Lifestyle

03 Jun 2017
   Within seconds of my first acquaintance with Vauxhall’s Mokka X I sense that this a car that is aiming squarely at young urban types. Those for whom a mocha is something in a polystyrene cup (usually with another misspelt scrawling on it in felt-tip pen) or a form of Javascript software. It is not aiming at those who know that Mocha is the name of a Red Sea port – where, incidentally, coffee...
29 May 2017
A Shropshire photographer has launched a new website in a bid to click with members of the public. Paul Wilkinson, who runs Twig’s Branch Photography which covers Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry and beyond, commissioned the overhaul to make it easier for clients to learn more about the company’s unique vintage-style imagery. The revamped site features a clean, uncluttered design, improved...
Lifestyle Festival
10 May 2017
Shrewsbury Market Hall is hosting a Lifestyle Festival on Saturday May 20 to showcase its array of arts, crafts, food and drink and boutique businesses. The festival is taking place as part of the venue’s participation in the national Love Your Local Market campaign, being held from May 17 to 31, to celebrate British markets. The Lifestyle Festival will include meet the artist events, craft...
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...
29 Mar 2017
   Another week, another SUV. Or is this one a cross-over? The line between the two seems to become ever blurred as more and more manufacturers get in on the act of making higher riding machines that offer – or at least appear to offer – varying modicums of off-road prowess. Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati and even Rolls-Royce all now have, or are soon to have, SUVs in their luxury...
10 Mar 2017
    Storm Doris blew in just as my week with Peugeot’s new 3008 SUV started; Storm Ewan blew in right in the middle of it. Trees came down, power supplies were cut off in places for a little while, and top it all off the local water authority took it upon themselves to shut my usual road to work.   In this part of the already Far Un-lit Unknown that means long diversions on poorly surfaced single...
26 Feb 2017
     Don’t ever let it be said that we don’t fully test the cars we get here at Love Shrewsbury Towers. Due to an urgent appointment, within less than 48 hours of Audi dropping off their latest R8 Spyder its odometer was already showing an extra 400 miles. By the end of our week with it I’d added significantly more than that.     If it that’s not a testimony to the R8’s “everyday supercar” mantle...
14 Feb 2017
   Perhaps the Mazda PR lady’s coat was a bit of a giveaway: Canada Goose Parkas are rated for temperatures of -30C and below. Devon in February doesn’t get quite that cold I’ll grant you, but to quote more than one motoring writer gathered for the launch Mazda’s new MX-5 RF, “It was bloody freezing up on Dartmoor”.     Dry, chilly days though are actually perfect for trying out a convertible...
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...
10 Jan 2017
      The first press car loan of a new year is always something to look forward to. After a Christmas fortnight spent performing family duties and putting all too many miles on the already high-mileage “daily-driver” whilst simultaneously and unfairly criticising one’s own vehicle purchase, it’s good to be back inside someone else’s motor and drinking in that most intoxicating aroma: the new car...
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