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Christmas Eve in Portugal

Christmas is done a bit differently in Portugal...

To start the night Portuguese are the biggest consumers of Bacalhau in the world with an average of 7 kg per person, per year. We love it so much that we have around 1000 known recipes for it, varying from

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Petra Rediscovered

Last month, Liz Barry journeyed to Jordan and spent some time discovering the ancient city of Petra where as recently as the 1980s the Bedouin lived in caves, carved from the sandstone cliffs.

Last month, Liz Barry journeyed to Jordan and spent some time discovering the ancient city of Petra.  I received a text from her which read “weather hot and sunny – Petra fabulous and the Bedouin men gorgeous”. She quickly sent

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Motoring with Liam Bird – Mitsubishi Evo X

Liam has been test driving the new Evo X – Mitsubishi’s road legal rally car and has discovered that it is a head turner.

Usually when I pass by my local garage it goes unnoticed. Occasionally if I’m in something noisy, a V8 Morgan or a Maserati perhaps, someone will peer through the workshop door to see what’s disturbing the peace. Or, if I’m

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Coughs and Colds – Your Survival Guide

Gary Evans is the pharmacist at Boots in Mumbles. Each month, Gary tackles a common ailment that can often be remedied by an over the counter treatment. This month he looks at coughs and colds or that dreaded illness ‘man flu’ and asks that ladies be sympathetic to their men-folk while they are suffering. Suffering! (I shall ask him to cover PMT next month - Ed.)

Coughs and Colds – your survival guide. It’s that time of year again! The nights are drawing in and the temperatures will soon be dropping. Coughs and colds are a very common part of winter. We’ve all suffered from a

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Liz Barry visits… Bryher

What are the odds of meeting someone on holiday who has a connection with home? Liz Barry experienced this situation on a visit to the Scilly Isle of Bryher earlier this year.

Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of Scilly. It is noted for its unspoilt natural beauty, its maram grass-edged sand dunes and transparent turquoise blue water. One side of the island is very wild with waves that

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Range Rover Evoque

Liam Bird has been putting the new Range Rover Evoque through its paces – it may be smaller than your average 4x4 but it certainly got the thumbs up from Liam. Evoque!

Finally the wait is over. It’s been three years since Land-Rover unveiled its LRX concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, but now the car they turned the LRX into – the new Range-Rover Evoque, is available to buy. In

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The Boy’s Trip

This month Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths goes North on a boy’s trip away – a real father and son break where they all have a ball!

One of the best things about being a parent is sharing the things you do with your kids. So, when my good friend Rob and I were organising a surf trip earlier in the summer we decided to take our

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Liz Barry visits Kinsale

Liz Barry visited the town of Kinsale in the Republic of Ireland and discovered some of the great things going on in October.

Kinsale is a waterfront town on the lower reaches of the Bandon River in West Cork. In 1992 it was twinned with Mumbles. They have much in common as both share seafaring histories and traditions. Kinsale is only a 30

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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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