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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Case In Paignton

A 12-year-old female pupil of Paignton Community and Sports College in South Devon has been diagnosed with swine flu and one of her family members has been diagnosed with symptoms.

Paignton Community and Sports College has been evacuated and will remain closed for over a week.

The girl, who had traveled to Mexico, was said to have mild symptoms of the flu and was being treated with the Tamiflu anti-viral drug.

Seven people were also being tested for the virus in Bristol.

Swine Flu Case In Paignton


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Monday, April 27, 2009

Devon April Weather

The last week of April has a weather forecast for Devon of heavy April showers.

Devon weather

But Friday May 1 should be sunny and time to enjoy an ice cream in Exeter Cathedral Close.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thatched Tavern Devon

The Thatched Tavern is one of the nicest pubs in the Torbay area. English food, a pleasant garden plus a set menu and a la carte. Maidencombe is a pleasant suburb on the outskirts of Torquay.

Thatched Tavern Devon

The Thatched Tavern
Steep Hill
Maidencombe
Torquay
TQ1 4TS
Tel: 01803 329 155

Friday, April 17, 2009

South Gate Exeter

Much of Exeter's historic city wall, which dates from the Roman period, has been demolished.

South Gate at the bottom of South Street, is remembered through this plaque below.


South Gate Exeter

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Exeter Markets

There are some excellent and regular markets in Exeter. The Exeter Farmers Market is held weekly on Thursdays between 9am - 2pm on South Street and Fore Street in the city centre.

Exeter Markets

Sidwell Street Market is an open air street market, specializing in clothes, bags, and plants. Sidwell Street market is open from Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Exeter Markets

The Sunday car boot market is held every Sunday from 6.45am - 12.45pm at the Matford Park and Ride car park, Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, in Marsh Barton - a short drive from the Exeter city centre.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

John Graves Simcoe

John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806) was a pupil of Exeter Free Grammar School in his youth, before going on to greater things as the first Lieutenant Governor of upper Canada, after serving as a daring officer in the British army commanding the Queen's Rangers during the American War of Independence.

John Graves Simcoe

After the end of the war in America, Simcoe was instrumental in the founding of York (now Toronto) and the ending of slavery in the Canadian territories.

Simcoe died in Exeter and is buried in Wolford Chapel, Honiton.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Exeter Custom House

Exeter Custom House on The Quay dates from 1681, and is reputed to be the country's oldest custom house in existence. The building was still used by HM Customs and Excise until 1989.

Exeter Custom House

The building is noted for its elaborate, ornamental lime-plaster ceiling by John Abbott of Frithelstock and its fine staircases.

Exeter Custom House is a Grade I listed building and one of the first buildings in Exeter to utilize brick.

The building underwent complete refurbishment between 2006-2008.

Exeter Custom House

The nearby Quay House Interpretation & Visitor Centre (Tel: 01392 271611) displays more exhibits and old maps of the city's past history as an important port.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Exeter Cathedral School

Exeter Cathedral School, associated with Exeter Cathedral, boasts a history going back to the 11th century providing education for the cathedral's child choristers.

Exeter Cathedral School

Nowadays, the school has 69 pupils between the ages of 2½ and 13 with an emphasis on musical education.

The school is located a short walk from Exeter High Street, just off South Street in Palace Gate.

Exeter Cathedral School
The Chantry
Palace Gate
Exeter
EX1 1HX
Tel: 01392 255298

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Exeter High Street

Exeter High Street, just to the north west of Exeter Cathedral, runs downhill in a straight line from Paris Street down to the junction with Market Street, when the road becomes Fore Street.


Exeter High Street

Now a typical, rather nondescript shopping precinct, Exeter High Street was badly damaged in World War II and the wrecker's ball in the 1970s.

Both Debenhams and Marks & Spencer have department stores on the street and the Harlequins Centre, at the junction with Queen's Street, has a number of smaller stores. The recent Princesshay development is also good for shopping and alfresco dining, when the Devon weather allows.

Many local buses also depart from Exeter High Street, with most bus stops congregated just after the junctions with North Street and South Street and farther up the street past Gandy Street.

Walking away from the river is the Sidwell Street Market. Sidwell Street Market operates from Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

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