Bank holiday travellers face delays by car, rail and air

Transport delays and strikes threatened to add to holidaymakers' woes this weekend. Despite high fuel costs deterring many from travelling, congestion and delays occurred on roads throughout the country.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'It's best to just say nothing'

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Radcliffe in race against time

Paula Radcliffe is progressing well in what she admits is "a race against time" to be fit for the Olympic marathon after returning to her French base following a routine fitness appointment in London this morning.

Simon Calder: Why overbooking can be a good thing

Safe bets are rare in travel. But one cert is that the practice among airlines of selling more seats than their planes actually hold infuriates everyone from consumer groups to financiers: "This overbooking thing beggars belief," said Charlie Morris from HSBC on Radio 5 Live this week.

Regulator attacks BAA's operation of Stansted airport

BAA, the embattled airport owner, could run Stansted airport more efficiently and provide more clear information to explain is investment programme, the airport watchdog yesterday.

Questions Of Cash: Paying the price for an innocent error

Q. I applied for an Alliance & Leicester premier current account and associated premier regular saver internet account in June last year. I was abroad from the end of the month until 23 July and returned to find eight pieces of mail from A&L, one of which told me my first payment to the saver account was due on 1 August. I contacted my current bank and arranged for £500 to be transferred to A&L and monthly thereafter. I received a letter from A&L dated 1 August indicating there were insufficient funds to cover a transaction – £250 to the Premier Regular Saver – and I was charged £34 for a failed transaction.

The king's new court: Norman Foster is taking on the home of America's national collection

The poet Walt Whitman described the former United States Patent Building – the scene of Abraham Lincoln's inaugural ball – as "the noblest of Washington buildings". So when Norman Foster set about renovating its courtyard – it is now the Smithsonian Institute and houses the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery – he was determined to preserve the historical integrity of the building, while bringing the space back to life.

Steel band 'terrorists' win Ryanair case

Ryanair has been ordered to pay nearly £5,000 to five black musicians, including a blind man, who were asked to leave a flight at gunpoint after another traveller wrongly expressed concern that they were terrorists.

Gary Numan: Lord of the swords

Where does an Eighties electro-pop star recharge his batteries when he's not on tour?

Areva urges Government to give go-ahead for nuclear reactors

Areva, the state-owned French nuclear reactor company, will add its voice to calls for a new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain today, arguing that they could be built without any government subsidy.

Something to declare: Parma; transport disruption

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A Scottish corner of Chiantishire

Now you can buy your own piece of Celtic bliss in the heart of Tuscany

Treasury casts doubt on Stansted runway

Serious doubts about the financeability of a second runway at Stansted airport have been raised in Treasury papers released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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