Alton Towers

Five-star style: Get some inspiration from a hotbed of new trends -

Artful clutter, a super-size bed and a deep free-standing bath – elements which, one might think, could give a good hotel a "homely" air. Not according to Patrick Goff, who ran an award-winning hotel design practice for 25 years before setting up, an online industry resource: "When a designer talks about a hotel being 'homely'," he says, "he's lying. He's talking about a kind of theatrical, Disneyland 'homely' – not what you actually get at home."

Why we can't resist perkonomics

Ever paid a premium to jump a check-in queue, or speak to a personal banker? You may think you're beating the system – but are you really? Tim Walker investigates

Album: The Fall, Imperial Wax Solvent (Sanctuary)

"I'm a 50-year-old man!" snarls Mark E Smith on this latest Fall album, adding chippily, "What you gonna do about it?" It's not so much a question as a challenge, and a rhetorical one, at that.