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Peugeot lion is roaring with 3008 launch

AFTER years of being fed a diet of industry-wide “evolutionary” car updates – in other words tweaks rather than a real effort to give us something new – Peugeot 3008 owners can be forgiven if their jaws hit the...

Award-winning folk duo take to Corsham stage

WINNERS of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who have come a long way since busking on a seafront, will be performing in Corsham on February 16. In 2009, Phillip, one of the...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Return of the Mac

YEP, I’m back like a bad smell on your shoe rack. Apologies for the temporary strike; there were personal hurdles, and to add to the general misery, the laptop gave up the ghost. The PC Doctor of Rowde came...

New C3 is a winner for Citroen

FOR those who have grown up thinking Formula One, and maybe British Touring Cars, are the only forms of motor sport it may come as something of a shock to know that Citroen is literally hard at it in...

Agile on and off road, Volvo’s V60 Cross Country lives up to its name

FOR every nonagenarian who would like to feel more like a 20-year-old, there is hope. It comes courtesy of Volvo, 90 this year yet celebrating its 20 years of all-wheel- drive cars that will go anywhere even when they don’t...

Volvo S90 has a great deal you won’t find on classic Amazon

NON-Volvo enthusiasts may never have heard of Jan Wilsgaard. But, aged 26, he designed the car known the world over as the Volvo Amazon. That was 60 years ago and although Volvo had been a significant presence in the motoring...

Subaru’s Outback is wizard in Oz… and closer to home

MANUFACTURERS spend a great deal of time and effort, not to mention money, when it comes to choosing model names for their range. Even so, it didn’t stop Proton sheepishly coming up with Jumbuck for its pick-up truck – like...

Ford’s latest Focus RS is a blast

IT’S amazing how much fun you can have with 2.3 litres of petrol engine at the command of your right foot. And Ford is doing plenty to ensure that buyers get a really interesting time behind the wheel with the...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Hang on for bumpy ride into a snowy past

WINTER: appreciatively a feeble effort to date. Michael Fish come back, all is forgiven. Perhaps his blooper prompted the contemporary weatherman code of overstating portends. Is it favourable to exaggerate bad weather then to bomb predicting a hurricane? The Great Storm...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Will we ever get the A303 we want?

HOMEBOUND dilemma from Exeter as white van man; I remember it well. Sit behind an 80-mile convoy of campervans and caravans on the M5, glaring at jaded broods smearing snot modules on rear-windows, or risk the untamed weaving of...

Revamped Ford Mustang still devours the miles in style

KIDS who spent the 60s with their noses pressed against car showroom windows had some pretty amazing performance hardware to drool over. But in amongst all their dreaming was one that was impossible to achieve. The Ford Mustang had whetted...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Looking back and looking forward!

MY daughter got me Batman socks; my yule complete. Hope you had a good one too. Then wham, we awoke to news it was George Michael’s last Christmas and social media groaned under the weight of famous names passed...

A Good New Year to One and All… 

“A GUID New Year tae yin and a’; and mony may ye see; And during a’ the year tae come, O Happy may ye be,” goes the old Scots New Year’s anthem, writes North Wiltshire MP James Gray. In other...

Happy Christmas – whether you voted for me or not

Happy Christmas. That it’s been an extraordinary year is a truism. Brexit, the end of Cameron and Osborne; Theresa and Boris; SNP perhaps peaking; Liberals all but destroyed (despite their ridiculous extrapolations of the Richmond by-election success which would see...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Ho, No, No

  I DON'T know about you lot, but I recall a time when Christmas wasn’t Christmas without a Carry On movie on the tele-box. In the late eighties ITV produced “Carry On Laughing,” a half-hour compilation of “highlights,” Sid James...