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NOVEMBER 2009 Issue Thirty Seven
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HE Koffi Bean lounge is a stylish retreat, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of Barnsley town centre to enjoy a quality cup of coffee. Located within Barnsley’s Civic Centre, the lounge is instantly welcoming with friendly staff and warm, modern decor. A chic cream and red theme runs throughout the lounge, which is furnished with comfortable black and brown leather seating, from low sofas to high-backed chairs. Soft lighting creates a relaxing and tranquil ambience, ideal for those who want to kick back at the end of a busy working day. Catering from breakfast right through to the evening, the Koffi Bean offers something to suit all, from students grabbing a cup of coffee on their way into college, to friends meeting for a working lunch and those getting a bite to eat before an evening show. All Koffi Bean food is prepared on site daily by its experienced chefs, using fresh local ingredients. The menu features both sweet and savoury options, including a
selection of jacket potatoes, sandwiches and pastas as well as delicious cakes and desserts. Well known for its quality coffee beans, the lounge offers an outstanding range of hot drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos and espressos. The Koffi Bean is also licensed to serve alcoholic beverages including lagers, wines and spirits. Open late nights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, customers are welcome to drop into the lounge as the starting point for a night out, or to enjoy a pre-show drink. The Koffi Bean also caters at the Cooper Gallery, Worsbrough Mill and Huddersfield University. Spreading its name further than the Barnsley borough, Koffi Beans’ eye-catching mobile carts travel the country to cater at indoor and outdoor events. Fitted with high quality, professional equipment, the carts are able to take Koffi Beans’ highly-praised catering to openings, seminars, conferences, special parties, training days, markets, shows and festivals. To help others in the industry follow in its footsteps, the Koffi Bean sells a wide selection of Barista equipment and coffee supplies from its retail unit at Zenith Park in Barugh Green. Staff at the unit are happy to advise customers on purchases, whether they are looking to buy coffee beans or an entire coffee cart, and the team even have a graphic designer to help with business branding.
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6 COUNTRY On the scent: How Simon Tucker became a trainer of gun dogs
HOMES Current affairs: A pool without end in a modern Pennine home
23 INTERIORS Warp and weft: How designers are putting back the fab in fabric
OUTDOORS Foot forward: A new walking scheme comes to Denby Dale
37 PROFILE Killer instinct: A crime writer explains how he turned to murder
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There is a ‘nip’ in the air, the winds are chill and dreaded frosts cannot be far away. As autumn takes hold we consider ways to keep warm, with contemporary radiators for inside and covert coats for when you venture out. For those prepared to brave the cold and get in the garden, Dr Michael Klemperer gives advice. In the kitchen, we take inspiration from France for a classic sausage and lentil casserole that will warm the soul as well as your belly. Elsewhere, we consider why Denby Dale wants to encourage walkers and meet champion gun dog trainer Simon Tucker. Adam Civico Assistant editor
FOOD Classy casserole: A dark winter classic from the Auvergne
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE DESIGN Pen Robertson
HOMES Blind date
FASHION An essential for men
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Simon Tucker trains gun dogs and as Emma Spencer reports, he’s rather good at it. Pictures: Scott Bairstow
Autumn gold: Simon Tucker walks Amber, left, and above she enjoys a splash as part of her training.
One man and his dogs
ne pip on a whistle for sit, two to return and two and a half to hunt and retrieve. It sounds simple enough but watching Simon Tucker’s dogs ‘work’ it becomes clear that it has taken hours of practice and patience in abundance to get them to perform to such a standard. But countless rosettes and certificates are testament to the bond between one man and his dogs. Amber is a three-year-old yellow Labrador bitch who recently qualified for the World Gun Dog championships and Sam, a 17-month black Labrador was placed in the top three in the gamekeepers’ class at Crufts this year.
Sam also took best puppy at last year's Penistone show along with second placings in the gun dog and open classes. Simon is now captain of the United Retriever Club North Midlands region, and despite his successes he started competing seriously only four years ago with black Labrador Holly who showed great promise but died at just two years old. He said: “I have always had Labradors and thought my dog was trained and went to the United Retriever Club and realised there is no way my dog is trained. “Tigger, my other black Lab, was six and the old adage you can’t teach an old dog new tricks is true so I got
Holly. At the end of the season there was a test and she won at the first attempt and I thought I had cracked it but she got ill and I had to start all over again.” Simon, of Croft Drive, Millhouse Green, had the bug though and his way with dogs is self taught – learning what he knows from books, television and watching the experts at work. He keeps training simple and 12 months is spent just on heel work, sit and stay and working to a whistle. After that comes the harder stuff. Simon uses his body language to ensure the dogs will hunt to their left or right. Continued on Page 8
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On the fetch: Amber carries a dummy and below is Sam.
‘Go back’ tells them to hunt behind them. “Amber never won anything as a puppy because she was slow to mature and it taught me all dogs are different. They have different characters and you can’t treat or train every dog the same. “The biggest thing is training. Every dog wants to please and wants to do well. The best way is with your voice. They are pack animals and need an alpha leader with the biggest bark. “If a dog does something well, praise it in a silly high voice. If it has done bad, say ‘no’ in a deep voice, then they know you are being serious. Try and look at things from a dog’s point of view, get into their mind and see how they are working.” The gun dog world can be time consuming and Simon admits he is an amateur in a professional sport. Some
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people are full-time handlers and have as many as 50 dogs. Finding the right work-life balance can sometimes be hard but Simon's son Benjamin, 11, has a talent for handling, picking up awards along the way but Simon does have concerns for the future of the sport. “Those involved are mainly 50-plus. I know maybe six young people coming into it and we have to encourage youngsters to get involved. You will find that people in the gun dog world love talking about dogs, It is what excites them and gives them enthusiasm. It is a friendly atmosphere and my only regret is I didn’t start training dogs earlier than I did.”
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The challenge was to build a contemporary house in a conservation area. Rachel Parry visits Spring Court in Almondbury to see how it worked out MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 11
Cutting edge: Clean lines and open spaces characterise the interior of Spring Court.
A touch of spring
aking the first steps on the Spanish limestone floors of Spring Court, you might think it’s a show home. But further inspection reveals that it is a practical family home completed to a high quality, contemporary finish. The impressive house in the village of Almondbury was built in 2001. Then the land was dotted with springs and only a tennis court stood in one corner. These factors helped to form the property’s name. The owners wanted a light, spacious, contemporary home and that is what they got. It stands in a conservation area so its exterior had to harmonise with the surroundings, but the interior was a blank canvas for the owners to put their own mark on. They wanted the property to appear almost open-plan on the ground floor, to allow light to filter through from the galleried landing and floor-to-
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ceiling south facing windows. This is achieved by separating the main rooms with double doors which can be opened in the daytime and closed in the evenings to create private, cosy rooms. To add interest and character to the property, the rooms are stepped on different levels and its many windows vary in shape and size. One thing that is clear about Spring Court is the owners’ attention to detail. From the plug sockets to the
spotlights everything has been chosen to fit in perfectly with the clean, modern feel of the house while serving a practical purpose. The owners are keen to stress nothing about Spring Court is done to impress, but purely to suit them as a family. For example the driveway is asphalt and not block-paved because it’s better for skateboarding. Similarly the family wanted a pool to exercise in, but instead of constructing an large
Light floods in to the ‘Endless Pool’ room, top, while careful planning has eliminated clutter in the kitchen.
one they imported a small ‘Endless Pool’ from America. A propeller generates a current which allows an individual to swim against a current while staying in one place, never reaching the end. Another factor important to the owners was that everything was finished to a high standard. So doors and windows are made from hardwood Iroko, Spanish limestone sits upon under-floor heating and the house has a heat recovery system, which replaces stale air with fresh, pre-warmed, filtered air. The minimalist interior works because the owners have thought about out-of-sight storage. Each of the four bedrooms has a large walk-in wardrobe, while a separate pantry downstairs keeps food and culinary equipment out of view, allowing the bespoke kitchen, with its Gaggenau appliances and granite worksurfaces
to remain uncluttered One area of Spring Court yet to be developed is the space above the three garages. It has potential for a number of uses such as home office, gym, entertainment room or selfcontained annexe. Although Spring Court was built eight years ago it was clearly a property ahead of its time, which is
why it’s still seen as modern and contemporary today. The quality of the home means that unlike many modern new builds, Spring Court not only looks good but it will also stand the test of time. Spring Court is on the market with Fine & Country. Offers around £1.3 million.
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The modern salon was set up in Cudworth six years ago by owner and head stylist Joanne Yeatman, who has more than 26 year’s experience in hairdressing. Having worked in salons in England and Australia throughout her career, clients can feel confident in Joanne’s hands knowing she is at the top of her game. In addition to Joanne, the team at Rococo consists of qualified stylists Deanie and Leanne, plus two trainee stylists Shany and Rebecca. The girls pride themselves on listening carefully to their clients’ requirements, ensuring that everyone who steps through Rococo’s door leaves 100 per cent satisfied. As well as offering colours, cuts, restyles, blow-dries, perms and chemical straightening, using Therapy and Wella products, the team at Rococo are also specialists in Balmain hair extensions. Joanne, Deanie and Leanne are all fully-trained Balmain technicians, so clients can be confident that the hair will be fitted properly and securely, creating a high standard finish that looks completely natural. In addition to being a Balmain technician, Joanne also travels around the country as a teacher for the company training in salons and colleges. “I picked Balmain extensions for Rococo because I know the hair is high quality and it’s a company I truly believe in,” says Joanne. “The hair comes with a six month guarantee, but I have not come across a single client who has not been satisfied with Balmain.” Rococo also specialise in Balmain hair pieces and are experienced in all areas of bridal hair.
Threading hair removal is available at Rococo by therapist Rajinder Kaur, who was trained 12 years ago in India by a beauty therapist specialising in threading. The threading method is suitable for all facial hair such as upper lip, eyebrows or the side of the face. The hair caught in the travelling thread, is pulled out from the root, offering a less painful, more precise and longer lasting effect. For those wanting a gorgeous summer glow during the winter months, Rococo can now offer Fake Bake spray tans and a range of tanning products. The natural looking tans are applied in a special tanning room by fully-trained staff and normally last up to seven days. A stunning range of bags, hats and tiaras for occasions including weddings and proms are also available to buy from Rococo. So whether you are looking for a new hairstyle, natural looking long locks, or a body boost, Rococo is the perfect place to be.
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Many of us fear using colour when it comes to decorating our homes. Interior designer Pen Robertson says, banish the bland and give colour a go MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 17
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Experiment: Colour can give a space personality and atmosphere.
Add a bit of ‘zing’
agnolia. Your greatgrandparents had never heard of it. Then your grandparents and parents’ generations turned it into a phenomenon and most likely you have had your entire house painted in it at some point. It is likely you thought the days of magnolia were numbered as ‘neutral’ is the new palette for the home. In truth, that encompasses every variation of white, off-white, beige and everything in between. And yes, that includes Magnolia, which is still a best-seller. Cream, cappuccino, toffee, latte, biscuit – the new neutral colour names that are marketed to sound scrummy enough to eat but are enough to strike fear into any interior designer. Although neutrals are great as a foundation colour and are easy to live with, they really come alive when combined with a splash of a vibrant or contrasting colour. Nature provides a perfect example
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of colour harmony. You only need to look outside to see that colour is everywhere and nature is very clever at combining neutrals with colour. Think about the bark of a silver birch tree and how beautifully it works with its contrasting green leaves. And you just have to look at history to see what a wonderfully colourful world our ancestors lived in. Victorian England, Van Gogh’s artwork and the court of Elizabeth I wouldn’t be the
same had they been lived out in taupe and white. So why are we so afraid to embrace colour today and use it in our homes? Perhaps it is because there is too much choice. Perhaps it is the fear of getting it horribly wrong or the potential cost of putting it right that makes people take the safe neutral route. Fear not, there is more help than ever in the form of interior designers,
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Fear not: Neutrals come alive when combined with a splash of a vibrant or contrasting colour.
colour consultants and paint charts. There is no longer any good excuse to avoid colour in your home. Most interior design customers are initially shy when it comes to colour choice. While most people know what they don’t like, they don’t always know what they do like. That is where a designer can help. Using splashes of colour can give a space personality and atmosphere and by choosing a colour scheme around
a favourite picture or accessory it is easy to make a room represent who you are. The best advice is don’t be afraid to experiment and if you are a colour virgin it is best to start small and try to introduce a bit of ‘zing’ to a room by using colourful cushions, off-theshelf canvas art or a throw. You can always take them back if they don’t work. So, banish the bland and give colour a go. What’s the
worst that can happen? Get it wrong and at worst a couple of tins of paint and a weekend’s painting will put it right. Get it right and your home will become the envy of your friends and family and a constant source of pleasure. You won’t know until you try. Pen Robertson is owner of Vision and Perspective Interior Design.
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Flax of life
abric is a key tool in adding depth and texture to an interior. Whether itâ€™s for covering a cushion, dressing a window or revamping a chair, the selection process can be time consuming There is feel and appearance to consider, not to mention style, pattern and colour. And then you have to think about if you want the fabric to fit in with the theme of a room, or speak for itself. And while some will want all their fabrics to match, others will prefer to use contrasting fabric combinations to inject personality and character. Whichever way, a change of fabric can be both a simple and effective way of breathing new life into a room. This new collection of fabrics from LELIEVRE is perfect for those wanting
Soft fabrics: Left, Hoggar-Atoll, above, Tassili-Agriates, bottom Djebel and top Hoggar, all by Lelievre
to create a cool, calm and relaxed atmosphere. Focusing on linen, the collection has a fluid soft rustic feel that would be ideal for a peaceful beach-side retreat. The deck-chair style stripes of Hoggar are simple and elegant, featuring a subtle diagonal linen weave in raw toile enhanced by fine coloured bands. Moving the theme on, Sierra is a refined ticking stripe in linen with a satin thread running
though. Atoll combines strong masculine serge with a glazed linen thread for the perfect sheen and Agriates combines a look and texture like grains of rice with an impressive strength for upholstery. Djebel has a tactile almost moon-like surface created by bunches of thread creating a cosy touch. Stockists: Contact LELIEVRE, 0207 352 4798 -108.
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Radiating hot design
OR those of us without the luxury of under-floor heating, radiators are a necessity, but that does not mean they have to be boring. Most would describe standard radiators as ugly, and for that reason many blend them into a wall using paint, or choose to hide them away under intrusive radiator covers. But as technology has developed radiators have been given something of a facelift, transforming them from an eyesore to an interior statement. While new contemporary designs are stretched from floor to ceiling, classic designs have been given a modern
twist with the injection of colour. These striking designs come from Bisque, which has been at the forefront of the radiator revaluation to offer central heating solutions that look as if they belong within the glass cases of an art gallery. From the outrageous to the sensible, Bisque boasts numerous eye-catching styles in thousands of sizes, colours and finishes to suit both modern and traditional interiors. For those wanting to make a statement in a large bathroom, there is the highly-polished stainless steel Orbit towel radiator, while anyone in
search of a space saver will fully appreciate the beautiful circular design of Hot Hoop. In the kitchen, the dramatic grid pattern of B2 will instantly attract attention, as will the coiled design of Hot Spring. And while traditionalists will be happy to give Bisqueâ€™s Classic Chrome design a home, those in search of the X-factor will find it hard to resist the sculptured flowing curves of X-Stream, guaranteed to hot up minimal hallways in more ways than one. www.bisque.co.uk
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Bold blinds can make a strong statement and enliven a room, says Rachel Parry
On the pull
f you want to shut out the winter weather and bring some warmth back to your windows, colourful blinds are the solution. After several seasons where brown and beige have dominated, the trend is for bright colour, so there has never been a better time to experiment with your window dressings. Far from the fuss of curtains, voiles and pelmets, blinds are a simple choice that allow you to inject character into your home. With styles to fit all types of window shapes, including roller, Roman and sliding panels, blinds can be used to centre an eye-catching centre piece. These vibrant examples come from blind specialist Eclecticsâ€™ Entice range. The edgy collection offers an array of exciting colours, from hot pinks to elegant taupes, with an emphasis towards bold statement designs.
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Eclectics' Wingnut Roman blinds in Chilli, by London based designer Clarissa Hukse, are guaranteed to spice up any room, with bold orientalstyle print and fiery shades. Punchy, floral designs with rambling repeats are also set to be a top trend for the winter. Eclecticsâ€™ Khasikov design in Moss, captures this look brilliantly. Its rich flock fabric combines zesty shades of lime and turquoise, which ooze in texture to create the perfect antidote to winter. And for those wanting to make a bold statement, whilst creating an eco-friendly interior there is Eclectics' Margin wool blinds. This style involves combining two different wool colours in vertical bands of contrasting colour to create a clean-cut design with a simple and serene aesthetic. www.eclectics.co.uk
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There is one coat every man about town should have in his wardrobe for winter, as Ian Thompson reports
The name of this classic English coat comes from the fabric. Covert is a twill woven with two threads in two shades of the same colour, giving it its mottled look. As a result of the tight weave, the fabric is hard-wearing yet flexible. The coats were originally made for people living in the country. The characteristic reinforced stitching on the lower seam and on the sleeves are reminders that it is also worn when riding, as the lower seam should not be below the knee. In a book on the well-dressed man, the covert coat is one of the 10 basic clothing items which should belong in a man’s wardrobe.
Musician and artist Graham Coxon wears a covert coat by Cordings of Piccadilly.
Run for covert
his coat has been around forever. It adorns the ruddyfaced members of gentlemen's clubs in St James’s. It can be seen on City-types and certain kinds of Tory politicians. The covert coat hides the bulging wallets of affluent punters at racecourses and a version is on display in the fashion galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has been seen worn by the likes of DJs Chris Evans and Johnny Vaughan and a few years ago won success as best supporting wardrobe item in Guy Richie’s gangster film 0. Madonna’s ex is also a keen wearer. Covert (the ‘t’ is silent) is the name of the fine wool twill it is made from. The cloth is hair-repellent and almost
thorn-repellent and the garment started life as a riding coat. The coat confers on the wearer raffish and rakish qualities. The threebutton fly front, splash of velvet on the collar and ticket pocket suggests the wearer has been around a bit. The person inside a covert coat has the charm to pass off any dodgy business attributed to him as a misunderstanding. You can be a TerryThomas for the 21st century. A first time wearer is overwhelmed by the urge to cut a dash. Cordings, the gentlemen’s outfitter in Piccadilly, is one home of the covert coat. The store’s traditional customers tend to be from families who have shopped there for generations. Recently, though, Cordings has
become hip among the capital’s music and trendy people. Guitarist Eric Clapton is a part-owner. As well as the traditional camel and dark blue versions, the store sells coats in tartans, checks and garish colours. Marks and Spencer has put plain, dark blue versions on its racks. Needless to say, the M and S covert is a tad cheaper than at Cordings. The thought of the covert coat going mainstream does not faze Cordings. The shop is a bit above all that as it has been around since 1839. Covert coats are the right garments for autumn and winter high jinks. They put a twinkle in the eye and make the wearer feel as if he is in the fashion equivalent of an open-topped sports car.
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Denby Dale has joined the Walkers are Welcome scheme. Carla George put on her boots to find out why. Pictures: Scott Bairstow
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Right direction: More tourists could soon be traipsing footpaths in Denby Dale.
Walking off the pies made easy
amous for its pies, a striking railway viaduct and an evil spirit which displays large fiery eyes, sharp teeth and claws, Denby Dale is already a tourism hotspot, it seems. With its rolling hills and luscious pastures, this northern village is also haunted by the ghosts of the factories and mills which once dominated the landscape. Not so long ago, the silk used for the Queen Mother’s wedding dress was made at the Springfield Mill in Denby Dale. But countryside officer Alan Wickham hopes that by joining the new community-led scheme, Walkers are Welcome, he can help strengthen the village’s reputation as a place for hikers to come and enjoy its many trails. He said: “The project is designed to raise the profile of walking while at the same time boosting and regenerating the local economy and raising the profile of the area. “It also aims to promote and encourage the use of public transport by visitors to the area – so it is fully in tune with the ‘green agenda’.”
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It’s known as the ‘Pie Village’, owing to a tradition of baking recordbreaking heavyweights dating back to 1788, when a pie was baked to celebrate the return to health of King George III. But Denby Dale offers beautiful and varied scenery as well, from the River Dearne trickling through woodland and the shimmering Mill Pond at Scissett. Alan believes they all deserve more promotion: “Although the area has lots of excellent walking and recreational opportunities, excellent
views and lots of interesting places, visitor facilities of a practical nature are less well developed than in nearby ‘tourist honeypots’ such as Holmfirth. “We hope that over time the scheme will lead to better provision by local businesses and spread the tourist load more evenly. “For a WAW application to be successful, the push for status must come from the community itself; a bottom up idea, not something introduced by external agencies or organisations. “We have set up a group in support
Great view: The 330m-high TV mast at Emley Moor.
of our application and have spoken to the many walkers we get tripping through the village. The feedback has been positive and so far most residents seem in favour of the idea. “There were a few concerns raised over encouraging coach loads of people into the area – we don’t want to disturb locals. “At the end of the day the idea is to up tourism levels and get more visitors coming in and the more money they spend the more money is going to the pubs and other local businesses.” And if the area is awarded WAW status, visitors will be in for a treat as the area offers views of the highest self-supporting structure in Britain – the 330m-high TV mast at Emley Moor. Completed in 1971, it replaced an earlier mast that came down in dramatic fashion amid high winds and the building up of ice on the guide ropes in 1969.
Another striking landmark is the viaduct that spans the Dearne Valley. Originally made of wood, it was replaced in 1880 – before it had a chance to fall down. Trains still cross it today on the Penistone Line, a nostalgic journey through attractive countryside and a number of quaint stations between Sheffield and Huddersfield. Alan said: “If we can encourage people to use Denby Dale for walking we can maintain our footpaths and seek additional funding for signs, leaflets and guide maps. We are looking at applying for money from the East Peak Innovation Partnership which was established last year and links Penistone and District, North Sheffield and the parishes of Denby Dale and Kirkburton. “EPIP will consider for funding rural projects including the development of the countryside, tourism, culture and heritage. If we could get that our WAW application would be
considerably stronger.” To contact Andy Wickham or to join the WAW support group contact: 01484 222960. For information visit www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk
The Walkers are Welcome criteria
■ A demonstration of popular local support for the concept. ■ Formal endorsement of the WAW status application by one or more local councils. ■ Action to ensure the footpath network is maintained in good condition. ■ Adequate marketing of WAW status. ■ Encouragement of walking using public transport. ■ Demonstration of mechanisms in place to maintain WAW status.
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Roger Silverwood has sold toys, dealt in antiques and written copy for an advertising agency. He has now turned to crime, as Adam Civico reports MOSAIC WRITING 37
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From Sooty to murder: Author Roger Silverwood.
Why I’m devoted to crime
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body, zur?” the Constable said, surprised. His eyes opened wide. “I’d better come at once. I’ll get my bike.” Roger Silverwood puts on a gruff, slightly American, accent as he reads the line and then breaks into a laugh. “There isn’t a better opening line than that, is there?,” he asks, before adding: “How boastful, it’s one of my own.” In fact it’s from his first novel, Deadly Daffodils. “You want the first line to grab people.” His hand reaches out as he makes a fist, to reiterate the point. “You don't want a weather report before you start. It was a beautiful, sunny day and all that nonsense.” Roger, 77, is a crime writer with 15 titles behind him. He’s sitting in front of the computer where he writes,
wearing a Panama and a cravat, the uniform of eccentricity. His study is what would have been a bedroom in his wonderful cottage, one of Barnsley’s hidden gems, down Keresforth Hall Drive. “It's a fantastic place, very quiet other than if the birds are noisy, and I love to hear them. We have been here 39 years, it’s magic. Every day I come up here and write.” His desk is cluttered with papers. Many of the books on the shelf are his own sitting alongside instructional books: Rules of Writing and Narrative Technique – and others including Surgical Anatomy and The Anarchist Cookbook. One hopes they are for nothing other than research and inspiration. On the wall is a palm crucifix as if to protect him from the horrors, and the
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hate, he writes about. “I shouldn't know about hate as a Christian,” he says. “But I do.” It forms the background for most of his books. “Two men hate each other and that gives me ammunition for a book. I have to hang the story on something and that’s crime but the books are really about relationships. “I write about crime because I know most about it, simply because I am interested in it and I’m a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.” While his books may be about relationships, they still have a 'whodunit?' element. “I promise you don’t know something until the last page in my books. If you anticipate the outcome correctly, the book is no use to a reader. “Love stories drive women wappy because they're left
wondering: do the lovers get together? It is the same principle. “There's no interest for the reader if you don’t keep them guessing." Roger was born in Ryhill and spent time living in Hoyland before moving to Keresforth. He was educated at a boarding school in Gloucester. After leaving and completing national service, he entered his father’s business, running small cinemas in Barnsley, Hoyland and Elsecar. “It was great stuff with all the big stars like James Cagney and Pat O’Brien.” His first book was penned in the 1970s when he injured his back and had to give up work and his wife urged him to, ‘write the book you always said you would’. “I never said it but she said I did so I
wrote Deadly Daffodils and sent it off to the publisher Hale’s and, blow me, it was accepted first time.” Another two quickly followed before money was running out and Roger needed to start work again. That involved selling toys including ‘Sooty’s xylophones’ “I sold more than a million and made a nice little fortune,” says Roger. That means he no longer has to work but a passion for writing keeps him going and since he retired in the late 1990s he has been penning his Inspector Angel Mysteries. "We have plenty of money but that's not quite the point. People expect you to push out the books and most of all I enjoy it. Why would I want to stop?" ■ The Cuckoo Clock Scam is out now published by Roger Hale Ltd.
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he hectic pace of life in the garden begins to slow as November dawns. Even though things are now unhurried and the last of the garden tidying has been completed, the work at Wentworth Castle for the garden team has turned towards Yuletide festivities. Santa visits us every year, some say this is to give his reindeer a breather and to enjoy the company of our parkland deer. Whatever the reason, the great man still favours a snug grotto and the garden team has been busy moving the grotto from the Walled Garden into the churchyard ready to begin its annual festive duties. If you are relieved of the onerous task of relocating a grotto, fallen leaves will still be a burden for all green-fingered enthusiasts throughout this month. Instead of gathering them up and filling your green recycling bin why not do your garden and your pocket a favour by adding them to your compost heap. Growing fruit is becoming increasingly popular again and if you have blackberries in your garden you should now start pruning branches that have cropped during the year – ensuring that you take them right back to soil level. Also make sure you secure any new canes, while long canes can be fastened and trained back towards the ground.
Michael is head gardener at Wentworth Castle
In the garden Talking of fruit, if you fancy adding more apple or pear trees to your garden now is the perfect time for planting – as long as the ground is not too wet. Add plenty of garden compost or manure and a good covering of mulch around the tree. My particular favourite apple is Cox’s Orange Pippin, one of the best known varieties in the country. After many years enjoying them I am pleased to report that the apples are both crisp and juicy. Although, please be aware that the tree dislikes the cold, but does thrive well in a sheltered sunny spot – sounds like a few gardeners I know. Tulip fire sounds a fitting horticultural topic for November, but it has nothing to do with border conflagration. By planting your tulips now you will greatly reduce the risk of ‘tulip fire’ – a disease that can cause distorted foliage, mould and flowers that fail to open.
I think tulips always look stunning when planted in large open groups and as such they are a regular feature of the spring in the John Arnold Garden at Wentworth. You will need to plant them in rich free draining soil for best results – if your soil type is too heavy I suggest adding some grit to planting holes. By planting at two to three times their depth, approximately 10cms apart you should be guaranteed a wonderful display next year. My particular favourite is Tulip Greigii Red Riding Hood – it produces a blazing, magnificent scarlet flower, which always looks impressive, becoming the focal point of any garden border. The foliage is also equally wonderful and is delicately mottled with purple. A show stopper in any garden. Finally the lawn still deserves your attention this month, so ensure you rake any leaves off the surface before they start to decompose to the detriment of the grass. Failure to do so will encourage fungus and moss to grow, which eventually will kill the lawn. Do not forget to improve the drainage of your lawn before the winter by getting your fork and making holes (aeration) and at the same time slightly lifting the surface. You could also apply some autumn fertiliser, if you haven’t already done so, to ensure a good show next spring.
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Ann Parkin is alive and stitching with her bespoke hand-covered books wrapped in luxury fabrics sourced from the four corners of the world. Katia Harston meets the Pennine artist 42 MOSAIC RURAL ENTERPRISE
A stitch in time: Above, Ann’s bespoke fabric covered books and left, Ann gets stuck in her new venture.
Alive and stitching
UCKED away in a quiet corner of Thurgoland, you will find Ann Parkin’s home studio. Overlooking the Pennine countryside, the studio is a bright tranquil spot where Ann likes to spend her days musing, making, creating and painting. She is better known for her huge paintings inspired by the beautiful landscapes surrounding her home than the bespoke books she makes, but hopes this year they will takeoff of in their own right. “Doing the books is a bit of a winddown for me. “It’s something I tend to do inbetween big projects I’m working on but I love it all the same. “I’ve always held a keen interest in fabrics and was forever making little dolls when I was younger.” Ann was a primary school teacher but now she explores and enjoys many kinds of art work and believes art should be uplifting for both creator and viewer. “I love the excitement of colour and the magic of what is around me and this influences my work to a great
extent. I’ve been doing the books on and off as a bit of a break when I’ve been working on a painting. I love doing them because it is very handson and creative but is not as draining as working on a big piece.” She puts hours of work into making the hand-covered books, using some of the finest fabrics from around the world to create gifts. “They have so many uses,” says Ann. “Obviously the first which comes to mind is as a sketch pad or journal, but I can do commissions as well, such as guest books for weddings or other special occasions. “I know good materials when I see them and I pick expensive fabrics which come from all over the place. I only get a little bit of each material, which will only make a few books, so you’re really getting something exclusive.” She sources cottons and silks from across the world, with fabric coming from Kuala Lumpur, Australia, Singapore, Senegal and India to name a few. They vary in design and texture and many come from patchwork suppliers.
Each book is padded with cotton wadding, hand-covered with the fabric of choice, then glued and pressed and the process repeated to make sure it is done to a high finish made to last. After the cutting and sticking, Ann adds her own finishing touches to the covers. “Once all the glue is set I get to the fun bit which is dressing it up. I fasten a ribbon tie onto most of them, some have stitching on the cover, others have delicate little spine covers and all of them are lush to the touch. “Each book is different and it is certainly not a production line. “I’ve been doing them on a small scale for a few years, which was more for the love of it, but this year I’ve decided I’m going to go for it.” Ann, who is a founder member of Alive and Stitching, Pennine Artists and Art Through Textiles, will be exhibiting some of her artwork along with fellow Pennine artists at Wentworth Castle on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. www.annparkin.com
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Scoop of the year FROM cow to cone, every scoop of Yummy Yorkshire ice-cream is made on site at Delph House Farm at High Flatts. Husband and wife Jeremy and Louise Holmes produce 200 litres a day from their 150 Holsteins and have created over 50 flavours. The latest – liquorice – has picked up three awards. It is bursting with a strong flavour and chewy chunks of the black stuff speckle the thick, rich ice-cream. Fantastic – but not for the faint-hearted.
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New owners for brasserie
ather and son team Stephen and Jonathan Tiffany have taken over CragRats Brasserie near Hepworth, saving 22 jobs. Jonathan, who also owns the Ford Inn, Holmfirth, says: “We are trying to streamline things and save money to make it a profitable business. There could possibly be some menu changes and the introduction of specials, which CragRats never allowed. “If anything I am looking at offering better value for money because people are watching what they spend.” CragRats had been in administration until Jonathan took over on October 1. He is working with head chef Richard Whitaker and his wife Anna, the restaurant manager, to come up with ideas. “It needs a little bit of TLC and some financial stuff tweaking. Once that's done I am confident it will be okay,” said Jonathan. He will also renew the website and consider a name change.
Market relaunched Several new traders have booked stalls for the relaunch of Penistone local food and farmers’ market on Saturday, November 14. Rumours about closure led to a slump in customers that resulted in stall-holders staying away and in July there were just two stands. Organiser Judith Patrick said: “Following the start of the supermarket development people were under the impression that we weren’t operating. Our relaunch message is, ‘regardless of the supermarket, we’ll carry on’.” Goods on sale at the first market will
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Top brass: CragRats head chef Richard Whitaker and his wife Anna.
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Banging banger There now seems to be a flavour of sausage for every day of the year. One that’s guaranteed to wake up any bleary-eyed breakfaster is the pork and chilli banger from Hade Edge butcher Brindon Addy. A real winter warmer.
Pepper and spice On the subject of winter warmers, cool evenings call for a wine that offers a touch of heat and spice. The Co-op has something to fit the bill: A Fairtrade Argentine Bonarda Shiraz with an amazing amount of fruit balanced by a whack of pepper. Easy drinking and good value at £4.95.
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Dramatic mountains and lush lowlands are impressive aspects of the Auvergne region of France. Its simple, honest food is worthy of note, too, says Robert Cockroft
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Steaming into the Auvergne
urillac is one of the highest cities in France and the roads leading to it were testing the lungs of the MGB. We’d set off from Yorkshire to drive to Provence and had chosen the winding route through the massif central mountains of the Auvergne. But as the car snaked through sleepy villages, dramatic forests and fields of vivid green, the temperature gauge began turning vivid red. The roadster finally panted into a sweltering Aurillac just before noon and expired in clouds of steam. Thoughtfully, it made its protest outside a small garage. The owner, in regulation blue dungarees emerged and promised to investigate, but “Je suis désolée, monsieur” it was lunchtime and repairs would have to wait until they reopened at two. He pointed us to a small bistro
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across the road where the tables were already filling with local workers, including some of his mechanics. In due course Madame plonked on the table a carafe of wine and a bowl of sliced baguette but no menu appeared. We soon learned why. The three courses came without choice: A bowl of mustardy frisée salad was followed by a rustic main course of sausages braised with lentils and, to finish, there was a dish of chocolate mousse. In all, it cost less than a fiver, ridiculously cheap but memorable,
and not least for the sausages on their dark bed of lentils. We returned to the garage at about 2.30 to find the car purring. It was fine, said the garage owner, it was just not used to the mountains. He refused any payment. When the holiday was over, I tried to reproduce the dish at home. Saucisson d'auvergne are not easy to get over here but an Italian butcher in Wakefield, Peter Caselli, alas, now no more, sold meaty, garlic-flavoured Toulouse sausages which were more
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In all, lunch cost less than a fiver, cheap but memorable, and not least for the sausages in their dark bed of lentils.
or less identical. The chef at Aurillac had used Puy lentils soaked in red wine and they were easy enough to copy. I cooked the dish often when our children were small but I hadn’t done it for years until my daughter mentioned it recently. In the absence of Toulouse sausages, I used British pork sausages, made with rusk. But I’ve since discovered it’s possbile to buy Toulouse sausages from Hazlehead Farm Shop, near Millhouse Green, or Brindon Addy Butchers at Hade Edge, Holmfirth. This is how you cook this easy and rewarding dish.
Sausage and lentil casserole Serves 6 1 tbsp unsalted butter 200g smoked bacon cut in small pieces
2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 small carrot, finely diced 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 spring of fresh rosemary 2 bay leaves 400g Puy lentils salt and freshly ground black pepper Half a pint of chicken stock Half a bottle of red wine 8 fresh pork sausages On the hob: In a large enamelled, ovenproof casserole dish, melt the butter and when it foams add the bacon. Stir until it renders its fat then add the onions. Gently fry until soft and golden. Add the garlic, carrot and herbs then stir in the lentils. Season and add the hot stock followed by the wine. Stir over a gentle heat for 10 minutes then add the sausages which you have grilled for a few minutes until
light brown. In the oven: Cover the cassserole and cook at about 130c in the oven for two hours. Check to ensure that the lentils are not drying out and refresh if necessary with more wine or stock. The final texture should resemble a thick soup. Online: For the purists, if you wish to try making pork sausages, look at www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdp_B6HX 1Mw Tourism: The Aurillac and Region Tourist Information Ofdfice has a useful website: www.iaurillac.com Reading: Mourjou: The Auvergne Village by Peter Graham published by Prospect Books. British ex-pat Graham prefaces regional recipes with evocative reflections on village life. It is beautifully written and the Auvergnat recipes, often using local Cantal cheese, are of great interest.
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The old nail forge at Hoylandswaine is so small many locals do not know it exists. John Threlkeld went to investigate
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Historic: Inside the tiny forge in Hoylandswaine.
Making a point
he floor is bare, hard and uneven, the roof needs repairing, large cobwebs hang leisurely from a window and the air reeks of age and desolation. The only indication that people have been here recently is a sign asking visitors not to eat on the premises. But this one time nail forge, situated at the bottom of someone’s attractive garden and yards from the Lord Nelson pub at Hoylandswaine is much loved by the volunteers who want to turn it into something special. It’s where thousands of nails were hammered out in the days before machines made the skills obsolete. It’s owned by the South Yorkshire History Society and managed by the trust. Derek Bayliss (pictured left), the planning and development officer, said a recent open day had attracted about 40 visitors including a couple of Australians who were visiting friends and relatives in the area. At present there is not a lot to see in the single-storey building. The hearth, chimney and the tools with which workers cut the glowing
rods of iron to size and shape are there, but the other rooms are empty. However, the society believes the place has a lot of potential. With the aid of grants, members hope to repair the roof and put on displays and exhibitions which can be viewed when further open days are organised and the process of nail making can be outlined. Explaining the history of the industry, he said there were thriving nail forges in a number of villages around Barnsley, including Mapplewell and Staincross, but not in Barnsley. That may be because the burgeoning pit town was engrossed in burrowing underground and this cottage industry was started by farmers who wanted to make extra money. The forge is remarkable because it’s the last in a long line at Hoylandswaine, dating back to the days when the village had a larger population than Penistone. There were forges all round the village, perhaps as many as 20, said Cynthia Dillon, a leader of the local history group, who has written a book
on the industry, and some of them may have been working in the early 1700s. She believes the industry may have set down roots in Hoylandswaine because of the Spencer-Stanhope family, of Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, who were part of a syndicate which owned a large number of forges. Over the years the forges died out but Hoylandswaine’s last survivor was still making nails at the beginning of the 20th century. In the Second World War the skills were revived for a short period when an order for handmade iron nails for munitions work at a steelworks was received by a member of one of the the families who had been involved in the old craft. She added: “It is said Australia was built on English nails. A lot from this area were exported all over the world. “We want the forge to be restored and kept. We hope Derek can get the funds to do the work.” ● Volunteers, by the way, are always welcome. Telephone Derek on 0114 2307693.
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VER since the iconic Mini was launched, the race has been on for manufacturers to make the next huge leap in innovation in a city car. The Smart ForTwo came close but Mercedes cheated by not including rear seats. The new Toyota iQ however has the same number of seats as the original Mini, even though the iQ is 6.5cm shorter than the 1959 Classic, features a larger three-Cylinder 1.0-litre engine and is chock full of safety features unthought of fifty years ago. All this has been achieved with some clever tweaks by the boffins at Toyota. Such as by mounting the engine differently and using a larger but shallower fuel tank to avoid taking up interior space. Even though the iQ has been priced to be competitive with basic city cars, the interior feels surprisingly plush. As you would expect from any Toyota, the fit and finish is top-notch. The driving position is excellent,
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offering a good view of the road from a slightly elevated position in a very comfortable seat with well placed pedals and controls. Although the iQ is shorter than the original Mini it measures in a whole 28cm (12 inch) wider. This is so that the two rear passengers can be accommodated between the rear wheel arches. Two adults can fit in the rear but I suspect that it would only be for short trips. Primary school aged children will be more comfortable but may become quickly bored due to the lack of rear windows. With the back seats up, there is no space for a boot of any size, but there is some flexibility so that you can trade room for a passenger into space for shopping. I drove the iQ assuming that it would only be good for trips in and around town and while this is where the little Toyota excels, it is not in any
way limited to the city boundaries. With such a short wheelbase the Toyota is extremely manoeuvrable and feels light and agile nipping around in city traffic. Away from the smoke, the long gearing, used to improve economy and emissions figures, means that the engine has to be worked hard if you want to extract some performance, although that wide track previously mentioned helps the iQ feel planted and surefooted when thrown into the bends at speed. Those gearbox ratios also help should you ever stray onto a motorway as the long top gear makes cruising a much calmer affair than it might be in some of the iQ’s competitors. As they say necessity is the mother of invention and with the price of petrol creeping back up again and the debate over climate change intensifying, the iQ could be the way forward for personal transportation.
The Mazda3 MPS powers onto the scene. Mark D’Apice admires the hot hatch’s body and performance
On track to success: Mazda3 MPS
Mazda gears up
have to confess that my favourite category of car is the hot hatch. I grew up in the eighties which was dominated by the GTi badge and to this day I still go weak at the knees at the sight of a souped-up family hatch. They have stuck with me all through my life and as well as actually owning a few examples, I must have contemplated and test drove nearly every one of them over the last 15 years. One of the most surprising was the old Mazda3 MPS largely due to its styling. I had read all about how the 3 MPS was one of the most powerful cars in its class and how the ride was better than the likes of the Ford Focus ST and Vauxhall Astra VXR but found it hard to believe that such a conservatively styled package could contain such an explosive car. Boy, was I wrong! I’m therefore delighted to say that the MPS has been retained in the all-
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new Mazda3 line-up but in a much more visual way thanks to brand new front end, a huge air scoop gouged into the bonnet, a beefy bodykit and a bespoke rear spoiler. In the best tradition of hot hatches, the Mazda does suffer with torque steer (a phenomenon where the car pulls on the steering to one side under heavy acceleration) but this is due to the sheer amount of power which is being fed to the front wheels. And the Mazda 3 MPS has so much power, it struggles to get it all to the road in one chunk. Once you get into third gear however the sensation of acceleration really kicks in. As a car advert once correctly deduced, power is nothing without control and that is where the Mazda excels. The chassis feels beautifully rigid when pounding through the bends at speed and the suspension has been
tuned to keep the car level when it comes under load. Combine this with beautifully weighted steering and you have an excellent driver’s car. But it’s not just a car for the performance enthusiast. The Mazda3 MPS comes with a fivedoor body as standard which means all the practicality of the standard car is available. This means five proper seats, isofix seat anchorage for a child’s seat and a well proportioned boot making this an ideal family car, though admittedly with a very firm ride. The main competitors like the Renaultsport Megane, Focus ST and Astra VXR are much more frequent sights on the road but with the much more aggressive looks and the practicality of five doors, I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Mazda3 MPS becomes a more common sight than its predecessor.
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A facelift may tempt you to try the new-look Kia cee’d, Mark D’Apice writes
Can you cee’d the difference?
ithout wanting to stray off at a tangent before even starting this piece, I want to talk about plastic surgery. It’s well documented in the tabloids how this can either greatly enhance a career, think Jordan and her ilk, or completely ruin what might have been a chance to appear on the electric fish tank for years to come (Leslie Ash springs to mind). Anyway, to get back to a car-related slant, the Kia cee’d, launched back in 2007 has just undergone a midlife facelift to keep it looking fresh in the face of the new competition it faces from the new Golf and forthcoming Vauxhall Astra. This means the 2009 cee’d gets a new grille, redesigned headlights and an upgraded bumper. Round the back there are new light clusters that give an LED effect which Kia hopes will add an air of quality to
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its new baby. Inside there is a new steering wheel for better driver comfort as well as a brand new centre console which Kia hopes will be more intuitive to use. No detail has been missed in the overhaul as even the gear stick has been looked at and improved for a better feel. The one feature which has probably lured more buyers than any other stays the same. And that is the seven-year warranty. Covering the car bumper to bumper for seven years or 100,000 miles it is the most comprehensive cover available on any car on sale today. Choice of engines remains the same. The choice is either a 1.4 89bhp or 1.6 124bhp petrol engine that will deliver 46mpg and 44mpg respectively or the 1.6 113bhp Diesel engine which Kia claims will deliver just over 60mpg on average. New to the line-up is a new
‘EcoDynamics’ model which features a slightly de-tuned diesel which, along the lines of the Polo Bluemotion, reduces performance in favour of economy and reduced emissions. This, coupled with the intelligent stop-and-go system, which cuts the engine when stationary, helps the cee’d EcoDynamic onto a very impressive combined economy figure of 67.3mpg. Its often said that mid-life refreshments are a chance for manufacturers to get right everything they should have done at the beginning of a car’s life so the minor changes made to the cee’d reflect well on the designers of the original cee’d. So it seems that going under the knife has benefited the cee’d range and thanks to its subtle upgrades, secondhand values of the 17,000 cars already sold in the UK shouldn’t be hit too hard.
It takes a brave manufacturer to throw its hat into the ring with a new car — writes Mark D’Apice
Seat turns up the heat with Exeo ST and Exeo saloon.
Seat: brave and bold
n the industry, the market sector inhabited by cars like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia is referred to as the ‘D’ segment. In the last few years this has been a graveyard for some manufacturers. The Nissan Primera sunk without trace, Renault says the Laguna won’t be replaced and the Ford Mondeo now gets outsold by the BMW 3 Series. This is due to the rise in popularity of the MPV and SUV. It therefore takes a brave manufacturer to throw its hat into the ring with a new car. Seat it seems is brave enough, but to be fair it is only dipping its toe as the new Exeo is basically the old Audi A4 with a new styling twist. Now, the Exeo saloon has not sold in vast numbers but this isn’t worrying Seat which was hoping to sell around 3,000 cars per year and were well on
course to achieve the target this year. To help boost the numbers a little further, the ST Estate model has just gone on sale. Also based on the last generation A4, the Exeo ST is the estate version of the same car and also derived from the last generation Audi A4 and featuring a huge load space in the rear which will swallow more or less anything you care to throw into it. The boot on the saloon version is also a cavernous load space which would comfortably swallow a trio of well sized suitcases plus any other auxiliary luggage you would require for a trip away. As with the Audi the Exeo is descended from, it is at its best on the motorway swallowing up the miles. The suspension on both body styles is well tuned to iron out imperfections in the road surface to give a comfortable ride while the road noise is filtered nicely to give the cabin a
serene feel, even at high speeds. The steering is nicely weighted to give enough feedback to satisfy even the most ardent performance driver but lightens up at low speed so that parking won’t feel like a session at the gym. But it’s the cabin where the Exeo leads its class. Having the entire VW parts bin at its disposal, Seat has chosen the best from its sibling brands to make the interior of the Exeo a very nice place to be. Trim is used subtly to highlight the best points of the tasteful centre console while the driving position makes you feel like you are ‘sat’ in the interior rather than ‘on top’ of it. Seat is realistic about the numbers of Exeos it’s going to sell but if it can tempt buyers into a test drive, I suspect its modest sales estimates can easily be surpassed by tempting buyers away from its big rivals, the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo.
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