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A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

KLM joins air battle to take stake in British Midland

KLM, THE Dutch national carrier, confirmed yesterday that it has joined the dogfight to take a stake in British Midland Airways.

Outlook: Low-cost airlines

MOST AIRLINE passengers would settle for a flight that was safe, relaxing and stress-free. Not so those party-animals around at KLM, who think flying should be "fun, exciting and energetic". To that end the Dutch flag-carrier plans to launch its own low-cost airline from Stansted next year. Just to make sure that no-one mistakes Buzz for all the other no-frills airlines queuing up to use the airport, its fleet will be painted a garish mixture of sunflower yellow, purple and lime green.

KLM launches no-frills airline Buzz

THE DUTCH airline KLM yesterday unveiled plans to launch a new low-cost airline next year called Buzz. The carrier will initially fly from Stansted airport to seven European destinations using a fleet of eight BAe 146 aircraft.

Obituary: Bob Nelson

BOB NELSON was completely committed to aviation.

Travel: Big deals, small print

In the first of a series of monthly articles, Simon Calder, the senior travel editor of `The Independent', gives consumers the hard facts

Monday book: An unhealthy addiction to quizzes

BRAIN MEN: A PASSION TO COMPETE

Airline killed 440 squirrels in `giant shredder'

HAND-FEEDING more than 400 live squirrels into a giant shredding machine may sound like a plot from a straight-to-video horror movie, but to the airline KLM Royal Dutch it was a normal procedure.

Air miles devalued by extra charges

BRITAIN'S FIVE million Air Miles collectors face sharp increases in the amount they must pay to redeem "free" flights.

Air France shares rise 15% in debut

Air France shares rise 15% in debut

Win a trip to Amsterdam

It's a fact: drinking Grolsch can give you Dutch courage!

Business Travel: Web holds the key to cut price travelling

BUSINESS TRAVELLERS may think that the internet provides an easy gateway to the cheapest flights available.

Ryanair profits take off

INTERIM PROFITS at Ryanair, the budget airline, soared to record levels despite a bitter price war in the European market and the recent weakness of sterling against the Irish punt.

Letter: Traveller's fare

Sir: There is far more to complain about in the way our airlines treat their customers than the inexcusable over-booking antics mentioned by Professor Peter Mathieson (letter, 6 November).

Bank prepares for year 2000 cash crisis

THE BANK of England plans to provide emergency help to the banking system in the run-up to 1 January 2000 to cope with an expected surge in demand from the general public for cash.

Visual Arts: The Independent Collector JOHN WINDSOR'S GUIDE TO COLLECTING CONTEMPORARY ART: PETER LIVERSIDGE

NO, IT'S not Andy Warhol. He eulogised commercial design; these paintings degrade it. Look closer. Whereas Warhol painted meticulously precise copies of consumer products such as the Campbell's soup can, celebrating them as art, Peter Liversidge copies advertisements for precision products such as Rolex watches in a clumsy way that destroys confidence in them.
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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