Tuesday, July 25, 2017
FEATURES

FEATURES

Reviews, quizzes, surveys, columns from the great and the good of Wiltshire, and much much more...

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...

Cool-headed motoring for nostalgia fans

FIAT knows a thing or two about nostalgia. The phenomenal success of the 500 city car is illustration enough. But whether or not it needs to revive memories of the 124 Spider from 50 years ago to sell its latest...

New Lexus hybrid is compact and clean way to let off steam

IMAGINE a world where you can drive a compact sports saloon with plenty of muscle and promising 50-plus mpg – without waking up with a diesel clatter. It may seem impossible but a Lexus dealer would say stop imagining and...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: David, Goliath and going into ‘The Bear’

DAVID sleuth Goliath with a sling and a stone, but this election reminded me more of the scene in Independence Day when they fired their nukes at the mothership without effect. The promise Corbyn would become prime minster if she...

Petrol-powered Kodiaq knocks rival SUVs for six

THE row about diesel cars shows no sign of abating, with NOx now the noxious substance of choice rather than CO2. So the higher NOx output of diesels is seen as far more damaging than the higher CO2 generated by...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: ‘Those who have it good think it’s good for...

I WRITE this week’s column sure of one thing; the Conservative Party remains a callous organism, unreliable as Charles Ponzi at the My Little Pony Friendship Club AGM. No apologies, this is not the Beeb. The chance of impartiality here...

Trains, boats, planes and Peugeot with limited lifespan

SOME cars survive in the cut-throat modern market, others seems to wither on the vine and leave you wondering why. A good example of the latter is the Peugeot 508 RXH. It comes as either a 180bhp diesel with six-speed...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Vote with your heart, urge ‘no chance’ Greens

For scarce local fruitcakes pondering amendment from the inflexible supercilious Conservative regime mightn’t be a bad thing, I concluded with an acerbic but obvious notion last week; the price we pay for amiability in this idyllic location is selfish...

Space tourism – available now at Citroen dealers!

“Fly me to the moon” crooned Frank Sinatra. That, and watching the Apollo landings almost 40 years ago, was the closest many of us would ever get to space travel. Now there’s a trend among billionaire entrepreneurs to launch space...