Review

11 Nov 2017
Charlie Landsborough Theatre Severn 11 November 2017 If it were ever possible to sum up a musician in one paragraph one would say…Charlie Landsborough is a Folk and Country singer from the North West of England. His melting tones are like caramel,  weaving themselves around the beautiful music he produces. His audience delight in his presence and a lot of people get a whole lot more than just the...
20 Sep 2017
      Think of a GT car and your thoughts quite naturally turn to the likes of 1960’s Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraris, and Jaguars; exquisite luxury leather-lined coupes with effortless power, sleek styling, and more-than-likely astronomical price-tags. GTs are cars in which an intercontinental drive would be a pleasure not a chore - GT stands for Grand Touring after all GTs.  They’re the kind...
10 May 2017
      The last time I drove a Volkswagen up! (that ! may become annoying – apologies in advance) was soon after its launch. I declared it brilliant; an opinion I’ve kept ever since. I also thought its mechanically identical sisters, the SEAT Mii and the Skoda Citigo were excellent too, as was the similarly sized Hyundai i10 for that matter. It was the perception of VW’s final extra “polish”...
14 Apr 2017
      We car buyers are a fickle and fashion led bunch. Not so long ago we snapped-up MPVs like… well, they were going out of fashion. No self-respecting school run parent was without a Sharan, a Galaxy, a Touran, an S-Max, an Alhambra, a Zafira, a Carens… Or of course an Espace or Grand Scenic, it was after all Renault and their Espace that kicked this whole mono-box family mini-bus thing off in...
27 Jan 2017
     With their C, X, L, L Trekking, and L MPW versions, you could be forgiven if you thought FIAT only made cars with the number 500 on the boot-lid. The reality is that’s not the case. There is of course FIAT’s range of vans, or as they like to call them The FIAT Professional Series, and there’s the perennial Panda and Punto too. But for some time now you’ve been left wanting if your hankering...
26 Jan 2017
Vampires Rock…Ghost Train Theatre Severn Thursday 24th January 2017 If you are a goth, or an old rocker or even a vampire then this is definitely the show for you. Steve Steinman is back with a continuation of his Vampire story and what a great show. Framed  within a ghost train, the narrative to this spectacular was a little tongue in cheek. It was a real a slick vehicle for a fantastically...
24 Jan 2017
Omid Djalili Theatre Severn Tuesday 24th January 2017   To see a full auditorium on a Tuesday on a  Winter’s night in January, is quite a sight in itself but the buzz was electric as the highy partisan crowd settled into place. They had come to worship at the temple of British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili, and his off-beat and somewhat contentious view of life in 21st century Britain. To get...
31 Dec 2016
     Whichever way you look at it 2016 was a shocker. We lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Andrew Sachs, Ronnie Corbett, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and a whole host more of equally talented people. There was Brexit – let’s not go there, Trump – let’s definitely not go there, an Olympic doping scandal… the list goes on.      The automotive world was also equally mixed-up. Nico Rosberg won...
18 Dec 2016
         One of the oldest motorsport venues in the world is not perhaps the first place you’d think of when it comes to testing an all-new 5-door B-segment supermini from a mainstream manufacturer. Nevertheless, it was close by…     After the dash-mounted sat-nav in Citroen’s latest, and the 3rd generation of their best-seller, the C3 instructed my co-driver Wayne Gorrett and I to repeat yet...
02 Dec 2016
     Funny, isn’t it, how certain cars just feel so instantly comfortable?    My first encounter with Volvo’s latest S90 was on very dark, very wet evening. After fumbling a little trying to find the correct but frustratingly small button on the S90’s key – strangely for car so determinedly designed to steal sales from the German executive crowd, there was no keyless entry on the S90 lent me - I...
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