Who’s the fairest of them all?

A pair who seemed like sure bets for Milan’s design fair were sporting identical tortoise-shell eyewear

The Fast Lane: Dancing in the aisles

Thailand’s operators are keen on elevating the retail experience from predictable to inspiring

Some neighbourhoods are streets ahead

Toronto’s Roncy district was so brimming with local life that it was almost tricky to stay on the sidewalk

The Fast Lane: Fear of flying? Me too

Were other passengers as glued to their phones as I was? Were they discussing the cause of the crash?

The Fast Lane: Ready for udon bolognese?

When was the last time you tucked into a dish and found you haven’t been able to stop thinking about it?

The Fast Lane: Top-flight treatment

As I neared the aircraft door, I was taken aback by a very chirpy greeting from the in-flight manager

The Fast Lane: Deodoriser and dusty carpets

The duvet is folded under the mattress so tightly that you feel you might wake up with dainty little hooves

The Fast Lane: Lounge rules — no Speedos

You will be redirected to an appropriate facility should you show up dressed ready for a Bikram session

The Fast Lane: The mundane reality of terminal decline

You resign yourself to fetching a coffee from an international vendor of dangerously hot beverages

The Fast Lane: Refuge from the storm warnings

Why have we allowed ourselves to become hostages to hysterical weather channels?

The Fast Lane: A premier city now second

Montreal was Canada’s leading lady. The view last Saturday couldn’t have been more different

The Fast Lane: Office over a flower shop?

I want something untouched by the wand of a talentless decorator and that has character

The Fast Lane: taking on the world

Answers to some of the biggest problems lie within the boundaries of Davos and many Swiss hamlets

The Fast Lane: Twitter and condolences

It’s almost 21 years since two rounds from a Kalashnikov ripped through my arms in Kabul

The Fast Lane: Of dietary dilemmas and bathroom proliferation

En-suite bathrooms are often so close to the bed as to offer no privacy if you are sharing a room

The Fast Lane: A bird’s eye view of the year ahead

If you think hard enough, you will spot fresh business opportunities across all continents

The Fast Lane: A whistle-stop tour of my favourite things

What you really need is something to inspire you for the year ahead, filling your mind with fresh ideas

The Fast Lane: All I want for Christmas is . . . 

A good jolt of humour will conquer the growing tide of intolerance that is creating a society of killjoys

The Fast Lane: My ‘guaranteed to please’ Christmas list

For the gent who wants a bit of Alpine tailoring in his wardrobe — an olive or navy boiled wool vest

The Fast Lane: an un-festive future

Your favourite restaurant has gone buffet and its cosy candles have been replaced by ugly fake LED ones


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

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