Speaking of the British

Running a country on eloquence alone hasn’t worked out disastrously for the UK’s ruling classes – or at least not yet

Five more private islands in Britain

Luxurious isles where you can look out for seals on a deserted beach or live in an art deco hotel that used to be the haunt of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward

Shanghai discovers its past

The world’s most futuristic city – famously too busy for history – has suddenly realised that there is money to be made from its past