Simon Calder

Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.

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Hundreds of passengers were left stranded when Eurostar cancelled all of its services between Britain and the Continent

Eurostar chaos Q&A: How long will the disruption continue after fire – and what are passengers' rights?

The Eurostar service was blighted by a fire that broke out yesterday

Travellers face hours of misery after Eurostar cancellations

Channel Tunnel fire Q&A: How many people have been affected and what are the options for stranded passengers?

Simon Calder answers the essential questions facing those wanting to travel through the Chunnel

Batteries included: the battery-powered train

'Batteries included': East Anglia leading a railway revolution with self-charging train

The battery-powered train is part of National Rail's plan to cut emissions

What went wrong for Cyprus Airways and its passengers?

Simon Calder explains turbulence in the eastern Mediterranean

Whistle-stop tour: the Gatwick Express

The wrong kind of train, or the wrong approach?

The man who pays his way

A string of franchises are due to expire after next year’s general election, including Southern, London Midland, Wales and Borders

Southern Rail commuter service from Brighton to Victoria was late every single time last year

Southern Rail have acknowledged the service's performance was 'particularly disappointing'

People wait outside Finsbury Park station, London, on 27 December 2014

At least the report was quick: Network Rail explanation of festive train chaos arrives on time

'In very complex projects sometimes simple things go wrong and these can snowball' says chief executive

Black box: What is it – and what questions will it answer about the AirAsia crash?

What will the recovered flight data recorder tell investigators about the crash of flight QX8501?

Cyprus Airways had been ordered to repay €100m in state aid by the European Commission

Cyprus Airways shuts down after order to repay state aid leaves it bankrupt

Cyprus government says it will make alternative arrangements for all passengers

A plane on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. At least two Air France jets aborted their planned landings at the airport this morning

Charlie Hebdo attacks: French security operation causes Paris airport disruption

At least two Air France liners were delayed this morning

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee