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MINI’s new Countryman has all bases covered

Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews the latest range of Countryman offerings from Mini It’s been a very long time since the Mini was actually mini and the beefed-up Countryman is the biggest of the range. The big Mini has had some design updates for 2020 and a plug-in hybrid system. It’s also available with two petrol…

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A talk with … Bianca Divito

Lead artist at Divito Studios, Bianca Divito is an award-winning stained-glass designer and conservator, hailing from Co Wicklow. Having worked on the conservation of priceless stained glass windows throughout Europe, her deep understanding of her craft led her to experiment with outdoor installations, as well as innovative techniques and materials — including airbrushing, Swarovski crystals…

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BMW turn up the dial with the latest M5

Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews the new BMW M5 Competition, the most performance-focused version of their flagship M-car to date Late last year, BMW brought me to Mondello Park to test their M2, M4 and the big daddy M5. The 591bhp, 4.4-litre BMW M5 was definitely the fastest car I have ever driven in a straight…

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A talk with … Sarah Harvey

The Medical Independent talks to Sarah Harvey, a London-based painter known for herlarge-scale depictions of figures immersed in water.  Sarah Harvey’s work has been shortlisted for, and has been the recipient of, many awards, including the Insight Investment Newcomers Award from the Royal Academy of London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in…

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Food that is difficult to resist

Tom Doorley on the benefits of resistant starch The sense of wellbeing induced by carrying a basket of fresh produce from the garden into the kitchen the other day was a reward for all the hard work during the darker, colder days of the year. And while we eat with both our eyes and our…

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