Contributors / Peter Firth

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Making history

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s experts are rallying to move its vast store to a modern facility.

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North star

Nicola Sturgeon on fighting Brexit, boosting brand Scotland and leading the charge for independence.

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The opener

Why it’s time to kick off your shoes in the office, the drive to ban drive-thrus and some woolly wanderers flocking to Paris.

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Odd squad

A city’s quirks can often beguile us more than its falling crime rate or fine trams. We list our favourite idiosyncrasies from around the world.

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The opener

Are we about to call time on famed German efficiency? Don’t worry, these brief bulletins on Brexit and bragging won’t hold you up.

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Perfect pick me up

You stumble off a long-haul flight and there in the arrivals hall is a suited driver waiting for you. It’s a sign that all will be well today.

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The opener

Before toasting a cup craze and scouting the best penknife, we appraise Finnish fondness for fraternities and Russia’s yen for national pride.

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All aboard

Designed to keep going in all weather, this new driverless bus might not be fast (at least, not yet) but it’s certainly fun.

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The opener

Dog-gone Brexit, food made for Instagram and ridiculous waist-high lanyard scanners – it’s no wonder we’re debating forgiveness.

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Animal magic

Zoos can change the world: the not-so-wild claim from Dominic Jermey, Zoological Society London’s top dog.

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Seeking the light

Jean-Michel Jarre, forefather of electronica, spends his evenings holed up in his Paris loft with a film projector.

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Host story

Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz is a Gothic-style landmark that has a ski-set customer base and a reputation for exceptional old-school service. Richard Leuenberger is the man in charge.

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Local authority

Be it Brazil or Beirut, effective urban regeneration needs ideas from residents who understand their city’s problems and potential. Here’s a global line-up of innovative citizen initiatives.

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