Irvine Welsh and Hannah Beckerman in the Holyrood Boxing Gym
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FT Masterclass: Boxing with Irvine Welsh

The author of ‘Trainspotting’ on how to land the perfect hook

Lime Wood, Hampshire hotel

Barometer: Lime Wood, Hampshire

Living is very easy at a luxury New Forest getaway

Kathryn Parsons (left) oversees Harriet Agnew
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FT Masterclass: Coding

The Decoded CEO shows Harriet Agnew how to build an app

©Charlie Bibby

FT Masterclass: Pickpocketing and how to avoid it

James Freedman, the ‘only honest pickpocket’ in the trade, reveals his secrets

Tin-tin Ho playing table tennis
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FT Masterclass: Table tennis with Tin-Tin Ho

The teenaged champion talks about balancing school and sport

FT Masterclass: Long jumping with Greg Rutherford

The FT takes a leap of faith into the sandbox with a straight-leg skip, bent-leg scissor and the dribble bleed

Zara Phillips is a British equestrian and the second-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She is married to ex-England rugby union player Mike Tindall, and lives in Gloucestershire, UK. Here Zara Phillips sits on her horse on her estate in Gloucestershire
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FT Masterclass: Horse riding with Zara Phillips

The royal eventer talks about motherhood, her hopes for the 2016 Olympics — and why it’s bad to slouch in the saddle

The Duke of Yoek suite at Royal Crescent Hotel

Barometer: The Royal Crescent, Bath

Enjoy fine food, Georgian elegance and the diversions of a famed city

Gill Plimmer drives a crane at a Skanska site near Doncaster
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FT Masterclass: Crane driving with Mike Putnam

Controlling tonnes of precision engineering while moving a block of concrete takes serious focus. The CEO of Skanska UK offers some tips

Carlos Tavares and his Peugeot 504 Tic rally car in Monaco
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Classic rally car driving with the FT: Carlos Tavares

Steering France’s largest carmaker back to recovery is his day job and, in his spare time, the PSA Peugeot Citroën boss rebuilds engines in his shed

FT Masterclass: Siberian Husky racing with Mark Squires

Brush up on your Inuit, bend your knees and don’t forget your goggles . . . Jeremy Taylor picks up some championship-winning tips in a Berkshire forest

Sport must stop the tactic of faffing

Constant cheating, complaining and general messing around blight contests

FT Masterclass: Real tennis with Sir William Sargent

The special effects boss is attracted to the quirky nature of the medieval racquet sport

Barometer: The Kings Head, Cirencester

A venerable Cotswolds inn emerges from an eight-year makeover

FT Masterclass: Jigsaws with Rory Kinnear

Settling down to solve a 500-piecer, the acclaimed actor says that he’s no longer a ‘side-and-corners guy’

Twenty20 cricket knocks sixes rate up

Boundary growth fits almost perfectly with T20 matches played

Skiing with the FT: Heston Blumenthal

Nothing whets the appetite like crisp mountain air . . . the FT joins the chef for three days of skiing, heart-stopping snowmobiling and gourmet feasting

FT Masterclass: Fly fishing with Joan Wulff

Aged 88, she is still the doyenne of casting and quite happy to reel in a wayward line

FT Masterclass: Road biking with Evelyn Stevens

The FT joins the Olympian in San Francisco — where cycling is offline social networking

FT Masterclass: Budgerigar fancying with Geoff Capes

Even professional strongmen have soft spots. For the former shot-put champion, his has long been for his birds