Open Jaw: From HS2 to airport shopping

Where readers write back

48 Hours in Delhi

I was interested to learn that the Imperial Hotel is still without peer in Delhi. When I stayed there in the 1960s, it had punkah wallahs [fan operators] and, at tea time, Indian ladies in beautiful saris gyrating around the dance floor to the tunes of the 1920s.

Sir Edward Parkes

The real Argentina

Claiming that "a single morning in San Antonio had brought me closer to discovering the authentic Argentina than four days in the capital" is a little bit embarrassing. It is the equivalent to saying a three-day holiday in London and a day trip to Stonehenge, is a representation of the UK.

Ben P Jones

Airport shopping

"An airport so good you won't want to take off: that is the hope of both Heathrow and Gatwick": they have a very long way to go. The benchmark for airport terminals must be Singapore's Changi. At Changi, "rest area" literally means an area to lie down and rest. There are free cinemas to pass the time while you wait for your connection, or a bar in the roof garden which is filled with beds of cacti. If you are on a budget, you can buy your beer at normal street prices in the Mini Mart and then wander to the orchid garden. And, of course, they had free Wi-Fi long before most of us knew what Wi-Fi was.

"bebofpenge"

High Speed 2 – and beyond

I wonder what the service levels will be like for towns and cities currently on the inter-city network, which will not be served by HS2, for example Rugby and Coventry, and also the Midland Mainline via Leicester, Loughborough, Derby and Nottingham? I'd prefer the money was spent on proper-length trains, revitalising regional routes and proper staffing on the railways.

"Dogman"

Germany by train

I visit Germany regularly and would recommend it to anyone, but I do have to add that the comment "trains nearly always run on time" isn't my experience of Deutsche Bahn in recent years. More like "on average about 20 minutes late". Still, far more pleasurable than travelling by UK rail.

Tony Nuttall

Keep Aswan on the map

Aswan has so much going for it. We've been going there since before 2011, and it is still totally peaceful. There are the wonderful temples close by, Abu Simbel is an hour by air and Luxor an hour south with the Valley of the Kings. The Aswan hotels are good. Two of them are in the middle of the Nile. The scenery from them has to be seen to be believed and don't forget the amazing Old Cataract Hotel along the riverside. The people desperately need tourists to come back.

Howell and Vivian Green

Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Bid / Tender Writing Executive

    £24000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Executives / Marketing Communications Consultants

    Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a number of Marketi...

    Recruitment Genius: Marketing Executive

    £20000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This well established business ...

    Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester

    £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...

    Day In a Page

    Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

    Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

    His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
    'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

    Open letter to David Cameron

    Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
    Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

    You don't say!

    Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
    Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

    So what is Mubi?

    Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
    The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

    The hardest job in theatre?

    How to follow Kevin Spacey
    Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

    Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

    To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
    Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

    'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

    The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
    Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

    This human tragedy has been brewing for years

    EU states can't say they were not warned
    Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

    Women's sportswear

    From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
    Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

    Clinton's clothes

    Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
    NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

    Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

    A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
    How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

    How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

    Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
    From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

    The wars that come back to haunt us

    David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
    Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders