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YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY MAGAZINE

DECEMBER 2019/JANUARY 2020 ISSUE 64

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CHrIStMAS COOKIES

Equipment: Star shaped cutter, baking tray, (straw and ribbon for tree decs). Ingredients 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 100g/3½oz caster sugar 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 275g/10oz plain flour ·To decorate 400g/14oz icing sugar ·3-4 tbsp water 2-3 drops food colourings of choice. Edible glitter

Method: Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/ Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, just a little at a time, until well combined. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/�in. Using your star shaped biscuit cutter, cut star shapes out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray. To turn these into Christmas tree decorations,

press a hole in the top of the biscuit using a straw. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale goldenbrown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. If you wish to colour the icing then add the food colouring here. Spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and sprinkle over the glitter. Set aside until the icing hardens. If you’re using these as decorations, add some ribbon through the hole and hang on your tree.

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As I write this we are expecting the first frost of the year which, in the horticultural world, is a fairly significant event in that it sorts out the men from the boys in the borders. Like all keen gardeners, I have been awaiting this event with a certain amount of trepidation; I know that from now until next spring (whenever that may be in our topsy turvy climatic scheme of things!) the borders will take on a completely different feel. Most of the colourful perennials and certainly all the traditional bedding plants will now be but happy memories – leaving a brilliant but subtle display of berries, fruits and dying leaves. For most, this period of gardening abstinence, where the lawnmower, hedge cutters and weeding paraphanalia can safely hibernate for a few months, is a blessed relief but for others including yours truly it is the best time of year to get stuck in and lay the foundations for next year. Beds are generally so full of plants that when you try and work in them, you inevitably start to suffer “blue-on-blue” casualties. How many times have you put your spade through a clump of King Alfreds and cursed your bad luck, or speared your favourite allium with a wayward thrust of a fork? You’re not alone in this - I often do it when I’m trying to add a few more bulbs to the border – how ironic is that? It’s not just bulbs either; there are plenty of vulnerable (but fleeting) little spring flowering plants that are happily resting underground at this time of the year, together with some of their bigger cousins such as alstroemerias and peonies. I know we are preached at by all good gardening books and our informed TV gardening celebs to get ourselves organised to prevent this sort of thing happening but, let’s be honest, how many of us actually have the time (or even enthusiasm dare I say?!) to go around and make a plan of where we have planted every last little thing? Most of us will use the label in the pot as a marker when we buy the plant, but when the blackbirds, or in my case one of the dogs, removes this chewstick, are you going to diligently replace it with a handwritten one? Also, what about all those bulbs which are sitting around like an unexploded minefield waiting for the steel of your spade?

The simplest way to sort out this conundrum is to keep a photo file of your borders with shots taken at various times of the year (as we all have a good quality camera on our phones these days, this is such a simple process). I’ve been taking pictures of my own plantings for years now, mainly to see how various planting combinations work, but it also allows you to identify where you’ve planted something which has a dormant phase in its life cycle. My own library of images is now quite large and, whenever I have a picture I’m quite proud of, I’ll share it on Instagram – an excellent medium for gaining inspiration and learning about anything gardening related. If you are looking for a more definitive and less technical solution for adding a warning marker for buried treasures, you could try sprinkling sand or pebbles directly over the relevant areas – or even an upturned hanging basket. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and make some changes whilst memories of the summer display are still fresh in your mind. You can start digging up borders and re-planting completely – put your big shrubs and trees in first, followed by the larger herbacous plants. Make sure you take the opportunity to increase the fertility of the soil using well rotted compost and plant as many spring flowering bulbs as you can possibly manage – if nothing else it will take your mind off Brexit!

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tHE SPIrALLING COSt OF BUSINESS SOFtWArE Business software has always been immensely profitable for the companies that create it. Back in the days of the IBM AS400 and similar mainframe systems, businesses would pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to install a new operating system, even when all the hardware was already in place. Companies like Oracle and Symantec became global titans and, of course, Microsoft made Bill Gates the richest man in the world. These days, mainframes have mostly been ditched in favour of PCs networked to large servers via the internet, but business software manufacturers are still some of the most profitable companies in the world. It used to be the case that businesses would buy software such as Sage or Microsoft Office on a disc and load it onto one or more PCs, depending on the licence. When a new and improved version came along, they would either buy a new disc or decide it was too expensive and stick with what they had. Then the advent of cloud computing, which remember is still less than a decade old, changed everything. Instead of buying one version of a piece of software, businesses buy a subscription to it that is stored on a server and accessed via the internet. The software is constantly upgraded online so there’s no need to buy a newer version. Microsoft, Sage, SAP, Adobe, Oracle and others have all moved their business software onto the Cloud. However, this shift has created its own problems, the principle one being the cost of the software. Take Sage accounting software for instance. It used to be possible to buy a Sage disc for around £150. The Cloud version costs £260 per year and increasing the subscription cost by 80% in two years hasn’t helped their cause either. The same applies to Adobe. The disc version of Creative Suite could be bought for around £700; an online subscription costs £850 per year. The same applies to lots of other business software applications. Software developers argue that the regular updates are worth the extra cost, but this is not always the case. Because it is easy to correct any glitches with an immediate update, the developers no longer follow the strict testing protocols they used to before releasing a new version. This means that updates can be flawed

and of no value or problematic for users, so what’s the point in paying more for updated software? Another problem is that software developers are merging or buying each other out to create virtual monopolies. Here’s a good example; remote access providers GoToMyPC and LogMeIn joined forces earlier this year. Their first act upon completing the merger was to put through a fourfold price increase. Unsurprisingly, their customer base has deserted them in droves and cheaper alternative suppliers are making a killing. Unfortunately, for many business software systems, simply moving to a cheaper supplier is not really an option. Businesses invest heavily in training and support and a lot of manpower will have gone into entering and cleansing the data that all these systems rely on. In moving to another system they will incur the cost of training and support all over again, not to mention the cost of migrating the data across. Little wonder that many businesses choose to hang on to their PC based legacy systems for as long as possible. The arrival of cloud computing should have been a boon for businesses – better software, better security and the ability to access the software from anywhere with an internet connection are just some of the potential benefits. Unfortunately, many software providers have taken it as an opportunity to boost their profits by increasing their prices without providing a better service. In the long run, this could well backfire on them. It’s not all bad news though; companies like Microsoft have taken it as an opportunity to provide better products at lower prices. Other software providers should follow suit.

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WHAt GOES DOWN MUSt COME BACK UP? I’ve been going on for months about depressed transaction levels in the UK property market. Sales of existing homes have been flat since the EU referendum, although new builds are roaring along powered by the Help to Buy scheme. However, the important question is what is causing this lack of new instructions.

after the financial crash when house building fell to a very low level. Broadly speaking, this demand comes from two sources - people who need to move house for work reasons or because of a growing family, and wealthy buyers who want to invest in the property market but have held off from doing so because they’re waiting to see what happens to house prices.

Transaction levels plummeted after the EU referendum; some estimates suggest that over a third of sales that were in the pipeline immediately beforehand fell through. Over the last three years of turmoil and uncertainty, they haven’t really recovered. Inevitably, this lack of activity has led to a degree of pent up demand, just as happened

Now there are signs that the dam of pent up demand has finally burst. Most houses that do go on the market are selling quickly and for close to the asking price. People who really need to move home are finally biting the bullet, putting their existing property on the market and searching for something more suitable.

However, it is the wealthy property investors who are really taking a more bullish view. They appear to be gambling that the risk of a no deal Brexit has receded and that house prices are about as low as they are going to go – in the current cycle at least. This is particularly true in London where prices have been falling for a couple of years now. The prime property market (homes in the £2-5 million bracket) has seen a marked resurgence over the last quarter, with much of the demand coming from overseas investors. Long may it continue is the view of estate agents in the capital. Craig Brown

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WHAT’s on Staffordshire University is hosting a Vintage and Thrift Sale at the Leek Road Campus on 3rd December. This event is open to the general public and not just for students. Entry is free and any purchases can be made by cash or card. Branded sportswear, American Vintage, denim and Christmas jumpers are just some of the items for sale. This Christmas special runs throughout the day from 10am until 5.00pm. This event is being held in the LRV & Verve on the Leek Road Campus. Individual prices for items range from £2.00 - £15.00 and stock is replenished throughout the day. (Staffordshire University, Leek Road, ST4 2DF)

Sandon Hall’s Annual Christmas Fair returns on Saturday 30th

November and Sunday 1st December. There will be carol singers and live musical entertainment throughout both days providing a perfect backdrop to browse the many stalls selling items such as children’s toys, jewellery and handmade gifts. Drinks and cakes can be purchased in the Conservatory as well as mulled wine and hot food in the outside food court. The formal gardens are also open to explore. Suitable outdoor wear is recommended. Family friendly crafts and a Christmas trail are on offer to entertain children. Pre-booking tickets is advisable. Tickets are £4.00 per person and can be purchased online at https://sandonhall.co.uk/events. (Sandon Hall, Sandon, Staffordshire, ST18 0BZ)

Stoke on trent College is holding an open evening for apprenticeships at both the Cauldon and Burslem campuses. The event takes place on Wednesday 12th February 2020 and runs from 5.00pm until 7.30pm. Those interested in apprenticeships should check with the College as the two campuses offer different courses depending on the type of industry. For further information please telephone the events team on 01782 208208. Longton Library holds a weekly Lego Club every Saturday from 11.00am till 12 noon. Entry is free. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult. For further information telephone: 01782 238424. (Longton Library, Sutherland Institute, Longton, Lightwood Road, Stoke on Trent, ST3 4HY). Oakleys Farm near Dilhorne is open to the public for the festive themed Christmas on the Farm. Visit the reindeer as well as see goats, pigs, meerkats, donkeys and rheas. Visit the Christmas Barn which has been transformed in to the Please mention Trade Locally when responding to Adverts

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WHAT’s on North Pole. This is a family friendly event where you can learn all about working on a traditional farm. There is an onsite café serving drinks and snacks. Tickets are £6.00 per person and includes a visit and gift from Santa. Tickets should be purchased prior to the event which runs from 30th November until 24th December. For further information please call: 07447028015 or email: enquires@oaklyesfarm.co.uk

‘Christmas at Ford Green Hall’ invites you to experience a Stuart Christmas. Learn about what people would have eaten in the 17th Century at Yuletide. There is live period music throughout the day. This event takes place on Sunday 15th December from 11am until 3.3-0pm. Admission is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions. Additional small charges will apply for mince pies and mulled wine. Disabled access is situated at the front of the hall. For further details please call: 01782 537696. (Ford Green Hall, Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke on Trent, ST6 1NG)

Christmas at Chatsworth House – Christmas Market offers a festive atmosphere with over 100 stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts and decorations. This event is free but car parking charges do apply. Parking is free for Blue Badge Holders. The event runs from 15th November 2019 until 3rd December 2019. Dogs on leads are welcome. The market is open from 10am until 5.30pm on weekdays and 10am until pm on weekends. Please email visit@chatsworth.org for further information. (Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP). Shugborough Hall – Shugborough Lantern Parade is a festive sound and light event on Friday 20th December. The event starts at 4pm until 6pm. The cost is £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children. Under 5s go free. Assistance dogs are welcome. For further details please call the events team on 03442 491895. (Shugborough Estate, Milford, Great Haywood, Stafford, ST17 0X).

Etruria Industrial Museum – Christmas at a Victorian Potter’s Mill. This event runs on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December and will be the last running sessions of the mill for the year. Entry is £4.00 or £6.00 for a guided tour. Tea room available. For more information please call: 07900267711 or email info@etruriamuseum.org.uk (Etruria Vale Road, Stoke on Trent, ST1 4RB). To advertise in Trade Locally please call 01782 392355

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WHAT’s on National Memorial Arboretum is hosting a traditional Christmas carol service with illuminated trees and candles on Saturday 21st December from 6pm until 7pm. Admission is free. For further information please telephone: 01283 245100. (National Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent, DE13 7AR).

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Gladstone Pottery Museum ‘Victorian Christmas Fun Day’ – Saturday 7th December. This event is for all the family with a few surprise visitors popping in! Normal admission charges apply. The museum is open from 10am4pm. For further information please telephone: 01782 237777. (Gladstone Poettery Museum, Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, ST3 1PQ).

the Churnet Valley railway Santa and Steam 2019 Get Christmas off to a magical start by riding the Santa Express. Sit back and enjoy the ride as it steams through the Staffordshire Moorlands. As Santa strolls through the train bearing wonderful gifts for each little Boy and Girl. Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas can relax and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of sherry in festive filled coaches which will delight all. Begin your journey from our Froghall or Cheddleton stations filled with festive atmosphere, hot & cold food is available from our Signals Tea Room, or Gifts from our Signals Souvenirs at Froghall or our pop up shop at Cheddleton. Ample free parking is available at both stations. For further details and prices please visit: https://santaandsteam.co.uk/

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1327-1350AD (Part 14) The day the riders arrived in Forsbrook just before Christmas in 1327 marked a turning point for the village. For never before in living memory had a full census been taken by the authorities that ruled them from above. Although they paid their dues either in labour or in coin, the tax to their immediate overlord John Chetwynde who lived in Caverswall was not due until next Lady Day in the following year. (25th March)

The two men announced they represented the new King Edward III and asked for the village reeve. The young John Abel who held a small holding on the lane to Draycott held their horses whilst he gesticulated towards the striding figure of Robert Mollesone who emerged from the village barn close to the ford. Clearly the officials had business to discuss and the three men chatted for a while just as a slight drizzle began to fall and drove them into the shelter of the nearby farm building that doubled as an inn for passing travellers. Curious about this event the gaggle of villagers grew into a small crowd with each man offering their own version of the likely outcome. Reginald Molendinario the village baker and the owner of the mill which stood astride the brook was certain they were after men to join the militia to go off and fight in the war in the north. Some laughed and said ‘he had no need to worry then, for a man with a limp as bad as he was could of little use in a battle,

whilst others had a growing sense of concern and disquiet about what the outcome might be. As the passing clouds eased and the rain eased, the cold of the late morning blew the wind down from the nearby hills sending a chill through the awaiting throng. The two strangers emerged from the doorway of the farm and without comment mounted their horses and galloped off along the rutted track to Dulverne. The outcome to their unwelcome visit was not long before word spread around the village. The outcry that followed bordered on rebellion, for to demand a payment of a twentieth part set against all their moveable goods, chattels and animals was more than anyone could afford. Why them? Many asked, but Robert stood firm and said the tax must be paid for if they

defied the King he would surely send his soldiers to take their goods and sold by force if necessary. It was for the war against the Scots who had invaded England under their King who was called ‘the Bruce. The 1327 Subsidy list shown below is the first full recorded documentation of male tenants both free and others from Forsbrook whose property exceeded 10 shillings or more and were thus taxed accordingly at twenty per cent. Naturally not all the male population of the village were included for the list only includes those that could afford. Edward III repeated this process just six years later stating the same reason to tax the country in 1332/3, only this time it only required a tenth value part of all goods. The interesting thing is that both Forsbrook and Dilhorne are

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classed as one. By comparing the two lists that are just six years apart it can be seen how the villagers are growing or waning economically, with some of the population leaving and some new incoming arrivals. What happened to Reginald Molendinario the miller by 1333, will remain something of a mystery? Did he just leave or did he die…. if so is he buried in Dilhorne churchyard and where was the mill? Twenty years later…..1349 early May The old road that ran just to the south of Forsbrook had always been a vital lifeline for travellers bringing news from beyond the horizon but what came that fateful day only filled the village with dread. The account given by a vintner (wine merchant) who had travelled from nearby Tutbury said a fearsome plague had fallen upon villages across Derbyshire and for all he knew the rest of England. He had heard that death fell upon all, no

matter what the age, young and old were taken, and even the rich were not spared from this ‘black death’ that killed within three days. The story ran through the village just as quick. Even though they were fearful of the trader they let him pass without hindrance, for so far none had fallen to the kind of pestilence he described. However something had to be done to keep the village safe. With news spreading to nearby Draycott and Dilhorne just as quick men came to discuss what to do.

They were warned by Richard Saunder who farmed on Blackley Hill not to proceed but they ignored his command to turn the cattle around. The argument that followed led to his death following a fight with three of the cattlemen as they struck him down whilst one stabbed him with a knife. Fearing the wrath of his neighbours the men turned their cattle towards Caverswall Heath and avoided further confrontation by taking a wide berth of the area.

It was decided to keep watch on all of the roads that came from the east and bar the passage of any strangers through the village. Throughout the long hot summer and into the autumn no one dared to venture beyond the limits and only once during those months of careful vigilance did a breakdown of the watch get breached.

No deaths resulting from bubonic plague have ever been confirmed or recorded from our local villages during the two years the plague ravaged England in the period 1348 to 1349, even though it has been estimated that the number of deaths across the country amounted to some 3.5 million people, equating to over 50 per cent of the population of England.

It happened when the cattle drovers from Leek brought their beasts down the trail through Dilhorne in late September.

Fewer people, meant fewer people to work, which had an unexpected yet upward turn of events.

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money had been stolen from one of my customers and I don’t believe in stealing from my customers either. 3) The maximum penalty for allowing your bank account to be used to launder the proceeds of crime is 14 years in prison and I don’t want to go to prison for even 14 minutes. Instead, I called my bank and told them what had happened. They asked me for the details of the account I’d been asked to refund the money to and confirmed they were not the same as the account the money had been transferred from. They also suggested another possibility – that this was “hot” money that was being laundered through my account. (I told you there was money laundering involved). Anyway, they moved it into a special account for fraudulent payments and, if nobody claims it, they’ll give it back to me. My mother always told me that honesty is the best course of action! On a more serious note, I first tried my local police force and Crimestoppers to report this issue and was unable to speak to anyone. I had to wait 10 minutes for Action Fraud to answer the phone and they didn’t take the contact details or account number for the woman who called me. Eventually they sent me an email saying they were taking no further action. By comparison, the bank was very helpful but it doesn’t have a remit to investigate financial crimes. Money laundering and cybercrime don’t appear to be top of the police’s priorities right now; I’m not sure what is.

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CHrIStMAS PArtY StYLE 2019 It’s nearly Christmas! Glittering party outfits beckon from the high street but how will you choose yours? This season, there’s little room for shrinking violets – it’s all about Drama! Bid goodbye to your trusty LBD and embrace your inner extrovert! Think bright, sparkling and attention grabbing with lashings of style - nothing is off limits! Sequins are big news – small and glittery or big and bold on tie bags, tops, midi skirts and dresses; try rainbow sequins if you dare! Look out for stunning silver fringing, pretty pearls, bright gems or feather trim embellishments. A silk lamé blend or organza give your outfit a pretty soft sheen or glam it up with satin or velvet. Polka dots add fun and style to outfits and accessories. If it’s a little bit too loud for you, add just a touch of Christmas spirit to a tamer outfit with a sparkly or metallic accessory – a bag, a scarf, shoes or simply statement jewellery.

Strong Colours abound. Choose Christmas tree green, berry red or embrace a hot animal print. Gold and silver remain ever popular for glitzy nights out! Softer tones will also work but ensure they glitter and shine. Make your outfit work doubly hard for you teaming it with barely-there heels and a statement clutch for the Christmas party and with black tights and boots for a glamorous but comfortable look on Christmas day. You’re good to go! Merry Christmas!

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tHErE’S NO SUCH tHING AS BAD WEAtHEr… The above statement is so true when it comes to autumn and winter fitness activities.

off my morning runs when it’s either cold, windy or wet, it was time to get tech savvy.

Personally, I’m definitely guilty of not wanting to go outside at times just because the weather is unappealing, but with so many technical advances in sports wear textiles, there’s no real excuse not to brave the elements as long as you’re suitably suited up!

Technical differences in active wear aren’t all sales gimmicks, though it can be pretty confusing when deciding between water resistant, water repellant or waterproof attire. Even so, some features really do make a difference to both how you feel during your activity, as in regulating your temperature, drawing away sweat and keeping you dry from rain, and how you feel at the end of it - not many of us enjoy being sopping wet and cold!

This year, as we transitioned from a wonderfully prolonged Indian summer into the epically wet end to September and most of October, I began to consider my own lack of appropriate outdoor fitness clothing. Determined not to go into total hibernation this winter and to prevent myself from crying

Whether it’s an outdoor sport, a run or just a walk, layers are a

must - thin and lightweight with plenty of movability are best. For many years now, synthetic fabrics have been used for active wear but a resurgence of natural luxury fibres such as merino wool, cashmere and silk for under layers are becoming increasingly popular for warmth and natural breathability. Hats, headbands and gloves are essential for protecting the extremities; even when your torso is hot and sweaty, foreheads and fingers can still feel brutally cold. Consider too reflective fabrics and trims even in daylight hours - foggy winter mornings can still be treacherous. Overall, if it helps keep you fit and healthy, surely it’s worth the investment?!

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We published back in the October/November edition issue 63 about the graffiti sprayed Peaky Blinders Saab that was going on the 2,000 mile Bangers4Ben Charity Rally across France, well the car and its crew made it safe back to the UK and had some great adventures on route calling at Le Mans, Bordeaux , Ille de Re a small island off the Atlantic coast connected by a 2KM road bridge, Nantes and finally Calais before crossing the English channel and back to the Midlands. The car entered by Digbeth based DMN Logistics also picked up the award for the best themed car having competed against 30 other teams including a collection of super Mario karts a London taxi themed around Brexit and a bright green Mazda MX5 driven by a crazy crew who wore fancy dress across the entire journey. The Saab has now been sold on

eBay and all the proceeds have been donated to the Automotive Charity BEN for information on the great work carried out for

past and current employees in the automotive sector just go to the web site of the organisation ben.org.uk/

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rENAULt GrAND SCENIC ICONIC tCE 140 Multi-purpose vehicles, once about as electrifying to look at as a soggy satsuma, are easier on the eye these days. You could even say they’re desirable, especially the current Renault Grand Scenic. Inside the French-made machine, digital instruments replace the conventional speedo that the old model housed. There’s also a prominent infotainment unit in the middle of the dashboard. If you can operate an iPad – it’ll be like falling off a log for you to use this. It all looks agreeably upmarket. But it’s not all about appearances. Behind the latest Grand Scenic’s stylish body and sporty 20-inch alloy wheels, you have a car that offers a practical transport solution for a family of seven. You never have to worry about where to put stuff as there are loads of oddment bins to keep coins, cans of drink – and toys. Picnic tables in the rear fold-out – and feel sturdy enough to put up with kids leaning on them and eating their lunch on. There are lots of trims to choose from, and I drove the Iconic, which comes with front and rear parking sensors; DAB radio; cruise control and hill start assist. On the road, the Grand Scenic is agile for a large motor, and visibility is excellent. The car stays relatively free from body roll and offers a firm ride, but not an uncomfortable one. The five-door Renault is planted at

speed, and it feels secure. And so it should, having achieved the top five-star safety rating from crash test body, Euro NCAP. The petrol version is the one to go for if you can. My test model had the 1330cc 140ps unit fitted. It gives just enough punch to make the car a good, efficient commuter. Top speed is only 119mph, but in a country besieged by safety cameras, is a fast car even relevant anymore? Not really – what’s more significant is the 40.9mpg the Grand Scenic can achieve with this engine. On top of that, you’ve got lowish CO2 emissions of 139g/km, meaning road tax is relatively cheap. As well as being transport for parents who haven’t given up on what their car looks like yet, the Grand Scenic offers a good seating set-up. In addition to the usual five chairs, two more can be raised from the cargo floor making this a true seven-seater. Furthermore, one-touch folding seats collapse easily to give a flat floor. Oh, and this Renault is one of the only cars in its class - if not the only one - where you can activate this feature from inside the load area. The Grand

Scenic also offers 596 litres of boot space when the five seats are up. And you still have 233-litres of cargo capacity when all seven seats are in use. Pros ‘n’ Cons • Practical √ • Attractive √ • Efficient √ • Could be quicker X Fast Facts (Renault Grand Scenic Iconic TCe 140 - as tested) • Max speed: 119 • 0-62 mph: 10.3 seconds • Combined mpg: 40.9 • Engine: 1330cc 4-cylinder turbo petrol • Max. power (ps): 140 • CO2: 139 g/km Price: £24,820

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The long slow death of Rover as a British car manufacturer has tarnished the brand and, as a result, Rovers in all their guises have been largely overlooked by classic car enthusiasts for many years. Happily, that is now changing and leading the charge is the Rover P5B. This model is actually the final iteration of the Rover P5, a grand old saloon car that started life in 1958. The P5B was produced between 1968 and 1973 and differs from earlier models in that it has the wonderful 3.5 litre Rover V8 under the bonnet. The styling is old school and imposing with a huge front grill flanked by four round headlights, a long bonnet, slab-like side panels and, borrowed from America like the V8 engine, a wraparound windscreen. The five-door coupé has a lower roofline and a heavily raked rear screen and is much more stylish without sacrificing interior space or practicality, which is why it’s my body-style of choice. The P5B looks good in any colour but a white roof over metallic navy blue works especially well. The interior is old school gentleman’s club, big leather clad seats, lashings of glossy wood veneer and thick lamb’s wool carpets. The big steering wheel is power assisted, the gearbox automatic and there are plenty of creature comforts, though they don’t stretch to air conditioning or even electric windows. This is a car from a bygone age so don’t expect a modern driving experience; the steering is vague, the handling ponderous and the brakes take their own sweet time, however hard you press the pedal. Even so, it cruises down the road nicely enough, that sonorous V8 produces mountains of torque and the ride is comfortable, if a little wallowy. This big old Rover was the preferred wheels of everyone from East End gangsters to the Queen. The last few cars off the production line were bought by the government and put into storage to be brought out as required. Margaret Thatcher arrived at Downing Street for the first time in the back of a P5B. Nowadays, this car is immensely cool. Hipsters cruise around the trendier parts of the West End in them and demand is strong, inevitably leading to rising prices. It makes a lot of sense as a regular driver too, the 3.5 litre V8

is famously durable and the simple mechanicals mean you can easily work on it yourself. It is refined and comfortable with acres of space and enough performance to easily keep up with motorway traffic. It was built by British Leyland but luckily stopped production before the worst excesses of that troubled organisation came to the fore. The P5 stayed in production for 15 years so any design flaws had long been engineered out by the time the “B” arrived. Most examples are approaching 50 years old so the majority of the cars still on the road will have undergone at least one restoration during their lifetime. Mechanical problems are generally cheap to fix but look out for rust, particularly underneath. Also check the quality of the interior, retrimming leather seats is surprisingly expensive. Three years ago, you could pick up a sound but slightly shabby P5B for around £4k, with a well sorted one coming in at £9-10,000. Those shabby examples aren’t really around anymore; most cars on the market now have been properly restored and have prices to match. Entry level money for a decent example is around £14k rising to £20,000 and up for a really top-notch restoration. When the P5B went out of production in 1973, it was replaced by the sportier but less luxurious P6 which is still largely unloved. Its main competition came in the form of Jaguar XJ which has never really found favour with the classic car fraternity, who prefer the Mk II. This grand old Rover is one of a kind, enduringly cool and a pleasure to own.

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tHE JOY OF CONVErSANO Over the last few years, Puglia has slowly risen up the ranks of Italian holiday destinations. The heel of Italy’s boot, it is a vast region with so much to see and do that I’ve decided to split this guide into two parts, the rural and relaxed south (next time) and here, the north. Accommodation on the coast can be quite expensive, so I plumped for an Airbnb in Conversano, a magnificent and historic hilltown some 6 miles inland from the very popular coastal resort of Polignano a Mare, and 20 miles south of the regional capital Bari. It makes for a uniquely well-located base from which to explore. Discovering Conversano itself is easy on foot. Head for the ramparts, the medieval castle and the Baroque cathedral. Spend some time promenading with the locals on the Corso Domenico Morea. For food and drink, one of the more popular places is Rampavilla. I must recommend it for the local craft ales, the sublime local Fanova Primitivo wine and the Fritelle Pugliesi, a local delicacy of fried doughnuts stuffed with a range of fillings (I loved the Speck and Scamorza). It’s an easy drive to Polignano, and you can see why accommodation there comes at a premium. Built on stunning coastline, it has rocky little beaches in coves (don’t miss the Lama Monachile, truly beautiful). For a scenic evening meal, try the rooftop Ristorante Grotta Ardito for seafood or, if gelato is your thing, you will not find better than at Caruso Note d’Eccellenza (the Gorgonzola with strawberry coulis may not have been to everyone’s taste, but the alternatives were outstanding). Visiting Bari is an absolute must, in particular Barivecchia, the old town. Put on a sturdy pair of walking shoes, grab a bottle of water and lose yourself in the architectural glory of this iconic town, visiting the various churches and the Norman-Swabian Castle which is now used for cultural events but has previously been a prison and barracks since its construction in the 12th century. Another essential is the short pilgrimage to the Basilica di San Nicola, where some of Saint Nicholas’ remains are kept. It was noticeable how quiet the town was, even in late July in extremely balmy weather. If you’re a shopaholic, then this is your best opportunity in this part of Italy, with a

very pleasant pedestrianised area bordering onto Barivecchia that features all the big names. Bari itself would be wonderful for a weekend break if you get the chance. For a moment of quiet reflection, try the Commonwealth War Graves just outside Bari near the suburb of Carbonara. A lovely spot surrounded by vineyards, I’m assured that the pasta dish – which I understand originated in Rome - was not named after this place. If you’re driving, head west from Bari to take in the Castel del Monte in the National Park of Alta Murgia. It’s about an hour’s drive from Bari to this fairytale octagonal 13th Century hilltop castle with outstanding 360° views. Be warned, the parking is not the easiest to identify; park in the caravan park at the bottom of the hill and either walk up or get the shuttle bus which runs every 20 minutes or so in high season. Finally, you cannot come to this part of Italy without visiting Alberobello. This UNESCO World Heritage site full of trulli, small whitewashed limestone homes with conical roofs, is hugely popular, so do come early in the day to see the town at its most peaceful. The history of the town is characteristically Italian and unruly, as these temporary homes were intended to avoid the local taxes on permanent properties, thus saving the local Lord money. Don’t forget to visit the Trullo Sovrano, the only two-storey trullo. This is a very whistle stop tour of the northern end of this must-see part of Italy. Join me next time as I venture to the far south of Puglia for a very different experience.

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