Jesmond Dene House

Barometer: Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Neil O’Sullivan unearths an arts and crafts gem hidden in the suburbs of Newcastle

Nick Matthew
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FT Masterclass: squash with Nick Matthew

With interest in the sport at an all-time high, Oliver Pickup takes his retro racket and trainers for a quick refresher with England’s best player

Nacho Figueras
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The Pursuits Interview: Nacho Figueras

One of polo’s most famous players talks about his aims for the sport and the dangers of riding a horse at 40mph while ‘trying to hit a tiny, bouncing ball with a long stick’

Charlotte Mendelson in her garden
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Gardening with the FT: Charlotte Mendelson

Flowers are a waste of space, says the novelist, who explains why she prefers ‘growing stuff that I can eat’

Clockwise from left: Ikea hat and coat stand, David Weatherhead Primary Clock, LSA Ivalo container and ash lid, Margo Selby lampshade and Sandur chair

Barometer: spring colours

Mark the arrival of spring with some vibrant shades. Plus: Clerkenwell Design Week


Barometer: Spick and span

Time for a spring clean – the easy way

Max Tegmark photographed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. 31st January 2014
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Astronomy with Max Tegmark

Gale force winds sabotaged the astrophysicist’s plan to use the Royal Observatory’s historic refracting telescope. But just seeing it was thrilling enough

Chobotnica Children chair, Full of Beans tee, Muffin bibs, Flatout Frankie Little Kitchen and Breakfast Express

Barometer: breakfast accessories for kids

How to make it the best little meal of the day

Capel Pennant

Barometer: Capel Pennant

Here is a corner of north Wales so pristine it’s almost a pastoral cliché, writes Tom Robbins

Martin Parr in his study
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Collecting with the FT: Martin Parr

The British photographer is on a mission to revise the history of photography. He talks about some of the extraordinary finds among his 12,000 books

Barometer: brand new retro designs

Traditions and patterns dusted off for spring


Spider-Man, yes. But lesser mortals can also learn to scale walls

Diving: truly, madly, deeply

Six years ago, an underwater panic attack ended David Baker’s love affair with diving. Could he really train to be a divemaster?

Parkour: channel your inner Spider-Man

Lesser mortals can also learn to scale walls – at least, that’s what parkour queen Shirley Darlington tells Anthony Lavelle

Flying: how to build your own aeroplane

When Colin Goodwin bought a kit plane, he had nowhere to build it, no flying experience – and no idea that 11,000 rivets would be the least of his problems

Cycling: the Paris-Roubaix race

For the cyclist in pursuit of ‘glorious suffering’, the Paris-Roubaix race is unrivalled. Tom Robbins put himself through the bone-shaking ordeal

Running: from ‘fat dad’ to cross-country competitor

In little over a year, Martin Bright turned himself from someone who struggled even to pick up a cricket ball into a competitor in the English National Cross Country Championships

A walk with the FT: The Cannock Chase route

The actor Rupert Evans, star of ‘Fleming’, swaps the late-night streets of London for rural Staffordshire

Barometer: Askham Hall, Cumbria

Carl Wilkinson enjoys authenticity and fine food in the Lake District. Plus: rain-free retreats for hot holidays

Barometer: bedlinens for kids

Sweet dreams: tuck them in with soft and cosy sheets