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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Romanian tourist missing from London Underground 'found safe and well'

Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage

In a speech last year, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the Government wanted to introduce tougher penalties for those caught with mobiles.

Technology to block mobiles in prisons too expensive

Prisoners can continue to use smuggled phones because the Ministry of Justice says jamming equipment is “prohibitively expensive”.

The airline I booked for Christmas has gone bust

Travel Q&A

Don’t knock Ryanair – it’s created a revolution in air travel that we should all be celebrating

It’s the airline that everyone loves to complain about, but here’s why it’s my favourite

Mobile phone revolution begins in Burma

Burma has granted licences to Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo to set up the country’s first foreign-owned mobile phone networks.

The name of Greater Manchester's long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card has been announced

My Get Me There: Manchester scratches its head over ‘Get the heck out of here’ answer to London's Oyster card

The name of Greater Manchester’s long-awaited version of the London Oyster Card was announced yesterday. It is to be called – drum roll –  “My Get Me There”. And has, unsurprisingly, elicited a big fat “WHAT?” from Mancunians.

Five questions about... Contactless cards

Are these the wave-and-pay cards?

The Hajj is a particular target for fraudsters because of the costs and complexity involved

Holiday scams leave British travellers £1.5m out of pocket

Rising problem of online fraud sees thousands of tourists paying for fake hotels, flights and trips

The bogus courier who scammed £244,500

Scotland Yard reported this week that one crook who posed as a courier from a bank managed to trick unsuspecting Londoners into handing him £244,500 of their cash.

Charges: Stop firms hiding unfair fees in the small print

Annoyed by hidden charges? I am. When I buy flights or tickets to concerts or football matches I expect to pay the advertised rate. But you never do. There’s always an “admin fee”, “booking charge” or even “credit card surcharge” added on top. It’s sneaky and misleading.

The LA Times Magazine containing Nicole Yorkin's prophetic predictions about life in 2013

What, no jet packs? Life in 2013, as predicted in 1988

Jet packs and meal pills never did take off, but some of one writer’s predictions from 1988 are spot on

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles ride the Tube to Kings Cross station on the Metropolitan line

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall take the Tube

To mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall took a trip on the Tube.

Money Insider: Get a current account you can bank on

If you think all bank accounts are the same then you're not alone. In fact two-thirds of people in a recent Moneynet survey believe accounts ARE all the same. But I don't.

How to catch illegal logging in the Amazon? Make the trunk call

Mobile phones fitted to trees in an attempt to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

Overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse to exercise

Overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse exercise regimes prescribed by doctors under pioneering council plans.

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