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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...

Act before domestic violence gets out of control, urges victim

A DOMESTIC abuse victim has spoken out this Christmas, urging others to break their silence. When Sarah’s husband locked her in at home with their two young children and set the kitchen alight, she knew that their marriage was beyond...

Why there’s no need to be cross about Xmas

DO you hate Xmas? Does Xmas make you cross? And no. I don’t mean the festive season that’s rushing towards us accompanied as ever by Slade belting out their 1970s Christmas hit on a seemingly endless loop in every store...

Bring on Christmas after all this empty spin

THERE is always something rather sad - and laughable - about the ‘spin’ which now follows every major event. Do you remember ‘Comical Ali’ broadcasting to the Iraqi Nation that everything was going brilliantly well for Saddam, at the...

Panto star Ryan finds ‘home from home’ in Swindon

PANTO star Ryan Thomas has found his perfect haven in Swindon while he plays the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella at the town’s Wyvern Theatre. The 32-year-old, best known for his role as Jason Grimshaw in ever popular soap...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Frome wasn’t built in a day

WHEN Frome counsellor Dan Lupton noticed from his office window that the fish in the river were gasping for air he contacted the Environment Agency. Over 1,600 fish perished in slurry which entered the river earlier in the year....

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Lights on, nobody’s home

MANY moons ago, when I lived in Swindon an overexcited friend enquired if I was attending the Old Town Christmas light switch-on, with added pitiful annotation to sway me, “Ian Beale is doing it!” Despite the wealth he must have...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Broke in Marlborough

I NOTICE Marlborough’s Facebook group has added “UK” to its title, being there’s several other “Marlboroughs” worldwide, including USA, New Zealand and Zimbabwe; show-offs. There’s no mistaking Devizes; we’re one of a kind. Attempts to replicate resulted in economic decline...

Honda Civic Type R facing the chop: I predict a riot

THE Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R, one of the best performance cars on the UK roads, is going to be one of the casualties of the new Civic which is currently being produced at the factory. The ninth Civic, of...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Ho Ho, Let’s Go

IDEALISTICALLY it’s a special event, snow-sprinkled fern trees line gaily lit streets, and smiling folk sip mulled wine, grasping the glove-filled hands of their dearest while moseying merrily. Children wrapped in scarfs and bobble-hats enthusiastically frolic around an ornate...