WHEN Porsche unveils its new £140,000 electric car on stage in Munich next week it’s going to look very, er, second-hand. I can only apologise. It’s mostly my fault because I coated it in mud at Blyton and probably spoiled the masterplan. Allow me to explain. Bosses thought it would be cool to take the prototype Taycan Cross Turismo on a mini world tour of key markets ahead of its global debut – and not bother washing it. They wanted to show the grime and dust it had picked up in the Californian desert, glacial Norway, on the autobahn and racetracks in Germany and so on. But the thing is, this car has a special “gravel mode” and raised suspension, so for the UK leg I decided to test it on a rallycross loop. It was predictably brilliant off-road, of course – lunatic fast, scalpel-sharp handling – and it gives me real hope for the future of rally. But I absolutely obliterated all the previous layers of filth that had stuck to it. If you’re gonna do a job, etc. … [Read more...] about Porsche’s £140,000 Taycan all-electric sports saloon gets down and dirty
Mike Tyson has hit out at a planned miniseries about his life, accusing US streaming service Hulu of "stealing a black man's story". The former boxing heavyweight champion is not involved in the production of the eight-part miniseries titled Iron Mike, which will explore the more controversial aspects of his life, as well as his sporting career. The 54-year-old wrote on Twitter: "Really Hulu?! Stealing a black man's story during Black History Month?" The series will be directed by Craig Gillespie, who also led skating biopic I, Tonya, and actress Margot Robbie is understood to be one of the executive producers, according to Variety. Considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight champion in boxing history in 1986 at the age of 20. Advertisement However, the sportsman made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 1992 when he was convicted of rape and served three years of a six-year … [Read more...] about Iron Mike: Tyson hits out at unauthorised miniseries of his life for ‘stealing a black man’s story’
At first glance, Jan Lehmann is a man with a jolly, confident air. The 54-year-old lives in the Eifel, a hilly region in western Germany that is famous for its beautiful nature: Mountains, valleys, small rivers and lakes, rock formations and miles and miles of forest. Two years ago, Lehmann started his own business with his wife, Sandra. They rent out 18 vacation homes that they lease, along with the land and forest that go with them. They have a 15-year contract with the properties' owner, who has insisted on full payment of the lease even in lockdown. A few of the houses, made of thick Canadian-looking tree trunks, stand in the small village of Gemünd on the edge of the Eifel National Park. In front of the roofed terraces, the little river Urft gurgles, and the birds chirp. It is especially quiet — no guests have checked in here since early November. "From the time of the first lockdown in spring 2020, we've been closed for six months altogether and had no income in that … [Read more...] about COVID: No hope for Germany’s hotels?
A fitness-mad mum transformed her dusty garage into a luxury home gym thanks to a £13,000 holiday refund. Catherine Pearson, 46, was determined to keep up her strict daily workout regime through lockdown despite gyms being forced to close across the country. The mum of three started using kettlebells in the dusty double garage of her home in Hartford, Cheshire, but soon became tired of how limited the space was. But after receiving £13,000 worth of refunds in cancelled holidays after Covid put pay to her Tenerife and Greece getaway plans, the sales and marketing director decided to splash the money on a fully kitted out luxury gym. She said: "The gym was really borne out of lockdown. "I felt like if I couldn't getaway physically, I knew I would need something to help me escape mentally. "It's been amazing having it done, I'm a mum of three boys and I'm the director of a company so my life is pretty hectic but now I can just go to the garage and do a full workout on my … [Read more...] about Fitness-mad mum transforms dusty garage into luxury gym thanks to £13k holiday refund
We all know we’re meant to drink around eight glasses of water a day but, with busy lives and other tempting beverages on offer (coffee, anyone?), it’s sometimes hard to hit that goal. When you realise you haven’t met your water quota, past bad habits have seen us reaching for plastic bottles. The detrimental effects of single-use plastics on our planet are now well documented, and the best glass water bottles will help prevent more waste going to landfill as well as keep us hydrated all day long. What’s more, glass is less permeable than plastic so will offer a fresher, cleaner and often healthier drink, as some can leak chemicals like BPA into the water. Top this off with the money you’ll save in the long run by investing in a refillable glass water bottle, and it’s really a bit of a no-brainer. Check out our pick of the best water bottles below for the best way to get your H20. Best glass water bottles 1. Neon Kactus Glass Water Bottle Stay hydrated easily all day … [Read more...] about Best glass water bottles to stay hydrated and sustainable