The Slow Lane: Winter as a wonderland

There is a unique beauty to this time of year. Everything looks ghostly in the dense, opaque air

The Slow Lane: True nature of the new greens

Have we gone from protecting nature to managing it on behalf of the Earth’s dominant species?

The Slow Lane: Class acts

Mussorgsky and Toulouse-Lautrec reached out to people treated as extras rather than full human subjects

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

The Slow Lane: The big questions of sport

This is about reminding ourselves that we are animals, not adjuncts to computer terminals

The Slow Lane: Ancient lessons for modern lives

There are profound reasons for studying the languages, literature and civilisations of the Greeks and Romans

The Slow Lane: Common censorship

Three recent decisions have brought this issue into focus – and all three are lamentable and incoherent

The Slow Lane: Ripeness on the tree of life

Victor Erice is one of those rare film directors who show time passing apparently at its own pace

The Slow Lane: World leader in the art of living

Paris is organised around culture to a degree unimaginable in mercantile, muddled-up London

The Slow Lane: The secret garden with healing properties

Kew may be 70 times bigger than the Physic Garden, but historically Chelsea is the mother ship

The Slow Lane: The large curse of small-mindedness

Few British politicians have ever engaged with the vision of Europe as an idealistic project

The Slow Lane: Memories from a seat of yearning

The bench became a symbol of a certain sturdy, durable idea of England and of Britain

The Slow Lane: The delights of soul searching

Soul is not the monopoly of concert halls and art galleries. Even an airport can have soul

The Slow Lane: Philosophy still matters

Technological thinking gives us a narcissistic mindset, cut off from ‘the mystery of things’

The Slow Lane: Peaks and Promenades

While the Mahler unfolded and reached its radiant conclusion, time stood still

The Slow Lane: Spanish art’s northern outpost

From sweltering Seville to cool windy Bishop Auckland, it might as well be a million miles

The Slow Lane: Happy Days are here again

The director of the Beckett festival is passionate about art’s power to knit together divided communities

The Slow Lane: News from nowhere and everywhere

Because our lives in lucky parts of the world go so smoothly, we have room for distant news

The Slow Lane: The art of bridging divides

It is ‘very challenging to hate someone sitting next to you playing a Beethoven symphony’

The Slow Lane: My rock and awe moment

There is potential for eco-tourism in a former wasteland that blooms with wild flowers


Harry EyresHarry Eyres established the FT’s Slow Lane column, which celebrates the creative use of down-time, in January 2004. Before that in a varied journalistic career he was a theatre critic and arts writer for The Times (1987-1993), wine editor of Harpers & Queen (1989-1996), wine columnist for The Spectator (1984-1989) and the first and so far the only Poetry Editor of The Daily Express (1996-2001).

In addition to his journalistic work Harry Eyres is a published poet, editor of LSE Environment, the newsletter of LSE’s Centre for Environmental Policy and Governance, and teaches London theatre for a consortium of American universities. He wrote the Beginner’s Guide to Plato’s The Republic for Hodder & Stoughton’s Beginner’s Guides to Great Works series.

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