Our consumer society purchases

The evolution of a kitchen device that liberated the people as well as cleaned their clothes.

It is the story of how a modern mechanical marvel became a very expensive handbag. Or a tank coated in money.

Once central to many consumers' lives, the iPod has since gone the way of the other products caught up in the iPhone revolution.

Ford had a good time when it stripped down the Mini and announced that it cost £30 more per car to make than it was sold for.

Proof, if it were ever needed, that the priority of happiness is nowhere near the agenda of any government.