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Marrakech photo, 'The Diary: Tom Robbins'

Tom Robbins

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Naval gazing illustration, "The Diary: Jeremy Paxman"
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Jeremy Paxman

The FT’s new contributing editor on naval gazing, performance poet Kate Tempest and whether Napoleon was a midget

Illustration by Luke Waller for Lorien Kite's The Diary
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The writer contemplates the weight of history and the deaths of five young black men chronicled in her memoir

Nicola Barker

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Illustration for Andrew Roberts' The Diary

Andrew Roberts

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Randy Boyagoda

The author and his family watch salmon leaping in Toronto and visit their ancestral home in Sri Lanka

AN Wilson

The writer wonders how the great figures of Scottish history would have voted, and campaigns to save Wedgwood

Caroline Daniel

On a trip to San Francisco, the editor of FT Weekend lets herself in for a true Silicon Valley experience

Alan Johnson

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Barney Jopson

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Jonathan Ford

The FT’s chief leader writer attends Summer in the City and gets a first-hand taste of the fervour that pervades the event

Armand Marie Leroi

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Jonathan Eley

The FT’s personal finance editor on doing assault courses, trying ‘tartiflette’, and discovering free Evian mineral water

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Why a meditation workshop might be a necessary antidote to the ticking alarm clock of life

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