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WINTER <strong>2019</strong> | FREE<br />

MIND YOUR<br />

MENTAL<br />

HEALTH<br />

FEATURE<br />

PARTY<br />

2020<br />

TRENDS<br />

TYSON FURY’S<br />

BIGGEST<br />

BATTLE YET<br />

ANDREW BEEF<br />

JOHNSTON<br />

7 AUGUS<br />

he track-ready ‘special<br />

series’ V8 supercar,<br />

delivered as the sun sets<br />

on another mid-engined<br />

Modenese model generation, has<br />

become a go-to piece of product<br />

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the<br />

360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 and<br />

taking in the subject of this week’s<br />

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve<br />

now seen a line of four consecutive<br />

examples of the breed.<br />

However, none of the 488<br />

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,<br />

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,<br />

and before those the 348 GT<br />

Competizione of 1993 – represented<br />

such a titanic leap in performance<br />

as this. Thanks to this car, the<br />

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has<br />

skipped out a whole stratum of<br />

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a<br />

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the<br />

Pista cranks the power all the way<br />

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over<br />

the 600-and-something-horsepower<br />

supercar class without so much as a<br />

downward glance.<br />

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine<br />

with 50% new components is what<br />

has allowed the Pista to advance so<br />

quickly; and while you might think<br />

such horsepower-grabbing pace<br />

unsustainable, it is after all only<br />

enough to allow this car to match a<br />

McLaren 720S for peak power and<br />

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar<br />

mix of new downforce-generating<br />

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout<br />

lightweight cabin treatment and<br />

a track-intended suspension overhaul<br />

to report on – and we’ll cover them all<br />

over the next few pages.<br />

There are also some eyebrowraising<br />

acceleration figures and<br />

circuit lap times to tell you about<br />

– the Pista having become the first<br />

production car to bring a set of<br />

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry<br />

handling circuit, as well as<br />

everything else. Read on to find out<br />

what difference they made.<br />

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING<br />

AAAAA<br />

If you ticked every lightweight option<br />

on the order form for a 360 CS, you<br />

could make it 110kg lighter than a<br />

360 Modena. By the time of the 458<br />

Speciale, the weight loss from the<br />

standard car was down to 90kg.<br />

The 488 Pista offers a nothing<br />

if not predictable 90kg saving,<br />

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg<br />

with lightweight options; or 1465kg<br />

as weighed in the case of our test car,<br />

which, allowing for the full tank of<br />

petrol it was carrying and the mass<br />

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016<br />

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like<br />

running order), makes Ferrari’s<br />

claim entirely credible.<br />

The section of the 488’s bodywork<br />

ahead of the front axle has been<br />

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s<br />

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet<br />

and front bumper, and inside it, the<br />

lateral radiators so important for<br />

engine cooling have been inclined<br />

rearwards rather than forwards, to<br />

ta<br />

• Whereas<br />

through the<br />

Pista’s inhal<br />

plenum fed v<br />

side of the re<br />

supply the in<br />

• Radi<br />

intakes<br />

backs r<br />

a tweak<br />

more ef<br />

air out t<br />

•<br />

ro<br />

to<br />

48<br />

us<br />

no<br />

on<br />

• Rear diffuser i<br />

488 GTB’s, but m<br />

downforce come<br />

rear wing. It’s a co<br />

an aero makeove<br />

without too much<br />

T<br />

The 360 CS kicked off the track specials<br />

the improvement of both cooling<br />

efficiency and the car’s aerodynamic<br />

performance. At the rear, a<br />

carbonfibre bumper and spoiler do<br />

their bit for weight saving, with a<br />

Plexiglass engine cover<br />

also saving a few grams. There’s<br />

a lithium ion battery, too, and a<br />

set of optional carbonfibre wheels<br />

(fitted on the car we performance<br />

tested, although not on the one we<br />

photographed) that are 40% lighter<br />

than the car’s standard alloys.<br />

Then there’s the Pista’s engine;<br />

and what an engine it is. In large part<br />

a ‘civilian garb’ motor from one of<br />

the firm’s 488 Challenge racers, it’s<br />

a widely overhauled 3.9-litre 90deg<br />

V8 with a lightweight flat-plane<br />

crankshaft, an Inconel exhaust<br />

manifold, a lightened flywheel,<br />

titanium conrods, lightweight<br />

cylinder liners and new valves<br />

and valve springs. It duly weighs<br />

18kg less than the V8 in a 488 GTB<br />

and, running a slightly higher<br />

compression ratio and shorter<br />

induction tracts than its relation,<br />

makes 710bhp between 6750rpm and<br />

8000rpm, and up to 568lb ft of peak<br />

torque at 3000rpm. However, torque<br />

is electronically governed depending<br />

on your selected gear in order to give<br />

the engine’s performance a more<br />

progressive feel, which means peak<br />

torque actually only ever figures in<br />

seventh gear – just as was the case<br />

with the 488 GTB.<br />

Where suspension is concerned, ◊<br />

ENGINES POWER FROM<br />

488 GTB 661bhp £197,553<br />

488 Spider 661bhp £219,409<br />

488 Pista 710bhp £252,765<br />

488 Pista Spider 710bhp £287,850<br />

TRANSMISSIONS<br />

7-spd dual-clutch automatic<br />

With the 488 replacement, the<br />

F8 Tributo, announced earlier this<br />

year and soon to be launched to the<br />

press, the regular 488 GTB coupé<br />

is no longer on sale. Meanwhile, all<br />

examples of the 488 Pista coupé<br />

have been sold. However, if open<br />

and closed versions of the regular<br />

488 and both Pista derivatives had<br />

been made available in parallel, they<br />

would have lined up as above.<br />

On a Pista, you get various pieces<br />

of carbonfibre bodywork, carbonceramic<br />

brakes, Cup tyres and a<br />

lightweight lithium ion battery as<br />

standard, as well as that engine.<br />

ugh the 700bhp barrier<br />

mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m<br />

Range at a glance<br />

We don’t like<br />

We like<br />

• Adjustable, flattering, superaccessible<br />

track handling<br />

• Huge performance and abundant<br />

character of its V8 turbo engine<br />

• The car’s motor can dominate the<br />

driving experience a bit<br />

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung<br />

on the road and overpowered for it<br />

he track-ready ‘special<br />

series’ V8 supercar,<br />

delivered as the sun sets<br />

on another mid-engined<br />

Modenese model generation, has<br />

become a go-to piece of product<br />

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the<br />

360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 and<br />

taking in the subject of this week’s<br />

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve<br />

now seen a line of four consecutive<br />

examples of the breed.<br />

However, none of the 488<br />

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,<br />

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,<br />

and before those the 348 GT<br />

Competizione of 1993 – represented<br />

such a titanic leap in performance<br />

as this. Thanks to this car, the<br />

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has<br />

skipped out a whole stratum of<br />

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a<br />

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the<br />

Pista cranks the power all the way<br />

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over<br />

the 600-and-something-horsepower<br />

supercar class without so much as a<br />

downward glance.<br />

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine<br />

with 50% new components is what<br />

has allowed the Pista to advance so<br />

quickly; and while you might think<br />

such horsepower-grabbing pace<br />

unsustainable, it is after all only<br />

enough to allow this car to match a<br />

McLaren 720S for peak power and<br />

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar<br />

mix of new downforce-generating<br />

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout<br />

lightweight cabin treatment and<br />

a track-intended suspension overhaul<br />

to report on – and we’ll cover them all<br />

over the next few pages.<br />

There are also some eyebrowraising<br />

acceleration figures and<br />

circuit lap times to tell you about<br />

– the Pista having become the first<br />

production car to bring a set of<br />

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry<br />

handling circuit, as well as<br />

everything else. Read on to find out<br />

what difference they made.<br />

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING<br />

AAAAA<br />

If you ticked every lightweight option<br />

on the order form for a 360 CS, you<br />

could make it 110kg lighter than a<br />

360 Modena. By the time of the 458<br />

Speciale, the weight loss from the<br />

standard car was down to 90kg.<br />

The 488 Pista offers a nothing<br />

if not predictable 90kg saving,<br />

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg<br />

with lightweight options; or 1465kg<br />

as weighed in the case of our test car,<br />

which, allowing for the full tank of<br />

petrol it was carrying and the mass<br />

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016<br />

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like<br />

running order), makes Ferrari’s<br />

claim entirely credible.<br />

The section of the 488’s bodywork<br />

ahead of the front axle has been<br />

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s<br />

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet<br />

and front bumper, and inside it, the<br />

lateral radiators so important for<br />

engine cooling have been inclined<br />

rearwards rather than forwards, to<br />

sta<br />

• W<br />

thro<br />

Pista<br />

plenu<br />

side o<br />

suppl<br />

a<br />

• Rear di<br />

488 GTB<br />

downforc<br />

rear wing.<br />

an aero m<br />

without to<br />

T<br />

The 360 CS kicked off the track specials<br />

the improvement of both cooling<br />

efficiency and the car’s aerodynamic<br />

performance. At the rear, a<br />

carbonfibre bumper and spoiler do<br />

their bit for weight saving, with a<br />

Plexiglass engine cover<br />

also saving a few grams. There’s<br />

a lithium ion battery, too, and a<br />

set of optional carbonfibre wheels<br />

(fitted on the car we performance<br />

tested, although not on the one we<br />

photographed) that are 40% lighter<br />

than the car’s standard alloys.<br />

Then there’s the Pista’s engine;<br />

and what an engine it is. In large part<br />

a ‘civilian garb’ motor from one of<br />

the firm’s 488 Challenge racers, it’s<br />

a widely overhauled 3.9-litre 90deg<br />

V8 with a lightweight flat-plane<br />

crankshaft, an Inconel exhaust<br />

manifold, a lightened flywheel,<br />

titanium conrods, lightweight<br />

cylinder liners and new valves<br />

and valve springs. It duly weighs<br />

18kg less than the V8 in a 488 GTB<br />

and, running a slightly higher<br />

compression ratio and shorter<br />

induction tracts than its relation,<br />

makes 710bhp between 6750rpm and<br />

8000rpm, and up to 568lb ft of peak<br />

torque at 3000rpm. However, torque<br />

is electronically governed depending<br />

on your selected gear in order to give<br />

the engine’s performance a more<br />

progressive feel, which means peak<br />

torque actually only ever figures in<br />

seventh gear – just as was the case<br />

with the 488 GTB.<br />

Where suspension is concerned, ◊<br />

ENGINES POWER FROM<br />

488 GTB 661bhp £197,5<br />

488 Spider 661bhp £219,4<br />

488 Pista 710bhp £252,7<br />

488 Pista Spider 710bhp £287,85<br />

TRANSMISSIONS<br />

7-spd dual-clutch automatic<br />

With the 488 replacement, the<br />

F8 Tributo, announced earlier this<br />

year and soon to be launched to the<br />

press, the regular 488 GTB coupé<br />

is no longer on sale. Meanwhile, all<br />

examples of the 488 Pista coupé<br />

have been sold. However, if open<br />

and closed versions of the regular<br />

488 and both Pista derivatives had<br />

been made available in parallel, they<br />

would have lined up as above.<br />

On a Pista, you get various pieces<br />

of carbonfibre bodywork, carbonceramic<br />

brakes, Cup tyres and a<br />

lightweight lithium ion battery as<br />

standard, as well as that engine.<br />

hrough the 700bhp barrier<br />

my 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m<br />

Range at a glance<br />

We don’t like<br />

We like<br />

• Adjustable, flattering, superaccessible<br />

track handling<br />

• Huge performance and abundant<br />

character of its V8 turbo engine<br />

• The car’s motor can dominate the<br />

driving experience a bit<br />

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung<br />

on the road and overpowered for it<br />

40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

4<br />

ri’s 488 Pistas are now<br />

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock<br />

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a<br />

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car<br />

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is<br />

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.<br />

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST<br />

20in alloy wheels<br />

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,<br />

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)<br />

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings<br />

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system<br />

Alarm and satellite tracker<br />

Automatic windscreen wipers<br />

Two-zone climate control<br />

Four-point harnesses £2112<br />

Carbonfibre front air vents, sill covers,<br />

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496<br />

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500<br />

Alcantara dashboard £1056<br />

Embroidered seat headrests £720<br />

Embroidered floor mats £768<br />

Two-tone paint stripe £8640<br />

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440<br />

Yellow stitching for seats, upper<br />

dashboard £1680<br />

Black brake calipers £864<br />

= Standard na = not available<br />

E<br />

In<br />

Ty<br />

Ma<br />

Bo<br />

Com<br />

Val<br />

Pow<br />

Torq<br />

Redl<br />

Pow<br />

Torq<br />

Spec<br />

CHASSIS & BODY<br />

Construction Aluminium monocoque<br />

Weight/as tested 1385/1465kg<br />

Wheels 9.0J x 20in (f),<br />

11.0J x 20in (r)<br />

Tyres 245/35 ZR20 (f),<br />

305/30 ZR20 (r),<br />

Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2R<br />

Spare na<br />

TRA<br />

Type 7<br />

Ratios/<br />

1st 3.33<br />

4th 1.36<br />

7th 0.64<br />

ACCELERATION ACCE<br />

MPH TIME (sec)<br />

0-30 1.4<br />

0-40 1.9<br />

0-50 2.3<br />

0-60 2.8<br />

0-70 3.4<br />

0-80 4.0<br />

0-90 4.8<br />

0-100 5.6<br />

0-110 6.5<br />

0-120 7.6<br />

0-130 8.9<br />

0-140 10.3<br />

0-150 11.9<br />

0-160 13.7<br />

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using man<br />

Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without editor’s written pe<br />

contact Ferrari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878<br />

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not in<br />

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old professional male with clean licence and full no-claims bo<br />

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-m<br />

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).<br />

mph<br />

20-40 1<br />

30-50 1<br />

40-60 1<br />

50-70 -<br />

60-80 -<br />

70-90 -<br />

80-100 -<br />

90-110 -<br />

100-120 -<br />

110-130 -<br />

120-140 -<br />

130-150 -<br />

140-160 -<br />

SUSP<br />

Front Do<br />

dampers<br />

Rear Mult<br />

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

he track-ready ‘special<br />

series’ V8 supercar,<br />

delivered as the sun sets<br />

on another mid-engined<br />

Modenese model generation, has<br />

become a go-to piece of product<br />

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the<br />

360 Cha lenge Stradale in 2003 and<br />

taking in the subject of this week’s<br />

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve<br />

now seen a line of four consecutive<br />

examples of the breed.<br />

However, none of the 488<br />

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,<br />

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,<br />

and before those the 348 GT<br />

Competizione of 1993 – represented<br />

such a titanic leap in performance<br />

as this. Thanks to this car, the<br />

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has<br />

skipped out a whole stratum of<br />

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a<br />

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the<br />

Pista cranks the power a l the way<br />

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over<br />

the 600-and-something-horsepower<br />

supercar class without so much as a<br />

downward glance.<br />

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine<br />

with 50% new components is what<br />

has a lowed the Pista to advance so<br />

quickly; and while you might think<br />

such horsepower-grabbing pace<br />

unsustainable, it is after a l only<br />

enough to a low this car to match a<br />

McLaren 720S for peak power and<br />

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar<br />

mix of new downforce-generating<br />

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout<br />

lightweight cabin treatment and<br />

a track-intended suspension overhaul<br />

to report on – and we’ l cover them all<br />

over the next few pages.<br />

There are also some eyebrowraising<br />

acceleration figures and<br />

circuit lap times to te l you about<br />

– the Pista having become the first<br />

production car to bring a set of<br />

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry<br />

handling circuit, as we l as<br />

everything else. Read on to find out<br />

what di ference they made.<br />

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING<br />

AAAAA<br />

If you ticked every lightweight option<br />

on the order form for a 360 CS, you<br />

could make it 110kg lighter than a<br />

360 Modena. By the time of the 458<br />

Speciale, the weight loss from the<br />

standard car was down to 90kg.<br />

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing<br />

if not predictable 90kg saving,<br />

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg<br />

with lightweight options; or 1465kg<br />

as weighed in the case of our test car,<br />

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of<br />

petrol it was carrying and the mass<br />

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016<br />

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like<br />

running order), makes Ferrari’s<br />

claim entirely credible.<br />

The section of the 488’s bodywork<br />

ahead of the front axle has been<br />

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s<br />

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet<br />

and front bumper, and inside it, the<br />

lateral radiators so important for<br />

engine cooling have been inclined<br />

rearwards rather than forwards, to<br />

Ferrari 488 Pista<br />

T<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY<br />

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perfor<br />

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their b<br />

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(fitted o<br />

tested, a<br />

photogr<br />

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and wha<br />

a ‘civilian<br />

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ROAD TEST<br />

No 5434<br />

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier<br />

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m<br />

488 PISTA<br />

MODEL TESTED<br />

We don’t like<br />

We like<br />

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible<br />

track handling<br />

• Huge performance and abundant<br />

character of its V8 turbo engine<br />

• The car’s motor can dominate the<br />

driving experience a bit<br />

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung<br />

on the road and overpowered for it<br />

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

he track-ready ‘special<br />

series’ V8 supercar,<br />

delivered as the sun sets<br />

on another mid-engined<br />

Modenese model generation, has<br />

become a go-to piece of product<br />

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the<br />

360 Cha lenge Stradale in 2003 and<br />

taking in the subject of this week’s<br />

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve<br />

now seen a line of four consecutive<br />

examples of the breed.<br />

However, none of the 488<br />

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,<br />

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,<br />

and before those the 348 GT<br />

Competizione of 1993 – represented<br />

such a titanic leap in performance<br />

as this. Thanks to this car, the<br />

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has<br />

skipped out a whole stratum of<br />

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a<br />

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the<br />

Pista cranks the power a l the way<br />

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over<br />

the 600-and-something-horsepower<br />

supercar class without so much as a<br />

downward glance.<br />

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine<br />

with 50% new components is what<br />

has a lowed the Pista to advance so<br />

quickly; and while you might think<br />

such horsepower-grabbing pace<br />

unsustainable, it is after a l only<br />

enough to a low this car to match a<br />

McLaren 720S for peak power and<br />

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar<br />

mix of new downforce-generating<br />

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout<br />

lightweight cabin treatment and<br />

a track-intended suspension overhaul<br />

to report on – and we’ l cover them a l<br />

over the next few pages.<br />

There are also some eyebrowraising<br />

acceleration figures and<br />

circuit lap times to te l you about<br />

– the Pista having become the first<br />

production car to bring a set of<br />

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry<br />

handling circuit, as we l as<br />

everything else. Read on to find out<br />

what di ference they made.<br />

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING<br />

AAAAA<br />

If you ticked every lightweight option<br />

on the order form for a 360 CS, you<br />

could make it 110kg lighter than a<br />

360 Modena. By the time of the 458<br />

Speciale, the weight loss from the<br />

standard car was down to 90kg.<br />

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing<br />

if not predictable 90kg saving,<br />

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg<br />

with lightweight options; or 1465kg<br />

as weighed in the case of our test car,<br />

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of<br />

petrol it was carrying and the mass<br />

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016<br />

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like<br />

running order), makes Ferrari’s<br />

claim entirely credible.<br />

The section of the 488’s bodywork<br />

ahead of the front axle has been<br />

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s<br />

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet<br />

and front bumper, and inside it, the<br />

lateral radiators so important for<br />

engine cooling have been inclined<br />

rearwards rather than forwards, to<br />

Ferrari 488 Pista<br />

T<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY<br />

The 360 CS kicked o f<br />

the im<br />

e ficie<br />

perfor<br />

carbon<br />

their bi<br />

Plexigla<br />

also sav<br />

a lithium<br />

set of op<br />

(fi ted on<br />

tested, a<br />

photogra<br />

than the<br />

Then th<br />

and what<br />

a ‘civilian<br />

the firm’s<br />

a widely ov<br />

V8 with a l<br />

crankshaft<br />

manifold, a<br />

titanium co<br />

cylinder line<br />

and valve sp<br />

18kg less tha<br />

and, running<br />

compression<br />

induction tra<br />

makes 710bhp<br />

8000rpm, and<br />

torque at 3000<br />

is electronical<br />

on your selecte<br />

the engine’s pe<br />

progressive fee<br />

torque actua ly<br />

seventh gear – j<br />

with the 488 GT<br />

Where suspen<br />

p<br />

i<br />

e<br />

h<br />

a<br />

4<br />

be<br />

wo<br />

of c<br />

cer<br />

ligh<br />

stan<br />

ROAD TEST<br />

No 5434<br />

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier<br />

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m<br />

488 PISTA<br />

MODEL TESTED<br />

We don’t like<br />

We like<br />

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible<br />

track handling<br />

• Huge performance and abundant<br />

character of its V8 turbo engine<br />

• The car’s motor can dominate the<br />

driving experience a bit<br />

• Occasiona ly, it feels highly strung<br />

on the road and overpowered for it<br />

40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

0 0<br />

2000 8000<br />

4000 6000 10,000<br />

0<br />

Engine (rpm)<br />

568lb ft at<br />

3000rpm<br />

710bhp at<br />

8000rpm<br />

Power output (bhp)<br />

Torque (lb ft)<br />

200<br />

400<br />

500<br />

900<br />

900<br />

400<br />

500<br />

600<br />

600<br />

700<br />

700<br />

800<br />

800<br />

100<br />

100<br />

200<br />

300<br />

300<br />

78<br />

litres<br />

TECHNICAL LAYOUT<br />

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways behind the aluminium chassis tub, driving<br />

the rear axle through a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and a torque-vectoring<br />

e-Diff. Suspension is via double wishbones up front and multi-links at the rear.<br />

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s weighbridge, exactly as it was in the<br />

488 GTB; 458 Speciale tested in 2014 was 42:58.<br />

FERRARI 488 PISTA<br />

On-the-road price £252,765<br />

Price as tested £294,281<br />

Value after 3yrs/36k miles na<br />

Contract hire pcm na<br />

Cost per mile na<br />

Insurance 50/£ 195<br />

TYPICAL PCP QUOTE<br />

Three years/18,000 miles £3413.54<br />

Even though a l of Ferrari’s 488 Pistas are now<br />

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,<br />

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a<br />

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car<br />

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is<br />

6.9%, with a ba loon payment of £115,440.<br />

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST<br />

20in a loy wheels<br />

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,<br />

side splitter, engine cover, di fuser)<br />

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings<br />

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system<br />

Alarm and satellite tracker<br />

Automatic windscreen wipers<br />

Two-zone climate control<br />

Four-point harnesses £2112<br />

Carbonfibre front air vents, si l covers,<br />

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496<br />

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500<br />

Alcantara dashboard £1056<br />

Embroidered seat headrests £720<br />

Embroidered floor mats £768<br />

Two-tone paint stripe £8640<br />

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440<br />

Ye low stitching for seats, upper<br />

dashboard £1680<br />

Black brake calipers £864<br />

= Standard na = not available<br />

ENGINE<br />

Insta lation Mid, longitudinal,<br />

rear-wheel drive<br />

Type V8, 3902cc,<br />

twin-turbocharged, petrol<br />

Made of Aluminium block and head<br />

Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm<br />

Compression ratio 9.6:1<br />

Valve gear 4 per cyl<br />

Power 710bhp at 6750-8000rpm<br />

Torque 568lb ft at 3000-3200rpm<br />

Redline 8000rpm<br />

Power to weight 513bhp per tonne<br />

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne<br />

Specific output 182bhp per litre<br />

CHASSIS & BODY<br />

Construction Aluminium monocoque<br />

Weight/as tested 1385/1465kg<br />

Wheels 9.0J x 20in (f),<br />

1.0J x 20in (r)<br />

Tyres 245/35 ZR20 (f),<br />

305/30 ZR20 (r),<br />

Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2R<br />

Spare na<br />

SAFETY<br />

ABS, EBD, F1-Trac, FrS SCM-E, SSC with FD<br />

Euro NCAP crash rating Not tested<br />

BRAKES<br />

Front 398mm ventilated discs, carbon-ceramic<br />

Rear 360mm ventilated discs, carbon-ceramic<br />

Anti-lock Standard, with brake assist<br />

Handbrake type Automatic, switch<br />

Handbrake location Right of dashboard<br />

TRANSMISSION<br />

Type 7-spd dual-clutch automatic<br />

Ratios/mph per 1000rpm<br />

1st 3.33/5.6 2nd 2.28/8.1 3rd 1.72/10.8<br />

4th 1.36/13.6 5th 1. 1/16.7 6th 0.87/21.3<br />

7th 0.64/28.9 Final drive ratio 4.375:1<br />

POWER & TORQUE<br />

MAX SPEEDS IN GEAR<br />

ACCELERATION ACCELERATION IN GEAR<br />

MPH TIME (sec)<br />

0-30 1.4<br />

0-40 1.9<br />

0-50 2.3<br />

0-60 2.8<br />

0-70 3.4<br />

0-80 4.0<br />

0-90 4.8<br />

0-100 5.6<br />

0-110 6.5<br />

0-120 7.6<br />

0-130 8.9<br />

0-140 10.3<br />

0-150 11.9<br />

0-160 13.7 RPM in 7th at 70/80mph = 2422/2769<br />

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using manufacturer’s claimed kerb weight. © <strong>2019</strong>,<br />

Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without editor’s written permi sion. For information on the 488 Pista,<br />

contact Fe rari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878700, fe rari.com). Cost-per-mile figures<br />

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not insurance; Lex Autolease (0800 389 3690).<br />

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old professional male with clean licence and fu l no-claims bonus living in Swindon; quote from Liverpool<br />

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-mile contract including maintenance; We sex<br />

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).<br />

mph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th<br />

20-40 1.3 1.8 2.4 - - - -<br />

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -<br />

40-60 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.1 3.1 6.4 -<br />

50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -<br />

60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -<br />

70-90 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -<br />

80-100 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.3 -<br />

90-110 - - - 1.9 2.6 3.5 -<br />

100-120 - - - 2.0 2.7 3.7 -<br />

110-130 - - - 2.2 2.7 4.0 -<br />

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -<br />

130-150 - - - - 2.9 4.6 -<br />

140-160 - - - - - 5.0 -<br />

Read all of our road tests autocar.co.uk<br />

ROAD TEST No 5434<br />

Data log<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

44mph 8000rpm<br />

65mph 8000rpm<br />

86mph 8000rpm<br />

109mph 8000rpm<br />

6<br />

133mph 8000rpm<br />

7<br />

170mph 8000rpm<br />

211mph* 7302rpm<br />

* claimed<br />

ECONOMY<br />

TEST MPG<br />

CLAIMED<br />

Track 6.9mpg<br />

Touring 25.7mp<br />

Average 17.2mpg<br />

Low na<br />

Mid na<br />

High na<br />

Extra high na<br />

Combined 24.6mpg<br />

Correlated<br />

Tank size 78 litres<br />

Test range 295 miles<br />

EMISSIONS & TAX<br />

CO2 emissions 263g/km (NED<br />

Tax at 20/40% pcm na<br />

SUSPENSION<br />

Front Double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive<br />

dampers<br />

Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers<br />

CABIN NOISE<br />

Idle 59dB Max rpm in 4rd gear 93dB<br />

30mph 67dB 50mph 73dB 70mph 77dB<br />

STEERING<br />

Type Electromechanical, rack and pinion<br />

Turns lock to lock 1.9<br />

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

he track-ready ‘special<br />

series’ V8 supercar,<br />

delivered as the sun sets<br />

on another mid-engined<br />

Modenese model generation, has<br />

become a go-to piece of product<br />

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the<br />

360 Cha lenge Stradale in 2003 and<br />

taking in the subject of this week’s<br />

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve<br />

now seen a line of four consecutive<br />

examples of the breed.<br />

However, none of the 488<br />

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,<br />

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,<br />

and before those the 348 GT<br />

Competizione of 1993 – represented<br />

such a titanic leap in performance<br />

as this. Thanks to this car, the<br />

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has<br />

skipped out a whole stratum of<br />

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a<br />

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the<br />

Pista cranks the power a l the way<br />

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over<br />

the 600-and-something-horsepower<br />

supercar class without so much as a<br />

downward glance.<br />

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine<br />

with 50% new components is what<br />

has a lowed the Pista to advance so<br />

quickly; and while you might think<br />

such horsepower-grabbing pace<br />

unsustainable, it is after a l only<br />

enough to a low this car to match a<br />

McLaren 720S for peak power and<br />

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar<br />

mix of new downforce-generating<br />

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout<br />

lightweight cabin treatment and<br />

a track-intended suspension overhaul<br />

to report on – and we’ll cover them a l<br />

over the next few pages.<br />

There are also some eyebrowraising<br />

acceleration figures and<br />

circuit lap times to tell you about<br />

– the Pista having become the first<br />

production car to bring a set of<br />

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry<br />

handling circuit, as we l as<br />

everything else. Read on to find out<br />

what difference they made.<br />

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING<br />

AAAAA<br />

If you ticked every lightweight option<br />

on the order form for a 360 CS, you<br />

could make it 110kg lighter than a<br />

360 Modena. By the time of the 458<br />

Speciale, the weight loss from the<br />

standard car was down to 90kg.<br />

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing<br />

if not predictable 90kg saving,<br />

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg<br />

with lightweight options; or 1465kg<br />

as weighed in the case of our test car,<br />

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of<br />

petrol it was carrying and the mass<br />

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016<br />

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like<br />

running order), makes Ferrari’s<br />

claim entirely credible.<br />

The section of the 488’s bodywork<br />

ahead of the front axle has been<br />

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s<br />

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet<br />

and front bumper, and inside it, the<br />

lateral radiators so important for<br />

engine cooling have been inclined<br />

rearwards rather than forwards, to<br />

Ferrari 488 Pista<br />

T<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY<br />

The 360 CS kicked<br />

the im<br />

efficie<br />

perfor<br />

carbon<br />

their b<br />

Plexigl<br />

also sa<br />

a lithiu<br />

set of op<br />

(fi ted o<br />

tested, a<br />

photogr<br />

than the<br />

Then t<br />

and wha<br />

a ‘civilian<br />

the firm’s<br />

a widely o<br />

V8 with a<br />

crankshaf<br />

manifold,<br />

titanium c<br />

cylinder lin<br />

and valve s<br />

18kg less th<br />

and, runnin<br />

compressio<br />

induction tr<br />

makes 710b<br />

8000rpm, a<br />

torque at 300<br />

is electronica<br />

on your selec<br />

the engine’s p<br />

progressive fe<br />

torque actual<br />

seventh gear –<br />

with the 488 G<br />

Where susp<br />

p<br />

i<br />

e<br />

h<br />

a<br />

4<br />

be<br />

wo<br />

of<br />

cer<br />

ligh<br />

sta<br />

ROAD TEST<br />

No 5434<br />

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier<br />

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m<br />

488 PISTA<br />

MODEL TESTED<br />

We don’t like<br />

We like<br />

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible<br />

track handling<br />

• Huge performance and abundant<br />

character of its V8 turbo engine<br />

• The car’s motor can dominate the<br />

driving experience a bit<br />

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung<br />

on the road and overpowered for it<br />

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST <strong>2019</strong><br />

he track-ready ‘spec<br />

series’ V8 supercar,<br />

delivered as the sun<br />

on another mid-engi<br />

Modenese model generation, has<br />

become a go-to piece of product<br />

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with<br />

360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 an<br />

taking in the subject of this week’s<br />

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve<br />

now seen a line of four consecutive<br />

examples of the breed.<br />

However, none of the 488<br />

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,<br />

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,<br />

and before those the 348 GT<br />

Competizione of 1993 – represented<br />

such a titanic leap in performance<br />

as this. Thanks to this car, the<br />

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has<br />

skipped out a whole stratum of<br />

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a<br />

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the<br />

Pista cranks the power a l the way<br />

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over<br />

the 600-and-something-horsepower<br />

supercar class without so much as a<br />

downward glance.<br />

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine<br />

with 50% new components is what<br />

has a lowed the Pista to advance so<br />

quickly; and while you might think<br />

such horsepower-grabbing pace<br />

unsustainable, it is after a l only<br />

enough to a low this car to match a<br />

McLaren 720S for peak power and<br />

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar<br />

mix of new downforce-generating<br />

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout<br />

lightweight cabin treatment and<br />

a track-intended suspension overhaul<br />

to report on – and we’ll cover them a l<br />

over the next few pages.<br />

There are also some eyebrowraising<br />

acceleration figures and<br />

circuit lap times to te l you about<br />

– the Pista having become the first<br />

production car to bring a set of<br />

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport<br />

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry<br />

handling circuit, as we l as<br />

everything else. Read on to find out<br />

what di ference they made.<br />

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING<br />

AAAAA<br />

If you ticked every lightweight option<br />

on the order form for a 360 CS, you<br />

could make it 110kg lighter than a<br />

360 Modena. By the time of the 458<br />

Speciale, the weight loss from the<br />

standard car was down to 90kg.<br />

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing<br />

if not predictable 90kg saving,<br />

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg<br />

with lightweight options; or 1465kg<br />

as weighed in the case of our test car,<br />

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of<br />

petrol it was carrying and the mass<br />

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016<br />

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like<br />

running order), makes Ferrari’s<br />

claim entirely credible.<br />

The section of the 488’s bodywork<br />

ahead of the front axle has been<br />

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s<br />

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet<br />

and front bumper, and inside it, the<br />

lateral radiators so important for<br />

engine cooling have been inclined<br />

rearwards rather than forwards, to<br />

Ferrari 488 Pista<br />

T<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY<br />

The 360 CS<br />

s<br />

(<br />

t<br />

p<br />

th<br />

an<br />

a ‘<br />

th<br />

a w<br />

V8<br />

cra<br />

ma<br />

tita<br />

cyli<br />

and<br />

18kg<br />

and,<br />

comp<br />

indu<br />

make<br />

8000<br />

torqu<br />

is elec<br />

on you<br />

the en<br />

progre<br />

torque<br />

seventh<br />

with th<br />

Whe<br />

ROAD TEST<br />

No 5434<br />

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier<br />

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m<br />

488 PISTA<br />

MODEL TESTED<br />

We don’t like<br />

We like<br />

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible<br />

track handling<br />

• Huge performance and abundant<br />

character of its V8 turbo engine<br />

• The car’s motor can dominate the<br />

driving experience a bit<br />

• Occasiona ly, it feels highly strung<br />

on the road and overpowered for it<br />

40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST<br />

FER<br />

On-the<br />

Price a<br />

Value a<br />

Contrac<br />

Cost per<br />

Insuranc<br />

TYPI<br />

Three ye<br />

Even thou<br />

sold, if you<br />

finance pr<br />

deal which<br />

on your dri<br />

6.9%, with<br />

EQUIP<br />

20in a loy w<br />

Carbonfibre<br />

side splitter,<br />

Scuderia Ferr<br />

‘HELE’ engine<br />

Alarm and sat<br />

Automatic win<br />

Two-zone clim<br />

Four-point ha<br />

Carbonfibre fr<br />

floor plates, in<br />

Carbonfibre sid<br />

Alcantara dash<br />

Embroidered se<br />

Embroidered flo<br />

Two-tone paint s<br />

Height adjustme<br />

Ye low stitching<br />

dashboard<br />

Black brake calip<br />

= Standard na<br />

CHASSIS &<br />

Construction<br />

Weight/as tested<br />

Wheels<br />

Tyres<br />

Spare<br />

ACCELERAT<br />

MPH<br />

0-30<br />

0-40<br />

0-50<br />

0-60<br />

0-70<br />

0-80<br />

0-90<br />

0-100<br />

0-110<br />

0-120<br />

0-130 8<br />

0-140 1<br />

0-150 1<br />

0-160 13<br />

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight a<br />

Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test resu<br />

contact Fe rari North Europe Customer<br />

calculated over three years/36,000 mi<br />

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old pro<br />

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contra<br />

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).<br />

D<br />

FERRARI<br />

488 PISTA<br />

WHAT CAR?<br />

SPECIAL<br />

TALKS LIFE & GOLF<br />

BEST BODY<br />

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TRAVEL<br />

OUR TOP<br />

PICKS!<br />

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ong gone are the days of chaining the groom<br />

to a lamppost or dumping him on a train bound<br />

for Carlisle, stags are looking for more. More<br />

adventure, more action, more epicness.<br />

At StagWeb we conducted a survey earlier this year and<br />

discovered that 50% of stags wanted their weekends to be less<br />

focused on alcohol, whilst a whopping 68% would rather take<br />

on a new challenge than head on down the boozer. Guys want<br />

a weekend to remember, not a weekend they won’t remember.<br />

And now, with flights to the far-flung corners of Europe<br />

costing less than a train ticket from London to Liverpool, people<br />

are putting their pint glasses down and jetting off for some<br />

adrenaline-pumping, high-octane winter action. So, here are<br />

some of our favourite locations where you can head for a winter<br />

stag adventure!<br />

REYKJAVIK The land of ice and fire, of<br />

Vikings and Norse Gods, Iceland is a<br />

breeding ground for monumental man<br />

adventures waiting to be battled by<br />

hardy blokes on a mission for a<br />

memorable weekend.<br />

1.<br />

Volcano Hike - This really is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.<br />

Stags are ditching the winkle pickers and short sleeved<br />

shirts and donning the waterproof gear and hiking<br />

boots to tackle a 1,500m high active volcano.<br />

Sea Kayaking - This is sightseeing taken to new<br />

levels of astonishing. Forget the dull, overcrowded bus<br />

2. tours, grab a paddle and hit the waters as you wade<br />

across an Icelandic fjord taking in the breath-taking scenery.<br />

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Whale Watching - White-beaked dolphins, harbour<br />

porpoises and humpback whales populate the<br />

surrounding seas and you can now hop on a boat<br />

and cruise the stunning coastal waters to see these magnificent<br />

creatures up close and personal in their natural habitats.<br />

LJUBLJANA Ljubljana has no time for<br />

the unadventurous, the hesitant or the<br />

timid. It’s heart-racing stuff from start<br />

to finish.<br />

1.<br />

Night Sledging & Snow Biking - In this chaotic stag<br />

activity, the guys will literally and figuratively hit the<br />

slopes like they’ve never hit them before. They’ll fire<br />

down the mountain on specially modified snow bikes, and if<br />

that isn’t crazy enough, it will be during the hours of darkness<br />

to increase the carnage.<br />

2.<br />

Skiing & Snowboarding - If night-time ski madness<br />

is a little too hectic, the boys can opt for a traditional<br />

skiing or snowboarding session so they can carve up<br />

the mountainside and kick up some powder. With a variety of<br />

courses and instructors on offer, they cater for all abilities so no<br />

member of the group will be out of their depths.<br />

3.<br />

Cave Cycling - Whilst the boys can partake in<br />

an epic overground activity, there are also plenty<br />

of underground adventures to be had. Head<br />

subterranean and shred the inside of the mountain with some<br />

cave cycling.<br />

GUYS WANT A WEEKEND<br />

TO REMEMBER,<br />

NOT A WEEKEND THEY<br />

WON’T REMEMBER.<br />

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TRAVEL<br />

TALLINN A frozen stag playground<br />

where the boys are let loose to battle<br />

the elements, Tallinn offers a host of<br />

incredible winter activities waiting to<br />

be tackled.<br />

Ice Fishing - Forget sitting by a lake in the home<br />

counties trying to catch a tiddler in the drizzle. Head out<br />

1. to Tallinn for a unique fishing experience on a frozen<br />

lake as you try to conquer the conditions to land the ‘Catch of<br />

the Day.’<br />

2.<br />

Husky Dog Sledding - The closest most stags will<br />

come to Huskies is in a pub garden when they’re<br />

panting away because it’s too hot in the British<br />

summer sun (the dogs, not the stags!). Well, it’s time to see<br />

what they can do on their home turf as the boys enjoy a<br />

sledding session across a Baltic tundra.<br />

Snowmobiles - Forget quad biking, this is offroading<br />

at its chaotic best. Head on an epic trek on<br />

3. some high-powered snowmobiles whilst taking in the<br />

glorious Estonian scenery.<br />

PRAGUE Once a stag favourite for its<br />

cheap beer prices, Prague has now<br />

upped the ante in terms of epic<br />

activities and has become one of our<br />

prime winter stag-do destinations.<br />

Tank Driving - Ever wondered what it would be like to<br />

get behind the wheel of a tough-terrain tackling, Sovietstyled,<br />

lethal war machine? Well now is the chance as you<br />

1.<br />

head off-road for a heavy metal driving experience like no other.<br />

2.<br />

Fighter Jet - While some stags like to fly by the seat<br />

of their pants and hope a mega stag weekend will<br />

miraculously unfold with minimal planning, others<br />

who are more organised are having the time of their lives<br />

literally flying by the seat of their pants in a fast and furious<br />

fighter jet.<br />

Whitewater Rafting - There’s nothing like a bit of<br />

Whitewater Rafting to induce a white-knuckle, heartpounding<br />

adventure. The boys will take to the rapids<br />

3.<br />

in their rafts and hopefully complete the course without being<br />

stuck up stag creek without a paddle.<br />

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RULES<br />

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ETHICS BY WHICH<br />

THOU SHALT ABIDE<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

Thou Shalt Not Talk About the Lads Holiday Guys,<br />

holiday rule number one is always that you agree not to<br />

talk about the holiday.<br />

Thou Shalt NOT TALK About the Lads Holiday<br />

C’mon, how many times do we need to tell you, you<br />

don’t talk about the holiday… well, unless you’re<br />

telling that embarrassing story of how (X) wound up in the (X)<br />

with the (X) stuck on his (X).<br />

Thou Shalt Face A Forfeit If you do break any of<br />

the rules, then quite simply you will have to face any<br />

3. punishment coming your way. You’ve only got yourself<br />

to blame.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

Thou Shalt Not Get Matching T-Shirts Matching<br />

T-shirts are about as 2007 as Myspace and Steve<br />

McClaren’s brolly. Time for an upgrade. Although<br />

T-shirts may be out, bum bags are making a roaring comeback.<br />

Thou Shalt Not Get Matching Tattoos No matter<br />

how many holiday pina coladas you’ve had, this is<br />

never going to be a good idea. Follow it through and<br />

you WILL live to regret it.<br />

Thou Shalt Not Avoid the Round Don’t be that<br />

guy. Whether you’re taking it in turns or there’s a beer<br />

6. kitty on the go, make sure you chip in and do your bit.<br />

7.<br />

Thou Shalt Not Touch Thy Smartphone Nothing<br />

could be more unsociable than travelling with someone<br />

who then spends the entire time looking at other<br />

people in other parts of the world. You’re with your friends, you<br />

should be totally in the moment and all phones banned.<br />

Thou Shalt Adopt A Holiday Tune You don’t<br />

choose your holiday tune, your holiday tune chooses<br />

8. you. Whether it’s a power ballad or a Little Mix hit,<br />

it’ll be the song you hear most when you’re away. If it does turn<br />

out to be a Little Mix hit, you maybe need to revaluate the bars<br />

you’re hanging out in…<br />

9.<br />

Thou Shalt Forget About the Holiday Romance<br />

You’re with the lads, day one of the jolly is not the<br />

time to fall in love and spend your entire time acting<br />

like a teenager on their first date (inevitably, it’ll fizzle as soon<br />

as you both get home). You going all Romeo means the guys<br />

will be a man down. Just say ‘no’.<br />

10.<br />

Thou Shalt Do Something Epic If you’ve gone<br />

to all that effort to get this disorganised rabble<br />

into gear and arrange a holiday, make sure you<br />

include some epic activities rather than just touring the inside<br />

of boozers.<br />

11.<br />

Thou Shalt Not Take Ages Getting Ready If it<br />

takes anyone longer than ten minutes to get ready<br />

for a night out, they need to have a long hard look<br />

in the mirror. Oh, no, hang on…<br />

Thou Shalt Obey the Mirror Tax Similarly,<br />

if any of the guys are having trouble getting all<br />

12. their male grooming gear into their see-through<br />

bags, you’ve got a prima donna on your hands. Fine them a<br />

quid whenever you catch them looking at their reflections in car<br />

windows or in the back of spoons.<br />

13.<br />

Thou Shalt Hide the Evidence If you do snap<br />

some photos, keep them off Facestagram. A lot<br />

of people have employers on social media, and<br />

they might not want their bosses seeing them in their Speedos<br />

or shooting tequila.<br />

Thou Shalt Tell Everyone How Great It<br />

Was Whatever happened whilst you were away<br />

14. (regardless of any disasters or the three hours<br />

Steve spent in A&E because he forgot his inhaler), you’ll declare<br />

the holiday a success and start planning your next adventure<br />

immediately!<br />

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SPORT<br />

The Golfing Trip of a Lifetime<br />

With the weather closing in, <strong>Winter</strong> is<br />

the perfect time to book your next trip<br />

abroad. Whilst thousands of golfers will<br />

head to well-trodden pastures in Spain<br />

and Portugal, why not head further afield<br />

in 2020? Annual flight sales around Black<br />

Friday and Boxing Day also make <strong>Winter</strong><br />

one of the most economical times to<br />

book your next trip abroad … so what are<br />

you waiting for?<br />

Golfbreaks have selected some of<br />

their favourite golfing locations for those<br />

looking for something different in 2020,<br />

and so whether it’s Mauritius, the USA,<br />

South Africa, the UAE, or even seeing one<br />

of the game’s biggest events at the Ryder<br />

Cup, you can be sure that there’s a break<br />

for every group!<br />

USA<br />

A country with more golf courses than<br />

anywhere else on planet Earth, the USA is<br />

truly a must-visit for any avid golfer. From<br />

the desert golf in Arizona, through to<br />

some of the best golf resorts in the world<br />

in Florida and the Carolinas – there’s really<br />

nothing like golf in the USA.<br />

Payne Stewart’s footsteps with a trip to<br />

Pinehurst Golf Resort. The resort currently<br />

operates nine golf courses, offering a<br />

selection of accommodation options and<br />

a myriad of off-course options, including<br />

their own onsite brewery!<br />

For those looking to take in some<br />

professional golf, why not head to<br />

Phoenix, Arizona and experience the thrill<br />

of the Waste Management Phoenix Open<br />

in late-January 2020? Join the 20,000 fans<br />

surrounding the loudest hole in golf for<br />

an experience you’ll never forget, whilst<br />

also taking in rounds of golf at the nearby<br />

Grayhawk and Ocotillo courses. It’s the<br />

perfect getaway to kick off the new year!<br />

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:<br />

With so much choice on offer, you won’t<br />

be able to take in everything in one trip!<br />

Find the type of break that best suits<br />

your group and make sure you tick off<br />

those courses you’ve seen on TV! With<br />

more flights to the USA than any other<br />

worldwide destination, make sure you<br />

take advantage of flights sales around<br />

Black Friday and Christmas to maximise<br />

the value of your break!<br />

WINTER IS<br />

THE PERFECT<br />

TIME TO BOOK<br />

YOUR NEXT<br />

TRIP<br />

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina<br />

Kiawah Island, South Carolina<br />

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first time, Florida provides the perfect<br />

inaugural trip, with several PGA TOUR<br />

venues, including the iconic TPC Sawgrass<br />

which is located just a short drive from<br />

the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire<br />

courses at the World Golf Hall of Fame<br />

Village. Similarly, South Carolina boasts<br />

perhaps some of the most enviable<br />

collection of resort destinations in<br />

the world with; Kiawah Island, Hilton<br />

Head Island and Myrtle Beach all easily<br />

accessible from the UK.<br />

For those looking for something truly<br />

special, why not take a walk in the late<br />

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Better still, why not head to the 2020 Abu<br />

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Take advantage of some of the incredible<br />

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Abu Dhabi or the world’s largest theme<br />

Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius<br />

South Africa<br />

Located on the southern<br />

tip of Africa, South Africa<br />

is one of the world’s<br />

best kept secrets when<br />

it comes to golfing<br />

destinations. Popular<br />

for Safari trips and the<br />

beautiful Garden Route,<br />

South Africa has also been blessed with<br />

some truly phenomenal championship<br />

venues such as Fancourt and Arabella. It<br />

really is no coincidence that some of the<br />

world’s best golfers originate from the<br />

region!<br />

With five major golfing hotspots; Cape<br />

Town, Durban, Sun City, Johannesburg<br />

and the Garden Route, it’s impossible to<br />

select a favourite. Each region will feature<br />

its own local food and wines, and unique<br />

backdrops – from the mountainous<br />

scenery across the Garden Route to the<br />

bustling city of Durban. Despite some<br />

of the Southern Hemisphere’s best golf<br />

courses, you’d be remiss to visit South<br />

Africa and not spend time exploring.<br />

Whether that’s on safari, a wine tour or<br />

on the luxurious Rovos Rail, make sure<br />

you consider your off-course activities as<br />

part of your trip!<br />

Golfbreaks Top Tip: The exchange rate<br />

between GBP and the South African Rand<br />

is extremely favourable, and when couple<br />

with low costs when on resorts, the<br />

country offers incredible value for British<br />

travellers.<br />

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Arabella Golf Club, South Africa<br />

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:<br />

The exchange rate between GBP and<br />

the South African Rand is extremely<br />

favourable, and when coupled with low<br />

costs when on resorts, the country offers<br />

incredible value for British travellers.<br />

UAE<br />

With some of the world’s most iconic<br />

golf tournaments taking place in the<br />

UAE each year, Dubai and Abu Dhabi<br />

have become synonymous with quality<br />

golf. Expect a subtropical climate, with<br />

average temperatures ranging from 19.5<br />

degrees in January to a scorching 36.5<br />

degrees in August, meaning the best time<br />

to travel is between November and April<br />

– perfect for an Early Spring getaway!<br />

With the ‘Middle East Swing’ now a firm<br />

fixture of professional golf, why not take<br />

on the likes of Abu Dhabi Golf Club,<br />

Emirates Golf Club or the host of the<br />

DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah<br />

Golf Estates and compare your scores<br />

against the illustrious list of past winners<br />

including; Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Lee<br />

Westwood.<br />

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi<br />

park at Warner Bros Yas Island. Many<br />

travellers also don’t realise that Abu Dhabi<br />

is just an 80-minute drive away.<br />

Mauritius<br />

The accessible island in the middle of the<br />

Indian Ocean is total paradise with some<br />

of the most picturesque golf courses in<br />

the world. With many of the layouts just<br />

under 20 years old, Mauritius has already<br />

established itself on the world’s golfing<br />

stage with the European Tour already<br />

visiting annually.<br />

The island boasts stunning views with<br />

turquoise seas and bright white sands<br />

bordering many of the island’s emerald<br />

green fairways. There’s also a wide variety<br />

of courses to choose from, suiting golfers<br />

of all ability with most featuring hotels<br />

on-site, ensuring minimal steps from the<br />

pool to the first tee.<br />

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:<br />

Take advantage of the low-season rates<br />

between May and September, with slightly<br />

cooler temperatures of between 22-25<br />

degrees the norm, it’s perfect golfing<br />

weather!<br />

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Nothing truly matches the excitement of watching a<br />

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European victory at Le Golf National, the Americans<br />

will be seeking revenge on home soil. Head to<br />

Whistling Straits in September 2020 for another<br />

dramatic contest on the iconic Straits course, home of<br />

four PGA Championships (2004, 2007, 2010, 2015).<br />

There will be plenty going on throughout the<br />

week with fan rallies held during the evening to<br />

ensure the entertainment carries on, long after<br />

the golf has finished. The majority of fans who are<br />

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catered for with the city known as the beer-drinking<br />

capital of the USA, with German settler’s first<br />

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mid-1800s.<br />

So, gear up to relive the Miracle of Medinah<br />

and out-sing those noisy neighbours from over the<br />

Atlantic at the biggest show in golf!<br />

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:<br />

Make sure you have International Pavilion access<br />

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SPORT<br />

This year’s been<br />

really interesting –<br />

last 7-8 months I’ve<br />

been working with<br />

psychologists, I’m<br />

a pretty laidback person, but during the<br />

past few years, I lost the sense of fun and<br />

put myself under loads of pressure.”<br />

In many ways winning is<br />

harder than the losing<br />

“It’s a funny one as a golfer – you’ve got<br />

to be really level-headed, in reality if you<br />

finished 10th, you may have had a good<br />

week and you’ve won. You’re playing<br />

against 150 people every week, not one<br />

person or one team. Some weeks you<br />

shoot some terrible scores; the week after<br />

some amazing scores. You get used to it<br />

– you play one week you could be leaving<br />

the tournament and be 20th, then you’re<br />

at a different course two days later – you<br />

can’t just focus on results, not be resultsdriven,<br />

take it as it comes. You’re working<br />

a process.”<br />

Jetlag is the hardest part<br />

of trying to prepare<br />

“You see other players; they get off the<br />

plane and straight to the course and<br />

practise and I used to make myself feel<br />

guilty. This year, I see what works for me –<br />

sleep, relax, don’t overcook myself, don’t<br />

set an alarm and pop up to the course<br />

for a couple of hours when I’m focussed,<br />

rather than an entire afternoon being<br />

tired – managing your time is the key.”<br />

Turkey, South Africa,<br />

Dubai & Hong Kong in the<br />

space of 5 weeks<br />

“I was so angry on the golf course and<br />

wound up the whole time – then Jodie,<br />

my Fiancée, was telling me I had to<br />

chill out, but in Australia, I just couldn’t<br />

practise anymore– I burst into tears, so<br />

stressed and worried about it, didn’t<br />

realise at the time that all the pressure<br />

was having an effect on me. I needed to<br />

speak to someone. Jodie pushed me to<br />

go, I was sceptical but I’m glad I did; now<br />

I am massively interested in psychology.”<br />

I had no idea how wound<br />

up I was and what I was<br />

doing to myself<br />

“I was slowly beating myself up without<br />

realising it – you can do that in any job,<br />

perspective is key, it’s so easy to get caught<br />

up in the bubble of competing, keep<br />

proving yourself, it’s easy to get lost like<br />

that. If I could go back and do it<br />

again, I’d have got a psychologist<br />

straightaway, I didn’t understand<br />

why I was feeling like that – once<br />

you break it down into pieces<br />

there’s reasons behind it.”<br />

Evaluate what<br />

successful means to you –<br />

“Your family, playing a boardgame with<br />

your family, not having a Ferrari – success<br />

is how you personally deem it – doesn’t<br />

matter what they say, but I’ve only come<br />

to learn that by speaking about it. I look<br />

at these young pop stars and that’s on a<br />

whole different level; you’re the next best<br />

thing, everyone wants a piece of you –<br />

then the media does a u-turn.”<br />

Same principle in<br />

golf and in life<br />

“Work out your perspective,<br />

values in life and who’s<br />

important to you – once I started<br />

understanding that I try and<br />

reinforce it every day, a mental<br />

warm up every day, keeping on<br />

top of that is important.”<br />

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SPEAK TO<br />

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It’s a long way from the<br />

breakdown in his hotel<br />

room back in 2016<br />

“My expectations went up so high, I put<br />

myself under so much pressure to perform<br />

every week that it had a big effect on me.<br />

Everything blew up (public image) – I got<br />

really popular. I won a tournament in May<br />

2016, then I did well at the British Open in<br />

July and that weekend it went absolutely<br />

crazy, then I went over to America<br />

beginning of 2017 – it was madness being<br />

recognised everywhere, doing TV shows. I<br />

felt the need to perform – not doing it for<br />

the game but for the results.”<br />

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MY TOOLS:<br />

SPORT<br />

My values in life: I ask<br />

myself what are my values<br />

– I like to be fair with<br />

people, be kind and caring.<br />

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I USED TO CARE WHAT<br />

PEOPLE SAID ABOUT ME.<br />

NOT NASTY COMMENTS<br />

BUT SOMETHING LIKE<br />

‘YOUR GOLF’S GONE SH*T’<br />

I used to care what<br />

people said about me<br />

“Not nasty comments, but something<br />

like ‘your golf’s gone sh*t’, I’d have taken<br />

personally, then think I must try harder,<br />

start doubting myself – now I don’t care,<br />

I’m trying my best. I think that was the<br />

thing about speaking out because I’m living<br />

my dream but crying in my hotel room<br />

and couldn’t speak out about it – I can’t<br />

tell anyone I’m hating it and I’m miserable,<br />

they’re not gonna think it’s true. I didn’t<br />

say anything for a while, went a bit quiet.<br />

But I did the European Blog and I was<br />

apprehensive and then I had so many people<br />

getting in touch saying ‘I’ve been through<br />

that’ and ‘thanks’ for speaking out about it.”<br />

For me the mindset is<br />

staying chilled<br />

“Staying relaxed about it – just staying<br />

focussed on the ball, and keep doing<br />

what you do – the adrenalin feeling you<br />

get is like a drug when you’re playing<br />

– You’ll have good days, bad days and<br />

that’s just sport.”<br />

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It’s a different form of<br />

athlete<br />

“I go to the gym quite a bit and train and<br />

try to become flexible, strong and powerful<br />

so I can hit a golf ball – it’s not like playing<br />

football, where you’re burning off. You’re<br />

travelling a lot and diet is a problem. People<br />

are getting stronger and hitting it further,<br />

that’s the way the game is going. I’ve put<br />

a bit of weight on since last year, and my<br />

coach said I like the way you move better.<br />

My focus is: get more flexible, prevent injury,<br />

get strong and as fast as I can. Work on my<br />

thoracic spine, my shoulders and my hips.<br />

You gotta keep up, I wanna feel as good as I<br />

can every day and ready to compete.”<br />

Sport in general is so<br />

important for people<br />

“It’s always challenging you in a<br />

good way – I do miss the team<br />

element, I love to mess around,<br />

joke and prank. Sport keeps you<br />

on your toes, your brain active and<br />

you’re outside all year round.”<br />

What’s my purpose for<br />

today – could be anything,<br />

like getting the car washed<br />

or understanding you<br />

might not like your boss<br />

at work, and thinking I’m<br />

gonna live to my values<br />

and try and be nice<br />

anyway.<br />

Sticking to how you want<br />

to live and not how you<br />

think people want you to<br />

live – not to get hammered<br />

with your mates if you<br />

wanna chill at home.<br />

You can’t change how<br />

other people are – so<br />

control what you do.<br />

You gotta stick at it<br />

– maintain it, it takes<br />

a lifetime to change<br />

– working on it and<br />

understanding yourself<br />

and what you want out of<br />

life.<br />

Talk about it. If someone<br />

takes the p*ss out of you<br />

that’s not your problem,<br />

don’t hide it more – speak<br />

to someone else. What<br />

you’re going through is<br />

real, you’ll find the right<br />

people in the end, don’t<br />

give up. Life’s not easy, it’s<br />

the same as golf, it’s about<br />

working the right process.<br />

Thank you, Andrew – all the best to<br />

you and Jodie – enjoy the countdown<br />

to baby ‘o’ clock.<br />

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Starting Karate at the age of five and with<br />

11 years of kickboxing experience under<br />

his belt, vice European Champion and<br />

German National Middleweight Champion<br />

Kickboxer, Angelo Zoppo, talks injuries,<br />

diet and what it takes to win (and lose).<br />

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almly confident and not<br />

a flexing muscle, bruise<br />

or tattoo in sight, aside<br />

from the fresh plaster cast<br />

on his left arm, Angelo may not be the<br />

kickboxing cliché you’d expect. Nursing<br />

a broken radius, from defending a<br />

knee-kick to the head “it’s not ideal”<br />

explains, Angelo, of his first injury in over<br />

eleven years of the sport, “I thought I<br />

saw what was coming and reacted too<br />

quickly, he caught my wrist instead of my<br />

elbow, so I ended up worse off, but it’s a<br />

clean break” – the rematch is scheduled<br />

for as soon as the plates have realigned<br />

the bone, “there’s no way I’m not getting<br />

back into that ring. Next time I’ll be<br />

stronger. I noticed quickly and stayed<br />

down so my opponent didn’t make a meal<br />

of it. The medic checked me out and I got<br />

an earful at A&E about how violent the<br />

sport is. Now it’s just a matter of waiting”.<br />

It’s not the first time he’s taken<br />

an unexpected blow, “it’s violent at<br />

times but to be honest, the strategy and<br />

technique is what I love about the sport,<br />

it’s what most people don’t see. It’s 90%<br />

technique.” Like a game of chess, “but<br />

chess doesn’t hurt quite as much!”. And<br />

you are up against yourself, “when you<br />

get into the ring, you’re on your own – no<br />

defenders to keep up the back end, no<br />

one in mid-field to pick up the slack. It<br />

tests you on a different level. If you get<br />

caught out, you have to think fast and<br />

focus. This time my opponent managed<br />

to trick me into thinking he was coming<br />

at me from a different angle, so I paid the<br />

price. I’ll learn from it and be better next<br />

time.” Kickboxing is certainly not<br />

reputed for being a light sport.<br />

“People do say it’s brutal – it can be. Like<br />

any sport, football, rugby, you sustain<br />

injuries – maybe more on the football<br />

pitch in fact. But if you maintain<br />

a sensible training routine and<br />

a good level of fitness you’ll<br />

recover quickly enough and be<br />

back to your best”. Training is a<br />

major part of life, “and takes priority<br />

alongside my day job (plumber). It takes<br />

discipline to keep fit, and stay fit and train<br />

between matches. I do want to be the<br />

best I can be, in any situation – whether<br />

it’s repairing the boiler, making dinner<br />

or fighting in the ring, I have this drive<br />

that makes me want to be better all the<br />

time. Bit of a perfectionist. Some fighters<br />

– really good ones, just don’t get back<br />

into the ring after a defeat, they can’t<br />

face the chance of it happening again,<br />

but I suppose it’s just a character thing.<br />

I’m ambitious and I want to test my ability<br />

and improve fight on fight”. Preparing for<br />

a fight “I used to check my opponent’s<br />

stats, make sure I knew what was coming.<br />

That’s changed though. At this level I’m<br />

always going to face a tough challenge”,<br />

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it’s professional kickboxing so the heavy<br />

fighters that just want to prove a point<br />

have been filtered out when you get to<br />

this stage, “and mindset can make<br />

all the difference, I just get into<br />

the ring with a calm and neutral<br />

frame of mind. I’m not interested<br />

in psyching my opponent – maybe<br />

he’s better than me but having an offday.<br />

Maybe I’m having a really good day.<br />

What matters is that I stay calm and focus<br />

on enjoying a fair, clean fight. It’s the<br />

best way to apply my training”. Some<br />

fighters just get up again and again “and<br />

you can just tell from the absent look in<br />

their eyes that something’s blocking the<br />

pain – it’s not natural”. Doping tests<br />

are far too infrequent, “I’ve been<br />

tested three times in my entire career.<br />

I’m not interested in any of that, but we<br />

need more testing. Keep it clean and fair<br />

or fighters don’t feel their own limits and<br />

just get injured too badly. I rely on training<br />

to be my best”. Three rounds, each<br />

lasting three minutes, doesn’t<br />

sound like a lot to be preparing<br />

for, “it’s seriously full on. And you’d be<br />

surprised but it’s not the muscle mass that<br />

makes the difference. Overall physical<br />

conditioning is what gets you through the<br />

second round and beyond the third. I see<br />

it again and again – bulked up fighters<br />

hit a wall – suddenly out of energy. The<br />

breathing starts picking<br />

up and they start to<br />

panic. You need three<br />

times the oxygen<br />

to fuel muscle and<br />

if you’ve not kept up<br />

on your cardio your<br />

breathing will get tight,<br />

you won’t be able to<br />

think straight. Then your<br />

opponent gets the upper<br />

hand”. Strength training<br />

is important though, “I<br />

do weights four times a<br />

week – you need a good<br />

balance of everything”.<br />

Mobility too, “so you can<br />

develop a fast reaction<br />

speed to avoid blows.<br />

Swimming and running, cardio,<br />

functional sport – it all counts.<br />

It’s all I do in my spare time. I run 6km a<br />

day and the last couple of miles are Hit<br />

training to challenge myself”. When it<br />

comes to the kickboxing training “I do<br />

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that for two hours, four times a week and<br />

my trainer is phenomenal. He inspires us<br />

to do more – has this strong presence,<br />

confidence and knowledge of the sport.<br />

He makes you want to be your best.”<br />

There’s a team feeling in my club (Asian<br />

Falcons), “we’re more of a family really.<br />

At every match we go up to the ring<br />

together and cheer each other on. You<br />

feel the buzz, a motivation and it’s like<br />

there is a solid wall of support behind<br />

you, they’ve got my back and you want<br />

to fight your best for them too, - ” Just<br />

a sec, “more messages wishing me luck<br />

for the op on my arm – like brothers”. It’s<br />

not all about the training, “you have<br />

to look after yourself between<br />

fights, steer away from the scene that<br />

wants to get you involved in fights outside<br />

the ring, you know, take Angelo along<br />

and he’ll do some damage, that kind of<br />

thing, not for me. Keep it fair, clean and<br />

in the ring”. And paying attention to<br />

what fuel goes in the tank, “which is just<br />

sensible so you don’t have to trim down<br />

or gain too much pre-match”. A lean<br />

middleweight, weighing in at 76.5 kilos at<br />

185cm, “I count calories, and look<br />

at a weekly balance, that way I<br />

can eat everything – if I’m trimming<br />

down a bit, I’ll be on 1800 calories a<br />

day and if I want to gain, I’ll be on 2800<br />

daily. I might eat 1300 today if I know I’m<br />

eating birthday<br />

cake tomorrow”<br />

to keep a<br />

good balance,<br />

“but I’m not<br />

substituting<br />

meals for protein shakes or cutting<br />

carbs, it just makes me tired and<br />

hungry. It’s torture and in the end,<br />

you just lose water, so as soon as<br />

you start eating again you gain every<br />

pound back as quickly as you lost<br />

it.” Some athletes swear by a plate<br />

of pre-match pasta, “but I like to<br />

stick to something protein-rich and<br />

light the night before I compete.<br />

Muesli for breakfast. Carbs just make<br />

you sluggish during the match,”<br />

despite the Sicilian parents<br />

and heritage, “pasta is postmatch!”<br />

Dad is a black belt karate<br />

champion so it’s more than just the<br />

love of pasta in the genes. Most of<br />

the family are back in Sicily, “it’s<br />

unusual to be an Italian kickboxer in<br />

Germany,” though the real place to be<br />

for kickboxing is Holland, “they turn<br />

out the best kickboxers – the scene is<br />

immense with 3-4000 tickets sold-out<br />

in no time. The rest of Europe and the<br />

U.K. are catching on”.<br />

Follow Angelo on Instagram<br />

@Zoppo.Angelo<br />

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Tyson Fury had been knocked<br />

out cold.<br />

A<br />

s Fury lay unconscious on<br />

the blue canvas of LA’s<br />

Staples Center, the man<br />

many feel to be the most<br />

fearsome puncher in boxing<br />

history, Deontay Wilder, began a dance of<br />

delight. This dance would be remembered –<br />

mimicked for decades, even – following one<br />

of boxing’s all-time highlight-reel spectacular<br />

world title stoppage wins… or so Wilder<br />

clearly thought.<br />

Out of the corner of his eye, Wilder<br />

noticed Fury was achieving something<br />

impossible: he was getting up. The<br />

American’s dance lost all enthusiasm and<br />

eventually slowed to a standstill like a<br />

piston bereft of fuel.<br />

What Fury did in that ring – got up and<br />

fought on to what many feel was a<br />

resounding and glorious return to world<br />

champion status – was relatively easy,<br />

if you ask the ‘Gypsy King’ himself. Not<br />

because it actually was easy, of course,<br />

but because Fury had already overcome<br />

far greater obstacles to<br />

simply be in the position<br />

of fighting for a world title<br />

that night.<br />

It may be a boxing cliché<br />

as old as the hills but it<br />

couldn’t be more apt and<br />

there’s no better way to<br />

put it: Tyson Fury fought<br />

and won his biggest fight<br />

outside of the ring. In fact,<br />

he wins it every day.<br />

That fight is against the<br />

mental health issues that<br />

spiraled out of control in the wake of his<br />

historic dethroning of Wladimir Klitschko<br />

in November 2015.<br />

“This is coming from a man who had<br />

EVERYTHING. I had money, fame,<br />

glory, titles, a wife, a family, kids<br />

and everything… but I felt like I had<br />

nothing. There was a big gaping hole<br />

that was filled with doom and gloom.<br />

“I hit the drink and the drugs. I was<br />

out all-night partying and not coming<br />

home. I didn’t care about boxing<br />

or living – I wanted to die and have<br />

a good time doing it. When I was<br />

drunk or high, I wouldn’t think about<br />

being depressed. I’d say: ‘I’m a boxing<br />

champion and I feel great!’ When it<br />

wears off, though, it only leaves you<br />

feeling more depressed.<br />

“The common approach to depression<br />

is drink and drugs and this is where I<br />

want to spread the word because it’s<br />

the worst thing you can do.”<br />

Again, it’s a well-worn statement, but the<br />

upturn in Fury’s tale was necessitated by<br />

a fall to ‘rock bottom.’ The term is often<br />

bandied around but there’s a gravitas<br />

about Fury when he tells the tale of the<br />

day he sped willfully towards suicide.<br />

He said: “I was waking up and I<br />

didn’t want to be alive. I was making<br />

everyone’s lives a misery. Nobody<br />

could talk any sense to me and I was<br />

going very low at times. I was having<br />

all these crazy thoughts.<br />

“I bought a brand-new Ferrari in the<br />

summer of 2016. At the bottom of a<br />

five-mile strip on the highway, there’s<br />

a bridge. I was up to 190mph and<br />

heading towards that bridge. I didn’t<br />

care about anything – I just wanted to<br />

die so bad and I had given up.<br />

“As I was getting to the bridge – and<br />

the Ferrari would’ve crushed like a<br />

Coke can had I hit it – I heard a voice<br />

saying: ‘No Tyson. Don’t do this. Think<br />

of the kids and your family. Think of<br />

your little boys and girls growing up<br />

with no father and everyone saying<br />

you were a weak man who left them<br />

and took the easy way out.’<br />

“I pulled off the motorway and I was<br />

shaking. I was nervous and so afraid.<br />

That day, I thought: ‘I’ll never try or<br />

think about taking my own life again.’<br />

I went and got help from the leading<br />

psychiatrist in the UK. She told my<br />

Dad I was not to be trusted alone. She<br />

said I was an imminent death risk –<br />

the highest level of suicide risk.”<br />

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Fury candidly told worldrenowned<br />

podcaster Joe<br />

Rogan: “I’d suffered with mental<br />

health problems my whole life but I<br />

didn’t know what it was because I’d<br />

had no education on the matter.<br />

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THE COMMON APPROACH<br />

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While Fury had something approaching<br />

a ‘eureka’ moment that prevented him<br />

taking his own life, his retreats into<br />

substance abuse did not end that day.<br />

Instead, it took another stint of partying<br />

that climaxed in an extraordinary and lifechanging<br />

Halloween 2017.<br />

As with many of the great tales, the<br />

darkest subjects and most painful<br />

moments are laced with hints of humour<br />

– especially when Fury is your story-teller.<br />

He said: “I was at a party weighing<br />

400lb dressed as a skeleton and<br />

thought: ‘These are all young kids<br />

compared to me. Is this what you want<br />

for your life?’ You can only change<br />

your life if you want to change your<br />

life. I went home at 9pm. I got home,<br />

went straight up to a dark room, took<br />

the stupid skeleton suit off and I was<br />

praying and begging God to help me.<br />

“I’d never begged or cried for God to<br />

help me before. I’d never been in this<br />

physical state. My chest was wet with<br />

tears. I knew I couldn’t do it on my<br />

own. I’d tried and I’d ended up back in<br />

the pub. I had almost accepted being<br />

an alcoholic was going to be my fate.<br />

After praying for 10 minutes, I got up<br />

and I felt the weight of the world had<br />

been lifted.<br />

“For the first time in years, I knew I<br />

was going to make a comeback. The<br />

next day, I called up Ben Davison and<br />

we set about losing 160lbs.”<br />

The turnaround is truly one of the<br />

great stories in sport… but as much as<br />

Fury must be bursting with pride at his<br />

performance against Wilder and bursting<br />

with eagerness to regain his world titles,<br />

he insists his true calling is now something<br />

deeper and more profound.<br />

Fury said: “It’s my mission to<br />

help those in need now. I believe<br />

heightening awareness of mental<br />

health problems is what I’ve been put<br />

on this earth to do.<br />

“When I was in Belfast to fight<br />

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by a fellow who was on the verge of<br />

committing suicide, he said needed to<br />

speak to me urgently. He had a black<br />

eye and a big bag and I<br />

thought he was going to<br />

try something.<br />

“He said he couldn’t talk<br />

to me in public and that he<br />

needed to speak to me on<br />

his own. I said: ‘No worries.<br />

Let’s go round here. I need<br />

to speak to you anyway.’<br />

“He left happy and contented after<br />

a little 20 minute conversation. It<br />

makes me feel great. It’s not that I<br />

want a pat on the back or anything<br />

but I know I can help people with<br />

my experiences. If I can come back,<br />

anyone can.”<br />

If any confirmation were needed as to the<br />

trade-off between traditional stoicism<br />

and acceptance of genuine mental health<br />

problems, it’s probably best to take it<br />

from a 6’9 world heavyweight boxing<br />

champion.<br />

Glory comes in many forms. Fury has<br />

already inspired so many to accept and<br />

address the problems in their head. He<br />

should now be applauded for his bravery<br />

as a man as well as a fighter.<br />

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curtseying, but make sure<br />

that the knee ahead of<br />

your body lines up with the<br />

corresponding ankle. Return<br />

to your standing position.<br />

10.<br />

Step-Up:<br />

Step-ups<br />

are about<br />

as simple as fat-loss exercises get. All you need is a bench or a<br />

step to get started. Simply place your right foot on the surface,<br />

and step up onto it until your leg is straight. Then return to the<br />

starting position and begin again using the opposite leg.<br />

Category #3: Arms & Shoulder Exercises<br />

11.<br />

Triceps Dip: Sit near a bench with your knees gently<br />

bent, and grab the bench with your arms straight.<br />

Bend your arms about ninety degrees then straighten<br />

them again while your heels push the floor. Try reaching out one<br />

arm while lifting the alternate leg for a better challenge.<br />

12.<br />

13.<br />

Boxer: With your feet a hip-width apart, bend your<br />

knees and keep your elbows tucked into your body,<br />

extending one arm forward as the other pushes<br />

back. Hug your arms in and switch, like you’re preparing for a fight.<br />

Arm Circles: Simple but effective, stand with your<br />

arms by your sides, then slowly make clockwise<br />

circles with the limbs for about thirty seconds,<br />

before reversing the movement and going counter-clockwise.<br />

Diamond Push-up: Make a diamond position<br />

on the floor with your hands - meaning that your<br />

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Pike Push-Up: To complete a pike push up, start<br />

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hands and feet against the floor, and your body in<br />

an inverted “V” shape. Slowly lower yourself towards the floor as<br />

far as possible, keeping your shoulders back and your abs tight,<br />

then push yourself gradually back into the starting position.<br />

Category #4: Back & Chest Exercises<br />

16.<br />

Push-Up: A classic in any workout routine, keep<br />

your hands a shoulder-width apart, and your feet<br />

flexed, then tighten your core, bending at your<br />

elbows until you’re touching the floor with your chest. From<br />

there, push your body back upwards, keeping your elbows<br />

tucked into your torso.<br />

17.<br />

Dolphin Push-Up: To complete a dolphin pushup,<br />

lie on the ground with your toes and elbows largely<br />

supporting most of your bodyweight. Your core<br />

should be about four inches away from the ground. Jerk your<br />

buttocks up high into the air so you’re in a V shape, then lower<br />

your body back to the starting position.<br />

18.<br />

Donkey Kick: Starting in a push-up position with<br />

your legs together, tighten your core and kick both<br />

of your legs into the air at the same time, with<br />

your knees bent. Try to land gently as you return to the starting<br />

position.<br />

Pull-Ups: One of the best exercises around for<br />

your upper back, start by using iso-eccentric pullups<br />

to get the most out of your routine. Grab a bar<br />

19.<br />

and jump up so that your chest touches it, attempting to hold<br />

the position for at least five seconds. If possible, lower yourself<br />

back to the ground as slowly as possible.<br />

Supermans: Lie face-down with your legs<br />

and arms straight, then raise all of your limbs<br />

20. away from the floor so that only your stomach is<br />

touching the ground.<br />

Category #5: Core Exercises<br />

21.<br />

Jump Crunch Squats: Starting with your feet<br />

and hands on the floor, and your buttocks raised<br />

high into an inverted V shape, bend your knees<br />

and use your core and arms to bounce your feet away from the<br />

floor in a sort of donkey kick motion. Remember to land with<br />

your knees bent.<br />

22.<br />

Flutter Kick: Lying on your back, extend your<br />

legs, and keep your arms at your sides, before<br />

lifting your heels away from the floor and<br />

making small pulses with your legs, keeping your core tense. Try<br />

to keep kicking for as long as possible.<br />

Bent Knee Leg Raises: Lie on your back with<br />

your arms flat by your sides, then gradually lift<br />

23. your entire lower body, including your hips, away<br />

from the ground, bring your knees towards your head. The aim<br />

should be to almost touch your nose with your knees, without<br />

actually doing so.<br />

24.<br />

Crunch: Lie on your back, while keeping your<br />

feet flat and your knees bent. Put your hands<br />

behind the head, and bring your head and<br />

shoulders up off the mat while tightening your core. Hold your<br />

position, then relax.<br />

25.<br />

Bridge Taps: Finally, lie on your back with<br />

your knees bent and your heels pulled in slightly<br />

towards your buttocks. Use the strength in<br />

your core to pull your hips, buttocks and abdomen away from<br />

the ground as you reach across your body with your right arm<br />

to touch the left side of the floor beneath you. Switch sides to<br />

complete a single rep.<br />

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01<br />

Get a Grip on<br />

Your Mood<br />

Skin-on-skin contact is a<br />

proven antidepressant: simply<br />

holding hands with your<br />

partner releases serotonin*,<br />

as well as regulating your<br />

heart rate. Or, for a more<br />

high-octane hormone hit, take<br />

up a close-contact sport such<br />

as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Grappling<br />

with your foe will flood your<br />

body with stress-relieving<br />

chemicals. A chokehold isn’t so<br />

different from a cuddle, is it?<br />

02<br />

Live in the Past<br />

The irrepressible popularity<br />

of mindfulness meditation<br />

might have you convinced<br />

that “staying in the moment”<br />

is the key to enlightenment.<br />

But that, ironically, is old news:<br />

San Francisco State University<br />

found that nostalgia correlates<br />

strongly with life satisfaction<br />

and that looking at photos<br />

of loved ones will trigger the<br />

production of mood-improving<br />

hormones. It seems that<br />

Facebook Memories might<br />

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03<br />

Start a New<br />

Pet Project<br />

Not only does man’s best<br />

friend provide plenty of fodder<br />

for your Instagram feed, but a<br />

University of Missouri study<br />

found that a #doggo can keep<br />

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Just a few minutes spent<br />

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spaces will brighten your day, Take the Plunge<br />

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of Essex study found that endorphin production, which<br />

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actually really closely linked.<br />

For starters, everyone has both physical and<br />

mental health. These also both need looking<br />

after as they can fluctuate over time between<br />

good and bad. Not feeling able to get active, be<br />

it grim weather or winter-time sluggishness, can<br />

ultimately end up impacting on our mental health,<br />

leading to greater likelihood of experiencing<br />

things like stress, depression and anxiety.<br />

Break the taboo<br />

Men aren’t famed for always being on top of<br />

their mental health and no doubt a big part of<br />

that is that it’s still a taboo subject for many.<br />

Issues like self-stigmatisation, or the idea that<br />

‘real men don’t cry’, can prevent men from<br />

getting support.<br />

In fact, Mind research has shown that almost<br />

a third of men would be embarrassed about<br />

seeking help for a mental health problem and<br />

less than a quarter of men would visit their GP<br />

if they felt down for more than two weeks, in<br />

comparison to a third of women.<br />

Many people wait too long before seeing<br />

their GP, discounting anxiety or depression as<br />

just day-to-day feelings. But it’s not the same<br />

as being ‘a bit nervous’ or a bit low and it’s<br />

important to seek help as soon as possible<br />

if you feel like the symptoms are interfering<br />

with your ability to do the things you normally<br />

would for more than a couple of weeks.<br />

Get Active<br />

The good news is that there are plenty of ways<br />

to take care of your mental health. Sport being<br />

a great example. Even small amounts of activity,<br />

like weekly 5-aside games or 20-minute walks<br />

over lunch breaks, can still help boost your mood<br />

and prevent you from getting down or anxious.<br />

Research suggests that being regularly active<br />

can actually reduce your risk of depression by up<br />

to 30%. It reduces your cortisol levels, associated<br />

with being stressed, and boosts your endorphins,<br />

the ‘feel good’ hormone. So think of the warm<br />

glow of the ‘runner’s high’ next time you find<br />

yourself struggling to lace up your trainers.<br />

Although getting outside doesn’t seem as<br />

appealing in winter, research from Mind’s Get Set<br />

to Go programme shows that choosing to do a run<br />

or cycle outdoors rather than doing a gym-based<br />

equivalent, brings a significant boost for people’s<br />

mental wellbeing. The sights, sounds and smells of<br />

being outdoors can do more to distract from the<br />

worries and stresses of the day than being indoors<br />

– and save you from some of the sights, sounds and<br />

smells of the changing rooms too…<br />

Keep it regular<br />

While all forms of sport and exercise have<br />

benefits, the key thing is to find something you<br />

really enjoy and will stick at. There’s no point in<br />

beasting yourself on a rowing machine a couple<br />

of times only to decide you never want to get<br />

off the sofa again. If you need ‘me time’ to clear<br />

your mind, then jogging or boxing are obvious<br />

winners. If you prefer a bit of camaraderie, then<br />

maybe team sports like football or dodgeball are<br />

more up your street.<br />

But it’s not just sports impact on people’s mental<br />

wellbeing that makes it so important. Sport has<br />

the power to change the way we all see mental<br />

health and help challenge the stigma. Mind works<br />

extensively with football clubs as part of its On Your<br />

Side charity partnership with the English Football<br />

League (EFL) and hears from fans every day about<br />

the importance football has in their lives.<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

5 WAYS TO TACKLE MENTAL<br />

HEALTH PROBLEMS:<br />

SLEEP: Give yourself plenty of time to<br />

unwind before bed. Make sure your<br />

bedroom is cool and dark. If you’re<br />

finding it hard to get to sleep it’s worth<br />

trying to cut down on stimulants like tea,<br />

coffee and alcohol.<br />

GET SOME BACK-UP: Dealing with a<br />

mental health problem alone can be<br />

daunting. Tell someone you trust how you<br />

feel, whether that’s your partner, mates or<br />

your GP. Getting it off your chest can be<br />

the start of feeling better.<br />

READ-UP: One in four of us will experience<br />

a problem with our mental health each<br />

year, so find out more about looking after<br />

yourself through Mind’s award-winning<br />

online guides at mind.org.uk.<br />

LOG-OFF: It is important to maintain a good<br />

balance between your online and offline<br />

activity. If you’re spending too much time<br />

on social media, take a break for a bit or set<br />

aside some time each day to do something<br />

like reading or physical activity.<br />

GIVE BACK: Doing good deeds, whether<br />

that’s volunteering, fundraising, or just<br />

checking in on your neighbours, has<br />

been shown to be really beneficial to<br />

wellbeing.<br />

SPORT HAS THE<br />

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THE WAY WE ALL SEE<br />

MENTAL HEALTH AND<br />

HELP CHALLENGE<br />

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Cameron, 23, from Dartford in Kent has<br />

had his fair share of ups and downs with<br />

his mental health, “It was around this<br />

time last year, after two years of battling,<br />

I finally admitted to myself that I shouldn’t<br />

keep shutting everyone out of how I was<br />

feeling. I felt worthless, like my life had no<br />

value. I have a wife that I love very much<br />

and a really supportive family, but in spite<br />

of everything I found it hard to care about<br />

anything. I was trapped in my own little<br />

shadow and became really scared when my<br />

thoughts turned to suicide.”<br />

For Cameron, football has been a lifeline:<br />

“Despite everything, one of the few things<br />

that I got myself up for was football. That<br />

camaraderie of captaining my 6-aside<br />

team has been crucial to getting me out<br />

of the house. Even just running around for<br />

60 minutes win, lose, or draw, gives me a<br />

distraction from my thoughts.”<br />

Mental health and the EFL<br />

As part of Mind’s partnership with the<br />

EFL, and for the first time ever, all 72 EFL<br />

clubs now have the squiggle of Mind’s<br />

logo incorporated into the names on the<br />

backs of players’ shirts. For many people<br />

the squiggle represents the confusion that<br />

we can feel when we have a problem with<br />

our mental health. For Cameron, an avid<br />

Charlton fan, it also represented the start<br />

of his journey to getting support: “Seeing<br />

the squiggle on the back of my team’s<br />

shirts made me feel more comfortable<br />

reaching out for support, as if we’re at<br />

a stage that it’s normal enough to be so<br />

visible in football, it must be okay to deal<br />

with it in our own lives.”<br />

Take steps<br />

What’s clear about sports is that it has<br />

huge potential for transforming mental<br />

health. Both on a national level, where<br />

Mind hopes it has the power to change<br />

the way people see mental health, and on<br />

a personal level, where it has the power<br />

to boost our mood and protect us from<br />

mental health problems. So, however<br />

bleak the winter can get, don’t forget that<br />

even just taking those first steps forward<br />

can make a huge difference.<br />

Mind is the official Charity<br />

Partner of the EFL and provides<br />

advice and support for anyone<br />

experiencing a mental health<br />

problem. Find out more at mind.<br />

org.uk/sport<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

BEING IN<br />

YOUR MATE’S<br />

T<br />

here’s a lot of talk about<br />

mental health at the<br />

minute. But what does<br />

it really mean? And how<br />

can you make sure you’ve got your<br />

mate’s back if you’re worried about<br />

their mental health?<br />

In many ways, mental health is just like physical<br />

health: everybody has it and we need to take care of<br />

it. Good mental health means being generally able to<br />

think, feel and react in the ways that you need and<br />

want to live your life. But if your mate goes through a<br />

period of poor mental health you might find the ways<br />

they’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become<br />

difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel<br />

just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.<br />

SIGNS YOUR MATE MIGHT NEED SUPPORT<br />

While the symptoms of mental health problems<br />

differ widely, there are some broad signs you might<br />

pick up on that suggest your mate could do with<br />

your support.<br />

CORNER<br />

60<br />

Not their normal selves:<br />

If they seem down, lonely,<br />

detached, demotivated or<br />

numb, or agitated, on edge and<br />

pessimistic for more than a<br />

couple of weeks.<br />

Off the pace: If they say they’re<br />

feeling tired all the time from<br />

sleeping too much or too little.<br />

Finding it hard to concentrate,<br />

feeling confused, agitated or<br />

sluggish.<br />

Backing away: Many people push<br />

their mates away when they’re<br />

struggling with their mental<br />

health. Notice if they’re not getting<br />

out and socialising as much as before or are<br />

not enjoying activities they used to.<br />

Not looking after themselves: Some<br />

people use alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or<br />

food as a coping mechanism, so you might<br />

notice that they are leaning on these more<br />

than before.<br />

GOOD MENTAL HEALTH<br />

HELPS YOU THINK,<br />

FEEL AND REACT IN THE<br />

WAYS YOU NEED AND<br />

WANT IN ORDER TO<br />

LIVE YOUR LIFE<br />

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IT TAKES A LOT FOR<br />

SOMEONE TO SAY<br />

‘I NEED HELP’, BUT IT<br />

DOESN’T HURT TO<br />

RAISE THE SUBJECT<br />

YOURSELF.<br />

HOW TO HAVE YOUR MATE’S<br />

BACK<br />

It can be tough to see your mate<br />

going through a tough time, but<br />

you don’t need to be an expert<br />

on mental health to offer support.<br />

Often, it’s the small stuff that can<br />

make a big difference. Here are<br />

some tips from Time to Change;<br />

whose In Your Corner campaign<br />

gives advice about how to have<br />

your mate’s back if you’re<br />

worried about them:<br />

Check in with them<br />

It takes a lot for someone<br />

to say “I need help”, but<br />

it doesn’t hurt to raise<br />

the subject yourself.<br />

Sometimes you don’t<br />

have to talk directly about<br />

mental health to find out<br />

how they are doing – it<br />

can be as simple as texting<br />

them to check in with<br />

them, taking them to the<br />

pub for ‘that drink you<br />

owe them’.<br />

Ask twice<br />

Sometimes asking ‘How are you?’<br />

just prompts the usual and expected<br />

response of ‘Fine thanks’, but Time<br />

to Change’s research shows that<br />

asking again, with interest, can give<br />

your mate the signal they need to<br />

really open up. Simply adding ‘Are<br />

you sure you’re okay?’ or ‘How are<br />

you really?’ shows you’re asking for<br />

real and ready to listen.<br />

Take it seriously<br />

It can feel embarrassing and<br />

exposing to talk about your<br />

thoughts and feelings, especially if<br />

they’re disturbing. Don’t laugh or<br />

treat it like a joke. However strange<br />

it might seem to you, remember it’s<br />

real to them.<br />

Listen and reflect<br />

You don’t have to have all the<br />

answers – just listening can<br />

make a big difference. Try and<br />

show that you’re taking on<br />

board what they’re saying. You<br />

can do this by reflecting – that<br />

is, saying something simple like<br />

“that sounds really difficult”. You<br />

could also say something like<br />

“thanks for telling me”, to show<br />

that you appreciate having the<br />

conversation.<br />

Ask questions<br />

We worry about prying when it<br />

comes to others’ mental health,<br />

but it’s better to ask questions. It<br />

can help them to get things off<br />

their chest, and by keeping the<br />

conversation going it shows that<br />

you care.<br />

Some of the questions you<br />

might ask:<br />

“What does it feel like?”<br />

“What kind of thoughts are<br />

you having?”<br />

“How can I help?”<br />

Don’t try and fix it<br />

It’s human nature to want to fix<br />

things, but expecting things to<br />

change right away isn’t helpful. It’s<br />

not your job to make their mental<br />

health problem go away – it’s<br />

often more helpful just to listen,<br />

ask open questions and do things<br />

you’d normally do together.<br />

Build your knowledge<br />

You might find it helpful to learn a<br />

bit more about what they’re going<br />

through. If they mention a specific<br />

diagnosis, you could learn more<br />

about it through online info pages<br />

like Mind’s website mind.org.uk<br />

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For more ways to<br />

support your mate see<br />

time-to-change.org.<br />

uk (run by Mind and<br />

Rethink Mental Illness)<br />

or call Mind’s Infoline<br />

on 0300 123 3393 - lines<br />

open Monday to Friday,<br />

9.00am to 6.00pm.<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

BEHIND<br />

THE<br />

BOOZE<br />

A BBQ WITHOUT A CIDER<br />

– THAT’S NOT A BBQ. A<br />

MATCH WITHOUT A PINT<br />

IN ONE HAND AND FLYING<br />

BEER FOAM EVERY TIME<br />

WE SCORE IS BARELY<br />

WORTH WATCHING.<br />

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A<br />

nd Friday night without a<br />

customary quick end-of-week<br />

half is no way to kick-off the<br />

weekend.<br />

Being able to hold your ale is one<br />

thing, but drinking your mates under the<br />

table every other night might be pushing<br />

it. Exceeding the weekly recommended<br />

units on a regular basis can lead to<br />

withdrawal symptoms, hair of the dog<br />

and worse case, a slippery slope to<br />

finding the answers in the bottom of<br />

the pint glass. According to drug and<br />

alcohol charity, Addaction, 4% of drinkers<br />

consume one third of the alcohol sold.<br />

While some of us might be losing track<br />

of the BBQs, matches and excuses for a<br />

celebratory pint, as a nation we are drinking<br />

less, with overall consumption in the UK<br />

sinking by 16% since 2004 and 20% of the<br />

population classifying themselves as ‘nondrinkers’<br />

(British Beer and Pub Assoc. 2016).<br />

What’s prompted the change and why<br />

are so many of us swapping out the beer in<br />

favour of a Virgin Daquiri?<br />

Pocketing cash<br />

The price of booze may be 64% cheaper<br />

than in was in 1980 but it’s increased by<br />

33% over the past 10 years and stats show<br />

the more you earn, the more likely you are<br />

to spend on drink. According to Alcohol<br />

Change UK, 88% of participants in the Dry<br />

January campaign saved cash during an<br />

entire month staying off the beers. For most<br />

occasional drinkers the cost of drinking<br />

may not make such a big difference, but<br />

price regulation is<br />

one way to reduce<br />

availability for<br />

those who struggle<br />

with addiction:<br />

“Increasing the price<br />

of high alcohol drinks<br />

is proven to make a<br />

difference. Minimum<br />

Unit Pricing sets a<br />

price below which a<br />

unit of alcohol can’t<br />

be legally sold. It<br />

reduces availability of<br />

high strength, lowcost<br />

drinks that tend<br />

to be consumed by<br />

people with alcohol problems. Scotland<br />

and Ireland have led the way on this<br />

and it’s time for England to catch up.”<br />

Says Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of<br />

External Affairs at drug and alcohol charity<br />

Addaction, responding to the Lancet<br />

alcohol study.<br />

Although the NHS site states<br />

that there is no link between<br />

mental health and drinking<br />

(at time of writing); according<br />

to a Public Health report on<br />

substance misuse, alcohol<br />

consumption is a causal factor<br />

for depression and 41% of<br />

people in alcohol treatment<br />

also need mental health<br />

treatment (with 20% of them<br />

not receiving any mental health<br />

treatment).<br />

Health wise<br />

Keeping fit is a<br />

motivator for<br />

reducing the<br />

number of beers<br />

you might down in a session and it makes<br />

gym sessions a little more effective if you’re<br />

not loading on the extra calories that don’t<br />

translate into muscle mass. The Alcohol<br />

Change UK research showed that 71% of<br />

the Dry Jan participants reported better<br />

sleep; 67% better energy levels and 58%<br />

lost weight. The ways in which alcohol<br />

consumption affects your health vary –<br />

depending on how much and how regularly<br />

you crack open the bottle. What’s clear<br />

though, the less you drink, the less likely<br />

you are to develop certain illnesses. Drinking<br />

more than the recommended upper limit<br />

of 14 units a week<br />

on a regular basis<br />

makes a difference;<br />

alcohol consumption<br />

is a causal factor<br />

in more than 60<br />

medical conditions,<br />

including mouth,<br />

throat, stomach, liver<br />

and breast cancers;<br />

high blood pressure,<br />

cirrhosis of the liver;<br />

and depression.<br />

Another likely reason<br />

that’s encouraging<br />

Brits to cut down.<br />

Getting sorted<br />

According to Addaction, getting older<br />

doesn’t necessarily make us wise when it<br />

comes to drinking: “[…] alcohol is a growing<br />

issue for older people. Hospital admissions<br />

due to alcohol for this group have increased<br />

dramatically in recent years. Alcohol creeps<br />

The number of units you’re<br />

drinking depends on the size<br />

and strength of your drink<br />

(volume of the glass and the<br />

% of alcohol). According to<br />

the Department of Health 14<br />

units should be spread across<br />

the week. 14 units equates<br />

to 6 pints at 4% per pint OR 6<br />

glasses of 175ml at 13% OR<br />

14 measures of whiskey (25ml<br />

shots at 40%).<br />

up on people, playing<br />

an ever-increasing<br />

role in their lives.<br />

Better treatment<br />

options will help<br />

people take control earlier.” says Tyrell.<br />

When it gets serious, alcohol misuse is<br />

the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health<br />

and disability among 15-49-year-olds in the<br />

UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all<br />

ages and in England, there are an estimated<br />

589,101 dependent drinkers (2016/17 –<br />

Public Health England 2018), of whom<br />

81.7% are not accessing treatment.<br />

The good news is that when it comes to<br />

getting help, many people take the initiative<br />

– 61% of clients starting treatment were<br />

self-referrals. 24% were from health services<br />

and social care, which includes 14% from<br />

GPs. The average age for people in alcohol<br />

treatment is 46, with 60% of people in<br />

alcohol treatment being male.<br />

“Alcohol is soaked through our culture.<br />

The alcohol industry has set the terms of<br />

the debate for too long. Flashy marketing<br />

disguises an industry that doesn’t do nearly<br />

enough to compensate for the harm it<br />

causes,” explains Tyrell. “Helping people<br />

make healthier choices is vital but all the<br />

evidence shows we need better policy if we<br />

are serious about change.”<br />

More stats & reports on our nation’s<br />

drinking habits at<br />

www. alcoholchange.org.uk/<br />

alcohol-facts/fact-sheets/<br />

alcohol-statistics<br />

For more information<br />

www.drinkaware.co.uk<br />

Author: A E Lee<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

LIVING<br />

SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR,<br />

DAMIEN LEE, TALKS<br />

DISRUPTING THE<br />

‘NASTY-NOODLE’<br />

SEGMENT, BEING A<br />

SINGLE DAD AND LIVING<br />

ALONGSIDE CANCER.<br />

THE<br />

NOODLE<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

“I’m always looking at opportunity –<br />

how something could be better or changed,<br />

how products or industries can be improved<br />

or disrupted. The satellite communications<br />

company was the big one – if I’d have<br />

stayed with it, I’d probably be sitting on<br />

an island somewhere right now. I’m kind<br />

of a restless soul in many ways, always<br />

looking for that next project. One of my<br />

weaknesses, but at the same time it’s one<br />

of my strengths.<br />

I ate tonnes of instant noodles<br />

growing up – being time-poor, I didn’t<br />

particularly care what was in them, they<br />

were convenient and tasted good.<br />

On a business trip to China I learned that<br />

the fifth largest noodle manufacturer there<br />

was so focused on keeping up with the<br />

competition that nutrition went straight<br />

out the window. Over five billion instant<br />

noodles sold a year, just in China, and no<br />

real food in the packet. There are over a<br />

hundred billion noodles sold around the<br />

world each year – there’s no difference,<br />

other than the packaging – they’re all<br />

made with junk ingredients,<br />

salt and MSGs, you name it.<br />

Manufacturers start dumming<br />

down their product to keep<br />

low costs and maintain profit<br />

margins.<br />

At the time I was busy on<br />

another start-up project and<br />

then got diagnosed with late<br />

stage-four cancer. It’s a great<br />

motivator – especially with<br />

‘weeks to live’ and being a<br />

full-time single dad to two<br />

sons. I decided to take all the<br />

nasties out of my diet, went<br />

raw for a while and a year later I was in<br />

complete remission. But the start-up was<br />

on hold during my treatment and after that<br />

year I had to review my life.<br />

I was unemployable<br />

(#serialentrepreneur). Thought about it.<br />

Saw the opportunity to improve noodles.<br />

Create the world’s costliest instant noodles,<br />

for all the right reasons, with real food in<br />

them. That’s what I’ve done.<br />

Building a business? Research<br />

your idea – maybe 10 -20 other people<br />

have already done it or it’s underway in a<br />

different country and you don’t know about<br />

it. And do a business plan first – it’s great<br />

to have an idea but you need to map it out.<br />

Have a roadmap of how to achieve your<br />

objectives. A sound business plan helps you<br />

get investment, because unless you’ve got a<br />

full bank account, business requires funding<br />

to get your product to market and where<br />

68<br />

you really need to go. Your numbers need<br />

to stack up and it needs to be sensible.<br />

The biggest hurdle for any company<br />

that’s going from start-up to scale-up is to<br />

keep fuelling the machine. Raising capital.<br />

And getting the machine right internally.<br />

While you’re building a start-up, you focus<br />

on the profile and getting the product out<br />

there. What lags behind are the internal,<br />

company processes while you’re trying<br />

to build your external market. Don’t lose<br />

sight of the internal company structure.<br />

At Mr Lee’s we had to make sure that the<br />

company infrastructure was growing so<br />

the company didn’t cave in on itself. Basic<br />

housekeeping and knowing that you can<br />

never do everything yourself. Get the<br />

people around you that are better than you<br />

at certain skills. When you’ve got people<br />

with those skills sharing your vision then<br />

you know you’re in the right place.<br />

It’s a balancing act building a business<br />

and raising two sons full time. We’re in<br />

three continents, with offices in the U.K.<br />

and Sydney and now opening in the U.S.<br />

CHECK IT EARLY,<br />

GET IT EARLY AND<br />

SORT IT EARLY<br />

It’s so easy to get caught up in your phone<br />

and social media. But I do everything for<br />

my boys – to allocate time for the things<br />

that really are important. For me, that’s my<br />

family. I do homework with them in the<br />

evening; spend as much time with them as<br />

possible at the weekend and make sure I<br />

drop them to school in the mornings and<br />

try to pick them up. You’ve got to keep<br />

your feet on the ground and if you haven’t<br />

got your health or your family, you’ve got<br />

nothing.<br />

Business comes second. I’m sure if you<br />

ask my kids, they probably want to see<br />

more of me, but I’m doing my best. It’s<br />

always a struggle but I never lose sight of<br />

how important my kids are to me. I don’t<br />

want them too caught up in the thought<br />

process of ‘daddy’s ill’. They’ve got their<br />

little lives going on and I don’t want them<br />

bogged down by it, so we try not to talk<br />

about it too much at home. They know dad<br />

goes to the hospital for treatment and dad<br />

comes home. You’ve got to be honest with<br />

the kids, so they are not angry with you<br />

should the worse-case happen, but try not<br />

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to let them linger on it<br />

too much. Try and make<br />

every day as normal as<br />

possible with your kids<br />

– cancer or not, none of<br />

us know how long we’ve<br />

got on this planet.<br />

I’m a big believer<br />

in you are what you<br />

eat. I’ve had cancer<br />

three times now. Sugars – a big no, no,<br />

they feed cancer cells – processed food,<br />

meat, and salt, you know it’s a minefield<br />

and we must take our diet and our health<br />

seriously. We’re no different to an engine<br />

in that respect – if you put the wrong fuel<br />

in the car, the engine will stop. Healthy<br />

choices are difficult when we’re all so busy<br />

trying to manage work and family, on<br />

the road, so we tend to take shortcuts to<br />

eating. But we’re becoming much more<br />

food-aware now, you see ‘pack-turners’<br />

in the supermarket, reading nutritional<br />

information- you didn’t see that five years<br />

ago. Thankfully the media is bringing health<br />

and nutrition to the forefront.<br />

YOU KNOW YOUR<br />

BODY BETTER<br />

THAN ANYBODY<br />

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The Dark Knight? Sir Richard<br />

Branson? My personal role model<br />

through my whole life is not a celebrity<br />

personality, but my close, high-school friend<br />

– Robbie. His tenacity, drive, his approach<br />

to deal-making and blue-sky thinking was<br />

always my inspiration. I have seen him<br />

starting successful businesses and crashing<br />

some of them, yet coming out stronger<br />

and more tenacious each time to build<br />

even better companies in Australia and the<br />

United States.<br />

The community I served with during<br />

my years in Australian Special Forces also<br />

inspired me. I always respected my peers<br />

and senior members and admired their<br />

“can do” attitude and ability to turn every<br />

negative to a positive. The “no nonsense”<br />

approach to getting a job done which<br />

my unit and colleagues instilled in me<br />

has always been my bedrock to this day.<br />

The ethos and determination I learned is<br />

ingrained and gives me my outlook to how<br />

I conduct my businesses and carry myself<br />

through life.<br />

When it comes to your health -<br />

you know your body better than<br />

anybody. I was too much of a bloke<br />

about it and swept it under the carpet for<br />

a year, during which time the cancer had a<br />

chance to thrive. Check it early, get it early<br />

and sort it early. If the pain persists keep<br />

pushing until you get answers.<br />

I was getting pains in my back and got<br />

misdiagnosed four times before we<br />

knew what was going on. Had all the<br />

usual blood pressure checks. Took the<br />

recommended pain relief meds. Got the<br />

all clear from blood tests. Third time to<br />

my GP I got a referral for x-rays and they<br />

came back all clear. Then I thought I’d best<br />

stop complaining even though the pain<br />

persisted. It was only when I – and my then<br />

partner – found a lump in my chest, that<br />

the doctors found the bones had been<br />

decaying from the tumours in my ribcage.<br />

And was told I had late stage four cancer<br />

of the chest and stomach with only a few<br />

weeks left to live. I had to change my<br />

focus, take the treatment, get determined<br />

and deal with the battle ahead. That<br />

was five years ago. I’m still here: seventy<br />

treatments and three operations.<br />

It’s not something to be feared but<br />

something that you have to do your best<br />

to overcome. Mind-set is 80% of the<br />

battle. It’s about having the right approach<br />

to facing the disease – the right diet, no<br />

sugar. Being determined. Never forget<br />

what you’re fighting for. I want to see my<br />

boys grow up and give them away at their<br />

weddings, then my job’s done.<br />

On a good day I feel great – I’ve had<br />

cancer three times in the past five years and<br />

I’m classified as terminal from a medical<br />

point of view. It’s thrown up a challenge<br />

for my mind-set to prove the doctors<br />

wrong. My children get me through. My<br />

businesses, my passion for life and making<br />

this brand the best it can be.<br />

No regrets – It’s humbling to be<br />

surrounded by so many amazing people<br />

at Mr Lee’s. I’m grateful to be learning so<br />

much on the journey with the business.<br />

And for the little wins – a customer<br />

writing on social media about how our<br />

product has made a difference to their<br />

life is sometimes bigger than a Mr Lee’s<br />

supermarket launch. I’ve built an amazing<br />

business alongside raising my boys. The<br />

disease has made me more determined.<br />

Focussed. Slowed me down in a good<br />

way – the things I used to think were<br />

priorities are no longer priorities. I used<br />

to put my family after work and now my<br />

family come first.<br />

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their health and wellbeing. Simply<br />

talking to someone, if they feel they<br />

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We cannot stop cancer from<br />

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Helping men become healthier; by eating better,<br />

speaking with cancer survivors and sharing their<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

CHECK IT OUT<br />

CHECK-UPS ARE LIKE THE HU<strong>MAN</strong> VERSION OF<br />

A ROAD VEHICLE MOT... MOST PEOPLE ENSURE<br />

THEY GET THEIR CAR SERVICED; BODYWORK, AND<br />

ENGINE, BUT DO WE ALWAYS MAKE IT TO THE GP<br />

FOR A CHECK-UP OF OUR OWN BODY AND SYSTEMS?<br />

T<br />

he body works as a ‘whole’,<br />

and does its best to work<br />

to keep us fit, healthy and<br />

well, by showing us the<br />

warning signs... for example, signs, in the<br />

form of pain, or a rash may be present<br />

in one area of the body, but pointing to<br />

a condition in a different location that<br />

may need addressing, such as a tingling<br />

on the extremities (fingers), which can<br />

be a symptom of diabetes, (a disease<br />

where glucose levels are too high in the<br />

blood and the body is not able to use it<br />

properly).<br />

With check-ups, you can help to<br />

prevent disease and disability, and avoid<br />

any unnecessary stress. It is important<br />

that we are as body aware as possible, so<br />

we can recognise the physical signs that<br />

may require further investigation...<br />

What happens at a General<br />

Health Check? A ‘general check’<br />

is carried out to assess overall<br />

health. These checks assess risks,<br />

and can prevent development of<br />

conditions or diseases with early<br />

intervention.<br />

Where do I go? Ask your local<br />

healthcare provider or family<br />

doctor. The NHS offers different<br />

points for people to have checkups<br />

including some libraries<br />

and even mobile units. Find a<br />

location near you, using this link:<br />

http://www.nhs.uk/Service-<br />

Search/NHS-Health-Check/<br />

LocationSearch/1891)<br />

What does it entail? What does<br />

it entail? The check usually includes<br />

blood tests, being weighed, having<br />

your height taken, and answering<br />

lifestyle and health questions; it<br />

72<br />

looks at various areas, including<br />

heart disease, stroke, diabetes,<br />

kidney disease and signs of<br />

dementia. In the UK, the NHS<br />

offer a thirty-minute free check;<br />

other countries vary in the service<br />

offered; some countries charge<br />

for a health check, but it is still<br />

important to have these checks if<br />

you are living or staying abroad for<br />

several months, especially if you<br />

are at risk due to lifestyle choices<br />

such as smoking, or because of an<br />

inherited condition that may not<br />

show any obvious symptoms.<br />

What do Blood Tests show?<br />

There are many substances in the<br />

blood, and tests show if the levels<br />

of these substances fall within the<br />

‘normal’ range. (Normal is based<br />

on factors such as age, race, and<br />

gender.) The most common reasons<br />

for blood testing is to check levels<br />

of glucose, cholesterol, and for<br />

Full Blood Test (FBT), but there<br />

are many things that a blood test<br />

can detect, i.e. liver function, and<br />

genetically inherited disorders. It is<br />

important to remember that blood<br />

tests can detect certain conditions;<br />

they can also rule them out and so<br />

can give peace of mind.<br />

Where do I go? Visit your GP<br />

surgery, local hospital, or private<br />

specialist practice, and you can<br />

be tested by a doctor, nurse or<br />

phlebotomist (a specialist in taking<br />

blood samples).<br />

What does it entail? Depending<br />

on the type of test, it could be a<br />

small finger prick taken by a nurse,<br />

or a series of tests, it is important<br />

to adhere to the preparation<br />

instructions of the blood test, and<br />

maybe take somebody with you:<br />

Some tests require you to fast, and<br />

others may take several weeks to<br />

get results. Blood tests are taken<br />

by inserting a special needle in a<br />

specific way into a vein, usually the<br />

inside of the elbow, or wrist, and<br />

extracting a small amount of blood<br />

(3 to 10 millilitres), directly into a<br />

tube or syringe. A covering or small<br />

plaster is usually placed over the<br />

area after the test and you may<br />

have slight bruising.<br />

Why do I need a Prostate<br />

Check-up? A prostate check-up or<br />

exam is needed if you are at higher<br />

risk of prostate cancer, or if you<br />

are showing symptoms including<br />

increased and urgent urination.<br />

These symptoms are not just cancer<br />

related, but signs of enlarged<br />

prostate or urine infections too;<br />

Prostate Cancer UK states that ‘Most<br />

men with early prostate cancer don’t<br />

have any symptoms’.<br />

Like other cancers, prostate cancer<br />

can spread to other parts of the<br />

body, and can cause weight loss,<br />

pain in the back, hips or pelvis.<br />

‘In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will<br />

get prostate cancer at some point in<br />

their lives. And you’re more likely to<br />

get prostate cancer if you’re aged 50<br />

or over, you’re black, or your father<br />

or brother has had it.’ (Prostate<br />

Cancer UK)<br />

‘Early detection and early<br />

treatment is vital to surviving male<br />

cancer.’ (Male Cancer Research<br />

Campaign)<br />

Where do I go? Ask your doctor/<br />

GP for a test, and when they give<br />

the results they can advise on what<br />

to do next, including referring you<br />

to a specialist if needed. Ask your<br />

doctor the risks and benefits of<br />

screening before you are tested.<br />

What does it entail? There<br />

are several tests that need to be<br />

taken before prostate cancer can<br />

be diagnosed. Some tests are<br />

carried out in order to rule out<br />

other conditions; a urine test is<br />

done to check for urine infection.<br />

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The Prostate Specific Antigen<br />

(PSA) blood test checks levels of<br />

PSA protein in the blood, if they<br />

are raised then it will suggest<br />

prostate problems, and that further<br />

tests are needed. A Digital Rectal<br />

Examination (DRE) can be carried<br />

out at your doctor’s surgery or at<br />

a hospital: You will be asked to lie<br />

on your side with your knees high.<br />

This examination maybe physical<br />

and mentally uncomfortable, as it<br />

involves the medical professional<br />

inserting a gloved, lubricated finger<br />

into the rectum, so that the prostate<br />

(which sits under the bladder and<br />

near the rectum), can be assessed.<br />

This discomfort should be over<br />

quickly, and the results help to<br />

assess if your prostate is a normal<br />

size for your age with a smooth<br />

surface, or if there are signs of an<br />

enlarged prostrate (larger than<br />

expected for your age), or signs of<br />

prostate cancer, (hard and lumpy).<br />

These tests alone are not completely<br />

accurate, and the doctor may refer<br />

you for further check-ups, based on<br />

general health, and risk level, and<br />

more tests may take place, including<br />

scans, biopsy, ultrasound of the<br />

bladder, and further PSA testing.<br />

Sources include:<br />

https://prostatecanceruk.org/<br />

prostate-information/prostatetests/introduction-to-prostatetests<br />

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/<br />

prostate-cancer/early-detection/<br />

finding-prostate-cancer-early.<br />

html<br />

What is Colorectal Cancer<br />

Screening?<br />

Colorectal cancer often begins as<br />

a growth called a polyp, which<br />

may form on the inner wall of the<br />

colon or rectum. Some polyps<br />

become cancer over time. Finding<br />

and removing polyps can prevent<br />

colorectal cancer.’ National<br />

Cancer Institute.<br />

The colon is approximately five<br />

feet long, and the first part of the<br />

large intestine; an integral part of<br />

the digestive system that leads to<br />

the rectum and anus. Colorectal<br />

cancer refers to cancer in both the<br />

colon and rectum. This is more<br />

common in men than women,<br />

and has increased in men under<br />

fifty-years-old since 1998. ‘Overall,<br />

the lifetime risk of developing<br />

colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 21<br />

(4.7%) for men and 1 in 23 (4.4%)<br />

for women.’ American Cancer<br />

Society.<br />

Screening is looking at cancer<br />

before a person has any symptoms.<br />

Research takes place to assess<br />

which types of people are more<br />

at risk of certain cancers, so these<br />

groups can get screened. In the<br />

UK, this screening is called Bowel<br />

Cancer Screening, the initial testing<br />

is to indicate if there is hidden<br />

blood in the stools.<br />

‘The good news is that bowel<br />

cancer can be successfully treated<br />

in over 90% of cases, if diagnosed<br />

early. The early symptoms of<br />

bowel cancer are very similar to<br />

other, much less serious problems<br />

with the bowel. Be aware of what<br />

is normal for you, so that you<br />

recognise any unusual changes.’<br />

(Beating Bowel Cancer)<br />

Where do I go? Initially discuss<br />

this with your doctor. The FOBT/<br />

stool tests can be done via post<br />

and so in the privacy of your own<br />

home, using a card home kit<br />

smearing several samples over a<br />

period of time: your doctor will<br />

explain exactly what you have<br />

to do. You can contact any of<br />

the supporting foundations for<br />

this type of cancer for further<br />

information too. Different countries<br />

offer different tests. The UK bowel<br />

screening helpline is 0800 707<br />

60 60.<br />

What does it entail? Five types<br />

of tests are used to screen for<br />

colorectal cancer, and it is important<br />

to check with your doctor any<br />

special preparation you may need to<br />

do prior to the test/s you are having,<br />

including a cleansing process to<br />

ensure the colon and rectum are<br />

clear for inspection.<br />

Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)<br />

(checks for hidden blood in three<br />

consecutive stool samples, which can<br />

be a sign of polyps, cancer or other<br />

conditions), the sigmoidoscopy<br />

takes ten to twenty minutes (a thin<br />

instrument with a light and viewing<br />

lens is inserted into the rectum into the<br />

sigmoid colon to view or sometimes<br />

remove tissue samples or polyps to<br />

check), the colonoscopy takes about<br />

thirty minutes, and is usually the option<br />

for those at high risk (a colonoscope<br />

is inserted through the rectum into<br />

the colon to look for polyps), the<br />

virtual colonoscopy/computed<br />

tomography colonography is<br />

not invasive (a series of x-rays), but<br />

still involves the same preparation.<br />

There are a number of other tests<br />

that can also be taken including DNA<br />

blood tests, and Double-Contrast<br />

Barium Enema (DCBE). The pros and<br />

cons of each test can be read on:<br />

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/<br />

colon-rectal-cancer/detectiondiagnosis-staging/screeningtests-used.html<br />

After a screening, if your results<br />

return ‘abnormal’ based on factors<br />

such as your age, then you may be<br />

referred to have further tests; during a<br />

colonoscopy polyps can be removed.<br />

Remember that some polyps are not<br />

cancerous and removal reduces the<br />

risk of them developing into cancer.<br />

Sources include:<br />

https://www.cancer.gov/types/<br />

colorectal<br />

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/<br />

colon-rectal-cancer/about/keystatistics.html<br />

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.<br />

uk/about-bowel-cancer/screening/<br />

https://www.<br />

beatingbowelcancer.org/how-wecan-help/our-nurses/<br />

None of us want to consider the<br />

possibility of having to have<br />

treatment for an illness or condition,<br />

but the reality is that with regular<br />

health examinations and tests, we<br />

find out potential problems before<br />

they start or worsen... and in these<br />

cases chances of treatments being<br />

successful are higher.<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

ANYONE WHO’S<br />

BEEN IN A<br />

RELATIONSHIP<br />

KNOWS, THAT<br />

THE ODD HEATED<br />

DEBATE IS ALL PART<br />

OF THE COURSE.<br />

THE TOUGH PART<br />

IS KNOWING WHY<br />

IT STARTED AND<br />

HOW TO <strong>MAN</strong>AGE<br />

THE ARGUMENT SO<br />

THAT EVERYONE<br />

WINS.<br />

B<br />

76<br />

ring in the classic phrase<br />

“happy wife, happy life”.<br />

When my other half heard<br />

this, he leapt on the<br />

defensive. Thought it meant that I was<br />

‘right all the time’ (not just<br />

80% of the time). After a<br />

good few years (and many<br />

more broken mugs later) it’s<br />

grown on him and become<br />

quite an effective strategy<br />

for handling the odd teary<br />

tantrum. He finally figured<br />

out that I mostly flipped<br />

out when I had stuff going<br />

on with me or that I was<br />

tired and needed help with<br />

something. Rather than ask<br />

him straight out for a hand,<br />

I expected him to be able<br />

to read my mind and understand my<br />

needs all of the time. Totally unrealistic<br />

– being in a relationship doesn’t make<br />

us mind readers about each other.<br />

As relationships grow and change,<br />

so does the person we fell in love with.<br />

Each other’s needs change and we<br />

often forget this so just argue in the<br />

same vein we always have expecting<br />

a different result – but it ends up<br />

the same. After a calm talk with my<br />

husband, without an argument, I<br />

conveyed that most of the time, I’m<br />

tired, I’m frustrated and I just need a<br />

little understanding and TLC. So now,<br />

to keep his wife happy, he lets me say<br />

what I need to say without reacting<br />

in defence and then lets me know I<br />

am supported. I calm down and no<br />

argument ensues. More rational, less<br />

emotional. Everyone’s a winner.<br />

IT’S SELDOM<br />

ABOUT THE DIRTY<br />

SOCKS NEXT<br />

TO THE BED<br />

Healthy relationships rarely have<br />

serious reasons for arguing so<br />

often, the trigger is not always the<br />

surface reason for the argument<br />

(yup, as you always suspected,<br />

it’s seldom about the dirty socks<br />

next to the bed). When we argue,<br />

we use our emotional minds rather<br />

than our logical minds, making<br />

90% of the decision-making<br />

process emotive. In John Gray’s<br />

infamous book Men are from Mars,<br />

Women are from Venus he notes<br />

that in conflict 90% of the time, the<br />

argument has nothing to do with<br />

the topic being argued about.<br />

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GIVING EACH OTHER SOME<br />

SPACE TO FEEL SUPPORTED,<br />

SECURE AND LISTENED TO, IS<br />

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART<br />

OF THE CONVERSATION IF YOU<br />

BOTH WANT TO START WINNING.<br />

1.<br />

What’s the outcome you want? - Knowing what you’re<br />

trying to achieve will help you stay on track in a heated<br />

discussion. Use the outcome like a compass, whenever<br />

either is veering off course, bring the discussion back to what<br />

you’re trying to achieve. Share the desired outcome with your<br />

partner, give them the opportunity to listen to you. This begins<br />

to diffuse any heightened emotions. We often argue because we<br />

don’t feel like we’re being heard, so like a couple of kids, we get<br />

loud.<br />

Listening vs hearing - When we listen, we actually<br />

absorb the information being presented to us. When<br />

2. we hear, we are only taking in some of the information<br />

because we are not actively engaged. Open body language<br />

allows the other person to feel safe and listened to. Even if you<br />

can’t agree on the outcome, just feeling respected will allow<br />

the argument to diffuse more easily. Dr Susan Heitler Ph.D says<br />

in Psychology Today “Listening, which is one half of<br />

the art of conversation, is an act of connection. And<br />

between a couple, listening is an act of love.”<br />

3.<br />

Be sensitive - If the argument starts to escalate or<br />

one person doesn’t feel understood, stop and console<br />

the other person rather than continuing to argue.<br />

Sometimes, it’s a hug that’s required; a need to feel heard, and<br />

safe.<br />

4.<br />

Show compassion - Your partner is not evil. They are still<br />

the same person you fell in love with, they’re just hurting.<br />

When you come from a place of compassion, you allow the<br />

other person to be vulnerable, you make them feel safe and respected<br />

– sometimes this is all that is needed but hurtful words getting in the<br />

way makes this harder to see.<br />

The key to creating a win-win situation in an argument is to understand<br />

that you are arguing because you both care. Whatever the topic, you<br />

both care enough to fight about it, so knowing this, you should be<br />

working on a solution rather than a grudge. If you feel like you’re not<br />

being heard, take a walk together. Being outside helps to take the<br />

pressure off a bit too, walking produces endorphins<br />

and studies have shown that it helps to improve<br />

memory and attention so you can communicate<br />

more clearly.<br />

Ultimately, both partners must remember that<br />

everything the other is saying comes from a good<br />

place. If your cause for falling out is always to stay<br />

together no matter the argument, then raising your<br />

self-awareness to handle heated discussion better is the best you can<br />

do for a healthy happy relationship.<br />

More from Puja McCymont at www.franklycoaching.com<br />

90%<br />

OF THE TIME,<br />

THE ARGUMENT<br />

HAS NOTHING TO DO<br />

WITH THE TOPIC BEING<br />

ARGUED ABOUT.<br />

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Have you<br />

suffered an<br />

injury at work?<br />

George Kruis has.<br />

In fact, he’s had over eighty. Blimey!<br />

We caught up with him to discuss<br />

recovery, cbd and of course, Japan.<br />

words Josh Francis<br />

How’s your Japanese now? Did you pick up any<br />

phrases while you were out there?<br />

Haha, um... Arigato gozaimasu. And a few more...<br />

honestly, I can’t tell you how great the Japanese fans were.<br />

So welcoming and passionate. It blew us away. Obviously it’s<br />

not the result we wanted out there, but the welcome we got<br />

almost made up for it... almost.<br />

What’s your go-to karaoke song?<br />

Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline<br />

Is it true you’ve had over eighty career injuries?<br />

Yeah it’s about right honestly. I would say I have had about<br />

8 large ones that needed operations and countless smaller,<br />

more manageable ones. Recovery becomes a huge part of<br />

your focus. All we want is to get back playing again.<br />

You returned from an ankle injury just in time for<br />

Japan. How did you find that time out?<br />

Injury is always tough. You’re away from your teammates<br />

for long stretches, training alone and it can get pretty boring.<br />

You just have to focus on your recovery plan and try and<br />

keep your spirits up however you can. Repeated injuries<br />

back to back can be more of a mental challenge than the<br />

physical day to day challenge of injury rehab.<br />

Recently you’ve become a vocal advocate for cbd<br />

use in recovery. Are other athletes you know using it?<br />

I see it in changing rooms all the time now. cbd is getting<br />

used by athletes more and more because they see it as<br />

another way of helping to support and maintain a healthy,<br />

active lifestyle. We focus a lot on marginal gains when it<br />

comes to sport, and that includes recovery.<br />

You set up your own cbd company last year.<br />

How’s it going?<br />

Very fast at the moment. We’ve actually just launched a<br />

few new products and so far, they have had great feedback<br />

from our customers. I set up fourfivecbd with my Saracens<br />

teammate Dom Day after we both started using cbd and<br />

realised we needed to guarantee the reliability of the product.<br />

So we started our own. We don’t just want to help athletes,<br />

we want to help anyone out there who enjoys staying active


and is looking to support and maintain an active lifestyle.<br />

I think cbd can benefit a wide range of active people;<br />

whether you’re practicing yoga, playing Sunday league or<br />

even just looking to get up and down the stairs a little easier,<br />

its worth giving cbd a try. We believe in it.<br />

Launching a business, winning trophies and playing<br />

in a world cup, What’s next for you? A bit of a rest?<br />

Unfortunately not. The new season has already started and<br />

fourfivecbd is growing every day. Time to get back on it.<br />

We don’t just want<br />

to help athletes,<br />

we want to help<br />

anyone out there<br />

who enjoys<br />

staying active.<br />

Check out fourfivecbd.co.uk to find<br />

out more about George and Dom’s cbd<br />

products and Saracens.com to look for<br />

rugby tickets.


HEALTHY LIVING<br />

TWENTY<br />

WHILST THE CRICKET SAVVY<br />

AMONGST YOU MIGHT BE<br />

THINKING OF ANOTHER NEW<br />

FORMAT, OR THE ELDER OF<br />

YOU CONSIDER GETTING<br />

YOUR EYES CHECKED, THE<br />

UNINFORMED INSTANTLY<br />

RECOGNISE THIS AS THE YEAR<br />

OF THE <strong>MAN</strong>. LET’S BE FAIR…<br />

THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS<br />

HAVE BEEN HARD WORK FOR<br />

US. LET’S TAKE A POSITIVE<br />

OUTLOOK INTO NEW YEAR<br />

NEW YOU.<br />

80<br />

FOR<br />

2020<br />

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HEALTHY LIVING<br />

1.<br />

Learn How<br />

to start a fire. It’s post-apocalyptic<br />

Britain. Resources are limited. The<br />

ports are closed. Survival is an instinct.<br />

No-one knows what life might bring, and<br />

if it’s not this dramatic, just enjoy being<br />

able to cook on an open flame. Man will<br />

forever be the guardian of the BBQ.<br />

2.<br />

Try More<br />

foods. You may have to! But<br />

taste buds do develop, so try<br />

new foods, try foods you used to despise,<br />

try foods because we can no longer<br />

import Chorizo.<br />

3.<br />

Watch<br />

the sunrise. Ideally on the beach<br />

listening to the waves. Feel at<br />

one with nature. If you live outside of<br />

the city – LOOK AT THE STARS. Realise<br />

that feeling that we are just a part in<br />

the bigger picture. It will relieve you of<br />

pressure.<br />

4.<br />

Get Involved<br />

in community sports,<br />

football, cricket... even bowls.<br />

Somewhere local to you will have a<br />

sporting team that you can join at the<br />

weekend. Get involved! Meet like-minded<br />

people, with like-minded problems.<br />

5.<br />

Record Highlights ...<br />

and ignore the scores. Don’t<br />

continuously interrupt your<br />

evenings and weekends needing to know<br />

the live score. We do not enjoy sport<br />

because of data and algorithms. We enjoy<br />

the not knowing. Try watching Match of<br />

the Day without knowing any scores and<br />

fall in love with sport again. Which leads<br />

nicely to…<br />

7.<br />

Sign Up<br />

for a Run! It’s too easy to lie to<br />

yourself, so don’t tell yourself<br />

you will go running – tell the world!<br />

Then see how easy it is to make excuses<br />

when all of your friends and family are<br />

so proud of you. It doesn’t have to be<br />

the marathon, there’s plenty of sociable<br />

distances too.<br />

8.<br />

Listen to a Podcast<br />

You’re going to need something<br />

whilst you’re running, so why<br />

not listen to a new podcast, better still<br />

choose one about your favourite sport.<br />

Tailenders is highly recommended.<br />

9.<br />

Watch Kabaddi or ...<br />

any sport you presumed would<br />

be rubbish. Hockey? Cricket?<br />

Golf? Snooker? Give it a go. Live on TV,<br />

live in the crowd. All sports are driven by<br />

the same thrill of competitiveness, though<br />

they do not all come with the added<br />

drama of VAR.<br />

10.<br />

Watch Women’s ...<br />

sport too. If you like<br />

watching men’s football,<br />

don’t be a dick about women’s football<br />

and give it a go. The standard may<br />

not generally be at the same level, but<br />

we’re not talking about being down the<br />

park, we’re talking about highly tuned<br />

professionals that would actually give<br />

your lard arse a run for its money.<br />

11.<br />

Volunteer!<br />

The simple truth is, we<br />

do have it better than<br />

others. There will be options within<br />

your availability to volunteer and give<br />

something back. It only costs your time.<br />

their weight around to get you to their<br />

sunny beaches, historical sites, local<br />

delicacies and fresh country air.<br />

14.<br />

Bake!<br />

Baking is not just for<br />

girls. And you like cake. It<br />

doesn’t get simpler than that.<br />

15.<br />

Give Blood<br />

The country, neigh, the<br />

world has a shortage of<br />

blood supply and you never know – it<br />

might be you that needs it next.<br />

16.<br />

Check Your Balls<br />

Some of you may already<br />

be excessively handling<br />

your balls. It’s in your best interests<br />

to check your balls regularly, but as a<br />

promise to yourself, at least give them a<br />

thorough check once in a while. Then you<br />

can reward yourself…<br />

17.<br />

Set a Target<br />

Speaking of rewards. Don’t<br />

just go out and impulsively<br />

buy something you want. Set yourself a<br />

target and work for it. It will be so much<br />

more rewarding, and you will be proud of<br />

your achievement.<br />

18.<br />

Celebrate Your Birthday<br />

Most men reach a certain<br />

age and no longer make an<br />

effort for their own birthday. You should<br />

celebrate as many positive aspects of life<br />

as you can. Don’t necessarily demand<br />

you and the lads do a weekend away in<br />

Mallorca… but make a point of going<br />

out for dinner, having a beer at home, or<br />

asking your parents for the latest Die Hard<br />

on DVD.<br />

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6.<br />

Put Your ...<br />

phone down! Phones / Tablets<br />

have brought great joy to<br />

our lives, but they have also brought a<br />

dangerous need to interact with tech<br />

- constantly. Put it down. Leave Social<br />

Media for a day, even a few hours, and<br />

appreciate what you have that isn’t<br />

digital.<br />

12.<br />

Play Super 6!<br />

I cannot endorse this<br />

enough. It’s free to play,<br />

and you could win £2 million. Why not<br />

just give it a go, it could change your life.<br />

And it’s FREE (worth a second mention).!<br />

13.<br />

Travel the UK<br />

Europe might have become<br />

harder to travel around, but<br />

the UK Tourism Board will be throwing<br />

19.<br />

Make Time for You<br />

You might not have much<br />

time left in the year… keep<br />

it for you… maybe have another feel of<br />

those balls…<br />

20.<br />

Plan for 2021<br />

Proper Planning Prevents<br />

Piss Poor Performance<br />

and don’t you forget it.<br />

Courtesy of New Year Steve<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

HIGH<br />

PROTEIN,<br />

LOW FAT<br />

RECIPES<br />

WHETHER YOU’RE A<br />

SEASONED FITNESS PRO<br />

OR YOU’RE JUST STARTING<br />

OUT ON YOUR HEALTH<br />

JOURNEY, THE GATEWAY<br />

TO SUCCESS LIES ON<br />

YOUR PLATE.<br />

Y<br />

ou don’t have to survive on a<br />

diet of grilled chicken breasts,<br />

brown rice and broccoli to see<br />

the changes you want in your<br />

body, health and wellbeing.<br />

On the other hand, a common barrier<br />

to cooking fresh, high protein and low-fat<br />

meals is seeing a mouth-watering recipe,<br />

only to click and discover it requires doubledigit<br />

ingredients, two of which you’ve never<br />

even heard of.<br />

But delicious, healthy and balanced dishes<br />

can be quickly crafted from just a handful<br />

of everyday ingredients. Sceptical? Online<br />

healthy food retailer musclefood.com<br />

shows you how, with these five effortless<br />

recipes.<br />

SPICY<br />

SAUSAGE<br />

LINGUINE<br />

SERVES 2<br />

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):<br />

445 CALORIES | 28g PROTEIN<br />

49.2 CARBOHYDRATES | 13.8g FAT<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

300g tomato passata<br />

240g musclefood Sticky Italian Spicy<br />

Sausage<br />

100g wholewheat linguine<br />

10g parsley, fresh<br />

5g garlic, raw<br />

2 tsp. olive oil<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Peel and finely chop the garlic.<br />

2. Pick and chop the parsley.<br />

3. Heat a large saucepan over a high heat and<br />

add the olive oil.<br />

4. Add the sausages to the pan and brown.<br />

5. Add 100ml of cold water, the passata and the<br />

chopped garlic. Bring to the boil and reduce to a<br />

simmer. Cook for 15 minutes over a low heat.<br />

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6. Boil a separate pan of water, add a pinch of salt<br />

and cook the wholemeal linguine until al dente -<br />

around 10 minutes.<br />

7. Drain the pasta once cooked.<br />

8. Plate up the linguini, top with the ragu and<br />

parsley then serve.<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

PERI PERI<br />

KEBABS<br />

WITH<br />

TZATZIKI<br />

SERVES 4<br />

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):<br />

355 CALORIES | 29g PROTEIN<br />

45.8 CARBOHYDRATES | 2.4g FAT<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

8 x 50g musclefood peri peri beef kebabs<br />

4 x wholemeal pittas<br />

200g cherry tomatoes<br />

150g shredded lettuce<br />

TZATZIKI:<br />

220g fat free Greek yoghurt<br />

1 x cucumber, grated and squeezed dry<br />

2 x small garlic cloves, minced<br />

2tbsp. olive oil<br />

½tsp. salt<br />

½tsp. freshly ground black pepper<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Put the beef kebabs under the grill for 4<br />

minutes on each side.<br />

2. Combine all the ingredients for the<br />

Tzatziki in a medium bowl and mix until well<br />

combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning if<br />

necessary.<br />

3. Quarter the cherry tomatoes and shred the<br />

lettuce.<br />

4. Place the pittas in the toaster when there<br />

are 2 minutes left on the kebab.<br />

5. Take the beef kebabs out, cut the pittas in<br />

half and stuff them with Peri Peri beef kebabs,<br />

lettuce, cherry tomatoes and Tzatziki.<br />

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SERVES 2<br />

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):<br />

413 CALORIES | 39.7g PROTEIN<br />

26.5 CARBOHYDRATES | 20.1g FAT<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

2 x 200g musclefood chicken<br />

breast fillets<br />

10g mixed herbs<br />

1 slice of protein bread<br />

1tbsp. onion powder<br />

Salt and freshly ground black<br />

pepper<br />

50g finely grated parmesan<br />

cheese<br />

1 x avocado<br />

80ml tomato salsa<br />

2 x egg whites<br />

4 x kos lettuce leaves<br />

PARMESAN<br />

CHICKEN<br />

LETTUCE<br />

BOATS<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.<br />

2. Toast a slice of the protein bread for 2-3<br />

minutes until dry. Pop into the blender with<br />

the parmesan, herbs, onion powder, along<br />

with a pinch of salt and pepper.<br />

3. Slice the chicken breasts in half<br />

horizontally, then cut into thin strips. Dip into<br />

the egg whites before covering evenly with<br />

breadcrumbs. Leave to dry for 2 minutes.<br />

4. Place the chicken on a baking tray and<br />

bake for 10 minutes on each side.<br />

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5. Dice the avocado and separate the lettuce<br />

leaves.<br />

6. Take the chicken out of the oven, fill each<br />

lettuce boat with chicken, salsa and avocado.<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

STICKY<br />

ORANGE<br />

CHICKEN<br />

SERVES 3<br />

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):<br />

317 CALORIES | 36.3g PROTEIN<br />

31.5 CARBOHYDRATES | 5.3g FAT<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

2 x 200g musclefood chicken breast<br />

fillets<br />

1tbsp. rapeseed oil<br />

Salt & pepper<br />

1 x red onion, chopped<br />

1 x red pepper, sliced<br />

3 x spring onions, sliced<br />

Pack of egg noodles<br />

Low calorie cooking spray<br />

SAUCE:<br />

1tsp. dark soy sauce<br />

100ml orange juice<br />

2tsp. plum sauce<br />

1tsp. red wine vinegar<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Add the sauce ingredients into a small bowl<br />

and mix well.<br />

2. Spray a large, heavy-based non-stick<br />

frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and<br />

place over a high heat, adding the chicken<br />

fillets and cooking for 12-15 minutes, until the<br />

juices run clear.<br />

3. Once cooked set-aside on a large plate to<br />

rest. Resting the chicken before cutting it will<br />

retain all the juices.<br />

4. Spray more low-calorie cooking spray into<br />

the pan and place over a high heat, adding<br />

the onions and peppers and cooking for 5<br />

minutes or until softened.<br />

5. Return the chicken to the frying pan,<br />

adding the sauce and cooking for a further few<br />

minutes until the sauce coats your chicken.<br />

6. Bring the water to boil and add the egg<br />

noodles.<br />

7. Cook until the noodles are done to your<br />

desired texture (4-6 minutes until al dente).<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

SERVES 4<br />

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):<br />

380 CALORIES | 31.3g PROTEIN<br />

44.3 CARBOHYDRATES | 8.9g FAT<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

KOREAN<br />

STEAK<br />

FRIED RICE<br />

2 x 170g musclefood rump steaks<br />

250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced<br />

3 x garlic cloves, thinly sliced<br />

200g beansprouts<br />

2tbsp. soy sauce<br />

1tbsp. chilli sauce, plus extra to serve<br />

(optional)<br />

500g cooked rice (200g uncooked)<br />

Bunch spring onions, sliced<br />

4 x eggs<br />

Low calorie cooking spray<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Take a large non-stick frying pan, spray<br />

with low-calorie cooking spray, ensuring that<br />

the pan is well greased. Preheat the pan on a<br />

high heat and add the rump steaks. Cook the<br />

steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove<br />

your steaks and leave to rest for a couple of<br />

minutes.<br />

2. Spray more low-calorie cooking spray into<br />

a separate pan, add mushrooms and cook<br />

until softened. Add the cooked rice, garlic,<br />

beansprouts, soy and chilli sauce and mix it<br />

all together. Continue to cook for a further 2-3<br />

minutes then stir in the sliced spring onions.<br />

3. Reheat the pan and spray with more lowcalorie<br />

cooking spray. Fry the eggs.<br />

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4. Once the eggs are cooked, spoon the rice<br />

into a bowl and top with sliced steaks, fried<br />

eggs and a drizzle of chilli sauce.<br />

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Pimento Mule


CELEBRATIONS<br />

PARTY<br />

A festive musthave,<br />

Cranes<br />

Cranberry &<br />

PUNCH<br />

Blood Orange<br />

Liqueur. Tantalise<br />

the taste buds<br />

and wow your guests with<br />

a glass of something fancy.<br />

Q<br />

uality cranberries, infused with<br />

natural blood orange juices and<br />

rind, Cranes Liqueur is this years’<br />

Christmas must have. Made from<br />

natural ingredients, with over 115 cranberries<br />

going into each 50cl bottle (17% volume). Enjoy<br />

this delicious versatile liqueur neat, use it to<br />

upgrade a glass of Prosecco, creating warming<br />

mulled wine or to shake up timeless cocktails<br />

such as the Cosmopolitan.<br />

CRANES MULLED COCKTAIL<br />

RECIPE<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

5 parts cranberry juice<br />

2 parts Cranes Liqueur<br />

2 parts orange juice<br />

2 parts ginger wine<br />

1 part Cointreau<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Add all ingredients to a medium<br />

saucepan.<br />

2. Heat over a medium-low temperature for<br />

approximately 3-4 minutes or until a desired<br />

temperature.<br />

3. Pour into a mug and enjoy.<br />

Cranes Liqueur is available at a host<br />

of farm shops, garden centres, bars<br />

and pubs across the UK, as well as<br />

online at: www.drinkcranes.co.uk<br />

FEELING FANCY?<br />

ADD A CINNAMON<br />

STICK AND SLICE<br />

OF ORANGE<br />

TO GARNISH<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

PERFECT<br />

THIS<br />

WINTER<br />

Cosy-up with Cranes Cider.<br />

C<br />

ranes delicious range of cranberry-based fruit ciders are<br />

perfect to enjoy with family and friends this Christmas.<br />

Brewed in Britain with the finest Wisconsin cranberries,<br />

alongside apples, to deliver a crisp, refreshing taste, which<br />

chimes perfectly with a festive mince pie… or two!<br />

Cranes Ciders are naturally light, with 30% fewer calories compared<br />

to brand leaders and come out on top in blind taste tests.<br />

Cranes Ciders are very much a year-round drink, deliciously refreshing<br />

served on ice. The cranberry base, featured across the full product range,<br />

also makes Cranes ideal for creating warming mulled cider.<br />

Here’s how to wow your guests this Christmas, with Cranes<br />

deliciously warming Cranberry & Apple Mulled Cider.<br />

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CRANES<br />

CRANBERRY &<br />

APPLE MULLED<br />

CIDER<br />

SERVES 2<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

2 cups of apple juice<br />

1 bottle of Cranes<br />

Cranberry & Lime Cider<br />

1 piece of fresh ginger<br />

(peeled)<br />

1 tsp. of nutmeg<br />

1 cinnamon stick<br />

1 large orange<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Pour the apple juice and<br />

Cranes Cider into a saucepan<br />

and bring to the boil.<br />

2. Add the ginger, nutmeg,<br />

cinnamon stick and sliced orange.<br />

3. Stir and leave to simmer for<br />

10 minutes.<br />

4. Pour into your favourite<br />

festive mug and enjoy!<br />

Available in three tantalising<br />

flavours: Blueberries &<br />

Apples, Cranberries &<br />

Limes and Raspberries &<br />

Pomegranates. For more<br />

visit: www.drinkcranes.co.uk<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

GET THE<br />

PARTY<br />

STARTED<br />

GAMES NIGHT MIGHT BE A<br />

LADS-ONLY AFFAIR, CARDS<br />

AND WHISKY TUMBLERS, OR<br />

CALL OF DUTY, FORTNIGHT<br />

AND NACHOS UNTIL 4AM,<br />

BUT IF YOU’RE HOSTING TO<br />

A WIDER CIRCLE, FOR A FLAT<br />

WARMING, NEW YEAR’S,<br />

OR A SMALL BIRTHDAY GET-<br />

TOGETHER, YOU’LL NEED A<br />

FEW TRICKS UP YOUR SLEEVE.<br />

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Y<br />

ou can kick things off with a few<br />

icebreakers, especially if there are a mix<br />

of age-groups and people are meeting<br />

each other for the first time.<br />

Regular games night host, Dan, recommends you “go<br />

for games that you can compete in, with mixed teams,<br />

or one-on-one. If you’re going for board games; 30<br />

Seconds, Balderdash, Pictionary always go down well”.<br />

Dan suggests you “avoid games where it can get<br />

competitive” like Monopoly “it just goes on too long<br />

and can ruin friendships!”. (#Christmasfamilyfueds).<br />

And the other golden rule: The less complicated the<br />

game, the better. Check out these crowd pleasers<br />

and rescue measures that avoid those awkward party<br />

silences.<br />

Like it or not<br />

Super easy – get everyone to write down their<br />

likes and dislikes on a piece of paper throughout<br />

the evening and then pull them out of a hat and<br />

everyone else has to guess who wrote what. Get<br />

a good mix of friends involved – some that you’ve<br />

known for years, they might be easier to guess, and<br />

there might be few surprises in there too.<br />

Sing song ping pong<br />

Drop da mic, or ‘rap it like it’s hot’ whatever suits<br />

your party vibe. Think Slim Shady, 8 mile and you’d<br />

be on the right track (pun intended). This one is a bit<br />

random if your uncle and your best mate are having<br />

an intense on-stage sing-off. Take it in turns to rap<br />

– or sing – the next line using one of the words from<br />

the previous line sung. So if competitor A belts out<br />

a bit of Bon Jovi ‘whooaaa we’re living on a prayer’,<br />

then competitor B might come up with an Aretha<br />

classic, ‘say a little prayer for you’ and the next one<br />

could be ‘get by with a little help from my friends’<br />

and then… ‘help, I need somebody’, followed<br />

by a possible Kings of Leon ‘somebody like you<br />

whaaaooo’ and, you get the idea. Be sure to have<br />

the cameras at the ready.<br />

Charades ‘Drama Queens’<br />

This is great for a family Christmas especially if your<br />

Nan’s been on the sherry. You can’t beat a game of<br />

charades. A real crowd-pleaser for all age groups.<br />

You can tailor the theme to suit the people at the<br />

party such as your best mate Pete’s ‘ex-girlfriends’<br />

theme, or ‘Craig’s stag weekend in Corfu’ theme,<br />

or keep it neutral with, erm … family history.<br />

Weddings, family holidays, “the last time we all<br />

played Monopoly” (don’t do it).<br />

THE LESS<br />

COMPLICATED<br />

THE GAME,<br />

THE BETTER<br />

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CELEBRATIONS<br />

Pictionary – but with things<br />

You can prep this in advance by getting<br />

together some items and placing them in a<br />

bag. Divide your group into teams of two.<br />

Each set of two players then sits back to<br />

back. One pulls an item from the bag and<br />

describes it to the other, without saying what<br />

it actually is, and it’s up to the artist to draw it.<br />

Whichever team is first to draw and guess the<br />

item correctly wins.<br />

Tall or true…<br />

Take turns in telling a story and see who<br />

can see straight through your poker face. A<br />

variation: each person says three things about<br />

themselves, two of<br />

them are true and<br />

one is a lie. The<br />

rest of the group<br />

have to guess the<br />

lie. This one helps<br />

you weed out the<br />

opponents at your<br />

next round of Black<br />

Jack.<br />

A classic<br />

board<br />

game…<br />

Card games seem<br />

to be a winner.<br />

Uno. Top Trumps.<br />

Aside from your<br />

classics, try<br />

Superfight. It’s<br />

basically picking a<br />

character card (say,<br />

sabre-tooth tiger,<br />

or kindergarten teacher) combined with an<br />

attribute card (say, “hangry as hell”, or “in a<br />

jet fighter plane”) and deciding who’d win in<br />

a face-off. Try IQ or Cluedo, for a classic that<br />

takes up most the evening. Anything, literally<br />

anything other than Monopoly (yes, it’s worth<br />

another mention).<br />

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The X-Box or PS or Nintendo<br />

Perfect for all those itching thumbs and twinkle<br />

toes. Set up the living room for a battle of Air<br />

Guitar, Just Dance or Wii bowling, or get a<br />

golfing or FIFA tournament going. Team up<br />

or rotate players. Get everyone psyched for<br />

the next Ryder Cup or Champions League (or<br />

Strictly).<br />

Twister<br />

Need we say more.<br />

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Celebrate the season with a<br />

festive Jim Beam HighbaLL.<br />

Jim Beam Cranberry<br />

Highball<br />

In a glass full of ice, add:<br />

• 25ml Jim Beam<br />

• Add 50ml cranberry juice<br />

• Top with soda water<br />

• Garnish with lime wedge<br />

Jim BEAM BLACK<br />

Old Fashioned<br />

Highball<br />

In a glass full of ice, add:<br />

• 50ml Jim Beam Black<br />

• 5ml sugar syrup<br />

• 2 dashes of bitters<br />

• Top with soda water<br />

• Garnish with orange wedge


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JUMPED UP...<br />

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an<br />

obligatory festive jumper… AND the more garish your<br />

choice the more stylish your look...<br />

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Far Left:<br />

Pink jumper<br />

with turtleneck<br />

from ASOS.<br />

Jeans are<br />

model’s own.<br />

Black shoes<br />

from Reebok.<br />

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Left (top to<br />

bottom):<br />

Christmas lightup<br />

beer & stags<br />

jumper in blue<br />

from Burton.<br />

Jeans are model’s<br />

own. Red socks<br />

from ASOS.<br />

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Below & Right: Christmas jumper<br />

in festive multi-colour design from<br />

ASOS DESIGN. Jeans are model’s own.<br />

Footwear from Converse.<br />

&<br />

JOLLY<br />

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Left & Above: Jumper with<br />

colour pop stripe design in<br />

navy from Bellfield. Jeans and<br />

Reeboks are model’s own. Green<br />

socks from ASOS.<br />

PAIR PROPER BUSY<br />

DESIGNS WITH PLAIN<br />

JEANS, FESTIVE<br />

SOCKS AND<br />

RETRO FOOTWEAR<br />

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PARTY<br />

TRENDS<br />

‘19-’20<br />

Traditional tailoring<br />

with a modern twist for<br />

1. formal parties: Going for<br />

a tux, shirt, bow-tie and dress<br />

shoes combination works well<br />

with a statement check or pops<br />

of colour like on-trend teal.<br />

Paul Smith ‘The Soho’<br />

tailored-fit teal wool<br />

evening suit - was £1075<br />

now - £753<br />

www.paulsmith.com<br />

Grenson black Leadenhall<br />

loafers - £375<br />

www.opumo.com<br />

Gant tuxedo suit<br />

jacket - £350.00<br />

Style Code 7705059<br />

Gant tuxedo suit<br />

trousers - £145.00<br />

Style Code 1505029<br />

www.gant.co.uk<br />

Burberry slim fit cotton<br />

poplin dress shirt - was £295<br />

now £150<br />

www.uk.burberry.com<br />

Get more styling inspiration<br />

from stylist, Nina’s website,<br />

www.ninasobers.com<br />

Hugo Boss micro-pattern bow<br />

tie in silk jacquard - £35.00<br />

Style Code bow tie dressy –<br />

50411670<br />

www.hugoboss.com<br />

Russell and Bromley ‘Know-how’<br />

Toe-Cap Oxford - £365.00<br />

www.russellandbromley.co.uk<br />

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Jarre geometric floral silk<br />

bow tie - £46.00 was<br />

£65.00<br />

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FASHION<br />

Mix and match<br />

muted colours in<br />

2. smart-casual cuts<br />

for casual parties: Tapered<br />

trousers paired with corduroy<br />

buttoned shirts that<br />

can be worn fastened-up or<br />

layered with t-shirts.<br />

Hudson tan leather<br />

slip-on shoes - £65.00<br />

www.topman.com<br />

Reiss pleat-front apple<br />

trousers - £135<br />

www.reiss.com<br />

Reiss casual salmon<br />

trousers with tan side<br />

stripe - £145<br />

www.reiss.com<br />

Stone Island ‘Fango’<br />

logo-embroidered khaki<br />

corduroy overshirt - £275<br />

www.endclothing.com<br />

Stone Island logoembroidered<br />

rust<br />

corduroy overshirt - £280<br />

www.selfridges.com<br />

Grenson ’Sneaker 3’<br />

hand-painted tan shoe<br />

- £195<br />

www.grenson.com<br />

Rebellious retro vibes<br />

in black and brights for<br />

3. familiar social settings:<br />

Choose old-school trainers in<br />

white, and casual slim-fitted<br />

t-shirts that contrast next to the<br />

more structured suit.<br />

Puma Roma ‘68 OG<br />

trainers - £80.00<br />

www.eu.puma.com<br />

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Paul Smith white leather<br />

‘Huxley’ trainers with<br />

natural latex sole -<br />

£325.00<br />

www.paulsmith.com<br />

French Connection black slim-fit<br />

suit jacket - £129.00<br />

Night Addict printed<br />

pastel-neon t-shirt -<br />

Price: £25.00<br />

www.topman.com<br />

French Connection black slim fit<br />

suit trousers - £70.00<br />

www.frenchconnection.com<br />

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WHAT HAIRSTYLE SUITS<br />

YOUR FACE SHAPE?<br />

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WHAT HAIRSTYLES<br />

SUIT YOUR FACE<br />

CELEBRITY SESSION STYLIST AND HAIR<br />

SALON OWNER, VICKI LORD HELPS YOU<br />

CHOOSE THE HAIRDOS AND HAIR-DON’TS<br />

FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE…<br />

Round/heart-shaped faces<br />

are equal in length and width,<br />

with softer contours – so avoid<br />

looks that are styled into a round<br />

shape – No bowl cuts!<br />

You need to balance out the<br />

roundness<br />

and symmetry<br />

by choosing<br />

a sweeping<br />

fringe or an<br />

asymmetrical<br />

style.<br />

Oblong/rectangle faces<br />

are longer than they are<br />

wide, so side partings are<br />

a great way to soften the<br />

corners of the face.<br />

This face shape really suits<br />

longer cuts, with<br />

longer square<br />

layers.<br />

Try shorter sides,<br />

and longer on<br />

top, with a side<br />

parting – brushed<br />

up to one side. A<br />

spikey style would also<br />

look great.<br />

Oval faces are narrow without<br />

sharp edges, with the forehead<br />

slighter wider than the jawline<br />

– so avoid too much height as it<br />

will make the face appear longer.<br />

Triangle faces<br />

have smaller<br />

foreheads and wider<br />

jawlines, which<br />

are wider than the<br />

cheekbones – so<br />

avoid heavy top<br />

styles!<br />

Add width at the side of the<br />

face to create a more even face<br />

shape. A square top cut would<br />

do the trick, or a mid-fade with<br />

heavier angular fringe.<br />

Square faces are equal<br />

in height and width with<br />

a strong box-like jawbone<br />

and squared cheekbones –<br />

so avoid chin-length styles,<br />

as these will only make the<br />

face appear wider.<br />

Opt for a buzz cut or a short crop.<br />

Guys with this face shape suit<br />

long styles that are layered. If<br />

you want to keep the length short, then ensure<br />

you choose a choppy or textured style or an<br />

undercut with the longer top hair combed over.<br />

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Diamond faces have strong jaws<br />

and sharp cheekbones – so you could<br />

easily carry off a textured fringe, or a<br />

strong statement style with volume – a<br />

quiff would be perfect or choose a<br />

shaggy fringe with high side fade.<br />

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TECH<br />

PICK OF<br />

THE BEST<br />

GAME<br />

CONSOLES<br />

IF YOU’RE AFTER THE<br />

BEST OF THE BEST...<br />

OF THE BEST.<br />

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TECH<br />

I<br />

F YOU’RE A GAMER WHO<br />

CONSTANTLY STRIVES TO<br />

EXPERIENCE ONLY THE<br />

BEST OF THE BEST, YOU’LL<br />

NO DOUBT BE WONDERING WHAT<br />

THE BEST GAMES CONSOLE IS. OF<br />

COURSE, THE ANSWER TO THIS TRIVIAL<br />

QUESTION IS ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE,<br />

WITH EVERYONE’S FACTORS FOR<br />

WHAT WOULD WARRANT SUCH AN<br />

EXTRAVAGANT TITLE SURE TO BE<br />

DIFFERENT. HERE WE’LL COVER MOST<br />

EVENTUALITIES TO HELP YOU DECIDE<br />

WHICH WOULD BE BEST FOR YOU.<br />

Best-selling When it comes to what<br />

is the best-selling games console, it’s<br />

worth specifying under what terms we<br />

mean. If we’re talking quantifiable alltime<br />

numbers, for instance, then with<br />

a total of 155 million units sold, the<br />

PS2 would be the out and out winner.<br />

Similarly, though, if you’re referring to<br />

which console out of the major three<br />

currently on the market has sold the<br />

most, then Sony’s PlayStation is still<br />

leading the pack – PS4 has sold 96.8<br />

million units compared to 41 million<br />

Xbox One consoles, and 34.74 million<br />

Nintendo Switch consoles at the time<br />

of writing.<br />

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Best for budget Of course, for as<br />

fun as it can be, gaming is sometimes<br />

also a costly endeavour. After all, if you<br />

want to stay on top of all the major game<br />

releases that cost £40 a time, the price<br />

soon adds up. If you’re wondering what<br />

the best games console is if you’re on a<br />

tight budget, the Xbox One is a safe bet.<br />

Not just because it’s currently priced the<br />

lowest compared to the PS4 and Nintendo<br />

Switch, but because by signing up for its<br />

Xbox Game Pass service, you instantly gain<br />

access to over 100 top-tier games for just<br />

£7.99 a month. It’s great value and will<br />

cover you for most of the year.<br />

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from Renault Pro+<br />

Ready for Anyt<br />

TECH<br />

Best for VR VR (virtual reality) is still<br />

a relatively young interactive medium<br />

that allows you to stay immersed in<br />

games for longer by placing you right<br />

at the centre of the action. Most<br />

games consoles have only ever dabbled<br />

in this tech, but PlayStation 4 is by<br />

far the best games console for VR by<br />

default as it’s the only platform taking<br />

it seriously. The PlayStation VR headset<br />

might not be the most technically<br />

advanced, but it’s the most affordable<br />

compared to those you’ll find on PC<br />

and is home to great VR exclusives like<br />

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and Blood<br />

& Truth.<br />

MOST GAMES<br />

CONSOLES HAVE ONLY<br />

EVER DABBLED<br />

IN VR TECH<br />

Best for 4K TVs After standard<br />

definition there was high definition, but now<br />

another type of visual fidelity has entered<br />

the resolution race known as 4K. The<br />

name essentially refers to horizontal display<br />

resolutions of roughly 4,000 pixels – almost<br />

four times that of 1080p. Both Sony and<br />

Microsoft’s mid-generation console SKUs,<br />

PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, take advantage of<br />

setups with a 4K display, rendering the latest<br />

games in eye-widening detail. The Xbox<br />

One X can run them at 4K natively, however,<br />

instead of upscaling, making it the best<br />

games console for 4K gaming.<br />

Best for kids Each of the three popular consoles<br />

right now do their bit to cater to all types of gamer.<br />

There’s Call of Duty and Gears of War for mature<br />

players who enjoy military shooters, but there’s also<br />

the likes of Puyo Puyo Tetris and The Witness for<br />

puzzle game enthusiasts. There’s also a swathe of<br />

great family-focussed games, but what is the best<br />

console for kids? The Nintendo Switch. Not only does<br />

it let them play great Triple-A games like Super Mario<br />

Party and Arms on the go, but the Joy-Con motion<br />

controllers help keep them engaged in fun ways<br />

using motion.<br />

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TECH<br />

Best for <strong>2019</strong>? The best games<br />

console is entirely dependent on<br />

whatever you want to get out of it. If<br />

you were going by sales and console<br />

exclusives alone, for example, the PS4 is<br />

the frontrunner by far. Those looking to<br />

play games in the very best visual quality<br />

should opt for the Xbox One (and the<br />

Xbox One X specifically) while anyone<br />

who likes the idea of playing consolequality<br />

games portably should punt for<br />

the Nintendo Switch. The best games<br />

console overall, is whatever you want<br />

it to be.<br />

THOSE LOOKING<br />

TO PLAY GAMES IN<br />

THE VERY BEST<br />

VISUAL QUALITY<br />

SHOULD OPT FOR<br />

THE XBOX ONE<br />

New release in <strong>2019</strong> - The<br />

Nintendo Switch Lite... While it<br />

might seem strange to remove the ‘switch’<br />

functionality of a console called the<br />

Nintendo Switch, this September has seen<br />

the arrival of just that via the new Nintendo<br />

Switch Lite. It’s all in the effort to remove<br />

the financial barrier to entry for people<br />

who want to play great first-party Nintendo<br />

games, being sold for a much cheaper price<br />

but retaining the same great catalogue. Of<br />

course, you lack the ability to play on the<br />

TV or remove the controllers, but it’s still<br />

one of the most powerful handheld gaming<br />

consoles ever released.<br />

Best for 2020 Looking ahead to<br />

2020 and Microsoft and Sony have<br />

already announced plans to unveil PS4<br />

and Xbox One’s successors. Whether<br />

they’ll be sold soon after this or what<br />

they will look like, we’re yet to learn.<br />

But we do know that great games like<br />

Dying Light 2 and Halo Infinite have<br />

already been confirmed to appear.<br />

The Switch Lite reveal in <strong>2019</strong> has also<br />

left many wondering whether 2020<br />

will grant us a look at a possible ‘Pro’<br />

version. However, we wouldn’t put it<br />

past all three console manufacturers<br />

to surprise us with what the next<br />

generation has in store.<br />

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Head over to Console-Deals.com for the<br />

best, most accurate price comparison<br />

on consoles and games in the UK. Don’t<br />

pay full price and instead grab yourself a<br />

great gaming deal.<br />

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the battery charges (and how quickly).<br />

Other checks include ensuring the phone<br />

connects to Wi-Fi and 3G/4G as well as<br />

verifying audio quality. Some sellers even<br />

update the phone to include the latest<br />

operating system, so you’ll be starting<br />

afresh, with up-to-the-minute software too.<br />

PHONE<br />

REFURBS<br />

With so much talk around<br />

how to reduce our impact<br />

on the changing climate<br />

it makes sense to look to<br />

tech and to optimise our<br />

choices and save a few<br />

quid while we’re at it.<br />

Up to 80% of a mobile phone handset<br />

is recyclable, so what’s the point of<br />

leaving your old phone to rot on a shelf<br />

when you’re shiny new i11 finally arrives?<br />

Phone refurbishing is a growing global<br />

market and boasts benefits for sellers and<br />

resellers alike.<br />

What’s a refurbished phone?<br />

A phone that is still fully-functional<br />

but not in use can be refurbished or<br />

reconditioned and work as well as any<br />

new device on the market.<br />

Second-hand tech?<br />

Not the tech that’s second hand but the<br />

hardware that’s being re-used. If a phone<br />

has been sent and repaired then it’s fully<br />

functional without the price tag of a new<br />

device. Much like a second hand motor<br />

that has a scrape on the bumper and only<br />

few thousand miles on the clock. Not<br />

quite ready for the scrap heap and still<br />

plenty of life in the ol’ girl yet.<br />

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Where do all the good phones go<br />

In the UK, 39% of old phones end up in<br />

a drawer and never see the light of day<br />

again. 34% are sold or given away. The<br />

rest are dumped and end up on e-rubbish<br />

sites. According to Green Alliance, reusing<br />

phones is more sustainable with a 33%<br />

global impact reduction in C02 over<br />

opting for a new phone. Most of the<br />

hardware can be used again and breaking<br />

down to recycle is not always the most<br />

viable option; even where possible, it<br />

can cost as much in carbon footprint as<br />

buying a new device, so it just makes<br />

sense to use components and refurbish or<br />

recondition.<br />

Companies like CTL in Holland are<br />

buying and refurbishing old phones,<br />

two thirds of which are being sold to<br />

developing countries. Check this out<br />

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-<br />

ImumkeRsiw. And if your phone is really<br />

on its last legs then you can pass it onto a<br />

charity, which will raise funds by selling it<br />

to a company that can salvage scrap parts<br />

for a refurbished model. Some models<br />

can raise up to 70 quid. Waste not,<br />

want not and all.<br />

What you can expect<br />

When phones come in for refurbishing,<br />

sellers typically go through a series of<br />

quality checks to ensure all phone functions<br />

are doing their job – camera, touchscreen<br />

and key responsiveness; checking whether<br />

What about your data<br />

You might be wondering what happens to all<br />

the data that has been stored on the sim or<br />

on the phone when you give it up for resale?<br />

And can anyone access the phone now that<br />

it’s yours? No. Just like getting a brandnew<br />

phone: all the old data is wiped and<br />

the phone is set up with all the necessary<br />

configurations and software – much like<br />

buying a nearly new computer that has its<br />

hard drive wiped and reconfigured for use<br />

by someone else (as per the Data protection<br />

Act). Be sure to check all your data is wiped<br />

before committing to selling your phone.<br />

If you’re looking to buy<br />

You can get refurbished phones on a<br />

contract from any reputable retailer –<br />

Carphone Warehouse, for example. And<br />

if you’re wanting to buy a phone outright<br />

then there are plenty of options on Amazon<br />

and eBay. Check the small print on the<br />

condition of the phone so you know what<br />

you’re paying for. Check you’re getting a<br />

refurbished model and source directly from<br />

the manufacturer or a reputable seller /<br />

retailer if you can.<br />

Some sellers will send you a certified preowned<br />

(CPO) device in its original packaging<br />

and some manufacturers offer a form of<br />

guarantee or a full warranty for refurbished<br />

phones while third parties typically won’t.<br />

Look into a part exchange on your old<br />

model – that’s cash or in-store credit (for<br />

example, T-Mobile do this if you’re buying a<br />

new device). Do your homework and shop<br />

around for the best deal.<br />

UP TO 80% OF<br />

A MOBILE PHONE<br />

HANDSET IS<br />

RECYCLABLE<br />

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DIY<br />

THE MASKED<br />

BUILDER’S<br />

TIPS FOR DIY<br />

“This bank holiday weekend!<br />

Special offers on all DIY<br />

essentials you could need to<br />

brighten up your home.”<br />

Sounds tempting doesn’t it.<br />

T<br />

he people in the advert<br />

seem like they are enjoying<br />

themselves and that cordless<br />

drill does seem like a good<br />

deal. Remember this is an advert which<br />

does not reflect reality. If it did it, it<br />

would probably have to be aired after the<br />

watershed due to the bad language and the<br />

blood, sweat and tears.<br />

In my life, I do not feel qualified to offer<br />

advice or guidance on many topics with my<br />

personal life resembling that Ikea cabinet<br />

that appears put together, but you still<br />

feel unsure about it due to the number of<br />

left-over nuts and bolts still strewn across<br />

the carpet.<br />

But when it comes to DIY (being a<br />

former Builder) I feel compelled to share<br />

my knowledge, if only to avoid having to<br />

salvage any more botched jobs started by<br />

my friends and family in their own homes.<br />

So let’s start at the beginning.<br />

Usain Bolt Olympic sprint of re-tiling the<br />

bathroom.<br />

If you saw someone on YouTube<br />

jump off a cliff, would you do it?<br />

So you watched a ten minute video<br />

showing a person re-plastering their front<br />

room, whilst smiling and narrating the<br />

experience calmly. Unless you have super<br />

powers not yet discovered by modern<br />

science, you will not be able to absorb the<br />

skills displayed on the video through your<br />

eyeballs alone. So don’t be fooled by a slick<br />

production!<br />

Measure twice, cut once.<br />

This is a valid mantra of the Construction<br />

Trade and one that is still ingrained into<br />

the deepest recesses of my mind. Simply<br />

put, you cannot uncut a piece of wood,<br />

as my Grandfather told me in a blunt<br />

Irish manner. So double check everything<br />

before you do it. If you’re new to DIY,<br />

there is no shame in checking three or<br />

four times before cutting anything. No<br />

one will be able to tell how long you<br />

spent getting it right, but they will see<br />

straight away how you got it wrong.<br />

“A bad workman always<br />

blames their tools”<br />

Sometimes the tools are actually to<br />

blame! If you spend more on your lunch<br />

than you spend on your tools, you<br />

may as well use that toasted panini to<br />

hammer in those nails as the result will<br />

probably turn out similar.<br />

Finally, DIY is not a couples<br />

bonding experience! It’s not.<br />

I am not saying that couples can’t do DIY<br />

jobs together, but I strongly advise<br />

against it (unless you have a shared<br />

traumatic event like being kidnapped by<br />

Somali Pirates or being held in Guantanamo<br />

bay). This is the reason why a builder will<br />

have a ‘lackey’ to assist them on any job.<br />

The role mostly involves passing things to<br />

the boss, which are already within their<br />

reach. But the most important role of the<br />

‘lackey’ (or underling) is to be sworn at,<br />

blamed rightly or wrongly for any problems<br />

and be the focal point for any frustration<br />

arising from the job. So unless you already<br />

have these roles established within your<br />

relationship (which may be something<br />

worth looking into if that’s the case, but<br />

who am I to say), avoid it at all costs.<br />

I could go on but I am still in the Builders’<br />

Union, which much like the Magic Circle<br />

has strict rules on what we can and can’t<br />

divulge to the public. So to summarise,<br />

doing DIY around your home is like going to<br />

Vegas. The payout for a successful pull on<br />

the one arm bandit can reap huge rewards<br />

and bring all the plaudits of success. But<br />

ultimately the odds are stacked against you,<br />

and the house always wins.<br />

Author: BeMoreDrew<br />

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Slowly, slowly, catches the<br />

monkey.<br />

As humans we first learn to crawl, walk and<br />

then run. Even then it takes many more<br />

years to hone your skills to be able to jump,<br />

skip and not fall flat on your face. The same<br />

applies to DIY. So start with small simple<br />

tasks like fixing that kitchen cupboard door<br />

that has been hanging slightly wonky for<br />

months now. Once you have mastered<br />

these “crawling” tasks, then progress<br />

onto “walking” tasks, such as some light<br />

woodwork before going into a full-blown<br />

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DIY<br />

PUT UP A<br />

FENCE<br />

Offering privacy, security<br />

and marking a physical<br />

boundary, here’s all the<br />

advice you need to install<br />

fencing.<br />

Planning and Preparation<br />

Carefully plan your fence before<br />

starting, as this will limit cutting and<br />

wastage, and will help you to be<br />

accurate when ordering the materials<br />

that you need.<br />

Use a detector to check the area for<br />

any underground cables and pipes, to<br />

make sure you can dig the necessary<br />

holes along your fence line.<br />

In most cases, you can build a fence<br />

up to 2m in height without planning<br />

permission, but it’s best to check with<br />

your local planning office if you are<br />

unsure of the restrictions.<br />

If you are installing a fence that runs<br />

adjacent to your neighbour’s garden,<br />

talk them through your plans and<br />

check whether they are happy for you<br />

to access their garden, as it’s easier<br />

if you can work from both sides of<br />

the fence.<br />

Whilst it is possible to install a fence<br />

all year round, it’s best to avoid<br />

very hot, very cold or wet weather<br />

conditions.<br />

If you are going to be securing your<br />

posts with Postcrete, as we are, you’ll<br />

need 8ft posts for a 6ft fence, as<br />

roughly 2ft will be underground. If<br />

you are planning to use post-spikes<br />

or bolt down post sockets, you’ll only<br />

need 6ft posts.<br />

If you are planning to add a gravel<br />

board or trellis to your fence, factor<br />

it into your plans as their size may<br />

determine the length of fence posts<br />

you need.<br />

Do it Right!<br />

Even though the posts are already<br />

treated, it’s a good idea to soak the<br />

base of the post in wood preservative<br />

before installation.<br />

Always use treated wood and exterior<br />

grade screws to prevent premature<br />

rotting and rusting.<br />

Even if you are installing a pressuretreated<br />

fence panel it should be raised<br />

a minimum of 50mm above ground<br />

level to prevent rotting.<br />

If you are installing a fence onto a<br />

sloping area, keep the fence panels<br />

horizontal but fill the angled gap by<br />

cutting gravel board to size. Use a<br />

circular saw or jigsaw to make accurate<br />

angled cuts. Some heavily sloped areas<br />

will require a different method of<br />

installation, so it’s best to seek advice<br />

as the method will be dependent on<br />

the specifics of your garden and the<br />

gradient of the slope.<br />

Whilst it is possible to install a fence<br />

on your own, it’s much easier with an<br />

extra pair of hands, so ask a friend to<br />

help out.<br />

Staying Safe<br />

When using Postcrete, wear a dust<br />

mask, safety goggles and protective<br />

gloves and be sure to follow<br />

manufacturer’s instructions.<br />

Wear protective gloves when handling<br />

wood or applying wood preservative<br />

and be sure to always follow<br />

manufacturer’s instructions for drying<br />

and safety.<br />

When drilling, wear safety goggles.<br />

Offcuts of treated timber should be<br />

disposed of safely – your local recycling<br />

centre should be able to advise.<br />

Aftercare<br />

Treat all cut timber and drill holes with<br />

two coats of preservative.<br />

Once the fence is complete, apply a<br />

paint or wood stain to add a splash of<br />

colour and further protect the timber.<br />

These come in a variety of colours so<br />

be sure to look at the range.<br />

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DIY<br />

Step by step<br />

Step 1 - Remove any rocks or debris from<br />

the area and carefully dig up any small<br />

plants or shrubs that you want to replant<br />

once the fence is in position.<br />

Step 8 - Using a batten that is cut to<br />

the same length as your fence panel as<br />

a guide, carefully mark out where the<br />

centre point of each post will be.<br />

Step 2 - Mark out the position of your first<br />

fence post. Use a spade or post-hole digger<br />

to dig a hole appropriate to the length of<br />

the post you are using; this tends to be<br />

about 600mm deep by 300mm square.<br />

Step 5 - Add Postcrete and be sure to<br />

follow manufacturer’s instructions. Fill the<br />

hole until the Postcrete is 25mm beneath<br />

the soil line and continue to check the post<br />

stays vertical.<br />

Step 9 - Repeat the above process until<br />

all fence posts are in place.<br />

Step 3 - Add roughly 25mm of gravel or<br />

MOT Type 1 to the bottom of the hole;<br />

this will aid drainage and reduce the<br />

chance of the post rotting over time.<br />

Step 6 - Use a trowel to create a gentle<br />

slope in the Postcrete so that rainwater<br />

runs away from the post on all sides.<br />

Remove the timber props once the<br />

Postcrete has set.<br />

Step 10 - If your fence panels are dip<br />

treated then protect them from rot by<br />

installing pressure-treated gravel boards.<br />

Start by marking the positioning of an L<br />

bracket onto the base of each post.<br />

Step 4 - Place a length of fence post<br />

into the hole. Use a spirit level to check<br />

that the post is perfectly vertical on two<br />

adjacent sides then screw pieces of timber<br />

to the post to hold it in place.<br />

Step 7 - Use stakes and a string line to<br />

mark where the fence will run.<br />

GET A MATE<br />

ROUND TO<br />

HELP OUT<br />

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DIY<br />

Step 11 - Use a drill or electric<br />

screwdriver to fix an L bracket to each<br />

post. Secure the gravel boards through<br />

the L bracket with 20mm screws.<br />

Adding Trellis<br />

Step 1 - If you included a trellis in your<br />

plans, then you should have ordered posts<br />

that are long enough to accommodate<br />

the extra height of the trellis.<br />

Step 12 - Mark out the positions of two<br />

U brackets to the inside of each post, one<br />

150mm from the top, and one 150mm<br />

from the bottom of where the fence panel<br />

will be. Secure in position with 35mm<br />

external grade screws.<br />

Step 15 - If you need to trim a fence<br />

panel to fit the remaining space, measure<br />

out the section you need and mark a<br />

saw guideline. Then, remove the framing<br />

battens from the front and the back of<br />

section you will be using.<br />

Step 2 - Start by fixing a U bracket into<br />

the middle of where the trellis will be<br />

positioned. Add additional brackets if the<br />

fence is situated in a particularly windy<br />

location.<br />

Step 16 - Carefully saw down your<br />

guideline. Place the framing battens back<br />

into the required position and fix the panel.<br />

Step 13 - Carefully lift the fence panels<br />

into position, sliding them down and<br />

between the U brackets and then secure in<br />

place with 35mm external grade screws.<br />

Step 3 - Slide the trellis into position<br />

and secure through the brackets with<br />

35mm external-grade screws. Repeat this<br />

process until your trellis is complete.<br />

Step 17 - Finally, add a neat finish and<br />

protect the end of the wood by adding<br />

a post cap. Pre-drill your hole before<br />

securing with one screw.<br />

Step 14 - Lay a piece of timber across the<br />

top of two consecutive posts and use a<br />

spirit level to check the posts are level. If<br />

need be, trim the tops of the posts down<br />

so they are all the same height.<br />

For more Wickes DIY guidelines head to:<br />

www.wickes.co.uk/how-to-guides<br />

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FIRST LOOK<br />

Land Rover Defender<br />

Unlike the original Defender, this all-new one won’t just be at home off road<br />

On sale Early 2020 Price from £40,000 (est)<br />

BOXING CLEVER<br />

Specify the Adventure<br />

Pack and you get<br />

storage boxes similar<br />

to the panniers on<br />

a motorcycle, plus<br />

extra underbody<br />

protection.<br />

Like the 110, the three-door 90 variant can be had with a central jump seat that allows three to travel in the front; a protective body wrap and painted steel wheels are optional<br />

Like the 110, the three-door 90 variant can be had with a central jump seat that allows three to travel in the front; a protective body wrap and painted steel wheels are optional


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allows the driver<br />

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conditions meaning no (or hardcore 00.0mpg just select separate an automatic chassis setting) or<br />

rigid axles. However, the suspension has<br />

and Land Rover’s Clearsight Ground View<br />

been reinforced, and the new Defender<br />

technology, has more suspension which displays travel the and area ground under<br />

the clearance bonnet than and its ahead sister of cars. the front wheels<br />

on Its a capability dashboard-mounted is further boosted screen. by<br />

permanent four-wheel drive, hill-start<br />

As with the original Defender, you’ll be able<br />

per 12,000 miles £000<br />

itres<br />

sions 000g/km, Euro 0<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL 1 Traditional Combined instruments 2 Wireless updates 33.2mpg 3 You get up OFFICIAL to five USB<br />

MPG have been Low ditched speed in ensure infotainment 25.2mpg and 12V sockets, MPG while<br />

(WLTP) favour of a Medium screen with speed system is always running 34.4mpg a three-pin (WLTP) domestic<br />

High speed<br />

38.2mpg<br />

a customisable layout the latest software socket is also available<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

Tank<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)<br />

can be specified<br />

with five, six or<br />

seven seats<br />

Tank In five-door 110 5<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 1<br />

form, the Defender<br />

can be specified<br />

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space<br />

STANDARD<br />

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have been<br />

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ports on the<br />

for your gear) and Explorer (featuring a roof Rear space<br />

be disappointing Rear space in a Range Rover (or even a<br />

ladder, you’re off-roading roof rack and and anti-glare gives the bonnet). car a Prototypes Discovery), it feels right here.<br />

distinctive satin fi nish.<br />

Seating subjected fl have exibility been<br />

to more<br />

Thoughtful<br />

front seatbacks,<br />

Seating touches<br />

specifi<br />

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cally positioned to allow<br />

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front seatbacks, Boot specifi cally positioned to allow<br />

personalisation options – everything from an<br />

including a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment<br />

than Buying 45,000 and durability owning<br />

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those system in with the Apple second CarPlay row to and charge Android devices Auto<br />

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including<br />

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show the a optional wide range tablet of holders. information.<br />

you’re off-roading and gives the car a Prototypes have been<br />

Thoughtful touches include USB ports on the<br />

more minimalist than those of other<br />

heat, Reliability<br />

Arctic conditions<br />

distinctive satin fi nish.<br />

subjected to more<br />

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gear selector (all new Defenders<br />

Safety and security<br />

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Land Inside, Rovers. you’ll However, fi nd exposed while this metal would on than and 45,000 altitudes durability of up<br />

those in the second row to charge devices<br />

the doors and a dashboard that’s tests, including desert<br />

while using the optional tablet holders.<br />

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00.0mpg<br />

the 90 model to seat up<br />

to six people. The 110 is available in five, six<br />

and seven-seat configurations, with the latter<br />

swapping the central front seat for two that<br />

ALL CLEAR<br />

fold up from beneath the boot floor.<br />

The new Defender<br />

has 291mm of ground<br />

clearance – more than<br />

Unusually for the a Jeep modern Wrangler SUV, the spare wheel<br />

(252mm) and<br />

Mercedes-Benz<br />

(when specified) G-Class is mounted (241mm). on the tailgate,<br />

which has to be side-hinged as a result and<br />

therefore can’t be opened if you back the car<br />

into a tight parking space or up against a wall.<br />

We won’t get to drive the Defender until later<br />

this year. However, we have had a passenger<br />

ride in a late prototype on a test track that<br />

per 12,000 miles £000<br />

itres<br />

sions 000g/km, Euro 0<br />

featured one pothole and bump after another,<br />

and here the ride was certainly impressive. The<br />

suspension is brilliant at taking the sting out of<br />

bigger impacts, yet taut enough to keep the<br />

CARS PICTURED<br />

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic<br />

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500<br />

paint (£525) Target Price From £48,732 Target Price From £39,955 Liquid Yellow Target paint Price (£1300), From Bose £94,500 Pack (£800), front parking se<br />

The seats in most versions mix leather with hard-wearing textiles; permanent four-wheel drive boosts capability; rear-mounted spare and wheel rear-view means camera tailgate (£400) has to and open Visio sideways System Pack (£250)<br />

use an eight-speed automatic gearbox), OUR car RATINGS feeling composed at higher speeds and Discovery’s but fall short of most other rivals’.<br />

which leaves room for an optional central through quick changes of direction.<br />

The five-door 110 model will go on sale<br />

front seat that allows the 90 model to seat up DrivingInitially, buyers will be able to choose from first, priced Driving from £45,240, with the three-door<br />

to six people. The 110 is available in five, six Performance 296bhp 45 TDI four-cylinder Sport and 396bhp six-cylinder<br />

2.0 GME Sport 4dr 90 following Performance<br />

shortly G350d afterwards AMG Line and likely to<br />

and seven-seat configurations, with the latter petrol engines (badged P300 and P400<br />

start at about £40,000. There will also be two<br />

‘Exposed metal would Ride<br />

Ride<br />

swapping the central front seat for two that<br />

Handling<br />

respectively), as well as 197bhp and 237bhp Commercial<br />

Handling<br />

models, costing from around<br />

fold up from beneath the boot floor.<br />

four-cylinder diesels (D200 and D240) that £35,000 plus VAT, while a plug-in hybrid will join<br />

Refi nement<br />

Refi nement<br />

Unusually for a modern SUV, the spare wheel both average 37.2mpg and emit 199g/km of the range by next year. A larger 130 model is<br />

(when specified) mounted on the tailgate, Behind CO 2. the Those wheel figures are comparable with the being developed Behind the for launch wheel in 2022.<br />

which be has disappointing to be side-hinged as a result in<br />

Quiet, comfy and plusher Sets the standard for off-road Similar in concept to the<br />

and Driving position<br />

Driving position<br />

therefore can’t be opened if you back the car Visibility THE RIVALS<br />

Visibility<br />

into a tight parking space or up against a wall. Infotainment than the Defender inside, ability but, unlike Defender, Infotainment Defender, in that it’s much<br />

We won’t get to drive the Defender until later<br />

Quality<br />

Quality<br />

this year. However, we have had a passenger<br />

ride in a late prototype on a test track that<br />

Space the and Q7 practicality<br />

is the benchmark is strictly a five-seater. Its onestar<br />

Euro NCAP safety rating predecessor and still hugely<br />

Space better and on practicality<br />

a Range Rover, but<br />

road than its<br />

featured one pothole and bump after another, Front space<br />

Front space<br />

and here the ride was certainly impressive. The Rear space<br />

Rear space<br />

luxury SUV if you rarely (if<br />

suspension is brilliant at taking the sting out of Seating Audi fl exibility Q7<br />

Jeep Wrangler Seating Mercedes-Benz fl exibility G-Class<br />

bigger impacts, yet taut enough to keep the Boot<br />

Boot<br />

it feels right here’<br />

Target ever) venture Price From off road. £48,732 Target Price From £39,955 Target Price From £94,500<br />

Buying and owning<br />

is very disappointing. Buying capable and owning off it. Pricey, though.<br />

Pick of the range<br />

Pick of the range<br />

Pick of the range<br />

Costs 45 TDI Sport<br />

2.0 GME Sport 4dr Costs G350d AMG Line<br />

Equipment<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability Quiet, comfy and plusher<br />

Safety than and the security Defender inside,<br />

Sets the standard for off-road Reliability Similar in concept to the<br />

ability but, unlike Defender, Safety Defender, and security in that it’s much<br />

the Q7 is the benchmark is strictly a five-seater. Its onestar<br />

better on road than its<br />

Euro NCAP safety rating predecessor and still hugely<br />

luxury SUV if you rarely (if<br />

Overall ever) venture rating off road. is very disappointing.<br />

capable off it. Pricey, though.<br />

‘Exposed metal would<br />

be disappointing in<br />

a Range Rover, but<br />

it feels right here’<br />

car feeling composed at higher speeds and<br />

through quick Combined changes of direction.<br />

Low speed<br />

Initially, buyers Medium will speed be able to choose from<br />

High speed<br />

296bhp four-cylinder Test MPG and 396bhp six-cylinder<br />

petrol engines (badged P300 and P400<br />

Tank<br />

CO<br />

respectively), 2 emissions (NEDC)<br />

as well as 197bhp and 237bhp<br />

four-cylinder diesels (D200 and D240) that<br />

both average 37.2mpg and emit 199g/km of<br />

CO 2 . Those figures are comparable with the<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL<br />

MPG<br />

(WLTP)<br />

SAFETY<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2017)<br />

yyyyy<br />

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88%<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

Engine<br />

Peak power<br />

Peak torque<br />

Gearbox<br />

THE RIVALS<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

0-60mph<br />

5.4sec<br />

Audi Q7<br />

Pick of the range<br />

4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol<br />

316bhp @ 6500rpm<br />

295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm<br />

6-spd manual<br />

Top<br />

speed<br />

169mph<br />

Acceleration<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec<br />

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec<br />

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m<br />

Noise<br />

Jeep Wrangler<br />

At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB<br />

33.2mpg<br />

25.2mpg<br />

34.4mpg<br />

38.2mpg<br />

32.4mpg<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

46 litres<br />

176g/km<br />

Pick of the range<br />

Discovery’s but fall short of most other rivals’.<br />

The five-door OFFICIAL 110 model will go on sale<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

first, priced (WLTP) from £45,240, Medium with the speed three-door<br />

High speed<br />

90 following shortly afterwards and likely to<br />

start at about £40,000. There will also be two<br />

Commercial models, costing from around<br />

£35,000 plus VAT, while a plug-in hybrid will join<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2015)<br />

the range by next year. A larger 130 model is<br />

being developed for launch in 2022.<br />

All protection 88% 87% 71%<br />

Engine<br />

Peak power<br />

Peak torque<br />

Gearbox<br />

0-60mph<br />

5.7sec<br />

Mercedes-Benz G-Class<br />

Pick of the range<br />

4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol<br />

296bhp @ 6000rpm<br />

295Ib ft @ 3200rpm<br />

6-spd manual<br />

Top<br />

speed<br />

161mph<br />

Acceleration<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th<br />

50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th<br />

Braking 30-0mph 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m<br />

Noise<br />

n<br />

Combined 3<br />

FIRST LOOK<br />

n<br />

n<br />

Test MPG 3<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £<br />

Tank 5<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 1<br />

At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB<br />

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hunting<br />

COMPARISON<br />

Trophy<br />

Our favourite hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R, is being<br />

chased down by the celebratory TCR version of the<br />

hunting<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI, as well as the most extreme<br />

Renault Mégane RS to date: the 300 Trophy<br />

Photography: Will Williams<br />

Our favourite hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R, is being<br />

chased down by the celebratory TCR version of the<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI, as well as the most extreme<br />

Renault Mégane RS to date: the 300 Trophy<br />

Photography: Will Williams


Combined<br />

Urban<br />

Extra-urban<br />

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00.0mpg<br />

00.0mpg<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £000<br />

Tank 00 litres<br />

CO 2 emissions 000g/km, Euro 0<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL<br />

MPG<br />

(WLTP)<br />

SAFETY<br />

Combined<br />

33.2mp<br />

Low speed<br />

25.2mp<br />

Medium speed<br />

34.4mp<br />

High THE speed CONTENDERS<br />

Renault Mégane RS<br />

38.2mp<br />

Test MPG 300 Trophy<br />

32.4mp<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

List price £31,835<br />

Tank<br />

COTarget 2 emissions Price £30,775 (NEDC)<br />

Honda Civic Type R<br />

2.0 VTEC Turbo GT<br />

The latest RS really impressed<br />

in Cup form, and this Trophy<br />

version is even more focused.<br />

Euro NCAP rating List (2017) price £33,550<br />

Target Price £32,750<br />

All protection Our reigning 92% Hot Hatch 75% of the 75% 88%<br />

NEW Year is a sensational driver’s car,<br />

so it will be tough to beat.<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

NEW<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

TCR 5dr<br />

Renault Mégane RS<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE 300 Trophy<br />

List price £31,835<br />

Target List price Price Top £35,305 £30,775<br />

0-60mph The latest RS really impressed<br />

in Cup Target speed<br />

form, Price and £35,305 this Trophy<br />

5.4secversion is even 169mph more focused.<br />

TCR special edition produces<br />

286bhp and is the last hurrah<br />

NEW<br />

Acceleration for the current Golf GTI.<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2se<br />

50-70mph IT’S 3rd COMMON 2.3sec 4th ENOUGH 3.0sec 5th for 3.9sec car 6th 5.5se<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

Braking makers 30-0mph to try 7.5m TCR to whip 5dr 70-0mph up interest 41.4m<br />

in models that are nearing the<br />

Noise At 30mph List price 65.6dB £35,305 At 70mph 72.2dB<br />

end of Target their life Price by bringing £35,305 out<br />

CARS PICTURED ‘special TCR special edition’ edition versions. produces However,<br />

286bhp and is the last hurrah<br />

Honda Civic Type in the R 2.0 case VTEC of Turbo the GT Volkswagen<br />

with Polished Metal metallic<br />

for the current Golf GTI.<br />

paint (£525)<br />

Golf GTI, these have earned a<br />

reputation for being truly special,<br />

IT’S COMMON ENOUGH for car<br />

OUR RATINGS rather makers than to try just to cynical whip up marketing interest<br />

Driving exercises.<br />

in models<br />

So,<br />

that<br />

this<br />

are<br />

new<br />

nearing<br />

TCR model<br />

the<br />

–<br />

Performance end of their life by bringing out<br />

which ‘special represents edition’ versions. the swansong<br />

Ride<br />

However,<br />

in case of the Volkswagen<br />

Handling for the current generation of the<br />

Golf GTI, these have earned a<br />

Refi nement hot reputation hatch – for has being a lot to truly live special, up to.<br />

Behind the rather Sounding wheel than just like cynical a local radio marketing<br />

Driving position exercises. So, this new TCR model –<br />

station but actually named after<br />

Visibility which represents the swansong<br />

Infotainment<br />

the for the touring current car generation racing version of the of<br />

hot hatch – a lot to live up to.<br />

Quality the Golf, it has 44bhp more than<br />

Sounding like a local radio<br />

Space and the station practicality<br />

existing but actually GTI Performance,<br />

named after<br />

Front space<br />

taking the touring the total car racing up to 286bhp. version of<br />

Rear space the Golf, it has 44bhp more than<br />

What’s the existing more, GTI there Performance,<br />

are plenty<br />

Seating fl exibility<br />

taking the total up to 286bhp.<br />

Boot of look-at-me design details,<br />

What’s more, there are plenty<br />

Buying and the<br />

of look-at-me<br />

owning brakes have<br />

design<br />

been<br />

details,<br />

upgraded<br />

Costs and the brakes the suspension have been can upgraded be, too.<br />

Equipment and the suspension can be, too.<br />

Renault, by contrast, appears<br />

Reliability Renault, by contrast, appears<br />

Safety and to security have decided that in a world of<br />

streaming services and same-day<br />

delivery, people don’t want to<br />

Overall delivery, wait until rating<br />

people a car is don’t about want to exit to<br />

stage left before they get the<br />

wait until a car is about to exit<br />

stage left before they get the<br />

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176g/km


d<br />

00.0mpg<br />

COMPARISON 00.0mpg<br />

an<br />

00.0mpg<br />

fastest, most focused versions.<br />

It’s little more than six months<br />

per 12,000 since miles it introduced £000 its latest<br />

Mégane RS, yet we now have this<br />

itres hardcore Trophy model. Again,<br />

power has been hiked, here by<br />

sions 000g/km, 20bhp to Euro 296bhp. 0 Plus, it features<br />

the lowered Cup chassis that’s<br />

usually an option, its accelerator<br />

responses have been sharpened<br />

and there’s a freer-breathing<br />

exhaust with the potential to<br />

make it sound even better.<br />

Before either of these cars can<br />

be crowned as the new hot hatch<br />

king, though, they first need to<br />

get the better of the Honda Civic<br />

Type R. It has set the standard for<br />

the past two years, managing to<br />

be both scintillating and sensible,<br />

and it actually has more power<br />

than either of the newcomers.<br />

DRIVING<br />

Performance, ride,<br />

handling, refi nement<br />

You could argue that a car’s<br />

0-60mph time isn’t particularly<br />

relevant; after all, how often do<br />

you find yourself needing to blast<br />

away from a set of traffic lights<br />

as quickly as possible? However,<br />

it remains a key number in any<br />

game of Top Trumps, and it’s the<br />

Golf that gives you the most to<br />

brag to your mates about.<br />

Its standard DSG dual-clutch<br />

automatic gearbox incorporates a<br />

launch control system that allows<br />

even the most clod-footed of<br />

drivers to make a perfect getaway<br />

every time. Plus, the Golf swaps<br />

ratios far quicker than is possible<br />

in either of its manual rivals.<br />

The result is 0-60mph in just<br />

5.2sec, compared with 5.4sec in<br />

the Civic and 5.7sec in the Mégane,<br />

although the latter can be ordered<br />

with a dual-clutch automatic of<br />

its own (for £1710), whereas the<br />

former is manual only.<br />

Despite being the heaviest car<br />

here and having the least power,<br />

the Golf continues to pile on<br />

speed fastest when rolling, aided<br />

by those blink-and-you’ll-missthem<br />

gearchanges, which can also<br />

be controlled by the driver via<br />

steering wheel-mounted paddles.<br />

But you’re still unlikely to feel<br />

shortchanged by the performance<br />

of the Civic or Mégane, and there’s<br />

real pleasure to be had from<br />

flicking from gear to gear using<br />

the Civic’s super-slick manual<br />

’box. The Mégane’s, on the other<br />

hand, is a little stiff. But you’ll be<br />

tempted to cut Renault some slack<br />

when you floor the accelerator,<br />

because the car sounds fantastic –<br />

particularly in Race mode.<br />

The Golf’s engine note is rather<br />

ordinary by comparison, despite<br />

it being digitally enhanced, and<br />

while the Civic emits plenty of<br />

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ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL Combined<br />

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

25.2mpg MPG Low speed<br />

n<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed<br />

n<br />

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R High speed<br />

38.2mpg<br />

INFOTAINMENT High speed<br />

n<br />

BEST<br />

This is the Civic’s weakest area,<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg DRIVING<br />

Test MPG 3<br />

POSITION because its 7.0in touchscreen has<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

small icons, Fuel overly cost complicated per 12,000 miles £<br />

Tank<br />

46 litres<br />

menus and sluggish responses. To<br />

make matters Tank worse, the screen is 5<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km disappointingly CO 2<br />

low emissions in resolution (NEDC) 1<br />

and prone to showing refl ections<br />

due to the angle at which it’s<br />

SAFETY<br />

1<br />

mounted. The one saving grace<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2017)<br />

Euro is the NCAP fact rating that you (2015) get Apple<br />

yyyyy<br />

CarPlay and Android Auto<br />

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88% All smartphone protection integration, 88% allowing 87%<br />

2<br />

you to bypass Honda’s software.<br />

71%<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

3<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm<br />

Peak power 296bhp @ 6000rpm<br />

1 You sit Peak nice and torque low, 2 Civic 295Ib has ft the @ most 2500-4500rpm<br />

incar<br />

3 The interior looks Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 3200rpm<br />

storage, including a quite different from the<br />

plus the gearlever is well<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

positioned and has a useful cubby at the base standard Civic’s, thanks<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

short, precise action of its centre console<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

to all the red trim<br />

RENAULT MEGANE RS<br />

0-60mph<br />

5.4sec<br />

2<br />

1<br />

Top<br />

speed<br />

169mph<br />

Acceleration<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec<br />

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec<br />

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m<br />

Noise<br />

At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 3 72.2dB<br />

CARS PICTURED<br />

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic<br />

paint (£525)<br />

1 While automatic cars 2 Trophy gets Renault’s<br />

get an electronic parking RS Monitor as standard,<br />

brake, manual OUR models RATINGSmeaning on-board<br />

stick with a lever performance telemetery<br />

Driving<br />

Performance<br />

Ride<br />

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI<br />

Handling<br />

Refi nement<br />

Behind the wheel 2<br />

Driving position<br />

Visibility<br />

Infotainment<br />

Quality<br />

Space and practicality<br />

Front space<br />

1Rear space<br />

Seating fl exibility<br />

Boot<br />

Buying and owning<br />

3<br />

Costs<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability<br />

1 Manual Safety shifts are and security 2 Standard digital<br />

done via wheel-mounted instrument display<br />

paddles or by nudging shows a wide variety of<br />

the lever<br />

Overall<br />

back and forth<br />

rating<br />

info reasonably clearly<br />

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3 The optional Recaro<br />

seats look and feel great<br />

so are worth considering,<br />

even at £1500<br />

3 Tartan seat trim of other<br />

GTIs has been swapped<br />

for a more modern but<br />

less distinctive design<br />

INFOTAINMENT<br />

Top<br />

0-60mph<br />

Like the Civic and the speed Golf, the<br />

Mégane comes with sat-nav,<br />

Bluetooth, 5.7sec a DAB radio 161mph and Apple<br />

and Android phone connectivity.<br />

As in the Civic, the screen could<br />

Acceleration<br />

be easier to read – in this instance<br />

because it’s rather dull. However,<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec<br />

Renault’s operating system is<br />

30-50mph more logically 3rd 2.6sec laid out. 4th And 4.1sec if you 5th 6.4sec 6th<br />

50-70mph spend £800 3rd to 2.5sec upgrade 4th 3.3sec to the 5th 4.8sec 6th<br />

punchy Bose stereo, the standard<br />

Braking 7.0in screen 30-0mph is binned 8.0m in favour 70-0mph of 43.9m<br />

a less fi ddly 8.7in one (pictured).<br />

Noise At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB<br />

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500<br />

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se<br />

and rear-view camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)<br />

Driving<br />

Performance<br />

Ride<br />

INFOTAINMENT<br />

Handling<br />

It’s the Golf that has the best<br />

Refi infotainment nement system here. Not<br />

Behind only is the it the wheel most intuitive, but its<br />

Driving 8.0in screen position is also super-bright<br />

Visibility and responds almost instantly<br />

Infotainment<br />

when you press it. We wouldn’t<br />

bother with the optional (£200)<br />

Quality<br />

voice control, because it’s rather<br />

Space basic and practicality<br />

frequently fails to do<br />

Front what space you want it to. However, the<br />

Rear Dynaudio space Excite stereo upgrade<br />

Seating (£550) fl is exibility worth considering<br />

if you’re an audiophile.<br />

Boot<br />

Buying and owning<br />

Costs<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability<br />

Safety and security<br />

yyyy<br />

BEST<br />

SYSTEM


d<br />

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itres<br />

sions 000g/km, Euro 920mm 0<br />

Boots’ suitcase-carrying capacities are measured with a 560x350x230mm<br />

Antler suitcase, with the rear seatbacks in place and up to the parcel shelf<br />

00.0mpg<br />

00.0mpg<br />

00.0mpg<br />

per 12,000 miles £000<br />

930-1770mm<br />

910mm<br />

930mm<br />

1395mm<br />

725mm<br />

1380mm<br />

650mm<br />

475-690mm<br />

745-1500mm<br />

1105-1350mm<br />

730-1490mm<br />

855-1280mm<br />

1370mm<br />

1015-1270mm<br />

495-705mm<br />

670mm<br />

415-790mm<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL Combined<br />

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3<br />

MPG Low Honda speed Civic Type R vs Renault 25.2mpgMégane MPG RS vs Volkswagen Low speed Golf GTI n<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed<br />

n<br />

High speed<br />

38.2mpg<br />

turbo whoosh, High this speed doesn’t have n<br />

you impersonating the Cheshire<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg<br />

Test MPG 3<br />

Cat in the way that the Mégane’s<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

growls and Fuel crackles cost do. per 12,000 miles £<br />

Instead, the biggest thrills in<br />

Tank<br />

46 litres<br />

the Civic come Tank from the way it 5<br />

940mm<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km<br />

tackles corners. CO 2 emissions It feels incredibly (NEDC) 1<br />

poised, with little body lean and<br />

1445mm<br />

SAFETY<br />

loads of grip. Plus, it remains very<br />

stable under hard braking and its<br />

1090mm<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2017)<br />

yyyyy Euro limited-slip NCAP rating differential (2015) (LSD) yyyy<br />

does<br />

an excellent job of distributing<br />

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88% All protection power between the 88% front wheels 87% in 71%<br />

Rear head room isn’t great, but<br />

whatever way maximises traction.<br />

BEST there’s so much leg room that<br />

All of this means you quickly<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

BOOT tall passengers can slouch. The<br />

feel comfortable driving the Civic<br />

Engine<br />

Civic also has the best boot by a<br />

fast, whereas the Mégane takes<br />

mile, and its 4cyl, pull-across 1996cc, luggage turbo, petrol<br />

Engine time to get used 4cyl, to. Yes, 1798cc, it also turbo, has petrol<br />

Peak power cover is a 316bhp thoughtful @ touch 6500rpm<br />

Peak an power LSD (as does 296bhp the Golf), @ and 6000rpm this<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm<br />

Peak drags torque you out of 295Ib tight bends ft @ 3200rpm with<br />

Boot 420-1209 litres<br />

even more verve than the Civic’s.<br />

Gearbox Suitcases 6-spd 7 manual<br />

Gearbox But under hard 6-spd acceleration, manual it<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

can feel like someone has hacked<br />

into the steering and is fighting<br />

you for control, because the<br />

engine’s torque makes the wheel<br />

Top<br />

tug left and right in your Tophands.<br />

0-60mph speed<br />

0-60mph Adding to the Mégane’s speedcomplex<br />

character is four-wheel steering,<br />

5.4sec 169mph<br />

5.7sec with the rears turning 161mph in the<br />

opposite direction to the fronts at<br />

speeds of up to 62mph. This not<br />

Acceleration 960mm<br />

Acceleration<br />

only gives it a tight turning circle<br />

but also improves its agility on<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec<br />

winding roads. You really do feel<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 1425mm 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph like the 3rd car 2.6sec is pivoting 4th around 4.1sec you; 5th 6.4sec 6th<br />

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 1075mm 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph some people 3rd 2.5sec will love 4th this, 3.3sec but 5th it 4.8sec 6th<br />

can feel quite disconcerting when<br />

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m<br />

Braking you’re driving 30-0mph hard. 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m<br />

Noise<br />

The Mégane is the most cramped<br />

And what of the Golf? Well, its<br />

in At the 30mph back, with 65.6dB little room At 70mph for 72.2dB<br />

Noise steering At is 30mph the most 64.4dB precise At of 70mph 71.2dB<br />

feet under the front seats. The boot<br />

the lot, offering loads of feedback<br />

CARS PICTURED isn’t as impressive as its official<br />

whether you’re winding lock on or<br />

figures suggest and there’s a<br />

off. Unfortunately, you have to put<br />

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic<br />

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500<br />

sizeable lip at its entrance<br />

up with more body roll than you<br />

paint (£525)<br />

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se<br />

and rear-view<br />

do in the<br />

camera<br />

other<br />

(£400)<br />

cars<br />

and<br />

and<br />

Visio<br />

it feels<br />

System<br />

the<br />

Pack (£250)<br />

Boot 434-1247 litres<br />

least stable under hard braking.<br />

Suitcases 5<br />

This is reflected in its lap time.<br />

OUR RATINGS<br />

Our 0.9-mile test track is designed<br />

Driving<br />

Driving to simulate a meandering<br />

Performance<br />

Performance<br />

Ride<br />

Ride<br />

HOW THEY FARE ON TRACK<br />

Handling<br />

Handling<br />

Refi nement<br />

Refi nement<br />

Honda Renault<br />

Civic Mégane<br />

VW<br />

Golf<br />

Behind the wheel<br />

Behind the wheel Type R RS GTI<br />

GT Trophy TCR<br />

Driving position<br />

Driving position<br />

Visibility<br />

945mm<br />

Visibility<br />

Lap time 43.1sec<br />

Infotainment<br />

Infotainment<br />

43.2sec 44.4sec<br />

Quality<br />

Quality<br />

Space and practicality 1450mm<br />

Space and practicality<br />

Front space<br />

1090mm<br />

Front space Start<br />

Rear space<br />

Rear space<br />

Seating fl exibility<br />

Seating fl exibility Finish<br />

The Golf has the pokiest boot,<br />

Boot<br />

Boot<br />

but it’s well shaped, so it can still<br />

Buying and owning<br />

Buying and owning<br />

take as many carry-on suitcases<br />

Costs as the Mégane’s. Rear leg room<br />

Costs<br />

Equipment is decent rather than great, but<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability there’s plenty of head room<br />

Reliability<br />

Safety and security<br />

Safety and security<br />

Boot 380-1270 litres<br />

Suitcases 5<br />

Overall rating<br />

What Car?’s 0.9-mile test track is<br />

designed to simulate a fast B-road<br />

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INTRODUCING THE<br />

ALL-NEW E-BOXER RANGE<br />

Discover hybrid, the Subaru way.<br />

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The all-new e-BOXER self-charging hybrid range is a continuation of Subaru’s<br />

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Find out more at Subaru.co.uk<br />

SUBARU e-BOXER RANGE fuel economy (WLTP) and CO2 results (NEDC Correlated): Combined 34.7 – 35.7mpg, CO2 emissions 149-154g/km.<br />

Fuel consumption figures are determined according to the WLTP test cycle. Mpg figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes<br />

& may not reflect real driving results. CO2 figure shown is based on the outgoing NEDC test cycle & will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first<br />

registration. Only compare fuel consumption & CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical standard. Fuel consumption achieved in<br />

real life conditions & CO2 produced depends on a number of factors including accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving<br />

styles & vehicle load.


† The service intervals for the Subaru e-BOXER range are every 12 months /12,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. The Subaru e-BOXER range is covered by a 5 Year /<br />

100,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Limited Warranty. This comprises of a standard 3 Year / 60,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Manufacturer’s Warranty (bumper to bumper)<br />

and an Extended Warranty that applies to the powertrain only, provided by the importer, to complete the 5 Year / 100,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Limited Warranty. ^For<br />

added reassurance the traction battery (Lithium-ion) is covered by an 8 year / 100,000 mile Warranty (whichever is sooner). All vehicle bodywork is covered by a 12 Year Anti-<br />

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Lineartronic, OTR price of £30,995.00 and a Forester 2.0i e-BOXER XE Premium Lineartronic, OTR price of £36,995.00. OTR price incl. VAT, delivery, number plates, 12 months<br />

road fund licence and first registration fee plus optional special paint finish at £550. Prices correct at time of going to print.


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HONDA CIVIC TYPE R<br />

COMPARISON<br />

RENAULT MEGANE RS<br />

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI<br />

OFFICIAL Combined<br />

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

25.2mpg MPG Low speed<br />

n<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed<br />

n<br />

High speed<br />

38.2mpg<br />

B-road, giving High an objective speed<br />

n<br />

BEST<br />

benchmark in terms of handling<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg TO<br />

Test MPG 3<br />

DRIVE limits, and here the Golf was more<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

than a second Fuel slower cost than per 12,000 the miles £<br />

Tank<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)<br />

46 litres<br />

176g/km<br />

closely matched Mégane and Civic.<br />

The Golf is Tank at its best when<br />

driven at eight-tenths, CO 2 emissions then, at (NEDC)<br />

which point you can really savour<br />

5<br />

1<br />

SAFETY<br />

its steering and (if you’ve specified<br />

the £875 adaptive dampers fitted<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2017)<br />

yyyyy Euro to NCAP our test rating car) its (2015) supple ride.<br />

The Civic is even more forgiving,<br />

All protection<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

92% 75% 75% 88% All aided protection by the fact it 88% gets adaptive 87%<br />

dampers as standard, whereas the<br />

Mégane’s Cup suspension bounces<br />

and jostles you about incessantly;<br />

71%<br />

Engine<br />

Peak power<br />

4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol<br />

316bhp @ 6500rpm<br />

it’s only when you drive like there’s<br />

Engine a tornado on your 4cyl, tail 1798cc, that it starts turbo, petrol<br />

Peak to settle power and you 296bhp can appreciate @ 6000rpm<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm<br />

Peak its torque ability to stay 295Ib composed ft @ on 3200rpm<br />

badly surfaced roads.<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

Gearbox As good as the 6-spd Mégane’s manual engine<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

sounds, the fact you can always<br />

hear it can become a bit tiring<br />

on the motorway, although road<br />

noise is relatively subdued by hot<br />

Top<br />

hatch standards. There’s Top a lot more<br />

0-60mph speed<br />

0-60mph<br />

of this in the Civic, along speed with<br />

some exhaust boom, so it’s the<br />

5.4sec 169mph<br />

noisiest 5.7seccruiser, while 161mph the Golf sits<br />

at the other end of the refinement<br />

spectrum but still suffers from<br />

Acceleration<br />

Acceleration<br />

some rear suspension thudding.<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec<br />

BEHIND THE WHEEL<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph Driving position, 3rd 2.6sec visibility, 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th<br />

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph build quality 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th<br />

‘The Civic is incredibly poised, so you<br />

quickly feel comfortable driving it fast’<br />

per 12,000 miles £000<br />

itres<br />

sions 000g/km, Euro 0<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

‘Four-wheel steering makes the Mégane<br />

agile, while its engine growls and crackles’<br />

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m<br />

Noise<br />

CARS PICTURED<br />

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic<br />

paint (£525)<br />

OUR RATINGS<br />

Driving<br />

Performance<br />

Ride<br />

Handling<br />

At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB<br />

Refi nement<br />

‘The Golf piles on speed with the help of<br />

Behind the wheel<br />

blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Driving position gearchanges’<br />

Visibility<br />

Infotainment<br />

Quality<br />

Space and practicality<br />

Front space<br />

Rear space<br />

Seating fl exibility<br />

Boot<br />

Buying and owning<br />

Costs<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability<br />

Safety and security<br />

Overall rating<br />

yyyy<br />

Braking Inside, the 30-0mph main difference 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m<br />

between the TCR and lesser Golf<br />

Noise GTIs is that At the 30mph trademark 64.4dB tartan At 70mph 71.2dB<br />

seat fabric has been swapped<br />

for something less retro. The<br />

seats themselves are the most<br />

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500<br />

conventional here, making them<br />

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se<br />

and<br />

comfortable<br />

rear-view camera<br />

on<br />

(£400)<br />

long<br />

and<br />

journeys<br />

Visio System<br />

and<br />

Pack (£250)<br />

easy to get in and out of but not<br />

ideal for fast driving.<br />

Climbing into the front seats of<br />

Driving the Civic and Mégane is harder,<br />

Performance<br />

due to their heavy bolstering. But<br />

Ride<br />

once settled, you’re held tightly<br />

in place through corners and still<br />

Handling<br />

remain free from aches and pains<br />

Refi even nement after a few hours at the wheel.<br />

Behind However, the wheel the Mégane’s driving<br />

Driving position position won’t appeal to everyone,<br />

Visibility because its seat base is angled up<br />

Infotainment<br />

towards the front of the car in a<br />

way that makes it feel as if you’re<br />

Quality<br />

in a really supportive deck chair.<br />

Space Fortunately, and practicality<br />

the £1500 Recaro<br />

Front buckets space go some way towards<br />

Rear solving space this – and look sensational.<br />

Seating Overall, fl exibility the Golf feels plushest,<br />

mainly because of the tactile<br />

Boot<br />

plastics and sense of solidity that<br />

Buying<br />

it inherits<br />

and<br />

from<br />

owning<br />

the everyday Golf.<br />

Costs It also gives you the best allround<br />

visibility, thanks to its<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability comparatively large windows,<br />

Safety with and these security backed up by front and<br />

rear parking sensors and a rearview<br />

camera. The Civic also gets<br />

these features, but the Mégane<br />

makes do with rear sensors alone.<br />

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an<br />

00.0mpg<br />

SPACE AND PRACTICALITY<br />

Front space, rear space,<br />

per 12,000 seating miles fl exibility, £000 boot<br />

itres One of the advantages of choosing<br />

any hot hatch over a proper sports<br />

sions 000g/km, car is that Euro you 0 don’t have to leave<br />

your kids at home, but the Civic<br />

is particularly practical. True, it<br />

doesn’t have quite as much head<br />

room in the rear as the Golf, but<br />

there’s loads more leg room.<br />

Meanwhile, the Mégane is the<br />

worst for those in the back, not<br />

only due to the limited amount of<br />

head and leg room it has but also<br />

because there’s not much space for<br />

feet underneath its front seats.<br />

It’s a clear win for the Civic when<br />

it comes to luggage space, too;<br />

its boot is the longest and tallest<br />

here and can swallow the most<br />

carry-on suitcases: seven. The<br />

Golf and Mégane can each take<br />

five, although the latter has the<br />

narrowest opening and the biggest<br />

lip for you to lift stuff over.<br />

BUYING AND OWNING<br />

Costs, equipment, reliability,<br />

safety and security<br />

If you’re a cash buyer, the Mégane<br />

will cost you the least and the<br />

Golf the most. Indeed, there’s a<br />

significant £4530 between them<br />

once discounts are factored in,<br />

and although the Golf is cheaper<br />

to service and insure, it also<br />

depreciates more quickly, so the<br />

gap shrinks only to £4111 over<br />

three years and 36,000 miles of<br />

ownership. As for the Civic, it will<br />

cost £1975 more than the Mégane<br />

up front, with the difference<br />

falling to £1615 in the long run.<br />

The running order is the same<br />

if you take out PCP finance; the<br />

Mégane will cost you a single quid<br />

per month less than the Civic but<br />

£92 per month less than the Golf.<br />

The Mégane also makes the<br />

cheapest company car, because<br />

while it emits the most CO 2, it<br />

also has the lowest P11D value.<br />

All three come well equipped,<br />

although the Mégane is the only<br />

one without standard adaptive<br />

cruise control (which maintains a<br />

set distance from the car in front).<br />

Plus, Renault puts traffic sign<br />

recognition and lane departure<br />

warning in a £250 pack, whereas<br />

Honda and Volkswagen include<br />

these safety aids as standard.<br />

EQUIPMENT<br />

✓ Standard ✗ Not available<br />

Honda Civic Type R<br />

Renault Mégane RS<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

Alloy<br />

wheel<br />

size<br />

20in<br />

19in<br />

18in<br />

WHAT THEY WILL COST<br />

All prices correct at time of testing<br />

Honda Civic Type R Renault Mégane RS<br />

SAFETY<br />

The best real-world economy Lowest purchase price and<br />

Euro NCAP rating and (2017) holds its value well monthly PCP payments<br />

yyyyy<br />

PRICES All protection 92% 75% 75% 88%<br />

30<br />

25<br />

20<br />

Value (£1000s)<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

Cheapest to insure but<br />

priciest to buy and run<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2015)<br />

All protection 88% 87% 71%<br />

List price £33,550 £31,835 £35,305<br />

Target Price £32,750 £30,775 £35,305<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

Company car tax £403 £381 £393<br />

(per month,<br />

Engine<br />

until April 2020) 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Contract Peak hire power (per month) 316bhp £427 @ 6500rpm<br />

na Peak power 296bhp na @ 6000rpm<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 3200rpm<br />

RESALE VALUE BY YEAR<br />

■ Honda Civic Type R ■ Renault Mégane RS ■ Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

35<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

£18,453<br />

£17,509<br />

161mph<br />

£17,299<br />

0 year 1 year<br />

2 years 3 years<br />

THREE-YEAR Acceleration<br />

COST<br />

Acceleration<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec<br />

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec<br />

■ Depreciation ■ Insurance ■ Servicing ■ Road tax ■ Fuel (Test MPG)<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th<br />

Honda 50-70mph Civic Type 3rd R 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec £290 50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th<br />

Total<br />

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m<br />

Braking 30-0mph £25,886 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m<br />

£14,298 £3006 £2174<br />

£6118<br />

Noise At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB<br />

Noise At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB<br />

Renault Mégane RS<br />

£290<br />

CARS PICTURED<br />

Total<br />

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with £13,266 Polished Metal £2841 metallic<br />

Renault Mégane £6188 RS 300 £24,271 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500<br />

paint (£525)<br />

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se<br />

£1686<br />

and rear-view camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

£290<br />

OUR RATINGS<br />

Total<br />

Driving<br />

£18,006 £2772 Driving<br />

£28,382<br />

£6267<br />

Performance<br />

Performance<br />

£1047<br />

Ride<br />

Ride<br />

PCP FINANCE COSTS<br />

Handling<br />

Handling<br />

Three-year term, £3000 customer deposit, 12,000 miles per year<br />

Refi nement<br />

Refi nement<br />

Car Behind the wheel Honda Civic Type R Renault Mégane Behind RS the wheel Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

Monthly Driving cost position<br />

£445 £444 Driving position £536<br />

Manufacturer<br />

Visibility<br />

deposit contribution na £250<br />

Visibility<br />

na<br />

Infotainment<br />

Infotainment<br />

Optional final payment £16,584 £15,905 £15,278<br />

Quality<br />

Quality<br />

Representative APR 5.9% 4.9% 2.4%<br />

Space and practicality<br />

Space and practicality<br />

Excess mileage charge<br />

Front space<br />

10p per mile 8p per mile<br />

Front space<br />

9p per mile<br />

Other fees £10 option to purchase fee na £10 option to purchase fee<br />

Cruise<br />

control/<br />

adaptive<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

✓ / £400*<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL Combined<br />

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3<br />

MPG Low Honda speed Civic Type R vs Renault 25.2mpgMégane MPG RS vs Volkswagen Low speed Golf GTI n<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed<br />

n<br />

High speed<br />

38.2mpg<br />

High speed<br />

n<br />

0-60mph<br />

5.4sec<br />

Rear space<br />

Seating fl exibility<br />

Boot<br />

Buying and owning<br />

Dual-zone DAB/<br />

Costs climate Bluetooth/<br />

control sat-nav<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability ✓ ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 7.0in<br />

Safety ✓ and ✓ security / ✓ / ✓ 7.0in<br />

8.0in<br />

Infotainment<br />

screen size<br />

Apple<br />

CarPlay/<br />

Android Auto<br />

Leather<br />

seats<br />

*Part of Safety Pack Premium **Alcantara Recaro seats are available for £1200 ^Front parking sensors and rear-view camera come together in a £400 pack<br />

✓<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

Tank<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)<br />

✓ / ✓ / ✓<br />

Top<br />

speed<br />

169mph<br />

Overall rating<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

✗<br />

✗**<br />

£1780<br />

46 litres<br />

176g/km<br />

Panoramic<br />

sunroof<br />

✗<br />

£700<br />

£1000<br />

0-60mph<br />

5.7sec<br />

Rear space<br />

Seating fl exibility<br />

Boot<br />

Buying and owning<br />

Parking Rear-view Keyless<br />

sensors Costs camera start/entry<br />

front/rear<br />

Equipment<br />

Reliability ✓ / ✓ ✓ ✓ / ✓<br />

£400^ Safety / ✓ and £400^ security ✓ / ✓<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

✓<br />

Test MPG 3<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £<br />

Tank 5<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 1<br />

Top<br />

speed<br />

✓ / ✓<br />

yyyy<br />

Metallic<br />

paint<br />

£525<br />

£550<br />

£595<br />

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STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS<br />

COMPARISON<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL Combined<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

High speed<br />

33.2mpg<br />

25.2mpg<br />

34.4mpg<br />

38.2mpg<br />

OFFICIAL<br />

MPG<br />

(WLTP)<br />

Combined 3<br />

Low speed<br />

n<br />

Medium speed<br />

n<br />

High speed<br />

n<br />

Honda Civic Type R<br />

Renault Mégane RS<br />

Volkswagen Golf GTI<br />

per 12,000 2.0 miles VTEC Turbo £000<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg<br />

Test MPG 3<br />

GT<br />

300 Trophy<br />

TCR 5dr<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £<br />

Width 2085mm<br />

Width 2065mm<br />

Width 2027mm<br />

itres<br />

2180mm Tank<br />

2010mm46 litres<br />

Tank 1970mm 5<br />

sions 000g/km, 1434mm Euro 0<br />

1445mm CO<br />

680mm 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km1482mm<br />

CO<br />

740mm 2 emissions (NEDC) 1<br />

660mm<br />

SAFETY<br />

2699mm Euro NCAP rating (2017) 2669mm yyyyy Euro NCAP 2626mmrating (2015)<br />

4557mm All protection 4372mm 92% 75% 75% 88% All protection 4268mm 88% 87% 71%<br />

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS<br />

OFFICIAL Combined<br />

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined<br />

34.5mpg OFFICIAL Combined<br />

36.7mpg<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

25.2mpg POWERTRAIN<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

na<br />

MPG Low speed<br />

27.4mpg<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed<br />

na<br />

(WLTP) Medium speed<br />

37.7mpg<br />

High speed<br />

38.2mpg Engine High 4cyl, speed 1996cc, turbo, petrol na<br />

Engine High speed 4cyl, 1798cc, 42.2mpgturbo, petrol<br />

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm<br />

Peak power 296bhp @ 6000rpm<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.4mpg<br />

Test MPG<br />

32.0mpg<br />

Test MPG<br />

31.6mpg<br />

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039 Peak torque Fuel cost 295Ib per ft 12,000 @ 2500-4500rpm<br />

miles £2063<br />

Peak Fuel torque cost per 12,000295Ib miles ft £2089 @ 3200rpm<br />

Tank<br />

46 litres Gearbox Tank 6-spd manual 50 litres<br />

Gearbox Tank<br />

6-spd manual 55 litres<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

183g/km<br />

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 153g/km<br />

SAFETY<br />

Euro NCAP rating (2017)<br />

yyyyy Euro NCAP rating (2015)<br />

yyyyy Euro NCAP rating (2012)*<br />

yyyyy<br />

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88% All protection 88% Top 87% 71% 71% All protection 94% 89% 65% Top71%<br />

0-60mph speed<br />

*Rating offi cially expired 0-60mph<br />

in January <strong>2019</strong> speed<br />

POWERTRAIN<br />

5.4sec 169mph<br />

5.7sec 161mph<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol<br />

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm<br />

Peak power 296bhp @ 6000rpm<br />

Peak power 286bhp @ 5000-6200rpm<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm Acceleration<br />

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 3200rpm<br />

Peak torque Acceleration<br />

280Ib ft @ 1950-5300rpm<br />

Gearbox 6-spd manual<br />

30-70mph Gearbox through 6-spd the manual gears 4.6sec<br />

Gearbox 30-70mph 7-spd dual-clutch through automatic the gears 4.9sec<br />

PERFOR<strong>MAN</strong>CE<br />

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec Weather 4th conditions 4.1sec Dry 5th 6.4sec 6th<br />

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th<br />

0-60mph<br />

Top<br />

speed<br />

Top<br />

Braking 0-60mph 30-0mph speed 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m<br />

Top<br />

0-60mph Braking speed 30-0mph 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m<br />

5.4sec 169mph<br />

5.7sec 161mph<br />