Shift valley

Xan Rice on attempts to get the first black cyclist into the Tour de France.

Free photos

The Commons on Flickr's opening up some of the world's best photo archives, copyright free and for nothing.


Peter Griffin on reports that TVNZ's buying a stake in TiVo, the pioneers of the hard drive TV recorder.

Gearing up

Ian Austen's looked at how a new automatic gearshift for bicycles is performing at the Tour of California.

Velib vandals

Problems in Paris with its cheap bicycle rental scheme and Charles Bremner on Citroen's plans to relaunch its legendary DS.


We're talking to crossword setter, historian, and teacher Michelle Arnot on the world's most popular word game.


Mike Morley-Bunker's back with sweetcorn history and buying tips.