Goodbye, Old Banger

"Audrey the Audi must go and I have to buy a nice four-door runaround. It’s just like my election dilemma—if not Audrey, who?"

Leviathans that lurk in London’s labyrinths

Under the capital, huge mechanical drills are digging rail tunnels that recapture the spirit of the most ambitious Victorian engineers

First-Class Humbug

A painting by 19th-century social chronicler Honore Daumier reveals the synthetic outrage and hypocrisy of Bob Crow et al over the third-class-carriage proposals

Stand Up For Surrey

All flashy shops and gaudy mansions? Think again. Surrey is still Pepys's 'old place of delight'.

The Parable of the Stupid Samaritan

I tried to help Andrea, a disorientated stranger at a hectic London station, to the irritation of the state’s representatives

Thomas and the Fat Controllers

Many in the 1970s predicted the demise of the railway. A new book by Richard Faulkner and Chris Austin tells how the foresight of a select few saved the trains

Roadworks Rage

‘London has been ruined by roadworks. Post-2000, this erstwhile beautiful city has looked like Mogadishu’

Acts of God

'It was on the road to Pisa that my family and I had our revelation of the fragility of Western civilisation'

Seat Cheats

The enormous hidden costs of low-cost air travel are symptomatic of a disturbing cultural shift

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"