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Passports myths debunked: Do I need to renew my passport?
Dear Columbus Direct,
My parents live in Spain, and have invited my two grown-up children (18 and 19) and I out to join them in the middle of April, returning at the end of April. My children's passports expire in early May. I think I may have left it a bit late to renew them on their behalf, but d... Read more
Chemmy Alcott reveals the drama behind The Arctic Circle Race's abrupt finish
When The Arctic Circle Race ended at the beginning of Day 3, we were all pretty worried about Chemmy and the gang. What had happened overnight - and why had the race been called off?
Luckily, we managed to catch up with Chemmy this morning as she was on her way to Iceland and spoke to her about h... Read more
How to become a helicopter pilot
Alastair Badman, 42, is a pilot with Bespoke Air Charter and flies an Agusta 109 helicopter. If you've ever dreamed of a career in aviation, here are the qualifications you'll need and the lifestyle you'll need to adopt!
At what age did you know that you wanted to be a pilot?
It's all I ever reall... Read more
The FCA proposes to ban opt-out selling
In a move that will delight consumers and watchdogs alike, the Financial Conduct Authority is set to ban opt-out selling in financial services markets.
Last year, the general insurance market was reviewed, and add-ons were put under the microscope. This is thought to be the reason for the regulator... Read more