The Fast Lane: where’s the safest haven?

I pictured myself living on Hokkaido, maybe running a ‘ryokan’ with a nice collection of goats

The Fast Lane: the twist in the tail

Which types of animals might be happy living in the garden? ‘Peacocks could be nice,’ said Max

The Fast Lane: A sitting-room refresh

Sofas have been downsized to appeal to consumers with fewer square metres in the heart of the city

The Fast Lane: Grande designs

Brand Italia might take a lot of knocks but it’s still a world-class operation in many corners

The Fast Lane: the war on trees

‘Urbidepilation’ is my term for the over-manicuring or removal of all greenery from the public realm

The Fast Lane: Bombs in Brussels

Solutions are not going to be found with more body scanners or CCTV footage to spool through

The Fast Lane: Dressed to the nineties

At Japan’s airports, for many, there’s still a sense of occasion and this means dressing for the destination

The Fast Lane: Sometimes it’s nice to keep secrets

I have the best bar near our office in Tokyo. It’s tiny, has six seats and the ‘mama-san’ is always wearing a kimono

The Fast Lane: Sun lounger start-ups

What if my bank could take over mobile phone services for its customers? It would be an absolute delight

The Fast Lane: Why New York is back on my fly list

A meeting revealed that LaGuardia will become a proper first-world airport in the not-too-distant future

The Fast Lane: Observations from the road

We’re going to be delayed because ‘it’s a busy day at Heathrow’. When is it not busy at Heathrow, Captain?

The Fast Lane: A perfect (long) weekend getaway

My recent journey to Hokkaido proved that civilised travel still exists in some corners of the world

The Fast Lane: fuelled by the festival factor

If you manufacture pink taffeta in Shenzhen, you should be able to afford a Gulfstream or two

The Fast Lane: reader research, an alternative view

A digital device is not a marker of your tastes: most people are likely to assume you’re looking at cat photos

The Fast Lane: How I learned to love the company ‘away day’

You receive a ‘save the date’ and you know it’s going to involve a round of awful team-building activities

The Fast Lane: The business of self-reinvention

Have you considered what colleagues might notice about you when you stride into the office?

The Fast Lane: Each to their drone

The greatest threat to mankind are the millions of blinking devices that have invaded daily life

The Fast Lane: The happiest place on earth?

In a quality-of-life ranking, Italy’s high north once again managed to secure two spots in the top three

The Fast Lane: Have you ever flown short-haul, Santa?

I never thought I’d say this but I’d rather fly on a US domestic carrier than any of Europe’s legacy airlines

The Fast Lane: Good things come in very big boxes

If you can jump on a plane for a last-minute dash around a few choice shops, here’s what to buy


Tyler BrûléTyler Brûlé writes the weekly Fast Lane column for the FT Weekend Life and Arts section.


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