The Fast Lane: It’s about freedom at the edges

Thanks to the EU, in Germany you can go naked in a park; in Madrid you can stay out late and drink

The Fast Lane: A cautionary referendum tale

The issue is also about the hundreds of thousands of talented, clever people who will leave the UK

The Fast Lane: Have you met a millennial?

‘Smart casual’, car grilles and ‘millennials’ — your questions answered

The Fast Lane: When Finnishness matters

You can invest in hardware and nice design yet still lose out if you don’t take human feelings into account

The Fast Lane: back on home turf

The bank governor and I settled in for a breezy chat about French leadership, sharp haircuts, and Brexit

The Fast Lane: an autostrada adventure

Turin, like Berlin, sprawls with a sense that there is an abundance of good things hidden from view

The Fast Lane: What makes a nation?

‘Leather shorts and boob-enhancing dresses are a simple issue of people expressing their heritage’

The Fast Lane: Arriving in style in Vancouver

‘Don’t be alarmed when you see fire trucks alongside as we taxi in,’ explained the captain

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


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


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