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The Bavarian X Factor

How does Liam Bird find the BMW X3?

Not so long ago BMW kept telling us they were building “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and few would argue that the M3 or its larger sibling, the M5 were anything but. Recently the marketing men at Munich have changed tack.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Head Lice?

Gary Evans Pharmacist with Boots Chemist Mumbles gets down to the nitty gritty of that age old problem of head lice.

Doesn’t time fly! Six weeks of school holidays, all over and done with! The kids are back to school, and finally we all have a bit of peace. Until the day your child announces “my head itches!” Then you receive

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Porsche 911, with Liam Bird

This month, Liam Bird got behind the wheel of the Porsche 911, one of Europe's Most Recognisable Cars

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS – Driving the Dream “In the beginning, I looked around and couldn’t quite find the car I dreamed of, so I decided to build one myself” – not my words, but those of Ferry Porsche. In

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Lotus Evora S with Liam Bird

This month our motoring correspondent Liam Bird has been test driving the Lotus Evora S – Flower Power?

Agility is something that motoring writers usually attribute to a cars chassis and handling rather than to themselves. But in the case of Lotus’s Evora it helps if, as a driver, you too are supple. The Evora S is the

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Liz Barry Visits The Scily Isles

A short plane journey from mainland UK, a leisurely ferry crossing or for the more adventurous a helicopter flight, will transport you to a different time and place where life is slower, skies seems endless and the sea shimmers across deserted white sandy beaches.

There is no foreign currency to figure out or a strange new dialect to master. Where have I landed you may ask?  On the Isles of Scilly, a destination I had long been inquisitive about and was finally going to

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Meet Greg Healey – Everest Climber

In April I got a call from a gentleman who asked if I would be interested in a story about his son Greg Healey. He was on Mount Everest and hoped to reach the summit on or around May 26th...

In April I got a call from a gentleman who asked if I would be interested in a story about his son Greg Healey. He was on Mount Everest and hoped to reach the summit on or around May 26th.

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Liz Barry Visits Cork

This month Liz Barry explores the city of Cork and discovers just how easy it is to pop across the Irish Sea and experience the craic.

After many years absence from the local coastline the Swansea to Cork ferry now managed by Fastnet Line has entered its second year of operation. The MV Julia offers a comfortable, stress free way to travel across the Irish Sea.

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Mini by name…

This month Liam Bird encountered the Mini Countryman and discovered that it is anything but mini.

This month Liam Bird encountered the Mini Countryman and discovered that it is anything but mini. When Alec Issigonis sketched his idea for a economical small four seater car with a wheel in each corner, seating for four, and a

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The Eyes have it

This month Geraint Jones looks at eye problems in our pets and has a salutary warning to WAGs with the customary little dogs in their designer handbags!

This month Geraint Jones looks at eye problems in our pets and has a salutary warning to WAGs with the customary little dogs in their designer handbags! Veterinary medicine is a funny business! You may not have to treat an

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Santorini

Liz Barry is never happier than when she is travelling with her camera – here she visits the Greek Island of Santorini – I defy anyone not to be envious! Santorini -Tremors, tourists, tavernas

One of the most spectacular Greek islands is Santorini, which is the only inhabited volcanic crater in the world. White-washed houses and blue-domed churches shimmer in the sunlight. The terraced villages look like tiers of a wedding cake as they

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Fresh Tuna Nicoise

This month’s recipe calls for the freshest ingredients available. Tuna steaks are available from your fishmonger – get him to cut thick steaks for this dish as it needs only to be seared and served rare

This month’s recipe calls for the freshest ingredients available. Tuna steaks are available from your fishmonger – get him to cut thick steaks for this dish as it needs only to be seared and served rare – like good fillet

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Springtime in Paris

“I love Paris in the Spring time.” So goes the Cole Porter song and I have to agree! We recently spent a couple of days taking in the sights of France’s capital city and enjoyed the whole tourist experience.

“I love Paris in the Spring time.” So goes the Cole Porter song and I have to agree! We recently spent a couple of days taking in the sights of France’s capital city and enjoyed the whole tourist experience. Our

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Buffalo Bill Comes to Town!

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show Comes to Town! Tuesday 14th July 1903

At two o’clock on the morning of Tuesday 14th July 1903 a long black-painted train steamed into the Burrows Sidings at Swansea’s East Dock Station. Already a thousand people had gathered in the darkness to witness the arrival. The train

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Maserati Granturismo S Review

Bella Macchina! “I knew you were coming, I heard you!” It doesn’t matter where you go in Maserati’s Granturismo S people will know you’re on your way.

“I knew you were coming, I heard you!” It doesn’t matter where you go in Maserati’s Granturismo S people will know you’re on your way. Even before they get to see it’s Pininfarina styling they’ll here its delicious exhaust note

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Test Drive Mitsubishi Shogun Elegance

  This month Liam Bird test drives the Mitsubishi Shogun Elegance and discovers if it lives up to its eastern commander status.

Since its launch in 1983 Mitsubishi’s Shogun has become a familiar sight on our roads and indeed our un-tarmaced areas too. With its upright windscreen, chunky styling and balloon-like tyres the Shogun makes no apologies for being a proper 4×4

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The Dolphin Inn, Llanrhidian

The Dolphin Inn, Llanrhidian A truly local pub  

Are you fed up of super-smart pubs with fancy restaurants? Are you looking for a watering hole that is unpretentious and yet full of natural character? Then I’ll see you at the Dolphin in Llanrhidian, where simplicity and robust local

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Cod Loin with Chorizo Tomatoes and Basil

The subtle flavour of the cod is a perfect foil for the spiciness of the chorizo; combined with the cherry tomatoes and basil this dish is perfect for a light lunch. 

The subtle flavour of the cod is a perfect foil for the spiciness of the chorizo; combined with the cherry tomatoes and basil this dish is perfect for a light lunch.   Ingredients 4 Cod Loins4 spring onions (sliced on

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