Paul Barker is group automotive editor at BusinessCar.co.uk.

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Ideas
02 August 1999
Members of parliament may have less power than at any time in recent history. They may fill their working hours with...
Ideas
21 June 1999
All cities have now become salesmen for themselves. They are all equipped with "directors of regeneration" who would be...
Books
14 June 1999
These are the people Sargent painted in his swagger portraits: the very rich who so publicly flourished in what J...
Ideas
26 March 1999
The trouble with sociology is that it isn't a science. Sodium nitrate, surface tension, the velocity of light: these...
Politics
12 February 1999
Live cities are always in chaos. Those that aren't are either stone dead (like Carthage or Pompeii) or mummified for...
Politics
05 February 1999
I try hard to be a pessimist. But when I was reading the last Social Trends of the century, cheerfulness kept breaking...
29 January 1999
"Dizzy is West Side Outlawz." "Cripple Too Right!" "Wanker." The Maiden Lane estate, on a man-made cliff above the back...
22 January 1999
I sit on a bollard in the rain and watch, gratefully, as blue sky breaks above the silver, armadillo-shaped roof of the...
15 January 1999
This is where the millennium runs into the sea. A stumpy white obelisk, with a green globe on top, marks where the...
08 January 1999
Kent is the most Cockney county. Londoners flowed out into Kent from the earliest days, to find a garden of their own....
01 January 1999
The pub at Piercebridge has a grandfather clock that is, they say, the original of the one in the song: "The clock...
18 December 1998
Two old men are standing outside the Argos shop, killing time. At the railway station, the commuters with first-class...
11 December 1998
The merry face of Zwart Piet - Black Peter - beams out at me from the counters of baker's shops throughout Amsterdam. A...
04 December 1998
This Toys'R'Us store looks, at first glance, like a big white temple dedicated to novelty. CD-Roms of bosomy Lara Croft...
27 November 1998
Most things happen by accident. Passengers go into Stansted airport either on the special train line which comes neatly...

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