<em>Pop Idol</em> literati style
They may not ogle each other's bits in SW1, but they do take their pets seriously
The sequence of events after a rail disaster is now familiar: first, the speculation (or the hope in some quarters) that vandalism or, more excitingly, sabotage is the cause; next, the attempt to blame some lowly worker (a driver, an engineer or a signalman); and finally, an inquiry which establ
From down the drain, everything above ground looks good
The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton <em>Hamish Hamilton, 272pp, £14.99</em>
<strong>Chris Powell</strong> and <strong>Peter York</strong> on why it matters that our national br
A A Gill is away
A A Gill <em>Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 254pp, £16.99</em>
Next weekend, I celebrate the anniversary of an event that changed the course of my life. I arrived at Southampton 40 years ago, carrying a British and Commonwealth passport with a photograph that bore the stamp of innocence, details of name and birth, and my occupation - civil servant.
Here I am in Florida, for the second year running, for the American tradition of the "spring break". I never dreamed I would become so Americanised.
Even in our godless age, spiritual journeys are as important as they were six hundred years ago, whe
The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes
Peter Matthiessen <em>Harvill, 350pp, £20</em>
Governments have been striving for 20 years to create markets where none can sensibly exist - in the provision of education and health, for example.