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About jonathancastle

Copywriter, chef, journalist, keynote speaker, whisky authority, wine enthusiast. Based in Dubai but love to travel.

Harley Davidson Night Rod 2012

Thunder In The Night To celebrate the 10th year of its production, Harley Davidson have launched a new Night Rod Special. alpha went for a ride. Launched in 2002, the original V-Rod heralded a new era for Harley-Davidson, and a … Continue reading

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By The Numbers

Simple question – how many different types of engine have you had under the control of your right foot (or occasionally, right hand)?  At my last count, I reckon something in the order of 26 in various forms of road-going … Continue reading

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Come Dine With Me Dubai

Where to begin? I love food. Have done since I first decided to cook the family meal when my mum went back to work whilst I was still in school, but as I got home an hour before she did … Continue reading

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Breathing New Life Into Old Bones

OK, confession time. I recently passed one of those ‘milestone’ birthdays, and it’s not a good one. Continue reading

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Hot Shoots – how does your desert garden grow?

Seven easy ways to get the most out of your new Dubai garden The furniture’s in, most of the boxes are unpacked and the telly works. Congratulations on your new home! Like most people here in Dubai, the patch of … Continue reading

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Audi A8 LWB W12 – Size Matters

This may be the ultimate stealth Audi. Eight months after its announcement in Miami, we’re finally getting a chance to drive the third generation of Audi’s flagship A8, now in Long Wheel Base form, the version most likely to dominate … Continue reading

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Credit where credit’s due, plus an update

In Dubai, I’m not normally a fan of ‘main dealer’ distributors. In my experience, they tend to abuse their monopolistic control of their marques, gouging their customers with overpriced service and parts, incompetent mechanics and dubious working practices. So it … Continue reading

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