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  • #11644
    JM
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    Dr Todd Gray tells us that after a two year wait he has had an old Devon word accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary. “Quilling” was the practice of inebriating potential voters to get their backing at the ballot box.

    Read more about it here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_802492_en.html.

    Dr Gray was chairman of the DA from 2004 to 2008 and was our President 2016-17. He remains a member of the Association.

    #11764
    JM
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    Todd has advised us of his piece “Tear them down or keep them? Devon’s uneasy relationship with its statues and its past” that has been published on the DevonLive website at https://www.devonlive.com/news/history/tear-down-keep-them-devons-4291413

    #11857
    JM
    (admin)

    On Todd’s regular spot on BBC Radio Devon this afternoon, he talked about The Lost Chronicle of Devon. You can read the book here: https://devonassoc.org.uk/devoninfo/the-lost-chronicle-of-barnstaple/

    #12145
    JM
    (admin)

    Todd tells us that his book Devon and the Slave Trade has been reprinted with revisions with Devon County Council in light of the Black Lives Matters movement.

    As he says, this was his attempt to put factual history into the public domain and take the heat out of the topic. It has become even more controversial since 2007.

    For more detail see the DevonLive website at https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/history-hurts-re-examining-devons-4474650

    #12760
    JM
    (admin)

    Join us for Todd’s online talk about Christmas in Devon.

    “Some aspects of the Christmas holiday were particularly Devonian – mummers, a gooding and the ashen faggot, while others, like Stir Up Sunday were much like other parts of England.
    “This history will be explored along with other introductions over the last 400 years.”

    On Friday 18 December at 2 pm. Booking essential – see the Event page at https://devonassoc.org.uk/event/christmas-in-devon-a-talk-by-dr-todd-gray/

    #12813
    JM
    (admin)

    On Sunday 20 December Dr Todd Gray MBE will be the guest on BBC Radio Devon’s South West Soundtrack, a local version of Desert Island Discs with Caroline Cook at about 2.10pm.

    It will be available on the BBC website for some time afterwards – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0908xr5

    #12841
    Chapelhill
    Participant

    I noticed that it was being recorded. Is there a link to it, please, anyone?

    #12842
    JM
    (admin)

    Todd Gray’s online Christmas talk to us on 18 December was indeed recorded. Watch this space for more information.

    #12844
    JM
    (admin)

    Update: I’ve sent a link to Chapelhill. If any other members of the DA (members only, I’m afraid) would like to view Todd’s “Christmas in Devon” talk, please send an email to xmas.talk@devonassoc.org.uk.

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