Nick Oliver illustration for The Diary by Alice Fishburn
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Alice Fishburn

FT Weekend Magazine’s deputy editor on the discerning nature of burglars, Britain’s bureaucracy and spotting Tom Stoppard watching his own play

Food & Drink

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‘One of the most frequent laments I hear during my annual visits to the northern Rhône is how difficult it is to sell Hermitage’
– Jancis Robinson
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‘For a snapshot of the exciting food-and drink scene in London, there is nowhere more stimulating’
– Nicholas Lander
Raw salmon with avocado, lime and green peppercorns ©Andy Sewell
‘The peppercorns in the punchy lime dressing only enhance the intrinsic sweetness of the fish’
– Rowley Leigh
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Accountancy: the new buzz

‘The value of bees’ service to the British economy was estimated at £200m — the value of what they pollinate closer to £1bn’

A speaker on the podium with the audience asleep
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How to make people listen

‘Anyone with anything to sell needs a story . . . but the first thing to grasp is that the person you’re trying to persuade is bored with you already’

Tyler Brule: The Fast Lane

The Fast Lane: Lounge rules — no Speedos

You will be redirected to an appropriate facility should you show up dressed ready for a Bikram session

Harry Eyres: The Slow Lane

The Slow Lane: A refugee’s tale of darts and bad sherry

A country’s values come into focus when seen by an outsider, contrasting them with his native country

The subtle art of going all-out

I like the feeling of giving something my best shot. It tickles me and makes me feel alive

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How satellite data helps predict disease outbreaks

Remote sensing data could aid health authorities, particularly in developing countries, to prepare for outbreaks

Peter Aspden

It’s not time to write off our debt to Greece

What has taken me aback has been the level of sarcasm, condescension and outright hostility that pervades much of the discussion

©Lucas Varela

Men and ‘Fifty Shades’: a grey area

‘Some may feel they are facing karmic revenge, experiencing how women feel as their partners drag them to see “Basic Instinct” or “9½ Weeks”’

Kathleen Baird-Murray

The barefaced cheek of the natural look

The make-up free look is not easy to achieve, unless you’re Keira Knightley. If you’re not? Learn to cheat