Review

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...
18 Oct 2016
    I missed out last year out on the chance to join my fellow motor-noters in Montenegro for the launch of Jaguar’s all-new F-pace, my invitation seemingly “lost in the post”. Since then too, the chance to drive the F-Pace has eluded me. The coastal roads and forests near the Adriatic would’ve no-doubt proved to be the perfect playground in which to sample the all-wheel drive capabilities of...
09 Aug 2016
     Sightings of Subarus out in here in the sticks are pretty regular. The farming fraternity, the horsey types, and the catch it, kill it and (not necessarily always) eat it brigade seem to love them, drawn in perhaps by the Japanese manufacturer’s enviable reputation for reliability, near legendary ruggedness, and of course the all-important four wheel-drive. An aged Subaru Legacy, Forester,...
19 Jul 2016
     You may, like me, not have noticed the subtle face-lift Fiat gave their loveable little 500 last year. After 8 years of production and over 1.5 million sales, Centro Stile FIAT decided it was time to refresh both the 500’s exterior and interior, whilst retaining the unmistakable looks - that were so obviously inspired by the genius of what was the original Dante Giacosa rear-engined Nouva...
03 Jul 2016
     As the popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continues on its meteoric rise and their sales figures continue to climb the best seller charts pushing aside hatchbacks as they go, it’s almost all too easy to overlook the traditional family-orientated saloon car. For instance: Would you believe it if I were to tell you that these days BMW’s 3 Series outsells Ford’s Mondeo, or what if I...
10 Mar 2016
     Jazz: a type of music, black American in origin which emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm. Or automotively speaking…    Honda Jazz: A small hatchback sub-compact type car Japanese in origin which was first seen in Europe in 2002, characterized by its MPV type styling, legendary reliability and...
26 Feb 2016
Let’s Twist Again Theatre Severn 26th February 2016 If ever you wanted a reminder of what was going on in British Pop Music in the fifties and sixties see this show , it really does have to be the definitive fifties and sixties tribute show. You won’t get much better. The question that poses itself is, why was this show so much better than so many tribute or cover bands?  It’s a fair question...
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