Marrakech photo, 'The Diary: Tom Robbins'

Tom Robbins

The FT’s travel editor on speed-dating-style sessions at a Marrakech trade show, food poisoning, and the rise of ‘Instameets’

Food & Drink

Illustration: Jancis Robinson on Rhone wine ©Ingram Pinn
The 2013 Grenache crop was down about 30 per cent but some vineyards lost up to 90% of their potential production
The imposing interior of Spring restaurant ©Amber Rowlands
The redevelopment reveals a style of restaurant that London has not seen for many years
Veal kidneys in mustard sauce ©Andy Sewell
I saw myself as Leopold Bloom, padding the streets of Dublin with a precious kidney bought from the ‘ferreteyed pork butcher’
Illustration by Luis Grañena of Ireland
©Luis Grañena

Which way is Ireland going?

After rule by Brits, bishops and then bankers, Ireland for much of the crisis was practically run from Germany

Illustration: Robert Shrimsley on socks
©Lucas Varela

Socks: let’s keep it simple

‘This site does not serve the socksibitionists. It’s black or blue, though perhaps over time it may dip its toe into the exciting world of grey or brown’

Illustration showing gold and dollar currency on a weighing scale
©Shonagh Rae

Gold: worth its weight?

Ordinary people are unnerved about how money works in a bottomless cyber space. Gold seems tangible, clear and timeless

Matt Taylor at an interview on the 'BBC Breakfast' show

The lesson for today: men, be more boring

Leave the off-duty rock star look at home. No one will notice you, but at least you won’t offend

Jan Dalley

Support the arts: enter the draw

The National Lottery is possibly the most successful example of crowdfunding ever

Harry Eyres: The Slow Lane

The Slow Lane: An appeal to our modern-day prophets

Too many poets have turned inward, speaking to their fellows rather than to the wider world

Tyler Brule: The Fast Lane

The Fast Lane: The fast show

A Fast Lane Video Diary would prove to all the non-believers that I really do travel this much

From atheist teenager to lady of the parish

Only a few people knew about my confirmation. I’m not entirely comfortable talking about it

Woman bearing gifts
©Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty Images

Why I’ll always be a wrap fan

Armed with the right gift, one can correct ills, reverse fortunes and nourish and nurture. Susie Boyt explains why a good present can change everything