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West country scientists name today Blue Monday

West country scientists name today Blue Monday Credit: PA

Today is most depressing day of the year, according to Exeter University. Researchers found that the third Monday in January is when the Christmas glow has faded, new year's resolutions have been broken and credit card bills hit the doormat.

To add to the misery, for most people pay day is still two weeks away. The day is now known as 'Blue Monday'.


Chiefs qualify for quarter-finals of Challenge Cup

Henry Slade kicked 15 points. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Exeter Chiefs have qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

The Pool 2 leaders won 33-24 at second placed Connacht. Dean Mumm and Don Armand crossed the line in the second half, adding to a penalty try and 15 points from the boot of Henry Slade.

In the Championship this afternoon, bottom-of-the-table Plymouth Albion lost 22-19 at Nottingham after conceding a last minute penalty.

Bid to unearth Exeter's Roman Baths

Baths are buried under tonnes of earth Credit: Exeter Cathedral

Exeter's Roman Baths are believed to be the second most important building of their time in the country, except of course, you can't see them.

They are buried under tonnes of earth in front of the Cathedral. But now a bid for more than £8 million from the National Lottery has been submitted - to create a new visitor centre on the site. It could bring an extra one hundred thousand visitors a year to the city.

The Very Rev Jonathan Draper Dean says it seems a pity to have the site there unseen.

Men sought following theft of valuable bike from Exeter hospital

The two men captured on CCTV outside the RD & E Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police in Exeter are trying to trace two men in connection with the theft of a valuable bike from the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital car park.

The white Trek Cobia mountain bike worth around £1,100 was stolen from the car park at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last November.

It had been left locked and secure at the cycle rack. Thieves used bolt cutters to sever the security chain.

Workers protest over job losses on West Country trains

Union says removing buffet cars on West Country tains will lead to an elitist transport system Credit: ITV West Country

A rail union will protest across the region today in a campaign against the removal of buffet cars on First Great Western trains.

The RMT says losing the buffet cars wil lead to job losses and an 'upstairs downstairs' service on West Country trains. Events will be taking place at stations across the south west from 7 o clock this morning.


The classic carol that gets us all feeling festive - pupils from Ide Primary School near Exeter perform

There is nothing quite like a carol to put you in the Christmas spirit - and pupils at Ide Primary School, near Exeter, have been rehearsing hard.

Here they are with a true Christmas classic. Silent Night has been translated into over 100 languages from the original German it was written in two centuries ago. Troops on opposing sides sung it together during the Christmas truce of 1914 - it was one they all knew.

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