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OPINION: Summer fun on North Devon's roads - Dave Griffin Members Public

What is the biggest impact that Devon folk have elsewhere in the country when they themselves go on holiday? Do they clog up traffic in Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square? Do they fire up barbeques in Hyde Park and burn holes in the lawns of London’s beautiful green spaces?

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OPINION: England’s country fayres are not places to enforce false images of diversity - Dave Griffin Members Public

In spite of horrendous parking problems that always accompany the event, Lee's annual Spring Fayre was a resounding success. Car-wise, it's like putting a quart into a pint pot. A glorious sun blazed down upon the village hall's garden into which had been brought a wide variety of plants for

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Ilfracombe Language School's minibus destroyed by vandals Members Public

A minibus hired by Ilfracombe’s Country Cousins language school was attacked and virtually destroyed by vandals on Monday (June 13) night. The school’s director, Jose Brinkmann, believes that the damage will amount to several thousands of pounds, and is a devastating blow to Britain’s most prestigious language

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OPINION: The Queen is the nation’s distant posh aunt playing peacemaker - Dave Griffin Members Public

In a process not dissimilar to a Kafkaesque metamorphosis, it has taken me some fifty years to emerge from my republican chrysalis and be transformed into a butterfly now tacitly accepting the monarchy. The United Kingdom, by its very appellation, describes itself as four distinct nations represented by the crown.

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OPINION: It’s time for Britain to rise from history’s naughty step - Dave Griffin Members Public

Ilfracombe’s Victorian and Steampunk Celebration commences this Saturday, 11th through to 19th June, and there’s a wide variety of events to delight you, details of which are in programmes available all around the town. The Victorian Week committee has worked its socks off preparing this year’s nineteenth-century

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OPINION: Come on m'dears Ilfracombe's arms are open to the world - Dave Griffin Members Public

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month. June is bursting out all over as Ilfracombe’s tourist industry recovers from its two most dreadful years of trading. The moratorium on travel placed businesses depending on seasonal tourists in financial jeopardy, and they are busy preparing

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COLUMN: Deaf as a doorknob? Should’ve gone to Specsavers! Members Public

When calling a garage to ask advice about your car’s poor performance, it’s unlikely that the mechanic will ask you to e-mail him with a picture of the engine. He’ll suggest you bring the vehicle in for an inspection. Similarly, when our failing boilers or noisy washing

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COLUMN: Talking rubbish this week - Dave Griffin Members Public

I’m talking rubbish this week, but sadly, it’s everywhere. With the holiday season looming, Netherlands and German registration plates will soon be appearing in our car parks, mostly Dutch folk escaping their flat-as-a-pancake homeland. They particularly love Devon’s dramatic landscapes and our glorious rugged coastline, a stark

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