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   Dartmouth News                 5th October 2006 

1.    Sainsbury's public consultation tomorrow & Saturday

2.    Food Festival Update

3.    Space Gaming Company seeks help in Dartmouth

4.    9 days of art - a fantastic way to spend a week in Dartmouth

5.    Fraud & Lodging

6.   Today's film is “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”

7.    Memories of Dartmouth

8.    Talk Like a Pirate Day results

9.    Big Curry Party

10.  Updates on events at Dartmouth dot TV


1.      Sainsbury's public consultation tomorrow & Saturday


There is a public consultation exhibition of the proposed new Sainsbury's this Friday/Saturday ( 6th & 7th ) in The Guildhall.  Here you can see the proposed plans, ask questions and give your opinion.


2.   Food Festival Update

This time next week Food Festival will be in full swing!  Have you booked your accommodation yet ? Come and join us for this fantastic experience.

The main Festival Program is at

Here are just a few of events you will want to attend



An invitation to the Naval College to see how a formal table is laid to celebrate Trafalgar. This is an amazing opportunity to see and discuss how one of the great military tables is set. There are strictly limited numbers for this fantastic event.
There is a £3 ticket price. Reservations and tickets must be made at Browns Hotel. Tel 01803 832572. Friday 13th 15:00hrs

The Marine Conservation Society have agreed to make a presentation on fish conservation. Here is your opportunity to understand what fish to eat, what to avoid and how we are managing our fish stocks. The venue is the Dart Marina Hotel, Britannia Room at 4:00pm on Saturday 14th October. There will be a £2 ticket price payable on the door.



Royal Castle Hotel
Thursday 12th  Something for those of you with a soft spot… Spirits and chocolate tasting 6.30 – 8.00pm in the Apollo room. Tickets on sale at reception for £5.00
Friday 13th Wine tasting with Davina. Time TBC
Saturday 14th  Cocktails and Dreams!!!! A cocktail demonstration and tasting with our very own team will be held in the Harbour bar at 6.00pm Tickets on sale at reception for £5.00
Gala Gourmet Dinner This will be followed at 7.00pm by our gourmet five course dinner in our restaurant, including a glass of wine especially selected for each course by Hans from Vina Mont Gras of Colchagua, Chile. Reserve your table now at reception or 01803 833033  to avoid disappointment. £35.00 per head

Friday Bread - 10-12noon - Stuff of Life or Junk Food
Traditional bread making techniques; craft baker David Jones will discuss how a food we once trusted has been corrupted over the last 50 years. His talk will send you looking for your nearest craft baker or may even inspire you try your hand at baking your own bread. The workshop will include coffee and tastings of various homemade bread. £2 per person 01803 752 943 . There are limited numbers for this great workshop. It is advisable to reserve a space. Allow 20 minutes including a ferry crossing to get to Kingswear!



Programs are available from the TIC.

More details at

3.    Space Gaming Company seeks help in Dartmouth

Jeff Manber Chief Executive Officer of Yuzoz visited Dartmouth Dot TV's parent company Timestep Electronics Ltd last week.  Yuzoz are going to launch the concept of random living and random Gaming based on random numbers obtained from the Sun, the Stars and from satellites in the sky. Innovative marketing campaigns will include having people live a week with every decision made from numbers obtained from space. Even the name Yuzoz is a product of a RNG (random number generator).

But why visit Dartmouth ?  Dave Cawley has a long and distinguished history of space communication.  In 1992 Arthur C Clarke, inventor of the communications satellite and author of "2001 A Space Odyssey", invited Dave to his home in Sri Lanka (left photograph) to do some work on meteorological satellites for India.  In 2000 Dave was asked to lecture to The United States Department of Commerce in Washington, not only was Dave the only non-US lecturer but he was also the only non-US Government lecturer, a copy is here. In 2004 Dave again lectured at a US Government conference in Miami a copy is  here (right photograph).  Also in 2004 Dave was asked to re-start a halted Inmarsat Satellite production line in Tokyo, taking his wife Jill and engineer Jim to Japan, the problem was fixed in 3 days leaving a few days for sight seeing.  For Yuzoz Dave has proposed a satellite ground station with a reception system randomly receiving data from a string of polar orbiting satellites, then taking a random byte from that data to provide one of the thousands of random numbers required for the project.  Watch this space?

4.   9 days of art  -  a fantastic way to spend a week in Dartmouth

Meet up to 64 artists in their homes, studios and galleries between 21 and 29 October.  Following close on the heels of Dartmouth Food Festival, this not be missed event is further proof of how dynamic Dartmouth is.  All of the South Hams is in easy 30 minutes travelling distance of Dartmouth, you could do 3-4 galleries a day, have a lazy lunch and chill out in one of Dartmouth's bars or restaurants during the evening, does life get any better ?  18 of the artists are located in Dartmouth and the surrounding district, from the Flavel who are hosting Joan Cawley's traditional oil paintings  and Christian Parks visionary new art, to the most beautiful Tiffany Art Deco lamps by Inka Garial in Dittisham. Consider booking your B&B or hotel now to avoid disappointment.

5.   Fraud & Lodging

George Parker reports:  The Old Bake House recently received the newest scam, it started "I am Prof Michael Odinga from University of Warwick, UK. I will be coming for a Political Conference/workshop and seminar with my colleagues. We would be 6 in our group. Our Programme will last for more than two weeks but we will Check in on 15 Oct and check out on 28 Oct."

This is one of the common scams, they will e-mail you, work with you, be nice to you and you will end up trusting them.  They then send by cheque or even credit card far more money than needed.  They tell you to wait for the money to clear your bank, then they ask for the remainder to be sent by  Western Union to their travel agent or someone.  You do this, it might be a few hundred or even thousands of pounds, but you know the money is good.  Western Union is totally irreversible and then you find your bank reports a fraud and takes the money from you, despite the earlier clearing.  You try to reclaim from Western Union but they point to their terms and conditions.  The result, you are 3 grand out of pocket.  Dave Cawley reports: I have seen this from small B&B's to classic motorcycle sales.  eBay now say do not use anyone who even suggests Western Union.  Beware!

6.   Today's film is “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”

Today, this Thursday at the Guildhall.

When it was premiered at Berlin 2005 it played to enthusiastic audiences and won the Silver Bear for Best Score, in addition to securing Best Film Not In The English Language at the BAFTA ceremony. Romain Duris, in a standout performance, portrays the 28 year old Tom who seems destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Parisian property shark working in a sleazy and sometimes brutal milieu. However, a chance encounter with his late mother’s music agent rekindles a desire for a musical career and hope for a better life. Guest tickets for sale today at £3.50 in The Windjammer from 7.30 - 7.55 Don't forget members can use their free guest ticket -please hand it in at the door. Bar opens 7.30 Film starts approx 8.00

7.   Memories of Dartmouth

Last week was in fact from 1967, no one guessed correctly!   Here are some more images supplied by Lucy from Compass Books (second-hand books in Lower Street)  Next time you're having a crab sandwich at the DA, and wandering across Bayard's Cove, call into to this small but beautifully formed book shop, you never know what you might find.  These images are titled:  The opening dip of Dartmouth's Amateur Swimming Club, at Castle Cove, just before the First World War, and In the 1920's this garage in Mayors Avenue - which runs over what was once the Pool - was selling Ford Model T cars from the site once occupied by the shipyards.

8.   Talk Like a Pirate Day results

£664.14 raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Not bad for a first effort. Cap’n Red-legs says “I remember as if it were yesterday. We were in the Cherub and a Yarr poster was hanging behind the bar. It’s a cartoon of that little
Pirate chap; looks a bit like Yosemite Sam. Someone claimed it was a spoof. A misconception I was keen to correct. We all talked about the idea of running an event. After a few beers we’d committed to run the first Talk Like a Pirate day in Dartmouth and Kingswear.”

Next year?  Yes, that’s right. The Yarr 2006 Committee are so impressed by the success of this years Dartmouth and Kingswear “Talk Like a Pirate Day” that they plan to run an event in 2007. “International Talk like a Pirate day” is held on September 19th each year. Make a note in your diary Wednesday 19th. Tides will be neapy but that won’t bother us. If you would like to join the Yarr 2007 committee please send an eMail to stating your contact details.

9.   Big Curry Party

The Big Curry Party at St Saviour's Church on Saturday lunchtime was a sellout with all 60 places taken. A great time was had by all and, including harvest gifts, £775 was raised for the work of USPG in Myanmar
(formerly Burma). All the chicken and vegetable curries were made by volunteers who followed recipes from Myanmar; they were pronounced by vicar, Simon Wright to be "the spiciest event yet held in St Saviour's and especially good washed down with a local pint." Thanks must go to Sue Wright for organising the cooking and to all the helpers and especially the washers up!

10.   Updates on recent events at Dartmouth dot TV 

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