Tom Sutcliffe: It's time to admit flying is a luxury

Forgive me Gaia for I have sinned – or rather I'm about to. This weekend I'm flying to Washington with a son – an 18th-birthday present inspired by his passion for the West Wing – and at a stroke every climate-friendly choice I've made in the last few years has been blown. No point feeling smug about driving a Toyota Pious (as my children mockingly call it). No real point either in wondering whether the solar water panels on the roof are ever likely to justify their existence or patting myself on the back for a quasi-religious devotion to recycling. I have, of course, paid the surcharge for a carbon offset, but if I'm honest I don't want to look too closely at the mechanisms of that scheme for fear of discovering that its only effectiveness is in persuading people to overcome their doubts about taking a flight in the first place. And there's absolutely no good pretending that this trip is an unavoidable necessity because it isn't. It's for fun and – beneath shifting and variable levels of guilt – I'm looking forward to it. Even the flying bit.

Eriksson dismisses North Korea move

Sven-Goran Eriksson has stated he has no interest in taking charge of the North Korea national side for next summer's World Cup.

The Idea of Love, By Louise Dean

Louise Dean's third novel may come prettily wrapped in hearts and cupids, but a dark tale of tired marriages and shabby liaisons lies withi. Richard, sales director of a pharmaceutical company, makes his living selling psychotropic drugs to the developing world. Recolated from London to Provence, he and his French wife, Valerie, soon settle into an indolent life of boozy barbecues and late night soirees. Their new best friends, American expats, Rachel and Jeff, bring with them the promise of wife-swaps and illicit affairs. Both couples seem resigned to the fact that the Riviera is dull, and family life is "one of those things that is very bad for you but which is accepted as something nifty." Out of this group of malcontents, Richard is the most fully realised character. A serial philanderer, his frequent business trips abroad are covers for bouts of casual sex that always end up in the same "sticky mess".

Brits opt for 'staycations'

The number of holidays taken in England by UK residents rose 14 per cent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2008, VisitEngland said today.

Corporate conscience: Sustainability is a huge challenge for business

With climate change arguably one of the biggest threats to mankind, businesses need to gear up to what is likely to be their biggest business-transformation challenge ever and put sustainability on the executive agenda. But with a challenge like this, it can be difficult to know where to start.

KPMG director jailed for £500,000 fraud

A director of the global accountancy firm KPMG was jailed for four years yesterday after trying to buy his second wife happiness with more than £500,000 in fraudulent expenses.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in India

India plays a prominent role in the world of commerce. This guide is a quick and easy teach-in for people who want to trade with India and who want to put their best foot forward while they’re there.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in Russia

This quick-fix guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in Russia.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in China

This “quick fix” guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in China and will help to explain their philosophy of doing business and why it is so important to respect their attitudes to “face” ( mianzi) and “networking” ( guanxi).

Mike Miller: 'The biggest problem facing South Africa is the attempt at Africanisation'

The fund of goodwill and optimism for South Africa is felt right across the world.

Tourist numbers fall for first time in seven years

Economic downturn blamed for 17% drop in visitors from the US

Bank crisis causes dip in Eurostar business travel

Cross-channel trains suffer corporate downturn alongside airline rivals

Companies listed in London 'used to defraud investors'

Wall St 'bad boy' charged in $140m international fraud

Leading article: The bloated broadcasting corporation

In a typically self-congratulatory way, the BBC Director General, Mark Thompson, heralded yesterday's publication of executive expenses by the Corporation as signalling a new era of openness. But this was no virtuous gesture by the BBC, but a belated response to a series of Freedom of Information requests.

Britain's airline regime under attack

Airline industry attacks airport charges and taxes as it forecasts $9bn annual loss
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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

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The man who dared to go on holiday

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