John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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The Focus ST in its new 'signature' colour of Tangerine Scream

Ford Focus ST

Is Ford's new Focus ST as punchy as its 'signature' tangerine colour?

There is real innovation in the Mazda CX-5 SUV but its design makes it look a bit of a frump

Mazda CX-5 SUV

How Mazda slimmed down to come up with a hybrid-beating SUV.

The Audi A3 1.4 TFSI has a 'drive me' character the old A3 never had

Audi A3 1.4 TFSI

Audi's new A3 looks just like its dad – but there the similarity ends...

Peugeot 508 RXH

There's something awfully familiar about the Peugeot 508 RXH...

Firm favourite: The new Mini Cooper SD Roadster

Mini Cooper SD Roadster

Minis always felt like nippy motors – but can they really be sports cars?

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

How Ford has cut its Focus's CO2 output without compromising power

Subaru XV 2.0D

With its new 4x4, Subaru might just have rediscovered its appeal

Mercedes-Benz SL 500

It's got technodazzle, but is the new Mercedes SL lacking something?

Chevrolet Aveo

Chevrolet's Aveo is at its most battle-ready in its greenest form

Porsche Boxster S

Porsche's Boxster sheds its apologetic skin to reveal the beast within

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam