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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...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: A country gone to the dogs?

Tories dubbed Labour’s nationalisation manifesto as “a return to the 1970s,” while our titanium-lady called for a return to ripping foxes to shreds and squabbling with Europeans akin to Sir Francis Drake. Whatever fluctuations, Mrs May is certain we’ll...

Can performance of Toyota’s 4×4 SUV live up to its looks?

Toyota’s C-HR is an undeniably striking car. But the overwhelming sense of something different goes far deeper than the amazing body styling – so stunning it makes the hugely popular Nissan Juke look conservative. As soon as you clamp eyes...

Optima delivers optimism over cleaner driving

Alternative fuel cars, those with electric or hybrid powertrains, were in the ascendancy during the March registration rush, an enthusiasm fuelled in part by the desire to take advantage of their road tax-saving abilities. That saving has largely evaporated. It...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Feeling lucky, punk?

I CAN tell it’s Taser* when my eyes are shut. Okay, that joke may go over the head of younger readers. You don’t see the citrus fizzy pop much these days; it’s all about electrical weapons. Being Wiltshire has one...

Take on a nomadic lifestyle in Nissan’s Qashqai

FEW people will have seen the real Qashqai. These are the people who make up the tribe that wanders the deserts of South West Iran. But lots of people will have seen the Nissan Qashqai, which borrowed the nomads’ identity...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Food festival heads glorious season of events

SO, did everyone have a nice summer? Hopefully it’s warmer by the time you digest this column , especially since we’re entering silly festival season Back in my youth, which wasn’t as long ago as you might think, festivals were far...

What future is in the stars for the Vauxhall Astra?

GOOGLE searches are so yesterday, a bit like the history of the British car industry. These days when you’re on the road, there’s no need to pull over and search on Google or Google Maps for a filling station or...

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...