For all the cuddly Thomas the Tank Engine nostalgia that surrounds Britain's railway history, it should never be forgotten that this was the story of capitalism in the raw. In the 19th century, fortunes were made but more typically lost and the winners were only too keen to signal their grand ambitions to the world.
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Friday 24 January 2014
It’s a tough life at the House of Commons. Aperitifs are in short supply, the Cajun food is poor and there is a dearth of ‘fresh game’ on the lunchtime menu.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
The factory smells like an ale house, but there's no alcohol
Thursday 12 December 2013
I am not the type of person who, when throwing a Christmas party, thinks: “Who shall I get to do the catering?”
Sunday 01 December 2013
The gloss was taken off Wasps' 19-12 victory for over London Irish when they lost their exciting wing Christian Wade, who limped off late on after going over on his ankle. He will have a scan today that should reveal the extent of the injury.
Monday 25 November 2013
Barbican Theatre, London
Saturday 23 November 2013
The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower
Saturday 12 October 2013
Saturday 21 September 2013
Five years ago, Trishna opened near Baker Street specialising in upmarket (and expensive) Indian cuisine. It was the brainchild of Karam Sethi and his brother Jyotin, both born in London, and specialised in the cooking of south-west India. The memory of its Isle of Shuna mussels and its coastal lamb curry has remained with me ever since, and I wasn't surprised when the place picked up a Michelin star last October.
Sunday 08 September 2013
The actress on tequila-tasting, tax bills and partying with Kenny Everett and Princess Di
Friday 30 August 2013
Enjoy being home while you can, says Eleanor Doughty, because all too soon that provincial home will seem oddly comforting
On the menu: Casa Negra's beef ribs; AeroPress coffee maker; London Fashion Week food; Raymond Blanc; Jammie Dodgers
Thursday 29 August 2013
This week I've been eating... beef ribs
Saturday 24 August 2013
'These claims are nuts': Police officer denies demanding female drunk-driver punch him in the genitals because he 'really enjoys it'
Monday 12 August 2013
Thomas Merenda, and Franklin Hartley are accused of pulling over a car containing two females and demanding the occupants perform sex acts or face arrest
Saturday 03 August 2013
Treatment of the month
Thursday 01 August 2013
This week I've been eating... Short pasta with prawns and aioli
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
- 2 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 3 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness