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16 Feb 2018
      Park Hyundai’s i30N next to a VW Golf GTi and it’s easy to see where the Koreans have firmly set their sights. The Golf of course has long been the go-to hatchback bench-mark, and it’s not stretching the imagination too far to say that, even in their respective milder forms, both the i30 and the definitive people’s car share certain similarities: Size for starters, plus the ability to seat...
31 Jan 2018
Teechers Walker Theatre Wednesday 31st January 2018   Back in the Nineteen-Eighties things were changing, Music, Fashion, Art etc.  However there was a quieter revolution happening in theatre and playwrighting in general. Amongst all this new drama along with Willy Russell and Alan Bennet we see rising to the top very quickly, John Godber and The Hull Truck Theatre Company.  Godber and his...
26 Jan 2018
Theatre Severn Vampire’s Rock Ghost Train Theatre Severn 25th January 2018 Well as the precursors to this show tells us, Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp..more like ramped up the camp.  More of that later.  A pretty packed theatre had gathered to see how things had changed since we all saw them last in their Vampire Rock show. Imagine the scene: The centre stage is filled with a clever bit...
15 Jan 2018
   The Ford Fiesta first hit the tarmac here in Blighty in 1976 and ever since then it’s been instantly familiar. It was the car that many moons ago I passed my test in, and in XR2 guise was the first proper hot-hatch I ever drove. (I “borrowed” my cousin’s C-reg example one evening). I’ve even raced one, albeit briefly and against the clock; a red ST at the now defunct Cholmondeley Pageant of...
29 Dec 2017
    The arrival of Suzuki’s new Swift complete with Boosterjet engine and in SZ5 spec I might add, here at Chez Bird also coincided with a Ferrari GTC4Lusso being here too. I know, go on… say it: how I suffer for my art. And it’s at this point that you’re probably thinking “I bet that Suzuki didn’t get much use then did it?”  Well, you’d be wrong.     You see, both the Swift, and, err… the very...
01 Dec 2017
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Theatre Severn 29th November 2017 -7th January 2018 It seems like yesterday since I wrote the article to launch the Shrewsbury Pantomime it was in fact 12th September, where did that go? Now Panto season is upon us again and Shrewsbury have once again given the audience not only the longest running Panto in the UK but a show that is gag for gag probably one of the...
10 Nov 2017
Alexander O’Neal Theatre Severn November 10th 2017 Alexander O’Neal was about as apparent as the ham on a Vegetarian sandwich.  Selling the audience short, O’Neal did  around 10 minutes in the first half of his show. His backing singers, who will remain anonymous because O’Neal chose not to introduce them, filled the rest of the half. They chose a bland and prosaic medley whilst people debated...
27 Oct 2017
The ELO Experience Theatre Severn Friday October 27th A lot of tribute bands give themselves the accolade of being an experience. Some fall short of delivering that experience …some don’t! ELO Experience does exactly what it say on the tin. With a full band including a string section the ELO Experience played, sang and delivered the greatest tribute that Jeff Lynne and ELO could ever hope for....
23 Oct 2017
Mozart’s The Magic Flute Theatre Severn Monday 23rd October 2017   If there is one opera company that is guaranteed to fill Theatre Severn it is the highly appealing Opera Up Close company. Having already wowed audiences in the past with Carmen and La Boheme, the opera under the microscope this time is Mozart’s, The Magic Flute. To try and explain the synopsis of the Magic Flute would take  all...
18 Oct 2017
Awful Auntie Birmingham Stage Company Theatre Severn Wednesday 18th October… Saturday 21st October (Matinee Wednesday 18th) If you are heading to see David Walliams’s, “Awful Auntie,” and you suspect it will be as much fun as his “Gangsta Granny,” which toured last year, sadly you may well be wrong. Clearly as a children’s show it has to offer all the bells and whistles and embrace the new...
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