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2008-10-12 18:00:11

CELEBRITY chef Rick Stein is one of four bidders wanting to run a restaurant at a cliff-top public toilet site in Brixham, Devon. (c) 2008 Sunday Mirror; London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-30 00:00:00

A dead porpoise was found washed up on a Brixham beach on Thursday - the fourth found on Devon beaches this month. The animals have been found at Bigbury, Beesands, Scabbacombe and, most recently, St Mary's beach near Sharkham Point, Brixham. But rather than being taken for post-mortem analysis, the creatures had to be disposed of by local councils in landfill sites. This is due to a drop in funding for the National History Museum in London, which used to collect all animals washed up...

2008-09-28 00:00:17

Another dead porpoise has been washed up on a South Devon beach - the fourth already in September. Brixham Seawatch campaigner Lindy Hingley said: "This is quite unusual. The 5ft long female found on the beach at St Mary's Bay is almost full grown, very fresh and pretty healthy with good body weight. "I'm at a loss to know why it died. There were no signs of being caught in inshore gill nets or any other obvious cause. "Usually if it is netting, their heads are badly damaged when they are...

2008-09-28 00:00:12

Fourteen over-50s got up, got out and got active as they took the initiative to dive into Swim Torquay to take part in a fitness first on Wednesday at midday. Swim Torquay fundraiser Peter Tysoe said: "We had 14 over-50s, mostly new users, most had never been to pool before." They had come to take part in the launch of the very first Fit as a Fish initiative in the country. Peter said: "They had a great time doing water dancing and exercises to music, under the lively instructions of...

2008-09-16 00:00:15

Firefighters were called to a gas cylinder on fire at a farm in Newton Abbot yesterday. The fire was reported just before 6pm on a farm at Shaldon Road, Netherton, Newton Abbot. One fire engine from Newton Abbot went to the scene after receiving reports there was a gas cylinder on fire out in the open. On arrival crews found that there was a fire involving bitumen and one LPG cylinder that was well alight. A second crew from Newton Abbot attended and they used one hose reel jet, one...

2008-08-31 00:00:22

With Brixham's regeneration programme gathering pace, the town anxiously awaits Tesco's ultimate plans, hopefully to be presented next month. However, with the future of Oxen Cove, Freshwater Quarry and Northern Arm still at the consultancy stage, a note of concern has begun to creep into the agenda. What started as a 'whisper' among a section of residents has grown to deep concerns over certain aspects surrounding the new fish market development. The main fear seems to be the...

2008-08-30 09:00:31

A collection of nine independent estate agents in Torbay have 'teamed' up to help more buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in the area, with a website purely dedicated to selling and letting homes in the Bay. The agents, all members of Westcountry Team, the largest branded network of independent agents in the South West, have joined forces to offer their local community a portal purely for homes in Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and the surrounding villages. The website at...

2008-08-24 00:00:33

In a confused moment last week the ol' sailor reached for the dictionary to establish the meaning of the word 'community'. He discovered seven different descriptions, starting with, 'people living in a specific locality', down to 'people unified by common interests'. It would be nice to think true community life is about democratic harmony, where those elected to represent us consult fully about changes they wish to introduce. What's he on about now, I hear you mumble! Well, what's...

2008-08-24 00:00:24

By LIZ PHILLIPS Brixham waterfront's answer to Woodstock twangs into life next month when the pioneering Fishstock Festival switches on the amplifiers for top act Mad Dog McRea and a host of other entertainers. Television sports presenter-turned-chef Matt Dawson has been invited along for one day of fun, following the end of filming his latest TV cookery series with FishWorks chef Mitch Tonks. UK Fishcraft champion David Bennett and ex-champion Duncan Lucas will be filleting up a storm...

2008-08-20 00:00:27

By LIZ PHILLIPS Patriotic songs rang around Brixham harbourside as the town band and Orpheus choir joined forces to recreate the Albert Hall atmosphere of The Proms. All the old favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary were on the programme as the two musical groups performed to their delighted audience. Community singing and flag-waving brought a real touch of the old Promenade Concert atmosphere, and the audience gave generously to a collection...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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