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2008-10-11 00:00:24

Storytelling is at the heart of the sweet, Americana-tinged bluegrass country folk music of American singer songwriter Corinne West, who makes a welcome return to the Westcountry this month. Corinne's earliest forays into the music world were honky tonk dances in her home town in northern California. Bitten by the bug, at 15 she dropped out of school and joined a group of musicians travelling around the United States in an old school bus. Living with an intriguing mix of counter-culture...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

Quirky American recording artist Dean Friedman is stopping off in Tavistock next weekend for a date at The Wharf arts centre. The chart-topping troubadour is best known to UK audiences for his classic hits Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald's Girl, Ariel and Woman of Mine, a mix of jaunty ditties, He will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboards, and singing songs from his 30-year career, including familiar radio hits and tongue-in-cheek political rants, as well as selections from his more...

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Five people were rescued from a car as heavy rain caused flash floods in parts of the Westcountry over the weekend. The wet weather kept Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service busy, pumping water from properties and responding to incidents. At 3.15am on Saturday, firefighters rescued five people from a car stranded in floodwater at Bridge Reeve, near Chulmleigh, North Devon. At 6am on Saturday, firefighters responded to a flooded property call in Silverdale Close, Brushford, near...

2008-09-09 00:00:11

Teachers in the Westcountry are rejecting new Internet applications as distractions "with no real academic benefit", according to a survey. More than 60 per cent of teachers questioned in Cornwall and Devon blasted Wikipedia, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube as unhelpful to pupils' learning. A nationwide survey of 15,000 teachers, parents and students was carried out for telecoms firm ntl:Telewest Business, which wanted to examine how second-generation Internet applications were being used...

2008-09-03 00:00:16

A plymouth restaurant will celebrate the start of the oyster season with a day of live music, oysters and beer. The first Oysterfest will take place at the Waterfront restaurant and bar on Saturday, featuring five live bands from lunchtime to evening. Bigbury Bay Oysters, a small family-run business, will be selling their organic pacific oysters. Guinness and St Austell Brewery's Tribute, sponsors of the music and food festival, will be on hand to provide refreshments. Waterfront...

2008-08-19 00:00:30

By Helen Collis Plans for a new "heart" for northern areas of Plymouth have been unveiled, alongside proposals to expand the city's hospital. The suburb of Derriford, which has dramatically expanded with housing and businesses since the hospital was built in 1980s, will finally get the High Street, parking and additional services it needs over the next 10 years. Proposals include new road layouts and commercial and residential developments, as well as green spaces, car parks and a...

2008-07-14 03:00:00

By EXCLUSIVE Lyn Barton One of the most high-profile health bosses in Cornwall has quit over plans to move specialist cancer treatment out of the county, the WMN has learned. Peter Davies, the Chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust was believed to be upset by the increasing centralisation of services despite a public outcry. Yesterday morning, he is understood to have handed in a letter of resignation. Mr Davies, who has been in the non-executive post for nine months, could...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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