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When The Troops Go In

As the deployment of ground troops in Afghanistan, including commandos from the Westcountry, looks imminent, Somerset writer James Crowden looks at what they can expect to find on the ground. The public might, after all the Presidential and Prime Ministerial…

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Lessons from the past

West country writer James Crowden remembers the fates of 19th cent explorers who chose to visit Afghanistan and in particular the exploits of Rev Joseph Wolff, the extraordinarily well travelled and eccentric vicar of a small village near Taunton. Yesterday…

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The cider boys

As Royal Marines of 40 Commando based in Norton Manor near Taunton get ready for active service, West country writer James Crowden looks back the oddities of intelligence gathering in the 19th and 20th centuries. THE ‘CIDER BOY ’ GET…

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