'Victory' means more passenger uncertainty – and threatens disruption at height of summer

Until six pm yesterday there was one group of airline passengers who enjoyed that rarest of aviation commodities: certainty. They were the British Airways passengers who knew that their flights had been cancelled by the impending cabin crew strike. Suddenly, BA won another injunction on a technicality in the ballot, and today 6.20 am to Manchester was back on the departure screen.

BA cabin crew strikes 'self defeating', warns new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond

The new Transport Secretary today warned that a series of strikes by British Airways cabin crew would be "self defeating" as the airline revealed plans to run at least half its flights from Heathrow Airport during the first wave of action next week.

Dylan Jones: 'Last.fm has started dictating the soundtrack of my life'

If the prefix du jour in the Eighties was "designer", and if the prefix du jour in the last decade was "luxury", then the current prefix with the most traction is "bespoke". Bespoke clothes. Bespoke music. Television. Holidays. Food. Books. Magazines. For many of us the world looks like a very different place to the one we knew only five years ago. And thanks to the joys of ABC (Automatic Bespoke Culture), it will look even more different in five minutes time.

Mumbai terror attack hotel reopens

Eighteen months after militants terrorised the city of Mumbai and left more than 160 people dead, one of the luxury hotels seized by the gunmen has reopened.

New Look gears up for fresh IPO bid

Private equity-owned retailer could launch flotation as early as June after postponing last month

Leap Year (PG)

Did you know that once every four years, on leap-year day, 29 February, women in Ireland can propose to their boyfriends? No of course you didn't; you thought it was the prerogative of women anywhere in the world.

Tourists stay away as recession bites

Tourism took a battering from the recession last year, official figures showed today.

Investment Column: Premier Foods shares look cheap, so tuck in

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Amy Adams: No longer Miss Innocent

Amy Adams has cornered the market in wide-eyed ingenues, so news of her pregnancy caused some surprise. But, as she tells Rosamund Witcher, she's not as pure as she looks

Simon Calder: Lie back and think of Air New Zealand

First or last? In the context of boarding a flight, the right choice depends on the airline you are flying with. On a low-cost carrier with no advance seat selection, first is best: easyJet passengers pay up to £16 return for "Speedy Boarding" ahead of the pack. But on traditional airlines offering pre-assigned seats, being last to walk the airbridge has many virtues.

Are pico projectors the next big mobile phone trend?

Large flat-screen TVs were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show, but companies like Microvision Inc are putting their bets on image viewing of a much smaller scale: projections from devices as tiny as cellphones.

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The books

Top luggage company Tumi has joined forces with Hg2, the hedonist series of travel guides, to produce a new, stylish range of books on cities from Paris to Buenos Aires. The boxed set of eight Tumi Hg2 guides costs £125 and is available from London's Tumi store and Harrods

Simon Calder: A suicidally misjudged blunder

Even before the Hon Mrs Justice Cox gave British Airways the injunction the airline needed to prevent (or merely postpone?) a cabin crew strike, it was clear the union had made a breathtaking strategic blunder that played straight into the airline's hands.

Rupert Cornwell: What Monty Python taught Uncle Sam

Out of America: In a troubled world, the US remains determined to 'always look on the bright side of life'

Business dip hits foreign visitor numbers

The UK's ability to attract overseas visitors is being hit by a dearth of foreign business travellers, it was revealed today.

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