Club 18-30

The last travellers on a Club 18-30 holiday have returned to the UK. The last banana boat has sailed for this once hugely popular holiday brand.


British Rail

It’s still there, on every one of the train tickets that you buy in the UK, in case you hadn’t noticed. The double-locking arrow of the logo that personified British Rail.

Adios, Avios?

There was a flurry of anxiety back in April, when people got the message that Avios were being abandoned. They aren’t. But now you have to get to them via BA.


Concorde was a supersonic British-French project in the sky, flown by Air France and British Airways. The plane flew at twice the speed of sound.

Telephones in hotel rooms

To have a telephone in your hotel room was once such a novelty that hotels marketed themselves with this as their main attraction. Nowadays, the cool, modern trend is for your hotel to boast that it doesn’t have a phone in every room. It doesn’t have a phone in any room.

Blue passports

For more than 70 years, a 32-page passport with a dark blue cover, with the lion and unicorn crest in gold was the identification UK citizens needed to leave their island. After Brexit, one of the most urgent and vital questions needs answering: Could the blue passport come back?