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2009-01-23 14:40:35

A British expert says towns in the country with seemingly rude names, including Crapstone and Spanker Lane, were named when the words had other meanings. Ed Hurst, a co-author of the books Rude Britain and Rude UK, which document places with arguably offensive names, said England is home to towns called Crapstone, Ugley, North Piddle, Spanker Lane, Crotch Crescent, Wetwang, Slutshole Lane and Pratts Bottom, The New York Times reported Friday. Place names and street names are full of history...

2008-10-01 00:14:13

Keen walkers from Plymouth are being encouraged to sign up for the Dartmoor Challenge to raise money for charity. Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for people to take part in the 10-mile walk across the moor. The circular route will begin at Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

2008-09-30 00:00:31

Keen walkers are being encouraged to sign up for the Dartmoor Challenge. Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for people to take part in the 10-mile walk across the Devon countryside. The circular route will begin in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

2008-09-28 00:00:29

By STAFF REPORTER South Devon's jungle celebrity Jennie Bond was on hand to launch the new high speed tool in Devon Air Ambulance's arsenal. Its call sign G-DVAA may sound bland but the new helicopter is set to give a dramatic boost to the mercy air link from incidents to hospital across Devon.

2008-09-10 00:00:16

Hundreds of people gathered in the grounds of Thornton Abbey Gatehouse to watch a spine-chilling Illyria Theatre Company production. As sunset approached on Sunday, the spooky tale of the Hound of the Baskervilles was acted out, with the atmospheric listed building as the backdrop.

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Pearl Isaacs, 80, grew up in Meldon near Okehampton but now lives in Alphington in Exeter. She went to school in Fowley Down from 1933, then secondary school in Okehampton.

2008-08-31 00:00:22

The attraction of Devon is that West Country blend of coast and country. I love the way the farmland dovetails with open moor. And Dartmoor is the granite heart of the big, redsoil shire where the born-and-bred have Celtic roots. North of Dartmoor is the gentle upland of Exmoor.

2008-08-29 00:00:36

A team of 12 from Tesco Exeter Vale will join in the Dartmoor Challenge to help raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The team will be lacing up their walking boots and walking 10 miles across the picturesque countryside.

2008-08-28 00:00:26

One of Dartmoor's oldest country fairs is to be held on September 9. Thought to date back to the early 19th century, Widecombe Fair now attracts thousands of visitors and generates interest worldwide.

2008-08-20 00:00:39

Today it survives only as a name on a map, but in its time Hawkmoor Hospital at Bovey Tracey housed hundreds of patients.

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Dartmoor Pony
2014-04-12 11:10:37

The Dartmoor Pony is a breed of pony from England. Bones from wild horses have been found within tombs dating back to around 3500 BC. In an investigation during the 1970s, ponies from Dartmoor were found to be domesticated as early as 1500 BC. During medieval times, Dartmoor ponies were used for carrying loads from the mines through the moor. After the mines were no longer used, the majority of the ponies were released into the moor. The remaining were used by farmers. From 1789 to...

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Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.