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No Surprises Living In Devizes: It’s no joke, this town delivers more than brexfast

GLORIOUS leader Claire Perry takes to Facebook this week to say, “Just seen a hilarious item in the ‘Daily Mail suggesting I will be moving to Cambridge! Rest assured, I moved with my family into the heart of Devizes...

Subaru enthusiasts get more mature choice with BRZ

EVERY driver possessing even an ounce of sanity has probably hoped at some time that spotty youths in Subaru Imprezas would one day graduate to something newer and more sophisticated – a more mature choice, if you like. The opportunity...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Capital goal of DW canoe racers

“BABY this town rips the bones from your back;” if you’re born to run you’d better take a few other albums with you fleeing Devizes, because it’ll be darkness on the edge of town before you’ve reached Cannings Hill...

Swindon-built Honda CR-V leads the pack

NEVER mind the old saying: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Where mid-size SUVs are concerned, it's which came first the Honda CR-V or the Land Rover Freelander? The answer is the Honda, the first car of its...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: May fair scrapped… and winning takeaway fare

DEVIZES once allowed lions to roam freely around the school, but in these structured days Devizes Lions have had to cancel an event due to health and safety regulations. Won’t someone inform the doomed-if-they-do, doomed-if-they-don’t Wiltshire Council, Devizes Lions are...

Suzuki pulls off three-cylinder trick in style

WHEN the Japanese car industry was embryonic, it kept itself busy manufacturing designs from the west. Datson (as it then was, literally son of Dat) started with a remanufactured Austin 7. But there’s no shame in that, for BMW did...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Wander through Wadworthshire

DELIVERING around London is stressful at the best of times. By last drop all I wanted was to go home; away from congestion, box junction cameras and uncaring masses. Yes, back to charming countryside; if anything spurred a familiarity...

Hyundai wants you to feel the love

EVERY car manufacturer wants the public to love its products. For Ford it seems almost to be no contest, with the Fiesta showing feisty spirit and dominating the sales charts for years. It shows no sign of weakening its grip,...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Breakthrough for food bank

I CAN'T believe the amount of ground we’ve covered within this humble weekly column. When looking back in order to put the book together, (plug-plug) it became clear how important this adventure has been, in some instances! Yeah we’ve had...

Mum’s the word on Mothering Sunday… or Mother’s Day

LIKE Easter, our British Mothering Sunday is a moveable feast that falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, writes ANGELA ATKINSON. Hence in 2017 Mothering Sunday is on March 26. It wasn’t, as you might imagine, invented by Hallmark cards. Rather,...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Chris has Channel in his sights

SO, pompous doubtfully future king, Prince Charles dropped by on Friday to visit our eminent ale industry and pat some shire horses. Next door, diligent car-cleaning folk had a numpty sniper on a roof, irritating them with an air...

Audi’s A3 remains A1 for buyer appeal

AUDI'S A3 has been a huge hit with buyers since being launched 20 years ago. Even two years into its life in the UK market it was in such demand that the first diesels retailed for list price new, with...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Will Potterne’s pothole swallow us all up?

THE size of a 10-storey building, Asteroid 2017AG13 narrowly missed the Earth on Tuesday, January 10, and was only spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey the Saturday prior. Should it have collided with our bluey-green rock, it’d have gone off...

Ford shrinks SUV style into supermini package with 139bhp EcoSport

IT'S not easy to combine some of the more desirable elements of a big car with the footprint of a supermini but the Ford EcoSport shows just how it can be done. Some of the appeal of larger SUV and...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Teenage rampage or Wiltshire Youth Assembly?

“AW my gawd,” Nan howled, “Reg; come an ‘ave a butcher’s at this!” I recall my Grandad sauntering into the front room as ordered, tea towel in hand. He examined the content on television and stood aghast in the doorway....