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Life in the fast lane

This is anything but messing about on the water; this is ‘the greatest adrenalin rush ever’ according to veteran offshore powerboat racer, owner and builder Ian Toll. The smile on his face tells its own story and, as the stories flow, so too does the twinkle in his eye. Ian is one of the leading Read More…

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Drama helps crisis centre

A year on from the beginning of the end of Broadchurch and the Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre continues to see the number of calls to its helpline and demand for its other specialist services rise. The third and final season of the popular ITV crime drama, which featured several locations in West Bay and Read More…

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Gobbledegook making perfect sense

There’s a moment halfway through the second 360-degree panoramic listen to the world from the back garden of Gobbledegook Theatre’s headquarters in Christchurch when the realisation dawns that if ever a company was misnamed, it’s this one. For if, as the Oxford English Dictionary defines it, gobbledegook is ‘pretentious verbiage or jargon’, then by encouraging Read More…

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Barrington back from the brink

If Steve Robinson hadn’t decided to enjoy a bacon sandwich in bed that cold Sunday morning last January, things might have turned out very differently for the Barrington Centre. As he lingered over his breakfast, the busy Chief Executive Officer of Dorset charity Prama picked up the previous day’s paper and saw that the well-supported Read More…

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Wild about Bourton

Since Saxon times, Dorset’s most northerly parish, Bourton, has been home to Egbert’s Stone, used by King Alfred to muster his troops before routing the Vikings at the Battle of Ethandun in 878, but placed there decades before by his grandfather to settle the boundaries of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. A new rallying point for Read More…

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Moviola and the village hall screen scene

In the middle of the street in Yetminster, Moviola programme director Toby Walkley is on his way to the Post Office bearing the day’s second armful of out-going discs – and it’s barely lunchtime. With 200-plus venues from Cornwall to Orkney to service, it’s a wonder that he and his mother (and Moviola’s general manager), Read More…

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Squidsoup on menu at Light Up Poole festival

It’s Poole but not as we know it – the town’s first festival of light is set to interrogate the way Poole looks by casting it a whole new light. Light Up Poole, sponsored by Poole BID and funded by Arts Council England, runs from 15 to 17 February and presents a series of opportunities Read More…

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In praise of Poole artists

Its founder members include Augustus John and Henry Lamb, two of the best known names in 20th century British Art, and George Spencer Watson was an early president, but today’s Poole and East Dorset Art Society is a much more approachable group than the one they helped initiate in 1924. Conceived as a means of Read More…

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Conserving the past for the future

If history is all about the evidence, then how its sources are recorded and stored is of manifest importance. So the task of conserving and protecting the historical record for posterity is a vital part of the work undertaken at Dorset History Centre, the county’s archives service and local studies library. As a result of Read More…

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Rudolf Schwarz – from Belsen to Bournemouth

He arrived in Bournemouth in a blaze of publicity seventy years ago as the first post-war musical director of the re-formed Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in its brand new home – the re-commissioned Winter Gardens – but the appointment of Rudolf Schwarz was not without controversy and even elicited questions in the House of Commons. A Read More…