With flights to Europe costing as little as £1, travelling has never been so affordable. But a long time before budget airlines came along, the proper way to explore the Continent involved loading up a car and heading for a Channel port.
It's hard to believe nearly a year has passed since BMW unveiled its daring new 5-Series. Despite the controversy about its styling, the growing number on the road shows the car has plenty of supporters.
It's been a tough year for many die-hard BMW fans. As the new school of sharp-edged, wildly proportioned Chris Bangle designs has been unleashed on the world, there has been widespread disbelief among the firm's more conservative following.