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Friday 31 May 2013
Q. How much should I tip in restaurants in Italy?
Thursday 30 May 2013
Q. I will be visiting Palma in July and have booked the hotel independently. I was wondering if you could advise me what would be the most economic way to pay the bill? With euros purchased here, with a debit or credit card, or to draw cash in Palma and pay that way?
Wednesday 29 May 2013
Q. We need to rent a people-carrier for a holiday in Switzerland. I have found a company called Honk Car Rental which promises "We're like those mystery deals you sometimes get for hotels, but instead for car rental". Being very cautious, I follow the maxim, that anything that appears too good to be true, probably is. So before paying for a car, do you know anything about them?
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Q. With the announcement of the new guaranteed on-board travel bag sizes by easyJet from 2 July, it seems the luggage industry has been caught out. It's almost impossible to find luggage 50 x 40x 20. We have also just bought a 55x40x20 case and it will not qualify after 2 July 2013. Would you agree that easyJet has let down its passengers?
Monday 27 May 2013
The England and Wales Cricket Board can begin the process of allocating matches for the 2019 World Cup after finalising the hosting agreement with the International Cricket Council.
Friday 24 May 2013
Q. I booked an Emirates flight to Durban online, with what I was told was a special fare as I am a Skywards member. I chose the departure from Manchester at 2.10pm as our usual departure time of 9pm was not shown on the schedule. This meant a 10-hour wait at Dubai.
Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Can you clear up a disagreement over International Driving Permits in California?
Thursday 23 May 2013
Q. Can you clear something up for me please, a colleague is insisting that I need to purchase an International Driving Permit to drive in California; I have been going to California for nigh on 20 years and I have a full picture driving licence which has always been sufficient. Would you recommend getting an IDP for the future? It seems a bit of a money-making racket to me.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
Q. Simon, it's my daughter's 21st birthday in late August, I'd like to take her on a city break to somewhere not too expensive to get to but which will give her great memories. By the way, we've been to Paris.
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Q. I have flight to New York JFK from Bristol via Dublin in July. You said on Saturday that JFK is among the worst in America for long immigration queues. Can I avoid them, and can you point to a web link to show what we do at Dublin?
Patrick Mason, Taunton
Monday 20 May 2013
Q. We've booked to go to Quito in Ecuador, but the advice from the FCO is scary to say the least. Can you advise?
Mike Pennick, Hindhead, Surrey
Simon Calder's Helpdesk: Should I buy a separate ticket for a side trip from Australia to New Zealand?
Thursday 16 May 2013
Q I am attending a conference in Melbourne in September, and have been able to secure an extra five days off at the end of it. I want to take a side trip to New Zealand. Should I book a separate ticket or get the flights to and from as part of my main ticket?
John Slater, Stafford
Friday 03 May 2013
On an exceptionally good day for Ukip, one of their most extraordinary results was in Essex, where they had no county council seats until today but now have nine. The Tories lost 19 seats. There was a local issue at work here, a leading Essex Tory tells me: the “Hanningfield factor”. Lord Hanningfield is well known in Essex as the former council leader jailed for fiddling his Lords expenses.
Friday 03 May 2013
The Week in Books
David Cameron tells United Arab Emirates ruler of concerns about treatment of three British holidaymakers convicted of possessing drugs
Wednesday 01 May 2013
PM promised a “full investigation” of the allegations
Monday 29 April 2013
Family of Lee Bradley Brown raise new concerns as UAE leader visits UK on state tour
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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