1. Dartmouth is
2. Rare white
3. Galleries week
4. A serious man
5. Posh Totti
6. Small News
1. Dartmouth is
We normally only report good
news, and this is, sort of! Last Friday were were
inundated with agencies asking about the big fire in
Dartmouth. Our MD Dave Cawley did an 'on the spot'
report live from the fire for Radio Devon. The press
wanted to paint a picture of how it would affect tourism.
Dave stressed the point that the town would re-open the very
next day, and it did!
Although a couple of roads are
closed, and some one way sections are now two way,
neighbouring traders are helping out those affected and
Dartmouth is up and running and as beautiful as ever.
In fact the Galleries Week party
took place that very evening, even though our sprits were
dampened a little!
Rare white antelope born at Paignton Zoo
The Kafue Flats lechwe calf was
born on Sunday 23rd May. She is the first white lechwe born
at Paignton Zoo in over 20 years. Her keepers have named her
Sethunya, meaning blossom, because of the hawthorn blossom
around the paddock. Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling
said: “The lechwe are shy animals in a large paddock and she
is very small, so she may be difficult to see - but she is
white so she does stand out. She is a naturally-occurring
curiosity – and very lovely!”
The youngster’s colouring is due
to a double recessive gene that only occurs in females. She
is not a true albino as her eyes are blue not pink. She has
been examined and micro-chipped by the Zoo vets. Ghislaine
Sayers, Head of Veterinary Services at Paignton Zoo, said:
“In the wild this sort of thing makes animals an easy target
for predators and they don’t normally reach breeding age, so
the gene is not passed on. Zoo animals are more likely to
survive but if they bred it would increase the presence of
the gene. If we ever re-introduced white lechwe into the
wild we would be increasing the presence of this undesirable
gene. When she is older we will use a contraceptive
The Kafue Flats lechwe (Latin name Kobus leche kafuensis) is
an antelope found in parts of Botswana, Zambia, the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, and Angola. It lives
on flood plains and grassland. A single youngster is born
after a gestation period of 210 days (7 months). Many
white or albino animals lack their protective camouflage and
are unable to conceal themselves from predators, so their
survival rate in the wild is usually low. Albinos can have
health problems including poor eyesight. The lechwe is
threatened by hunting and habitat destruction. The species
is classed as Vulnerable, meaning it has been categorised by
the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as
likely to become Endangered unless the circumstances
threatening its survival and reproduction improve. The Zoo
has a small herd made up of one dominant male, two young
males and three females. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is
a registered charity. For more information
click here or
ring (01803) 697500.
Why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
A Serious Man
Director: Ethan and Joel Cohen.
Actors: Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick. This black
comedy/drama centres on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor
who watches his life unravel through a series of incidents…
Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial
responsibility, delinquent behaviour, dental phenomena,
academia, mortality, and Judaism - and intersections thereof
- A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award-winning
writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
Films are screened at The
Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from
7.30pm and the films start approx. 8pm. Guest tickets
are available on the night for £3.50 each from “The
Windjammer” Victoria Road between 7.30pm & 7.55pm only. No
guest tickets will be sold on the door. To join Dartmouth
Film Society, or for more information, call Rob Bird on
01803 835849 or come along and join on the door!
Posh Totti has recently opened
in Oxford Street and had a bit of a party last night!
Amanda says on her website " Our second summer collection
includes beautiful linen waterfall wraps, cardigans and
linen trousers, stylish and sexy cotton stretch Capri pants,
in colours to die for, emblazoned with our silver crest,
Super soft jersey dresses, Henley’s, tee shirts and palazzo
pants, smocks, and tiered maxi skirts in luxurious
cotton/silks and we haven’t forgotten our signature
pointelle cardigans, wraps and vests which as you know, make
the gorgeous girls and yummy mums look fabulous.
Summer is coming and the variety of colours range from
delicate pastels in rose, lime, pastel blue and soft mink,
to sharp fresh bright colours in candy pink, green
chartreuse, and burnt orangina, which all co- ordinate
perfectly with our delicate neutrals in white, dark
grey/soft grey and mink creating a great capsule wardrobe
for any occasion that is sexy, feminine, soft and
flattering." So pop in and have a look, you will be
6. Small News
reports: The BBC Countryfile programme team have
recently been in touch with the Museum and we have
helped them by providing information on the wartime
evacuation of the South Hams in preparation for
exercises leading up to D-Day and notably of course the
infamous Exercise Tiger.
The programme will be going out on Sunday 6th June (next
Do put it into your diaries and spread the word to
friends, families and neighbours!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?