Simon Calder

Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.

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Jumbo journey: Gatwick to Indonesia

Simon Calder: It's a long haul from Gatwick to Jakarta

The man who pays his way

Ruling the waves: the radio station is still in good health – and remarkably faithful to the blueprint laid down two decades ago

It’s alive! BBC Radio 5 Live celebrates its 20th anniversary

One of the station's former producers recalls how the network was written off prematurely

An aeroplane comes in to land at Heathrow

Budget 2014: Britain’s tax on airline travellers is set to fall in 2015 - but only for long-haul flights

Britain’s tax on airline travellers is set to fall – but not for another year, and only for really long flights. The Chancellor has announced the scrapping of the highest rates of Air Passenger Duty for flights from the UK. But increases already in the pipeline for next month will go ahead, and the majority of airline passengers will see no benefit.

A navigational radar on Indonesia's National Search and Rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman sea

Missing Flight MH370: Are there really unmonitored black spots? Your questions answered

10 days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was lost, the range of possibilities to explain its disappearance is still extremely wide. We invited readers to pose questions about the lost Boeing 777- and the wider implications of the biggest mystery in 21st-century aviation.

Sir David Higgins’ report recommends extending phase one of HS2 beyond Birmingham to Crewe

HS2 will be expensive and destructive – but it is the only way to revitalise Britain's railways

Sir David Higgins says it is vital we learn from past infrastructure mistakes

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?

One week on Simon Calder runs through what we do – and what we do not – know about the disappearance of the Boeing 777

The search area has expanded massively to include the territory of a dozen countries

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Jet ‘hijacking’ began soon after take-off

Flight MH370 was deliberately diverted as part of an audacious plan – and the jet was still flying seven-and-a-half-hours after take-off.

Brighton early? Probably not on Sundays

Simon Calder: Green signal for the 'red book'

The man who pays his way

Hotting up: the emirate now welcomes a million UK visitors each year

A runway closure and a new room tax are on the way in Dubai

Simon Calder reports on double trouble

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Satellite ‘pings sent five hours after contact was lost' the only clue in hunt for £160m plane

Theories to explain the disappearance of a routine flight have multiplied

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Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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