Tokyo Design Art festival: Why the Japanese capital's creative scene goes way beyond manga

Seconds after landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, I’m snapping photos in an unusual place: the toilet. It’s not just the heated seat that wows me, but the sleek control panel I can use to scroll through bidet-style water jets, and to programme…

Antwerp guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Belgium's coolest city

Locals liken Antwerp to a village. But don’t mistake that for humility: Flanders’ de facto capital has been punching above its weight since it was a medieval trading hub. Intriguingly, the north Belgian port’s rich past is matched by a sharply progressive…

Man stranded in Prague after friend picks up wrong passport – and makes it home to Newcastle

A British man is stranded in Prague after his friend picked up the wrong passport – and used it to fly from the Czech capital via Amsterdam to Newcastle, passing through four passport checks. Steve Vincent, 44, a professor at Newcastle University,…

Hitting the bottle: sector concerned about recycling proposals

The sector fears the new plastic recycling proposals announced yesterday (Monday 19 February) risk either eroding margins or hitting customers’ pockets, and undermining voluntary efforts the sector has already undertaken to cut down on the plastics scourge. The consultations announced propose bringing…