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2008-10-11 00:00:18

Edited highlights of the Torbay's Got Talent final are proving a big hit on the web. Video from the Babbacombe Theatre event can be found online at www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk along with a slideshow of pictures. On Friday 13-year-old Emily Kindon walked away as the winner and landed a professional contract with the venue. Because of her age, the pounds500 cash prize and ability to represent Torbay in the national Search For A Star competition went to 16-year-old opera singer Teresa...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

We have a treat for Eva Cassidy fans. We have five copies of her latest album 'Somewhere' to give away. Released on Blix Records, it contains 12 previously unreleased songs and is the first 'all new' album for five years. Our competition coincides with the award-winning show Over the Rainbow at Torquay's Princess Theatre, on Sunday night. Faye Tozer of Steps fame stars in the leading role of Eva. It is the second time she will have visited Torquay for the role. Since its first...

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...

2008-08-30 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...

2008-08-27 00:00:30

By LAURA DALE Argentinian dancers and African drummers were among a huge variety of performers at Paignton's growing cultural festival to Torbay's ethnic diversity. More than 1,500 people flocked to take part in Teranga on Paignton Green. Musicians, dancers, singers and craftmakers entertained children and adults throughout the day. Organiser Lorrie Layne said: "We are already looking forward to Teranga three next year. There were more than 1,500 at the event. "It was a celebration of...

2008-08-17 18:00:51

A torquay theatre company is putting on a performance to raise funds for The Lodge Cancer Support Centre. Toads Theatre Company are performing The Ladykillers on September 2 at the Little Theatre. It is to raise funds for the centre, based at Torbay Hospital Annexe. The centre provides a range of services for cancer patients and their families. Since opening in 2004, more than 11,000 people have called in or telephoned for support and advice. This performance will be the first ever...

2008-08-10 00:00:16

A new amateur theatre company will next week be performing a show which hasn't been seen in the South West since 1996. The first production for Apt-Creative, based in Torbay, will be Stephen Sondheim's Passion at the Little Theatre, Torquay, from August 13 to 16. Musical director Joanna Bryan said: "Passion has not been performed in the South West since the initial UK tour in 1996 where it was at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, starring Michael Ball played Georgio. "It has a challenging but...

2008-08-06 00:00:24

German filmmakers have been aboard the Brixham heritage trawler Vigilance working on the latest Rosemunde Pilcher adaptation. The West Country author has a phenomenal fan base in Germany and her work Tides of Love is currently being filmed in the port by a German TV company. Other location shots in and around Torbay will bring the magic of the resorts to German TV viewers, who can't get enough of the Cornish writer's unique brand of romance. FFP New Media Gmbh will show the latest...

2008-08-03 00:00:12

By ALLAN TUDOR A huge dead mammal - thought to be a sea lion - has washed up on a Torbay beach mystifying wildlife experts. The body of a seven foot marine mammal was found at St Mary's Bay, Brixham by Torbay Council beach staff. A council spokesman said: "We believe it be a sea lion. Two of our men went down to have a look and they said there is no way they could move it. It is believed to weigh around half a tonne." The council is making arrangements with the harbour service to have...

2008-08-02 00:00:14

The other day I went with my family to Goodrington Beach we chose to sit on north sands as it's nearer to move to the grass when the tide comes in. I was incensed to see the amount of seaweed on the beach and the amount of flies which go with it. I was informed that the beach is only cleaned twice a week nowadays and not every day like it used to be. Here we are, a family resort where families come for the beach in the school holidays. And not just families but us locals use it...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'