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What’s the best hybrid or BEV SUV available in the UK?


This hybrid SUV blog was originally written for E-Car Test Drives  At E-Car Test Drives we love to have a conversation with you our readers. On our LinkedIn page, someone asked us what the best hybrid SUV is as she’s considering buying one soon. Looking through the reviews of SUVs on the UK market today […]


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Fuel economy – why the hell are cars still doing 40mpg?


I’m fuming. I’ve just driven a new Toyota RAV 4 the 340 mile round trip to the London Boat Show and back. It only managed 40 miles to the gallon (roughly 10 miles to the litre). My 11 year old Ford C-Max does exactly the same. Over 11 years you’d expect some improvement in range, […]


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Solid-state batteries – a red herring?


While ‘solid-state’ batteries have long been billed as the best way forward in terms of safety, energy density and speed of charging, electronics giant Toshiba has just announced a new battery that is at least as good as the solid-state one Toyota has been developing for a decade. Before this shock announcement, major car manufacturers […]


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Misuse of social media by politicians:


Over the last four months the Guardian newspaper has published a series of articles that have shown how the UK Vote Leave campaign and Donald Trump have used your social media data to win their respective votes.


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Grand Tour of the Great Divide and a grand bike for it…


This blog was originally published on Cycleinjuries.co.uk in 2015. I have reproduced it for my site as an example of some of the adventure sports writing I have done.   Fancy taking a month off to ride one of the greatest mountain bike routes in the world? Need a bike for the job? This blog […]


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Let’s start a revolution in Linden Lea – 100% voter turnout!


There’s an election on May the 4th. I’m running for Labour at the Linden Lea Dorset County Council division and even with a 100% voter turnout I probably wouldn’t win even if I had run a hard face to face campaign. Some people ask me why I bother standing? We need an opposition to make […]


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Linden Lea bus problem?


There’s a common misconception that buses really aren’t necessary in rural communities, or so it appears as Dorset County Council routinely slashes bus services around Linden Lea. Looking at Crossways, a very working class community in Linden Lea, we will examine the cuts and show how it impacts us all. £1.85 million cuts to transport […]


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Vendee Globe Grand Finale – a Geek’s View


Having had a whale of a time in the run up to and start of the Vendee Globe, and seeing that Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss had an outside chance of being the first non-Frenchman to win the race, on impulse I dropped everything and headed to Les Sables d’Olonne on the Tuesday before the race […]


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Steve White – round the world the wrong way


Steve plans to sail round the world on a boat like this A central Dorset sailor is planning to break the record for sailing solo the wrong way round the world next November. Steve White is an experienced solo sailor having come 8th of the 9 skippers to complete the Vendee Globe in 2008-09. 30 […]


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A sailing geek’s view of the Vendee Globe…


A few weeks ago I discovered an old shipmate of mine from my square rigger days lives in Les Sables d’Olonne, home of the Vendee Globe singlehanded round the world race, and has connections to one of the teams, as well as one of the two Golden Globe entries from this quiet fishing town on […]


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