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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.

Simon English: There's a wealth of fury in the US, too

Outlook Johnson County in Kansas is one of the wealthiest suburbs in all of America. Everything always works, everyone always smiles and it is nearly always sunny, even if it is freezing cold. You'd like it.

Comfort and Joy, By India Knight

It's two days before Christmas and wife and mother of two, Clara Dunphy, has finally finished her last-minute shopping on Oxford Street. On a whim she decides to treat herself to a champagne cocktail at the Connaught hotel, where she is chatted up by a handsome stranger. This besuited inamorato will be known for the rest of the book as "the man from the Connaught".

Roe trip: The Caviar Bar at the Angleterre Hotel

The Hedonist: St Petersburg

What to see and where to be seen

Global warming concerns leave business leaders cold Businesses grow cooler over global warming fears

Some of the sheen came off the United Nations climate summit in Durban yesterday as a key business survey found that global warming has fallen to the bottom of the list of concerns of European companies.

Company bosses grow cooler over global warming concerns

Survey shows climate change is at the very bottom in the list of firms' worries

iWriters: Company parties - once a year is too much

It is Christmas time in Central London.

Fabulous Christmas gift ideas: Drink me

Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…

C major: the hotel is a new take on the Cipriani brand

24-hour Room Service: Mr C Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Mr C joins the A-team in LA

Hot cocktails prepared by master bartender Tristan Stephenson at The Whistling Stop in London

Hot stuff for cold winters

Steaming, spicy cocktails from cider to toddies will keep chills at bay.

Use good-quality butter puff pastry for quince and cinnamon tart

Quince charming: Mark Hix celebrates this under-appreciated fruit

We don't really grow quince in this country on a commercial scale, so it's always nice to get a call from friends who have quince trees and want to see the fruit go to a good home.

Quince Prince is named after food writer Rose and her husband Dominic

Quince Prince

Makes a litre of quince gin

Man About Town: Mahiki's art of being cool and being not cool

The London nightclub scene is, for the most part, depressingly samey. Inside most of those considered "exclusive", you'll find the same leather banquettes, low tables and even lower lights, with only the odd flash of lasers on the ceiling to give you something to look at.

The cup that cheers

Tea is the fuel that Britain runs on but forget mugs in the morning and afternoon cuppas – the hot new way to drink it is in cool cocktails. John Walsh samples a special brew

Michael Legat: Editorial director of Corgi Books and prolific author of writers' guides

One of Michael Legat's favourite stories was about the interview he had in 1941 with Mr. Bentley, the Careers Master at Whitgift, his Croydon school, who suggested he try publishing.

Create vintage style at home

Stylist Naomi Thompson on why to avoid bunting and Cath Kidston
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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

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Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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The future of GM

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