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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Ask the traveller: flight charges

Q: You reported that easyJet has increased its charges for paying for flights with a credit or debit card. How can I avoid such fees?

Money Insider: Don't get stung by card charges on your holiday

Do you understand the cost for using your plastic abroad? With the summer holiday season just around the corner it's a good time for a quick recap on the dos and don'ts when it comes to using your plastic abroad.

Don't let exchange fees spoil your holiday

Overseas cash withdrawals can be expensive, but there are ways to avoid being stung by excessive charges. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Traveller debate: The price of the perfect break

A question of cash: what's the best way to organise your holiday finances? And where's the best value on Earth? Simon Calder answered your online queries

Watchdog in surcharges complaint

Consumer watchdog Which? has lodged a "super complaint" against surcharges imposed on customers who pay with a debit or credit card.

Money Insider: Better savings rates start to emerge

there are two sides to every story, and that's certainly the case with interest rate movements I've witnessed over the last month or so.

Simon Read: Rip-off card charges come under scrutiny

Being forced to pay through the nose for using a plastic card is one of those modern little annoyances I thought we had to just suck up and accept. But now Which? plans to put in a super-complaint about the rip-off surcharges which will force the Office of Fair Trading to examine the practice.

Britons 'unaware cheque guarantee system is ending'

Four out of 10 Britons are unaware that the cheque guarantee system will be closing this year, a survey indicated today.

Simon Read: Putting payments on plastic is the road to debt disaster

We know that 2011 is set to be our toughest year yet as the Coalition's cutbacks start to bite hard, but this week's news that two million people are resorting to credit cards to cover their mortgage or rent payments is shocking. The housing charity Shelter warns that, as a result, many people have started the new year with the threat of homelessness hanging over them.

Oyster card trial for black cabs

Black cabs in London are to be fitted with an Oyster card-style system, allowing passengers to pay simply by touching the reader with their credit cards.

Plastic overtakes cash, and debit card usage rises as we pay off debt

Cash is no longer king. Debit cards passed a historic milestone over the August bank holiday when the running total of debit card spending (£272bn) finally overtook the cumulative amount of cash spent (£269bn) in the economy.

Debit cards more popular than cash

Debit cards have overtaken cash to become the UK's most popular payment method for the first time, figures showed yesterday. On 30 August the amount of money people had spent on debit cards since the beginning of the year overtook the value of transactions paid for in cash for the first time at £272bn-, compared with £269bn for cash, according to the Payments Council.

China: ID required to buy mobile numbers

Officials have begun demanding identification from anyone buying a new mobile phone number in what the government claims is an attempt to stamp out junk messages. Critics say the measure, enacted yesterday, gives the Communist regime a new tool for monitoring its citizens.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
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
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

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

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz