The astrolabe

Once a useful measuring instrument for finding out where you were at sea, perhaps the astrolabe can guide us when the opinion polls are all at sea.

Thomas Cook

It was in the early hours of the morning of 23 September that the slogan “Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it” took on a new and wholly unwelcome meaning.


The BOAC logo is back. The airline that vanished in the 1970s recently touched down again at Heathrow.

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.