opinion is the most interesting and underrated authors on this site and yet he...

Philip & Edmund Gosse: Torquay's Creationist Father & his Gay Son
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On Mon, 11th Aug 14, Reynard wrote
If any choose to maintain that species were gradually bought to their present maturity from humbler forms he is welcome to his hypothesis, but I have nothing to do with it.'' Philip Henry Gosse Over in Kentucky you can visit the Creationist...

Another Golden Oldie.......
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On Sat, 09th Aug 14, colgiff wrote
A man walks into a chemist shop with his 10-year old son. They happen to walk by the condom display, and the boy asks, "What are these, Dad? To which the man matter-of-factly replies, "Those are called Condoms son. Men use them to have...

Torquay's Monastery: Alfred & the church that rocked
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On Thu, 07th Aug 14, Reynard wrote
Back around the turn of the century Torquay could boast having the third best club in the world. This was The Monastery, the only all-night dance venue in the South West at the time. The club was based in an old Presbyterian church in Torwood...

Sean O'Casey in his Torquay Exile
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On Tue, 05th Aug 14, Reynard wrote
In September 1964 at the age of 84, Sean O'Casey died of a heart attack in Torquay. He was cremated at the Golders' Green Crematorium. The dramatist, long an exile from his native Ireland, had lived in St Marychurch for many years. His obituary...

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On Mon, 04th Aug 14, EdwardFrench wrote
What have you been doing with your 86400 seconds today ?

Torquay's Herbert Plumer on Messines Ridge
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On Wed, 30th Jul 14, Reynard wrote
Wylam Lodge on Torquay's Haldon Road was originally Malpas Lodge, and by 1906 was known as Kya Lam. From 1876 to 1885 the house was the home of the Plumer family. Despite many sources - including Torbay Council - claiming that Herbert Plumer was...

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On Sun, 27th Jul 14, RebeccaVale wrote
Trying to build a photographers site using square space, and have encountered these issues: Images are easily stolen, right click, download a previously set URL seems to be embedded into each image, depending on the pre set, i.e 'schools...

Irish Home Rule: Torquay takes sides
136 Views, 3 Nods, 1 Comment.
On Wed, 23rd Jul 14, Reynard wrote
The journey towards an independent Ireland was long and troubled. The First Irish Home Rule Bill was introduced in 1886 and defeated in the House of Commons. The Second Irish Home Rule Bill of 1893, also backed by the British Liberal party, was...

Open auditions for Zorro The Panto
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On Tue, 22nd Jul 14, southdevonplayers wrote
Open auditions, talking place on Sunday Sept 14th, at 1pm, at our usual rehearsal venue of Chestnut Community Centre, Poplar Close, Brixham, TQ5 0SA If you are unable to attend this date and would like to considered, please contact for an...

Open auditions for Les Miserables web-film series
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On Tue, 22nd Jul 14, southdevonplayers wrote
*if you cannot make this date, but wish to make an appointment to be auditioned on an alternative date please contact us, the same rules of auditioning will apply* OPEN AUDITIONS 11-6pm at Jasmyn House, Midvale Road Paignton Devon TQ4 5BD SEPT 27TH...

1920s cabaret (Torquay & Brixham performances Sept 5th - 7th 2014)
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On Tue, 22nd Jul 14, southdevonplayers wrote
* Enjoy music, dance, singing & comedy suitable for the whole family. * Travel back in time to 1920, at Buckwells Cabaret Club in Torquay on its opening night. * See local performers in an exciting, awardwinning, non-profit Brixham theatre...

Odette Keun, HG Wells and the Third Way
131 Views, 7 Nods, 2 Comments.
On Mon, 21st Jul 14, Reynard wrote
In the early years of the Second World War the writer Odette Keun (1888-1978) came to live in Torquay, having been bombed out of the Mount Royal Hotel in London. Odette was a travel writer, the daughter of a Dutch diplomat and of French birth....

Bilderberg: the New World Order comes to Torquay
304 Views, 4 Nods, 1 Comment.
On Mon, 14th Jul 14, Reynard wrote
"To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn't go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that...

England / Premiership
752 Views, 36 Nods, 2 Comments.
On Sun, 13th Jul 14, MatthewCollins wrote
This year England were bundled out of the football world cup in a really ignominious way. I suspect that the biggest reason for this is that in the premiership, the vast majority of players are from different countries and then the English boys...

The hell of three days in Torquay
196 Views, 3 Nods, 1 Comment.
On Thu, 10th Jul 14, Reynard wrote
Back in July of 1947 the Spectator Magazine's James Pope Hennessy spent three days in Torquay... and he didn't like it: Torquay is all scarred and pitted by progress. The sea-front and the gentle hills are a litter of red-tiled houses, protuberant...

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