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A WEST Country team is set to embark on an 12-day voyage to measure pollution, including micro-plastics, in the Arctic. The goal of the students and staff from the University of Exeter expedition, named Sail Against Plastic, is to discover the impact of non-visible pollution, such as noise pollution or micro-plastics, on marine life. The …

A RARE letter from the West Country superstar who inspired one of the greatest horror characters of all time is coming up for sale. The document was penned by Dracula author Bram Stoker and signed by his employer, the renowned Victorian actor Sir Henry Irving. Irving was born John Henry Brodribb in Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, …

SOMERSET sports charity TS5C is expecting a “busy and exciting 2018” as they support the county’s leading sporting stars. One of TS5C’s sponsored athletes, Cameron Kurle (pictured) from Glastonbury, has been selected for Team England’s swimming team at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. Kurle, who represented Team GB at the Rio Olympics, is training …

A MAJOR public consultation has been launched to assess Bristol’s existing charge-point network for electric vehicles. The organisations running the process want to hear views from any current user of the network – or people who would like to operate an electric vehicle in the future – on how Bristol’s network should be run, managed …

A DINING pub is celebrating reopening with a new Cornish cocktail with a romantic twist specially designed for Valentine’s Day. The Michelin Guide-listed Carew Arms at Antony is re-opening after a winter refurbishment. The Valentine’s cocktail, christened ‘A Cornish Rose by Any Other Name’ will feature Cornwall’s Tarquin’s elderflower gin, crème de cassis, Cornwall’s Camel …

A NEW film version of one of the most famous stories of the First World War is sure of an audience in one West Country inn. For it’s where legendary playwright RC Sherriff penned the closing chapters of his drama Journey’s End. Fittingly enough, the Journey’s End in Ringmore, South Devon, takes its name from …

ONE OF the West Country’s most tragic sporting mysteries is probed in a new film to be released this week, starring Colin Firth. The Mercy tells the story of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968. The title comes from the sailor’s enigmatic last entry in his …

A LUXURY holiday company is set to launch this week, bringing with it an investment of £12million and what it calls a new concept for the staycation market. Beyond Escapes Devon will create 60 new jobs and contribute an estimated £1.5million to the local economy each year. Located near Totnes, the Devon experience aims to …