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

The Fast Lane: Digital data and the deletion of memories

I’d like to celebrate all those nice little scraps of paper that used to mark arrivals, departures and much more

The Fast Lane: New London perch, same neighbourhood

I used to be able to go from threshold to desk in seven minutes, 30 seconds. Now it’s less than three minutes

The Fast Lane: To Paris, with love

The French economy needs the euros of travellers and tourists. Its medical system has an enormous task

The Fast Lane: Iceland warms up for Christmas

‘Reykjavik is just the place to spend two nights eating grilled puffin and knocking back birch-sap schnapps’

The Fast Lane: The fine (and dying) art of making an effort

‘Do you cancel a meeting using the newly launched ‘Blow Off ’ app that, in an instant, selects one for you?’

The Fast Lane: Clouds, connectivity and curses

‘Travellers often find a network, then hit a wall that keeps emails from dropping into the inbox’

A wishlist for Mr Trudeau Jr

Disheartened Canadians around the globe are feeling optimistic, if a tad cautious, about our new leader

Book fairs are not for the faint-hearted

A smart marketeer might have called the 6.51 to from Munich to Frankfurt the ‘Editor’s Express’

The Fast Lane: ‘Virtual fieldwork’ is no substitute for travel

‘If you’ve been tasked with giving a view on what’s over the horizon, get on your bike, on the train or on a plane’

The Fast Lane: Keep it fresh with today’s news and no-show socks

‘Some whizz thinks that everyone wants to get their news on a digital device. How wrong he or she is’

The Fast Lane: Ageing, Japanese-style

‘Japan speaks to people in their ‘silver years’ without making them feel like they need to be in a rocker’

The Fast Lane: Be extraordinary — lose the smartphone

‘There are even people in their early twenties residing in G7 nations who choose not to be on email’

ABOUT TYLER

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

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