WISH YOU WERE HERE: The Marine Hotel, Whitstable

HAVING never even set foot in Kent, I had no idea what to expect from a weekend break in Whitstable. A quick Google search of the town told me several things about the seaside town – firstly, that it’s perhaps...

WISH YOU WERE HERE: Old Swan & Minster Mill, Minster Lovell

SEVERAL conversations prior to our stay at the Old Swan and Minster Mill in The Cotswolds informed me that our hotel of choice was ‘the posh one’ in the picturesque village of Minster Lovell. And as we arrived at the...

Devizes poet Gail Foster launches new book

THE mighty All Blacks, cars with flat batteries, the changing of the seasons, politics and fawning your baby have nothing in common except they’re all themes of poems by Devizes own Gail Foster, and I’m only scratching the surface. The...

DRIVEN: Ab Fab – Skoda’s new mark of excellence

REGULAR readers will know that I am partial to a Skoda. Within the currently available range there simply isn't a bad car. They are all roomy, well priced, well made and well priced so I didn't expect the new Fabia...

REVIEW: A gem in Bradford; with cake, coffee, etc

BRADFORD ON AVON is spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat but the better half and I found a little treasure I thought it best to share. With the appearance of a mini-Bath without the hustle and...

Luxurious Touran has so much in the tank

ONE of the least thirsty cars around is the Volkswagen Touran, the car which is great for families, people who have travel a bit or for anyone who likes a bit of luxury. It will do at least 60 miles...

DRIVEN: Kia Soul – Bringing Back The Fun

TODAY'S featured car is the Kia Soul, seen here in the well specified 'Mixx' trim. The original car first saw the light of day seven years ago and, I'm pleased to say, this current model is a huge step...

FOOD & DRINK: Jeffersons taking off

DARREN WORROW breaks out the ticks of approval for his review of Jeffersons restaurant in Devizes... ONCE you’ve hewn your way through all the overpriced coffee shops in Devizes town centre hunting some decent tucker you should locate the infamous...

DRIVEN: The jury is out on the Nissan Juke

THE Nissan Juke has been described as the perfect example of the crossover. Other people can’t stand it. So it is a sort of Marmite car. I guess I’m the man in the middle. I like all the Nissan range...

REVIEW: Sisters doing it for Devizes

"AH yes, I think I see the problem,” I enlighten my daughter. She’s sitting on the floor foraging an old hi-fi system which was collecting dust. She plugs it in and inserts a CD, it’s playing but without sound....

COMEDY: Felgate and friends tickle the Cellar Bar pink

MY VILLAGE is a good couple of miles from Devizes. I rambled home in darkness, trying to wipe the giggles off my face in case a passing car’s headlights caught my grinning glare and the driver took me for...

Sheer in the Lamb: Esperi rings out the rainbow bells

IT'S Saturday night, I’m off to Sheer in the Lamb……No, no, no; not sheering the lamb, this maybe rural Devizes but I’m no shepherd; please try to keep up. Sheer is the music promotion of Kieran Moore who has been...

WISH YOU WERE HERE: Strozzi Palace, Cheltenham

AS FRANK SINATRA once sang 'you've either got or you haven't got style'. Now Ol' Blue Eyes knew a thing or two about style. And Italian heritage. You'll find both in abundance at Strozzi Palace. Built in 1894, the Grade...

Triangle’s in the Square: Richie rocks the Black Swan

RECALLING a dreary evening of yore as sole patrons, spent listening to the landlady hark on about a phantom woman in a white dress floating through the rooms; you can appreciate my apprehension upon revisiting The Black Swan in...