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City drive with Kia

January 4, 2017

Kia is set to reveal its new Picanto city car after showing off a series of design sketches. The Picanto ranks among Kia’s most popular models, and the forthcoming iteration will be the third since the name was introduced in 2004.

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Seeing red with Toyota

January 4, 2017

Toyota has revealed a new paint colour option for its Yaris and Avensis models. The pearlescent Tokyo Red is now available as a £750 option on Yaris models and a £795 option on the Avensis, placing it among the most expensive paint jobs offered by the brand. For Yaris customers, the shade can be specified as a full-body colour or as part of a bi-tone paint scheme. No matter which option is chosen, Tokyo Red is teamed with contrasting metallic black paint on the roof, front pillars, upper front wing sections and leading bonnet edge. The door mirror casings are also in black. The Yaris is Toyota’s top-selling model in the UK, and the new colour is available on variants fitted with petrol, diesel or hybrid engines and one of three equipment grades – Icon, Design and Excel.

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Bromance with a Porsche

December 15, 2016

Steve Cameron may not have a pet name for his Porsche but having spent decades saving for his dream car, he believes the stunning machine has a soul.

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Bargain buy with Kia Sportage

December 14, 2016

Kia’s Sportage offers strong value in the family crossover segment, especially in this 2.0-litre CRDi diesel guise which comes only with AWD traction.

Entertainment

Behind the scenes at HMT’s annual panto

December 2, 2016

The Christmas lights are on, children are lining up to visit Santa and the Union Terrace market is in full swing. There is only one more thing we need to get us excited on the run up to the big day – panto.

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Nissan Juke remains unrivalled

December 2, 2016

If you need a car that blends into the background, look somewhere else. Nissan’s Juke has sold like hot cakes and the latest update keeps the design extreme but adds smarter technology, cleaner engines and more personalisation options.

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How to make your home snug this winter

December 2, 2016

This year, the two “hot” trends for autumn and winter are seductive sanctuary and rustic retreat. You can be a purist and opt for one or the other, or simply reflect elements of each in a room – both will conjure instant warmth, comfort and luxury.

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Set sail for Marine House

December 2, 2016

New life is about to be breathed into the picturesque village of Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, as what was once a care home, is transformed into 11 luxury apartments.

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The ultimate Christmas tree guide

December 2, 2016

For lots of people, the third Sunday after Advent (December 11) is a good time to look for a real Christmas tree, although The British Christmas Tree Growers Association recommends buying them from December 1 onwards.

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The Nissan Juke remains unrivalled

November 30, 2016

If you need a car that blends into the background, look somewhere else. Nissan’s Juke has sold like hot cakes and the latest update keeps the design extreme but adds smarter technology, cleaner engines and more personalisation options.

Home

Get outdoors at stunning family home

November 29, 2016

The Farquharson family are preparing to swap rural life near Stonehaven for the bright lights of London, and have already anticipated just how much they’ll miss their gorgeous family home.

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A Tardis in the granite city

November 22, 2016

Dr Who would feel very much at home at 11 Rosebery Street in Aberdeen because it is in many ways, rather like his time-travelling machine, in that it’s much bigger inside than the outside suggests.

News

How you can help hedgehogs this winter

October 21, 2016

In the last decade, hedgehog numbers have gone down by 30% due to a variety of factors including habitat loss and changes in farming techniques, according to The Wildlife Trusts, which estimates there may be less than a million left in the UK. Many worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars and millipedes – which form the hedgehog’s natural diet – have been killed off by chemical treatments and intensive farming methods. Badgers also compete for the same food. A wildlife survey by the RSPB found that the number of people who have never seen a hedgehog in their garden rose to 24% last year. And as hedgerows and the countryside, which forms their natural habitat, dwindles, so the garden becomes even more important as a hedgehog haven. So what can we do to save this prickly garden favourite? The Wildlife Trusts advises: CREATE HEDGEHOG HIGHWAYS

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