A discussion of the flaws in the current model of endlessly increasing consumption. As someone in the comments points out, it makes an interesting contrast with the FT's "How to spend it" .
In order to read the article for free you need to click to it through Google.
Rick Maybury in the Telegraph discusses the pros and cons of internet ad blocking, as well as the best ways of doing it.
I don't particularly like cars. I don't like the way they smell, on the inside or the outside. I don't like the feeling of being trapped in a sheet metal-and-vinyl box, my body slowly warping to the shape of a bucket seat.
A surprisingly thorough analysis of the financial services industry shown on BBC2 and BBC4.
School holidays needn't be financial hell. Britain is bursting with free activities – from arts and crafts, festivals, music, cinema and much more
Patrick Collinson, Rupert Jones, Rebecca Smithers, Jill Papworth, Miles Brignall, Guardian 11 June 2011:
50 family freebies for the summer holidays
Are Finnish Schools the Best in the World?
They have no uniforms, no selection, no fee-paying and no league tables. Yet Finland's education system consistently tops global rankings. Richard Garner finds out what we can learn from them
Independent, Thursday, 26 May 2011:
Are Finnish schools the best in the world?
Heinz Left Playing Tomato Catch-up After Ketchup Tasting Trouncing
Red faces at veteran sauce-maker after cheap rivals pip 'nation's favourite' table product
Rebecca Smithers, Guardian 26 May 2011:
Heinz left playing tomato catch-up after ketchup tasting trouncing
Secrets of the Superbrands
Alex Riley explores the world of the superbrands - how they get us to buy their stuff, trust them and even idolise them.
One of the funniest and most informative programmes there has been on the TV in a very long time.
BBC3 Tuesday 17 May 2011:
Secrets of the Superbrands
Supermarkets Kill Free Markets As Well As Our Communities
Across the country local shops have been wiped out by supermarkets. This is an issue for the right as much as the left.
Peter Wilby, Guardian 3 May 2011:
Supermarkets kill free markets as well as our communities
Privatised Mail: A Second-Class Delivery
The government wants to privatise the Royal Mail. But what would the new service look like? An examination of how the Dutch do it exposes unhappy customers and exploited workers
James Meek, Guardian 29 April 2011:
Privatised mail: a second-class delivery
Hotels: Are Price Comparison Websites Still a Good Deal?
As the OFT examines allegations that the hotel booking industry is breaching competition law, Patrick Collinson and Beth Adamson investigate whether comparison sites still offer value for money
Guardian, 16 April 2011:
Hotels: are price comparison websites still a good deal?
Record Labels ‘Force Spotify to Halve Free Offering’
The major record labels “forced” Spotify into halving the listening time for free users, according to music industry insiders.
Emma Barnett, Telegraph 14 April 2011:
Record labels ‘force Spotify to halve free offering’
Budget Airline Tickets Cost '10 Times' As Much As Advertised
Budget airline tickets cost up to 10 times as much as originally advertised once extra charges are added, consumer groups have warned.
Myra Butterworth, Telegraph 30 March 2011:
Budget airline tickets cost '10 times' as much as advertised
Andrew Lansley Greedy?
Success of YouTube video criticising Department of Health white paper prompts health minister to respond to rapper critic
Esther Addley, Guardian 25 March 2011:
Andrew Lansley takes rap from MC NxtGen over health policy in viral video
Bank of England Governor Blames Spending Cuts on Bank Bailouts
Mervyn King tells MPs: 'The price of this financial crisis is being borne by people who absolutely did not cause it.
Phillip Inman, Guardian 1 March 2011:
Bank of England governor blames spending cuts on bank bailouts
The Big Society
Steve Bell sums up the "Big Society"
Guardian, 17 February 2011:
The Big Society
Cash-Strapped Britons Flock to Discount Stores Aldi and Lidl
Effort to reduce household costs revives the 'Aldi effect' giving boost to discounters.
Zoe Wood, Guardian 1 February 2011:
Cash-strapped Britons flock to discount stores Aldi and Lidl
Philip Pullman's Call to Defend Libraries Resounds Around Web
Impassioned polemic against closures picked up by thousands of readers
Benedicte Page, Guardian 27 January 2011:
Philip Pullman's call to defend libraries resounds around web
Homes: Sweet Charity
Need a new sofa but feeling the pinch? Then head to your nearest charity furniture shop. You just might be surprised.
Perri Lewis, Guardian 15 January 2011:
Homes: Sweet charity
Deepening Crisis Traps America's Have-Nots
The US is drifting from a financial crisis to a deeper and more insidious social crisis. Self-congratulation by the US authorities that they have this time avoided a repeat of the 1930s is premature.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph 9 January 2011:
Deepening crisis traps America's have-nots
How to Cut the Cost of your Rail Fare
Millions will be paying more for train travel this year, with some prices increasing by 12%. Miles Brignall tracks down ways that could mean you actually pay less.
Miles Brignall, Guardian 8 January 2011:
How to cut the cost of your rail fare
Low Interest Rates Failing to Rescue British Households from £1.45 Trillion Debts, says Bank of England
Low interest rates are not fixing Britain's household debt burden, a damning survey for the Bank of England has found.
Philip Aldrick, Telegraph 13 December 2010:
Low interest rates failing to rescue British households from £1.45 trillion debts, says Bank of England
Five Steps to Rejecting Your Energy Price Rise
British Gas is introducing massive price rises tomorrow, but it's not too late to ensure that you don't pay them.
Rosie Murray-West, Telegraph 10 December 2010:
Five steps to rejecting your energy price rise
Where to Download Free Films - Legally
Forget about heading out for a DVD, let your computer do the work.
Kara Gammell, Telegraph 9 November 2010:
Where to download free films - legally
UK's Total Debt Forecast to Hit £10 Trillion by 2015
Britain's total debt will top £10 trillion by 2015, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, which warned the burden could slow growth for decades as interest rates eventually rise.
Emma Rowley, Telegraph 9 November 2010:
UK's total debt forecast to hit £10 trillion by 2015
Christmas Turkey Dinner for Less than £3 a Person?
Taste test by housekeeping magazine says a family of eight can enjoy a Christmas dinner this year for about £21
Rebecca Smithers, Guardian 5 November 2010:
Christmas turkey dinner for less than £3 a person?
Which? Report Finds Supermarket 'Value' Packs More Costly than Single Items
Asda and Sainsbury's reported by watchdog to trading standards
Rebecca Smithers, Guardian 29 September 2010:
Which? report finds supermarket 'value' packs more costly than single items
Tomorrow Belongs to Nick Clegg
I've been laughing at Steve Bell's cartoons for thirty years now, but I think this might be the funniest I have ever seen. (You need to have watched the film Cabaret to fully appreciate it):
Tomorrow belongs to Nick Clegg
McDonald's Targeted in US Health Ad
Unhappy meals: American doctors' TV ad features a corpse holding a hamburger and the line 'I was lovin' it'. McDonald's, which has thrived in the recession, isn't laughing.
Andrew Clark, Guardian 14 September 2010:
McDonald's targeted in US health ad
The Real Bargains to be had at Poundland Revealed
We uncover the smart buys at the cut price store and when you're better off going to the supermarket.
Rosie Murray-West, Telegraph 26 August 2010:
The real bargains to be had at Poundland revealed
Top Ten Useless Gadgets
They may sound fun, or even amazing time-saving products, but consumers have been warned not to waste their money on "dud" gadgets by the leading consumer watchdog.
Harry Wallop, Telegraph 29 July 2010:
Top ten useless gadgets
Obama Signs a Bill that Lets Banks Have US Over a Barrel Once More
Last week, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill – hailed as the most sweeping overhaul of US financial regulation since the 1930s.
Liam Halligan, Telegraph 26 July 2010:
Obama signs a bill that lets banks have US over a barrel once more
Britain's Best Family Days Out
Great family days out around the British Isles, from beachcombing in Suffolk to sheepshearing in Yorkshire.
Telegraph 20 July 2010:
Britain's best family days out
UK House Prices not Set to Recover for Another Ten Years, says PWC
Property prices will not recover for another decade and should be viewed as "risky assets", according to PricewaterhouseCooper's Economic Outlook report.
Helia Ebrahimi, Telegraph 13 July 2010:
UK house prices not set to recover for another ten years, says PWC
With the US Trapped in Depression, this Really is Starting to Feel Like 1932
The US workforce shrank by 652,000 in June, one of the sharpest contractions ever. The rate of hourly earnings fell 0.1pc. Wages are flirting with deflation.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph 5 July 2010:
With the US trapped in depression, this really is starting to feel like 1932
Transport Policy: Red for Danger
The problem is that an awful lot of money is being spent, almost all of it inefficiently
Guardian, 2 July 2010:
Transport policy: red for danger
Michael Pollan is Desperate to End Our Addiction to Processed Food.
The best-selling author at the centre of a revolt against processed food shares some simple rules for truly healthy eating with Jon Henley.
Guardian, 1 July 2010:
Michael Pollan is desperate to end our addiction to processed food
RBS Tells Clients to Prepare for 'Monster' Money-Printing by the Federal Reserve
As recovery starts to stall in the US and Europe with echoes of mid-1931, bond experts are once again dusting off a speech by Ben Bernanke given eight years ago as a freshman governor at the Federal Reserve.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph 27 June 2010:
RBS tells clients to prepare for 'monster' money-printing by the Federal Reserve
Austerity Was a Hard Sell in the 40s. Today it's Harder Still
Postwar cohesion came from shared purpose, a sense of equity and faith in leadership. Cameron et al have it all to do.
David Kynaston, Guardian 22 June 2010:
Austerity was a hard sell in the 40s. Today it's harder still
London Olympics Opening Ceremony Imagined – Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet and a Giant Toilet Bowl
Now that Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry are creative chiefs of the 2012 spectacle, the show may be worth watching
Lucy Mangan, Guardian 18 June 2010:
London Olympics opening ceremony imagined – Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet and a giant toilet bowl
Tinfoil Porsche Runs on Pedal Power
An Austrian artist has built a replica Porsche GT3 out of tinfoil and sticky tape and mounted it on a bicycle.
Keith Barry, Wired Magazine 16 June 2010:
Tinfoil Porsche runs on pedal power
Boris Johnson Should Learn the Bike Rules of the Road in Bogota
Ciclovía keeps cars off the streets in the Colombian capital and brings rich and poor together - if only for a day
Mike Power, Guardian 16 June 2010:
Boris Johnson should learn the bike rules of the road in Bogota
Britain's Best Small Campsites
Comprehensive guides to ten of Britain's best small and characterful campsites.
Dixe Wills, Telegraph 8 June 2010:
Britain's best small campsites
Moneyless Man Reveals How to Live a Cashless Life without Starving
Separation between stomachs and the soil means most food comes in plastic packets, but eating for free can be fun
Mark Boyle, Guardian 2 June 2010:
Moneyless man reveals how to live a cashless life without starving
Why It's Easier Than Ever To Maintain Your Own Bike
You might be a mechanical novice but tutorial books and online videos can help make you an expert grease monkey.
Peter Walker, Guardian 1 June 2010:
Why it's easier than ever to maintain your own bike
The Impoverished Professionals: New Victims of the Crunch
Anybody who's anybody has a financial hard-luck story these days. John Walsh examines the new poverty.
Independent, 26 May 2010:
The impoverished professionals: New victims of the crunch
Record Debt Enquiries at Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice Bureaux have dealt with a record number of consumers with debt problems over the last 12 months, according to its annual statistics.
Harry Wallop, Telegraph 17 May 2010:
Record debt enquiries at Citizens Advice
Save £800 a Year on Petrol
Can you cut petrol costs just by driving more smoothly? Patrick Collinson gave it a go and found that a driver doing 15,000 miles a year at an average 119.9p a litre could save a fortune
Guardian 1 May 2010:
Save £800 a year on petrol
Mr. Fixit Goes Open Source With DIY Repair Site
Manufacturers want you to recycle old gear when you upgrade, but Kyle Wiens would prefer that you keep your old gadgets and fix them yourself.
Brian X. Chen, Wired Magazine 22 April 2010:
Mr. Fixit goes open source with DIY repair site
Royal Mail's Decision to Park its Bikes Defies Logic
Bicycles are zero-carbon, cheap, reliable and congestion-cutting - so why is the Royal Mail planning to phase out deliveries by posties on two wheels?
Matt Seaton, Guardian 9 April 2010:
Royal Mail's decision to park its bikes defies logic
Camping Bookings Soar Amid Forecasts of Hot Summer
Camping holidays are enjoying a resurgence as Britons turn their backs on expensive hotels and airport delays, new figures suggest.
Matthew Moore, Telegraph 2 April 2010:
Camping bookings soar amid forecasts of hot summer
The Best Free Software of 2010
Get what you don't pay for: here are 196 programs that cost nothing but will make your computing life richer - all the while keeping your wallet fat.
PC Magazine 30 March 2010:
The best free software of 2010
Banking Cannibals are Likely to Gorge on us Once Again
While we are on the subject of trust, what about the banks? Do we trust them? What do we trust them to do? They've enjoyed the biggest blood sacrifice ever – can we trust them to behave in such a way that we don't have to do that again?
Simon Carr, The Independent 3 March 2010:
Banking cannibals are likely to gorge on us once again
BBC: 80% of Licence Fee to be Spent on Programmes
BBC commits to spending at least 80% of licence fee on 'content creation', but plans to axe two radio stations and cut web output have met opposition, with claims it could lead to 600 job losses
Steve Bell, Guardian 3 March, 2010:
BBC: 80% of licence fee to be spent on programmes
How Reagan Ruined Conservatism
Battling my way through Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, last weekend, I began to wonder how American conservatism had come to this...
Gideon Rachman, Financial Times 2 March 2010:
How Reagan ruined conservatism
Litter: Our Legacy to Future Generations
Our grandchildren will know us by our discarded cans of Coca-Cola and packets of Walkers crisps
Jeremy Paxman, Guardian 25 February 2010:
Litter: our legacy to future generations
Britons Rediscover Age of Austerity at Free Attractions
Museums, galleries and heritage sites report surge in visitor numbers as recession bites hard on family days out
James Meikle, Guardian 24 February 2010:
Britons rediscover age of austerity at free attractions
Every Little Helps? Supermarkets Accused of "Cynical Manipulation" Over 1p Cuts
Former OFT head criticises industry as investigation shows majority of trumpeted price reductions worth just a penny.
Felicity Lawrence, Guardian 22 February 2010:
Every little helps? Supermarkets accused of "cynical manipulation" over 1p cuts
So Where Did All the Money Go?
It is all too easy to lose track of the amount of cash poured into the economy by the British authorities in order to support banks and prevent a repeat of the Great Depression.
Edmund Conway, Telegraph 19 February 2010:
So where did all the money go?
Artists do not need the music industry suits
Luke Johnson, Financial Times 17 February 2010:
When the Locals Bought their Local
The Star Inn in Salford was to close – then its customers stepped in.
Jerome Taylor, Independent 15 February 2010:
When the locals bought their local
'Systematic, Cynical, Aggressive': Expert Verdict on Tesco and Asda Prices
Batteries, medicines and children's toys among items whose prices were increased in runup to Christmas
Felicity Lawrence, Guardian 13 February 2010:
'Systematic, cynical, aggressive': expert verdict on Tesco and Asda prices
Millionaire Gives Away Fortune Which Made Him Miserable
Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder is giving away every penny of his £3 million fortune after realising his riches were making him unhappy.
Henry Samuel, Telegraph 8 February 2010:
Millionaire gives away fortune which made him miserable
Aldi and Lidl Beat Tesco and Sainsbury's in Which? Survey
Aldi and Lidl, the European discount chains, have beaten Tesco and the rest of the major grocery groups in an influential survey to find Britain's best supermarket.
Harry Wallop, Telegraph 28 January 2010:
Aldi and Lidl beat Tesco and Sainsbury's in Which? survey
The Strength of the Pound Shop
They are the ultimate value retailers. James Thompson reports on how the recession has been the catalyst for a dramatic increase in the number of pound shops on Britain's high streets.
Independent 26 January 2010:
The strength of the pound shop
Guardian Editor Hits Back at Paywalls
Shutting newspaper industry off from openness of web risks 'sleepwalk into oblivion', argues Alan Rusbridger
Guardian 25 January 2010:
Guardian editor hits back at paywalls
I Can't Believe it's Not … Healthy!
First butter was bad for you, then margarine. Now a new front has opened in the battle of the spreads, with fresh calls for trans fats to be banned. But will any of this really prevent heart disease?
Felicity Lawrence, Guardian 23 January 2010:
I can't believe it's not … healthy!
Frugal Shoppers Fuel Boom in Out-of-Date Grocery Trade
Orders backlogged as websites selling discounted groceries past their official shelf lives report huge sales
Rebecca Smithers, Guardian 22 January 2010:
Frugal shoppers fuel boom in out-of-date grocery trade
Start Running and Watch Your Brain Grow, Say Scientists
• Aerobic exercise triggers new cell growth – study
• Region of brain affected linked to recollection
Ian Sample, Guardian 19 January 2010:
Start running and watch your brain grow, say scientists
How to Track Down a Cheap Train Ticket
Miles Brignall on how to beat the annual rail fare price hikes
Guardian 16 January 2010:
How to track down a cheap train ticket
Human Civilisation 'Will Collapse' Unless Greed Culture is Stopped, Report Warns
Human civilisation would “collapse” and efforts to tackle global warming will fail unless the world curbs its culture of greed and excessive consumerism, a report has warned.
Andrew Hough, Telegraph 13 January 2010:
Human civilisation 'will collapse' unless greed culture is stopped, report warns
Pick-Your-Own Vegetables to Replace Flowers in High Street
Climate change and food shortage issues prompt Lancashire town to consider growing edible crops in public
Martin Wainwright, Guardian 12 January: 2010
Pick-your-own vegetables to replace flowers in high street
Economists Start to Consider that Money Can't Buy Happiness
Obsession with GDP as a measure of how good people feel is losing its grip against concerns for welfare and sustainability.
Ashley Seager and Heather Stewart, Observer 10 January 2010:
Economists start to consider that money can't buy happiness
How to Make a Draught Excluder
Britain is in the grip of a big freeze. Sally Cameron Griffiths shows you how to make a simple draught excluder to keep the cold weather at bay.
Guardian 5 January 2010:
How to make a draught excluder
The 'Tenties': the Decade Camping Became Cool
From glamping to wild camping, millions of us have got closer to nature over the past decade
Dixe Wills, Guardian 19 December 2009:
The 'tenties': the decade camping became cool
In Praise of… Roy Mayall
Editorial in the Guardian about the postman blogger Roy Mayall
Guardian Thursday 17 December 2009:
In praise of Roy Mayall
The Debt, Excess And Exploitation Is Not Dubai's Alone. We've All Been At It
The glitzy Gulf state is a modern parable for a world living on tick. How much better the wealth could have been spent
Jonathon Freedland, Guardian 1 December 2009:
The debt, excess and exploitation is not Dubai's alone. We've all been at it
Are we falling out of love with IKEA?
IKEA sucks? According to the latest news reports, our long-standing love affair with the adored bastion of low-priced, Swedish furniture could be coming to an end.
Miss Thrifty, November 30 2009:
Are we falling out of love with IKEA?
Todmorden's Good life: Introducing Britain's Greenest Town
'Grow your own' fever has gripped the Pennines community, which is aiming for self-sufficiency
Joanna Moorhead, Independent 29 November 2009:
Todmorden's good life: introducing Britain's greenest town
United Maidens of Camden Fight Deepening Personal Debts
Women on a London council estate have formed a personal finance group to help each other through the credit crunch
Mike Sweeney, Guardian 28 November 2009:
United Maidens of Camden fight deepening personal debts
Energy Suppliers 'Overcharging'
Five of the "big six" energy suppliers still overcharge customers on pre-pay meters despite new Ofgem rules, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).
Kara Gammell, Telegraph 28 November 2009:
Energy suppliers 'overcharging'
Microsoft to Pay Newspaper Websites to Remove Content from Google
Microsoft has reportedly offered to pay newspaper websites, including those owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, to remove their content from Google.
Rupert Neate, Telegraph 23 November 2009:
Microsoft to pay newspaper websites to remove content from Google
How Much Money is Enough?
In 1930, Keynes predicted that by 2030, we'd be working a 15-hour week. But he underestimated our appetite for wealth.
Robert Skidelsky, Guardian 22 November 2009:
How much money is enough?
Music: Too Expensive to Be Free, Too Free to Be Expensive
Music streaming companies struggling to pay fees to record companies.
Eliot Van Buskirk, Wired 17 November 2009:
Music: too expensive to be free, too free to be expensive
Questions for a New World
Our need for a greener, life-enhancing economic model should make us seek answers in the unlikeliest of places
Andrew Simms, Guardian 17 November 2009:
Questions for a new world
Cost Fears Drive Down Car Usage
RAC survey reveals habits are changing as careful owners try to save money
Jill Insley, Guardian 17 November 2009:
Cost feares drive down car usage
China's On-Off American Romance
Finding something American to sell to the Chinese, whether democracy or widgets, has always been a problem.
Simon Schama, Financial Times 16 November 2009:
China's on-off American romance
Christmas is the Season of Awful Adverts
They are smug, stomach-churning and delighted by their own existence
Charlie Brooker, Guardian 16 November 2009:
Christmas is the season of awful adverts
A Day for Savouring the Sound of Silence
About No Music Day, the brainchild of Bill Drummond, former frontman of dance band The KLF and seasoned cultural provocateur.
Laura Battle, Financial Times 16 November 2009:
A day for savouring the sound of silence
Forget Money, Pay with your Skill Set
A modern take on bartering is blossoming online, where people pay for carpentry with counselling and web design with script writing consultancy
Dave Cohen, Guardian 14 November 2009:
Forget money, pay with your skill set
'Trains Are Too Expensive, Use Coaches Instead', Rail Head Tells Staff
Network Rail staff were told to travel to a conference by coach because trains are too expensive.
Ben Leach, Telegraph 11 Nov 2009:
'Trains are too expensive, use coaches instead', rail head tells staff
When Must-Have Means Must-Steal
Shoplifting is up in an age when we are defined by our possessions
Carola Long, Indepedent 11 November 2009:
When must-have means must-steal
How Waterstone's Killed Bookselling
When it started, Waterstone's was a breath of fresh air. But as it got ever bigger, many say it lost its soul. What effect has that had on publishing?
Stuart Jeffries, Guardian 10 November:
How Waterstone's killed bookselling
Alt Text: Clever Murdoch Turns News Into Hip Underground Club
Lore Sjoberg, Wired Magazine 10 November 2009:
Alt text: clever Murdoch turns news into hip underground club
Brompton Bicycle: Crafted for Cult Appeal
Sales of the folding bikes are up more than 25% this year as multicoloured options win younger converts - many of them women.
Zoe Wood, Guardian 8 November 2009:
Brompton bicycle: crafted for cult appeal
Home-brew Return Cheers Money Savers
With improved home-brew kits for sale and plenty of advice on the web, more people are enjoying wine at a pound a bottle and beer made in their garage, writes Miles Brignall
Guardian, 6 November 2009:
Home-brew return cheers money savers
Windows 7 or Ubuntu 9.10 – Battle of the Operating Systems
Die-hard Windows fans and Linux converts will already have made up their minds - for the vast majority of us, here is the OS lowdown.
Kevin Anderson, Guardian 5 November 2009:
Windows 7 or Ubuntu 9.10 - battle of the operating systems
£4,350 Per Family to Bail Out Britain's Banks
Every family in the country is now facing a tax liability of £4,350 to prop up Britain’s banking system after Alistair Darling announced the biggest bail-out in history.
Robert Winnett, Edmund Conway and Harry Wallop, Telegraph 3 November 2009:
£4,350 per family to bail out Britain's banks
I Live Without Cash – and I Manage Just Fine
Armed with a caravan, solar laptop and toothpaste made from washed-up cuttlefish bones, Mark Boyle gave up using cash.
Mark Boyle, Guardian 28 October 2009:
I live without cash - and I manage just fine
Credit Crunch Toys Set to be Christmas Best-Sellers
Children should expect something a little less flashy under the Christmas tree this year.
Harry Wallop, Telegraph 28 October 2009:
Credit crunch toys set to be Christmas best-sellers
I Could Lose My House, It's That Serious
Plans to help consumers deal with credit card debt may tip some into bankruptcy
Lisa Bachelor, Guardian 28 October 2009:
I could lose my house it's that serious
Ditch the Guidebook: the Best Online City Guides and Blogs
The best way to discover a city is through its people – these online guides and services put you in touch with the locals.
Guardian, 26 September 2009:
Ditch the guidebook: the best online city guides and blogs
Google Writes Its Own Rules
Sceptics often ask of new government programmes: if it is so worthwhile, why is the private sector not doing it already? A similar question can be asked of companies claiming to be acting for the general good: if the public needs it, why is the government not doing it already?
Christopher Caldwell, FT September 11 2009:
Google writes its own rules
Antiques Markets: Treasure Troves for Homewares
Antiques markets are perfect hunting grounds for quirky, one-off homewares. Here's a selection of the country's best.
Hannah Booth, Guardian 5 September 2009:
Antiques markets: treasure troves for homewares
Free At Last From Spend, Spend, Spend
You wouldn't know it from logging on to your bank's website, but loans are out of fashion. Despite the flashing, dancing, screamer adverts for borrowing money that bellow out at us, as a nation we're paying back our debts like never before. It's a move which can only be seen (by us) as an upside to the recession.
Lisa Markwell, Independent 3 September 2009:
Free at last from spend, spend, spend
Don't Just Howl With Rage. Try An Idea That Does Away With Banks Altogether
If our leaders won't curb bankers' megabucks, an old progressive scheme updated for the web era could bypass their greed
Jonathon Freedland, Guardian 19 August 2009:
Don't just howl with rage. Try an idea that does away with banks altogether
How Britain Fell in Love with Poundland
Amid the devastation of our recession-hit high street, one retailer is doing rather well. So what's its secret?
Jon Henley, Guardian 4 August 2009:
How Britain fell in love with Poundland
Economy Gastronomy: Three Recipes From One Chicken
Get the most out of a chicken by boiling it, then using it to make these three delicious dishes
Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett, Guardian 4 August 2009:
Economy Gastronomy: three recipes from one chicken
Bicycle Sales Boom by 20 Per Cent
Bicycle sales have jumped by 20 per cent as workers take advantage of a tax break scheme, according to new figures.
Harry Wallop, Telegraph 25 July 2009:
Bicycle sales boom by 20 per cent
Heard the One About a Rabbi, an Imam and a Priest, Who Walk Into a Bank?
A rare alliance of faith leaders today will deliver an overdue message to the City, reviving an idea as old as money itself.
Jonathan Freedland, Guardian 22 July 2009:
Heard the one about a rabbi, an imam and a priest, who walk into a bank?
What Are You Going To Do With The Children This Summer?
The school holidays have started. That's a lot of free time ahead. So how can you stave off the inevitable rows and moaning? After years of getting it wrong, Tim Dowling can now offer an expert survival guide.
Guardian 21 July 2009:
What are you going to do with the children this summer?
Lidl and Aldi Olive Oil Beats M&S, Expert Testers Find
Some of the cheapest olive oil available, from discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl, have beaten well known brands in a blind tasting conducted by expert tasters.
Harry Wallop, Telegraph 20 July 2009:
Lidl and Aldi olive oil beats M&S, expert testers find
In Praise of Saving
(and battered chests full of gold coins)
Lucy Mangan, Guardian 18 July 2009:
In praise of saving
How Craigslist Turned Small Ads into Bi