Tyler Brûlé writes the weekly Fast Lane column for the FT Weekend Life and Arts section.
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I ventured into Schumann’s Tagesbar, found a seat in the corner and picked up a copy of Handelsblatt. A sharp-looking waiter in a white jacket took my order and promptly returned with some bar snacks and warming glass of Spätburgunder wine
As the clock ticks down for the season, here’s the annual list for the trickier people in your life
‘We wanted everything to be authentic — you shouldn’t look at anything and feel it’s an imitation’
Home to some of the biggest and best publishers in the world, Germany can be a beacon for bigger ideas
Is it the new normal to be subjected to both ends of the conversation on a train or aircraft cabin?
Most of the developed world has adopted a ‘driver bad/pedestrian good’ traffic code
It’s not just me that likes books — tens of millions of my countrymen feel the same
Like much of modern design, they have all the charm and texture of the screen they were designed on
Six years ago, you could go to Oktoberfest in just a traditional hat . . . now everyone wants to go the whole way
Part two of a round-the-world trip, and happiness might just lie in a grocery store at Central World Bangkok
It’s part one of a full on, round-the-world tour — and I’m running low on essentials
For a few years now The Fast Lane has been calling for flyers both fresh and frequent to be licensed
Can you wear pyjamas at your desk? Are bare ankles acceptable? And dogs? Lucy Kellaway and Tyler Brûlé go head-to-head over how we work today
Anyone who runs their own midsize company knows that it’s tough to switch-off
We really believe in the power of paper and magazines. It’s something that we do very well here
‘Those bags are not for medical purchases,’ he told me. ‘You can only get paper when you buy food’
Automated vehicles will aid and abet an abdication of responsibility for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
Given a good pair of Lederhosen go for about €1,000 I think it’s time to invest in deer
Westerners here look like they’ve given up on life when compared with this city’s well-preened locals
Where are the activist voices questioning the morality of what passes for acceptable, ‘public interest’ footage?
Take a walk with me down into the village where people still interact in the street . . .
If there is not a proper plan, leading Brexiters should be put on trial and, if guilty, have to live in the suburbs of Leipzig or similar
How nice to be able to start your day lakeside, then head to your desk job at the cantonal bank
It didn’t happen overnight but Montreal started to hollow out, and a trickle soon became an exodus
Thanks to the EU, in Germany you can go naked in a park; in Madrid you can stay out late and drink
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