Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Reviews, quizzes, surveys, columns from the great and the good of Wiltshire, and much much more...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Carnival will raise spirits after gloomy week

CARNIVAL comes but once a year, good news; it’s been improving annually. We could do with some good news and to let our hair down, there’s been news too terrible for me to make fun of recently. Like the wretch...

Road test: Crossland shows benefit of new ownership for Vauxhall

THE ink may barely be dry on the agreement that transfers Vauxhall and Opel to PSA Peugeot – Citroen ownership but the fruits of cooperation were already appearing. Here and on sale is the Vauxhall Crossland X, using the platform...

No Parking Surprises Living in Devizes

YOUR kids getting bored with “summer” holidays yet? Second week and no sign of that big yellow disc in the sky, probably been deported, (note: wrote this Tuesday, the sun obviously listens to me more than you lot do!) Blame...

Road test: Modern sporty Subaru perfect for a trip back in time

YOU can’t beat a bit of nostalgia, especially when you get to our age. So it was that the Subaru Levorg GT was pressed into service taking us back to the days of steam trains and when rally cars...

Road test: Quiet revolution underlines new Fiesta’s arrival

THESE days, a new car model is more likely to be an evolution than a revolution. It’s the case with the new Fiesta from Ford, much to the relief of those who bought into Britain’s best-selling car over the last...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Sheep attack is no laughing matter

FINDING nice surprises to ridicule in Devizes every week isn’t easy. Hardly the liveliest town, that’s why we like it. I could cover the library’s fantastic revamp... because Devizes is nice, the people are nice, yeah? But every so often...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Have pie will travel

ON the estate where I grew up to be the doughnut I am today, there was a knoll between the shops and unused carpark which grass had worn to nothing. Similarly dotted around said carpark lay planks of wood...

Road test: Hats off to Mazda – a brilliant car emerges from confusion

MAZDA'S stylish little sports car, the MX-5, seems to have been overcome by a confusion of styles in its latest RF format. Don’t let that put you off, though, because both Auto Express and website Honest John named it roadster...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Let’s hashtag the town!

LAST week, well, that was last week; sluggishly levelling with modern times my son ensured I’m competent at Minecraft (a game where I’m certain nothing happens) and thanks to Mr Diddams, I’ve learned the supremacy of the hashtag outside...

Road test: Cleaner, meaner family travel in SEAT’s Leon

ONE of the biggest headaches facing the VW Group has been positioning each of the marques it controls to best exploit the market. With the likes of Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche it has been fairly straightforward – VW and Audi...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Have a lie-in if you want but don’t say...

“NOTHING ever happens in Devizes.” Record stuck again, how many times must we endure this tedious drone? Someone posted their observation of fireworks on the Devizes Issue Facebook page, from the direction of Calne. Another screamed, “hide your pets!” A...

Road test: Just AdBlue sky for perfect diesel droptop experience

THIS report has to start with an apology to the tourism businesses on the Isle of Wight. Why? Because the end of the June heatwave had nothing to do with complex weather systems, high or low pressure, or anything other...

Road test: Supercar connection lifts Ford to higher level

HERE in the UK, car buyers love motors specced up to the nines. We don’t just travel for the sake of it but want to enjoy time behind the wheel in a comfortable environment where we can literally feel at...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: MP Claire Perry faces the (Darren Worrow) music

A SURPRISE for No Surprises this week, although I’ve promised to be political free, “promise” is a trick word in politics; I’ve received reply from Claire Perry! Shame, the chances was a gnat’s hair from becoming a running joke....

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Larkin launches crowd-funded album bid

Hello, I’m back, did you miss me? Be honest, you didn’t realise there wasn’t a No Surprises... last weekend, did you? I know, it’s all getting too political, so I promise (yet again) no politics until we receive reply from...