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The drive of our lives: 50 Years of Britain's motorways

They promised to speed us towards a modern age and rev up the post-war economy. So what happened? Fifty years after Britain's first motorways opened, Simon Usborne finds out how much we owe to our superhighways – and why the wheels had to come off

Something to declare: Shrinking transatlantic choice; Albania; UK hotel bargains

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The City Diary: Futurist gadgeteers join the MOD to fight the terrorists of Salisbury Plain

The vast chalk expanse of Salisbury Plain is the sight of a futuristic battle worthy of a 'Terminator' movie this weekend, with a range of gadgets built by automotive design firm MIRA and global defence outfit BAE Systems tackling a host of security threats as part of a Ministry of Defence science and technology competition. The MIRA equipment, such as a remote-controlled ground vehicle and an unmanned air vehicle, will be used to track down a sniper, an armed vehicle and a terrorist cell. MIRA and BAE will be pitted against five other teams in the Grand Challenge, and the winner will have a chance to work on further MoD projects. Let's hope it's all above board then.

Alain de Botton: Nice buildings don't always make us better people

I remembered thinking that architecture really mattered quite a lot when I spent time in a building which perhaps taught me more about the power of architecture to influence who we are and how we feel than almost any other I have been in.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: 'Hi-De-Hi' economics grips the nation

Not so much "lipstick economics" as "Hi-De-Hi economics". The idea of lipstick economics comes from Leonard Lauder, who noticed post the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that his companies were selling a lot more lipstick. When the economy turns sour, observed the chairman of Estée Lauder, people spurn big ticket spending but try to boost their mood with little comfort purchases that might make them feel good about themselves.

Does Sir Tom feel hunted?

Last July, the Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter felt confident enough in his investments to pledge £1bn to charity. A year has proved a long time in the retail and property sectors

Market Report: Whitbread takes top spot on Premier merger talk

Rumours that Premier Inn may yet merge with rival Travelodge helped take Whitbread to first place on the FTSE 100 leader board yesterday.

The curse of satnav: On a road to nowhere...

They've put vans in ditches, sent cars down rivers and got HGVs stuck in sleepy villages. Now, satnav is coming to Britain's mobile phones. Michael Bywater laments the unstoppable rise of a technology that's spoiling the countryside, rotting our brains and wasting our money

How to sleep – a bedside guide

If you lie awake tossing and turning, you're not alone. Will hot drinks, homoeopathy or yoga help you sleep? Esther Walker consults the experts

Travelodge looks to double hotel openings

The budget hotel chain Travelodge, which is in talks with the leisure and hospitality group Whitbread over a potential £3bn merger, yesterday said it would double the number of new hotels opened this year.

Lipman prepared to grab second England chance

The Australian-raised flanker cannot wait to tackle Italy and France after being recalled to the team, writes Tim Glover

Helen Weir: From Marmite on toast to a budget hotel, it's back to basics in high finance

A day in the life: Helen Weir sees Lloyds TSB as the Ronseal Bank, doing just what it says on the tin – reassuring in these febrile times

Sarkozy in pledge on sovereign funds

Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to protect French industry against sovereign wealth funds, the state-backed investment vehicles which won prominence and notoriety in equal measure last year.

The Fire, by Jörg Friedrich, trans. Allison Brown

The inferno that still blazes

Budget hotel boom creates 4,500 jobs

Travelodge to double in size and build 2,500 new rooms; Whitbread to return £400m from Marriott sale
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

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Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

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Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

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The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

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